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“What Does Nature Teach Human Beings?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What does nature teach human beings?

Nature is leading us to the understanding that we are parts of a single interconnected and interdependent system, and that we need to reach a higher level of connection among each other in order to discover nature’s perfection and eternity.

We are all egoists by nature. What this means is that all of our thoughts and actions are ultimately motivated by a desire to enjoy at the expense of anything and anyone around us.

As egoists, we each perceive a narrow reality. We feel ourselves as separate from other people and things, primarily concerned with our personal problems, each in a constant race after ephemeral pleasures.

Also, as egoists, the way we conduct ourselves increasingly clashes with the opposite way that nature conducts itself.

In contrast to the human egoistic quality, nature aims to connect everyone and everything into a single harmonious whole. A harmonious whole acts such that each part receives what it needs for its sustenance, and gives according to its ability for the benefit of the whole, similar to how cells and organs of a healthy human body function.

While our egoistic quality increasingly clashes with nature’s altruistic quality, we experience more and more blows. Blows from nature can appear as global pandemics, as we’re now experiencing with the coronavirus, as well as myriad other forms, from major ecological disasters through to each of our personal feelings, where depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, emptiness, meaninglessness, and other such negative sensations have been increasingly tearing away at us for many years.

What is the purpose of the blows nature sends us? What is nature trying to teach us through all the pains and problems it sends us?

It is all for us to pause for a moment and start contemplating our life, its purpose, why we are suffering, and rethink the direction in which we are headed.

We can then use such introspection to elevate ourselves from our current egoistic mode of existence, where the causes of our pains are hidden, to a more connected and altruistic mode of existence, where the reasons for our pains are revealed.

The wisdom of Kabbalah grants us this ability: to discover the hidden, connected and altruistic laws of nature, and to balance ourselves with these laws. By sending us blows, nature ultimately teaches us that we need to revise the way we live our lives, to recognize the bankruptcy of trying to continue living egoistically as we have until today, and that by changing our attitudes to each other from egoistic to altruistic, where instead of trying to self-benefit all the time, we try to benefit others, we enter into balance with nature, thereby experiencing a harmonious, whole and eternal existence.

“How Does Coronavirus Compare To Past Pandemics?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: How does coronavirus compare to past pandemics?

Today, humanity is much more interdependent than it ever has been before, and thus the global socio-economic impact of the coronavirus differs significantly from past pandemics.

If past pandemics in Europe and other parts of the world had no influence over other continents and nations, the case with the coronavirus is completely different.

Today, we are culturally, economically and commercially tied together around the world.

Therefore, the coronavirus affects us all.

It spread from one part of the planet to another relatively quickly, and we have no escape from it since we cannot detach the connections that we have established.

We thus see that the coronavirus pandemic receives completely different attention to past pandemics, since we were never as connected as we are today.

Moreover, while so many of us around the world have become quarantined and instructed to stay inside our homes, we see how we cannot detach from each other. It has become impossible to imagine what it would be like to separate from our global connection.

Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 1/5/20

laitman_962.5Question: Will things be easier for me if I make great efforts in order to attain spirituality?

Answer: Of course. To the extent that you make the right efforts, you can calmly advance without any problems. You can even skip the necessary steps you must take. It is like at school or university: you can finish your studies without attending classes, in less time. Please, the path is open.

Question: What does it mean to win every moment?

Answer: Do not forget that there is a goal in life and yearn to attain it.

Question: The sensation of the world a person is in depends on how high he ascends and which part of the Partzuf of Adam HaRishon he occupies. How can we understand this?

Answer: It is like how in our world we cannot compare our present sensations with each other since each one has one’s own subjective sensations deriving from one’s primordial spiritual gene, so it is in the spiritual world. We have this so-called Reshimo (a spiritual record) in us, and we fulfill it. As a result, we feel our state at each and every moment.

Question: Why is it considered that we are not in the world of Assiya? If it is equal to Malchut, then do we consume too little, or on the contrary, do we attract and absorb a lot?

Answer: We are at the lowest level of the lowest world. At the same time, we consume an insignificant amount of spiritual energy, practically nothing. And our corporeal world is not considered as existing at all.

