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Separate And Unite

laitman_437In the News (BoltaeW.Ru): “The Catalonian crisis, it seems, has already managed to inflict not only economic damage to Spain, but also divided society in the Pyrenean kingdom. The corresponding conclusion is contained in a survey, the results of which were given by the newspaper La Razon.

“According to it’s information, almost a quarter of the Spaniards, not counting the inhabitants of Catalonia itself, stopped buying products produced in this autonomous community of the country. In addition, 21% of respondents do not rule out that they will stop buying them. In the case of independence of the region, almost 50% of Spaniards assured that they would not pay for Catalan goods, while 35.5% did not agree with the boycott.

“As specified in the study, more than 77% of respondents support the decision of enterprises to ‘leave’ Catalonia and transfer their legal addresses to other autonomous communities of the kingdom. Since October 1, the number of companies that have taken this step has passed the mark of 2 thousand.”

My Comment: People don’t know how to satisfy their natural needs.

Which needs? “I want to live independently. But, at the same time, I want to, and probably can, maintain a good relationship with you.” And you think, “No! If you want a good relationship, you will obey me!”

“But we grew out of that condition. We have our own language. We are a different nation. We feel ourselves as an independent unity: administratively, culturally, even financially and politically. Why then can we not be separate from you?”

We will separate, and at the same time, maintain normal relations. Let’s do it this way: “We will begin to separate and, at the same time, unite above our differences, so that where we want to feel ourselves independent, we will be independent, and where we need to unite so that it is beneficial for both of us, we will be united.”

Remark: In this case Spain would lose nothing…

My Comment: Yes, but in order for this to happen, the process that is taking place in the world needs to be understood. Since egoism is growing, there will be increasingly greater division into various administrative regions in the world. And there is nothing that can be done about it.

Everywhere, in every country, we find many regions that want to be an administratively independent units. So give them this possibility!

But, at the same time, we need to teach them how to be united! This is taught by the science of Kabbalah. And we can teach this to everyone.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 11/16/17

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Kabbalah Lessons, Part 1

226Question: Why in studying Kabbalah is such great importance given to the lessons?

Answer: The study of Kabbalah is intended not for receiving knowledge like when studying other sciences and professions. Kabbalah assumes a completely different approach to study: the goal is not to learn the material, but to change a person’s nature.

The most important thing is to lead a person to such changes that will allow him to reveal the upper force and to see the upper world. Through the correct study in the Kabbalistic group, even in this life, he will reveal the force that elevates him to the new degree of consciousness, perception, and revelation, which is above this world.

Therefore, in Kabbalah it is not an academic approach to study with students just memorizing texts. Even if we wanted to study them theoretically, we still would not be able to do so.

After all, the Kabbalistic texts describe phenomena and actions that take place on a completely different level, not accessible to the attainment of a regular person. This is something that is not clear to us, not understandable, not revealed, and does not appear before our eyes in this world.

It is about the system that controls us, about the network of spiritual forces, that is, about two opposite forces of reception and bestowal that drive us. We need to study how this network operates, how it influences us, and how we must react to this influence.

If from our current state in this world we make efforts in order to react to this influence in a special way, then the upper system begins to gradually change us and oblige us to become similar to it.

This is the desired result of the study. The study widens our consciousness to such an extent that we see not just the material world, but the network of forces affecting the entire reality, this world, people, and everything in general. We begin to distinguish these forces, justify them, and connect with them. We can affect them and change our fate in this way.

Eventually, we correct ourselves to such an extent that we fully reveal the entire universe, the entire network of forces called the upper, next, hidden world, or the Creator. The study of the wisdom of Kabbalah should bring us to such results as it is written: “You shall see your world in your lifetime.”

The entire hidden network of forces controlling us is called the Creator. Therefore, according to the definition, Kabbalah is the methodology of revealing the Creator to a person in this world. During the time when a person still lives in this world, in his biological body, he must fully reveal the upper force, the upper system of governance.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/20/17

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Admitting Your Mistakes

laitman_600.04Question on Facebook: Why aren’t people aware of their mistakes and why don’t they apologize for treating others badly? Does this happen consciously?

