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My Thoughts On Twitter 1/26/20

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The Creator is a perfect, altruistic system. In the connection between us, we are similar to it and we feel this system’s ideal, reciprocity, perfection. We connect positive and negative qualities inside of us, which complement one another. The Creator’s revelation emerges.
From Twitter, 1/26/20

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The Jewish Choice: Unity Or Anti-Semitism—Birth In Agony

Dr Michael LaitmanThe solution is not in the greater emancipation of the Jews, and not in greater religiosity, but in the spiritual ascent of a person. The lessons of history teach one thing: no matter what we do within the framework of this world, the outcome will always be disastrous, and we will be hit with blows right up to destruction. Salvation is only in rising above the level of this world.

No matter where we turn at the level of this world: to liberalism, religions, emancipation—nothing will help. We cannot stay in the corporeal level; we are not allowed to get stuck in it. We can only go up from this platform.

People have not been told or taught about this; therefore, they do not want it and cannot do it, a situation similar to labor pains. The upper providence does not take a person’s corporeal life into account, but only the development of desire. The desires must develop until they reach our time, where, at last, a group will appear that will begin to implement the solution.

Inside the general vessel of the soulReshimot  are accumulating from all the sufferings endured by millions of people who died during the Holocaust, the Inquisition, and Stalinist repressions. All this is in order for the desire to enjoy to accumulate great pain from the fact that it is in egoism and to let the spiritual genes (Reshimot) of bestowal start working.

From the viewpoint of human logic, there is no justification for this. After all, who arranges all these disasters? The Creator! You can take Him to court.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah lesson 1/9/20, ”The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism,” Chapter 6
Minute 1:31:30

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What Professions Will Become Obsolete?

Today, the development of technology and artificial intelligence makes us think about our future. If the human workforce is no longer necessary, then what will come of us? How will it influence the social structure?

Historian and philosopher, Yuval Noah Harari, in his book A Brief History of Tomorrow, states that in the near future, humanity will be split into two subspecies:

1) the minority, “the owners” of the artificial intelligence and the super-specialists;

2) the majority, everybody else.

In a wide consideration, there will still be producers and consumers, but when all work niches are filled with an automated workforce, “everybody else” will become just a useless “protein mass,” artificially stimulated to consume. We already can observe this phenomenon today. It seems that there is more to come.

How can we manage this emerging situation?

The wisdom of Kabbalah states that besides what we observe, there is the higher governance. Humanity does not exist all by itself. It has a predefined goal of existence and stages that it needs to undergo in order to reach that goal.

According to the natural process, first, we will reach the understanding that we are killing ourselves (in Kabbalah it is called “the recognition of evil”). Then, we will gradually reveal the possibility of the higher reality, perfect and eternal, to which we can smoothly transition from our current existence.

As a result, we will all go through an inner transformation, and no matter which professions will disappear and which ones will stay, humanity will be aware of how to balance and live a joyful and delighted life.

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Building The Future Society, Part 2

712.03A Person’s Responsibility

Baal HaSulam, “Building the Future Society”: The precept of reception requires only little regard as the punishment for it is given instantly. Thus, we will never neglect it. However, the punishment for the second precept, that of bestowal upon society, is not collected instantaneously. It rather comes to us indirectly.

Question: Society does not demand that we bestow; therefore, we do not comply with the law of bestowal to society. Nature punishes us for this. But since the punishment doesn’t come immediately, we do not comply with this law.

Why is the law implicit? If I clearly saw that I did not give to society and society or nature would immediately punish me, I would act differently.

Answer: Then you would be an animal, not a human. The difference between a human and an animal is that the animal is completely subject to the laws of nature. It has no freedom of choice whether to fulfill or not fulfill them. An animal does everything instinctively, under the harsh influence of nature, without asking any questions.

Humans, on the contrary, possess the free will to either carry out the laws of nature or not. However, the problem is that a person was created in such a way that he or she does not want to fulfill nature’s laws.

Nature, the Creator, wants a person to develop oneself to the point of understanding that it is one’s obligation to carry out the laws of nature. Not even for one’s own sake, but for the sake of others, so that the person will become the same as nature, which gives, fulfills, gives birth, and develops.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/7/19

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laitman_939.02The Group: New Community

Question: In Rabash’s articles, it is written that the goal of the group is to investigate and practically check its attitude to a neighbor.

If I want to attain the property of the Creator, where can I check it? Only in the group? And how do I know that the property of the Creator is a property of bestowal?

Answer: We study this from the materials of Kabbalists: do everything possible to connect with each other, somehow organize ourselves into one whole in completion to each other, so that in communication with each other we begin to feel that each of us is dissolved in the group and disappears in it.

Instead, in the center of our circle, in the center of the ten, a new entity arises: a common desire, a common aspiration, a common goal, a common connection between us. Then through this state we begin to feel the revelation of the Creator.

Question: Is the goal of the group is to develop pride in a person that he belongs to it?

