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Today we have to face a new perspective of reality, a loss of security due to problems in personal relationships and an unknown future. One of the disturbing factors is the use of masks that people all over the world are wearing now to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
However, the mask changes our communication because a person’s facial expressions convey certain information, they are part of human language that helps us understand who is standing in front of us. If the face is covered with a mask, like with a screen, then others feel unsafe, not knowing to whom they are talking. Will this change the nature of relationships between people?
I think the mask is a good thing because it helps us realize that we do not know the person standing in front of us. It is good that we treat a person as if he is something unknown. After all, I really do not know what he wants, what his intentions are, what he thinks about me.
I need to get to know a person, convince him to open his heart to me. It does not matter if I do not see his face, we know that a smile can be artificial. Instead, let him meet me with an open heart so that I can be sure of his good attitude.
If I treat him well and he treats me well, then we will not be afraid of any virus, and we may not need any masks. The coronavirus is playing with us, and it is very cunning. We are yet to discover it at the human degree, see how it plays with us and takes us through different states. Time after time, it attacks someone nearby, pulls us along, drags us into the jungle of human relationships, qualities, and forms of connections.
We will suddenly realize that the coronavirus is not just a genetic mutation but a factor acting on the human level that requires us to change our relationships. To the extent that our relationships are friendly, we can be in communication with each other.
And if our relationships are bad, then we cannot get closer to each other in any form. You cannot even talk from a distance. I will suddenly feel that I hate everyone and they hate me, and if we want to maintain some kind of connection, we have to change ourselves and become closer and friendlier.
If we want to survive in this world, we must change our relationships to good ones. Otherwise, we will not be able to agree, we will not be able to contact each other. It is not just the mask, I will find myself completely deaf to others, and they are deaf to me.
We cannot do any business together. This will be revealed in a special form, and then I will say that this is not a virus, but an educator, a guide for humanity, which makes sure that we rise to another degree of development: the development of hearts and relationships, to begin to live as one person, one family.
Then we will build new businesses, not like before when everyone was trying to make money at the expense of others. We will not have to put a mask on our face, but a screen on our egoistic desires and connect with each other through it.
The anti-egoistic screen the wisdom of Kabbalah speaks about does not just block us, it blocks our egoistic desires and bad attitude toward each other. If we correct our desires in order to think about the benefit of others, we will be able to open our desires in this form and connect with each other.
In this way, we build a new, correct field of connections, which is beautiful and kind, and will lead us to new businesses where everyone helps each other and everyone acts only for the benefit of everyone else instead of thinking about his own benefit and success and competing with each other. We will only build relationships that benefit everyone.
The virus will teach us to work in this way. We will find out what is behind the coronavirus, and if not behind this one, then behind the others that will come after it. All this is in order to educate us and make people out of us. People are not the animal degree we exist at now, but the created beings who are in good relationships with each other above their egoism.
This transformation will occur due to the limitations and unpleasant blows, through which the virus influences us. After all, it must awaken us, otherwise, we will not pay attention to the changes that need to be made. On the other hand, the wisdom of Kabbalah and Kabbalists will help us by telling us how we should change in order to properly organize our life as grown-up, mature people.
From KabTV’s “World,” 3/12/20
The upper light that reaches us contains two discernments: the attaining and the attained. When the Light enters us we feel ourselves and also what we perceive inside us.
I always perceive the Creator by attributes that I create in order to attain Him. This means that I don’t feel the Creator Himself but something that is in the middle between Him and me.
It is just like drinking a cup of coffee and I can say the coffee is bitter, sweet, black, hot or cold. For another person these may be totally different attributes, or they may be the same attributes, but he may call them by different names. He may say, “No, it is not cold, but warm, it is not black, but brown,” etc.
This means that each of us feels the Creator differently, and we can never compare our perception, never! It is just as I cannot share the feeling of my taste with someone else. I can let another taste something, but he will feel it in his own way. He will never feel what I feel.
Our perception is absolutely individual for each and every one of us, and so we say each one has his own Creator. I feel Him in a way that no one else feels Him, according to my internal attributes.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/8/19
Answer: Of course! I talk about this a lot. The economy is impossible without ideology and ideology without the economy. We are not dreamers.
Naturally, the whole system of the human structure in this world will change. Unnecessary professions that we specially invented to earn by using others and nature will wither away. Only what is essential for our existence will remain. It is clear that we will not return to caves. But only what is strictly necessary for a correct, healthy, normal life will remain and no more.
We will begin to understand where we should make our efforts and where we shouldn’t. We will have a lot of free time, and people will begin to engage in their development by understanding nature.
This was stated in Kabbalah and programmed 5,000 years ago. Therefore, we have nothing to fear about what will happen. It is just that you do not have to do unnecessary things, burn fuel in vain, throw combustible materials into the atmosphere, and so on—this is only to the detriment of the environment, to our detriment, and does no good to anyone. See how the atmosphere and water have become cleaner now because we have involuntarily stopped spoiling nature.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/5/20
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is human development?“
Human development is the development of positive connections upon our innate differences and divisions.
