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Tragedy In Las Vegas

Laitman_200.03Question: What are your thoughts about the terrifying events that shook American society as yesterday’s shooting rampage in Las Vegas? A CBS news executive wasn’t embarrassed to write on her Facebook page that she was not “sympathetic” to the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. 

“I’m actually not even sympathetic [because] country music fans often are Republican gun toters,” former executive Hayley Geftman-Gold wrote (The Hill).

Answer: It’s telling that such examples of behavior are coming specifically from the side of the so-called “liberals.” This shows what an upside-down world we are living in, according to definitions.

The so-called “liberals,” “democrats,” and “socialists” are in reality the biggest Nazis and people-haters who are not concerned with anything other than the celebration of their own ideas. In the past this wasn’t called liberalism, it was called something completely different.

I grieve for all the victims of this horrible crime and empathize with the pain of their families and friends. Unfortunately, I can only repeat that everything depends on our unity, only this can bring peace to American society, a society which today represents modern Babylon and consists of representatives of all the nations of the world.

As at one time Abraham wanted to unite all of ancient Babylon on the basis of love that would cover all transgressions, so it is in modern America—unity is the only answer. In essence, this is exactly what Trump was talking about, promising to make of Americans one united nation. But, unfortunately, this promise is, as yet, only words.
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From the Lesson “Mutual Guarantee,” 10/3/2017

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Each Soul Is Individual

laitman_939.02Question: Will I lose my individuality after uniting with other souls?

Answer: Each soul is absolutely individual. When we talk about uniting with other souls, we mean in a general movement, a common effort.

But by this, each individual soul does not dissolve into other souls; even if we speak in these terms, the emphasis is on the united effort toward a single goal.
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From the Lesson in Russian 5/14/17

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Holidays—Stages Of Correction

Laitman_506.1Torah, Deuteronomy 31:10 – 31:11: Then, Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of [every] seven years, at an appointed time, in the Festival of Succoth, [after] the year of release, when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord, your God, in the place He will choose, you shall read this Torah before all Israel, in their ears.

Self-examination, examination of your own negative, egoistic desires occurs prior to the New Year (Rosh HaShana).

Rosh HaShana is the beginning of correction; Judgement Day (Yom Kippur) is the next stage.

And the final correction occurs on Sukkot. This is “Hibuk Smol” (embrace from the left side) and “Hibuk Yamin” (embrace from the right side),in other words, the drawing together of the Creator and the created being. Their complete union is symbolized by the last day of the holiday of Sukkot called Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Torah).
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From KabTV’s Secrets of the Eternal Book, 1/23/17

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The World At The Crossroads, Part 4

Laitman_157Today the world is returning to the dark times of fascism, which will bring great suffering not only to the Jews, but to absolutely everyone. On one hand, unification based on egoism, called Nazism, unites nations and states, but each within itself.

It cannot last long and ultimately collapses because it connects people only in the common hatred of someone else and does not build an internal unity. It is like the mafia, which is strong by its unity, because it allows it to beat everyone else. But this unity is based only on hatred, not love. This is precisely how the path of light differs from the path of suffering: unity is based on love.

Therefore, Nazism cannot last long and eventually ends in crisis. However, today it is developing in Europe and the USA. And then they will be followed by Latin America: Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, as well as Canada, which also came very close to it.

Question: What is the difference between Nazism in the United States and what happened in Europe?

Answer: The US will continue Nazism, which was in Europe, in a more developed, aggressive, and cohesive form. America has the forces and foundations necessary for it. Nature has long been preparing this bomb, which will certainly explode.

Many white Americans feel discriminated against since the 1950s, when the talk about equality between all races and communities in America began. They will serve as gunpowder for a big explosion.

Baal HaSulam gives a very precise definition of our egoism in the article, “Peace In The World”: “All the creations of the world are similar in that everyone seeks to use all others for their own benefit, applying all the means at his disposal and completely not considering that they are building their own well-being on neighbor’s property destruction.”

Therefore, when egoism grows to a certain level, we need to take care of its correction. Either it will lead us to collapse, or we will bring it to correction, one of two. Before Abraham’s time, egoism developed latently, “in a latent period.” But at some point the disease suddenly spreads, and we need to neutralize it very quickly. This is what occurred in the time of Abraham.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/21/17, Lesson on the Topic: “Europe at a Crossroad”

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What Is The Soul And How Does It Develop?

Laitman_001.02Question: What is the soul and how does it develop?

Answer: The soul is the quality of bestowal and the body is the desire to receive. There are many nuances between these two qualities and that is why a person who is not aware of them usually gets confused.

The fact is that the Creator created the desire to receive pleasure, which is the substance of all nature. The nature of the Creator is the desire to bestow and only the Creator possesses this quality.

Therefore, when we say that a person can change his desire from the desire to receive to the desire to bestow, we do not mean that we can change the desire itself but only how we can use this desire with the intention to bestow. Nevertheless, we still always only want to receive.

Usually, we just say that one person gives to another, but in fact, no one gives anything to anyone; such a state does not exist in our nature.

Even if I give you something, I get something in return. The state when a person gives of himself does not exist because a person is not a source. Therefore, any bestowal on the material level has a hidden reward.

But how can a person achieve similarity to the Creator, after all? In other words, how can a person find his or her soul? How can the desire become similar to Him if it is, in fact, the desire to receive? Receiving becomes identical to bestowal only when it has the intention to receive for the purpose of bestowal.

How do we do that? If someone loves me and wants to give me something, then I really can receive it with the intention of pleasing him. By doing him a favor in receiving from him, I perform an action that is equivalent to bestowal.

There are many such instances in our lives. We are talking about the relationship between an important person who is revered by all and an ordinary one. For instance, when an ordinary person gives a gift to an important one and the important one accepts it, he gives pleasure to the ordinary person.

At the same time, there must be absolute understanding of what happens: the important person receives in order to please the ordinary one and the ordinary person gives because for him the action itself is a pleasure since he is giving to the important person.

Here, we can see that the actions are opposite to the intentions, but this does not matter because the most important thing is the intention; it determines the value of the action or its essence.

The Creator’s desire to give and to delight is constant. The desire of the creature, on all levels, inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human, is only to receive.

The inanimate, vegetative, and animate desires are called “nature” and they exist in all people.

The desire to enjoy at the expense of others is called egoism. Moreover, we enjoy, not because it is necessary for our survival on the animate level, but because the “evil man” in each of us enjoys humiliating others.

Thus, egoism is not something that we have to have because nature forces us to use it but only to suppress and rise above others. This is the evil nature, which is characteristic only in humans.

If I rise above the desires to rule and use others, transform them into bestowal, and do not exploit others for my vanity, but, on the contrary, I lower myself toward them in order to really give back, delight, and fulfill them, then these desires have been corrected from evil to good and are called the soul.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/21/17

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New Life #893 – The Right Attitude Toward Ego

New Life #893 – The Right Attitude Toward The Ego
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

Why does the ego shackle us with fears? Why is it important to provide it with the right environment for development and how is it possible to control it through communication with the higher power?
From KabTV’s “New Life #893 – The Right Attitude Towards Ego,” 8/3/17

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10/9/17

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on Topic: Preparation for Convention in Vilnius, “From Chaos to Harmony,” Part 1

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Lesson on Topic: Preparation for Convention in Vilnius, “From Chaos to Harmony,” Part 2

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