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Why Respect A Person?

laitman_294.3Question: What basic feelings and virtues of each person deserve respect and why are so many people deprived of it?

Answer: We need to respect only the aspirations and efforts of a person that are aimed at humanity’s benefit. Not for the good of oneself, one’s nation, or one’s family, but only for the benefit of humanity. If we respect this, we will see the extent to which a person overcomes his egoistic nature for the sake of belonging to, and sacrificing for, the entire world.

I think all people should overcome themselves, their egoistic desire. If each of us sacrifices ourselves in this way, then in response we should receive gratitude and respect from society. Everyone—the children at home, the wife, the relatives, the parents, the environment, the friends, and the whole world—should be grateful to a person and appreciate him only to the extent of his contribution to society.

A person is created in such a way that he needs the recognition of society. By this, in essence, he expresses himself, his “I.” If we make society protect a person and respond to his contribution to humanity, this will obligate everyone to be an active part of humanity. We will see from everyone only good things in relation to the entirety of human society and we will see what contribution each one makes.

Therefore, we need to establish such laws in our society so that everyone can be assessed only by their contribution to humanity and so that it is easily visible.

If we measure a person only according to these criteria, if everyone knows that this is how he is assessed, this is how he is treated, then he will have no way out. He will have to become a healthy cell in the general body, that is, a person that is as useful as possible for humanity.
The Round Table of Independent Opinions, Berlin 9/9/06

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How Should Underdeveloped Countries Develop?

laitman_963.4Question: How should the development of underdeveloped countries occur? What is a better approach: micro-finance or macro-finance?

Answer: Only by developing traditional education, which is inherent to all people in the world, so that education and culture correspond to the nation’s nature, will we be effectively developing each nation.

We must understand that, in general, there are 70 nations of the world and they are all unequal. Similar to bodily organs, they need to complement each other. Therefore, if we show an equal and kind attitude to everybody, but according to the nature of each, we will see that they really can make a remarkable contribution to humanity.

Then we will manage to extract the maximum benefit from each nation. This all depends on a benevolent and warm attitude toward everyone, so that he or she can serve humanity precisely in the measure that corresponds to him or her.

We must understand that all of nature is divided between countries and nations such that it leads a person to a state in which each one complements another. As a result, we really can find ourselves in an equal and perfect world where each one fills the other and reaches a world that is all good.

We will then be privileged to see that each nation has a remarkable share in humanity. Also, only because they complement each other are we rewarded with a perfect life in all of human society—with love, perfection, respect, and honor for everyone.

First of all, we need to reveal that every nation has its place, just as the organs of the body have their places. We need it, and until we see that we need it, we will be unable to evaluate and raise it to its own distinctive realization.
Round table of independent opinions. Berlin 9/9/06

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 4/15/18, Part 2

laitman_283.02Question: What is the unit of measurement of spiritual distance?

Answer: Spiritual distance is measured by the difference in the properties between two objects. A unit of measurement is a parsec (a light unit).

Question: What is the difference between the spiritual properties of bestowal?

Answer: That depends on which desires form the property of bestowal.

Question: Is this whole world a reflection of the levels of my personal desires?

Answer: Yes, these are the degrees of your desires and properties. All that we see, we see within ourselves.

Question: What is ugliness and beauty in terms of the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: The property of love is called beauty, while ugliness is the property of greed, receiving for oneself.

Question: What comes first: shame or envy?

Answer: Envy is the greatest property. With its help, we can achieve positive and good actions. We just need to know how to manage the envy.

Comment: You said that the Creator frightens us, yet He does not seriously hit us. But Kabbalists suffer the same sufferings as everyone else: aging, disease.

My Comment: Spiritual suffering is the suffering of love, when negative feelings rise in you so that you will later feel love and connection more deeply.

Question: If Kabbalists have become stronger and stronger over time, is it preferable to read the books of a later Kabbalist?

Answer: The books of Baal HaSulam and Rabash and our lessons are the best for spiritual advancement because they are expressed in a language that is very close to our souls. Books that were written earlier are difficult for us to grasp. Even though they were written by Kabbalistic giants, their style is far from us.

Question: What kind of reward would you wish for your students?

Answer: Revelation of the Creator, nothing else. I hope that this discovery is ahead for us.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/15/18

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Spiritual Schizophrenia

laitman_294.4Question from Facebook: Forgive me, but I have a feeling that you are engaged in schizophrenia and call it “faith above reason.” How is it possible to be in this world and see what I see, and at the same time to be in the other world and see what I do not see?

Answer: Schizophrenia is when I see something else besides this world.

