What Causes Environmental Disasters?

laitman_765.1Question: What would happen if all the Chinese would like to own a car?

Answer: Nothing will change in the world and in the ecology; even let everyone own a car, and more than one. Let there be 7 or 14 billion private cars in the world. Cars are not what causes ecological disasters. Our corrupt relations are what cause ecological disasters.

We need to understand what is visible in nature and in its research; environmental disasters are caused not by technology, the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels, but by the human level. Only we, at the level of our relations, cause distress at all other levels of nature.

All these disasters in the fields of ecology and health, depression and drug addiction, divorces and all other problems arise from nature only to push us to understand the cause, which is at a higher level. Always in nature, a problem from a higher level descends to lower levels and activates the system from there.

I hope that in the search for salvation from these evils, which we see as evils at our egoistic level, we will have to give up our egoism, we will have to understand that we can only be in balance with nature on the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels due to our human level, if we treat each other with love and understanding.

Then, we will bring unity to nature as a whole and reach a balance with the general nature.
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The Round Table of Independent Opinions, Berlin 9/9/06

New Life #98 – Pregnancy And Birth From The Woman’s Perspective

New Life #98 – Pregnancy and Birth from the Woman’s Perspective
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

The only way a mother can ensure her embryo experiences peace is by providing a peaceful environment. The embryo feels the mother after 40 days. She therefore has to think about the embryo and treat him as an entity that understands and feels. Since all her thoughts are passed onto the embryo, the mother imagines the type of kindergarten she wants for him, his harmonious relationships with others, and the perfect world she wishes for him to inhabit. Instead of hoping her child becomes a millionaire, she desires that he will be born into a balanced world in which everyone has what they need both in corporeality as well as in spirituality. She will imagine a world based on mutual guarantee in which every child feels happy and secure throughout their lifetimes.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #98 – Pregnancy And Birth From The Woman’s Perspective,” 11/4/12

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A New Day—A New Life

Laitman_725Question: Can you give an external example of spiritual balance and where it manifests itself?

Answer: No, because our world is not an example of the balance of spiritual forces.

There is nothing spiritual in our world. It is needed only in order to bring a person to internal unity. Therefore, isolated negative forces are working here. There are no positive forces, although they do work sometimes, it is only in an inverse state in order to bring us to the correct recognition that “There is none else besides Him.”

Question: Perhaps it is possible to see this in an example of a family where at the moment harmony and love reign, but everyone remembers quarrels and discords that happened yesterday or the day before yesterday?

Answer: Nothing is forgotten. However, if both spouses consciously balance themselves and they both have a clear aspiration toward the correct connection because they understand that there is evil on both sides and relative to it there is some kind of good and they want to balance them, then they neutralize the evil and keep it under control. This is more or less how the spiritual system exists.

Comment: You often give the example of your relationship with your wife. If you had an argument in the evening, then in the morning you do not remember it and do not talk about it.

Answer: Nothing like that. The next morning, I remember everything and so does she. Yet we have decided that we will start every morning with a clean slate, and therefore we act as if nothing had happened.

There is a covenant between us and we try not to break it. This is good, serious spiritual work. We agreed that the next day, we will not recall the past. Once the day is over, it is crossed out.

Question: Does a person understand that this is good for him, that he can circumvent all troubles this way?

Answer: Otherwise, you will not be able to maintain a marriage for so many years. We have been married for 50 years!

Question: Where one can get the strength from? From the Creator?

Answer: No. Here, you just need the desire to keep the marriage. You have to develop a certain system of behavior.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/17/18

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The Only Fear Of The Kabbalist

laitman_276.02Question: Is a Kabbalist afraid of something in life?

Answer: He is afraid that he will cease striving toward the Creator, appreciating Him, and trying to become like Him.

Question: Is he not afraid for his body, health, etc.?

Answer: If you completely surrender to the Creator, a higher force that always and completely controls you, and you agree with its governance, then you just let go of everything else. And to the extent that you disagree, you suffer. Therefore, all diseases are a measure of disagreement with the governance of the Creator.

Question: In any extreme situations, a person releases adrenaline: he is afraid for his life. And how does it happen to the Kabbalists?

Answer: It depends on what level he is at. If he is already at a serious level of attainment of the Creator, then his only fear is trembling, in order to fully correlate everything with the Creator who is absolutely good and determines all the states.

Trembling of the Creator is blocked by animal fear, and we no longer feel it. But this does not mean that animal fear is destroyed. It can not be destroyed, only overcome.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 07/01/18

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Southern Israeli Residents Demand Quiet

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 11/15/18

Residents of southern Israel are right to protest. They demand quiet, and I agree with their harsh criticism against Israel’s leadership. Their willingness to stay in their shelters in order to allow for a temporary attack that will bring their normal life back testifies to how fed up they are.

