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Lost In Translation?

Laitman_151Question: Does The Book of Zohar lose its effect when it is edited or translated?

Answer: Nothing is lost in the translation of The Book of Zohar. It all depends on the person who reads it.

There is no need to worry. Working on the sources to produce translations and different kinds of editing does not interfere with the connection with the book. Then it all depends on your desire that it will correct you and raise you all the way to the level of the Creator.

The level of the Creator is absolute love, absolute bestowal, when a person ascends above his ego and has not one thought about himself.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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Alone In A Crowd Of A Billion, Part 5

laitman_929The Peak Of Human Development

Question: We know that human development very much depends on the environment. How do we build a correct connection in society so that it influences a person in the best way?

Answer: It is necessary to assemble a group of people who will work according to the method that allows them to connect above their egoism and to explain to them the laws of the society that exist in unity as one man. There they will perform exercises, when each one tries to annul himself with respect to others, or to see himself above others, or to see everyone as completely equal. We should consider unity as the peak of our desired development and imagine what we can achieve by becoming one man with one heart, with one feeling, conceding to each other in everything.

We need to assemble such groups, not from people with similar qualities, in other words, not only from energetic ones or not only from lazy ones; on the contrary, it is necessary to mix everyone together. It is desirable to have different people in the circle who complement each other in all forms.

Why is it so important? The fact is that previously we were connecting with each other “rectilinearly,” according to our inner nature. Therefore, each one was looking for the people who are closer to him in qualities, more similar and suitable, and that “speak the same language.”

However, we want to build groups where “love will cover all crimes.” There, on the contrary, the more differences between us we overcome by connecting above them despite all the inequalities and inconsistencies, the bigger opportunity we have to rise above our material nature. Then we will be able to feel what is happening on “the second floor,” meaning in our connection above natural, inner qualities and habits.

In this way, we can attain the internal system of nature where everyone is different and even opposite and no one is similar to another. And each one should remain the way he is, without bending before the society, but at the same time without ruling over it. The main thing is to find the correct connection between us so that each one would complement others without any dominance from society toward him, or from him toward society.

By reaching such fine integral connection, we really feel ourselves in the unified society as if in a family. And when all the tens will feel themselves as one, ten tens will connect into one ten, where each unit will be equal to ten. And this work will continue in this way until all of humanity becomes as one man.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 4/4/17

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The Unified People Of Europe

Laitman_419Question from Facebook: You have often called for the creation of a single European nation in the European Union. Does this mean that each nation must give up its traditions?

Answer: Traditions can be intermixed. Does anyone know any traditions today? All of this gradually changes, transforms, and evaporates.

Traditions can remain only if we clothe them in correct and good attitudes toward one another, and then they will not interfere. We will happily accept the traditions of one another because they will only help us to cooperate mutually and get closer to each other.

In contrast to this, today the traditions separate us. Therefore, Europe, which is supposedly united, is in fact divided and split into parts, and with each passing day the situation is becoming worse and worse in this union.

The most useful thing would be a joint movement toward the general rule “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18), while everything else combines within this general rule and falls under it. If the principle “And you shall love your friend” includes all the rest of the principles, the traditions will actually help people unite more after all.

All of the traditions and cultures are not going to be lost. We will accept each other’s habits and in this way we will enrich our lives more. We will feel closer and better. But this will happen only if the goal is correct: becoming a single nation under the principle of “love of others.”

Question: Is this even possible?

Answer: We will be obliged to do this! The higher forces of nature are aiming toward this, forcing us to reach this state.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 5/22/17

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The Jewish Calendar

laitman_628_2Religions, ideas, regulations about holidays, the creation of calendar, etc.all this comes from the people of Israel that once left Babylon.

The Jewish calendar that has been in existence nearly 6,000 years never fails because it is based on the rotation of the sun, moon, and earth. Therefore, the date of any holiday can be defined thousands of years in advance.

