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Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “A Big Mess Coming”
The rising inflation seems to have caught everyone off guard. The US inflation rate of 8.3% in April, while representing a slowdown compared to previous months, is still far too high for comfort. The situation is not much better in the Eurozone, where inflation has risen to 8.1%. Prices are rising all over the world, and no one knows how to stop them. In all likelihood, the chain reaction of price hikes will drive prices up in several rounds, and shortages of gas, wheat, oil, semiconductors and other products will only make the situation worse. Indeed, a big mess is coming.
The problem is that some of the products whose supply has been hampered, such as semiconductors, wheat, and gas, are the basis of the world’s industry and food production. We need wheat for most everything we eat, and we need gas and computer chips for most everything we produce. Therefore, their absence hampers that entire global economy and food production.
The first to suffer will be Africa, and possibly much of East Asia. Billions of people will go hungry, billions!
But hunger is only the beginning. Hungry people will stop at nothing. When entire nations go hungry, wars break out and conflicts turn violent. The cataclysm that has just begun to develop could be worse than our worst nightmares, something we cannot even imagine. Besides manmade disasters, we can also expect natural disasters such as floods and fires to wreak havoc around the world.
One thing that people might do is begin to stock up on staple foods. However, I do not think it will help much since we are in for a prolonged crisis, not something that will be over in weeks.
If anything can help at all, it is the realization that we are all in the same boat. Currently, the boat is riddled with holes and sinking fast. We can make those holes disappear if we join hands and work together at all levels, from the most personal to the international.
However, collaboration requires acknowledgement of our interdependence and, above all, trust. Without these two, we will continue to try to help only ourselves, and in consequence, we will all sink.
Moreover, if we begin to collaborate and think about the common good rather than only our own, we will find that there is really no lack of anything. Before the Russia-Ukraine war broke out, we were already throwing away at least a third of the food we produced. In other words, there is plenty of food but no willingness to share, and that is the real reason for the hunger, and for all the other problems we are experiencing.
This crisis will teach us that we can succeed only if we work together for the common good. However, for every lesson there is a fee. The sooner we learn the lesson, the lower will be the fee. The longer we stall, the higher the fee will be and the more painful the lesson.
These loose ties—language, religion, and history—are important values, and no one denies their national merit. However, they are still completely insufficient to rely on as a basis for the independent sustenance of a nation. In the end, all we have here is a gathering of strangers, descendants of cultures of seventy nations, each building a stage for oneself, one’s spirit, and one’s leanings. There is no elemental thing here that unites us all from within into a single mass.
I know that there is one thing that is common to all of us: the escape from the bitter exile. However, this is only a superficial union, like the sack that holds the nuts together, as was said above. This is why I said that we must establish for ourselves special education through widespread circulation, to instill in each of us a sense of national love, both from one person to another, and from the individuals to the whole, to rediscover the national love that was instilled within us since the time we were on our land as a nation among the nations (Baal HaSulam, The Nation).
Question: Must a person be influenced by some supernatural forces?
Answer: On the contrary, they are the natural forces.
Question: Is it possible to give an example from history when the Jewish people were united?
Answer: No, even at the time of the receiving of the Torah and the existence of the Temples, the Jews still had wars among themselves. When such an example appears, then that will be the correction of the world.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/26/22
Question: Anya asks: “When will the Third Temple be built? I sincerely believe that then silence will come, and we will understand that it is forbidden to kill each other, hate each other. I so want peace to come. Tell me, your nation built the First and Second Temples; it was a happy time, wasn’t it? Who will build the Third Temple? How will this happen? Is it possible to speed up the construction? And will our world come to peace and happiness then? Do I understand correctly?”
Answer: I do not know what exactly you understand based on what you have written. I understand that if we are going to build the Third Temple, then we now need to recruit Chinese, Taiwanese, or Arabs at our side.
Gather them, collect building materials, hire a huge office that would do the design and everything else. Recruit experts who would think about what it should look like and so on. And start building slowly. Collect money from all over the world.
But, let’s agree on this: The Third Temple will not be a building. It will be built from the hearts of people, from the desires of people who will wish for it to exist. And there will be nothing material, tangible, from vegetative or animate in it, but only human desire.
Question: So we are the builders of the Temple?
