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In the News (BBC): “Humanoid robots, with cultural awareness and a good bedside manner, could help solve the crisis over care for the elderly, academics say.
“An international team is working on a £2m project to develop versatile robots to help look after older people in care homes or sheltered accommodation.
“The robots will offer support with everyday tasks, like taking tablets, as well as offering companionship.
“Academics say they could alleviate pressures on care homes and hospitals. …
Comment: People have always thought that by helping the elderly, they are carrying out a function of kindness and mercy, charity.
My Comment: Almost no characteristic of kindness and mercy have been discovered among people today. Care for the elderly is a lot of work and is difficult. Nobody wants to be involved with it and if they do, it is only in exchange for higher pay. But not everyone can afford to pay lots of money.
So in order to provide normal care for the elderly, it is specifically necessary to develop robotic technology and make it possible for everyone to acquire help like this.
Question: Would this type of help limit a person in performing good deeds?
Answer: No, room will always remain for people to help, but when an elderly person requires care 24 hours a day, then of course you need a multifunctional robot that can even read stories. This is our future—to be in the hands of a machine like this.
Question: What kind of a future can a person who is pushed into work like this expect?
Answer: That person must replace himself with robots for all worldly occupations except for involvement with his spirituality. He must work on correcting himself and engage only in attaining the upper world and bringing its higher conduct closer to us. In this way we will enter another system in which only we can be, not robots.
This is the real work, we must carry it out, and we will carry it out, nature will obligate us.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/1/17
Like little children are unable to perceive the world in front of them that is above their comprehension, so is a person, not comprehending the laws of nature, is unable to perceive anything above his own level.
This is why, existing in this world and having researched almost all its material laws, we as scientists, politicians, educated and mature people, still do not know its spiritual laws.
But there comes a time in the evolution of humanity, when we begin to be directly dependent on these laws. Straightforward evolution is ending, which only existed as a result of the growth of human ego, and egoism is beginning to “spiral into itself.” As a result, the world becomes more round, closed, and integral, like a global “small village.”
However, humanity is not aware of the spiritual laws and that is the reason for all the confusion. Not only are the ordinary people are confused, but even those who stood in power and ruled over us, they too are unable to act correctly and govern without knowing the laws of nature. Nature’s behavior today is changing and traversing from material laws to spiritual, and we do not know what to do with it.
It is as if we have lost the ability to direct our lives: family, country, nation, world, human interactions, finances, and commerce. Something strange is happening, with each day becoming more and more incomprehensible and unknown.
And that is why in our time, the wisdom of Kabbalah is being revealed. It explains: “By Your actions, we will know You,” that is, it is necessary to understand the actions of the upper force, the Creator, and from it we will comprehend how today’s world behaves.
Otherwise we will suffer more and more. Nature, like a caring parent, pressures us like an unruly child, demanding that we change because otherwise we will feel bad.
The laws established in the world of Infinity, in the relationship between the Light and desire, are absolute and unchanging. The wisdom of Kabbalah explains in what form we can connect to the Light, which is the source of life, knowledge, and fulfilment.
It is necessary to study these upper laws, without which we will not be able to continue to exist. And that is why the wisdom of Kabbalah, as a science of the attainment of the upper force, becomes today’s most important need.
There was a time when it was studied at one’s own interest, by specific chosen individuals in each generation, who were motivated to reveal the upper force in accordance with their inner calling. But today there are many people who desire to know the upper force, all its laws and behavior.
And the entire world begins to understand that our lives are impacted by new laws, new conditions, which we are not capable of organizing correctly. In our time, it’s essential to attain the upper force by its actions even for the simplest material existence.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/20/17, Lesson on the Topic: Preparation for the Convention, Part 1
The Torah, Deuteronomy 19:06: Lest the avenger of the blood pursue the killer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and he strikes him to death, whereas he was not deserving of death, for he had not hated him in times past.
The cities of refuge should be within reach, with good roads and with a good understanding of where to run. A person must be granted such a place.
The Torah doesn’t speak about people but about the inner world of a person, when he feels that he has unbiased, unintentional desires that drag him down to egoism and he can do nothing with them because he doesn’t control them; the Creator does.
This is exactly how the Creator manifests these desires in him. Although in principle, they are good and normal, suddenly they become deadly, kill the soul of a person, don’t allow him to connect with others, and don’t allow him to get closer and reveal the Creator within himself. This way the Creator reveals these desires to him, the involuntary, unintentional killers of his soul, and he needs to correct them.
Therefore, in the cities of refuge he corrects the desires that were revealed in him as deadly, while previously he couldn’t identify their egoistic intentions. He will be free from them in seven years, and after that it is forbidden to pursue him because he corrected his desires.
