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“What Is A State?” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “What Is a State?

A state is the desirable framework where people can live nicely and comfortably, in security and prosperity throughout their lives. A state must first and foremost be built for the people to live in and be content with their country. A state exists for the sake of the people.

The purpose of the right government is to give the population it governs all the possibilities to develop in a way that is as close as possible to nature, to connection, and even to a state of love among the members of that society. By nature, we are made of an egoistic desire, and think only of ourselves, that each one of us is more special than the others, and therefore deserves more than others.

As a result, we can build our future only at the expense of others, which makes us dependent on each other. This, in turn, requires that we establish connections among us.

Of all the kinds of connection among us that we choose, only one kind of connection can truly be complete, good, and secure: a connection of love. We must establish among us ties of love just like in a family, so the whole world will be as one family, and then it can be said that we have achieved a corrected society.

Enslaved Without Even Knowing It

laitman_600.04Remark: Today, man has more freedom than slaves in America in the nineteenth century or serfs under serfdom.

My Reply: This is not freedom! By the way, a slave was not enslaved more than we are today. He felt that he belonged to his master, which meant that he had no worries.

He knew that his master would feed him, make sure he had a place to sleep, make sure that he was healthy, that he had a family, and so on. That is, the master was taking care of the slave, and there was a certain agreement between them.

The fact is that there were special agreements on the status of slaves determining how the owner should look after them, provide medical treatment, and so on. Slaves were not people without any rights. In addition, a slave was quite expensive, so, the owner took care of his assets.

Today, in contrast, everything is quite different. You get fired, you are lost. There are 100 more people at the gate to replace you. No one owes you anything because the owner only thinks about how to get rid of you and not pay anything.

Question: Do you think that in terms of valuing freedom, there has not been a breakthrough in human relationships for the past century and a half?

Answer: The breakthrough is in the fact that today a person is enslaved and used in such a way that he does not even know that he is a slave.

Question: Slavery means a prohibition on moving from place to place, not being able to take care of your family, it is violence and absence of justice. How can the condition of slaves in the nineteenth century be compared to that of the modern working man?

Answer: I do not see much difference. Anyway, you do not move according to your own will but according to the commands of television advertising. You do not choose your profession by yourself but under the influence of what was instilled in you in your childhood. There is no freedom in this. Talk to good psychologists and you will see that that is the case.

Of course, there are relative freedoms, but they are as if you took a pill and do not feel your lack of freedom. And you are even proud of it: “Look, we visited this place. Look, we saw that. Look, we were there.” Why were you there? Yes, it is because others go there. In everything without exception, we follow our flock mentality, and therefore, we have no freedom.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/12/20

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The Entrance To A New Life Is Open

laitman_961.2The coronavirus has turned our lives around 180 degrees, but it is precisely thanks to it that we are learning to look at life correctly. The meaning of life is not running from morning till evening, spinning different businesses and not in striving to satisfy all our egoistic desires and inclinations. I do not advocate asceticism but getting fulfillment is possible if, together with it, we attain the essence of life and its purpose, and this is the main thing for us. Therefore, the attitude to life should be such that, first of all, we want to discover where it is leading us.

How is it possible to break away from the negativity during the pandemic and look positively on life? I think that humanity is facing a very positive and promising perspective if a person understands what nature has prepared for him.

And vice versa, if we are not in agreement with nature, we will suffer. And nature will teach us how to relate to life correctly anyway. We have reached maturity and are now entering a new period of life as adults.

Could the fear of life, the unknown, be a positive perspective? But I don’t think we should be afraid because we are in the position of children who have grown up and have to get professions now and build our lives as grown up people.

Man (gever) comes from the word “overcoming” – “hitgabrut” because a man overcomes all difficulties and problems and builds his life: he has to get married, build a house, give birth to children, and provide them with every necessary thing.

This is how we should relate to this period of life so that the main thing would not be the desire to get rich, open different businesses, and fly around the world. All this is possible, but the main thing is for us to see what we are doing it for.

We must know how to attain the essence of life, its goal, which is to build a new, corrected humanity, ourselves on the globe. And not in the old form when we were playing like children, competing with each other, but to take ourselves and our lives seriously in order to perceive them as an entrance to another perfect and eternal life, filled with meaning.

