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“What’s Your Secret To A Happy Life?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What’s your secret to a happy life?

My secret to a happy life is to be in balance with nature, to feel that I pose no interference to nature and to other people, and to try and be an organic part of the world so that people receive positive examples from me on how to interact with each other and with the world.

Based on “Meetings with Kabbalah” on July 29, 2021. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“What Does Happiness Mean To You?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What does happiness mean to you?

Happiness means being in balance with nature on the still, vegetative, animate and human levels.

When you are in balance with all levels of nature, then you feel something special, the highest level of balance, which is called “happiness.”

Balance with nature is when we feel that we are in a vast system, feeling how we affect it and how it affects us.

In other words, the peaceful and harmonious realization of our interdependence is the key to our happiness. The peaceful and harmonious realization of our interdependence equates to our balance with nature. They are one and the same. Moreover, balance with nature includes several additional qualities and forces that we have yet to discover.

Based on Kab TV’s “News with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman” on July 29, 2021. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“What Is The Thing That One Can Take From This Life To The Next Life?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is the thing that one can take from this life to the next life?

The one thing we can take from this life into the next life is the effort to positively connect with others that we made in this life.

We exist in a shattered soul that is in a process of gradual unification. Thus, only those efforts to aid the process of our unification as a single soul, over our several incarnations, remain in our next lives, accumulating to our eventual unification as a single force and system.

Based on “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on August 18, 2019.

“Why Is It That When The Powerful Use Force It Is Called “Self-Defense” And When The Weak Use Force It Is Called “Terrorism”?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Why is it that when the powerful use force it is called “self-defense” and when the weak use force it is called “terrorism”?

The question is built incorrectly from the beginning. Terrorism involves the use of violence toward the peaceful population, which is in essence not guilty of anything. Terrorism is used precisely to kill innocent people. On the other hand, the force that a government uses is used against the army of the opponent, i.e. an army against an army. In our egoistic world, even this is considered “ethical” and correct. It differs from cases when terror organizations use force against citizens who are guilty of nothing besides the fact that they are ordinary people.

That is why, unquestionably, terrorism has no place and no justification in human society. The issue here is not power or weakness, but against whom the force is directed. If it is directed against citizens, this is called “terrorism,” whereas if it is directed against an army, then it is called “war.” War has its own forces and laws. Of course, it is undesirable, but one way or another, we consider these to be lawful and fitting into specific boundaries. The tragedy is that terrorist groups make it their goal to hurt the civilian population, and in this regard they should receive a warning from humanity. Terrorism should disappear from the map of the world.

Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“Do You Know The Connection Between Politics And Violence?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Do you know the connection between politics and violence?

The problem is in the fact that human development is driven by egoism, which is the desire to enjoy at the expense of others and nature. Egoism is human nature and it is why we cannot perform any actions unless they come from our egos.

Accordingly, the connection between politics and violence is that in politics we use the same laws and the same goals, except we place them within the confines of a certain legitimacy, which we can continue to maintain in the future. In other words, politics is simply the continuation of the power of the fist. Until humanity’s approach to life and organization of international relations changes from egoistic to altruistic, we will be unable to perform any political action that is not forced. Only an altered approach to humanity as to a single global integrated organism will change reality such that politics will become global. After all, we are in a small global village.

In this case, decisions will be made by a government that envelops the world under the influence of intentions that are directed toward the good of progress and the good of the existence of the world, just like a live organism. Then, every person will receive a position from this “head” of the world. By doing so, we will divide the burden among everyone so that every person will know that their part is determined by the fact that they need to contribute their share to the world precisely in such a way, in order for the world to live in peace.

We will all live and prosper, and achieve not even just our material life—we will merit another level of living, the infinite spiritual flow of nature. We will take care not only of material life, our bodies, but also our souls. We will be able to ascend to such a level on condition that we will reach an altruistic life.

Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“Can We Be Indigenous In The 21st Century?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Can we be indigenous in the 21st century?

Nature will not let us remain indigenous in the 21st century. It increasingly develops us through suffering.

Nature will prod us with such great suffering that we will have to realize our egoism—the desire to enjoy at the expense of others and nature—as the source of our problems and crises. If we want to be saved from impending crises and disasters, which threaten us and our entire existence, then we will have to get rid of our egoism and reach completely different altruistic connections.

The difference between a disharmonious and harmonious existence comes not from technological and industrial development, but from ascending from the egoistic level of our interrelationships to the altruistic level.

We will then understand that the world is a unified system and that we belong to a single organism and are obligated to treat each other correspondingly. Accordingly, we will create a human being who is truly cultured, educated, wonderful and modern—in a whole new sense to how we currently understand those terms.

If we are still egoistic relative to each other and each one still has self-aimed consideration, then it means that without a doubt we are still stuck in our respective caves.

Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“Is There A Value In Resisting A New Technology Which, While Potentially Harmful In The Short Term, Could Save Millions Of Lives In The Future?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Is there a value in resisting a new technology which, while potentially harmful in the short term, could save millions of lives in the future?

We can evaluate the essence of science exclusively by its goal. If, as is being discovered today, the goal is harmful to us, then we cannot use and develop it. In any field, we cannot excuse ourselves by saying that possibly, in the future, we will use what we now make for positive causes. If we already use it for harm, then it means that we should not use it. Such is the law: an object should be judged according to the form in which it becomes revealed, and not by the distant future.

