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Can A Person Control His Destiny?

Laitman_709Question: What does it mean to control one’s destiny, and is it really possible to control it?

Answer: A person controls his destiny in different fields: personal, public, state, economic, political, etc.

If we understand that everything is moved only by the upper light, the upper force, and only in order to develop us so that we can sense it, reveal it in ourselves, resemble it, then to the extent that we ourselves begin to make efforts to become like the upper force, we will follow a good path toward it.

Then all its effects on us will not be perceived as negative, painful, and forcing us to change, but as positive, desirable, and good. Everything depends on our attitude toward the forces of development.

Question: Does a Kabbalist know what he can change in his life and what he cannot?

Answer: Partially, yes.

Question: Does that mean a Kabbalist does not go where he or she cannot change anything?

Answer: On the contrary, he involves himself in absolutely everything. The fact is that he needs to participate in absolutely all actions, in every manifestation of nature’s forces.

At the same time, he knows in advance what he can change. What he cannot change is also an active deed because he restrains himself. But based on the whole gamut, on all the possibilities of his intervention in himself, in nature, in society, in the family, etc., he knows how to act, how to properly recruit all the forces of nature at the moment, assemble them and activate this combination.

But again, despite this, we live in a world that needs serious correction; each of us goes through very serious forms of breakage and is subjected to great pressure. We must experience all the mistakes on ourselves because, as it is written, ” There is no righteous man on earth who has done good and did not sin first.” Only after passing through all sinful states, can we reach the state of the righteous.

A righteous person is the one who has sinned a lot, but today understands the causes and consequences of everything that happened to him or her, and to the extent that one learns from one’s mistakes, can already be a righteous person.

It is impossible for a person to be kind, good, right, and wise, if one has not passed the states opposite to these. Only to the extent one was mistaken, can one be right today.
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From KabTV’s “The Basics of Kabbalah”, 11/20/18

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Change The Map Of Your Destiny

760.4Question: Can Kabbalah help change the map of your destiny, even if it is decreed in the stars?

Answer: The fate of each of us is very clearly defined. If we take the starting and ending points of our path, then, whatever you say, each soul must go through all these stages and reach its final destination, its full realization.

It depends on how you will tread your path: quickly or slowly, falling and crawling or climbing, or, conversely, flying from one point to another. It makes a big difference whether you will undergo serious suffering, being in the negative, or if you will be in the positive.

Nevertheless, the end point for each of us has already been established. So everything that the science of Kabbalah offers is for the purpose of not slowing you down.

Let’s say that a soul comes out of point “A” to point “B.” You can stop at point “n” and move to point “m” over several lifetimes, in terrible suffering or you can get there fast, as if in flight. Therefore, we determine the pace of our advancement, its magnitude, and its quality. It depends on us.

This is what the science of Kabbalah offers. The science of Kabbalah lets us see the whole perspective, to approximate the ultimate goal we must reach.

Practically, each segment of the path is the achievement of the ultimate goal, only on a larger and larger scale: Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Haya, Yechida, or the 125 steps of the gradual development of the soul.

As we develop our soul, we begin to feel how we attain and open nature, to become included in it, begin to see and understand it. It is like a grand symphony that involves us and lets us be its integral participant. Attaining such great harmony, when each part in billions of states connects with all others in perfect interaction, is the greatest pleasure.

Question: Do we advance in a straight path or is there always a sine wave?

Answer: A sinusoid exists, as it is said: “There is no righteous in the world who would not stumble.” But the point is that when you stumble, immediately get up, advance quickly, so that even our mistakes will serve to push us toward the search, meaning, inspire us toward further advancement.
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From the Daily Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 12/30/18

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The Point Of Freedom

Laitman_630.2Question: What is the point of freedom in me and how was the Creator able to make it free of Himself and from everything He predetermined?

Answer: Each of us has, beside our ego, a point in the heart called “a part of the Creator from above.” Therefore we are drawn to Him, we want to attain Him.

The people who have this need can feel the point in the heart, and that is why they try to connect between themselves to reveal the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian 11/18/18

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Influencing Events

Laitman_177.06Question from Facebook: The awareness that we are controlled and not free in the choice of events upsets me. We absolutely cannot influence the programmed timeline we exist and function in. So why do we need a lot of knowledge if we cannot use it?

Answer: Indeed, a lot of knowledge overwhelms a person and leads him to sadness and many sorrows.

However, you will be pleased to know that correct, good knowledge reduces all our sorrows and, on the contrary, leads to making things easier by understanding how everything is arranged, understanding  the transparent vision of the entire world and of this whole system, and how it interacts in great harmony. This wondrous harmony of the entire system of the universe is called “the Creator.”

We need to reveal this system, this harmony, so that it will play within us, and then everything will be simple, felt, clear, and for our own good.

Question: Are we really controlled and not free to choose events?

Answer: No. At the same time, you will discover how you can participate in the movement of the general creation, of all the souls, at all times and at all levels toward the one common goal: the great unity, connection, and similarity with the Creator.

This goal is very beautiful. Maybe it is distant, but you will see it and you will be able to participate in it, near it, and enter it. So, you are invited!
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 10/2/18

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Facing The Heavenly Court

laitman_537Question: For me, making money means to prey on other people. Marketing and advertising is built on this: selling something unnecessary to a person, using any means to convince him to spend money.

Listening to you, I sometimes admit that we all are one, and by preying on others we are probably harming ourselves. So how can we make money?

Answer: Now you can earn money with a clear conscience because you already understand that you are actually cheating yourself.

In principle, if a person really appeared before the heavenly court, he would have nothing to say and the court would have nothing to answer. No one would have a claim—neither the Creator to a person, nor a person to the Creator—because in our world nobody does anything. We blame everything on ourselves and on others. In fact, these are not our actions.