Israel must give a decisive blow to the infrastructure of terror in the Gaza Strip: demand that Hamas dismantle its weapons and stop its rule on the ground. To crush the terror completely, and prevent it from rearing its head. This way, at the very least, we will obtain relative quiet in the coming years, and allow the children in the south to go to sleep without fear.

Unfortunately, the current round of rockets has once again proven to us what we have learned throughout history: a jihadist terrorist organization understands only force. They are not interested in reaching an agreement or reconciliation with us. It doesn’t matter if we lift the siege, open the border, enable infrastructure, push for international aid or inject millions of dollars in cash. Thus, we have no choice but to respond with such force that will paralyze Hamas’ ability to harm us.

I do not call for war, and certainly not for harming the innocent Gazan population. But as long as we’re in the midst of an ongoing battle, we must respond with all severity and maintain the upper hand; as it is written, “he who comes to kill you, get up early to kill him first.”

The weakness of our leadership reveals the extent to which its view has been distorted by continuously trying to convince the world that Israel is moral and righteous. The world, however, is not impressed. On the contrary, the international media continues to paint a false picture of the reality in Israel. One only needs to glance at the European press, for example, to notice headlines that portray Israel as the aggressor, after a day with almost 500 rockets fired at Israeli civilians. Therefore, what the world thinks cannot be taken into consideration by our leaders.

There is no doubt that the next round will be more painful. We took a serious step backwards, against ourselves and against the safety of our children. Hamas, on the other hand, is celebrating their success in sparking a political earthquake in Israel, after the resignation of the defense minister. They – and the entire world – have concluded that Israel is weak.

However, I relate our weakness to a single factor: the lack of spiritual foundation in the people of Israel. Unlike any other people or nation in the world, we are required to fight on two fronts: the physical and the spiritual. We have to protect the safety of our residents and defend our borders with great fervor; and at the very same time, we must attack our division at all costs. This is the real war for Israel.

We all take part on the spiritual front, and right now we have been caught off guard. We must reach a cease-fire between us. This is the fire that invites our enemies to enter our house and do as they wish.

All of us without exception – leaders and soldiers, politicians and citizens, rightists and leftists, religious and secular – must be vigilant against the enemy within us, the snake that separates us from each other. Only when we join forces against our own division will we reawaken the spiritual foundation of our people.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the spiritual connection between us is our only salvation. It will build a wall against our enemies. And the whole world is subconsciously waiting for the power that lies in Israel’s unity. Even Hamas.

New Life #97 – Pregnancy and Childbirth: Preparation

New Life #97 – Pregnancy and Childbirth: Preparation
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

World peace and the peace of a fetus are the same thing. A fetus depends on the whole world and it is influenced by the network in which we are all connected. We are living in a general field of desires and thoughts and even the study of this system of nature can help to balance, relax and make the couple and their fetus healthy. The beginning of a new life is determined at the highest level in nature and the only way humanity can have an influence on this process is to relate to one another correctly. Today, we have a lack of desire to procreate as well as fertility problems because we have not corrected the human being in us. Children must be taught about integral perception in order to properly prepare them for future pregnancy and childbirth.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #97 – Pregnancy and Childbirth: Preparation,“ 11/1/12

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 11/16/18

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic “The Work Within Reason And The Work Above Reason”

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Talmud Eser Sefirot,  Vol. 6, Part 16,  Table of Questions for the Meaning of the Words, Item 58

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Giving of the Torah”, Item 15

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My Thoughts On Twitter 11/15/18

Dr Michael Laitman Twitter

The main protection against disasters is love and unity. When love, unity and friendship dwell in the nation of Israel, all misfortunes, suffering and miseries will pass them by… (Maor vaShemesh)
With their pressure, they’ll force us to teach the world unity.

We have to lead the world to unity.
Book of Zohar: “The nation of Israel among the nations of the world is like the heart for the rest of the organs. Just as the body’s organs can’t exist without the heart, so the nations can’t exist without the nation of Israel.”
“When there are love, unity, and friendship within Israel, no calamity can come upon them.” (Maor vaShemesh)

Across the whole country people are ready to host those who are under fire.
But if besides opening up their homes they knew how to open up their hearts and unite them into one heart…
Kabbalah: “The prime defense against calamity is love and unity” …
The nation is obligated to carry out unity and pass it on to all the nations.

Book of Zohar: “The nation of Israel among the nations of the world is like the heart surrounded by the rest of the organs. Just as the body’s organs can’t exist without the heart even for a moment, so all the nations can’t exist without the nation of Israel.”

