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Man In An Interconnected World, Part 1

laitman_423.02Trapped in Global Egoism

Question: The great physicist Albert Einstein said: “A human being, is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”

Do you agree with this statement?

Answer: Statements are good. But they are so streamlined that when you start to understand them, you come to the conclusion that you are thinking about completely different things, events, reasons, and solutions. And it turns out that everything seems to be right as it should be, everyone agrees, but in the end, they come to the point that they run in different directions.

Question: Indeed, we talk about love for others, about unity, but we see that it is getting worse and worse.

But unity and love were spoken about thousands of years ago. All religions are built on this. Today, even scientific research is being conducted on this topic. And although a person is very pragmatic, he sees that unity can benefit us. But where are we, where is this unity, where is this love for others?

Answer: Our egoism does not allow us to submit to each other. If at one moment I submit to you, then the next moment I don’t want to submit, I try to get away from it, try to snatch something for myself.

Look at the agreements made between countries, governments, and within governments. How many laws exist in each country for each act, for each movement of a person? And who monitors their implementation? And what can we do within these laws?

People do nothing but invent new laws, write them down, and put them on shelves. And then, when necessary, they pull them out using all sorts of hook-making methods and begin to prove that this law exists and that it must be activated. In this way, they want to suppress others.

We understand these movements of our egoism that want to subjugate everyone. These egoists stand in governments with such pride, trying to suppress others by so-called parliamentary methods. But how long can these things be tolerated and how long can they continue to exist?
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From KabTV’s “The Post-Coronavirus Era,” 4/23/20

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No Loss, Only Gain

laitman_255Question: If we achieve mutual guarantee in a society and similarity of form with the Creator, will we not lose our freedom as individuals in such a society?

Answer: We will not lose anything because along the way we will see that we are absolutely not free. We are ruled by our egoism without it asking us anything, and it forces us to act as it wishes at any given time.

But if we realize that it is egoism that rules us, and rise above it, we can control it and by that control ourselves, our destiny.

And most importantly, we will begin to feel that we are not living in an egoistic animal body, but above it, and thus we will feel that we exist forever in a perfect space. We must come to this while we are still in this world. As it is said: “May you see your world in your lifetime.”

This is the role of Kabbalah—to give man the opportunity to rise above the animal nature to the human level. And man is someone who lives forever, outside of time. Time exists only in inanimate, vegetative, and animal organisms, but in the level of Adam there is no time. There, just like according to Einstein, everything goes into another dimension.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/19/20

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Cognac Instead Of Tea

laitman_556Question: You often say that the outside world doesn’t really exist, that it is an illusion and that there is only our perception. What do we perceive if the outside world does not exist?

Answer: You feel yourself inside yourself, your desires that depict the picture of your world inside you.

Question: Suppose there is a cup of tea in front of you, could it be cognac instead? After all, if it is an illusion, is there really a difference between tea and brandy?

Answer: If you change certain desires inside you, you will have cognac in that cup instead of tea, no problem. Do you know how to change your desires this way?

Comment: No, this is why I am asking.

My Response: This is the reason you have reached the wisdom of Kabbalah, in order to learn how to do that. Everything that you feel is your desires and this is what you depict for yourself. If you want to depict brandy instead of tea, you can do that, I promise you. There are many stories about Kabbalists regarding this issue.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/15/19

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Energy Vampires

Laitman_632.1Question: Each of us has energy. It is like fuel for us. How can a person distinguish between animal and spiritual energy?

Answer: It does not matter whether it is spiritual or animal. Through his attitude, a person divides this energy into spiritual and corporeal forms.

Question: How can we use energy constructively?

Answer: We need to expand the connections between all parts of the universe.

Comment: There is an expression, “you are wasting yourself on the wrong person,” that is, you are wasting your energy on the wrong person.

My Response: I do not know why one would expend energy on a person at all, whether the right or wrong one. I spend energy on my beloved self. I spend it in order to achieve the most perfect state in the world.

And if the perfect state is that I emanate from myself so that I can connect others and try to bring people to unity, equality, and to such rapprochement that they will discover a single field, a single force, that connects them, then I do this.

Comment: We are surrounded by people who possess certain qualities that interfere with this connection. Researchers advise removing such people from one’s life.

My Response: On which basis will I sort them if I myself am an egoist?

Question: How can we help a person see that everything that he sees outside of himself is actually inside of him? For example, there are people who like to complain. They come to tell us about their troubles and arouse our compassion. And, by this, they devour our energy. How can we work with such people?

