New Life #63 – The New Money

New Life #63 – The New Money
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

We have to make a living, but most of us do not enjoy working. The American dream has shattered and we lack inner happiness. Industry needs to reorganize according to new, more lofty, spiritual values. Money will continue to change shape such that competition will become positive, based on mutuality and a desire for appreciation from companies.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #63 – The New Money,” 8/30/12

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Both Feelings And Mechanics

laitman_276.04Question: Once again we have approached the study of the Preface to The Wisdom of Kabbalah (Pticha), but at a new level, through feelings. This is so interesting, so deep, that again we miss the technical details.

Why, when we start to ask any technical questions, does it takes us away from the emotional perception that we have entered, knocks us out of it?

Answer: This happens only at the beginning. For example, when people learn to play a certain musical instrument, at first one has to work on the technique. They have to do exercises and get used to the instrument.

Once they have mastered it, then it is as if they unite with it and the instrument begins to express their feelings, those that they cannot express themselves. I take a violin in my hands and it sings they way I never could. But through its singing, through its longing, through its sounds, I am able to express myself.

It is the same here. We have to learn the instrument first. Our instrument is feelings, nothing more than feelings because we are merely the desire to enjoy. This is what the Creator created in us.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/4/19

What Is Atzmuto?

Laitman_632.2Question: Does the Creator exist inside us or outside of us? You say that He exists only within us. What is Atzmuto?

Answer: There is nothing that exists “outside,” “inside,” “on the side,” or “somewhere out there.” It simply exists, and that is all.

Atzmuto is something that we do not attain. We grasp some kind of influence upon us and we call it the Creator because He creates.

I call myself “creation” because He created me. Beside the Creator, who has created me, there is a more superior, inner essence of Him. It is called Atzmuto, that is, He on His own without any relation to me.

It is possible to depict Atzmuto as the inner part of the upper force, and His attitude toward me is His outer part, called the Creator. And there is me who perceives this.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/27/19

Binyan – The Structure Of The Word

laitman_614Question: Where did the binyanim come from—the forms of the construction of verbs in Hebrew? Do they have a spiritual root?

Answer: Hebrew is a mathematical language. It is the opposite of other languages.

There are two forces in the universe: the light of Hochma and the light of Hassadim. Their interaction is the basis of the future Kli (vessel). That is, the light is at the root of everything.

The root of Hebrew words can consist of one, two, or three letters. This is either one line, two lines, or three lines. The letters cannot arbitrarily be combined with each other, like in other languages according to their rules. Here there are no rules but laws of nature, laws of the world.

The binyan is the basis, the structure of the word, which always clearly expresses its root base: a combination of lights and desires. After all, what else is there? The light is from the Creator and the desire, that is, the intention, reflected light, is from creation.

It all depends on what state they are in. It can be only one, two, or three lines. Therefore, as a rule, we have two lines, and in special cases— three. It speaks only of the basis of the word.

All these questions are clearly mathematical. There can be no arbitrary movements.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 1/6/19

Why Is The Day Of Translating The Torah Considered A Day Of Mourning?

Laitman_137Question: Why is the 10th day of the month of Tevet, the day of the translation of the Torah from Hebrew into 70 languages, considered a day of mourning? Allegedly, on this day, the Torah was removed from its place. What does it mean?

Answer: It’s because this translation deprived the Torah of its true spiritual foundation, of its true form, only a superficial translation remains. Even purely didactically it could not be exact, not to mention the fact that the spiritual part cannot be translated into any language.

Even Hebrew is not a language but a code—letters that follow each other in a certain sequence, according to certain rules. They cannot be rearranged. In each word, there is a certain root of two or three letters, the so-called “Binyan” (structure).

And when Hebrew is translated, all this is discarded and practically nothing remains of the language. One takes a simple translation of a word, a property from our world, although it does not say anything about material things at all, and gives it some kind of copy of our world.

Question: How many discussions exist around the fact that a woman was allegedly created from man’s rib, or that the horns of Moses were shining? All this because of an incorrect translation?

Answer: You cannot do anything. This is problem.

Question: Will humanity, by ascending back to the spiritual world, return the Torah to its place?

Answer: We have nothing to return! The Torah did not fall, did not break, and nothing happened to it.

The Torah is a portrayal of the device of the upper world. A person who starts to engage in it and rise, comprehends this device.

But when he thinks that this device is already in his pocket in the form of a book, not even written in Hebrew, but in a translation that does not have spiritual meaning, then he perceives the Torah as mere stories. When he reads that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, he thinks: “I know what heaven is. I know what Earth is. Let’s keep reading.”

Therefore, a person who does not want to “dissect” himself must not be allowed into the spiritual world.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/6/19

Will The Family Institution Survive?

laitman_627.1Question: What awaits the family institution? How do we save, strengthen, and balance it? How can Kabbalah help with this?

Answer: I think this year the family institution, along with other social institutions, will face very serious challenges. We will continue to see problems in the family, separation between parents and children and between the parents themselves, divisions between different families and generations: parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren. People will feel no sense of belonging to one another: you gave birth to me, raised me, and now I am leaving.

Consequently, we will reach a state, where no one will owe anyone anything, no one can ask anything from the other: “Leave me alone. What do I care about all of you and why do you care about me?”

