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After The Pandemic

The world seems to be on a narrow bridge, and the main thing now is not to be afraid of parting with the past. We have another concern: how to meet the future not by colliding with its back, but to competently face the inevitable tomorrow.

“If only everything does not collapse, then it will be restored,” they tell us. And they add, “Someday.” I say “It will not recover.” But collapse is not necessary at all. Each of us has the task of surviving the current period with minimal losses. To do this, we need to save nerves and resources, support others, be able to relax, but not “disconnect.” And most importantly, we need to understand what is happening so that the consequences of the crisis will not take us too much by surprise.

To start, let’s sit down and take a breath. The human being was not created to fuss. He was created in order to think and act. So let’s think: What have we actually lost? What motivated us in that life? What did we live for? What sensible and useful things have we done? What have we prepared for the future of our children?

Quite frankly, we just served each other for money. With zeal or without it, we fulfilled the principle, clearly formulated by our sages thousands of years ago: “Go and profit from each other.” It seemed to us that we were serving ourselves. But what kind of a disservice we rendered to ourselves by exhausting ourselves in a hamster wheel of consumerism, not thinking about anything else?

Imagine for a second if we flew from another developed planet and looked down on ourselves a few months ago, it would not have been a very pretty sight. No, not in the technological sense, but in the very essence of our commotion and bustle. The “benefit” from it, like smog above the Earth, is already starting to disperse. And so, the virus came. “Stop, people,” it tells us. “Look at what you did to the planet and to yourselves. Look beyond the brink of tomorrow.”

If we really look into it without brushing it off, we will see that we were moving not only toward ecological collapse, but before that we would have come to war. In fact, we drove ourselves into the arms of war, into a state of hopeless globalization, into a dead end of contradictions. This is human nature: When a slaughter is brewing, we force it out of our consciousness and at the same time put up with it, even invoke it.

We have not yet reached such an advanced stage, but an avalanche of unbridled consumerism has drawn humanity into the abyss. And, paradoxically, the virus is saving us from it. We are being saved from egoism in need of “absolution,” in resetting consumption markets.

So is it worth going back? What did we forget there? Is there life after the virus?

Now we are getting to know our family, our world, and ourselves again.

Previously, many of us just slept at home, now we live there. We used to browse the Internet for fun, now we connect with each other.

There are several ways. Of course, we want to go back to that hamster wheel with its array of constantly new and different pleasures to look forward to, and are even willing to endure its pains that prod us from behind. But one cannot help but remember the threat of a collapse with rampant crime, the suppression of unrest, interruptions in supply, and the search for the guilty. And finally, we can use this period for reflection.

Of course, not everything is smooth, not everyone can “sustain the blow,”  but the experience itself, the very change of pace, foreshortening, does not bring only a respite? In the cleared weekdays, in an unusual afternoon lull, we hear an echo of something new. We are seated at home, like children at their desks in order to learn something so that this “breaking” would not pass in vain.

In any case, we will be unable to exit the crisis as quickly as we entered it. And what is happening now is not a pause, not a vacation, not a lockdown, it is an awakening. The virus did not knock us out, but shook us well, returned us to reality, gives us an opportunity to carefully take the helm.

Today we are confronted with the need to redefine our values in the dawn of a new era, which requires a different attitude to each other and finding a meaning that we avoided. The wind of change swept away the illusions and is showing us the true picture. So are we really going to let the mind again be clouded by its mirages? Will we reconcile ourselves with the past, with eternal vanity, with external abundance, and with internal devastation?

The world seems to be on a narrow bridge, and the main thing now is not to be afraid of parting with the past. We have another concern: how to meet the future not by colliding with its back, but competently face the inevitable tomorrow.

We, ourselves, have created a rat race, and now we can get out of it without excessive external shocks. After all, the main thing is what is inside: our connections, our relations, our participation, reciprocity. It is enough to realize this, and all mechanisms—social, financial, commercial—will start to restructure according to the new paradigm.

Let’s think about it: Why are we living? How can we build our lives differently, on different principles? The way out of boundless egoism was opened, let’s use it while our egoism is shocked and muted.

Airplanes are on the ground, ships are in ports, we should be at school desks. There is nothing derogatory in this. On the contrary, we have the opportunity to really do something for ourselves.

All our life we were only engaged in running away from the question about it. Worried before death, justifying ourselves to the best of our ability. The virus, however, hints at something else. We cannot run away from death this way. To overcome its line, it is necessary to rise above the egoism that kills us. Our ego limits, gives a flawed and wretched sensation of the world through the demands of our body. Let us feel the world through our internal common structure, through the soul. Then we will see it completely differently, endless, eternal, and perfect.

