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“Euro ‘House Of Cards’ To Collapse”

laitman_272In the News (The Telegraph): “The European Central Bank is becoming dangerously over-extended and the whole euro project is unworkable in its current form, the founding architect of the monetary union has warned.

“‘One day, the house of cards will collapse,’ said Professor Otmar Issing, the ECB’s first chief economist and a towering figure in the construction of the single currency.

“Prof Issing said the euro has been betrayed by politics, lamenting that the experiment went wrong from the beginning and has since degenerated into a fiscal free-for-all that once again masks the festering pathologies.

“‘Realistically, it will be a case of muddling through, struggling from one crisis to the next. It is difficult to forecast how long this will continue for, but it cannot go on endlessly,’ he told the journal Central Banking in a remarkable deconstruction of the project.”

My Comment: The entire model our society is based on is disappearing. There has been no real growth for several years. There is hidden unemployment and hidden debt. There is a revolution and global reorganization, the elimination of traditional political parties, but nobody understands the reasons for what is happening.

The cessation of growth signifies the collapse of egoistic development, which spawned from the ape to the human and has brought us to its logical end. The human developed more than his ego, but before its death, the egoistic development factor will flare up and obligate us to fight and kill, requiring new victims. World Wars III and IV lie ahead.

We think that it is a restoration of the role of states, but it is apparent that this is a temporary trend. The move to a global humanity, not a global market and a worldwide bank, but namely a global society, will take place through back and forth motions, like a cat swaying, before it pounces.

After all, the old institutions must be replaced with the new—institutions of an altruistic society. And for that, first of all, man himself must change. So the crisis is not aimed at political or economic institutions, but at the whole of society and each of us.

The leaders of the European Union believed they understood the trend toward unity on a political and economic level, but our natural development is compelling us toward unity on the deepest level, on the level of our egoistic relationships with each other.

We should stop crying about the lack of financial growth; it will never happen!
We need to stop thinking that globalization will increase general wellbeing. We must realize that we are developing not as a result of politicians’ decisions but through the power of nature and its laws; we need to implement them!

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Humanity, An Experiment Of The Upper Force?

Laitman_115_06Question: Could it be that humanity is an unsuccessful experiment of the upper force, which could be stopped at any given moment or restarted from scratch?

Answer: No, humanity is not an unsuccessful experiment, and there is no point blaming the upper force that created us and is leading us toward the goal. It is leading us toward the goal in an absolutely accurate manner according to its plan.

This plan was revealed by early Kabbalists almost 6,000 years ago. They described what they revealed then, and to this day everything they described is like clockwork. Therefore, there are no coincidences; humanity is constantly pushed forward, led by its egoism. But today, at the final phase of our development, we can advance consciously by correcting ourselves, by mitigating our way, and by making it shorter, smoother, safer, and even happier. It is up to us.

If we refuse to advance along the way we are shown willingly and consciously, we will advance by being pushed forward by sufferings. This is how you treat a stubborn child, forcing him to do the right thing, and if he refuses, you punish him by denying him sweets, not allowing him to watch TV, not allowing him to go out and play, etc., and without a choice he finishes his studies.

At the same time, it makes no difference whether he enjoys his studies, whether he convinces himself that he has to finish his studies, or whether he is afraid of the punishments.

It is not easy to convince yourself to listen to the upper, to the one who is greater and wiser than you, and to obey him.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/10/16

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The Nature Of Men And Women

laitman_560Question: What is the nature of men and women according to the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: In nature there are two genders, two extremes, two poles: male and female; there is no middle pole.

There are two forces: the force of the Creator, the bestower, the giver, the source, is the force of giving; and the force of the creature is desire, a deficiency, emptiness, a desire to be fulfilled, to attract to itself, and absorb everything into itself. These two poles, the positive (masculine) emits and bestows from itself and the negative (feminine) draws to itself and wants to be fulfilled.

The creature was initially feminine because in all of us there its only a single desire, a desire to be filled, meaning to absorb, to draw toward ourselves, everything that we initially want. So in relation to the Creator, all of us are feminine.

Later we divide into those who overcome their egoism and go toward others. They are able to transcend their egoism in spite of the desire to absorb, and they work with an intention to bestow, with altruism, concern for others, the fulfillment of others. They are called men (masculine). And those who cannot overcome their egoism and still want only to fill themselves, think only about this, are concerned in every minute, every second, every moment only that everything will be good for them, they are called women (feminine) by the wisdom of Kabbalah.

In the wisdom of Kabbalah, the genders are distinguished according to spiritual indicators: Someone who bestows is called a man (masculine), someone who receives is called a woman (feminine). In addition, a person can change and be in one state at any moment and in another moment, the other. This doesn’t depend on one’s corporeal gender. If a person longs for spiritual development, one longs to be a man in the spiritual sense, a bestower.

There were many female Kabbalists in history. In the spiritual sense, they were called men and were above all other men.

So we must not relate to gender from the physical or corporeal aspect of men and women but according to whether the person is a bestower or a receiver. Currently I would say the women who are studying with us long for the characteristic of bestowal more than the men.

Question: From the perspective of the wisdom of Kabbalah, in what manner must a man function in a family?

Answer: In a family, the man needs to provide an example of how he transcends his egoism. But preferably not in a physical form (although this is necessary, especially for children). A man must show an example to  his children of longing for spiritual development, since without spiritual development our world will be destroyed.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/26/16

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The Influence Of Kabbalah In The East

laitman_627_1Question: What influence has the wisdom of Kabbalah had on Middle Eastern and Far Eastern nations?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah had a direct influence through Judaism even on Christianity and especially on Islam because until lately Islam developed under the influence of the inner forces of the wisdom of Kabbalah, Sufism.

