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Answer: We are living in an egoistic reality, in a state where we feel that everything is only for our own pleasure or our own security.
We can only feel a small part of the infinite, totally boundless state we are in; it passes through our egoistic filters and is recreated inside us in a distorted way called our world. This means that this world is virtual, that it exists inside us and is created by our ego. Only what is good or bad for our ego is reflected in it, and this is the only thing we perceive with our five senses.
In the reality we do not perceive, we are seemingly asleep, we cannot feel it because we are in our egoistic desire and can draw only what brings us pleasure or can reject what can bring us pain, and this is actually what creates the contrast between plus and minus in us, between darkness and illumination, and so forth.
Question: What percentage of true reality don’t we see?
Answer: We don’t see anything. What we process and recreate inside us, in our egoism, doesn’t count as part of the true volume of creation.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/18/16
Answer: A person who studies the wisdom of Kabbalah, and I emphasize a person and not a man, has to make sure that he perfectly corrects his part in the general system called creation or Adam (Man), in his relationships with all created beings on the levels of the still, vegetative, animate, and the speaking nature, and through them, his relations with the Creator.
If this is what he does, he is called man, Adam, who resembles the Creator no matter whether it is a man or woman in our world. In our world, a man can do much more intensive work than a woman because he has a bigger ego and a lesser yearning for the Creator.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/26/16
Answer: I will answer as a scientist who has sought to learn all my life. Since the age of nine I subscribed to the magazines Knowledge is Power, Technology for Teens, Science and Life, and later to the magazine Radio. How can one live without literature or books? Today we can upload all the world’s literature on one computer and give each one access to the treasures of human intelligence.
Question: Why does a person need this knowledge?
Answer: It depends upon what we want to insert into our memory.
Education is built by reading many different sources, which are all forgotten but which build the special connections in our brain, in our memory, and today when we look at different objects, instruments, and phenomena, we can perceive, understand, and relate to them correctly because the right relationship has been created.
By reading a lot, we seemingly create internal software inside us, like Word for example. Once you upload Word on your computer, you can use this software to read texts, to write, etc.
Similarly, education uploads its software in us and we don’t need to remember anything because the major basic intelligence of man is already inside us.
Question: Will it always be this way?
Answer: I believe that it will gradually disappear because everything will be completed by the wisdom of Kabbalah, which provides us with full knowledge of the world we are living in: who we are and how we should correct this world.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/9/16
All the great Kabbalists wrote their books only from the attainment of the upper system, upper forces, and upper governance. Exactly through his attainments, Moses wrote the Torah as a story of the crossing the Sinai desert for forty years. It, in fact, speaks only about spiritual actions.
It is the same with Rambam and other Kabbalists. Each one selected some kind of special, earthly form of presentation that was close to him and described spiritual phenomena. The interesting thing is that when you explain this on the earthly level, you receive such laws that through keeping them, the society becomes totally different. It is as if society conserves itself through protection from bad internal problems.
This level is called Holy Still (Domem de Kedusha) and it protects a person from many problems because some illumination of the upper forces descends upon him. Although he doesn’t understand anything and just keeps the traditions, he protects himself.
However, the goal is not in this; this is just a minimum level of preservation. It is followed by the vegetative, animate, and human levels where certain efforts are required from us to change our internal state.
The first level, Domem de Kedusha, doesn’t require anything apart from one thing: “Preserve yourself.” You were given this tradition and you must scrupulously abide by it.
However, if you don’t keep it, you fall from this level. To keep means to work always against constantly growing egoism. It is necessary to rise constantly in order to compensate for the descent of egoism. It is impossible to be just spiritually still because the people of Israel fell from this level.
In those times, sages taught on the spiritually still level and tried to pull people to the higher degrees so that they themselves would advance and grow spiritually. However, the people thought that it is enough for them to stay the way they are, “Why shouldn’t I be the same as my grandfather?! I perform everything as required.” A person doesn’t even feel that everything that he does is only mechanical.
Thus, there is what is called the descent of the generations to the point that we see today. And everything is just because they left the spiritual ascent. After all, it is impossible to remain on the same level without compensating for the growing egoism.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/13/16
Answer: The words in Hebrew bear a code; therefore, the study will not be identical. If, for example, you say, “Bina, Hochma,” then the writing of the word itself bears within it a particular combination of symbols that represent particular forces, while in another language this won’t exist.
Yet, every language has a “spiritual source” just like every person, object, and phenomenon in our world. Otherwise, this branch would not exist.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/17/16
New Life 403 – Suicide Prevention
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
How does social support and conversation help us contend with life and prevent suicidal feelings?
We are social creations. There is always conflict between a person and his environment.
To prevent suicide, it is necessary to build a new educational-social framework for everyone, to hold daily workshops in small groups to explore life, relationships, and emotions. In these discussions, even someone who is introverted will hear the words of others about life. Openness is gradually created.
At first, all of the garbage comes out of a person; everyone unloads his own baggage.
We try to connect in a circle, nobody criticizes others, and we try to reach a single opinion. Gradually, each one begins to feel that connection with a warm society is more important to him than his personal life. Instead of suicide, he begins to find a higher value to life.
Connection workshops make everyone equal, balance the differences, and help everyone acquire a higher meaning.
From KabTV’s “New Life 403 –Suicide Prevention,” 6/12/14
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Lesson on the Topic: “Al-Kol-Pshaim-Tehase-Ahava,” (Love Covers All Transgressions)
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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 1, Part 2 “Histaklut Pnimit,” Chapter 5, Item 51
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