Answer: Are you complaining? Do you feel bad? Here is a book for you; you will find the answer in it. And I hand him a beginning book on Kabbalah.

If a person feels bad, it is very good! It means that he can achieve truth, dig it out for himself, and fix his life so that he feels good. But, for this, he himself must work. Here are the instructions, go ahead!

Comment: Another category of people is debtors. Nowadays, it is impossible to live without borrowing from someone, either money or things. But you must always remember that debt must be repaid.

There are people who forget about it and do not return. And this forms a negative state, negative energy.

My Response: A person generally believes that everyone owes him!

Question: Who can a person owe? And in general, is it good or bad to be in debt?

Answer: I believe that I owe the whole world. To be honest, I owe the whole world my absolute correct participation in everything, all over the world!

If the world is not corrected, then I am to blame! And I have to dig out more and more to find out where my participation in the world is, so that I can see the world as corrected? How should I correct myself in order to see the world as complete?

Question: And how should you correct yourself?

Answer: For bestowal, for love. And then I will see everyone corrected. How does a mother see her child? He is perfect. That is all. Perfect. Nothing to add.

If I develop love for this world, then I will see it as perfect.

Comment: There are deceivers. It is said that one must always keep his promises. And if a man deceived you once, then again, and again, soon, he simply overwhelm you with an insidious and unscrupulous lie.

My Response: But he, perhaps, does not know about this at all. I promise nothing to anyone, but for some reason they come to me with complaints anyway.

So it is best for us not to complain to anyone. Do you have any accusations, any misunderstandings? Turn them to yourself. And start seriously working on them.

Question: Is lying a good quality?

Answer: It depends to whom and about what one lies. It is good to lie to yourself. If any quality exists in nature, it is necessary. The only problem is how to use it correctly.

Therefore, come to us, study, and you will see that there are no bad qualities in nature. Everything is good if only it is used correctly.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman,” 1/14/20

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Why Is It So Difficult For Us To Understand That We Need To Change?

laitman_962.5Question: Nature immediately reacted to our isolation. People need to digest and understand this and then they will begin to change. Why is it difficult for a person to do this?

Answer: Egoism locks us in, and that is why I don’t hear, feel, or sense another person. To me, it is something that does not exist. Of course, I can somehow sympathize with him, but still, it isn’t him that I feel, but myself, my perception of him.

This is the problem. Because I feel everything egotistically, within myself, I transform my feelings upon the other and the other’s upon myself.

When we reach the level of perception of the world not with our current sense organs, but rise above them, i.e., we acquire the qualities of the integral world, we begin to perceive the world in a completely new form where time, distance, and movement do not matter, but only one integral system, which is called soul or Adam.

Starting to perceive the world in this way, from this time onward we will be guided by our abilities and actions in a different way.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/19/20

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The Difference Between Spirituality And Corporeality

laitman_562.02Remark: In the spiritual world, everyone feels the others and is in balance with them. In the corporeal world, a person feels only himself, considers only himself, and is only in external communication with other people.

My Reply: In the spiritual world, everyone feels one common desire, and therefore, all are included in one common whole.

Question: Can we imagine this as the body of a single organism?

Answer: It is better to imagine it as the Creator because it is within Him that we gather.

Remark: In the corporeal world, all living organisms operate according to a predetermined program: maximum pleasure with minimum energy spent. However, in the spiritual world, the opposite is true: each element of the system works for maximum bestowal and requires only the necessary absorption.

My Reply: Yes. In order to bestow to a maximum.

Remark: Corporeality is receiving for one’s own sake, and spirituality is pure bestowal. The difference is only in the intention, in the direction, and the train of thought. Yet, nevertheless, this is just a psychological transition.

My Reply: This is absolutely correct. Our world exists only in our perception, in our head, in our feelings, and no more than that. If we annul our thoughts and desires, our world would disappear from our senses. In reality, it would not exist.

Naturally, this contradicts the statement that matter is the reality given to us in our sensations. Matter is not reality but  what is currently happening in our senses under the given circumstances.

However, if we changed these circumstances, we would no longer feel matter. It practically does not exist. If we change our qualities, we will feel the spiritual matter instead of the corporeal one.