Humanity has grown and must behave in an adult manner; the coronavirus demands such behavior from us. We must relate to it as a call to take our lives more seriously. Today, the purpose of life for us is to get pleasure. And tomorrow, we will discover a new purpose in life that consists of making this life eternal. This is what nature demands from us.
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From KabTV’s “The World,” 3/12/20

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Spiritual Criminals

laitman_571.06Question: In one of the programs you spoke about the fact that it is easier for a criminal to understand the Creator because he is partly free of his ego. Is that so?

Answer: The Creator “loves” criminals because it is easier to talk to them. We are speaking about spiritual criminals who understand that they cannot resist their egoistic desires, that they are weak and need help and support, and so it is easier with them.

The wisdom of Kabbalah tells us a lot about different human weaknesses. It is not that they are welcome, but that their revelation is welcome because it is actually thanks to the fact that a person reveals these states internally that one gets closer to the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/8/19

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Who Does The Commandment Of “Love Thy Friend As Thyself” Refer To?

laitman_528.03Question: Who does the commandment of “love thy friend as thyself” refer to? Does it refer to all those around me or to the friends in the ten?

Answer: First and foremost it refers to you personally. When you work in the ten, you try to love others, which means that you try to love your friends in the ten as yourself, and the attempts to try to attain this attribute bring all of you to a state called the soul.

In other words, when ten people each reveal the spiritual attribute to connect as if they are one common body, which is not common, of course, because there is the ego between them, but they try to connect above the ego, their attempts to unite create an immense potential power.

So on the one hand, the ego is revealed between them, and on the other hand, powerful unity is revealed. These two attributes coexist one above the other, which means that it is about creating an object called a Partzuf, in which there is a great ego and above it there is the immense spiritual force of the Creator that connects it.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/29/19

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Desires Are Determined By The Environment

laitman_423.02An individual’s desires are not under one’s control. They are determined by society. If we compare the historic Papuans with modern people, we can clearly see that the development of a person determines one’s desires and pleasures.

Question: Why is a person under the illusion that these are precisely one’s own desires?

Answer: A person does not know anything else. One was created in this, developed in it, and therefore feels that it is one’s own. What does one’s own mean? In fact, he is like puppet, filled with certain desires and small programs, and it exists like that.

Question: Do you think it is important to come to the realization that society dictates all of my desires for me?

Answer: A person doesn’t have their own desires, everyone should know this. Desires are determined by society, the environment. By changing the environment, I can change these desires.
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From KabTV’s “The Post-Coronavirus Era,” 4/23/20

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Through Suffering And Pleasure

laitman_628.3Question: Does nature affect our desires through suffering and pleasure?

Answer: Yes. Nature manages us through suffering and pleasure. We do not react to anything else. Truth and lies are very weak agents of change in a person. Reward and punishment, pain and pleasure, are very strong stimulants.

Question: Do we become more vulnerable the more our desires grow?

Answer: Of course. When a person is more vulnerable, more sensitive, the easier it is to influence him or her.

Question: If we look at the suffering of our ancestors who lived a hundred years ago, their problems were much more serious than ours. For example, epidemics that killed hundreds of millions. Today, a small problem, even just sitting at home, a person perceives as a catastrophe.

Why does nature develop us making us even more vulnerable?

Answer: For us to become more sensitive, to understand more clearly, and feel even nature’s most subtle instruction.

Question: How do you feel about the fact that the world has invented methods that neutralize desires and then a person really suffers less. For example, all Eastern practices are based on that. And they really help: the less you want, the less you suffer.

Answer: But by this, you diminish yourself to the animate, vegetative, or even inanimate level.
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From KabTV’s “The Post-Coronavirus Era,” 4/23/20

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 6/14/20

Lesson Preparation

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, Shamati 16 “What Is the Day of the Lord and the Night of the Lord, in the Work?”

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Lesson on the Topic “Concerning Above Reason” 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Love of God and the Love of Man”

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Lesson on the Topic “The Obligation to Disseminate the Wisdom of Kabbalah to Many” 

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