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Question: According to Kabbalah, in order to develop spiritually, meaning to change the intention from egoistic to altruistic, one must change one’s nature. How does one develop such a habit?
Answer: This appears not as a habit, but as an urgent necessity due to the fact that a person sees how evil his nature is. Only for this reason does he consciously decide to change it.
At first, he comes to this purely egotistically because he sees that it will be better for him if he acts in this way. He wants to know about his life, death, purpose of existence, and the way to obtain something greater and to learn during this lifetime, the so-called celestial mechanics that control and correct him. He wants to rise above others, to feel that he is creating.
When he begins to go deeper into this, he sees that he can really be higher than others, greater than others, and not for an evil purpose. He just wants to see, to know, to create. From what Kabbalah explains, it becomes clear to him that this can be done only by acquiring new qualities—the qualities of bestowal and love—qualities that are above the ordinary human being.
Gradually, he begins to understand that, in general, this is probably impossible. He is going through a very serious period when he must overcome himself, force himself to move on, in order to receive from his studies with nature, from his relations to nature, a special energy that will change him, correct him, and raise him above egoism. In this way, a person builds a spiritual self above the corporeal self.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 6/25/21
The shattering provides an opportunity for correction. If there were no shattering, there would be nothing to correct. And without correction, we have no chance to feel creation, which is perceived only as the advantage of light over darkness.
Therefore, if there were no difference between the desire to receive and the desire to bestow, between light and darkness in our sensations, we would not understand creation and would not feel where we are.
And if there were no sensations, we would not have developed intelligence, the ability to think, to be aware. We would be left with small, primitive, limited desires. In fact, the bounty of human feelings and understanding comes precisely from the contradiction inherent in our root: two opposite foundations, the power of bestowal coming from the nature of the Creator and the power of reception as the mirror-opposite of the Creator.
When these two forces act in us one against the other, we obtain between the two of them real perception, vision, and sensation. It is impossible to perceive creation only in one quality or in another, but only on the contrast of two opposites, which is 620 times greater attainment of the power and richness of creation.
Therefore, the shattering that occurred at the beginning of creation and the sin of the tree of knowledge were bound to happen. Without them, there would be no mixing of holiness and impurity (Klipa), and there would be no contrast between them. And it is in the contrast of these two poles that we build ourselves.
A person is not a considered to be a body made of flesh and blood, that is not our initial state; a person is the wisdom accumulated in the process of clarifying between good and evil, light and darkness, between the Klipa and holiness. From the sparks extracted from there, we collect our desires and correct fillings for a vessel called “the soul.” Through those discernments this vessel grows and expands, it becomes filled with the attainment and sensation of the Creator and merges with Him.
Therefore, we need to realize that nothing bad happens in creation but only clarifications of what the Creator created. The Creator wants to teach us, but His instruction is not like what we are used to in school; it leads to the collision of opposite qualities in us so that from a state of duality, searching, and contradiction, we attain the entire creation in depth and in width, and thereby build ourselves.
All this development comes from ascents and descents, the shattering, and the collision of our egoism with the desire to bestow. As we try to combine the fragments of broken desires, we study the depth of creation and its nature, and attain the Creator.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/12/21,“The Ruin as an Opportunity for Correction”
My new article on Linkedin “Heaven and Hell – Where Are They?”
“Imagine there’s no Heaven,” sang John Lennon. “No Hell below us, above us only sky,” he went on. In a way, he was right. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches that Heaven and Hell are not places, but states in our relationships with one another. Hell is when we cannot stand each other, a bit like today except that we are more aware of our hatred, and Heaven is when we love each other as we love ourselves, pure and simple.
There are no people, animals, plants, or minerals in the wisdom of Kabbalah, no places, times, or movements. When Kabbalah books discuss relationships between people, or describe journeys from one place to another, they are actually using them as symbols to describe people’s relationships with one another, and how much love there is between them.
That quality of love, by the way, is what we refer to as the “Creator.” He, too, is not some entity or a deity in the sense that religions think about Him. He (or rather It) is the quality of love, the nature of love.
