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Question from Facebook: The Jewish youth in America are the major supporters of Bernie Sanders and democracy. They have their own definition of the concept of unity, and you will never be able to impact their world of imaginary socialism, of liberal-democratic lies.
As you are an intelligent person, why don’t you understand that very often the Arabs are closer to unity than those who are so-called Jews?
Answer: I don’t disagree with that. The problem is that it is actually the Jews who should unite. If they would unite, they would establish good relations between people in the world and bring nations closer to each other so that peace and tranquility and nice behavior will prevail all over the world.
Question: The person who is asking the question emphasizes that those who support Sanders are not Jews.
Answer: The way I see it, a Jew is a person who has a bud of spirituality in him from which the soul can develop the attribute of love and bestowal. He is a descendent of the people who Abraham gathered around him and called Israel (Yashar El), aimed straight at the Creator.
We cannot get rid of this. No matter what we do, we will be obliged to bring the Jews to do it in a good way, the way I try to do it, and not in a different way, God forbid. No matter how it happens, they will still reach the understanding that they must unite and set an example to all of humanity, which means to be Light unto the nations of the world so that the entire world will be able to unite.
Question: Do you believe that it is possible to reach the American Jews?
Answer: There is no other way. It is like a baby in the family. Is there anything you can do about it? Can you give him up, abandon him, and not take care of him? You must take care of him!
I believe that it is possible to reach them. When I began to teach twenty years ago, I had ten students, and today, I have a couple of million students and, in addition to those who listen and read, there are many more.
So, there is progress. If I don’t manage to do it, my students and their students will complete the mission, but things will expand because we have no other choice. The point is that nature itself will force us to do so. This is the reason that I do what I must and don’t ask any questions about anything else.
Question: Don’t you think that American Jews’ ears become even deafer when they feel that they are pressured by you?
Answer: I am not pressuring them. I simply explain to them the reason for anti-Semitism and how they can get rid of it.
Perhaps the Jews who are supporting Sanders are still young and don’t really feel it today, but when they have kids of their own who will not be able to go to school because of anti-Semitism and all the more so to university, they will think about what they must do and will think that perhaps it is a good idea to listen to what the wisdom of Kabbalah says about unity.
Question: American Jews are divided into camps today: those who support Trump and those who oppose him.
Answer: If these two camps united, the entire world would unite! What would I do about the world now? I would pressure the Jews so that they must unite! This is the best thing the world can do for the Jews and for the entire world, too!
Question: You have always said that that the Jews in Israel are in the center of the process, but now you are speaking about the American Jews.
Answer: The hatred is there. It is very evident among the American Jews. I hope they will come to their senses by themselves, or otherwise, it will be under great pressure. I am not losing hope of reaching better times in a good way or at least of preventing war.
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is not inevitable that there would be two more world wars, but I hope that by bringing hearts closer, as we are doing, we will prevent that.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/13/17
Answer: The law of equivalence of form operates on all levels, but we don’t recognize that it is operating everywhere. If you and I have the same characteristics, we are close to each other, we understand each other. It is possible to describe this with physical bodies and also chemical elements.
However, the law of equivalence of form does not describe nature in our world because as a general rule, such objects (plus plus) reject each other, but it describes nature in spiritual space, what happens according to the degree of similarity of internal characteristics, not the physical.
In spirituality, there is only the getting closer and the distancing of objects according to the degree of similarity or difference of characteristics. This is the basic law of behavior in spiritual space.
Due to the power of this law, in our world we cannot discern characteristics that are not found in us. A person can see only what is in him. For example, a cruel person will not see kindness and mercy in others because to do this there must be a similarity of characteristics.
This is the reason that we don’t perceive the Creator as good that does good unless we are like that ourselves. The Creator is revealed only as a bounty of good and warmth, which are absent in us.
Question: Should this be accepted as an axiom or must one believe in the law?
Answer: At present, you should accept this as an axiom so that it will be used as the basis for what we do.
Through the Kabbalistic method, we gradually create a new sense. This sense will be somewhat similar to the characteristics of the Creator, and then we begin to discover Him within us to the degree of our similarity and equivalence with Him, until we attain Him fully.
Question: Is this the reason that it is so difficult for people to understand a Kabbalist?
Answer: In fact, it is impossible to understand a Kabbalist. Even a Kabbalist cannot understand another Kabbalist who is on a higher level because he is always limited only by the set of spiritual characteristics that are already created within him and he is ready to feel.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/25/16
Question from Facebook: You keep saying that education is the answer to all the problems both of the individual and the world. But people have been saying that for decades, and despite the many organizations that engage in education, life goes on according to its own laws.
Answer: Life goes on according to the laws of egoism. And we must act so that it will flow according to the laws of altruism: love, bestowal, and unity. No one does this and no one can.
The only one who succeeded in this 3,500 years ago was Abraham when he called all those who wanted to overcome the universal social humanitarian crisis that broke out in Babylon. He founded a group of people who joined him and clung to him, and he called it Israel or the Jewish nation.
Abraham became the first father of the new system of education of unity. This group has existed since then for 3,500 years, and cannot be divided or disappear! It stands against all the other nations of the world, the same Babylonians who spread and settled all over the world, and everyone feels that there is something special about them.
All we have to do is to start teaching this method to the entire world because the world already understands that there is no other choice and that the main thing is unity since, otherwise, people will destroy each other.
Question: Are you referring to the entire Jewish nation when you speak about a group that knows this method?
