Good Environment – 08.13.11

My Good Environment – Dr. Laitman’s Advice and Principles for the Week

Let’s Take The Good Path To Unity

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What do you think about the current events and the current tendency, and in particular, how do you feel about the events that have unraveled over the last couple of days in England and Chile?

Unfortunately, the whole world will soon be enveloped in a fire of chaos because there is no remedy for what’s happening, and no one will find it either. Why don’t you wait it out until people see that nothing helps, and will then agree to listen to you?

Many years ago, during his post as Great Britain’s PM, the historian Gordon Brown along with many other influential individuals said that the world is one. They understood that only the unification of all people will give this world the solution to all of its questions and crises. Why, then, didn’t they resolve these questions through unification, by introducing a new kind of upbringing and promulgating the mutual guarantee, as you are doing?

Answer: Throughout all of history, humanity was nudged forward by the egoism that developed individually within every one of us. We aspired to realize and fill it. Our entire existence amounted to this. But in our time nature is not guiding us to develop our egoism further because it has developed to the maximum and has been showing us its emptiness for 50 years now.

Our egoism has become interlinked and that is why we are revealing that we are interconnected. This is what we call “the global world.” In reality, it’s not the world, but us who have become global. And therefore, as scientists ascertain, we should not develop egoistically, but globally, meaning we should correct the connections between us.

That is where all of the world’s scientists came to a halt because no one in the world knows how to do that. And the more disorder surfaces in the world, the more it will signify that the world needs correction more urgently.

Once the world became integral and interconnected, it started being governed by two forces: not just the force of egoism, which pushes us from behind systematically, by nature’s program, the way it did throughout all of its history; but also by the force of attraction toward the goal – to our unified state. However, we have to compel this force to influence us similar to how a child would remain an animal if he did not aspire to become an adult.

The method of Kabbalah is intended to evoke upon us the influence of the force that aspires “forward,” toward unity. Otherwise we will be pressured only by the negative force “from behind,” which will continuously evoke greater global suffering, down to wars. That is why Kabbalah is being revealed precisely at this time. All Kabbalists wrote about this. For example, see Baal HaSulam’s articles “The Revelation of Godliness,” “Mutual Guarantee,” and “Peace in the World.”

Besides, we have to understand that the more suffering is expressed in the world under the influence of the negative force that pushes us forward, the more it indicates that the world needs a force pulling it forward so our movement forward, toward unification will not occur as a result of suffering that chases us on, but by the good path, the good force that sweeps us forward.

Because the nation of Israel was created based on the method of uniting people, according to the principle, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” therefore, even after falling from this moral level it retained an “altruistic gene” that can evoke a force that accelerates progress and sweeps people forward, toward unity. But if Israel does not evoke this force and the world moves toward its goal pressured by suffering, then the nations of the world are right to assert that the nation of Israel is the source of all of the suffering in the world.

Although this nation did not choose to be the conductor of the method of correction, it is unable to free itself from this mission. The suffering of the nations of the world will evoke such great pressure from their end and such fury at the nation of Israel that this will obligate Israel to become the leader in the world’s correction.

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Dr. Michael LaitmanThere are three stages before us. First of all, we need to realize the evil of our egoism (1). Realize it to such degree so that we want to rise above egoism, to attain the quality of Bina (2). And then we attain Keter (3), meaning we use our egoism for the sake of bestowal.

The first stage is the preparation period. Then, once we rise to the degree of Bina, we already perceive the spiritual world and become included in the world of Atzilut. Afterwards, we begin to raise all of our evil to the world of Atzilut, turning it into good, bestowal.

We are only able to realize all of these stages with the power of Light. It is written: “I created the evil inclination (our egoism), and I created the Torah because the Light in it reforms.” The problem is that humanity is unaware of the force intended to correct our egoism, and this is why people are very confused and do not know how to go on.

A critical time which will be followed by a wave of problems as serious as mass rioting, revolutions, and wars between nations and countries has arrived. Kabbalah warns that the situation can get to the point of a third and even a fourth world war. The suffering will continue to increase until humanity finds the method of correction, the remedy which can only come from the Light.

This is why the method of Kabbalah was revealed to people at the dawn of time, 5771 years ago, when egoism just started to appear in man. It has continued to develop gradually until our time, the stage when we are beginning to perceive our egoism as evil. And now, the few people who were developing this method of correction for us can finally present it as a cure.

It needs to be explained to humanity similar to the way a doctor explains an illness to his patient, telling him what illness he has, what the treatment will be, and how to become healthy again since there is a treatment. And if we hurry and present the world with the cure, people will not need to look for it under the pressure of problems and misery which will force them to find this only solution anyway.

