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Egoistic Bestowal And Spiritual Bestowal

547.06Why has Russia failed to build a society based on love for others? Could have they done something in a different way for this experiment to be successful?

It is impossible to change history. History is given to us not to learn from and correct ourselves, but so that we understand that it was impossible to do what they tried to do.

They wanted to build egoistic communism. Instead of being directed to benefit the Creator, it was directed only to benefit people.

It is not enough to think only about bestowing to people. Rather, we need true, spiritual bestowal. It means that we must rise to faith above reason and acquire the property of bestowal, which will operate in us instead of the property of reception. However, this can be done only if we implement the method of Kabbalah.

Similarly, kibbutzim were created with the intention of doing better for themselves. The fact is that there is an egoistic intention behind everything. But we are talking about bestowing outside of ourselves. This is what humanity must come to—adhesion with the Creator. Therefore, it is impossible to do this without the wisdom of Kabbalah and all its conditions intended to attract the upper light and for it to influence us.

That is, it is absolutely necessary to study and implement the method of Kabbalah that can attract the upper light, which will change our nature. The light should change our perception of reality so that we would see before us the world we want to bestow to and we would live outside of ourselves.

All forms of communist societies were built on the opposite principle: the desire to isolate themselves, to group together in one camp against all the rest, and become stronger than everyone. This approach is the exact opposite of true bestowal.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/17/22, Baal HaSulam, “The Peace”

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Care That All Will Be Happy

962.1Question: The results of the regularly conducted survey “What Worries the World?” have been published. Coronavirus is no longer the main problem that concerns the inhabitants of Earth, it is in third place. It was overtaken by poverty and unemployment.

Poverty and social inequality concern 33%, unemployment – 30%, and the coronavirus – 29%. Then there is corruption, crime, education, climate change, emigration and so on. At the very end,  the content of social programs (Ipsos, “Coronavirus no longer the world’s top worry as it is overtaken by economic concerns”).

What will we come to? What will humanity care about?

Answer: When there is no goal, it is impossible to talk about anything. Each, like a swan, a crayfish, and a pike, pulls in their own direction and that is it.

Comment: However, they say directly that a person wants to be happy.

My Response: That is a separate happiness for everyone.

Question: Will a person’s aspiration for his happiness not lead him to this?

Answer: In doing so, he stumbles upon the desire for the happiness of everyone else. Thus, they pull in different directions.

Question: Should the aspiration be one, common, toward one common goal?

Answer: Yes. Until we come to agreement, none of this will happen.

Question: What is the main problem that should concern people?

Answer: People should be concerned about the question of what they exist for, what the most important thing in their life is, and how to reach this state. After that, I can already talk about the things that prevent or help me to reach this goal.

Question: In your opinion, what should be the goal?

Answer: To be really happy.

Question: What do you mean by the word “happiness”?

Answer: When everyone is happy, everyone is satisfied, everyone is fulfilled, and everyone feels good.

Question: Did you just say not that I would be happy, but everyone would be happy?

Answer: How else can it be? If not everyone is happy, then in the end it threatens me too.

Comment: So, I have to care that all the people of the Earth will be happy.

My Response: Only in this case can I guarantee myself absolute happiness.

Question: In what case will the people of Earth be happy?

Answer: When all of them will think about exactly that, and worry about making everyone happy.

Happiness is to be in absolute harmony with inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human nature.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/8/21

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“What Will Be The Next Major Step In The Evolution Of The Human Species?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What will be the next major step in the evolution of the human species?

We have been building our society for thousands of years, and have often resorted to fighting, killing and lying to each other in order to get what we thought we wanted.

We have reached a state where we understand that it is better for us, even selfishly, not to kill others because then we have no one to work with. On the contrary, we want others to be dependent on us.

Afterward, we feel that their subordination to us does not give us what we ultimately want. We realize that others also need to develop, so we become concerned with developing different societies around the world.

Instead of fighting and killing each other, we realize that everyone should engage in trade and commerce, as it is written, “go and provide for each other.”

Afterward, international trade, commerce and science start becoming implemented in that system. Why? It is because our goal while we are alive in this world is to become as integrated and interdependent as possible. We currently do not understand this, even though nature is guiding us toward increasing interdependence the more we evolve.

The laws of nature—laws of interconnection and interdependence—guide our development. One way or another, we will reach a state where we will understand that the best way to realize our interdependence is to be like a single family. In a healthily-functioning family, its members benefit and enjoy what each one adds to it.

