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Strangers – The Upper Desires

laitman_747_01Torah, Deuteronomy 10:19: You shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

It is necessary to pay special attention to everything that relates to the appearance of new qualities in me that seem to be completely not important to me, but can carry me upward, forward, and away from my “belly.”

Exactly with the help of these new upper desires that don’t feel like mine, and therefore are called strangers, I will be able really to move forward toward the land of Israel.

These desires come to me, and are revealed in me as unnecessary. After all, who needs these strangers?

Using external examples from our lives, the Torah tells us about inner qualities of a person, about things that happen within us when we identify such actions in ourselves. For example, the entire group is passionate about moving forward, burning with this, and then at the crossroads of relationships between friends, new qualities appear: some possibilities of bestowal, love, connection, and contact. Completely new feelings arise towards these people to whom you were indifferent; you even disregarded and despised them.

And suddenly you feel love for them, like for your children, and craving, care, and awe. Gradually you have a sensation that you embrace everyone, you are together with all of them, care about them, and hold them in your arms, like babies.

You, like a mother, receive pleasure from it, because your love for them is even more than your love for your own children. After all, children are on the corporeal level, and here we are speaking about the spiritual level.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/1/16

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How Can I Reveal The Creator?

laitman_628_2Question: Why hasn’t the Creator revealed Himself in such a long time?

Answer: We exist in a clear physical world! If you wish to attain the Creator, you have to be in the desire to reveal the property of bestowal and love!

If you have such a desire, it means you are obliged to love and bestow. To love means to take others’ desires and fulfill them.

Do you have such a desire? No. So it means you have nothing with which you can reveal the Creator!

The Creator is not hiding. Our nature is such that everything is revealed according to the law of similarity of properties. I cannot hear with my eyes, but I hear with my ears because the waves are different for vision and hearing. It is the same with the Creator. If I do not have an organ that can sense Him, it means I do not sense Him! He is here, but I do not sense Him!

You have to create a new sense organ within yourself. This is what we are doing. This is why we are called Kabbalists, which comes from the word “Lekabel = to receive.” We wish to receive a sensation of the phenomenon that exists around us. It is the force that governs and fulfills the entire Universe, all of nature!

Then we will find out the purpose for our existence, what happens to us every moment of life, what was, what is, and what will be. After all, everything is inherent in this force!
From the Convention in Moscow, Day Two, Lesson 5, 5/3/16

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Laitman_514_02In the News (Science Daily): “Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious and maddening condition, with no cure or known cause. But researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, using a variety of techniques to identify and assess targeted metabolites in blood plasma, have identified a characteristic chemical signature for the debilitating ailment and an unexpected underlying biology: It is similar to the state of dauer, and other hypometabolic syndromes like caloric restriction, diapause and hibernation.

“Dauer is the German word for persistence or long-lived. It is a type of stasis in the development in some invertebrates that is prompted by harsh environmental conditions. The findings are published online in the August 29 issue of PNAS. …

“As many as 2.5 million Americans are believed to have CFS. It most often afflicts women in their 30s to 50s, though both genders and all ages can be affected. The primary symptom is severe fatigue lasting at least six months, with corollary symptoms ranging from muscle pain and headaches to sleep and memory problems. …

“Naviaux said, ‘And interestingly, it’s chemically similar to the dauer state you see in some organisms, which kicks in when environmental stresses trigger a slow-down in metabolism to permit survival under conditions that might otherwise cause cell death. In CFS, this slow-down comes at the cost of long-term pain and disability.'”

My Comment: This is a protective response of egoism that doesn’t receive a filling of pleasure, and therefore covers itself so as not to suffer. Humanity is still evolving, egoism develops, therefore, it can not constantly lull itsefl.  The time will come when a person will wake up and say “I have to find and decipher the meaning of life, the secret of life, and understand what we are living for. It cannot be that it is only in order to sleep.”

This is exactly what will spur a person forward because sleep is equivalent to death. It is the 60th part of death, but a person still has a chance to wake up and do something, and he will want to use this chance.

This is a natural period in human evolution when we want to close our eyes and not see anything because we have no solution, but we are nearing the point where the growing egoism will force us to wake up and to see the solution.

Question: Do you want to wake people up?

Answer: Certainly not, I am merely preparing the information for the moment a person wakes up by himself, because everything has to happen naturally according to the call of nature.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 9/5/16

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Why Do We Need Centuries Of Suffering?

Laitman_115_06Question: Why do we need a world history of ages of suffering and endless daily suffering of billions of people on the way to spiritual happiness?

Answer: We have to choose the way to ascend above our present situation by ourselves. We have to develop gradually, slowly, and consciously on each level in the egoistic state we are in, to begin to transform the egoistic state to the opposite altruistic state. Therefore, all the states we have been through until today during our whole egoistic development were essential. It is just like a small child who has to grow for 15-20 years before he becomes an adult and can manage independently.

You may ask why he needs that. It could have been much better if we were born wise, mature, and not in our egoism but in altruism, in love and bestowal, permanently connected between each other. If that were the case, people could not attain anything. We have already been through the phase in our development, called, Adam HaRishon (First Man), which means that it is the full schema of the connection between us in the best possible way called the Garden of Eden (Paradise).

What we call “Man” already existed in that state, which means that we were all connected and united. The point is that in that state we couldn’t discover anything except for our unconscious existence in the system of Adam HaRishon, who is therefore called an angel.

An angel is a beastly state, a spiritual beastly state. And we have to attain more, to reach similarity with the Creator. This means that we have to ascend from the level of an angel to the level of Man. Man, “Adam,” stems from the word “Domeh” (to resemble), to resemble the Creator, which is the level we have to ascend to.