We are talking about dividing the perception of everything within me into two parts: things that are happening within me and the force that projects, creates, and arranges all this within me, that is, plays with me. I see the world divided into two parts: the internal and the external, or the lower and the upper.

I am also divided into those two parts and therefore from within myself I see this world as such. One of these parts is my egoistic part, the desire to receive. The second, altruistic part, created by me as a result of studying Kabbalah, is the desire to bring contentment, to give to someone outside of me, through all the creatures, to the Creator. I consist of these two parts.

Comment: Everyone is confused by your statement that while we are on the first level, we are also on the second level.

My Comment: Certainly. This is written in all Kabbalistic books, starting from Adam, meaning almost six thousand years ago. So, this “disease” is neglected and must be investigated.

I invite everybody to explore it and to discover that we are not spiritual schizophrenics, that we are so ill because we are only in one world—ours, the worst one. Not knowing the upper world, its purpose, the forces that control us, where they lead us, and what they want from us, we, like blind kittens, suffer without any subsequent desirable states.

Question: Is it also because we deny the second level?

Answer: Yes. Do not reject it immediately at its root. We should study and see how realistic this is.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 8/14/18

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 4/15/18, Part 1

laitman_963.4Question: Must I recognize the system of supervision and the reason for reward and punishment?

Answer: Certainly. This is what we discover in the wisdom of Kabbalah. Without knowing this system and its implementation, we cannot attain the
end of correction.

Question: What is the material the soul is built from?

Answer: The material of the soul is built from the desire to receive. It is all that the Creator created. The Creator’s quality is bestowal and the created being’s quality is reception.

Question: If the entire world, the others, and the Creator are inside me, does this mean that I am always working for my own sake?

Answer: That’s right.

Question: How can a soul be both simultaneously like a creature and like a part of the Creator?

Answer: The soul can be a part of the Creator within the creature.

Question: What is the best food for the soul? How often do you need to “feed” it so that it will grow to be healthy and strong?

Answer: We constantly need to “feed” the soul, and this is implemented only through greater and greater closeness to the Creator and unity with others.

Question: Are there mountains in spirituality?

Answer: Yes, doubts and obstacles are all called “mountains” in spirituality.

Question: Is there no good or evil, men or women, but a combination of characteristics in a soul that is equal to the Creator?

Answer: In our world we say that life is a manner of existence of protein matter. Everything is just protein and various forms of its existence. In contrast to this, in the wisdom of Kabbalah we come to a more universal and common denominator.

Question: What is the difference between a person who feels the Creator within himself and a person who feels the Creator from the outside? Is the difference that one receives without an intention and the other receives in order to give contentment to the Creator?

Answer: No. There is Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light) and Ohr Pnimi (Inner Light). Therefore, everything is perceived in a this form like this. But, in principle, everything should be felt as the inner Light that fills you. This will happen gradually.

Question: Today each one of us can travel the world. Can a Kabbalist also travel within his inner desires?

Answer: A Kabbalist, by traveling in his desires, travels not only in this world, but also in all the worlds.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/15/18

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laitman_547.03Question: Can you say something about your first spiritual experience?

Answer: It cannot be described so I do not even try. I can only say that, as a rule, it comes suddenly.

Question: If everything is found within me, why do we constantly get a different picture of the world?

Answer: Reshimot (reminiscences), the data of spiritual knowledge, constantly change in us. Therefore, we perceive everything differently.

Question: Can the Creator make a mistake?

Answer: He does not perform any action that would possibly be a mistake.

Question: What is the spiritual root of arrogance?

Answer: Egoism! It is a desire to elevate yourself by any means or to humiliate others.

Question: What is a qualitative soul?

Answer: A qualitative soul is a soul that is maximally approaching the Creator. A quality is a characteristic of bestowal and love. There is nothing else.

Question: Can a Kabbalist take revenge on those who break his heart?

Answer: First, I don’t think that a Kabbalist can think that someone is breaking his heart. A priori, this is impossible, especially revenge. This is an action of the Creator; only He manages everything.

Question: Can a person have a desire to take revenge on the Creator?

Answer: It can happen, and then some! It happens to everyone from time to time.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/8/18

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 3/18/18, Part 2

laitman_627.1Question: Which actions are used as a preparation for attaining the goal according to the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: I would say that there is nothing except for unity.

Question: Learning the wisdom of Kabbalah accelerates our correction. Does this mean that all the suffering that is destined for my nascent soul will happen in this lifetime?

Answer: I don’t know. Everything depends on your efforts, but you can complete all of your corrections in the current incarnation.

Question: Is there some kind of stimulant we can use, like the drugs used in sports? For instance, is there something you can “eat” and immediately accelerate into the upper world?