Thus, he should treat all his thoughts and motives very reasonably, in a weighted manner, understanding that everything comes only from the Creator. It is He who revealed in a person such depths of egoism that a person himself wouldn’t be able to reveal. Therefore, he sends them to the “occupation” zone where he examines and corrects them, and after a certain time of measured influence of the Upper Light on these desires, on the seventh year, he leaves the isolation zone.
There are the Light of bestowal and the Light of reception in this system, and they, by interacting with each other, play with a person and correct him more and more so that he becomes similar to the Creator. The Surrounding Light (Ohr Makif) descends upon all our desires and they begin to change gradually under its influence, especially in the cities of refuge because the concentration of the desire to be corrected in these places, meaning in these desires that the Creator reveals in a person, is very strong.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/7/16
Everyone already feels that the world is in a state of the global crisis. At first, attempts had been made to cover it up, but after the 2008 financial collapse the world had to acknowledge the existence of crisis.
Today, after the events that took place in Europe, the problems of the European Common Market, and the situation with refugees, after the US election that caused a drastic change in the political course, our world begins to realize that it is undergoing serious transformations.
In addition to that, we have got revolutionary changes in engineering, technology, global warming, mass unemployment, a lot of extraordinary phenomena in nature and in human society, family disintegration, the sharp increase in drug abuse, as well as despair and depression, which has become the most widespread illness. Undoubtedly, the world’s current state can be called critical.
More than that, there is a danger of a new world war, as well as many other problems. The question arises, “How to bring humanity out of this crisis and lead it to a better state”? Every normal person who wants to live a good, safe life, and raise children knowing that they will have a brighter future ponders over this.
Today’s world does not give us hope for a good future neither for ourselves nor for our children. This is why people instinctively shy away from starting a family and taking on necessary commitments.
Can anything be done to change a general situation? The state of the world demands it, with the internal tensions intensifying in every country around the globe.
It seems like humanity has lost its way; perhaps it happened a long time ago, but it is becoming apparent only now. It is as if a person keeps going and going, and suddenly realizes that he drove in a completely wrong direction and doesn’t know how to find the right way. It is not even clear now how to get back to the point where he lost his way.
We ought to get very serious now because we ended up someplace unknown, and the main thing is not to make even greater mistakes. After all, the forces at humanity’s disposal are very powerful and dangerous. The only way out of the crisis is to develop new, altruistic, social and human values.
This means that the solution cannot be reached at any level and in any respect, other than in the system of integral education that has to be provided to all people. We cannot change the conditions given to us by nature, but everything depends on our relationships with each other, within a family, a nation, a country with all its parties and movements, as well as between countries and the world as a whole.
Human relationships can only be corrected through education. It is like when seeing children fist fighting, everyone understands that they lack good upbringing. There is no point screaming at them and punishing them because nothing will help except for upbringing. If you give them more games, you’ll bring in even more conflict. And if some dangerous toys like sticks and stones happen to get into their hands, they can hurt each other.
This is why the only thing that humanity needs is education, and not new technology. The education of a person is the most sensitive and effective area for promoting changes.
There is abundance in the world, and there is no lack of provisions. Instead of throwing away a third of all the products we can feed all the hungry and still have extra left. Likewise, there is no shortage in clothing.
The whole problem is in the wrong relationships between us that prevent us from arranging our life in such a way that everyone will be alright. There is no shortage of energy sources, or any other resources needed to man. Then why are they not available to everyone? Because we do not take care of everyone!
After all, one feels confident specifically when he is better off than the others. If I make a thousand a month, and you make only eight hundred, I feel good. I need to evaluate myself in comparison to someone else, and according to my ego, a good state is only when the other has less than I do.
This is why it is necessary to bring humanity to the point where it starts taking care of everyone. Two things are required for that: first, the state laws that prohibit individuals to cause it harm, and second, education that compels a person to act for the benefit of others.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/26/17, Lesson on the Topic: “Mismah Arosa (Arosa Document),” “Plan for Getting Out of Crisis”
Question: How could great Kabbalists like the Ari, Baal HaSulam, Rabash, and others enter the perception of the upper world alone without a group, without a teacher? Today, there is a lot of material that wasn’t available before and good conditions that didn’t exist in the past. Yet in spite of it all, it is very difficult to cross the border between our world and the spiritual world.
Answer: First of all, we can’t compare ourselves with the Ari, Ramchal, and Baal HaSulam. There are special souls who come into this world because they occupy particular places in the collective soul, like the heart, lungs, or liver in the human body, for example. These are parts without which the body cannot sustain itself.
There are also organs of secondary importance whose function is not imperative for the operation of the entire body that basically carry out the instructions of the rest of the organs.
