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The Dalai Lama, It’s Not Easy …

laitman_600.04In the News (The Earth Chronicles of Life): “‘The Dalai Lama revealed the secret of happiness’:

“Less envy and anger, more love and compassion – only through this man can come to harmony in the soul, the Dalai Lama XIV said in Riga during the spiritual teachings for Buddhists from Russia and the Baltic States.

“Man is destroyed by anger, envy, a sense of competition, fears and other negative emotions that lead to suffering, while happiness is achieved not through the implementation of unbridled desires, but through the ‘peace of mind’. Compassion and altruism help to come to him.

“’It has already been scientifically proven that anger literally destroys the immune system, while compassion and peace of mind strengthen it. If you treat others with compassion and altruism, then malice, envy and competition in you will be much less, and happiness – much more,’ said the Dalai Lama.

“A materialistic system of values ​​makes a person a money-grubber.

“’Unchecked desires destroy both man and the environment, and this does not bring happiness to anyone. Happiness comes when the mind is at peace, when there is peace in the soul. Therefore, it is so important to train your mind,’ he said.”

My Comment: He is absolutely right, but how can this be accomplished?

Remark: In principle, it is clear what the Dalai Lama is leading to: it is a specific view of the world, meditation…

My Comment: This method is good for people with very little egoism, which used to manifest itself in humanity thousands of years ago. Also, today it also applies, but only in some parts of the world where it can really be offered and accepted.

Question: How can the state of happiness be achieved?

Answer: To do this, you need to change a person in order for a person to change the world so that the world does not chase artificial goals, but everything is in balance with nature and with each other.

It is possible, but not through a technique of just sitting and feeling happy.

Question: You said that the ego will develop and grow and that there is no escape from it. What can be done with egoism that grows and kills me?

Answer: I’ve talked about this many times. Until we show people that this final state leads us to destruction and instead there is an eternal and perfect state that we can achieve in this world now, today, until we convince humanity of this possibility, we can do nothing.

Question: How can this be done?

Answer: Only by working on ourselves, bringing ourselves to a state where we can truly become an example of correct human relationships, finding happiness and the highest quality between us.

Question: What should our relationships be like?

Answer: Love each other. The Dalai Lama also speaks about this, only it must be achieved. It is not easy and is accomplished through tremendous effort and by a trustworthy method that connects the impossible with the desired.

Is it necessary to get to this? It is necessary. Is there an opportunity? There is, but it’s hard. Here, we must reshape human nature, change it.

Question: How does human nature change?

Answer: Only under the influence of the revelation of the upper force. In attempts to unite, we reveal this force. We want this power to change us, but only this force! And not that I want to be good, and I’m already good.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/20/18

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The Science Of Matter Transformation

Laitman_177.06Question: How would you explain what the science of Kabbalah is to a simple person?

Answer: Kabbalah is a science that speaks about everything in the world because it studies matter that undergoes all kinds of changes in itself until it reaches complete similarity to the Creator, complete inclusion in the Creator, into the upper Light, the property of bestowal and love.

Matter that has reached the state of complete correction, ends its transformation. In the near future, this should be achieved by absolutely all of humanity, and after it, by all the lower forms: animate, vegetative, and inanimate.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/15/18

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Teacher And Students

laitman_938.05Question: In what way do you as a Kabbalist adapt yourself to the students and the group? How do you interconnect and annul yourself?

Answer: And how do we adapt ourselves to newborns and children as they grow up and become more and more adult? They do not adapt to us, but we always adapt to them. They say that a small child is the head of the family because the family exists for him.

Why do I need a group: for them to serve me or for me to serve them? I must raise the students to the next level.

Question: Do you, as a teacher, clearly see if the group, the students, perceive you correctly?

Answer: I keep my students in myself like “a hen on eggs.” I fill them, control them, keep them on a short leash, cause certain reactions, certain influences, monitor their reaction, and in accordance with this, I change myself—not them. In Kabbalah, the teacher must adapt to the students more than the students do to the teacher.

Question: When you hold students within you, do you keep contact with them through the Creator or are they inside your spiritual Partzuf like a child in the womb?