A person that has a burning spark wishes to fill the emptiness with commandments like a pomegranate.
To the extent one asks to feel the Creator’s greatness, to go with it above reason,
One doesn’t wish for the Creator’s revelation, but wants His greatness in order to carry out the Creator’s desires with no conditions—this is what one asks for. This is called filling the emptiness with a commandment.

Why aren’t those who have the wisdom of Kabbalah able to set things right in the world?
The world’s correction depends on everyone’s participation in this process. Today the process of the masses’ correction is just starting in the world, to the extent people are being …
… acquainted with Kabbalah.
Correction is voluntary—it’s work one does with oneself, personally!
We now have to become aware of that, otherwise we’ll be punished!

The whole nation is responsible for transgressions since everyone drowns if one person drills a hole in the boat. From above there’s only collective punishment or reward. There is nothing personal in spirituality—there’s one system. That’s how we are seen from above.
Kabbalah says: we need upbringing and a desire for good connections.

People in America have decided to speak by shooting. Weapons can protect you, but they won’t fix the urge to resolve everything by shooting! Two opposite forces operate in everything in nature. Their balance makes peace. We need weapons of good and evil.
Yet not for the sake of our physical safety, but for the sake of uniting us and Him into one soul!

We’ve reached the limits of weakness: supplying the enemy with everything and ceasing fire at his order.
Book of Zohar: we have no other hope but the Creator. He arranges everything so we’ll turn to him out of despair.

We don’t care about every person’s qualities. We correct the CONNECTIONS between us. What matters is one’s attitude to the group, whereas natural qualities cannot be changed—they can be turned into Tzimtzum Aleph, a screen, Ohr Hozer, to build the Kli of the soul in which the Creator will be revealed. Inside, every person will remain the way the Creator made him (Lech Le Uman…)

The right request to the Creator is the request for self-correction. However, not for the sake of oneself, but in order to be able to feel others and to know how to ask the Creator for others, to ask only for their benefit, to be AHP for the sake of all the souls’ GE.

It doesn’t depend on our force or strategy, but only on unity, mutual guarantee, on us attaining the proper unity in the nation and showing the world an example of it! #Israel

#War can’t correct anything. By a string of disasters, it pushes us to understand that the solution is entirely up to us and not up to our enemies.
And instead of feeling our limited existence in the world, we’ll attain the Creator’s level.

The breaking isn’t accidental, we mustn’t annul its result. It’s for our good. If we unite above separation, we reveal connection 620 times greater than the previous one, before the fall of sin, breakage.

Is the nations of the world’s attitude to Israel changing for the better? Just like in the past, when no one felt bad about the extermination of Jews by the Nazis, so today European mass media has no mention of the fact that Hamas shot 500 rockets at Israel!

For now we have no control over our heart, but we are moving toward realization of evil and request for correction.

The most in-demand profession in the world will soon be experts in spiritual work—”the Creator’s work.” We are preparing for that. Hence our work lies in creating connection between us.

Goodness grows precisely by virtue of the ego’s growth!

Our egoism doesn’t disappear. It has to remain and we build connection above it. Naturally, the desire to eradicate ego emerges. But that’s the wrong approach. That’s why we can’t do that. Egoism will remain, but we will cover all evil in the world with goodness.

A layman cares for himself, whereas a Kabbalist cares about the connection between us, since all of correction lies there.

True Torah, Torah-Emet differs from the masses’ Torah by a different interpretation of flaws, punishment and reward, as written, “The Torah’s opinion is opposite to the laymen’s opinion.”

If evil has been revealed, we should pay attention not to it, but to our request to correct the evil with greater connection between us.

No one is guilty of his actions: all transgressions are revealed from above. We are guilty not for the revelation of evil, but for not asking the Creator to correct the evil.

All the prayers were composed by the sages before the Temple’s destruction. They are recited not for oneself—ME, but for everyone, WE, US. That’s because no one is guilty by himself—he was created that way, and everyone is responsible for everyone.

Hence it doesn’t matter who made the action—from above we are considered as being in a circular guarantee, ARVUT.

The more opposites we can unite inside us, the higher is our spiritual degree.
It’s the way any information can be processed in a computer by connections of 0 and 1. Spirituality is built upon the amount of connections, which produces quality.
Hence the most important thing is to go through the necessary number of states!

How can we win wars?
Essentially, all our wars are internal. We must fight our own egoism, which separates us, since according to the plan of creation we must be “as one man with one heart.” We must fight the ego for the sake of unity and by that we must give the world an example.
From Twitter, 11/15/18

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Newsmax: “To Thoughtfully Govern Leaders Must Rediscover the Family”

My article in Newsmax: “To Thoughtfully Govern Leaders Must Rediscover the Family

On Nov. 11, 1918, World War I ended.