After that, along with general recognition of evil, supplied to us by our egoism, we will finally start to realize that there is nothing left to do but try to correct it. Life will become so unbearable (not only in the family but in all its aspects) that people will have no hope left for the future or the present.

One will truly begin to understand that to be alone among other people is worse than being alone in the jungle where you don’t know where to place your foot without being stung or attacked from above.

A person will feel threatened by the environment: one seems to be among people, but in an urban jungle where one cannot make it to the store and back even if he runs. One will feel that no one can or is even willing to help him.

I hope that will be enough for us to realize that we need to do something with our human nature. We will then listen and hear that there is a method that corrects our nature and it is ready. Everything depends only on the person himself. Maybe then that person will come to us.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 1/13/19

New Life #62 – The Power of Money

New Life #62 – The Power of Money
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary:

It seems that money can buy everything and is the most available resource to get what we want. Even so, we have reached the first generation that disregards money. They are redefining the idea of being disadvantaged. It is transitioning from a focus on materialism to a focus on spirituality. The new work is to work on ourselves as people and produce a mutual ability to fulfill everyone’s desires.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #62 – The Power of Money,” 8/30/12

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The Impact Of Kabbalistic Texts

laitman_209Question: What is the goal of studying the science of Kabbalah?

Answer: Baal HaSulam gives a precise Kabbalistic definition of the goal of Kabbalah: the revelation of the Creator to a person in our world.

The purpose of each lesson depends on the material being studied. The material itself attunes a person to come closer to the revelation of the Creator, to aim one to achieve the goal. As a musical instrument is tuned before a performance, a person similarly needs to attune himself to attain the Creator.

Question: Does it depend more on a person or on what is said in this or that book? Are there miraculous forces in Kabbalistic books?

Answer: There is a miraculous power not in the books themselves, between the rows or between the letters, but in the influence of the text on a person.

The fact is that the Kabbalists who wrote books expressed their inner attainments. We are talking about people who were feeling the upper world and the Creator; everything they expressed on paper is connected with their spiritual attainment. Therefore, when we read their texts, they affect us, whether we like it or not. More precisely, the influence of light descends on us and gradually changes us.

Remark: When I read some dramatic story, it also affects me. I can cry or laugh. 

My Comment: Correct, but it influences you purely psychologically. Here you can read without understanding anything, but the text nonetheless influences you and gradually you start to feel that something is happening in you.

You feel that in this text and in you some internal forces exist, internal undercurrents that pull you somewhere, configure your thoughts and feelings in a special way. You suddenly become slightly different, maybe more versatile, more purposeful. It is in exactly this way that the influence of Kabbalistic sources manifests on a person.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 11/20/18

With Joy

laitman_280.01It is written in The Book of Zohar, “VaYechi” 116-117: “Divinity is present only in a whole place, and not in a deficient place or a flawed place or a place of sadness, but in a proper place—a place of joy.”

“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with singing.” There is no service of the Creator unless out of joy.”

We need to carefully remember these words. A sad person cannot reveal the Creator, cannot connect with friends. It is impossible. Only in joy can one achieve connection and unification.

Everything that leads to unity and filling with light in itself causes joy. It is also necessary to approach it in gladness. After all, “Joy is a reflection of good deeds,” the connection into which the light comes and fills it.

In everyday life it happens the same way; when we meet someone we love, we do not cry and mourn. Only if we hate and cannot stand something do we grieve and suffer. Therefore, checking the correctness of our actions is very simple: is there joy in us?

Of course, this is not the only criterion, because you can commit a crime and viciously rejoice. Joy, however, is a necessary sign of proper spiritual work. If I am joyful, it means that I have already fulfilled one of the conditions for finding the right path.

Good deeds cause joy even when you do not expect it. If I have helped a created being to advance in correction, then there must be joy. As with the friction of two objects heat invariably arises, so is the correct action, correcting the creation, always accompanied by joy. This is a mandatory consequence.

Therefore, it is necessary to start the action of correction with joy, and then check whether it really contributed to correction by whether it caused joy. That is, joy should be both at the entrance and at the exit.

The same check is valid for a group, a ten. We always need to check whether working with friends makes us happy. It is written that “the Torah brings joy.” If we act toward correction, then we must be happy. Joy will radiate from our good deeds.

It is necessary to try to constantly maintain such an inner joy from being in a good world where only the power of the Creator, the good and the Creator of good, rules. The Creator wants all creatures to be joyful and happy, and all the flaws are the result of our laziness, unwillingness to do our work. But in reality, the world should be full of joy, warmth, and love.
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From the Lesson 7 of the World Kabbalah Convention “Day Two” – 2/20/19, “Serve the Creator with Gladness”

New Life #61 – Dissemination Of The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

New Life #61 – Dissemination of the Wisdom of Kabbalah
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

Today, in this critical time of existential threat to humanity, the wisdom of Kabbalah and its dissemination will help. Balance can be achieved if we work to change the way we relate to one another in economics, education, health, and security. We must appeal to people’s desires in relation to money, food, and family life. We can eliminate the threats we face on the condition that we will learn to “love your friend as yourself,” be at peace with one another, and complement the higher power.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #61 – Dissemination of the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” 8/21/12

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