From our side there can be only one action: a serious orientation toward a group in order to attain the Creator. It is then that we really apply group forces in spite of our egoism in order to accelerate the revelation of the Creator. This is our addition.

Question: Is there a heavenly court?

Answer: Of course. This is an integral system of connections in which we exist. It is this system that judges what you contribute to it, or on the contrary, take from it. You yourself are your own judge and lawyer.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/2/18

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Reeducation In Ancient Times

Laitman_001.02Question: During the times of the Kabbalists, where did reeducation take place for a person who committed an offense? Was it in prison?

Answer: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah and the Torah, there were no prisons. Based on the upper system of governance, it is forbidden to deprive a person of freedom when each one of us is simply controlled!

If you open the book of Torah, you will see that the only prison that existed belonged to Pharaoh. People were thrown into it and remained there for as long as the lord wished.

Yet, Kabbalah says that there is one Lord for us all and everyone is completely equal before Him, both the Pharaoh and the mere mortals. Therefore, it is impossible for one person to judge another.

That is, the judges who in ancient times were among the people ascribed to everyone what spiritual corrections they needed to make because people made mistakes because they did not understand this.

Question: At that time, were there cities of refuge for offenders?

Answer: Cities of refuge are something different. If a person committed such a crime that he needed to be isolated from society until he atoned for his wrongdoing, he was sent to the city of refuge where he lived and worked. He was released from there after six years.

In addition, according to the Torah, there is a commandment to repay all debts in the seventh year. In the fiftieth year, everything is cancelled and goes back to the previous owner, for example: land, home, etc.

That is, everything is arranged so that a person would not feel attached to something in his life or obliged to someone. This would create a psychological layer for him that everything is temporary, everything is suspended in the air, there is nothing absolute: the land is not mine, the house is not mine. There is no attachment to corporeality. Everything depends only on the way he, at every moment, establishes this between himself and the upper force.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/19/18

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Playing The Desired State

laitman_565.01Life is a game. It is so everywhere and always. This is determined by nature at all levels. In order to grow, change, dialectically build himself, and consistently develop, a person must be in the game!

Any blade of grass plays in order to grow. Look at puppies, kittens, anyone—everything is in a game. People are constantly playing, but do not feel it. A person goes to work, goes to the army, fights, and dies—it is all a game.

If I imagine the past, the present, and the future and connect between them, it is a game. That is, the game is a representation of the future state and the motion toward its implementation.

A person always plays in the future, no matter in which one. If he stops, it marks his death. That is how nature organizes it.

Question: Does the Creator receive pleasure from the fact that a person accepts this game?

Answer: By the fact that a person accepts this game, he himself obliges the Creator to play and becomes His partner. Therefore, he is called “Adam,” similar to the Creator, because he solves this whole game.

Exactly in this is the choice of freewill and the choice of the path. Either a person does not want participate in this or, on the contrary, he participates in order to reach a higher goal. He understands that this game is required only in order to elevate him to the next degree.

The game is a system of development of any part of nature at all levels.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/30/18

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The Right To Choose Where To Live

Laitman_419Question: Should we have the right to choose where we live?

Answer: A person’s main goal in life is to realize himself in such a way as to do the maximum for society with maximum efficiency.

Therefore, if after studying and examining himself a person feels that he can realize himself in a certain place for the benefit of humanity, then he certainly needs freedom of choice and the opportunity to leave his place and go where he can bring the most benefit to all humanity.

However, he should do so only after he truly saw and verified that humanity needs him in this particular place. This should not simply be his desire, not that it “seems” so to him. No, he knows the general law and, as Baal HaSulam writes, then he may receive special permission from people who understand where he is able to realize himself best. Then, of course he must go and act there.

Also, if a person has nothing to do and in a simple egoistic, material form drags himself from place to place for the sake of greater egoistic fulfillment in another place where he can use what others have prepared for him—this certainly does not make him useful to society. I do not think that this is justified.

That is why emigration today, for example from Asia to Europe, does not benefit either Europe or Asia.
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The Round Table of Independent Opinions, Berlin 9/9/06

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What Is Freedom?

742.03Question: What is freedom? Does it depend on where a person is in the world?

Answer: Freedom does not depend at all on which era or place in the world a person lives. The environment in which he lives is given to a person from above, from outside.

He does not choose the environment, which society to be born in, what kind of education to receive, or what values to adopt to live in accordance with.

Freedom can be interpreted according to one and only one condition: freedom from my egoistic nature. I cannot be free of anything else.

Freedom from my egoistic nature means that I do not live according to the laws of my egoism that my nature pushes me from within, but only in accordance with the human society, only for humanity’s benefit. In other words, freedom means that I rise above my egoistic nature for the good of all humanity.

I acquire my free life above my egoistic nature. Rising from the egoistic level of life to the altruistic one, I live and also feel the flow of the eternal nature. I also feel perfect, eternal, and free.

Of course, the implementation of these laws depend not our place of residence, nationality, or gender. It depends on a person himself and on the confrontation with his original nature.
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The Round Table of Independent Opinions, Berlin 9/9/06

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When Will All People Feel A Spiritual Awakening?

laitman_963.8Question: We know that it takes many years before a person engaged in spiritual work begins to feel an internal response to the rule “love your neighbor as yourself.” Will those people outside the group also require the same amount of time to come to this feeling?

Answer: If these people do not have an inner urge and the upper providence does not bring them to the group in order to realize it, they will not be able to do anything.

There are two necessary conditions: the point in the heart, and the condition of the Creator placing a person’s hand on the good fortune and beginning to help him in this. Otherwise, nothing will work out.

Many people in the world have a point in the heart, but for some reason they are not brought into our ranks. Perhaps it is still early or there are some other circumstances we do not know about.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 4/18/18

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