This has nothing to do with religions. The science of Kabbalah does not advocate any beliefs. It simply develops the soul of a person, and that makes us happy. Now, when we all feel in a common boat, we must put our oars together and head for a world without borders between hearts. Then the remaining barriers that divide people will disappear. Tomorrow’s world is forming now.
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This article is written by my student Oleg Itzeksen

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Building The Future Society, Part 13

laitman_246Why should I believe Kabbalists?

Comment: Many people can say: “Why should I believe the Kabbalists that the Creator is the quality of bestowal and love?”

My Response: You do not need to believe, you just need to advance society toward this, bring it closer, carefully, and gradually. Why talk about it? Although this won’t do harm, people will not escape. Today they are in such circumstances that there is not much time left for discussion.

Comment: Now, many scientists also say that everything is so subjective that you can neither prove nor deny the existence of the Creator, but you can just come up with many different theories. It’s hard to prove something, as our brain works so that we can accept any theory.

My Response: The Creator is the law of nature. And we must simply realize this law, as the entirety of nature in its integral complexity is called the Creator.

Question: And you are not trying to prove it?

Answer: No. You can’t prove anything to anyone. How can I prove to a young child the existence of something that goes beyond his perception? There is no way. The only thing I can do is to patiently raise him, elevating him to the level where he will see everything and tell himself. Otherwise, no.

Question: So, it is impossible to explain to a person that there are two laws—the law of receiving and the law of bestowal—and when we give to society, we become like the Creator?

Answer: Why not? This can be explained, and very easily. We can see on an inanimate, vegetative, and animal level how these laws are observed, how everything is built on a balance between receiving and bestowing.

However, at the level of society, we do not see this because in it, on the contrary, everything is built only on reception, and bestowal is possible only if I can get even more instead. That is, in society there is no bestowal at all. There is reception camouflaged as bestowal.

This means that the laws of inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature need to be elevated to the level of the state of society, to the human level, and there they must be realized and put into practice.

Therefore, we need to see how this is done, how it can be so that in society reception and bestowal, plus and minus, exist in us in the same way as at the previous three levels. Is it possible or not? This, in principle, is the whole problem and all our misfortunes. If we can do this, then we will have a perfect world.

Here I am not talking about religion, nor about the Creator, nor about anyone. It’s just what the world needs, and today we see it. Let’s try to implement it.
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From the KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/7/19

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laitman_263Not to Harm Society

Baal HaSulam “Building the Future Society,” Item 30:  The freedom of the individual must be kept as long as it is not harmful to society. However, one who wishes to leave in favor of another society must not be detained in any way, even if it is harmful to society, though it should be done in such a way that the society is not ruined altogether.

A person can think, speak, and do everything he wants only if it does not diverge from the direction and intention of society. But if it harms, then he has no place in this society. It’s natural.

Question: Did you and your teacher talk about the principles of the society of the future, or is it still so far from us that one should not think about it?

Answer: It doesn’t matter. These principles automatically flow from what we teach in Kabbalah, from approaching spirituality.

Question: If we take these principles, make a code of certain laws out of them, and offer this to society, will people understand this?

Answer: No, they won’t understand. On the contrary, it can push a person away, because it will oblige him. And if obliged, then this is not good.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/7/19

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laitman_294.4Outlines of the Future Society

Baal HaSulam, “Building the Future Society, Chapter 3, Item 10: Tokens of due honors should be imparted according to the religion; the greater benefit one contributes to society, the higher decoration one shall receive.

Naturally, others should be encouraged. I have to take and hang medals on my chest so that those people who are still more interested in honor than in loving their neighbors, then via honor, they will be drawn to love others.

Though not everyone is obligated to engage in spirituality but only special people, depending on the needs. Let’s say the Bnei Baruch group of all the millions of people, and the world group of all the billions of people. I do not think that this can be more than a hundredth of a percent of the total population of the Earth.

Just like there are people who engage in science and there are those who use all scientific achievements in practice. It depends on the person, one’s inclinations and desires.

There will be a sort of high-court. Those who will want to dedicate their labor for spiritual life will be permitted to do so by this court.

Everything will be determined by the upper governance because there are many who desire as it is today, for example, in universities. Many people want to be scientists, but not everyone can become one, and therefore strict selection is carried out.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah.” 2/7/19

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laitman_552.03Integration at the Level of Love

Baal HaSulam, Building the Future Society, Chapter 3, Item9: In other words: except for the matter of “Love thy friend as thyself,” each nation may follow its own religion and tradition, and one must not interfere with another.

If in the society of the future people will have some kind of religious or philosophical interests, they can easily engage in them.

The main thing is love your neighbor as yourself. This law is several degrees above all other laws, all kinds of conditions and artificial tricks.