It is a very complex calendar because every fourth year is a leap year, every seventh year a Shmita (Sabbatical year), every 49th or 50th year a Yovel (Jubilee), and so on. Its calculations are tied both to the sun and to the moon.

The Christian calendar is based solely on the rotation of the sun, the Islamic on the rotation of the moon, so their dates are different. The Jewish calendar, however, is based on the middle line,between the moon and the sun, and therefore is unchanged.

There is a highly precise calendar compiled as far back as the 4th century BC for the next 2,000 years of exile. It indicates the angular degrees, minutes, and seconds. It can currently be found on the Internet.

The need for such a calendar was based on the fact that Jews needed to know when to bless a month, a Sabbath, and so on. Therefore, they unerringly determined which day of the week would come, suppose, in 273 years, four months, and a certain number of days, the duration of day and night, the hours of sunrise and sunset, and so on.

They had a precise knowledge of the mechanics of the entire firmament. It is very interesting. When I first saw the book describing this calendar, I was amazed. It presents a variety of astronomical charts compiled 24 centuries ago.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/12/16

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Managing Your Fate

laitman_437Question from Facebook: My life is very hard. I will not bother you with the details. I want to understand what is behind your claim that I can manage my fate.

Answer: Managing your fate means that you must ascend to the root of your fate, to the place where the upper leadership manages us.

The upper leadership seems to be above our world, external to what we feel, but we can impact it by overcoming our ego if we connect in good relations between us. Then we will positively impact our spiritual root, become like it, and thus receive its positive impact on us. This is how we can change our fate.

I am very sorry to hear that your life is hard and that you suffer, but you can totally change your life. Try! You will see how the wisdom of Kabbalah advises you to do so, and I will be very happy to hear that things have changed for you.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 5/25/17

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Scholarship Instead Of Welfare For Unemployment, Part 3

laitman_220Our time in history is distinct because now the ulcers that exist in the entire system are being revealed. And the problem is that humanity doesn’t know how to cure them. It is this specific cause that is shattering society.

One of its parts, especially the governing level, is interested in hiding these defects, as if they do not exist. Another part acknowledges that defects exist, but they are inevitable. And just a small part is ready to correct them.

In most recent times, evil is being revealed much more forcefully than before. The election of Donald Trump served as a litmus test demonstrating the defects of modern society. The dishonesty and corruption of mass media, the ruling parties, democracy, and liberalism became very clear.

But on the other hand, so far there is no alternative. And the main thing is that there is a lack of understanding of the fact that neither the right nor the left forces are able to govern, but only the middle line. The middle line must be higher than the other two. Both right and left are wrong, because both are egoists. We can’t say which of them is bad and which is good—they are both bad.

But if they unite and rise above their differences, above their egoism, covering all transgressions with love, then between them will be born a new world of the future. This world will appear as something midway between the left, which has already revealed all the defects of its liberal politics, and the right, who will begin to reveal them in Europe and in America now.

Attempts to institute guaranteed basic income without attaching mandatory integral education to it, will very quickly ignite huge problems in society. People will just go crazy about it.

A person feels very uncomfortable when his material life is not organized. On the animal level, he is built in such a way that he needs to exert energy, work, and earn his money for his bread. And if he does not work for his own food, it is very bad.

For example, look at the kind of upbringing the royal family of England gives their children. It would seem that a king’s son could simply do nothing. Nonetheless, he is sent to study on the same level as others. He cannot be left with nothing to do, he must work, he must study.

That is why simply giving welfare for poverty destroys the individual and brings on heavy consequences. But maybe this way of revealing evil will bring awareness of the need to adopt the program of integral education, which is offered by Kabbalah.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/3/16, Lesson on the Topic: “Mismah Arosa (Arosa Document),” “What Is to Be Done?”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 7/7/17

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, Vol. 1, “What to Look for in the Assembly of Friends”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 25  

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Love for the Creator & Love for the Created Beings”

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