One hundred years later, bells rang at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris as leaders of some 70 countries marched shoulder to shoulder on the plaza, marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that brought the war to an end.

Leaders such as Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, and Benjamin Netanyahu walked on the battleground where fierce battles took place, millions of soldiers were killed, and much blood was spilled as a result of the cruel war between nations.

But does this impressive demonstration indicate that we are at last close to true peace?

Are we on the verge of extending an umbrella of peace and unity that will cover all the European nations?

As long as economic inequality continues to escalate in most countries and waves of immigrants continue to shake the demographic-cultural fabric of Europe, true unity is not in sight. These crises are the result of an ultra-liberal ideology that has gained strength and spread throughout the continent.

Every day, these two crises deepen the social and political polarization.

The rich become richer, the poor become poorer, and immigrants bring with them religion and customs that incite the local Europeans. As a result, the extreme right is strengthening throughout Europe, and as long as the public within European countries is divided, unity across Europe should not be expected.

Such a spectacular ceremony only widens the gap between the idyllic façade put forward by the leadership and the daily reality in Europe. European leaders are making an attempt that doesn’t account for the selfish, alienating nature of the human ego; the attempt to welcome everyone into their borders and create a common market where everyone wins requires a solid educational foundation to form genuine integration between people.

The way European leaders think and make decisions might also have to do with an interesting fact that is common to many of them — they don’t have biological children. Take a look at the following list:

Germany’s Angela Merkel
France’s Emmanuel Macron
Britain’s Theresa May
Italy’s Paolo Gentiloni
Lithuania’s Dalia Grybauskaitė
Holland’s Mark Rutte
Sweden’s Stefan Lofven
Ireland’s Leo Varadkar
Luxemburg’s Xavier Bettel
Switzerland’s Simonetta Sommaruga
Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon
President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker
Whether by choice or lack thereof, all of the above leaders are childless.

People who dan’t have children see the world differently than those who do. They have a different outlook on life, they analyze the past, present, and future differently. In contrast, any person who has children lives with a certain sense of responsibility for his or her family, which accompanies and influences their decision-making processes.

Some commentators have already made a link between European leaders’ lack of thought about the future and the fact that they are childless. However, it doesn’t end with thinking about the future. More than a social status, being a parent is a natural status.

A childless leader lacks instincts that he or she cannot acquire in any other way. They could be highly intellectual, incredibly skilled and gifted in many different ways, and yet, they lack a natural drive that exists in any average parent—to care for and protect their children. And their decisions will be affected by that lack.

But perhaps even more interesting is: what does the public think about this phenomenon?

The answer is that they mostly don’t.

The general public is not interested and many are not even aware of this particular aspect of their leaders’ personal lives. Ask yourselves: were you fully aware of all the childless leaders in the above list?

The public indifference to this phenomenon characterizes our time and our generation. A generation that is losing touch with basic human values. A generation that is clearly going through an identity crisis.

That being said, there’s no point in condemning anyone. Neither the childless leaders nor their indifferent citizens. We’re all in the same boat of human development, and human society is going through a unique phase, where the human ego is reaching its peak.

This explains why the individual has become more important than ever. The importance of the family unit has declined, and thus, today even a childless leader can be a mother and father to millions of people.

But human evolution doesn’t end there.

The human ego will continue to grow and drive us apart until it leads us to realize that we have to rise above it, and cultivate a higher level of human connection. Then, we will see the importance of rebuilding our connections on all levels — from the family unit, through the community, to the rest of society.

The aspiration for a common future that liberal European leaders envision can become realistic when humans cultivate a deeper sense of connection. As long as the ego drives the moves on the ground, the attempts of European leaders will do more harm than good.

Only when leaders make education towards unity their highest priority and aim to bring citizens together above all differences, the common sense of human connection will guide Europe towards a better future.

Moments Of Descent

Laitman_165Question: A person who has fallen into the “pit” of his egoism does not believe that he has something in himself associated with bestowal. He sees nothing sacred in himself that would be associated with the Creator. How does one get out of this state?

Answer: There is nothing complicated here. If we have a group and we get used to uplifting ourselves and each other every day before the lesson and during the lesson so that all our qualities, views and connections are controlled and progress us, then we do not need great immense descents. If they do happen, however, practically all of them are manageable.

The descent should last no more than a moment. Not a split second, but just a moment that even does not have a period in time. Immediately, an ascent should emerge from it.

If I am in the field of the group and receive a personal descent, then it passes through me like an electric impulse and immediately the group pulls me out. The general field of the group works on me.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 4/18/18

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