When we try to become as one family around the world, we will rise to the next level of our evolution. In our current state, we become more and more interdependent, and our ego also increasingly grows at the same time, so we feel our growing interdependence as something terrible. When we learn how to redirect our egoistic desires toward positive connection with others, where we each mutually support, encourage and consider others above self-benefit, then we will start realizing our growing interdependence in a completely new, positive and harmonious way.

Based on the video “Humanity’s Need to Adapt to the Law of Nature” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“Where Fundamentalism Is Leading Us” (Times Of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “Where Fundamentalism Is Leading Us

People are attracted to the powerful because in each of us, there is a child who seeks protection and a sense of belonging. Fundamentalists understand this very well and capitalize on it. By growing more violent, they appear more powerful, which increases their appeal. In this way, they succeed in attracting new recruits into their ranks.

In western countries, fundamentalist Islamists find fertile ground for amassing followers since people have no direction, spirit, or purpose in life. This makes it easy for them to win them over to their ideas. By offering them membership in a powerful club, and even to God, they give them a sense of meaning and purpose and make them feel that their lives have value. This is the case not only in Europe and the United States, but also in Russia, India, and even China.

Where does this lead us? First, it will lead to bloody conflicts. Eventually, it will expose the emptiness behind the promises of radical religious dogmas.

Once fundamentalism exposes its futility, people will find the true meaning of the term religion. In The Writings of the Last Generation, Baal HaSulam writes, “The religious form of all the nations should first obligate its members to bestowal upon each other … as in ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ …This will be the collective religion of all the nations.”

What, you may ask, will become of our traditional religions? Baal HaSulam continues and writes that besides following the tenet of loving others as ourselves, “each nation may follow its own religion and tradition, and one must not interfere in the other.” In other words, as long as we care for one another, each of us will live according to our own way and tradition, and our different ways of life will not disrupt the harmony and union we will have achieved having developed love for one another.

The evolutionary process just described is not just for a few of us; it is the future of humanity. We are all destined to achieve unity and mutual concern by following the law of loving others as ourselves. This is the meaning of the ancient prophecy, “And all the nations shall flow unto it” (Isaiah 2:2).

Abraham the Patriarch, the Babylonian trailblazer who broke the news of our collective unity to humanity, was the first teacher. He taught how to unite on the basis of mercy and kindness. His progeny, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and so on, polished and adapted the method of connection to their times. Moses did the same with his book of laws, which we call Torah, and so did Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai with The Book of Zohar.

Now we, too, must find our way to apply the law of love of others to our time. Especially today, when hatred and self-absorption are corrupting and destroying human civilization, it is time to rise above our petty selves and find a common union that is higher than all of us and unites all of us. Only in that higher realm will we find a way to make our world livable, and our lives with one another pleasant, safe, and with a true sense of belonging.

Kabbalah’s View On Education

963.6Kabbalah considers man and his upbringing only relative to the purpose of creation.

We exist in order to achieve a certain goal, and it is not within our life but in what we reveal in all nature, which is called the Creator. In Kabbalah, the concept of nature is equivalent to the concept of the Creator.

Upon reaching connection with all of nature, not only with what we now see and observe in our small world but with its wholeness, we begin to feel that we exist eternally and in perfection. It is this level that a person must reach during this life. This is the only purpose of our existence.

And this is not what our education gives a person. We teach him just like an animal teaches its young to survive, to create a family correctly, and to produce offspring. So, from generation to generation, we take care of our life at the animate level.

It doesn’t matter that our technologies develop because as long as our animate organism, our body, exists, we want to create seemingly the most comfortable environment for it. Therefore, this level is animate and a person does not differ from an animal.

In fact, it is the category of human that we can develop in us so that we feel an eternal, perfect state, when each of us rises above our petty egoism and reaches the general sensation of whole  nature. Nobody teaches us this.

If you want to uplift a person, you must show him a different perspective, what it is that is worth living for, what it is that is worth directing your efforts to. And if all this life is only inside the animate body, then I do not care about anything: I can jump from the roof, I can do whatever I want with myself. Nobody cares about me and I do not care about anyone because everyone feels like a little individualist.

All our relations in society are built on this: “I do not touch you, you do not touch me.” And this is completely wrong. From day to day we reveal how universal nature is, how interconnected we are in a small village, how the butterfly effect, mutual responsibility, and mutual influence on each other works.

