“How Will The World Be Different When COVID 19 Is Cured?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: How will the world be different when covid 19 is cured?

The coronavirus’ stubborn spread is changing the face of the planet, trampling our routines, and weaving a new picture from depths that we have yet to fully realize.

We still have our pre-coronavirus lifestyle in the back of our minds—that we will wake up in the morning, get dressed, taste our usual morning beverage, and take those same steps through our familiar urban terrain, our recognizable world of malls, stores, cafés, and restaurants.

However, we have begun to realize that perhaps we exaggerated the importance of materialistic consumption in our pre-coronavirus lives.

Now that we’ve been “sentenced” to life’s essentials, we start questioning the necessity of the excesses we were engaged in:

  • Will our lives return to the “normal” that we knew before the coronavirus, or will they assume a new form?
  • Will the close of the coronavirus era open a Pandora’s Box of long-awaited shopping and travel that we thirsted for during this period, or will we find ourselves freed from old burdens and welcome a new beginning?

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We now have time to take a deep breath in, and ponder these questions.

One way or another, we will have to get used to sitting in our homes, perhaps even working from home, and settling for little.

Also, maybe we will come out of this period with an upgrade in our attitudes to each other. For instance, maybe we would take away from the coronavirus, that as it doesn’t discriminate between people of different status, so we should also make no such discriminations.

However, coming to terms with the implications for our lives and the many mental and emotional changes will require time.

On one hand, we have a chance to decide whether the way we were living our lives should be revised in order to be better balanced with nature, while on the other hand, even if we reach such a decision, the way to do so is unclear.

At this juncture, we can make optimal use of this unique period by learning the principles of the interconnected and interdependent world we live in.

We would be wise to use this time to sharpen our awareness that we live in a single system, an integral universe, where we humans are intertwined with the inanimate, vegetative and animate life that surrounds us.

While we are interdependent parts of nature, our own nature—human nature—is self-centered, wanting to enjoy individually at the expense of anyone and anything it can get its hands on.

While we each try to serve our self-interests in an interdependent system, we look like we each pull on the same rope that connects between us all in a game of tug-of-war, and by doing so, we all end up eventually tumbling down.

Interdependence closes us in from the outside, and our self-centeredness presses up against the interdependence from the inside, and thus crisis erupts in between them.

The crisis we now experience is not due to the coronavirus but to our imbalance with nature, our lack of positive connection with each other.

In our connections with others, our egoistic nature constantly tries to serve its personal benefit over benefiting others. In order to reach balance with nature, overcome the coronavirus, and protect ourselves from future pandemics and other crises, we need to learn how to develop positive connections above our innate egos that constantly try to receive everything desirable for self-benefit alone.

Today, while we are isolated from each other under the social distancing and stay-at-home constraints, we have an opportunity to learn the principles of what it means to live in an interconnected and interdependent world.

We should thus be concerned about how to use this period in order to realize positive, considerate and healthy relationships, and how to develop an atmosphere that inspires us to give to others, benefit them, and think about them more than we consider ourselves.

Although it might seem frightening to take hold of the other end of the stick and think about others more than about ourselves, if mutual consideration and responsibility was a leading value in our society, then we would all receive a whole new sense of security, confidence and happiness likes of which we have never experienced before.

Nature is encouraging us to rise in our awareness and become integral like it is. We need only change our egoistic relations to altruistic ones, shifting our modus operandi from one of self-concern to one of concern for others.

We would then not only exit the coronavirus, but would enter a new world free from the problems of this life. We would be enveloped by a new supportive and protective force—nature’s own quality of connection, bestowal and love—and would be guided by this quality to build a perfect world.

Should Children Be Taught Kabbalah?

627.2Question: Can the point in the heart awaken during childhood, when someone passes away?

Answer: Yes, such questions often come up at a young age. Then, we usually forget about them and the point in the heart can awaken at a more mature age. Therefore, we do not need to teach children the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is better to wait until they grow up and start when they are at least teenagers.

Question: Usually, children often ask: “Why do people die?”

Answer: Everyone has such questions. But it does not mean that this is a question about the meaning of life. These are simply ordinary childish questions. We need to answer them somehow, soothe the children, but nothing more than that.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/9/20

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Reveal The True Essence Of Nature

laitman_962.3Question: Are the manifestation of man’s negative properties such as laziness, greed, jealousy, resentment, and self-interest all types of egoism? If that is the case, are they also corrected under the influence of the upper light?

Answer: Corrections in Kabbalah do not happen as they do in our world. Whatever negative properties we seemingly perceive are actually not negative. This is our nature. And thanks to it, we must reveal the corresponding positive properties in each of them and thus balance them.

Let’s say we have hundreds of negative attributes and at the same time we reveal hundreds of positive attributes opposite to them. It is as if we turn them inside out.

It is between these positive and negative attributes that we begin to feel the meaning of nature, its true essence, where there is no positive or negative but only an eternal, perfect action with no beginning and no end. And we participate in it all the time.

So, don’t worry if negative properties are revealed in you. On the contrary, be happy about it because it is an opportunity to reveal the positive ones, to balance them, and to actually attain the goal of nature, why it has created positive properties and concealed them, why it has revealed negative properties in you. And you, in your search for positive properties in contrast to the negative ones, can find the true essence, the source of all these properties, all the laws of nature. We are yet to reveal all that.

The main thing is never to regret the negative properties revealed in you. You are yet to see that they are the only thing you are made of. Good luck in revealing them!
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/2/20

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What Are MAN And MAD?

laitman_558Question: What are MAN and MAD?

Answer: MAN (Mayin Nukvin) is raising certain desires; their appeal to the CreatorMAD is receiving a reply to what we ask for from the Creator.

MAN and MAD must match. The more they are aligned together, the more correctly I am turning to the Creator.

MAN is formed when I ask for others. And only for others! Then, I have the desire to fulfill others and I ask the Creator: “Give me the opportunity to fulfill them,” i.e., to receive for the sake of others.

Such a request to the Creator is called MAN, and the Creator’s response so that I can fulfill them in practice is called MAD.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/1/19

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New Life 1217 – Coronavirus, The Dual Connection

New Life 1217 – Coronavirus, The Dual Connection
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi

There is no love without hatred. These two poles must be balanced so that there will not be a short-circuit between them. The coronavirus is showing us that we are sometimes incapable of being considerate to our relatives due to human egoism. Family members should sit and talk about what the virus wants from us and how we can build cordial relationships between us. When we see faults in our partners, it is necessary to work on ourselves and understand that these are faults in us. We must try to build a wholehearted love between us. Love is like an animal that must be fed through mutual concessions. After the coronavirus, our world will have changed in all aspects of life. In the new partnerships there will be more love.
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From KabTV’s “New Life 1217 – Coronavirus, The Dual Connection,” 3/31/20

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 4/27/20

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic “Concerning Above Reason” 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 1

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Selected Highlights

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