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Spiritual States

laitman_628_1Torah, Deuteronomy 11:19: And you shall teach them to your sons to speak with them, when you sit in your house and when you walk on the way and when you lie down and when you rise, in other words in all the cases: either in the small or great spiritual state.

The small state is a horizontal one, associated with a person lying down; the big state is a high one, when he gets up. To “walk on the way” means to rise in spiritual ascent. In any state, we must remember about these conditions and implement them.

Sons are  a person’s future spiritual degrees. “Teach them to your sons” means to record on the future states what you’ve done now, to educate yourselves and move forward.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/15/16

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 145

laitman_959Question: If the wisdom of Kabbalah is an exact science, what does it say about planet Earth? Is it actually a planet? Six months ago, I came across a theory that the Earth is flat. At first it seemed like total nonsense, but then I somehow began to understand its essence and wanted to know what the wisdom of Kabbalah says about it.

Answer: Kabbalah explains things scientifically and always has believed, just like today’s modern science, even in ancient times, as it says in The Book of Zohar, the Earth is round.

Question: May I ask why I understand a lot, but cannot remember? No matter how hard I try, I do not succeed. It is as if someone erases my memory.

Answer: This is wonderful because we don’t need to know; we need to discover a new attribute inside us in which we will begin to feel the upper world in the same way we feel our world.
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“Wall Street Banker Claims…”

Laitman_115_06In the News (YourNewsWire.com): “Wakingtimes reports:
The world’s people are held in perpetual bondage to the fiat currency money masters who have saddled us with absolutely insurmountable debt obligations which are mathematically impossible to repay. At present, the CIA estimates the total global debt to be nearing $90 trillion. …

“The gross world product, the nominal value of planetary human endeavor per year, was recently estimated at $78 trillion, meaning nearly an entire year of the productivity of every man, woman and child on planet earth, some 7.4 billion people, is owed to someone, but who exactly no one really knows for sure. How is this possible? …

“After years of investigative research into the trillions of dollars missing from the U.S. government, former Wall Street banker and former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the first Bush Administration, Catherine Austin Fitts has come to the conclusion that global debt may very well be owned by off-planet entities who operate planet earth as a real estate investment.

“‘Is earth an open or closed economy? I went to business school, I worked on Wall Street for eleven years, you know I’ve been involved in the economy my whole life and the whole time I was invited to assume that earth was a closed economy. So, if we issued debt, then other humans owned that debt. If we issued stock, other humans owned that stock. But if you look at all the economic experiences I’ve had over my whole life, in government, businesses, everything else, what I will tell you is, you know, if you ask me to describe the economic model on planet earth, I would say, “well planet earth is a real estate investment trust because we’re paying a dividend some place every year, and I don’t know where it’s going. It’s going into that question mark, on the planetary balance sheet.”’

“While she admits that she herself does not have the answer to this rather serious question, the fact that each year a major portion of the world’s productivity evaporates into thin air, with no accountability whatsoever, does indeed beg this question to be asked by any serious economist. Even the government accounting agencies responsible for tracking and recording our expenditures can do nothing to answer the question. The money simply vanishes, the debt grows exponentially, and no one can explain who exactly the beneficiary is.

“‘Let me bring it down to some of the important questions you have to ask if you ask the question, “is this an open or closed economy.” I got great statistics on who would issue debt, but for the life of me I couldn’t get great statistics on who owned it. I don’t know who owns it. I know they control. And they control through the debt because that’s how you control a company in invisible ways, by controlling through the debt. Who owns the debt?…” ~ Catherine Austin Fitts”

My Comment: This global world product is swallowed by global egoism! Moreover, our planet is not a closed system because egoism is universal, yet we haven’t cancelled it and replaced it with altruism. Egoism will continue to swallow our efforts without giving us any answers about income or debt. If we add the efficiency of our efforts and sufferings, etc., the collateral damage, it becomes clear that there isn’t a less productive enterprise than life in an egoistic mode.
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The Youth Of Europe Don’t Want To Work

laitman_926_01Comment: More and more European youth do not to work and prefer receiving social benefits. This is particularly widespread in Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, and Ireland. It was customarily thought that the economic crisis would displace inefficient people and the young would go forward, begin to study, develop a career, and take their place. But the youth actually prefer to sit on welfare.

