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Answer: All of nature is global and integral. It demands that we observe it in a conscious, scientific, and rational way with the rule of integral connection between all and that we build all systems in human society according to this rule.
This rule exists on the still, vegetative, and animate levels as part of their natural functioning instinctively. But in man, our ego pushes us to destroy these forms of nature.
Once man corrects himself by connecting to everyone, we will reach the state in which all other forms of life, the still, vegetative, and animate levels of nature will also become balanced and the world will truly be in peace.
From KabTV’s “Conversation with Journalists” 11/28/21
We stay in it for a certain time, experience various events to accumulate some special information, and then exit this state to enter a higher one, and to start to feel the full volume of the universe in its true form, not our world, but the universal, what-is-called the higher world that includes ours.
Therefore, in Kabbalah, our existence in relation to this full volume is spoken of as a dream, as a small, not obvious sensation of real life. Real life is completely different from what we feel today.
In practice, we only experience our animalistic existence because everything we do is serving our animal body so that it feels good and comfortable. We try to give it all the pleasures that it wants to absorb and make everything as comfortable as possible for it.
Imagine that your beloved pet lives next to you and you take care of it all the time; this, in principle, is our life. Just like animals, we wish to have children, we want them to feel good, we strive to ensure their future. In animals, this is very clearly manifested at the instinctive level. Their concern for themselves and for the future generation is the main thing beside the essentials for existence such as food and shelter.
So, in this respect, we are animals in our world relative to the upper world where we are called “man.”
From KabTV’s “Close-up. Mystery of the Sphinx” 2/5/10
Answer: A woman, first of all, looks at the human potential of a man, and he looks at her appearance, i.e., he is satisfied with the animal level.
The man is attracted to the animal. A woman reaches out to the person. This is absolutely natural because these two objects—a man and a woman—represent Zeir Anpin and Malchut, where Zeir Anpin is the upper, who is the source of light, life, and pleasure; therefore he has no way to get any fulfillment from a woman. He looks at her as the lowest degree because she is really below.
But he depends on her desire, on what she receives from him, on what makes him want to give to her. As a result, the proper interaction makes them absolutely equal to each other.
But initially in the search, a man as a masculine principle in the spiritual world is always looking for the feminine part of desire that stands below him because it is below the quality of bestowal, fulfillment. And a woman is looking for reliability in a man that will fill her.
Question: Is the woman’s demand when she asks a man why he does not see her as a person justified?
Answer: Sure. It comes from nature. But if they are correctly matched with each other and complement each other, then they see that they are absolutely mutually equal.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up—Centaurs” 1/15/10
Question: I saw a news clip of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu (a small low-lying Polynesian island) standing knee-deep in seawater addressing other countries with the cry that they will not exist in 10 to 15 years because the water is rising due to global warming. The minister admonishes: “We cannot wait for speeches when the sea is rising around us all the time. Climate mobility must come to the forefront. We must take bold alternative action today to secure tomorrow.”
It is, most likely, a diplomatic trick, but will it be heard?
Answer: Of course not.
Question: I have an even more terrible thought. “Do I even hear it?”
Answer: No, also not. I assure you, it won’t spoil your appetite.
Comment: I will not tear out my hair, beat my chest, and so on. This is a problem.
My Response: It’s not a problem. This is our universal, normal, natural egoism. Imagine that our whole Earth is a jungle. We live in this jungle and we don’t even have a clue and don’t feel what’s going on with each other. The most important thing is that there is a jungle around us.
Question: Why did the Creator do such a thing that there is not a drop of empathy in us?
Answer: It is specially designed like this. The need to achieve boundless love.
Question: So we have to achieve boundless love, and that’s why we are now such complete sinners?
Answer: Absolutely complete, opposite.
Comment: You keep saying, “A person should understand what he is like.” But at what point will empathy arise? I really want it to happen sometime.
My Response: Never.
Question: And how will we come to love?
Answer: There is no way. We will not come to it, we will just gradually, piece by piece, destroy each other until we disappear. If we look at our nature, then this is how it should be. The only thing left for us is simply to agree together at the General Assembly of the United Unfortunate Nations: let’s push the nuclear buttons at the same time. That’s all.
Comment: And then there will be no one left at all, there will be no one to make the correction.
My Response: But we will clear this planet from us and that’s it.
Comment: We’ve made enough mess on it, you’re absolutely right here.
My Response: There is nothing you can do otherwise. This was how it was done in medieval castles; they left after they had made a mess, and left it as it was. And then the servants began to clean. After six months, it was possible to return.
If we look at our nature we see how all these great personalities act among themselves: politicians, scientists, physicists, chemists, anyone. They act only in one direction: How can we make sure that we can destroy others and they can’t destroy us. That’s all.
Question: But does someone invent something positive for humanity? Not just the means of destruction, right? For example, all sorts of medicines.
Answer: No. If we didn’t do bad things, we wouldn’t have to invent medicine. This is all a natural consequence.
Question: You mean if we didn’t do evil to others, we wouldn’t get sick?
Answer: Of course! There would be no illnesses. Nothing. This is the root of everything.
Question: At the same time, you say that it is also impossible to do good to others with our nature?
Answer: It is impossible. In our state I don’t see any way out.
Question: But how can we get out of it in order to still come to the purpose of creation?
Answer: I don’t think it’s necessary to talk about it at all because I see that it is impossible to do anything for humanity, with humanity, in humanity. I don’t see.
Question: Then what should I dream about and how maybe to get closer to this dream?
Answer: How to forget yourself and fall asleep? Sleep peacefully and forever.