We need to have the same thoughts and feelings as the Creator’s, which means that we have to overcome the gap between these two levels beast and man by ourselves. This is the reason we develop very slowly and painfully.  This is the level of development we are faced with.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/19/16

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“The Coming Anti-National Revolution”

laitman_264_01Opinion (Robert Schiller, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Professor of Economics at Yale University, author): “ For the past several centuries, the world has experienced a sequence of intellectual revolutions against oppression of one sort or another. These revolutions operate in the minds of humans and are spread – eventually to most of the world – not by war (which tends to involve multiple causes), but by language and communications technology. …

“I think the next such revolution, likely sometime in the twenty-first century, will challenge the economic implications of the nation-state. It will focus on the injustice that follows from the fact that, entirely by chance, some are born in poor countries and others in rich countries. As more people work for multinational firms and meet and get to know more people from other countries, our sense of justice is being affected.

“Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense, a huge bestseller in the Thirteen Colonies when it was published in January 1776, marked another such revolution, which was not identical with the Revolutionary War against Britain that began later that year (and had multiple causes). The reach of Common Sense is immeasurable, because it wasn’t just sold but was also read aloud at churches and meetings. …

“The same could be said of the gradual abolition of slavery, which was mostly achieved not by war, but by an emerging popular recognition of its cruelty and injustice. …

“All of the past ‘justice revolutions’ have stemmed from improved communications.”

My Comment: Everything depends on the connections between people. When they begin to feel they belong to a greater whole that is manifested in them subconsciously as the one force that manages them, the Creator, appears in them. Hence, the growing intellect appears in the recognition of dependency, in the new meanings that emerge from the discovery of the connection between us, which is not clear at the moment; it is revelation of the connection between all, the system of Adam (Man).

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The New Sanhedrin

laitman_933Question: Do you have a successor? Who will continue your teaching of the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: Each of you and all of you together. I don’t think that it will be one person because we have reached a state where the new generation all of my students were not created to be individualists. Now is beginning to unfold that the general program of creation requires a group.

We can see that before there were individual scientists such as Newton, Leibniz, Einstein, Bohr, Landau and others, and now there are teams. Creative, professional groups work on all scientific problems; scientific breakthroughs are accomplished only through the efforts of large numbers of people.

It is the same with the wisdom of Kabbalah. If in the past there were individual Kabbalists, as far as it seems, their time has passed. Baal HaSulam, Rabash, and I are a transitional link, and all of my students, who are called a “group,” were born. They are created and trained to solve spiritual problems specifically between them and to lead others. That is how it was thousands of years ago. And then for the last 2,000 years in the period of exile, all of this disappeared and individuals in only a thin stream passed on the wisdom of Kabbalah. But now everything is returning full circle.

Question: So have we reached a state where everything began as a circle and will finish as a circle? After all, wasn’t the Sanhedrin a group like that?

Answer: Yes, it certainly must be a group. A group is similar to the Creator. This is a unique connection where we are together and each of us begins to subordinate and nullify himself to the center of the circle (the “minus”). All of our longings and intentions for the future are gathered in the center of the circle (the “plus”). It is precisely the plus and the minus that transform us into being like the Creator.

Ultimately in the center of the circle we begin to feel the Upper Light. The Creator wants us to defeat Him. He created the egoism and we need to correct it such that we will feel the Creator. We will perceive and discover Him. Therefore, it was said, “my sons have defeated me” (Baba Metzia 59a).
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/14/16

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The Seven Sciences

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Answer: They used to associate these sciences to areas that today are not considered science, such as dance, music, and art. These were sciences of self-expression of the human personality, everything through which a person expresses his perception of his impressions of the world. Through learning and studying human responses to the influence of the world, we study and investigate the person himself. This is science.

It seems to us that through physics, chemistry, and the rest of the sciences we can study and explore the surrounding world. But we are actually studying and exploring ourselves, our reactions, the “instrument” of our understanding, our perception of the world—the way something unknown to us is reflected in us.

Kabbalists spoke about studying seven sciences that explore a person’s response to something unexplainable that acts on him from the outside.

Why is it specifically seven sciences? This is because in addition to the Rosh (head) of the spiritual Partzuf, which is concealed from us (Keter, Hochma, and Bina), there is the spiritual body (Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzah, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut), which are found in us. So we study and investigate the reactions of these seven characteristics to something that we don’t understand called, “our world.” It is in this manner that a picture of our world is portrayed to us.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/28/16

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Where Can One Find A Solution To Conflicts?

Laitman_088Question: Where is it possible to find a solution to the conflicts that people of our time have? Is the solution found in the spiritual world?

Answer: In our world we cannot minimize, mollify, or be sure of resolving conflicts and quarrels in any way because they are all come from clashes of the ego.

While only egoism exists in each one of us, the conflict resolution is as only “knocking down” each other.

Because the ego is constantly growing, it is impossible to crush. Moreover, we see throughout history those who oppress others ultimately find themselves in a worse position like Europe, which oppressed Africa, India, and other colonies.

Everything came back to haunt them, as with the Romans who in their time conquered Europe and England. And where are the Italians now, or the Spaniards who plundered America?

The story is played in full. Nature strongly answers us according to what we deserve. Therefore Russia suffers today from the inhabitants of the lands it conquered in the past.

In other words, there is no solution within egoism; the solution is only through the integration of egoism with altruism. The altruistic force is found above us, and that is precisely what we must discover and draw upon in order to solve our problems, even our earthly problems.

Question: Does this mean that in order to change something in this world we need to rise above it?

Answer: There is no alternative; the present crisis is happening so that we will be forced to begin engaging with the wisdom of Kabbalah and discovering the higher system that brings the positive force into our world, otherwise we will not survive.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/28/16

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