Question: What basic laws must I not break in order to advance spiritually in a good and quick manner?

Answer: Never harm others. That is the only law. If you keep it scrupulously, you will advance.

Question: Is there a level after which a person is never detached from the thought and the feeling that everything comes from the Creator?

Answer: There is such a level. It is called the world of Atzilut. If you ascend through the worlds of Assiya, Yetzira, and Beria to the world of Atzilut, you will think only about the one force, about the Creator, who is the attribute of bestowal, love, and connection, and you will exist in this force. I wish you success in this ascent.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/5/20

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“Is Nature An intelligence, A Form Of Mind?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Is nature an intelligence, a form of mind?

Nature is a thought.

It has a plan for the development of the inanimate, vegetative, animate and human natures, with a beginning and an end, and it implements this plan in a determinant manner.

As the plan becomes realized, all sorts of problems arise, since the inanimate, vegetative, animate and human natures all participate in this plan.

Human nature, which is the highest and most qualitative of all the levels in nature, is subject to all kinds of fluctuations and changes in both directions.

While nature runs a completely determined plan, we humans have free will within the plan.

We can change ourselves to either resemble or contrast nature. Accordingly, we can alter the path of our development: by resembling nature we feel it as amiable and agreeable, and by contrasting nature, we feel it as nasty and disagreeable.

One way or another, we will all reach the same ultimate final state, however the way in which we get there can either be through the implementation of our free will, or by letting nature’s plan unfold toward us without our participation in the process.

In other words, while our final destination as well as our way there is predetermined, we, as humans in this process, have the free choice to segment the process, where in each segment, we can feel nature’s development as either kinder and more enjoyable, or harsher and undesirable.

“What Is The Big Deal About The New Coronavirus, COVID-19?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is the big deal about the new coronavirus, COVID-19?

COVID-19 is special because it touches everyone.

The coronavirus shows us the vastness of our interconnectedness and interdependence, and the extent to which our essential infrastructures are globally dependent.

Stocks are falling, air travel is limited, people are locked in their houses for quarantine, and it is all due to a minuscule virus.

Even before COVID-19 was called a pandemic, it affected over 100,000 people around the world, taking place in over 80 countries and becoming an epidemic in China, Italy, South Korea and Iran. Some experts say that it can be equated to a world war.

What matters, however, is whether we can draw accurate conclusions from this global-scale phenomenon.

First and foremost, we need to understand that in the face of nature and the common threat, we are all equal.

Over centuries, various scientists have been raising this topic, but nobody accepts it. Secondly, we have to realize that by living in society, we are all in one boat with no escape.

Since our perception is egoistic, through a lens that prioritizes self-benefit above everything else, we cause an imbalance in nature’s interconnected and interdependent system.

Understanding this phenomenon and taking corresponding actions will lead us to building a new model of human relations that fit the integral system we live in.

If we want to prevent further spreading of the coronavirus, we need to wash not only our hands—we need to also “wash” our thoughts and intentions.

When we start relating positively to each other, creating an environment of mutual support and encouragement, we will create a strong “immune system” capable of stopping any pandemic, and receive the ability to build a happy, prosperous, healthy and unified society.

“What Are The Causes Of Novel Coronavirus?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What are the causes of novel coronavirus?

Beyond the many theories of the causes of the coronavirus, at a deeper level, we need to understand that it is a reaction of nature to the way in which we have been conducting our lives.

Nature is obliging us to realize that we are in an integral system.

If we disobey the laws of this integral system, its basic law of mutual responsibility that connects together all parts of the system, then the system responds with blows.

We should take the coronavirus, as well as other viruses that are yet to be revealed, as signs of our incorrect connection with each other, where we each think and behave egoistically, i.e., considering personal benefit over the benefit of others.

Also, we should learn that we exist in an integral system of nature, where all parts are interconnected and interdependent, and that there is only one disruptive force in the entire system—the human being, with his egoistic nature.

Therefore, we need to correct ourselves by changing our egoistic mode of conduct to an altruistic one, which would let us realize nature’s interconnectedness and interdependence positively.