When a person acquires the nature of love, it is regarded as attainment of the Creator, and then that person is considered to be in Heaven. When we discover how hateful we are toward each other, that our relationships are based on exploitation, manipulation, and abuse, then we are clearly in Hell. But if we already know that we are in Hell, then we are probably on our way out of it, since now we can begin to change ourselves, to correct our nature from absolute self-absorption to caring and benevolence.
It turns out that according to Kabbalah, we determine whether we are in Heaven or in Hell, and we determine it according to our relation toward others. So, simply put, Hell is total hatred, Heaven is pure love. Doesn’t it make perfect sense?
In the News (New York Post): “A 16-year-old girl killed herself after sharing an Instagram poll asking followers whether she should die — and 69 percent of them said she should, reports said.”
My Response: Many people would kill themselves if they could do so easily by taking a pill, falling asleep, and that’s it. Why suffer? This life is miserable if one doesn’t find a filling in it, elation, the attainment of a certain dream, and we all die someday anyway.
But society does the right thing by not letting this inclination grow. We need to “choose life” as it says in the Torah, but this must be chosen. And in order to do so, we need to try, strive, and seek.
The wisdom of Kabbalah offers us a way to do so, but a person needs to reach it and to find perfect eternal life in it.
Question: What is the goal of the upper management in bringing a person to such a point?
Answer: Its goal is that a person will find out that there is a meaning to life. Not the one he lives in. At the moment he lives a beastly life, and he has to ascend to the next level.
Question: Are you in favor of enticing a person by pleasures or pushing him from behind by suffering?
Answer: I am in favor of attracting a person with pleasures.
Question: Does this mean to show him that this world is worth living for?
Answer: The upper world. Of course.
Question: The world above egoism, as you say all the time.
Answer: Yes, indeed. This is exactly what is worth living for. A person will then find himself in constant motion, in self-development. It is a totally different world, a totally different feeling. A person will see how something in him changes from day to day, upward, downward, whichever direction, but he will be in internal motion and in expectation.
He will be in a state of revealing the upper state, which means the perfect eternal world. He exits his beastly body with his emotions, attainments and knowledge, and begins to feel the higher state.
Question: Do I cease to feel sickness, fears, and sufferings of this world with this feeling of harmony and balance with nature? Do I exit all that or not?
Answer: There are illnesses that you cannot stop feeling because they belong to your beastly state. There are sensations that you feel from time to time, but they belong to a psychological state. Yet, you are already guided by a totally different attitude to your existence, to the world.
Question: Is the change of attitude the main thing?
Answer: Of course! This is the most important thing for a person. A person exists in spirit!
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 6/4/19
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “How do you fight violence, anger, and hatred?“
We should act by means of connection-enriching education in each country, in conformity with each country’s culture. Such education teaches the structure of nature and reality, the general law of nature that envelops the world, and the kinds of relations we should develop in order to correspond with this law. By widespread implementation of such education, we will reach a harmonious state, in balance with nature.
Our times increasingly call for an upgrade in human consciousness: to become aware that there is a law acting on humanity from the outside, and according to this law, human society needs to positively realize its interdependence and interconnectedness, and by doing so, become like a healthily-functioning organism. Until we realize such a form throughout humanity, we will remain opposite to the altruistic force of nature, and we can thus expect increasing amounts of problems and crises while we remain opposed to nature.
The problems and crises we experience reflect our imbalance with nature. Until connection-enriching education reaches people, unless we develop this form of education and raise human consciousness, we will find ourselves bringing more and more suffering to the world. On the contrary, if we successfully implement connection-enriching education, we will then be able to change the world for the better. In essence, we can resist the force of the fist and hatred only by means of correctly educating the world.
Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Question: Now a person lives a thousand lives in one life, one is constantly within some process, with nerves on edge, constantly worried about something. How can you find relative peace of mind or balance?
Answer: Isolate yourself from the mass environment, get closer to people who have some special goal that you accept as important, fundamental. In accordance with this, determine your behavior, your life, and its purpose.
This is exactly what Kabbalah says and tries to show a person how to do.
Question: Is it possible to isolate yourself from the world, from the masses?
Answer: What can they give you? It depends on how you look at them.
If I look at everything that is happening around me as some kind of noise, so what? There are such fluctuations, nothing more. As the prophet said: “Calm down, calm down people.”
Comment: There is even a theory of absolute noise when a person is a filter that can pull out of the noise only what is beneficial for his development.