Answer: Our desires! Those who wish to unite together and complement each other to such a state that they can assemble a place that will contain the Creator. The Creator does not need stones. The Creator needs desire! Our yearning to unite between each other, which will at the same time become this house, this will be the place for the revelation of the Creator to all mankind.
Question: So the Creator can only enter such a house? In one desire, directed toward unity, toward connection of all. Is this the house built from hearts?
Question: Does it have windows, doors?
Answer: They are desires! Nothing is needed. Only desires, collective desires, united only in the fact that together, in connection, in love for each other, we will achieve such a state which will be equal to the quality of the Creator. And this is called the Third Temple.
Question: Anya says that Jewish people built the First and the Second Temple, and they were destroyed. Who is building the Third Temple?
Answer: All the nations of the world. The whole world.
Question: What will push the whole world to this, to build the Third Temple?
Answer: Humanity will be prompted to build the Third Temple by realizing the necessity of good intentions, thoughts, or, God forbid, from states of bitterness, weakness, war, and great suffering.
Comment: Which seems to be closer, unfortunately.
My Response: No, it should be somewhere at their intersection.
Question: Meaning, maybe something will lead forward and something will loom ahead, and something will push from behind?
Answer: It is like getting out of Egypt. The Egyptians were chasing from behind, and Moses was walking in front and going straight to the Red Sea. Neither one is good, but this is the state that you need to move to.
Question: And so we will move to the construction of the Third Temple?
Question: But it definitely will be built?
Answer: It is inevitable! It is already inevitable; there is nothing that can be done. Proceeding exactly from this end, the beginning of creation and the beginning of everything that exists comes.
Question: So you can say that the Creator looks at humanity from this state and invites us?
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 4/25/22
Comment: It is written in the sources that Pharaoh is a quality of the Oref (back of the neck), narrow-sea (Metzar-Yam). When the upper good descends to the lower ones, Pharaoh sucks it out through his question: “Who is the Creator that I should listen to Him”?
My Response: The problem is that when a person aspires to spirituality, all sorts of doubts arise in him, which, in principle, are expressed in two questions: “Who should I listen to? Where should I go”?
Why should I bow before the qualities of bestowal and love? Why should I come closer to others? Why should I hate reception and extol the quality of bestowal? All these questions, which can be expressed in another way, are called the questions of Ma? (What?) and Mi? (Who?).
Question: What should I answer if my inner voice wakes up and says: “Who is the Creator? Why should I listen and work for Him at all?”
Answer: The problem is not Who is the Creator? But Who is the Creator that I should listen to Him?. These questions cannot be answered in any way. There is only one answer, I go above these questions.
Question: What will give me the fuel to rise above them?
Answer: You have no other choice. Once you begin to respond in this way, you will see that you have energy, and you have the opportunity to continue the spiritual path. As soon as you take the first step, fuel will immediately appear from somewhere.
Our nature only works if we have some benefit from that. Although, on one hand, the nature of a person seems to stand behind Pharaoh, but in fact, it stands behind the Creator. We must understand that this is arranged specially in this way to educate a person.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/14/22
I am convinced that the whole cosmos is united both in the material and spiritual sense. Within the universe there is a centre (jezgro) wherefrom we receive all our strength, all inspiration: it attracts us; I feel its power and values which it emits to the whole of the universe and thus keeps it in harmony. I have not fathomed the mystery of that centre, but I know it exists, and when I wish to give it some material attribute, then I think it is Light, and when I try to understand it spiritually then it is Beauty and Charity. The one who carries this faith inside feels strong, labour is a joy to him, for he feels himself to be a tone within the universal harmony (Nikola Tesla).
My Response: Tesla was a great scientist. His attitude to the world was really special: a single world that offers to reveal itself to us. But then, it was not yet the time.
They feel that in order to understand the world, they need different tools, which they do not yet possess.
That is, science—as it is structured and moving forward today—will not attain it by itself. It has become purely mechanical. Therefore, there is a crisis in science. Scientists constantly feed us with all sorts of supposedly interesting things so they themselves can exist and show that they are doing something.
But in principle, science itself is in a huge crisis, and this is acknowledged. Moreover, if in the past there were such periods of crisis where we allegedly disclosed everything and there was nothing more to discover, now it is the other way around. We see that we have reached a kind of dead end beyond which we cannot reveal anything.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. The Will of the Universe” 28/11/10
Question: How are Jews connected with the development of humanity and with the current period when the question of the meaning of life is particularly acute?