Answer: No, all the Jews have lost this method, except for Kabbalists who have been leading and implementing it from one generation to the next based on their own experience. If they lead this education system and supervise it, humanity will reach its good end. It will reach complete unity.
Question: Do you believe that people will listen to that?
Answer: If they don’t, there will be several serious wars that will involve such sufferings that they will have to listen. But the wise foresee these sufferings from afar and does not enter them.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/13/17
Question: Where are the rules mentioned according to which a woman must stand behind a man? Today a woman works, earns money like a man, and takes care of children and the home. After all of that, she still has to follow a man with her “head bowed”?
Answer: I understand how the picture looks to you, but it is completely different. According to our current situation, a woman can work equally like a man, but the continuity of the generation is a special right that is given to her. Also housekeeping, no matter how it is viewed, rests upon her shoulders. The difference still exists and there is no need to eliminate it.
We are going through a period in the development of humanity in which we want to be revolutionaries, changing the world according to our imagination, according to our understanding and desire. Ultimately we will understand that the result is much worse and that it is better to return to the sources and act according to the nature of the world and our own nature and not to invent something else.
Why should a woman work and do everything just like a man? The rate of unemployment today has reached 30 – 40%. Wouldn’t it be better if only men were working in the world? And women would be engaged with the education of children, self-education, and preparing a fertile ground for the men. Then it could be that the family would be stronger and the world would be much warmer and better, without wars and other problems.
Let’s each deal with our own business! I do not think that the education of children and housework is somehow less than the work of a man sitting at a computer, for instance.
Giving birth, educating, moving humanity forward generation after generation is women’s work! What could be more basic and necessary?
Question: Does that mean that nobody needs 80% of the work that is done in the world?
Answer: Of course it isn’t needed! In the end, what do we get? Children are run around who knows where and how. And what will come of them isn’t clear. A woman should have a psychological and pedagogical education in order to educate children, take care of them properly, and build a family correctly.
A woman personifies the home. In Hebrew, “home” is a woman, a mother, wife, the mistress of the house. The man is an appendage to her, bringing home a salary and is engaged with obtaining physical and spiritual food. The woman carries out her spiritual work by way of the home. And this division is very important.
But now we are in such a stage, such an incarnation, where everything has turned upside down. But we will return to carrying out our functions correctly because in the present state we cannot complete the correction of the world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/4/16
#Liberalism led to complete permissiveness of the ego, destroying social order–and thus laying the foundation for an altruistic society.
What the world needs isn’t #knowledge, but how to perceive it–first a new view of the world, and only then how to use what we know of it…
How #Trump Can Drain the Swamp @haaretzopinion
From Twitter, 4/18/17
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On the other hand, if we assume that the will has no freedom, then we are all like machines, operating and creating through external forces, which force them to act this way.
This means that we are all incarcerated in the prison of Providence, which, using these two chains, pleasure and pain, pushes and pulls us to its will, to where it sees fit. It turns out that there is no such thing as selfishness in the world.
In our world, a person doesn’t have any freewill, nature controls him completely. He represents a certain set of desires and therefore causes some or other positive and negative influences.
Thus, the freedom of will arises in a person only when he can make a restriction (Tzimtzum) on his desires.
In this case, the upper Light begins to influence him; it raises a person above his nature and he can already work in the quality of bestowal, in other words, absolutely selflessly, without any need to pursue any personal goals and benefits.
This already is a spiritual quality that appears in us only due to the influence of the upper Light, and it comes and instigates this ability in us only if we attract it correctly. It means that we are in a circle with friends, study Kabbalistic texts, and try to constantly work on the connection between us.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/18/16
Answer: You cannot begin to feel the upper world, the common field called the Creator, if you don’t reach Him through perceiving others as yourself. You will not have a sensor through which you can feel the upper state unless you do so.
Question: Is there a reverse process to the correction of the desire? Does a person with uncorrected desires who comes to a group of who have corrected their soul lower the level of the group?
Answer: Of course, but we still must accept him and begin to draw him to us since everyone who arrives has the right to be incorporated with the group. At the same time, we can divide the group of older and newer students, and gradually bring the level of the new students to that of the older ones. This is the way to advance.
Question: Does making reality unperturbed mean not putting any labels on it?
Answer: Yes, this means not participating in it.
When I acquire the attribute of bestowal, I think about how to do good unto others in order to fill their desires. I don’t include myself in it, but only yearn to give them what they want. In that case, the upper world receives me without any problems or obstacles, and I am peacefully incorporated in it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/27/16
Answer: When we talk about something that exists, we mean that it exists relative to a person’s attainment and what he expects.
Everything that he sees is happening within him. So if we assume that there is a planet Mars, it means that it is within a person as the expression of some desire that he has. Does life exist on Mars? What does life mean? What are the properties of protein?
From the aspect of the perception of reality, there is no life anywhere. Everything that a person investigates, he investigates within himself. All of the laws, everything that I see and feel, it is all inside of me.
Question: If a person was born in 1940, before I was born, how can he be a part of me?
Answer: Everything is comprehended relative to the person who is the observer. So history, as it seems to us, having gone on for thousands and even millions of years, its counts, inscriptions, chain, axes of time, and actions, everything is in each one of us.
Question: Does that mean there is no history and there were no dinosaurs?
Answer: There was nothing. Everything is within me. That is the way my desires, which remain in me as special memories, are integrated within me. After all, it is not matter, it is only a Reshimo (a record of information).
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/25/16