Answer: Certainly. Pride regarding a special group, a special purpose, a special idea in the world.

Question: Isn’t pride egoistic?

Answer: It depends on what a person is proud. If one is proud to be acting for the good of humanity, then why not? There is nothing negative in any impulse, in any movement, in any state; it always depends on the goal.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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“What Is Kabbalah? How Is It Practiced Today And By Whom?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is Kabbalah? How is it practiced today and by whom?

The wisdom of Kabbalah has been connected to religion, mysticism, yoga, tarot cards, numerology, astrology, charms, amulets, magic and that a person must be at least 40 years of age in order to study.

The reason for the misconceptions is that Kabbalah is thousands of years old. The first person who discovered the wisdom of Kabbalah was Adam HaRishon, who lived over 5,000 years ago. The wisdom developed from Adam HaRishon’s time until a significant transition in the wisdom took place around 2,000 years ago, which left only a few unique individuals to engage in it, i.e., in its authentic form.

Since then, Kabbalistic writings have passed through the hands and minds of millions of people. Likewise, many who have encountered Kabbalah have blended it with their own backgrounds, teachings and understandings, without attaining what authentic Kabbalah was intended for. This ongoing mixture over the generations has given rise to the numerous misconceptions (read more about the misconceptions in the “Kabbalah and Magic” section of this page, and in the “Myths about Kabbalah” section of the website).

So what is Kabbalah then? As written above, Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag’s definition of the wisdom of Kabbalah is as follows:

“This wisdom is no more and no less than a sequence of roots, which hang down by way of cause and effect, in fixed, determined rules, interweaving to a single, exalted goal described as, ‘the revelation of His Godliness to His creatures in this world.’”

In plain English, this definition can break down to the following:

Kabbalah is a method by which any person can attain a higher level of reality.

It is important to note that it is a method, an empirical method, not a belief. Also, any person can study it, regardless of race, gender or nationality. “Attainment” means a clear perception and sensation, not an idea, theory or philosophy.

The higher level of reality that one attains through correct Kabbalah study has been given many names. As you can see in Baal HaSulam’s above definition, he uses the words “His Godliness” to define the higher level of reality. You will also find words in Kabbalistic texts such as the “Upper Force,” “Upper Light,” “the Creator,” “Nature,” “God,” “the Lord” and “the King,” all describing that higher level of reality.

What do these terms define?

They define a quality of bestowal and love, which is the source of everything that exists in reality. This quality is also defined as a desire to bestow, often cited as a “will to bestow.”

Opposite the higher level of reality is us in our current level of reality. You could call it the “lower level of reality.” As the quality of the higher level of reality is bestowal, opposite to it is the quality of reception, also called the “will to receive.” That is the quality of what is called “the creation” in the wisdom of Kabbalah, or in Baal HaSulam’s above definition, “the creatures.”

This then brings about the question: If the wisdom of Kabbalah is a method where any person, while alive in this lifetime, can attain a higher level of reality, which means attaining access to a quality of bestowal, why would anybody want to do that?

The reasons why are as follows:

1) Transient Pleasure vs. Continuous Pleasure

In our current level of reality, every time we find pleasure, it dissipates. The pleasure neutralizes the desire. For example, if you’re hungry and you really want to eat, and you’re handed your favorite dish, then your first bite of that dish is pure bliss. The more you continue to eat, the lesser the pleasure you feel. At a certain point, you’ll feel satiated: the desire to eat became quenched. Moreover, if you’d continue eating, the same action that was giving you pleasure a few moments ago, you’d start feeling sick.

Our problem in our current level of reality is that we don’t know how to sustain and increase our enjoyment. As a will to receive pleasure, our inborn nature is such that pleasures fade away upon their reception, they don’t increase.

The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how we can use our desire in a new direction, with what is called an “intention to bestow.” By applying this new use of our desire, we can start feeling enjoyments in an opposite way to the way we currently feel them: where instead of enjoyments fading away upon their impact, they increase and become continuous.

2) Incomplete Perception vs. Complete Perception

We live in a world of consequences, not knowing why we’re here, where we’re from, where we’re headed, what’s the purpose of us being here, and how everything is connected. We perceive a small fragment of reality, limited within time, space and motion. No matter how much we learn throughout our lives and throughout our human history, we never reach a state where we feel we have complete perception. By attaining the higher level of reality, we add that part that we’re missing in our current level of reality, and expanding our sense and understanding to form a complete picture.

3) Separation vs. Connection

We perceive ourselves as being separated from billions of other people, and many more animals, plants and objects. We construct our lives based on this separation, and encounter a life filled with struggles, pursuits and conflicts, often feeling like we just need to survive as best as we can until we ultimately perish. By attaining a higher level of reality, we attain connection to everything around us, seeing everything and everyone as pieces of a single puzzle, harmonious and integrated, like cells and organs in a healthily functioning body.

Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 1/26/20

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic Bestow Contentment to the Creator” 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,”  Item 49

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Lesson on the Topic “Preparation for Convention” 

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