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Comment: The UN has established a commission to investigate human rights violations in the Palestinian territories and in Israel as a result of the latest operation Guardian of the Walls. After each military operation, a commission in the UN is formed and they constantly want to judge our soldiers and officers.
24 countries voted in favor, 9 against, and 14 abstained. Look who is voting in favor! Those who trample their citizens, kill them, put them in concentration camps. They are the ones voting to condemn Israel.
My Response: This is the world we live in.
Question: Soon we will not be able to carry out any military operation at all, even the most precise, and not be condemned later or face a military tribunal declaring something against us. How can we defend ourselves?
Answer: We do not need to defend ourselves. We need to act the only way we can, that is, to turn to the Creator, unite above egoism, and then no one will attack us. That is all. Otherwise, we will not get away with anything.
Comment: But no one understands this except you and a small number of Kabbalists.
My Response: Then it will be bad. These are laws of upper nature and we cannot escape them. If we do not execute them, it will be bad. If we do it at some point, it will be good.
Question: But everyone already sees perfectly well that logic does not work, that it is impossible to prove anything. But for some reason, we don’t arrive at these conclusions. Why does this happen to us all the time?
Answer: Because the whole world exists within the framework of egoism! So it draws correct conclusions.
Question: What does it demand from Israel?
Answer: I think that ultimately it would demand that Israel simply leave, and that’s it. Disarm Israel and remove its entire population. They would receive demilitarized land, which would immediately be populated at the delight of all nations around us—the Arabs.
Comment: And start wars between each other.
My Response: It does not matter what they start. It is their business. No one will blame them for it.
Question: So they really want to destroy the only democracy in this region?
Answer: They do not consider democracy. It is not a consideration for them. It is in their way. In everybody’s way: Arabs, Americans, Russians, no matter who. It is an obstacle for everybody.
Question: What should we do?
Answer: We must either correct ourselves the way we need to be corrected, or we have to get out of here.
To correct ourselves means to achieve a bond of friendship, brotherhood, and even love.
We must create those conditions, those relations between us. And then nothing else is needed.
Question: You do not even have to arm yourself, you do not have to do anything?
Answer: We can stay with what we have for now, but actually, it will not be needed.
Question: We need a strong army in order for time to come when we can unite with each other?
Answer: Yes. We need to create such relations between us. That’s it! And the world will watch and rejoice.
Question: And so, peace and quiet will come to the world only because of this small point where this great event took place?
Answer: Of course! It all started here, and it will end here.
Question: Is this what they want us to understand?
Answer: Yes. But we do not understand. And we will not understand if for a while longer; it is a stiff-necked nation.
Question: How do you see the future? The time-frame, how much time do we have?
Answer: I don’t know. We need to act. Our organization, which understands this, must act and spread this knowledge in the world, among the nations of the world, mainly among the Jews. What happens next is none of our business.
We must spread this knowledge everywhere.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 5/31/21
Answer: First of all, it still depends on the attitude between one person toward another. But it is much easier to implement this when you create natural conditions for people.
I often visited my friends and students in small towns in America where it takes half an hour to get from one house to another by car because these houses are surrounded by a lot of land. But since everyone has a car, it is not difficult to socialize.
And although it is a long way to go to work, it is still much more comfortable to live like this. People get used to it.
I think that cities, the way they are today—multi-story reinforced concrete or brick boxes—are absolutely not ecological and unproductive.
They may be beneficial to those who build them because you can easily bring all communications into one place and populate one building with several thousand people. But I would not go to a house like this. Although, on the other hand, I have lived in such houses all my life.
I am confident that the future lies in a more evenly populated land.
From KabTV’s “Conversations” 6/9/21
Question: The story about Abraham in Genesis begins with the fact that in Ancient Babylon, people lived as one nation and spoke the same language. Nobody ruled over others. How can this be? After all, before that, tens of thousands of different tribes fought with each other.
Answer: There was a period in Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and the Euphrates, when there were no contradictions in the place where the Babylonians lived because everything was in abundance. There were fish in the rivers, the fertile land yielded a good harvest, and people did not need anything. They did not even envy each other and were not competitive.
Everything was very good. Nobody ruled over the others, everyone was equal. People lived in a calm, as if preserved state. This indicates a zero (root) degree of egoism. At that time, it was just beginning to develop in humanity.
In principle, we are considering ancient Babylon as the initial state of humanity when people did not yet feel egoism, greed, envy, and so on within themselves.
The root degree is dead egoism. It does not need more than it has. It represents the initial animalistic state of humanity.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 6/11/21
My new article on Linkedin “The Task Facing Humanity”
There are countless tasks facing humanity: We have to offset our negative influence on the climate, make sure everyone has clean drinking water, minimal healthcare, and staple foods. We also have to tend to the millions, if not billions of oppressed people around the world, to the growing inequality between the haves and the have nots, to the depression of so many people who seem to have everything but can’t find satisfaction in life, and so on and so forth. How can we deal with all those problems? The short answer is “We can’t!” The (slightly) longer answer is “We can’t because we’re dealing with the problems separately instead of looking for their common root. If we dealt with this, we would solve them all, and quickly.”
So far, I have not seen anyone seriously looking for the root cause behind everything that’s going on. Can it be that all our problems, social, emotional, environmental, and political, have nothing in common? That is, the only thing that is obviously common to them is man, but what is it about man that’s causing these problems? Are different things about us causing the different problems, or are they stemming from one root flaw?