Prior to the existence of humans, connections formed on inanimate, vegetative and animate levels that paved the way for humans to develop and connect.
For instance, particles connected into atoms, and amalgamations that could sustain their connections continued living, while those that failed to do so broke down and became obsolete.
On inanimate, vegetative and animate levels, nature maintains balance.
However, at the human level, where we hold a certain amount of responsibility for our development, we see that we have made a lot of mistakes and brought about a lot of suffering to ourselves, and imbalance with nature.
Instead of focusing our development on connecting positively to one another upon our divisive drives, we let such drives define our so-called “development” until today.
As such, we have developed scientifically, culturally, technologically and economically, i.e. in numerous superficial fields, but we have failed to develop the most important aspect of our lives: our attitudes and relationships to each other.
In the process, we set ourselves up in opposition to nature and experience its side effects. Instead of becoming happier, healthier and more confident social beings, we experience rising depression, stress, anxiety and loneliness.
Nature shows us an example of how cells and organs function for the benefit of the entire organisms that they inhabit, and receive what they need in order to operate for the whole organism’s benefit. If a cell receives more than what it needs for the organism’s functioning, it becomes cancerous and brings disease.
Human society today is like a cluster of cancerous cells, each prioritizing self-benefit over benefiting others.
A shift to a healthier, happier and more confident human society requires a shift in our priorities: that we will all prefer benefiting others over benefiting ourselves.
We can also expect more and more events that will show us the extent of our interdependence—with each other and with nature.
The coronavirus was the latest such event.
Therefore, as we head into the future, the more we positively connect to each other, the better we will become equipped to deal with the changes taking place in the world, as the extent of our connections will be the extent of our balance with nature.
Comment: Throughout the course of human development, there has never been a nation that has been subjected to greater persecution than the people of Israel. Some people say this is irrational. From your materials, I see that this, on the contrary, is rational.
My Response: Super-rational! This is the law of nature.
Question: What is the root of this hatred? As far as I can see, it lies in creation itself.
Answer: Man was created an egoist, but he was given a method of correcting his egoism. It is found in the people of Israel, that is, in a small group of people organized in Ancient Babylon in the time of Abraham, as described in the Torah (Bible), by Flavius Josephus, and in many other Jewish and non-Jewish sources.
In the hands of the Jews is a method of uniting peoples, rising above egoism, reaching the highest comfortable level both in earthly existence and in the unearthly. This means that even during material life, a person can begin to feel the next level of existence and dissolve the boundaries between the earthly and the upper world.
Since this is all embedded in our methodology, the wisdom of Kabbalah, the Jews tried to implement it, especially after leaving Egypt during the time of the First and Second Temples.
This happened in a constant struggle between them. After all, there were groups among the people who advocated the implementation of this method of connection and achieving a spiritual level, a sense of the upper world in this world, and groups who believed that it was impossible or not necessary because, as they thought, there are still other opportunities for a comfortable existence.
Thus, in the people of Israel, there has always been a great opposition of opinions up to the point of civil war. This continued until the complete exile during the period of the Second Temple. Therefore, there was no need for anti-Semitism from the peoples of the world who did not like Jews. Before the advent of the Christian and Muslim religions, they were practically non-existent.
Question: So the hatred was between the Jews themselves?
Answer: Yes, there were many different currents within the people.
Comment: For example, during the Roman Empire, the people were divided into Sadducees and Pharisees. Then the Maccabean war was underway not with the Greeks, but with the Jews who had adopted Hellenism.
My Response: Even during the period of the First Temple, large groups of people formed who were antagonistic to each other.
Comment: In addition, it was not the Egyptians who prevented the Jews from leaving Egypt but a layer of Jews called the “mixed multitude” (Erev Rav).
My Response: It must be said that although during the Crusades or in medieval Europe there were pogroms and persecutions of Jews by the surrounding peoples, the source of it came from hatred between groups in the Jewish people themselves.
All this is based on the spiritual principle. Among the Jewish people, there are those who believe that Jews should fulfill their spiritual function, meaning reveal the Creator in this world for themselves and for other peoples. And there are those who say: “No, we can exist as others. And our religion is given to us to fulfill on a normal, everyday level.” This is what is happening today.
Question: So, the dispute is about what is chosen by God? Do I have to fulfill some external commandments and for this I will have future peace and power over all peoples, or do we have to unite and spread the method of connection among all the people?
Answer: And with this, as it were, to serve them, to become a light for other peoples. In fact, this is a big job, to care for the correction of the whole world.
*For more information on this topic, I suggest you to read my books Like a Bundle of Reeds: Why unity and mutual guarantee are today’s call of the hour and The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism.
From KabTV’s “System Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel,” 7/22/19
Aviut is a selfish desire that separates a person from the Creator. This desire must be overcome and not destroyed. One has to rise above it by using it correctly as a lever with which you can turn the Earth upside down.