Therefore, if any technology inflicts harm or can be used for harm today—then we should not develop it. There will be nothing righteous about it. Only if we change ourselves correspondingly and can be assured of its beneficial use should we start developing it. There is nothing special about developing science simply because it is science. Instead, everything needs to develop according to the benefit it can provide humanity. Laws, factors and premises are inherently placed in nature. But since we take everything from nature in the ready form, we should thus take the ready stock only to the degree that we will be able to use it for humanity’s benefit. On the other hand, if it is for humanity’s detriment, then there is no need for it.
Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“What Are Some Ways You Or The Masses Can Get Manipulated Over The Internet?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What are some ways you or the masses can get manipulated over the internet?

We generally do not feel that we are being manipulated through the Internet. However, there is constant monitoring of the sites we visit, our desires, and the spheres of our interests. Of course, we will still see how we can be manipulated and used via such a medium. It so happens with all of our conducts, which become used egoistically in order to advertise to us and lead us to places where we buy the products they offer us.

All such workings eventually lead us to realize the evil of our egoistic nature, and the need to change our egoism. If we change the ego, inverting it to its opposite altruistic form, then problems such as manipulation through the Internet, as well as a whirlpool of other problems we experience on personal, social, economic and ecological scales, will disappear as if they never existed.

We thus need to focus only on changing our nature from egoistic to altruistic, from a connection that is negative to one that is positive. Such a transformation is possible because we have the strength, the wisdom and the method to impact this change. This is a wisdom and method of connection, which has recently become revealed to the world, and through it, we can truly perform the required changes. Sooner or later humanity will reveal this wisdom and use it. However, we try to accelerate its expansion throughout humanity in order for the world to suffer less.
Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

How To Survive The Loss Of A Loved One

961.2Question: There is a letter from a person close to you and me. He writes: “My wife and I lived for many long and happy years, then she got cancer and fought for life for two years. At some point we thought we had won, but cancer is such an insidious disease, it lurked and then struck with renewed force. My wife was no longer moving after chemotherapy, she kept asking, ‘Do I deserve this?’ And I want to ask you, dear Michael Laitman: why did He create us to be such sentient creations? Why didn’t He give us power over our feelings?”

Answer: He has given us power over feelings, but only if we gain this power for a purpose higher than just feeling. This is when you will rise above your feelings and control them, not turning them off with painkillers or drugs, but when you can use your feelings in the right way. Fear and pain and all other unpleasant sensations are given to us for this purpose.

Question: And we need to go through these states that he went through when he saw how his wife was suffering?

Answer: And this also needs to be passed. And we will still, unfortunately, observe all this on everyone around us, and we will be among them ourselves.

We will not be able to turn off our feelings in any way, we just have to learn how to manage them properly.

Now humanity is slowly approaching the state when it will see global cataclysms that are coming closer and ready to crash on us and are already falling on a part of humanity. And those who have not yet fallen under this wave see what is happening and have to change themselves quickly, to become in complete harmony with nature, that is, to rise above their egoism, to get closer to others, and just “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Question: You are practically saying what humanity is going to face. And I want to ask: at that moment when a loved one is suffering in front of me?

Answer: It is too late. We still have to do something, try to still fight this wave of grief, illness, pain, and so on and so forth. But in principle, we need to act prior to all of this happening.

At least, bow your head down and do everything based on the fact that it comes from above, and you, in general, agree with this upper judgment.

Comment: That the loved one has been taken away from you? It is not easy.

My Response: This is a tragedy! This is a disaster! Especially people who have lived together and lived for many years. It is incredible! It is easier to die yourself!

Comment: Yes, that is the feeling he had: “I would prefer so that it would have come to me! Why did she have to suffer?!”

My Response: Yes. But it won’t help. This is the easiest solution.

Question: What is the main solution at this moment?

Answer: Bow your head down and do whatever you need to do. Fully agree with the upper force that does this to us, and try to annul yourself in this state so much that you agree to accept everything.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 8/12/21

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Fear Comes To Us For A Reason

627.2Comment: Tanya Mararu writes to you: “How can we overcome the fear that tomorrow there will be no money, nothing to eat? At the same time, everyone is alive and well. I am on maternity leave and only my husband works. And I am afraid.”

My Response: It is a natural feeling, and I understand it.

How to overcome fear? Be more connected with those people who think about the future. Calmly, dispassionately, they try to be connected with each other and try to find a connection with the upper force that determines everything in the present and in the future.

Question: Why does fear come when everything is fine?

Answer: It is all purposeful, it is all very good. Without fear, man would be a wild animal.

Fear limits our ego. Fear is a very good feeling that protects us, otherwise we would just go insane. We need to learn how to use it properly. And then we will not be afraid of it, but will bless it.

Question: What is the purpose of fear?

Answer: The purpose of fear is to correctly direct us toward the true path of development, to find the highest force of bestowal, love, and connection in the relationship between us. And then we will really not be afraid of anything.

Question: And you are referring to an ordinary person?

Answer: Today, it is already for an ordinary person. We see that the whole world is in fear. And only a person who does not understand where he is at all can claim with bravado that he is not afraid of anything. It is not from having a big mind. And that is why we need to bless the fear, because it correctly directs us toward the right goal.

Question: Toward each other, you mean?

Answer: Yes. We need to understand that fear is given to us on purpose. It is a very good asset.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 8/12/21

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