Answer: How can I be aware of my error if it means that I am an unreasonable, underdeveloped person?

Question: Aren’t there people who admit their mistakes?

Answer: There are, but they do it in a way that lets them receive greater benefit: “Look at how special, good, and objective I am—I admit my mistakes.” By that, they profit even more.

Otherwise, as egoists, we cannot really admit our mistakes since that humiliates us. We are only capable of admitting them in a way that raises us higher. I stand up in front of my peers and say: “You know, I am ready to admit my mistakes.” And they all applaud.

Question: Will man or humanity ever reach this state?

Answer: Only if a person starts admitting his mistakes, realizing that through it he will receive a higher reward. He cannot do it otherwise.

Egoism remains; it cannot disappear anywhere. We only replace one reward with another. That is, it is worthwhile for me to admit my mistakes; it is worthwhile to crush my ego; it is worth working with it differently in order to rise to the next degree. For that I need to develop the greatness of the altruistic goal, the greatness of love for others. Then I will be able to admit my mistake. One must be higher than the other.

Then I will need egoism only in order to reject it, to rise above it, because by doing so I earn more. That is how everything is arranged.
From Kab TV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 10/2/17

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What Is Freedom?

laitman_744Question: A robot, artificial intelligence, does not have egoism. Can you say it is free?

Answer: Freedom signifies rising above yourself to the next level. It is experienced relative to the previous level. That is when you can be considered to be free.

But with respect to the next level, you are once again no longer free. You exist below it and must rise to it in order to once again experience freedom. And so on, until you reach the final level where you attain equivalence with the Creator.

It is the highest level of freedom where all other levels exist below you. This is what we have to reach.

Freedom is our final state, our goal. Kabbalah enables us to achieve it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 7/2/17

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Untouched By Time

742.03Torah, Deuteronomy, 34:7: Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eye had not dimmed, nor had he lost his [natural] freshness.

All these are qualities of Bina because she has no connection with Malchut, being higher than Malchut. No egoistic states have power over Bina.

It is written: “…nor had he lost his freshness.” There is no process taking place within Moses himself. He is in a state of complete bestowal, that is why he is not touched by time.

The death of Moses means that, with respect to the lower ones, he completed his mission.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book,” 2/6/2017

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Evil Is The Foundation Of The World

Laitman_115.05Question from Facebook: How do Kabbalists affect our world? Can they eradicate evil?

Answer: Absolutely not! Evil cannot be eradicated. We should have learned that from the thousands of years of our history. Annihilation of evil is impossible!

Evil is the foundation of the world. As it is written in the Bible: “I created the evil inclination, I have created the Torah as a spice,” not as elimination. Spice means that the evil remains, but we learn how to work with it correctly. That is what the science of Kabbalah is all about.

Question: You say: “Evil remains.” And so this always presents a hardship for a person?

Answer: Undoubtedly! What can you do? We have no other choice, we have to learn to work with evil. We have to understand it, respect it, and properly treat it as the Pharaoh (evil is Pharaoh): politely, with utmost courtesy, for it is only because of the evil that we are able to climb the ladder of more and more good.

Evil is the stimulus, the stage, over which we can constantly rise. On each level it is revealed in us even more, while we keep rising above it to goodness. Therefore, it is evil that advances us toward the good. The evil angel becomes the good one.

If not for evil, we would not be able to advance at all. Evil remains in all its glory, but we envelope it in a very good wrapping: goodness. It makes a wonderful “dish”: evil inside, goodness outside.

For we know, that every dish needs pepper added to it, salt, and something spicy. Even for children’s pastries cognac is added. Without it you cannot achieve the correct taste. Therefore, you have to taste some evil, but only for the purpose of elevating the good.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 10/2/17

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 11/21/17

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on Topic: “The Hardening of the Heart at the Entrance to Ibur (Conception),” (Prep for Convention in Arava) 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot,” Item 18

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Peace,” “The Wheel of Transformation of the Form”

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