Entries in the 'Free Will' Category

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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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 5/13/18, Part 1

laitman_963.4Question: Is the appearance of a desire for spirituality in a person a matter of luck? Does the Creator decide when the person will awaken?

Answer: Yes, it depends on the Creator. Certainly, for a person, it is a matter of luck, a lottery. The upper Light that influences a person is what determines within him the appearance of this desire.

Question: If my desires are on a higher level, on the level of the speaking, will I begin to see spiritual phenomena in the world?

Answer: You will not only see spiritual phenomena, you will also feel the system, the network of forces that influence you and our world. You will begin to see the results of the influence of the network; and when you are in mutual contact with this network of forces, you will be able to determine the future.

Question: Do you suppose that every person who begins to learn the wisdom of Kabbalah must prepare himself to become a teacher?

Answer: If the Creator begins to develop the person, this is inevitable. As said in the article “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot”: “The Creator puts one’s hand on the good fate,” meaning that he brings him to a society where that person can develop, and says to him: “This take for you.”

Question: Is approaching the Creator pleasant, or dangerous, or both?

Answer: Approaching the Creator cannot be dangerous because there are very precise laws. You approach the Creator only according to the degree of your correction. Your personal correction determines the approach to Him.

Question: What is reality called in the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: In the wisdom of Kabbalah, reality is called the desire that is presently working within me, and the Light which determines it. There are only these two elements in a creature and we can adjust the quality and intensity of the connection between them.

Question: How can the desire to bestow exist within the desire to receive?

Answer: There is no such thing. The desire to receive appears as something from nothing. This is the only thing that was created. Everything else is derived from it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/13/18

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Is There Anything Better Than Democracy?

laitman_220Question: Is there anything better than democracy?

Answer: We do not know what democracy is. Democracy for us means that we can somehow get along with each other without the power of the fist and coercion in the most brutal form, according to certain laws. By observing them, we are more or less able to not harm each other directly—and this is what we call “democracy.”

None of us knows what freedom is. We are not free. Each of us is born with qualities that we did not choose. Each of us has received education that we did not choose. We grow up and by the age of 20 we become adults; everything in us we received from our society, from factors that are not connected to us, nor depend on us.

In essence, I am a person who came out of the “oven” ready. However, the “I” is not me. “I” is what I was given. Accordingly, I advance in life.

So, do I know what freedom is? I am not free, I am just realizing what I received earlier. Therefore, it is not a democracy, it is not freedom, and it is not free choice. After all that I have received from everyone, have received since childhood, have received from teachers, if I learn how to work with all this, how to use it to achieve freedom, then perhaps I can truly realize myself.

Therefore, it is necessary to know the laws of nature, the laws of society as they should be in reality, in an objective form, independent of us.

We reveal the laws of nature, the social laws in ants, in groups of animals, and the same laws work in human society. If we open them up, if we establish them in our society, if we implement these laws in our society, then thanks to the effective use of the laws of nature we will reach true democracy.

In other words, everyone will have their own balanced place in the world, every nation, every community, every country, and all of humanity as a whole, will have an excellent balanced place in accordance with the common nature.

Today, everyone still imagines democracy and laws in their own way. Therefore, we naturally plunge into the global crisis of human society and do not yet see how we should exist.

Today’s democracy is coming to an end, and the next regime humanity will befall humanity is Nazism. Nazism will come and replace the current regime of all progressive democratic countries, and then we will see that we really do not understand the true laws of nature.

Let us hope that we will understand them before we bring ourselves to Nazism and that we will come to a beautiful, corrected form of the existence of humanity—to altruism.
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The Round Table of Independent Opinions, Berlin 9/9/06

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Everything Descends From The Upper Program

laitman_235Question: Is the source of all renewals at the same time also the place of renewals?

Answer: The place of renewals is always determined from above and comes from one source. Everything that exists in the upper world gradually blurs, descends, and reaches us.

As they say, there is nothing new under the sun; everything descends from the upper program, which is set initially, from the beginning of creation to its end. We are fulfilling this program either involuntarily like all people or as Kabbalists who already understand it, adapt themselves to it, and then adapt it to themselves and thus advance.

Renewals are revealed in people and not in the world. Yet, in accordance with our inner changes, we see a different world every time. It’s as if there is a white screen in front of us and depending on the way we project our thoughts and desires, we can see any picture on it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 7/1/18

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