Nature will nevertheless force us to improve our relationships until they become completely positive, with ties of mutual consideration, support, encouragement and responsibility connecting between us all. When that will happen, the coronavirus, as well as other negative phenomena in our lives, will disappear.

“What Is The Role Of Women In Society Today?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is the role of women in society today?

Women’s strengths should be directed in such a way where through female unity, they could contribute to society’s prosperity and happiness, unifying their efforts into building a new, comfortable and welcoming home for human society.

According to nature’s structure, the female represents the desire to receive while the male represents the intention to give.

Therefore, if women express a desire for humanity’s unity above all of its divisions, and if they unite as a major force with this desire, they will urge men in the direction of unity.

Then, when men receive such a strong impetus to unite from women, they will work to fulfill those demands, striving to unite and balance with the unified form of nature that functions with altruistic connections among all of its parts.

The world and human society will then turn into Heaven on Earth, a society that functions according to nature’s most fundamental law, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We will then all feel as if we share a common home, living among a giant loving family, in a completely new and upgraded kind of awareness of the laws of nature and the world that we exist in.

“Who Are Better Managers: Men Or Women?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Who are better managers: men or women?

There is a saying that states, men change the world, while women improve it.

Women indeed organize the planet. The natural inclination of a female is to make everything as calm and comfortable as if it is at home.

The case is different for men.

Men need official recognition of their power. It is more intrinsic for men to push through boundaries, induce changes, and sometimes engage in extreme methods.

Women, as a rule, operate differently. In terms of the female desire for stability, women are better suited to manage the world. However, if we want to reach balanced and continuous development, both males and females should engage in management.

The perfect balance between the two different approaches can be observed in a family, where the wife commands in an indirect manner, and the husband carries out the commands. This is what said in the Torah: “Whatever Sarah tells you, do as she says” (Gen. 21:12).

As far as I’m concerned, I would place women in all leading positions, even in the military, except for hard army execution. However, in our current conditions, everything depends on the environment’s needs. If there is an understanding that for a particular purpose, either a male or a female manager is preferable, then the environment brings such a need to fruition.

A question that envelops the question about men or women being better managers is: Can we make the workplace function as a perfectly balanced family?

It would be complicated for today’s mixed teams. To make it work, we need a group of wise people who understand male and female natures and can guide the teams in terms of how to overcome their personal gender relations, so they could work neither as men nor as women, but according to a middle line for a common goal.

The middle line is the most effective and correct cooperation between male and female forces. Also, working in the middle line is not one-time execution. It is an ongoing process that we constantly have to work on.

The personnel group would need one or two people, or even better, a designated couple who will constantly maintain balance between male and female approaches among group relations.

Realizing the nature of both men and women, fitting them into a perfect middle line, where women remain women and men remain men, but together they rise above their natural qualities, means building a completely new balanced social construct.

Therefore, we have no need to measure whether men or women are better managers, but we should learn how to create the middle line by choosing a correct combination of our actions.

“Is There A Cure For Cancer?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Is there a cure for cancer?

The human body is a complete interconnected system operating according to integral laws of nature: every cell consumes only what is needed for its useful functioning within the system of tissues and organs, and exists to sustain the entire body. If a single cell starts functioning to benefit itself alone, it becomes cancerous.

Cancer is a body within the body. Due to the enormous growth of their “ego,” cancerous cells separate from the body’s other cells, start seeing them as enemies, as foreign bodies that need to be attacked and devoured.

Cancerous cells can form a separate kind of society within the human body. They can communicate and cooperate in their own way to enslave normal cells and create metastases.

They have no sensation of the human organism as a necessary environment for their existence, and thus reject and destroy it, and in the worse scenario, die together with the body due to lacking a habitat.

So then we reach one of the pressing questions of our time: is there a cure for cancer?

Definitely. However, it lies beyond the realm of a separate individual human body.

Nature as a whole operates similarly to a single organism.

On nature’s inanimate, vegetative and animate levels, each and every one of its element has its dedicated role and input into the whole system.

Our society also consists of individual “cells,” i.e., people who are brought together into different social structures.