Therefore, egoism in the usual state and when it separates us from the Creator it is called Aviut, the thickness of a desire. When we use it correctly, then Aviut turns into Zakut, to brighten, and, conversely, help us recognize, study, and approach the Creator.
Question: Aviut is coarseness, the size of our desires? Are they divided into four stages?
Answer: Yes. They are divided into the inanimate, vegetative, animate and the human levels.
Question: Is it advisable not to translate Kabbalistic terminology? For example, Aviut as coarseness, etc.
Answer: Of course. As in medicine, the terms in Latin are accepted, in music, in Italian, and in Kabbalah, Kabbalstic. You just need to remember the definition.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19
Question: During the destruction of the Second Temple, unfounded hatred appeared between the students of Rabbi Akiva, and all 24,000 of them died because of this. Is this an allegory or not?
Answer: No, they really died. Rabbi Akiva taught them the law of love your neighbor, but they could not stay in it.
Such egoism flared up between them that they began to make selfish calculations relative to each other. Of course, their condition cannot be compared with the current state between believers. These were people of a completely different type—great people. But egoism at their level manifested itself so much that they led themselves to death.
Question: Can it be said that, as a result of this hatred, the Bar Kochba rebellion was crushed, and therefore the people could not restore independence?
Answer: Naturally. These were the greatest people of that era, the spiritual representatives of the people. If their spirit fell down to hatred, then the people had no opportunity to exist further.
Remark: The most interesting thing is that unfounded hatred arises precisely among those who should engage in unification and spread the spiritual ideology of the people. Hatred has always manifested itself between kings, priests, between the elite, between the sages, not among the common people.
My Comment: Yes, ordinary people did not really participate in this.
From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel,” 7/8/19
What does that mean? At the inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human levels of nature, there are systems that interact with each other. They are absolutely integral, mutually complement each other, utterly complete, and are intended for human beings to use them correctly and to improve them through faithfully using them for becoming similar to the Creator. Then, through all these systems, he will begin to feel a vast upper world that includes absolutely everything.
In our world, we see integrality at the level of inanimate, vegetative, and, partially animate nature. In human nature, we do not notice this because we ourselves are on this level.
For example, we see how we disrupt the balance of inanimate nature: we emit gases, heat the atmosphere, block rivers, and stop natural processes. In the end, it all backfires on us in the most unpleasant way.
However, nature is intentionally created to be harmonious, so that we fit into it as the highest layer of harmony. However, when human beings begin to interfere with nature with their dirty, clumsy hands, they only cripple it. We constantly break it to suit our egoism and believe that we are doing the right thing, that nature is not a huge whole living organism.
Moreover, its inanimate, vegetative and animate levels are connected with each other and jointly participate in a common integral interaction. And human beings are created in such a way that they would gradually fit into this nature as an integral part of it, studying and supplementing it with their sensible participation.
However, unfortunately, this is not happening because we are egoists, we are originally arranged against the inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature. Therefore, with our human egoism, which is higher than these levels, we do not fit into nature, but on the contrary, we begin to break it to suit us.
For many thousands of years, people were doing whatever they wanted with nature. And nature, as an impeccable judge, punishes us. Rather, it does not even punish, but simply compensates for the crude, unreasonable distortions that we bring into it.
Therefore, we can only talk about health by taking into account the entire inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human organism, that is, all of nature, and more or less understanding how it should be in the correct interaction between all its parts, how it can compensate and complement all its levels.
Then, while maintaining our health, we will be able to ascend to higher levels of attainment, adhesion with the vast integral nature.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/15/20
Question: When we pray for the health of others, do we lose something or on the contrary, receive strength and health to pray?
Answer: If I pray for the health of the other, if I’m in the same system with him, then how can I lose something?
When someone in the system where we are all directly connected with each other falls sick, he thereby signals everybody else that the entire system is sick. It is expressed in him as in a particularly sensitive element, which he represents.
But this problem is not his, it is our common problem. No person is responsible for himself, nobody gets sick for himself, and nobody is behaving badly. All of it is expressed only as a result of breaching the general integral human interaction.
What does it mean to pray or to ask? We connect with each other and try to turn to the upper force so that it balances all the negative qualities, phenomena, which are seemingly expressed through some particular person.
But because it is not his, but our common problem, we have a right to pray for him. It is exactly when we compensate for nature and receive a wonderful response. Let’s try and you will see how it works.
That is why we shouldn’t remain indifferent to what is happening around us: “We don’t care what’s happening in Italy. Everything is quiet here!” Such an attitude will only aggravate the condition. This is a horrible reaction!
Hence, we must think about how we can respond to what is happening, especially now, when the integral viciousness of our relationships is being revealed.
Question: Should we pray for the health of people or the correction of the system? And how should we do it correctly without telling the Creator what to do?
Answer: We should ask the Creator to show us how to connect correctly. We don’t need anything else. If we add to it that we wish to unite correctly so as to form a mutual connection that would reveal the Creator within us with the goal of bringing contentment to Him, then we will turn to Him correctly.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/15/20