The fact that people engage in meditation, imagine the spiritual and the future in the form of social cults, does not matter. The main thing is that there is a connection between everyone at the level of love. For the rest, do what you want.
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From Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/7/19

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laitman_619The Principle of Existence of Humanity

Baal HaSulam, Building the Future Society, Chapter 3, Item 8: The entire world is one family. The framework of communism according to the Torah should ultimately encircle the entire world in an equal standard of living to everybody.

We need to reach a level where we will have the feeling that the whole world is one family, that everyone around me is a relative, people who are close and dear to me, and even more dear to me than I am to myself. All of humanity must exist by this principle.

However, the actual process is a gradual one. Each nation whose majority accepts these basic elements practically, and who have already been brought up to bestow upon their fellow person and will have a sound cause for fuel, may enter the framework of the international communism right away.

By its natural development, nature pushes us to consciously change our attitude toward our neighbor.

Question: What is the relation between the quality of bestowal of nature itself (the Creator) and the connection between people?

Answer: That we are trying to implement the law of universal love, which is the Creator Himself, in society so that it is interconnected according to the law of the Creator.

Then if you ask, “What is the Creator?”, I will answer you, “Look at how our society is assembled, how it connects within itself. This assembly is the Creator.”
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/7/19

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laitman_271Gradual Entry

Baal HaSulam “Building the Future Society”: 6. It is forbidden to nationalize the property before the public reaches this moral level. The collective will not have fuel for work before there is a reliable moral factor in the public.

One must enter the new society gradually. It is possible to get rid of the personal and give it to the care of society only to the extent that society is ready.

Question: And who determines that society is already ready?

Answer: Only the people themselves, the relations between them, the state between them. In no case should it be done irresponsibly or under the influence of some ideals. All this should be clearly visible from life.
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laitman_265Kabbalah —Guide for the Society of the Future

Baal HaSulam “Building The Future Society”: 3…they must establish the moral level of the majority of the public on a basis that will necessitate and guarantee that the corrected communism will never be corrupted.

People must understand that all the laws of a future society are absolute and eternal. Only then will they start on their own, consciously keeping everything.

Kabbalah, as a method of attainment of the goal of creation, (the global law of the universe) is the only basis assured to raise the level of the collective to the moral level of “working according to the ability and receiving according to the need.”

The wisdom of Kabbalah explains the implementation of the methodology for creating a new society: how to do it, how to implement all laws and rules in it. In practice, it is a guide for the society of the future.

Question: Can this be somehow proved?

Answer: You can’t prove it, people just won’t have any other choice. Based on all their problems, they will see that only this wisdom gives the right advice.
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laitman_221.0Understanding the Needs of Society

Baal HaSulam, “Building the Future Society” Chapter 3, Item1: Communism is an ideal, meaning it is moral. The goal “to work according to one’s ability and receive according to one’s needs” testifies to that.

If we live in an absolutely harmonious society of the future, where everyone is mutually connected, then everyone thinks about what he can give to this society. He must understand its needs and how he can make up for them.

There must be a serious connection between the members of society so that they do only what is necessary and do nothing in excess, since by doing so they harm nature.

That is, I do everything that others need, everything that is required of me. Every member of society does the same. Thus, we achieve complete harmony between us.

Question: Is the principle, from each according to one’s ability, a manifestation of the quality of bestowal? I use all my abilities for the sake of society. Then does to each according to one’s needs mean that I measure my needs and receive only what I need?

Answer: Or society measures them. What’s the difference? In this case, I completely trust the society.
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laitman_423.02For the Sake of the Creator

Baal HaSulam, “Building the Future Society”: An antagonist might still claim that I have thus far only demonstrated that one must serve one’s fellow person, but where is the practical proof that one must adhere to this precept for the sake of the Creator?

Question: We can still understand what the fulfillment of the law of nature “for the sake of people” is: “you are for my sake, I am for your sake,” and together we are building a good society for the future. And what does it mean to fulfill this law for the sake of the Creator who is in concealment?

Answer: If I strictly follow the instructions of the Kabbalists, then I feel like I am in a state where the Creator is in front of me and I can work in partnership with Him.

Question: But the Creator is concealed from me. How can I do something for His sake if I don’t feel His actions?

Answer: The Creator is a condition that the wisdom of Kabbalah sets before you, and a teacher explains to you how to behave.

If you fulfill these conditions, you begin to feel that there are positive and negative forces in nature, and they constantly act on you: the positive force on one side, and the negative force on the other, and there is contradiction or agreement, etc.

Question: That is, the Creator is the goal and the neighbor is the means. If I find the strength or ability to put the needs of my neighbor above my own in myself, then the quality of the Creator is manifested in me?

Answer: Of course, the quality of bestowal. At the same time, you begin to feel that you exist at the level of the Creator according to the law of equivalence of form.
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