From the side of nature, we reveal that everything is interconnected and is in such close dependence that there is no escape from it.

Question: Perhaps we are not yet aware that laws of interdependence apply directly to our lives?

Answer: Even if we are aware of them, we still cannot take over. Moreover, we do not yet have the opportunity to approach their realization.

The science of Kabbalah is being revealed in our time, it deals with this, and it can give us such an opportunity. But we are only at the beginning of the path and humanity does not yet understand what it is.
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From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Generation” 8/24/09

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A Small Addition That Opens Up A Whole World

962.2All actions supposedly performed for the sake of humanity are actually done for one’s own sake in order to show one’s righteousness, strength, and power. Thus a person works and claims that he is making efforts for the sake of humanity.

But if I really want to work for the sake of humanity, then I need the power of bestowal, the upper force. Therefore, if someone claims that he is ready to work only for the benefit of society, it is a lie. He just does not understand what he is talking about.

But humanity no longer has the strength to work for itself because we have reached such a limit where everyone has already completed their egoistic development. And now we need to develop by uniting.

We see that all of nature develops in a similar way. At first amoeba, the simplest organisms, developed until molecules combined into more complex systems. As a result, they formed more complex bodies that had feelings and a mind, and made a division of roles within their connection.

Humanity is beginning to feel that we do not have enough force for further existence. And when we try to egoistically receive these forces from nature, we cannot do it, and we give up in desperation. This is when the science of Kabbalah must be revealed.

All our development up to this point has been in order to reveal us as a complete zero, that is, that we do not have a single correct goal and strength to reach any truth. We must discover this truth of creation.

A person is not able to work for the sake of humanity because he needs to rise above himself for this. I do not have the ability to feel humanity.

I can feel my family because it is one of the basic desires, which are food, sex, and family; therefore, I am ready to work for it. But humanity and even a nation are almost indiscernible concepts for me. After all, I must egoistically feel that they are in me so that I can work for them. And if I do not have that feeling, then I do not want to make an effort.

Therefore, one additional component is needed here: for the sake of the Creator, above reason, that is, a connection with the upper force due to its revelation. And it is possible to reveal the upper force only through the similarity of properties. This “small” addition opens the entire spiritual world, the true reality, before us.

But we must build the Creator ourselves. He does not exist outside of us. We cannot reveal the Creator until we reach the form of creation. And the form of creation is the ten, the group. Therefore, first of all, we must try to include ourselves into each other.

There is no Creator without creation. There is a common upper force that fills the entire universe. And to the extent that we construct creation, the ten, we can reveal a part of this abstract upper force that fills all of reality on one hand and is not felt by anyone on the other. It is revealed only to those who build the right vessel, the Kli, for its revelation.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/17/22, Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Peace“

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“The Tragedy Of The Commons Is Our Reality” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “The Tragedy of the Commons Is Our Reality

A widely known term, at least in academia, is “the tragedy of the commons.” The term “commons” describes a resource that everyone can use at no cost, such as air. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School Lawrence Lessig explains that the tragedy is that when there is a limited amount of a commons, the competition over it causes its depletion because people work out of self-interest, whereas if they were considerate, everyone would have enough.

Until recently, we thought that we could emit as much gas as we want into the atmosphere without consequences. As a result, we have polluted Earth’s entire atmosphere. We thought we could litter the oceans indefinitely, but we have polluted all of Earth’s oceans. We have depleted Earth’s fresh water reservoirs, contaminated Earth’s soil, and we have turned our entire planet into a barely livable place. We have inflicted a worldwide tragedy of the commons on ourselves, and now we are paying for it. Our last resort is a joint effort to change our behavior, but in order to change our behavior, we will have to change ourselves, from the very foundation of our being.

Ecologist Garrett Hardin popularized the concept of the tragedy of the commons in an essay titled “The Tragedy of the Commons: The population problem has no technical solution; it requires a fundamental extension in morality.” In his book The Future of Ideas, Lessig quotes Hardin’s explanation: “‘Picture a pasture open to all,’ Hardin writes, and consider the expected behavior of ‘herdsmen’ who roam that pasture. Each herdsman must decide whether to add one more animal to his herd. In making a decision to do so, Hardin writes, the … herdsman gets the benefit of one more animal, yet everyone suffers the cost, because the pasture has one more consuming cow. And this defines the problem: Whatever costs there are in adding another animal are costs that others bear. The benefits, however, are enjoyed by a single herdsman. Therefore each herdsman has an incentive to add more cattle than the pasture as a whole can bear. …Therein is the tragedy. Each man is locked into a system that compels him to increase his herd without limit—in a world that is limited. Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons. Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all.”