From everything I’ve learned in science and in Kabbalah, everything is connected. Cybernetics, the field of science that I studied, teaches how to deal with systems. It relates to everything as a system whose parts are interrelated and interdependent. The wisdom of Kabbalah says exactly the same. The natural conclusion should therefore be that the problem is with the system we are living in, the system that connects us all.
In other words, if we fix the connections among the parts in the system, the system will function well, achieve balance, or homeostasis, to use a more scientific language, and our lives will run smoothly. The root cause of our problems, therefore, is not with each part individually, but with the connections among them.
Currently, these connections are negative. This means that the parts are striving to disconnect from the system or take over the system. If you take our brain as an example, it would be as if neuron in our brain tried to disconnect from all the others or, alternatively, to dominate them. Would such a brain be functional?
Humanity is like the brain of the world we live in. Yet, we are as dysfunctional as the brain in the example I just gave; this is why our planet and our lives are looking so dismal.
If we want to change the world we live in, to change our society, and to change our own future from the miserable one that’s currently in store for us, to the glorious future we can have, we have to mend our connections. And since it is our connections that we need to fix, we can only do this together, through a mutual decision to change. The greater the number of people who understand the gravity of the problem of our negative connections, the more we will all want to change it. And the more we want to change our connections, the easier it will be to achieve.
Therefore, there are two stages in the healing process: 1. Awareness, 2. Healing. Currently, not enough people are aware of the singular cause of our multiple problems. This is why our main task at the moment is to spread the word that by transforming our connections from negative to positive, we will change the world and change our lives. Once enough people realize this, stage 2 will begin, and it will be much easier and quicker than stage 1.
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “Is GDP an accurate gauge of an individual citizen’s happiness?“
There are several examples of countries that have a high GDP and a low level of people’s happiness, which show quite clearly that GDP is not an accurate gauge for people’s happiness.
Why is it the case? It is because people are made to enter a framework where they feel constrained, unhappy, and forced to task like slaves, and accordingly, their happiness levels are low. They lie to themselves, thinking that they are happy, but have no idea what happiness is.
Happiness does not mean working most of the time. Rather, happiness is an inner state that is inseparable from our connection with society and nature—a state of harmonious connection between everybody and everything. Therefore, GDP is far from being an accurate indicator of happiness.
If we wish to increase our happiness, then we would be wise to revise the way we currently think we make ourselves happy, and start focusing on how we can discover true happiness through achieving harmonious connection with each other in society and with nature.
Based on KabTV’s “Conversations” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on June 9, 2021.
Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Answer: The world became more egoistic and a revolution led to drastic changes technologically, culturally, and in general. The regimes in many countries changed, farmers began to move to the big cities, and the world became more concentrated and more demanding.
It was therefore possible to begin the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah in a practical manner. People began to ask, “What is the meaning of life?” And not just living like a cow that grazes in the field.
They chose to connect and to join the world, culture, and technology. There were cars, airplanes, and communication between people. Humanity became totally different. The twentieth century developed us like no other century before it, and this is the reason that the wisdom of Kabbalah was revealed.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 3/10/19
It represents the totality of all our properties, especially spiritual ones. In principle, everything that is in each of us constitutes, so to speak, a spiritual figure called “Adam.”
Naturally, from generation to generation, all parts of this figure, or rather its individual properties, gradually undergo their corrections in the similarity to the Creator.
And when this similarity is fully completed, then the state of complete correction will come and the Creator will appear and fill the image of Adam, our common soul, which will gather in this state, starting from our world, from the earthly level, to the highest one, including all worlds.
This soul will stand in all worlds, but not in the corporeal sense. It will include the filling of all worlds, meaning it will come to the state of complete correction (Gmar Tikkun).
We are currently starting to enter the last part of this state. Therefore, our generation is called the last generation, which corrects the shattering of the common soul that occurred before us and that underlies our existence as individuals.
We must internally unite with each other as one man with one heart, as many billions of souls into one soul, into one spiritual structure.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/19/21
Question: At what point do we begin to pass the spiritual instruction, the Torah, through ourselves ?
Answer: The Torah is the system of correct interaction of all parts of creation (inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human) and brings them to a certain mutual connection. That is, the Torah is the implementation of the correction of the system of interaction between broken parts of creation, broken desires, broken souls.
Question: Do I begin to study the Torah the moment the desire to get out of the broken state to the state of unity awakens in me?
Answer: Yes, and before that there is absolutely no need for it. For many thousands of years mankind has existed in such a state where the Torah was completely unnecessary and to this day many do not need it.
The period from receiving the Torah to entering the land of Israel is a period of unconscious correction, like a child who first crawls on all fours and then learns to walk, all mankind learned to eat, drink, build, and develop.
The egoistic desire that exists in an individual naturally, automatically moves him, and he does not need any Torah, a system of artificial knowledge and actions, since he will receive either reward or punishment directly from nature in response to his actions. They will teach him in such a simple and concise way.
But when we come to the state that we must consciously come into contact with the laws of nature, then we need to know them in order to fulfill them consciously. We begin to feel that if we do them selfishly, as before, then we will suffer greatly from this.
In our time, humanity is revealing its depravity, which can lead us to such suffering where we just eat each other. That is why the Torah is revealed.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/19/21