Entries in the 'Meaning Of Life' Category

“Why Are Brands Important?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Why are brands important?

Brands help coordinate people toward a certain purpose according to a certain direction, movement, teaching, methodology, theory or practice. They help describe and explain all of the latter. As social creatures, we have needs to communicate, teach, grow and bring other people together in certain directions. We can then progress toward various goals.

We, as human beings, have always set ourselves goals, but they have been corporeal. In other words, the goals we have progressed toward have all been in the realm of our corporeal desires and fulfillments of food, sex, family, shelter, money, honor, control and knowledge.

In our present era, the emptiness of living for corporeal goals alone surfaces more and more in our sensations together with the emergence of the desire to discover life’s meaning and purpose. Moreover, today, as the wisdom of Kabbalah reveals itself more and more to the world, we have the ability to understand the meaning of life, and to present it in clearer and more tangible ways.

Likewise, progressing toward the meaning and purpose of life requires participation of those wishing to discover it via learning, connecting, brainstorming and sharing. We thus need various social institutions and organizations assembled according to different types of people and other parameters in order to help us progress toward life’s meaning and purpose.

I therefore think that humanity will have much to do in this direction, as it is an integral aspect of human development.

Based on the show “Kabbalah Express” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Israel Samsonikov on January 12, 2021.
Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

A True Gift Of Fate

600.02Question: I would like to know if everything that happens to me, all this nonsense, is this my fate? I was fired from my job, scandals at home, my health is worse and worse. I am told: “Fate.” I don’t want such a fate. I want to know how to get out of this circle!

Answer: You must stop. Stop and think how to live nonetheless. And what to live for, which is the most important thing. And then you will be in a state when you can reveal the deeper meaning of life.

So, you actually are in a very good period in your life—a revelation. A revelation of the next level of understanding, awareness of nature and yourself in it.

Only do not close your eyes and do not try to run away from all of this. Continue to exist on the same level as you are now, like in an automatic mode, on autopilot, and at the same time dig deeper. From where, why, and how do all these commands manage me and people around me? Why is all this happening? And what does the commander of all this want from me?

And let everything else spin automatically. I am ready to agree with all this. Just like a machine.

I think that it will quickly bring a person to the connection with the true manager of his life.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 1/7/21

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Life Is A Game

610.2Question: In childhood, playing is the most normal state of growth. And we help children with this: we give them construction kits, puzzles, and suggest all kinds of games. The children play and develop.

Then games slowly disappear from life. I wanted to ask you: what about adults? Should we have games in our lives?

Answer: We must continue to play throughout our lives. If a person does not play, he does not grow, even at 30, at 40, at 50.

Comment: But I have grown up, I am already an adult. I acquired knowledge, a profession.

My Response: So, this is also a game because you are playing someone else, who you want to be. And when a person stops playing, he simply serves his body. He starts to turn back from the level of man to the level of an animal. And this is where a person’s life ends. For some years he will still live in the form of an animal serving his body. And that is all.

Question: Why do people think that playing is a child’s thing? When a person says that he is playing, he is talking about something invented.

Answer: Of course, an invention. I make it up. What does it mean to dare? It is playing something bigger, greater; all of this is aspiration, impulses. Like children, at whatever they play, they want to get better. Our game should be natural as well, but we have lost it.

In adolescence, a person is already given everything, does not require anything, and he stops playing.

Question: So this is the basis of all depressions, drugs, and so on? People stop playing?

Answer: Life does not force one to play.

Question: Should life force you to play?

Answer: “What is our life? A game!” Just a different one!

I really check myself and evaluate: Is there any desire in me to stand still? I would like at the last minute to aspire—pump! And that is all. It is all good.

Question: In this year of the pandemic, is the game a way out of the state humanity is in now? It is at a dead end, in reflection.

Answer: Of course. We must play the state that we wish to achieve. As Kozma Prutkov said: “If you want to be happy, be so.” This is very true.

Question: What game should we play now? Now, in this foggy time?

Answer: We must play at friendship and love. What else is there in a person? When this disappears, life no longer has taste.

Question: So this is the main game? All the time?

Answer: Of course. Flirting with life.

Question: And when you say “friendship and love,” is it to one another, to someone close, distant, to the world? You put everything there?

Answer:  Of course, that is all. There should be movement.

Question: But if this is a game and I internally understand that I do not treat another that way?

Answer: It doesn’t matter. Even if I do it on purpose, I may not initially treat him that way, and then I create.

Question: I create this game world: I do not treat him that way, but I want to love him all the time, I want to be friends with him. And then this world appears at this level. Am I entering it? Does it happen?

Answer: What you want to happen will happen.

Question: Is our main game the game of friendship and love?

Answer: Yes. Let’s not call it friendship and love. It is too childish. Only good connections between us, mutual assistance, feeling the need for good relations can lead us to a new world. Otherwise, there is nothing.

The new world is a new society where I will increasingly feel that my physical and mental health depends on everyone around me and theirs on mine. And we are constantly so much included in each other that it is impossible to tear one apart from the other.

I must realize that there is such a law of nature, a very strict law, that my attitude toward others determines their attitude toward me. This is so strange for us. But if we really try, then of course, we will gradually see that the world depends only on our attitude toward it and it will change for the better. That is, you design your world.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 1/4/21

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A Small Loop On The Way To The Source Of Life

115Question: Most people in childhood ask questions like: “Who am I? Why me? What is around me?” But they do not find answers and forget about them. However, after a while, these questions come back to them with greater force.

Then a person begins to search without knowing what he is searching for. He goes through a lot of information on the Internet. But no matter how much he reads, any information leaves him even more hungry. What is he looking for?

