Entries in the 'Love' Category

“Are You Aware That Love Is All We Need?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Are you aware that love is all we need?

In an era when social division and hatred is soaring, and when authorities and human reasoning fail to contain the surging negative emotions, the world definitely needs a shift to a whole, inclusive and absolute form of love.

It is common to think of love as an illogical sensation that emerges seemingly out of thin air, and that there is no real reason to love each other.

However, the power of love is all that can bring us together upon our divisions, and guide us to a more positive world.

We are developing into times where we will feel on our flesh that love is a necessity, that without love, life will become increasingly painful, and with love, we will rise to a whole new harmonious dimension that we’ve never experienced before.

Two Kinds Of Love

laitman_565.01Question: How can the principle “love your neighbor as yourself” be fulfilled if I love my neighbor with selfish love, but I must love him altruistically?

Answer: Indeed, these are two kinds of love. But you can love another person more than yourself if you begin to realize that to love another is the same love, only at the next level, global, integral, eternal, perfect. And to love yourself means that you love only at the animal level.

Therefore, it is impossible to compare love external, integral and internal, linear, selfish. When both types of love arise in a person, he begins to love eternity, perfection, and the world more than his animal body.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/19/20

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“How Would You Define Love?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: How would you define love?

Love is a quality, force and longing to fulfill the desires of others, which is directed from the person outward.

How is it possible to fulfill another person’s desires?

It is possible if we understand their desires.

If we have shared habits, thoughts and opinions with others, then we know how to fulfill them and express our love.

If we lack understanding of their desires, then we should aspire to have desires that are similar to those whom we love, i.e., to build an inner model that matches their desires.

Building an inner model through which we can understand the desires of others grants us the ability to give them fulfillment.

We can then understand our own feelings when we receive the same kind of fulfillment, so we know how to fulfill them.

In the wisdom of Kabbalah, such a state is called “equivalence of form.” That is, by equalizing qualities with others, we achieve a state of unification, and love is the sensation of that unification.

“What Is A State?” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “What Is a State?

A state is the desirable framework where people can live nicely and comfortably, in security and prosperity throughout their lives. A state must first and foremost be built for the people to live in and be content with their country. A state exists for the sake of the people.

The purpose of the right government is to give the population it governs all the possibilities to develop in a way that is as close as possible to nature, to connection, and even to a state of love among the members of that society. By nature, we are made of an egoistic desire, and think only of ourselves, that each one of us is more special than the others, and therefore deserves more than others.

As a result, we can build our future only at the expense of others, which makes us dependent on each other. This, in turn, requires that we establish connections among us.

Of all the kinds of connection among us that we choose, only one kind of connection can truly be complete, good, and secure: a connection of love. We must establish among us ties of love just like in a family, so the whole world will be as one family, and then it can be said that we have achieved a corrected society.

Why Kneeling Won’t Prevent More Killing

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 6/9/20

It’s very impressive to see the public displays of remorse as police officers, celebrities, politicians, and regular white folk kneel before African-Americans and ask for their forgiveness. But looking at the past tumultuous two weeks in the US, has there been any real rapprochement? Are the factions any closer? Are the gaps narrower? No, not really. The gestures, as genuine and impressive as they truly are, will not quell the hatred.

Violence degrades the victim; kneeling degrades the offender. Neither achieves equality. And without equality, the power struggle will continue.

Achieving equality requires something else: a new goal that the vying parties feel is higher and more worthy than their loyalty to their own faction. If the sides could, even slightly, shift their attention from themselves, and see the harm that the struggle itself causes to all of society, they would rise above their distrust and join hands in building a better society for everyone!

COVID-19 and the protests over the killing of George Floyd indicate that local solutions do not work since the society has become interconnected and interdependent throughout the country and throughout the world. Realizing this fact is the first step toward finding a sustainable solution.

Acknowledging the interconnected nature of the world we live in requires a conscious effort to learn. We must learn that human ethnicities and races are not above or below one another; they are varieties that together form the beautiful fabric of human society. Just as all of nature would be dull and unsustainable were it not for the myriad creatures that make up the global ecosystem, humanity would be deficient and lame if even one of its elements were missing.

We need to change our approach from seeing the other as a hindrance, to seeing the other as an asset. If we consider what is best for humanity, we will realize that what the other can contribute to humanity, I will never be able to contribute. But because that other person, race, or color, gave this to humanity, I, too, can benefit from it. In the end, my happiness and sense of fulfillment depend on the happiness and sense of fulfillment of every person in the world. If only we had realized it sooner…

Stand Guard

laitman_207Rabash, “Article 24”: You must always be on guard, both when you feel the state of the day, and when you feel the state of the night. You are obliged to awaken the hearts of your friends, and thanks to this you will be honored to awaken the Creator’s love towards us.

If, despite the fact that you feel day or night, good or bad, understanding or incomprehension, you always think not about yourself but about awakening the hearts of your friends, then you definitely move forward.

Despite any clouding, misunderstanding, or, conversely, seeming complete clarity and desire to find out what is in the spiritual world, the connection between friends always remains more important. It is in the connection between them that you will begin to feel the Creator.
From Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/1/20

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The Creator Hears All Prayers

624.02Question: It is said that the Creator hears all prayers. What does it mean?

Answer: The Creator hears all prayers regardless of what level a person is at or how he evaluates himself: as higher, lower, average, it does not matter. If his request is to come closer to the property of the Creator, then he summons the upper light that corrects him, and he ascends.

Remark: It turns out that there is some absolute, higher force, a primary source, energy. I can evoke this energy as I desire to be like it. However, I don’t know what this force is.

My Comment: For this, you must pray; that is, you need to find out who you are and what kind of energy it is, how different you are, and how you can turn to it, how you can raise your desire to become like it so that it affects you and corrects you.
From KabTv’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/1/19

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Reassessing The Desires

laitman_624.04Comment: After I started studying Kabbalah, a lot has changed in my life. I reassessed my values and desires.

My Response: Indeed, a person who starts studying Kabbalah is ready to lower his expectations from this life to a normal minimal level. Food, shelter, and family is all one needs at the corporeal level.

You should not be rushing for corporeal goals. You should yearn for the attainment of the perfect and eternal state, which you see before you as possible to achieve.

Everything else is temporary and will fade away in any case. In this regard, the wisdom of Kabbalah helps a person position himself correctly toward the values that he can get in our world.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/26/20

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The Land Of Israel: Dispersion And Assimilation, Part 1

laitman_746.03He who buys a Hebrew slave, it is as though he buys a master for himself.

Comment: After entering the land of Israel, the nation managed for several thousands of years without a king or an acting army. There was a special way to treat women, children, and even slaves. According to law, one could keep a slave for up to six years, after which he had to be freed.

Most importantly, if a master had only one pillow, he had to let the slave use it. Such an attitude defies all logic.

Answer: This means that the life of a slave did not belong to the master. A slave could only be with him for a certain period of time. In a way, a master paid for his work within a strict framework of rules and could demand only a certain amount of effort in return. In everything else this person was not a slave but a partner for him, even a friend who lived with him, someone who the master had to care for.

As it is written: “He who buys a Hebrew slave, it is as though he buys a master for himself.” It means that a slave was not some kind of a “homeless animal” with which the master could do anything he wanted to, unlike the way the slaves or prisoners were treated in other countries.
From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel,” 7/8/19

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