We learn that our body is constructed and organized like a soul. It has a brain, bones, sinew, flesh, and skin, in general, all the parts of the body from top to bottom and inside and out, precisely according to the structure of the soul.
So, there are souls that descend into our world and are developed in it according to special laws for them. If we consider how a fetus develops in the womb of its mother, first one part develops, then another, after that another part, then the first part again. Generally, it is a very interesting order.
The wisdom of Kabbalah scrutinizes this order and explains it. Medicine simply indicates the facts that it sees, but no more than this, while the wisdom of Kabbalah provides a precise explanation for why different parts of the body develop in a such a manner at different times and following a particular sequential order.
Thus, the Ari, Baal HaSulam, Rashbi, Rabash, and other great Kabbalists are special souls who came into our world to leave their continuity in it in the form of the foundations of the collective soul, while we cannot consider ourselves to be like these.
If we had the same preconditions that they had, we would behave and feel this world completely differently. We are simply parts of the collective soul, and all of our work can be summed up in being mutually connected as described by Moses.
It is written in the Torah that Moses developed in a special way. Batya, the daughter of Pharaoh, found him in a cradle floating in the water. Therefore, she called him “Moses” from a word that means “to draw out,” taking him out of the Nile. She took him to the royal palace, and he was brought up as a prince, the grandson of Pharaoh.
When Moses grew up, he became a huge Kabbalist and took his brothers out of Egypt. The moment he did this, his father-in-law Jethro, the king of Midian, the great leader and priest of the Midianites, came to him. He taught Moses how to reconstruct the entire system, and Moses listened to him and divided all of the people into tens, hundreds, thousands, and so forth. Each one had to know his place and work on a connection with others. Since then, it has been customary to do this.
Special individuals like Moses attained an exit to the upper world in a completely special way in which the discovery of the Creator existed, while we work as the Torah commands, gathering as tens, the tens gathering as hundreds, hundreds into thousands, and so forth. In this manner, we invite the Upper Light to influence us. It elevates and purifies us, and we achieve discovery of the upper world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/30/16
Question: All major religions assert that a person, from the moment one is born has a soul and it is immortal. If all the religions come from the wisdom of Kabbalah, where do these contradictions come from? After all, according to the wisdom of Kabbalah, a person does not have a soul from birth. Only its initial spark exists, which he must develop by himself.
“It is impossible to sustain one’s body in the world without a certain amount of knowledge about the corporeal nature, such as knowing which drugs are lethal, and what things burn and do harm, as well as knowledge and assessment of what is in one’s friend’s heart, without which it is impossible to exist in the material world.
Just so, man’s soul cannot exist in the next world until it has acquired a certain amount of the nature of the systems of the spiritual worlds, their changes, couplings, and generations.” (Baal HaSulam, “From My Flesh I Shall See God”).
Answer: In fact, no person has a soul except for someone who builds, creates, corrects, and fills it himself. This is the work of man to create a soul from those fragments that we received from the breaking of the common soul.
This is our superiority over the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate levels of nature. We can create a desire within ourselves that is like that of the Creator, which will be eternal and infinite, and we will begin to perceive everything outside oneself, not within oneself, meaning, it will come out of the limitations of its characteristics.
A person is not born with a soul. He has the starting point for his future soul. He must assemble the soul within himself independently.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/6/16
Answer: Emotions are emotions. The reason for them can be both egoistic and altruistic; it doesn’t matter. I can enjoy something good or something bad.
You can measure different emotional parameters, but not spiritual parameters. In any case, whether the reason for the emotion is positive or negative will not be understood. Psychologists have also reached the conclusion that laughter and tears are in fact felt almost the same way by the body.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/21/16
New Life #570 – Social Frustration
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
If we thought there were some kind of anchor in Israel to rely on, today we see corruption is ubiquitous. There is general frustration and it is good that we have come to this. It reveals a truth that was not clear to us before.
Everything has become rotten from the ground up. Every politician promises, “I will fix it for you/for all of you/for myself,” and it is clear that he will not be able to do anything.
You cannot say that there is a loss of direction, for in fact there never has been a nation on the right path. The only way possible in Israel is the way of “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) and mutual responsibility.
The positive change that is hoped for can happen only through a change in the person. Corrected people build a corrected society. Only through connection between us will we discover the force of good, the power of love, that can correct everything.
A general social education is required for the people of Israel, an education for connection and mutual love. Without this we are not a people. Since the destruction of the Temple, unfounded hatred has been destroying us. “And you shall love your friend as yourself” is our only future. Even if this sounds naïve, the forces of nature are directing us toward that. That is what the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us.
From KabTV’s “New Life #570 – Social Frustration,” 5/17/15
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