My Comment: The reason for this is not that people are lazy. They have no incentive and so they become lazy. Everything depends on whether or not there is something that lights up a person’s egoism. Money and a career no longer provide a person with an incentive, they don’t pull him forward. This is no longer the candy he would run toward, like a child.

Question: So what does a person do when he sits receiving public welfare?

Answer: Nothing, he sits from morning to evening on Facebook, his whole life. We see what is happening there. And what will happen when this is over?! It is frightening to even think about!

It is only possible to imagine what kind of deep cry from billions of people will break out from total darkness. They won’t have anything to fulfill themselves!

I would not want to live during this period. A person moves through a state where he is unable to hear; he must realize and feel that he no longer grasps anything. He is imprisoned within himself. There are stars, but they don’t release the light, and here nothing enters. One has no desire. One is so extinguished that he doesn’t even absorb sounds from the outside.

Our future could become so dark.

I hope that before this happens, people will begin to study the wisdom of Kabbalah and will understand that the meaning of life is truly discovered within it. I hope that I am preparing the ground for this because this is the remedy.

What is important is that humanity move toward us. They have nowhere to turn. They will come and stand by our gate and shout: “Give!”
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 9/5/16

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The Difference Between Depression And Spiritual Descent

laitman_236_02Question: Why when studying Kabbalah are descents referred to as egoism, isn’t it ordinary depression?

Answer: It seems to you that it’s depression. You experience an unknown feeling, i.e., you aren’t interested, it doesn’t attract you, but actually it is not the usual depression of lack of taste for the world, but a real immersion into darkness.

This is impenetrable darkness, the feeling of the absence of desire for anything whatsoever. In other words, egoism has been added.

Man begins his life in Kabbalah at the state of “zero,” with the normal animal egoism toward this world with desires for food, sex, entertainment, money, control, and knowledge. This is his initial position (DR).

Then, he reaches the wisdom of Kabbalah and experiences a certain ascent, he is included in the group, ready for anything, life is wonderful, and everything is good. He has found himself. Until then he was somewhat sad, something was missing, the meaning of life, etc. And here is the first ascent, “I have found it!”

But then he falls into the opposite state that sucks him as if in a black hole. It is a vacuum that pulls all his strength from within, the person can hardly turn his head, he has nothing to live for. It’s like he was hit in the head with a bag of dust and he feels dust in his head and his heart. He begins to experience ups and downs, ups and downs.

It’s important to understand that the attainment of the upper world is built on the absence of the egoistic desire for it. Thus, the wisdom of Kabbalah is called, “the wisdom of how to receive.”

And without egoism, how can I receive something? How without desire, without a burning yearning to be a real and healthy egoist can I grasp and capture the upper world?

A normal person wants to eat, to walk, to dive into his cell phone, or to talk to someone. But it isn’t possible to conquer the spiritual world in this way. For this, one needs a different weapon, a huge desire. When I’m burning, I’m ready for anything, I want to obtain the upper world.

And so egoism is added, to the state of egoism number 2. And thanks to that, I rise to state number 3.  Because of state 3, I descend even lower to state 4, and then rise to state 5, and again descend further downward. After a huge number of descents and ascents, I attain, for example, state 9.

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And when I’m in the lowest state, a terrible and unpleasant state, I experience fear, defeat, and a feeling that “death is better than this life.” This is the parting with our corporeal egoism, while we are still alive.

When a person accumulates a certain number of ascents and descents, he rises to point 10. Comparing points 9 and 10, I see that all of this really comes from the Creator, “There is none else besides Him” and “He is Good and Does Good.” And this is faith above reason because reason (knowledge) is within egoism, and faith is in the property of bestowal.

So this is the first time that I build a spiritual Partzuf, a drop of semen, the embryo of the soul.

With this begins the birth of the soul. And whoever reaches this degree is already on the way! And whoever hasn’t reached it can say whatever he wants. Interestingly, people who are in the middle of the path but haven’t reached the 10th point often leave the study of Kabbalah. They begin to curse the wisdom of Kabbalah, me, our system.

We need to understand that the spiritual world is not what it appears to you; it is perceived according to the method described in the authentic Kabbalistic sources.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/15/16

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“Dead” Money For Mars

laitman_746_01Comment: An immense amount of capital has accumulated that is actually outside the world economy; it exclusively performs the role of accumulation of wealth.  Experts have suggested using this wealth to establish a colony on Mars. They say: “Why invest where we are? Why not implement this someplace else, like on Mars, and make it a huge global project that will require substantial human resources.”