While nature more or less stroked humanity on the head, it forgot about the Jews. Today, when we have nowhere else to run, again all attention is directed at them. Why?
Answer: Because the Jews have the solution to the essence of our life. The key to the answer to the question of where to go next, how to achieve true happiness, boundless, eternal existence, perfection, harmony—in general, everything that we involuntarily strive for from within, what our natural inner development pushes us to—is with them.
Therefore, subconsciously, all people in the world pay attention to them, count them guilty for their problems, and they are right.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Around the World” 5/12/11
In the News (“Scientists prove it really is a thin line between love and hate”): “Love and hate are intimately linked within the human brain, according to a study that has discovered the biological basis for the two most intense emotions.
“Scientists studying the physical nature of hate have found that some of the nervous circuits in the brain responsible for it are the same as those that are used during the feeling of romantic love – although love and hate appear to be polar opposites. …
” The findings could explain why both hate and romantic love can result in similar acts of extreme behaviour – both heroic and evil – said Professor Semir Zeki of University College London, who led the study published in the on-line journal PloS ONE.
“‘Hate is often considered to be an evil passion that should, in a better world, be tamed, controlled and eradicated. Yet to the biologist, hate is a passion that is of equal interest to love,’ Professor Zeki said.
“‘Like love, it is often seemingly irrational and can lead individual to heroic and evil deeds. How can two opposite sentiments lead to the same behaviour?'”
Question: What do you think? These are two completely opposite concepts!
Answer: They trigger the same sensation.
Question: “There is ecstasy in battle.” But hatred is still such a black thing. And love is so white.
What is love and hatred for you?
Question: Which means, there is a goal I am moving toward. And along the way I have love-hate, love-hate. Is this how I move all the time? Is that what you mean?
Answer: Yes, with the help of love and hate, we are moving toward a goal that includes neither love nor hate.
Question: Is it possible to move toward the goal only with the help of love?
Answer: How? Where are the opposite qualities? How will you move on one leg? There is no way.
Question: Is it impossible only to love? Must I hate?
Answer: This is the mistake of all those philosophers and political scientists.
Question: Who only want to come to love?
Answer: Yes, or to one thing only.
Question: Should I at some point along this road come to huge hatred, terrible hatred?
Answer: Only in the middle line.
Question: In the middle—does this mean moving between love and hate?
Answer: Yes, constantly.
Question: Please tell me: when I hate, should I feel that I hate?
Answer: Of course! Huge hatred! You must shiver! The same way as one would be shaking from the yearning for love.
Question: Should I hate this huge hatred of mine? Am I supposed to come to this?
Answer: It depends on what level. Perhaps you will welcome it.
Question: Because it leads me to the goal?
Answer: Of course. And then you will stop taking into account whether it is love or hate altogether. The main thing is moving toward the goal, moving along the middle line.
I believe that both love and hate are necessary.
Question: The movement is in any case along the middle line between these two spots?
Answer: Yes. It all exists relative to the little man.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 2/10/22
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Michael Laitman, On Quora: “How do you find the strength to forgive?“
How can we find the strength to forgive? We can find the strength to forgive when we understand human nature, and that our nature compels us to be the way that we are.
It is written about this, “Go to the Craftsman who made me.” In other words, “What are you getting mad at me for?” “Why are you blaming me?” “Go to the One who made me this way, which activates and operates me this way all the time. I, in and of myself, am nothing.”
In other words, there are puppets before you through which you need to relate to the One that made it all this way. By relating to the force behind everything and everyone, called “the Creator” in the wisdom of Kabbalah, then you make a request in order to understand those before you correctly, to see them as the Creator’s representatives toward you. Then, you reach the realization that everything in your life, in nature on the still, vegetative, animate and human levels, exists in order for you to discover the Creator’s attitude toward you.
What is the Creator? The Creator, which is given several names in the wisdom of Kabbalah, including “nature,” “upper light,” and “upper force” among others, is the general force of nature, the general law of reality: a quality, force and law of love, bestowal and connection. It has nothing to do with religion or belief.
We exist in a thought. Think of it like a massive computer program. Ultimately, in this system, the role of every person is to help us reach a final state of “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This is the law of the whole of reality, of our entire life and existence.
Based on “New Life episode 1185” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman, Yael Leshed-Harel and Oren Levi. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
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