Sufism is the Islamic wisdom of Kabbalah. It also talks about how we need to unite, to love others, and things like that. I have met with many Sufis in the world, and they would have the same opinion. But now, in the Muslim nations, Sufis are not held in high esteem and they are forced to hide in the West.

The wisdom of Kabbalah laid the foundation for Far Eastern faiths in the same form in which they existed and still partially exist today. But they have gone through big changes since then.

Since there is no precise record of historical or fundamental principles, it is said that Abraham gave his children (he had many concubines, as did all the rich and famous people in those times) his knowledge (the wisdom of Kabbalah) in a form they would be able to understand and grasp. It is said that Abraham transmitted the information to them in the form of “gifts,” meaning spiritual powers, that they would need in the future to lighten their path and specify it. Through these so-called “gifts,” the leaders of the Eastern faiths and religions were spiritually linked with Abraham.

All of the faiths and religions, except for the most primitive, began with Abraham.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/29/16

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How Can Military Conflicts Be Avoided?

laitman_293Comment: In his writings, Baal HaSulam wrote about a fourth world war. Is there a potential for two additional world wars in the program of nature?

Answer: Human development occurs through four stages of development. So if we are talking about global upheavals, it must also go through the same four levels of the developmental system because egoism also develops according to what is called the four phases of Ohr Yashar (Direct Light).

Global upheavals, and in particular world wars, develop through four phases unless we cancel them through preliminary actions, by connecting among us in spite of our egoistic tendencies and egoistic aspirations in thinking only about ourselves.

We must understand that even in this way we are in full mutual cooperation, in full association with each other, even if we don’t want to be. Today the world is proving to us how much we are connected, but we are connected through a harmful and evil force, an egoistic force. So we must hurry to correct it.

Understandably, the potential exists for all the bad phases of our development when nature is whipping us and determining all of our states.

But at the same time, there is a possibility of developing more rapidly than nature compels. This is possible only when we long for unity, not because nature is spurring us to advance through suffering, but when we do so voluntarily. This is the desirable way because we develop rapidly and in a good way, avoiding suffering such as third and fourth world wars.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/10/16

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Compensation For Boring Work

laitman_600_04In the News (The Telegraph): “A Frenchman claims his employer gave him so little to do that he suffered from ‘bore out’ and is now demanding €360,000 (£283,000) in compensation.

“The term ‘burn out’, when employees collapse due to stress and overwork, is well-known but Frédéric Desnard, 44, from Paris, has accused his ex-employer, a prestigious perfumes company, of subjecting him to something far worse: being bored stiff. …

“‘I went into depression, …’ he told AFP. … He was fired in 2014 after seven months’ sick leave.”

My Comment: The world is entering into a period of final degeneration. It turns out the owner has to take care of the employee’s spirits and not burden him with work such that boredom will not cause his depression. This is simply crazy. What kind of claims can be made of an employer? Which laws and agreements say that employees must be 100% occupied with work? Perhaps, on the contrary, the employer should pay less according to the amount of work.

The fact is that in today’s world, especially in Europe, there are laws that can be manipulated, as wrote Lenin, ”The capitalists will sell us the rope with which to hang them.”

This is modern democracy. Egoism grows into such a miasmic state, that it isn’t necessary to speak about reasonable rights and claims.

If a person feels uncomfortable and dissatisfied to a certain degree, he has the right to turn it against the state, the employer, against anyone. The main thing is that he has enough money for a lawyer.

Comment: It is amazing that the plaintiff has no complaints about himself even though he received pay for idleness.

My Comment: Egoism, our only main characteristic, always enables us to defend ourselves. We see how humanity avoids any attempt to do something with its egoism.

Comment: This is proof that it is not so easy to spread the wisdom of Kabbalah in the world.

My Comment: Of course. At least I don’t see any world conferences dedicated to uprooting or correcting egoism.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 5/4/16

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New Life 490 – The People Of The Book, Part 1

New Life 490 – The People Of The Book, Part 1
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

In our world, I have to prepare myself to read each book. If it is an English novel, I need to know English; if it is an architecture guide, I must be familiar with architecture; if it is a report on chemical experiments, I must be familiar with chemistry.

There must always be the basis of preparation that is transmitted separately from generation to generation.

So it is for spiritual attainment. The Oral Torah accompanies the written Torah. The word “Torah” is derived from the word “Ohr” (Light). Therefore, the Oral Torah precedes and is a preparation for reading the book; it accompanies this book and is transmitted by “word of mouth” from generation to generation, from Kabbalist to Kabbalist, in a chain of those who are able to open the book.

If I really want to find out and know what it is talking about, if I want to uncover the world in detail and understand through it who is showing me this “film,” if I am ready to be changed to become like Him, to delve into the matter of the essence of the “pictures” being broadcast, then I must search for people who have a mastery of the Oral Torah.

A Performance with a Surprise

Question: What does it mean to be similar to that force that is showing this “film”?

Answer: This is talking about equivalence of form, equivalence of characteristics.

For example, if I am far from being interested in the theater, when I go to some performance, I cannot connect to it immediately. But then they whisper to me that the playwright has a special cast, the lead actors are real characters who are truly experiencing these dramas….

At first I didn’t know and didn’t understand anything, I was not ready. But now, when I know the background, the substrate, with this I penetrated a bit more deeply. I created new characteristics and feelings within me, I could identify with the protagonists, come in contact with them as if I am standing in their place myself and even going through the situations they are experiencing. I acquired the same characteristics, and thanks to that, the performance appears before me in a completely new light. We don’t understand this world otherwise.
From KabTV’s “New Life 490 – The People Of The Book, Part 1,” 4/1/15

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10.31.16

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Lesson on the Topic: “Humbleness”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah Compared to Other Sciences”

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