In other words, both the spiritual and corporeal worlds exist within us, and only in our sensations, in our desires. Outside of the desire, we cannot realize, understand, or define anything. If something exists outside of our desire, we define it as Atzmuto—something that exists in itself, the upper root.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/10/19

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Laitman_049.03Question: If it has been revealed to a Kabbalist that our world does not exist, does he forget the sufferings that happened to man and humanity?

Answer: It is not that he forgets. He feels that all this did not happen to him.

Question: Therefore, he does not associate himself with that entity that felt all this. Who felt it then?

Answer: The desire to enjoy oneself did. This is not his desire because it has been given to us from above, from the Creator.

Remark: But a man felt reality within himself.

My Comment: Yes, since it was given to him, he experienced it within. When this desire was taken away from him, he started to feel that it is not his.

Question: Is it like a caterpillar that when it becomes a butterfly no longer remembers that it was a caterpillar?

Answer: Not that it does not remember. After all, there is nothing but desires. If there is any desire in me, then I live it. If it disappears from me, then it is not mine. Therefore, if we connect our desires and our intentions then the whole past disappears and we become an absolute one.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/10/19

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What Do Our Attributes Dictate To Us?

laitman_624.07In our world we believe that everything changes on the outside, like the weather, for example, sunshine, snow, and rain. I accept it all as something that falls on my head.

In fact, this is not so; everything depends on my attributes. It is to such an extent that I need to gradually begin to feel even external phenomena such as snow, rain, and sunshine, and different problems we may encounter in this world, like earthquakes and other such things, not as the Creator’s impacts on me, but as my own attributes.

My attributes dictate all the phenomena and everything I feel in this world, while I feel that they are seemingly nature’s or the Creator’s positive or negative attitude toward me. His attribute is absolutely positive bestowal unto me.

You imagine how different we are from the Creator and that we feel our lives as constant changes from bad to worse to better and then to worse, from better to worse, over and over again. We are constantly unhappy with Him. There are two options in our attitude to the Creator.

On the one hand, we can relate to the Creator Himself, but we need to understand that we cannot relate to the Creator Himself because He is the source of absolute good. Whatever we attribute to Him, we will not be able to change anything because He is simply the source of the light. The only thing that can help is the right attitude toward the light that emanates from Him, not our attitude to the source, but to the light.

In order to relate to the light correctly, we need to understand how it comes to us, what it carries, and how we can be in contact with it.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/8/19

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Two Levels Of Desires

laitman_423.01Comment: In the spiritual, all phenomena, people, and the whole world are like inside one person. The way they behave and what they do, it all happens in me. And I perceive all the bad and good events as happening to me.

And in the material world, everything is divided into many objects that are divided into still, vegetative, and animate nature.

My Response: This is due to the fact that our desires can be on two levels.

At the level of our world, they are completely different, even antagonistic to each other. And then we feel a different antagonistic, disassembled, torn world. This is what we perceive in our egoistic properties because they are antagonistic to each other.

And in the spiritual, since these same properties tend to interact, complement, and connect with each other, we feel a single device, a single world.

Comment: Rabash in article 18 writes: “It should be remembered what “Israel and the people of the world” mean from the rule that everything is in one person. Then the property “Israel” is called “bestowal,” and all its actions are only in bestowal, and this is called the “good inclination” in man, and the nations of the world are called the “Kelim of reception,” and this is the “evil inclination” in man.

My Response: In principle, these are two types of desires that manifest in our world as two groups of people: the people of Israel and the peoples of the world. But in fact, all this is felt inside one person.

There are millennia-old works of Kabbalists who have tried to more or less clearly state this for the people.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/10/19

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Does Matter Exist?

laitman_746.01Remark: If we conduct a comparative analysis of the spiritual and the material world, then the spiritual world has always existed, but matter did not always exist. It was created from nothing at some point in time.

My Comment: There is no such thing as matter. Matter is what is given to us in our sensations, but in itself, it does not exist. After all, everything that we see and feel exists in our sensations and nothing more.

It is the desire that perceives something. This “something” is matter. It may be material, it may be spiritual, but this feeling is in the desire.

Perception in the desire to receive for oneself is called material matter. Perception in the desire to give, to fill, to bring joy to someone, is called spiritual matter.

Remark: In principle, scientists also say that our world of matter is an illusion and exists in our sensations only.

Even during experiments when a person looks at particles, one sees them in the form of electrons, etc. In the absence of man’s eye, i.e., when the research is not disturbed by human desires, feelings, and sensations, they take the form of energy and force.

My Comment: Yes. Everything is only in our sensations.
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