Answer: Basically, we are always attracted to one thing only—to the source of life. This is where we came from and where we must return. There is a small loop on this path that we took: this world. We came to this world and must soon leave it. This is why we are interested in where we came from and where we are going.

We do not see much joy in this world. Therefore, there is an even bigger question “What was before it and what is after?”

Man is searching and if he is lucky, and many people are lucky in our time, he finds the wisdom of Kabbalah.
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Everyone—In Their Own Time

281.01Question: You say that all people have a point in the heart, but it awakens in some and not in others. What is light and darkness for a person in whom the point in the heart has not awakened? What is the meaning of his life?

Answer: We live the same way as other people until the point in the heart awakens in us. Don’t think that everyone else’s life is wasted. They must also go through these states because certain Reshimot (informational records) without which they will not be able to attain any spiritual states and enter the spiritual world do accumulate in them.
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A Life Devoid Of Real Pleasure

507.04Question: If we speak about the awareness of the evil of the egoistic nature of man, do we proceed from the postulate that our nature is evil?

Evil relates to some kind of standard. The standard is the Creator or the upper force, the property of which is bestowal. We, as a creature, are the opposite of this force, so our nature is evil in relation to it. Can you say that?

Answer: Usually, this is not how we arrive at it. In principle, we do not consider our nature to be either evil or good. We just see that throughout life, from generation to generation, people waste their time. They try to fill themselves with some small pleasures, but neither we nor our children or our grandchildren have real pleasure from life.

Life is short. Moreover, it is flawed, unhappy, and empty. Therefore, an empty, short life is not of any kind of value.

From generation to generation, it begins to be felt by us more and more not as a gift, but as a misfortune, like something pressing on us, some kind of evil fate that has imposed this existence on us. No wonder it is said that the happy are those who were not born compared to those who were born.

But all this comes from the fact that we do not see the world as we actually could arrange it. Based on that, various theories appear that tell us what to do with ourselves and with our lives.
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“What Should I Live For?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What should I live for?

What is the meaning of life? It is to rise to a level where we become as one with our life’s source—while we are alive.

In the wisdom of Kabbalah, that source has various names including “the Creator,” “nature,” “upper light,” “upper force,” and others. It is essentially a force of love and bestowal that emanated everything, and in Kabbalah, we study how it created everything through a process called “the four phases of direct light,” a series of causes and effects until our creation and development here in our world.

While we are in the reality we know as “our world,” i.e., a perception and sensation of reality through senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste, our purpose is to return to where we came from, until we reach adhesion with our life’s source. Kabbalah calls the process of rising back to where we came from “climbing the ladder from below upward.”

When we reach our life’s final destination—adhesion with our life’s source, the Creator—we will experience newfound eternal harmony and perfection. Moreover, everything we currently experience, increasing amounts of problems, crises, suffering and lacks of fulfillment, are all necessary elements of a maturation process that is gradually preparing us to become willing and ready to climb the ladder back to our source.

Based on the lesson “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on December 16, 2018. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

What Is The Meaning Of Life And What Should I Live For?

198Comment: I am preoccupied by questions about the meaning of life and what I should live for.

My Response: The meaning of life is the attainment of our root. The root that we descend from is in the Creator.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, we study how the four phases of the direct light spread and develop from the top down until they create us here below in this world.

Now we have to climb this ladder back from the bottom up until we reach our source. This is our mission. Only then will we feel absolutely comfortable in an eternal state in eternal serenity.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/16/18

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A Person’s True Earnings

600.02Question: The perpetual pursuit of economic growth and prosperity in the world has not made humanity happier. Many scientists and historians say that in the race to achieve happiness, success, development, and peace, a person increasingly falls into depression, into a sense of the unattainability of these goals. This leads to disorders and even suicide.

What really is success for us in the modern world?

Answer: In the modern world, the success of a person is to have such an environment that would allow him to achieve the purpose of his mission. That is, I must exist in my body and live with my family in an environment that would help me reach the necessary spiritual level.

In addition to family and other necessities, I need an environment within the frame of the spiritual work which I want to perform on myself in order to realize myself spiritually for the benefit of humanity.

Comment: Very often we compare success with the opportunity to earn money.

My Response: I think this is no longer relevant. Who is raving about wealth and all that today? These desires are fueled in us by the media. That’s what they teach us because someone needs to make money on us.

Question: What is actually a person’s true earnings now?

Answer: True earning is to find the meaning of life and consistently implement it from day to day.

Question: What will this earnings get us?

Answer: The feeling of eternity and the correctness of your existence. I wish this for everyone.
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Live In The Understanding Of The Meaning Of Existence

628.2Comment: If a person is present in the general system, then accordingly there should be relations between the parts of the system that are built in a certain way according to a correct algorithm.

My Response: The only correct algorithm regarding relations would be for each part of the system to exist only in order to support all the other parts and for itself, it would only get as much as it needed to function correctly in this way.

Question: How do the male and female parts of the system, literally husband and wife, relate to this?

Answer: Husband and wife should be focused on supporting each other as well as what is produced from their relationship.

Question: How can a woman support her husband as effectively as possible? In what way should this support be carried out in relation to his development, in terms of his existence in the corporeal world, and perhaps in terms of a spiritual goal?

Answer: I don’t think there is much difference between men and women or husbands and wives. They must both live according to an understanding of the meaning of their existence. What end should they come to? What is the most important thing in their lives?

They need to keep working on this. There are a lot of options here, but all of them should be aimed at achieving a common goal.
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