Answer: This means in the Creator because the system called “womb” in which I carry my students is the Creator in me. Only in Him are the next souls born.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/1/18

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Can A Student Be Higher Than His Teacher?

laitman_544Question: Is the appearance of a teacher in a person’s life an explicit manifestation of the Creator, which makes it clear to the student that he is ready for correction?

Answer: Yes, this is a message from the Creator to a person, and then everything depends on the person himself.

Question: Can a student be higher than his teacher in a spiritual aspect?

Answer: Certainly! Would a good teacher envy his student who has outgrown him? He will just be proud of him.

Question: Is this possible? Has it ever happened before?

Answer: Of course!
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/18/18

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Soccer 2018

Laitman_124Remark: Soccer is the religion of humanity. Boys run and chase the ball in Iran, in Israel, in France, in Turkey, and in Germany. There is some kind of unity around the football.

My Comment: People need it. Better soccer than war.

I am in favor of people playing instead of engaging in wars and quarrels. But we will have to add a different relationship to this, to make this game non-egoistic so that people will start to communicate because there is still too much competitive spirit in soccer.

It seems to me that if the players themselves, after mutual defeat or victory, organized a good festive dinner all together, in an embrace, this would be a good example to the world of how it should develop.

As they say, friendship won. I hope that somehow, someday, we will get to it, and then people will see that there is a basis for good in these games.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/26/18

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The Discovery Of Adam And The Failure Of Modern Sciences

laitman_250Question: How did the Kabbalists discover that everything comes from the upper force?

Answer: The first person with heightened sensitivity appeared 5,778 years ago; he discovered that everything comes from the upper force, and explained it. His name was Adam.

He described what he discovered in the book The Secret Angel (Raziel HaMalach). It was a small booklet of 70-80 pages, but at that time, it was considered a respectable publication.

As all Kabbalistic works, initially this book was hidden from the public and was only revealed 3,500 years ago. Practically all forces of nature were described in it but in a very difficult, essentially encrypted form.

From that time and onward, the entire methodology became revealed and each person has the opportunity to delve into it, study, and learn it.

Question: Are scientists not talking about it yet?

Answer: Scientists are increasingly incapable of understanding the world we live in. Even though our world is constantly revealing itself more and more, it is nonetheless not the type of revelation that can be comprehended by the human instruments of study. Instead, it requires a much higher order of understanding.

A paradoxical picture appears: we only uncover small, fragmented pieces of the whole of creation and build our entire science on these fragments. However, in recent times, such phenomena are being revealed that we cannot explain.

Einstein, Hugh Everett, and other scientists offered some understanding, but nonetheless, the world in which we live is becoming evermore incomprehensible.

We have no answers to the majority of questions arising today because these questions demand a completely different approach, which we do not yet possess. We cannot exist above time, space, and infinite speed, and we cannot live in a matrix other than the one in which we exist.

That is why science, that is, the potential of our knowledge, is at a dead end, but not nature itself—it is revealed in the form of dark clouds, black holes, and so on. Yet who can explain all of this? The same also applies to the micro-world.

This speaks to the fact that our cognitive tools are very limited. Science gives us what it can, being the product of our capabilities, and nothing more.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/8/18

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Kabbalah Does Not Involve Meditation

Laitman_506.5Question: Meditation is also an inner contemplation. How is it different from Kabbalistic contemplation?

Answer: There is no meditation in Kabbalah. Sometimes, meditation is called prayer, that is, a request, an aspiration from the lowest to the highest degree. Such a request compels the higher level to help the lower. This is called prayer. There is no other meditation.

I have heard a lot about meditation. Some people even tried to teach me meditation. But all this ended quickly because I study and teach only classical Kabbalah.

People’s inventions, no matter whether or not they believe it exists, is not proof for me. Therefore, I do not understand how one can meditate. In other words, how does one develop imagination to the point that it starts to affect him? He is included in a certain cycle where he excites himself and allegedly transfers to other imaginary spaces. Kabbalah does not tolerate this because Kabbalah is a science.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/1/18

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Aspiring For Truth

laitman_231.01Question: I know some people who through spiritual practices and rejection of desires live for the sake of the divine and easily enter the spiritual realm. However, none of them are engaged in Kabbalah. Why do you insist that revealing the Creator is only possible with the help of Kabbalah?

