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What Brings Humanity To Action?

592.04Question: When it comes to the big challenges in life, we often stand at a crossroads: either we believe that we are powerless against great changes or we stand together to meet the challenge. Scientists argue in favor of so-called “stubborn optimism,” when deep optimism leads to decisive action.

For example, at the beginning of the pandemic, in a few weeks, humanity was able to organize a movement to protect vulnerable groups of the population, to start developing a vaccine against coronavirus, although no one knew whether it would be successful or not. The prospects were assumed, but not visible.

Is it true that people are ready for very important purposeful actions only when they feel that they have the power to change something?

Answer: Yes. Otherwise, they wouldn’t even start acting. The fact is that a person can do something only under the influence of a compelling force either attracting him to some great victories and gains or pushing him from behind with the help of suffering. But if these forces are not present, humanity itself is very inert.

Question: What is this state when a person feels that he is able to change something?

Answer: It is a condition that slowly accumulates several parameters: it is possible – there is no way, there is a need – there is no need, to do – not to do, and surely there is no other way. When all this data is collected together, it leads to action.

After all, we are not talking about one person, but about a large mass of people. So special forces and special reasons are needed here.
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From KabTV’s “Kabbalah Express” 1/12/21

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We Must Not Stop Working

294.1Comment: Humanity often admits that it is powerless when facing a big change. Many philosophers and leaders throughout history have said “We are powerless,” but still, humanity tried to do something.

My Response: We must not stop working even if it is absolutely impossible to do a certain thing. It is the same in our lives. Even though we may not see great prospects, we know that we have to get up, go to work, come home from work, go through this day, and so on. And then this will lead us somewhere.

That is, we do not see the external system that controls us. We do not see the program according to which we exist. But all the same, our daily work and participation in this system gives its results.

Comment: Let’s take this example. People who are fighting global climate change cannot say when it will happen. It turns out that there is a huge time gap between their actions and the fact that some changes will occur in the future. Yet, they still have the strength to perform purposeful actions.

My Response: It is because we really are facing a big, global, inescapable problem. What difference does it make if it happens now or in a hundred years? In any case, we are sure that this will happen, and understanding this, we have created an entire science. Therefore, it is important for us to act today as if this will happen tomorrow.
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From KabTV’s “Kabbalah Express” 1/12/21

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Eight Billion Is Me

929Question: You talk all the time about raising a person. Everyone considers themselves to be good and well-mannered. How will a person understand that he needs education and change?

Answer: Only through the blows. How else? If people consider themselves to be so good, why is the world so bad?

Comment: Others are bad, therefore, the world is bad. This is how a person thinks.

My Response: And we will continue in this way until something so heavy falls on our heads that no one will think about anything anymore.

Question: Can we say that by doing this, we are inviting trouble even upon ourselves?

Answer: Of course. Instead of correcting ourselves, trying to do something, we calm ourselves down. This is leading the world to disaster.

Question: Does real education mean that I start looking at what I am like?

Answer: Yes, when I look at myself, what I am. When I look at what I have to do for others, when I am the only one who is not corrected, that is everything that exists is in me: a liar, a thief, a deceiver, a hater. I do not know what other epithets to come up with. It is all me.

And all the others are not. All the others do not exist at all. All the others are my various reflections that I see around me. That is, I look around me at a lot of people, each of them portrays a negative me. In this form and in that and also in this.

There are eight billion people in the world, and each of them represents some negative quality of mine. Eight billion! This is me. This is how our world is designed. And that is how I see it.

Question: What do I do when I see evil, an evil person?

Answer: If I correct myself, I begin to see the world more connected, more aspiring for bestowal, for love, for unity. As a result, I understand that all this is one system, this is one person, called Adam. And this Adam is me because I assembled him in this way by my deeds, actions, thoughts, and all sorts of corrections.

Question: Does it mean that I am absorbing the world in myself? Do I become this single soul, Adam?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Is this the truth?

Answer: This is the truth.

Question: And what we see is a lie?

Answer: No, we also see the truth, but it is a partial truth, torn apart by our internal egoism.

Question: Does it mean that here we as if do not pass it through egoism? We do not look through egoism.

Answer: Yes. If I gather them all together into one single image, then this is me.

This is our task—to gather the whole world and say, “This is me,” and this world depends on me.

Question: Am I responsible for everybody and for everything?

Answer: Absolutely for everything that is here.

Question: Is every person, the simplest, most ordinary person, responsible for the world, for everything that happens in this terrible world?

Answer: Yes, to the extent that he finds himself in this world.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/28/20

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Toward People

546.02Question: The meaning of life disappears when I think that I need to merge with all people into some common consciousness. Yes, I want to interact with people, but I do not want to lose myself and my individuality. Is there something wrong with me? After all, I feel comfortable without interacting with people.

Answer: This all will pass. You have nothing to lose in yourself and in your comfort. You have no idea what comfort you get when you connect with everyone and begin to feel an infinite, perfect world, above time, motion, and space.

And you, like a child, hold on to a small toy and are afraid of losing it.

Question: Does it mean that it is still worth getting closer to people, toward them?

Answer: Of course.
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From KabTV’s “Ask a Kabbalist” 12/31/18

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The Kabbalah Teacher And The Public

254.01Question: What is the significance of the recognition of a Kabbalah teacher by the general public? What does society understand about that?

Answer: Today this is really rather meaningless, but 2,000 years ago when there were quite a few Kabbalists and groups of people who could acknowledge a certain Kabbalist or not, it was meaningful.

As Baal HaSulam says, for King Solomon to be acknowledged as wise, he had to stand before the Kabbalists of the great Knesset (assembly) because other people could not verify it since they were not on such a high level.

Today, however, when people don’t know about the wisdom of Kabbalah, and moreover, they deride it, people may say that someone is a Kabbalist only according to their judgment, according to who they choose to celebrate, and so it is quite meaningless.

Everything is determined by what the teacher teaches you. If he teaches you not to be connected to him, but to the primary sources and through the group to the Creator so that you will see the meaning only in that, then his teachings are correct.
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How Do You Explain Loneliness?

961.2Question: How does one explain loneliness, when a person cannot even find mutual sympathy? Now there are a lot of people like this. Does this mean that they have no soul mates and are alone in life, forever?

Answer: Egoism is constantly developing in us, from the beginning of creation to our day, and will continue to develop further and further.

As personal egoism develops, each person will feel more and more distant from other people. It will be increasingly difficult for him to find his soul mate, and generally to get together with friends.

If humanity does not begin to correct itself, then its future, of course, is very unfortunate. People will live in their pencil cases, and this will be their lot.

Comment: But this is great suffering.

My Response: They will get used to it, they will take drugs or something else. And what can you do against selfishness? Either fix it, or leave it as it is, and quietly muffle it.
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From KabTV’s “Ask a Kabbalist” 3/20/19

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 1/25/21

Preparation to the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic of “Breaking the Barriers to Spirituality”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Study of the Ten Sefirot,” ‘Histaklut Pnimit,” Vol. 1, Part 4, Chapter 1, Item 6

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Matan Torah (The Giving of the Torah)”

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