Unfortunately, unlike nature’s other levels, we humans have a very “cancerous” attitude toward one another, and the environment we live in.

What is the risk?

As soon as we start thinking only about ourselves, our system starts slowly becoming “impressed” by our egoistic thoughts and desires.

This impression spreads over structures influencing other levels of nature and our physical bodies.

Unconscious of nature as our home, in a constant run for personal pleasure, like the selfish cancerous cells, we humans basically destroy our common environment for existence, forming a cancerous tumor on the body of the planet.

When the cancerous growth of a selfish attitude spreads beyond a certain limit, humanity starts consuming itself.

What is the optimal way to fight cancer on both levels: the human body and society in general?

The problem can be solved on the level of connection among each other.

Being unconscious about our “cancerous” attitudes to each other deprives us of the opportunity to deal with them.

However, if we rise to a level higher than our usual relations and reactions, we will be able to see a more complete picture of reality, and thus solve myriad problems, including cancer, comprehensively.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, when we understand our egoistic nature and apply efforts to rise above it by building positive connections, we will step into a new level of perception of reality.

As soon as human relations become mutual, kind, benevolent, and we all unite into one complete system, the world will become balanced, and there will be no room for cancer on any level.

It is as written, “And a wolf shall live with a lamb, and a leopard shall lie with a kid; and a calf and a lion cub and a fatling [shall lie] together, and a small child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6).

Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 1/12/20

laitman_614Question: After I attain the purpose of creation and read the script of the director of my life, the Creator, could I become bored and uninterested in life?

Answer: Do not worry. You cannot even imagine what will open before you. Such heights, voids, scenes, and opportunities! This is not our world at all. So, try to get out of here as soon as possible. There is nothing worse than this world.

Question: What does it mean that I feel a friend? Do I understand him or do I sense his desires? And how will I feel the Creator as my friend? Or are we talking about other notions here?

Answer: You will start feeling both the friends and the Creator much closer, better, and sharper than now.

Question: You said during the last lesson that in order to reach freedom, one needs to attain the middle part of Tifferet. Now you say that the Creator is neither the left nor the right line. How can I connect into one the middle part of Tifferet and the fact that the Creator is the middle line?

Answer: You cannot. You will only get confused by this for now. It is better just to leave it. Put your knowledge aside. Now it is most important to understand what sensations we have to reach.

Question: Do we have a chance to attain spirituality by studying alone and not in tens?

Answer: You stand no chance of reaching spiritual attainment by studying alone. We see this from our development in today’s world.

Question: Is it possible to attain the Creator in a virtual ten?

Answer: Of course it is.

Question: Is a ten the ten Sefirot?

Answer: Yes, it is. The right ten in its correct state constitutes the ten Sefirot.

Question: Can it be said that the Creator wants to give us everything, and we can receive only what we are ready to give back?

Answer: Of course.

Question: If I have no friends, much less ten friends, and as you said without them it is impossible to advance, should I purposely search for them?

Answer: There must be at least two.

Question: Why do we have doubts regarding certain choices in our world? Why do we constantly doubt?

Answer: Doubts are needed so that we correctly organize ourselves.

Question: Where do the efforts to unite accumulate?

Answer: They accumulate around the heart and form the general heart, a sack around the heart.

Question: Regarding the light that we need to receive, what kind of light do you mean?

Answer: I mean the property of bestowal called “the light” or “the Creator” or “the upper positive force.”

Question: Does the revelation of the Creator and crossing of the barrier (Machsom) occur in the whole ten or perhaps in some of the friends?

Answer: It could happen only with some of the friends, in different qualities, in different aspects, not necessarily with everyone together. It is because a ten is something different for each person.

Attainment is still individual, although it happens through unification with others.

Question: Is our advancement toward the group always associated with the sinusoid: plus – minus, falls – ascents? Can it be said that my ascent to the next, higher spiritual degree is always associated with certain, say, spiritual labor pains, when a person exists in pitch darkness, emptiness? Or can one experience the feeling of happiness and joy?

Answer: You said everything correctly, I have nothing to add. Well done!
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/12/20

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