My Response: This is already serious work. In Kabbalah it is mandatory.
Question: Based on this, what should a person who is entering such a state do? Suppose we are talking about some kind of spiritual development of a person, maybe his initial, gradual first steps. What should he do when literally everything annoys him?
Answer: If a person studies Kabbalah, then this period passes. Moreover, he is gradually becoming different. He perceives everything as emanating from the Creator, from the upper force, and therefore, refers to it as a necessity that he must experience. Therefore, he can submit to it, accept it, and move on.
Question: In principle, is there such a state as a submission?
Answer: Absolutely. If it comes from above, what can you do? There is nothing you can do. At first, you perceive it as hopelessness, and then you accept it with joy and pleasure.
From KabTV’s: “Kabbalah Express” 6/13/21
Question: Any system known to us goes through four phases of development: birth, flourishing, withering, and death. Now we are at the beginning of the creation of the spiritual foundations of management based on the principles of Kabbalah. Is it possible to create some prerequisites or foundations for another system of development? Or is it a law of nature that we cannot escape?
Answer: The fact is that an integral system of complete interconnection, including people, mind, feelings, absolutely everything, exists in nature at the inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human degrees.
However, in relation to humans, we do not perceive nature as integral, eternal, infinite, and perfect because we perceive it in our egoistic sensory organs. Therefore, we see our world as disconnected and distant, and we judge everything that happens through our egoistic qualities.
As soon as we begin to connect, we will reveal nature in its true integral form, and it will appear to us in a completely different way. To the extent that we correct ourselves, we will also see nature corrected. But we do not need to correct it, we will simply discover it for ourselves corrected in our senses. After all, our states are absolutely subjective.
The only thing we need to change is the perception of reality, the perception of a person, and then we will see that outside of us nature is absolutely integral.
In fact, it is one! There is no need to divide it into different sciences and different approaches. We distinguish stages and formations in it only relatively to our limited understanding.
From KabTV’s “Videoconference about the Science of Management”
Question: The culture of “tang ping,” a passive lifestyle without stress and careerism, is gaining popularity among Chinese youth.
“Tang ping” means “lie down and switch off.” This is a salvation from the pressure of society, which pushes young people to look for work, to work hard and to build a career, as is customary in China.
The term “tan ping” was used by the author of a post who wrote that he has not worked for the last two years and does not see this as a problem. Instead of chasing success, he decided to just “lie down.”
Do you say that this is not always bad?
Answer: This is not bad. It is best to realize—What exactly do you want? For what? Why? And only after that, if it is really worth it for you and the world—so that you do not burn fuel, so that you do not pollute the air—carefully calculate what the meaning is of your work. Do you harm the environment, including still, vegetative, animate, and human nature, society, and so on?
And after that, do this work. Figure out: what can be the result of your work. Then you will see that maybe doing nothing is really the best thing to do for all mankind. And even the fact that you exist and consume some calories is not important. You are not causing damage.
Question: But how will I provide for my family?
Answer: We will provide for you. If we do not produce excess, but only what is necessary for all of us, for all of humanity, it will be enough for us to get off the couch and leave our phone, or even not leave it, for an hour a week—a week! And everything will be fine.
Question: Will there be something to eat and a roof to live under?
Answer: Absolutely everything will be there for you. Stop all these ships and steam locomotives that dart around the world and deliver all kinds of rubbish that no one needs. Only those who make money need these pieces of paper, and then they throw them into nowhere.
Question: When you say that a person should live as necessary, does this not mean an equalization, which we have already gone through some time ago?
Answer: Equalization is when it is being imposed on you. And I don’t care., I don’t compare myself with anyone. I am not afraid that I will have the same as my neighbor. I don’t look at the fact that I have the same furniture, the same food, the same clothing—it doesn’t matter.
Question: Why do I live so that I don’t watch others? What has changed in me?
Answer: Because I have my world, internality, that I live in. And therefore I do not feel that someone is suppressing me. On the contrary, they provide me with conditions. The environment, society, all of us together provide each other with conditions for internal development. And it doesn’t require calories.
Question: When such an understanding enters, will it automatically reduce everything to the necessary, and will the necessary be enough for me?
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/10/21