Question: What are your hopes?
Answer: I’m continuing what I think is my mission. That is, I tell what I know.
I know that there is an opportunity to move to a completely different way of existence, the opposite of what we are in today. We are in complete rejection, suppression of each other. And the opposite state is boundless mutual love.
Let’s say we invented a virus that bit us all, and we would begin to feel that we are all the closest relatives who feel like one.
Comment: Which means, we can’t do anything ourselves, but if a virus came…
My Response: Maybe we can want it a little. And then these viruses will land on us and make us such people. This is our most important task.
To do this, first of all, we need to see who we are today. Do not deny the bad that is in us, do not put up with it. Try to understand that there may be an absolutely opposite quality. Because in nature, all qualities come in pairs opposite to each other. So there is such a possibility, although we do not see it.
And further, if we so wish, then such an inversion can happen in us. And if not, then forget yourself and fall asleep. At least you won’t be fouling the space around you.
Question: But can such an inversion happen?
Answer: It should happen, but when is unknown. And this is not pessimism. This is just a real statement of the normal facts of our nature.
Question: But it has to happen?
Answer: I think so. Because nature always manifests itself in two opposite qualities one after the other. Therefore, I think that after our state when we reach, as they say, the bottom, there will be such a phase reversal.
Question: And we will begin to understand that everything is created by love and should lead to love?
Answer: This will happen above us, that is, outside of us. And it will affect us in such a way that we will change, become absolutely the opposite— loving.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/15/21
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?“
We live in times of great change. Today’s world has become more interconnected and interdependent than ever before, and in order for us to adapt to such changes, we need to broaden our hearts—not physically, but emotionally.
We need to start feeling that the world is a part of us, and that we care about other people and the world as we care about ourselves. Until that happens, the world will increasingly deteriorate, and we human beings will also suffer more and more. Such a tendency could continue until only a small number of people survive, living life in a very primitive way, and they would finally decide to make that change.
The change that we need to make is entirely up to us. Unlike animals, which instinctively adapt to certain changes in the world, we need to make a decision and ask for this specific change to happen. It is because we are above nature’s still, vegetative and animate levels, which instinctively follow nature’s commands. We have room for free choice precisely in this change—to shift from self-concern to concern about others and the world—and accordingly, we need to digest the changes taking place and intentionally want to change.
Based on the video “How to Adapt to Climate Change” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Oren Levi.
Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Question: Is there a spiritual root for this phenomenon that a man feels more confident if a woman helps him?
Answer: I think that it is a necessary element of life. Moreover, I am saying this based on my own experience and from what I felt in my life, in my profession, and in the support my spouse gives me. If not for her, I would hardly have been able to endure much of what I have endured. I had tremendous physical, mental, and spiritual trauma, loss, and difficulty.
A wife in this regard is the kind of support without which it would be very difficult for a man. She replaces his mother. The fact is that a man does not give birth and does not enter that different phase like a woman who from a girl becomes a woman, a mother. A man does not have this transition. Therefore, he constantly needs female support just like a child needs his mother’s support. We understand these interactions.
When a man is engaged in such serious work as politics, science in general, daring work requiring a huge return of internal energy, physical and mental matter, then he needs psychological support even more than physiological.
And, of course, the spouse who helps him without interfering in anything but gives a feeling of support, this is internally necessary for the man. This has a high spiritual root.
At our root we are a single being where the masculine and feminine are intertwined. And it is from this common root that I must draw strength. But I can feel them better if I feel a devoted woman next to me who helps, supports, listens to me, and gives me attention. This is very important. And therefore, it is a law for a Kabbalist, he cannot be single.
Moreover, I have not seen this being an indispensable condition in any other practice. In Kabbalah a bachelor cannot advance spiritually. This spiritual root is so deep that a Kabbalist must be married.
It is not just having a home and being attended to but having a woman who performs internal, mental, and functional duties called “a wife.” This is the definition, the category, the image. This is a very difficult thing. I can see from my students how much it influences them.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up—Two-Headed Eagle” 1/1/10
Comment: On one hand, nature has given us everything today, in terms of comfort, you can satisfy any desire. On the other hand, along with this, a feeling of inner emptiness grows in a person.
My Response: This is very good because we have nowhere else to develop. We went around the world, bought an apartment, a car, changed spouses several times, gave birth, and lost our children. We have already done everything. What is next?!
This world does not give more. What else can it offer to us? Therefore, some perversions appear. Okay, let us try them a little bit. That is all. Then what to live for?!
Then comes emptiness and disappointment, that is what you have come to. It seems to you that although we used to live primitively, it was nice: family, meadows, children. All this is drawn to you so pastorally, harmoniously. But today, what a horror! A person is obliged. He cannot run away anywhere, and most importantly run away from himself!
He tries to do this by saying, “I live the way I live.” But it does not work because the law of nature is such that we cannot get away from it. We will still have to reach an answer to the question of the meaning of life. Moreover, not achieve it philosophically and not to somehow calm yourself, but to find it, see it, understand it. What does a person live for? This is not just a purely theoretical question, search, and torment through thorns to the stars, and so on. No! We want to see it!
In fact, this question rests on death. A person should know that he continues to live, but not by some kind of faith—by what religion promises him. He should see a clear, beautiful, bright continuation in front of him. Then these tens of years of life make sense.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Centaurs” 1/15/10
Preparation to the Lesson
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, Shamati #230 “The Lord Is High and the Low Will See – 2”
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, Shamati #211 “As Though Standing Before a King”
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah”
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