However, Hardin concludes in his article, “Education can counteract the natural tendency to do the wrong thing, but the inexorable succession of generations requires that the basis for this knowledge be constantly refreshed.”

Hardin wrote his piece in 1968, when the realization of the toll of humanity’s reckless behavior was in its infancy. Since then, we have not learned any lessons. We did not refresh our education; we never even began.

Earth’s free commons are finite, though we would like to believe the contrary. “Using the commons as a cesspool does not harm the public under frontier conditions because there is no public,” writes Hardin in relation to the early white settlers in the US. But “the same behavior in a metropolis is unbearable.”

Now that we have depleted Earth’s pool of fresh air, fresh water, and sources of food, the scarcity is beginning to take its toll. Allegorically, we have been borrowing from a shop that seemed to have no keeper, but we have been wrong, and now the keeper is collecting the debt.

However, we can avert the emerging catastrophe of depletion. If we (finally) apply the self-education we so badly need to apply, we will find that there is plenty of food, fresh air, and fresh water for all. We are already producing far more than we are consuming. If we had a sense of mutual responsibility, and goods actually went to people who need them, we would reduce production so dramatically that we would not worry about emissions quotas and other limitations.

The root of our problem is not that we are depleting Earth, but that we are trying to destroy or at least control one another. As a result, we inflict on all of nature and on ourselves an existential tragedy.

We will be able to change our modus operandi only if we change our motivation from aiming to destroy others to aiming to build them. When we realize that we can blossom only in a flourishing social environment, we will begin to think about others in constructive and prosocial ways, and then we will transform our world.

This is why today, an educational process of installing the realization that we are all dependent on each other in every way should be the most essential component, the bedrock of any program aimed at mitigating every problem: from depression to deforestation.
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“Joint Statement On Preventing Nuclear War And Avoiding Arms Races Is Empty Words” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “Joint Statement on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races Is Empty Words

On January 3, the US, China, Russia, the UK, and France signed a statement that they will “consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities.” The powers agreed that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” Additionally, they concurred that “nuclear use would have far-reaching consequences,” hence they “affirm that nuclear weapons—for as long as they continue to exist—should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war.” This statement is nothing but empty words, made for the regular folks, but even they will probably ignore it.

There is no substance behind the words. The only reason the leaders signed the declaration is to stay in power, keep robbing and stealing, and call it “leadership.”

But if they listened to me, they wouldn’t be rushing up that Olympus in any country. As I said when Biden took office, I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes today, and look at what is happening in America.

In truth, we cannot blame the leaders for being that way. They were elected by the people, and this is what the people want to hear, so this is what the leaders are selling them. These leaders are ruthless because if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be able to climb to the top of this mountain and become leaders.

If we want sincere intentions from our leaders, a sincere desire to end conflicts, we must change ourselves. Things will get better when we understand that in a time when everyone is connected and dependent on each other, we cannot expect people to change unless we all change.

We will change when we agree to re-educate ourselves, to “reprogram” ourselves from the violent and careless mode we are in today into a mode where we are considerate of each other because we know that otherwise none of us will survive. It’s clear that we don’t care about each other. However, if we understand that our lives depend on being considerate, since otherwise the all-out war will wipe us all out, then we will agree to act as if we care, and this behavior will change us.

The sooner we come to this realization, the less we will have to suffer in our present miserable state. Until then, leaders will continue to sign meaningless papers with empty pledges that no one believes or intends to keep.
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Everything Will Be Stolen As Usual

547.04In the News (CNN): “A small group of ultra-wealthy individuals could help solve world hunger with just a fraction of their net worth, says the director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme.

“Billionaires need to “step up now, on a one-time basis”, said David Beasley in an interview on CNN’s Connect the World with Becky Anderson that aired Tuesday — citing specifically the world’s two richest men, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.

“‘$6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them. It’s not complicated,’ he added.”

My Response: No amount of money can feed people. Everything will be stolen along the way. The number of people that should die, will die.

Comment: We are talking only about 2022, and then we will need more, more and more.

My Response: Every time more and more.

Question: Will people starve more and more every year?

Answer: Of course. There will be great abundance and at the same time great shortage in everything, in basic products, such as bread, water, and rice, the things that people need.