My Comment: That is, they are saying: “We have nowhere to go on Earth, we’ve messed up everything here so it’s better not to continue. Let’s take on Mars. Let’s make a big project of a few trillion dollars, and invest all the dead capital in it.”

For what? It doesn’t matter. We will be in business. The only problem is—why?

I fundamentally disagree with this approach, which shows that people don’t know what humanity should be engaged with. Humanity must engage in self-correction, in self-transcendence.

We are on the level of the animal world. The next level we must ascend to is the level of the Adam (Man) from the word “Domeh” (similar), similar to the general higher integral force. We need to bring humanity to a state of general unity where all of us together will be one single system called Adam, and then we will begin to feel the next level of existence, the next step.

Now we are in the framework of the still, vegetative, and animate levels of nature, and in this sense we are animals. We have only the beginnings of the next level to which we must ascend, the level of Adam. We can reach this level only if we connect between us into one integral system and transform to become like the general nature of the world.

If we do this, we will begin to feel the next level, and then we will see the world in an absolutely different state: eternal, perfect, and not limited by the framework of our bodies. It will gradually disappear from our sensation, and we will feel that we exist only within the connection between us, which is called the soul. This is the state we must reach.

Question: Would you specifically invest all the sums of “dead” capital in this?

Answer: Absolutely everything! I would do everything so that humanity would provide itself with only what is most necessary and all other efforts would be directed to connection between us because that is how we begin to ascend to the next level called Adam.

Then, we would have no need to turn to planets like Mars. It won’t give us anything. We do not find life anywhere in the universe, not even primitive life. Therefore, there is nothing to rush to somewhere billions of light-years away; it would do nothing for humanity.

Qualifying for the next level, above the speed of light will not happen through the construction of physical engines because matter cannot move beyond the speed of light. We can move above it if we acquire the characteristic of bestowal, because it is built on the departure from ourselves; it operates with anti-matter, with the characteristic of bestowal instead of reception.

And then we will truly go not only beyond the solar system and space, but beyond the boundaries of the universe, to the next level of existence. There are completely different conditions, completely other levels there, and that is where we must develop.

By going out to the next level, we become detached from our bodies; it ceases to exist for us. We dwell in the power of bestowal only, in the connection between us—this is the future of humanity. And this is not fiction because such a condition was described thousands of years ago in the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Why do we need some kind of Mars? We can travel beyond time, above the speed of light, instantly at any point in space, adding all kinds of space, and opening up new worlds. Let’s begin this journey!
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 9/7/16

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New Life #436 – Rosh HaShanah

New Life #436 – Rosh HaShanah
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah Rosh HaShanah (the Hebrew New Year) is the beginning of a change. What is the change? What introspection do we do on this holiday, and how does a person become compatible with the system of nature that operates in the world?

A new beginning starts by summing up the year that has passed, by finding the evil in us with regard to love. It is a self-examination of if I were directed to the upper force whose nature is love and bestowal. So that we will be a head and not a tail means that we will not encounter blows without understanding why, that we shall advance toward love by ourselves. Nature has a plan to bring us all to a state of mutual bestowal, connection, and balance to be as one man.

We can correct our attitude to this plan every day. We don’t need to wait for Rosh HaShanah. The “day of judgment” refers to the evolutionary program of nature called God. I can turn judgment into mercy. What am I judged for? To what extent do I object to or support the program of development, like a computer program. We have to do such self-examination every day, but Rosh HaShanah is a kind of general symbol.

I cannot affect this program personally but only by correcting my attitude toward others. The goal of our development is connection, love of others like ourselves, and do not do unto others what is hateful to us. The nation of Israel has to perform this self-examination since this nation has to lead the whole world to correction.

A Shofar, pomegranate, apple dipped in honey, and a fish head all symbolize the mitigation of the Dinim (judgment) by respecting bestowal instead of receiving. Crowning the king means that the goal of our development should lead us and that we should be as one bundle.

Being sealed and signed in the Book of Life means that we are all connected in one network. Establishing a connection with others is being sealed and signed in the Book of Life. A person seals his own sentence since it is up to him and to his attitude to others in the network. In order to be sealed and signed in the book of the righteous, a person has to learn the laws of the system, which are pure bestowal.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #436 – Rosh HaShana,” 9/28/14

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10.27.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “Descent for the Sake of Ascent”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 65

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