Answer: I do not insist on anything and do not argue with anyone. I have my own understanding. If someone wants to master it, they can learn from the materials that we put on the Internet. Also, I do not want to debate what method is better to study or how to go about it.

Why should I dissuade someone about whether or not he is right? To the extent that a person strives for the truth, he finds his own method, aspires further, and advances. What’s most important is not to stop. Therefore, whatever you do, I advise you only one thing: continue to go deeper, expand, and do not be afraid of anything.

The Torah/Kabbalah does not welcome the rejection of egoism because it is our matter. The more we use it, the more we have the opportunity to ascend.

Unlike religions or most spiritual practices, Kabbalah uses egoism joyfully, as a gift from the Creator. After all, it is egoism that separates the human being and the whole creation from the Creator. And if we want to destroy the ego or annul the desire itself, what would remain of us?
From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 03/18/2018

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Working With Kabbalistic Texts

laitman_526Question: Do Kabbalistic books affect a person if one reads them alone? Or do you need to read them with a group?

Answer: Read as you like, only it is desirable that these are real Kabbalistic books, for your level, and that you find yourself correctly in these books.

Question: What are the criteria for the correct study of the books?

Answer: Study the literature that is recommended to you in the Kabbalah courses in your community.

Question: Also, how do you work with books?

Answer: I have studied primary Kabbalistic sources in detail many times. There are even articles and letters that I have read a few hundred times, and every time I have found something new in them. Therefore, in Kabbalah, there are no sources that I would not have known and would not have worked through repeatedly, in the original language.

I read, underline, write out, compare, and look for specific similar material to somehow reveal it. This is the usual work of any researcher.

There are several variations of the work on primary sources. I often translate them, and if not, I start to abridge them, i.e., rewrite them in the original language, making the necessary adjustments.

The text that comes out is what I want to see now in my current state. Maybe next time, I will make a completely different summary from it.

Working on the texts, I can break them into paragraphs, give each paragraph a title, ask questions, give answers, etc. If required, I work through the text so that I am in it, and it is in me.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/25/18

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In Unity And Connection

laitman_232.08Concepts that are opposite in our perception exist in the world of Infinity in simple unity and connection. (Baal HaSulam, Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 1 “Histaklut Pnimit”)

Question: What does it mean that opposite things are unified? Can you give an example from nature?

Answer: Einstein gave examples of dimensions emerging above time and space. For example, a grandfather and his distant descendant meet hundreds of years later. They both exist simultaneously, but with respect to our attainment it is experienced as past, present, and future.

Question: Does this mean that dinosaurs might be wandering around us and we just don’t see them?

Answer: Dinosaurs are not wandering somewhere; they are wandering within you (in the same way as before, by the way). There is nothing outside of us. We project everything that we perceive so that it seems outside of us and call it “our world.” We feel it only within ourselves. We do not perceive what is outside of us. It is as if some electrodes are connected to us and we imagine that we are somewhere talking with each other and seeing others as if on a screen.

The question thus arises: does this all just seem to exist or does it really exist? We cannot say, because we do not feel anything outside ourselves. Therefore, a person cannot claim objectively that something exists—he always perceives subjectively.

Everything that we reveal and study is purely subjective, including Kabbalah. We never attain the absolute picture. It will be revealed only after the general correction, when all of us unite and our small private sensors (Reshimot) will be united into one common sensor, our small private desires into one common desire that will result in absolute perception, eternal white Light. Then we will be able to talk about what really exists. This state is called Gmar Tikkun—Final Correction.

This is all in relation to us; there are no problems regarding the Creator since His properties include everything. We will be able to achieve this same state when our desire becomes fully integrated, including all the opposites in itself. This is considered loving your neighbor as yourself.

In other words, when I accept everything that exists in another person—all his unpleasant properties, states, thoughts—as my own, as the most precious, with love, then I will include the desires of all the people in the world and will be able to be objective, as all the opposites inside me will be united.

Question: Is it possible to say that both love and hatred will exist in me at the same time?

Answer: Of course. One will not annihilate the other because they will only support each other, so that between them I can feel the acuity of attainment. This is how it works.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/8/18

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