Answer: You have to get this stimulant from your friends.

Question: Is it possible to see the entire world in one person?

Answer: There is no problem. After all, the entire world is a common general Kli.

Question: Is it true that people whose fate is difficult and complicated are closer to correction than those who live without worries?

Answer: Yes and no. I personally don’t have a difficult and complicated fate. My entire life had been arranged materially, nothing bothered or  annoyed me. But I had a different emptiness, a lack of spirituality, not something material.

Question: How is it possible to hear the quiet voice of the Creator that constantly speaks to you and not confuse it with the voice of the ego?

Answer: The Creator whispers to you about love, not in relation to yourself, but in relation to others, how to work on unity with others, how to push them toward unity in a pleasant way.

Question: What are the desires of a friend in the group that I fulfill?

Answer: These are mainly his yearning to attain the Creator.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/18/18

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Laitman_002Question: What is spiritual intelligence?

Answer: It is a mind directed only toward benefiting others.

Question: What is in the power of a person when he is ascending from below upward?

Answer: Absolutely everything! Also, everything that is necessary for him is received from above.

Question: How do you know what you have passed: a step, or a whole circuit?

Answer: A level is an ascent to the next qualitative level of bestowal and love, whereas in a whole circle there is a movement of ten Sefirot that renews their desire and begins a new birth.

Question: In this world if you do not control, you are controlled. Are there only two possibilities: to control or to be controlled?

Answer: In this world it is possible to control the entire world!

Question: If we develop the soul by exiting into the spiritual world, is it possible to attract the Light of the Creator to another person who cannot do this on his own?

Answer: If you can include his desire within yourself, then you will attract the upper Light to him. But keep in mind that by doing this, you ruin his independent development. You should not do a child’s homework for him—he will not become wiser as a result.

Question: The next level of consciousness, attainment of a nature that is completely different from our nature is a holographic intelligence, complex thinking. Does this mean that the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches logic?

Answer: No. Neither complex thinking nor holographic intelligence have anything to do with the wisdom of Kabbalah. These are physical parameters; I would say they are tricks of our world, nothing more.

Question: What is a sign of optimal balance between the spiritual and corporeal?

Answer: An optimal balance is created when a person makes an effort to sustain himself in this life in normal conditions, and devotes the rest of his time and energy to dissemination and the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/18/18

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laitman_439Question from Facebook: What is perfection?

Answer: Perfection is absolute harmony between the created beings and the Creator when they mutually complement each other in such a way that no imperfection is left between them.

Perfection is the Creator. However, it is not Him by Himself; rather, it is how we define Him in our sensations.

Question: What is a perfect person?

Answer: A perfect person is one who is completely similar to the Creator. The Creator is the absolute perfection of nature.

The general state of the entire universe that is in absolute connection in all its manifestations—that’s perfection. The source of this perfection that we attain is called the Creator.

Question: Does it mean that there is no perfection in our world?

Answer: Of course not! In our world, everything is opposite to perfection because one acts at the expense of the other. Our world is the lowest, the worst of the worlds. Only ascent above it is possible. There is nothing worse than this world.
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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 4/1/18

laitman_250Question: What element conveys spiritual information to a Kabbalist, like a quantum in physics?

Answer: A spiritual information unit is called a Reshimo (reminiscence) or information indicator. It tells us about the level of egoism with which we are working: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4.

Question: Why can a Kabbalist see the spiritual future and potential of the student’s soul, but doesn’t know the earthly speed with which the student will realize it?

Answer: A teacher sees the potential of the student, the size of his soul, but he doesn’t know how he will realize it because this is where the student has freedom of choice.

Question: Do the connections between actions through cause and effect explain the consequences of events in the life of a person?

Answer: No. I can do very good deeds and yet suffer. This is in no way connected to that.

Question: How is it possible to learn to observe oneself?

Answer: Observe your friends and feel your reaction regarding them. This is called “observing oneself.”

Question: It is said, “He who holds back his rod hates his son” (Proverbs 13:24). How do you punish your students? In what way is this expressed?

Answer: I don’t punish them; they punish me. In a case like this, a person punishes himself. I try to give all that I can, and accordingly they take what they are capable of taking.

Question: How can a student know that he is advancing correctly? Is there some kind of indicator?

Answer: It is only in relation to the assessment of the teacher and the friends, how much more he understands what they need.

Question: What is good and bad in spiritual relationships? Or are there no concepts like these?

Answer: When you work for others, this is good. When you work for yourself because of compulsion, this is bad.

Question: Can the wisdom of Kabbalah harm creativity?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah is creativity itself. If a person is captivated by it, then corporeal pursuits can certainly be harmed as a result of this.
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