Question: So you do not think there will be a general lack of everything. Will there be reserves somewhere and everything will be in plenitude?

Answer: And huge armies will guard these reserves, and next to them the hungry people will be dying of hunger. It will be very open. All this will be in the news. People will see all this and say, “How sorry we are for these starving people.” And do nothing.

Comment: Please reveal the plans of egoism to us. It is so insidious.

My Response: Egoism in no way aims to satisfy us, but only to teach us how to act. It is in order for us to realize that our dependence on each other is our problem, but this is also our salvation.

That is, if we can rise above this problem, come to connection and use it correctly for our unification, then we will understand why this is given to us, and we will be grateful that this is happening.

Question: What is the conclusion? What should happen in order for humanity not to starve more and more? And an understanding of what?

Answer: Understanding that this is not happening so that we do not starve, but because we have to unite. We must unite.

Question: Will humanity understand this?

Answer: With a stick to happiness.

Question: Are you saying that it can only be understood through many famines?

Answer: Perhaps through many famines. Baal HaSulam talks about the third and fourth World Wars, which will be atomic ones.

Question: Why is egoism so unbending?!

Answer: This is nature. This is nature that we do not even know, do not attain, and cannot imagine. You can beat it as much as you want, but it remains the same.

Comment: It feels like nothing can conquer it.

My Response: Nothing can conquer it. There is only one upper force. If you can attract it, then it will sweeten this egoism, and you will be able to use it correctly.

Question: Does it mean that you do not believe in any corporeal plans?

Answer: There can be no good corporeal plans!

Question: Then what are we building them for? We are making all these plans, the future of the countries, the future of whatever you want. Is this also egoism pushing us?

Answer: Because we exist in this, we live in this, we do not see anything else, and this is what we do. We believe that we can do something and we do not understand that we are moving from bankruptcy to bankruptcy.

We have nothing else left, not for humanity, nor for you and me. We just understand why there is nothing left. Because we have already reached rock bottom, as they say. This is it! We have come to a clear understanding of the cause, effect, and end of everything. The world, however, does not understand. But it nevertheless has nowhere to go.

Comment: You also have nowhere to go. You have to keep saying this to the world, drop by drop.

My Response: I need people who can put this into the right words so that they shake the world after all. To shake up all of humanity somehow.

When we reach absolute despair, we will finally discover that only rising above our egoism, changing our nature, can save us. Then this action will happen!

Question: No money can save us?

Answer: What money?! It is the last thing.

Question: Why, then, does this illusion exist? Everyone has this small hope that these plans can be implemented, that money will help.

Answer: Because humanity has nothing else! Nothing! Therefore, what can we hope for? We need to ensure that there is a government reserve, a family reserve, or something like that.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/18/21

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“Which Human Activity Causes The Most Harmful Change In The Natural Environment?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Which human activity causes the most harmful change in the natural environment?

Nature, which includes humanity, is a single, integral and closed system.

Humans hold the highest level in nature, i.e., out of the four levels, still, vegetative, animate and human. We are the highest level, because we have the innermost influence on nature, not just physically and mechanically, for instance, with the development of our technologies, but also mentally and emotionally.

As such, while it might appear that our technological and industrial activity causes the most harm to the natural environment, what really causes the most harm are our negative attitudes to each other. The hatred that exists on the human level—which does not exist on nature’s other levels—corrupts nature. On one hand, we are in a closed, interconnected and interdependent system, and on the other hand, our negative attitudes toward each other in such a system negatively affect all kinds of connections between us and nature.

What we need to understand is that we exist in a field of thoughts and desires. Beyond the physical forces that we see and feel with our senses, we increasingly discover that there are deeper forces at work. For instance, we once lived in periods where we did not know that electricity, radio waves and atomic energy existed, but we eventually discovered these forces.

We are coming closer to the threshold of discovering that our negative thoughts, desires and attitudes toward each other harm nature more than any physical activity that we conduct, for instance, more than chopping down trees or burning fossil fuels, as we commonly think about it. Also, the most harmful thoughts and desires toward our natural environment are those where we wish to harm each other. If we focus on correcting our thoughts, desires and attitudes toward each other, we would likewise discover a favorable response from nature—we would see how all kinds of phenomena that we perceive as negative, such as natural disasters, would decrease the more that we engage in shifting our attitudes to each other from negative to positive, egoistic to altruistic and hateful to loving.

Based on the video “Hatred of People Is the Most Destructive Force in the Ecosystem” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
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