After one person killed over seventy people in Norway, Norwegian television has prohibited cruelty and violence. Why are we only able to learn when things like this happen? Why can’t we do the right thing ahead of time? Are we really this clueless? Why do we create such an awful environment for our children and force them to learn through hostility and competition? Why do children’s games teach them to kill or profit as much as possible? Why don’t we give them the message of unity? After all, in reality we are only shooting ourselves; we are cutting the branch we are sitting on.

Will it take a Norwegian scenario or a similar situation of massive proportion that menaces a world war to wake us up? Is that the only way for us to understand that it is enough, that we cannot do this anymore? We still do not see real advancement. People are not becoming smarter. What other misfortunes are we waiting for? We cannot wait for them!

We need to go to the people now, be patient and good with them, as if we are speaking to a patient who doesn’t understand why he feels sick yet. The pain is only covering his eyes and ears a little more. We need to be gentle and understanding with him. Even if he is against it, even if he curses us and doesn’t want to hear anything, we still need to keep trying, searching for ways to approach him in a loving yet decisive way and explain to him that there is no other solution.

We do not negate any methods, we do not reject anything. At the end of the day, we do not oppose egoism directly, and this is why we do not plan on crushing any movement, approach, or party. It is impossible, and we don’t need to destroy these egoistic structures, the same way we don’t need to destroy the ego within us.

We only need to strive for unity above all disagreements. And then all the different egoistic forms in us and in the external world, cultural and all other differences will turn into bestowal, love, and unity. Everyone will bring his penny into this unity, not through coercion, but gently, in a positive way.
From Lesson 3, the Germany Convention 8/6/2011

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Why Are The Rioters So Aggressive?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Where do the rioters and pillagers in England and earlier – in France, get such a huge force of aggression?

Answer: For the first time in history, the young generation, along with the previous generation – their parents, both realize that the young generation will have a worse life than the previous. And moreover, it’s uncertain whether it will live at all and for how long.

People have always believed that “our children will be better off than we are.” Particularly from the middle of the 20th century on, the following generation lived much better than the previous. But this tendency ended with the completion of egoism’s growth and its closure into an integral system, which we do not correspond to. Therefore, we do not know how to live from here on.

An enormous feeling of uncertainty has emerged, which evokes feelings of fear and then aggression, and the willingness to make any actions just to bring what is happening to light. The solution to the problem lies in upbringing, meaning an explanation of the fact that if we become similar to nature, we become omnipotent like it.

Equivalence to nature means bringing our involuntary, egoistic unification to a voluntary, altruistic, mutual one, until we reach universal love. Inside that love, we will reveal our eternity and perfection, which are present in nature’s very foundation.

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“Everyone Who Mourns For Jerusalem Is Rewarded With Seeing Its Joy”

Dr. Michael LaitmanHigher degrees in the spiritual world differ in their quality, not quantity. It is how well a person feels the difference between his egoistic intention and bestowal in relation to other people and the Creator. He gradually begins to understand that his suffering must be built on his realization of evil, the depth of his egoism.

It is written: “Everyone who mourns for Jerusalem is rewarded with seeing its joy.” What is this suffering and grief about? Is it about my lack of fulfillment? And this refers to the preliminary, egoistic stages of development “Lo Lishma.” But at the same time, sometimes one already understands that he should not make calculations for himself.

Possibly a person is ready to reveal that he suffers because he does not receive the desired—so that he can rise above it. He does not want to be fulfilled in this desire; he wants to be fulfilled above it, to acquire the possibility to bestow instead of receiving. In other words, he makes a calculation above his ego.

There are many “heroes” who supposedly overcome themselves and suppress their desires by fasting or making other such efforts. But all of it is done according to an egoistic calculation. One desire simply becomes replaced with another, stronger desire, and hence the person feels like there is much to gain from it since everything depends on the importance.

But it is impossible to justify the importance of spirituality in our previous perception—I am simply unable to feel or convince myself that I should attain spirituality. There is no justification for this.

I can imagine that I will have both this world and the future world, eternity, and perfection. But there comes a time when I understand that I do not have anything. So what do I do then, how do I move on? The energy to move comes from the Light, from an additional source of energy being revealed to me, which allows me to rise above myself.

This is why there are different degrees of states that a person who wishes to attain the spiritual world undergoes. It is “supposed” spirituality as he doesn’t know what it is and only somehow imagines it on the zero level of his egoism. Then I descend to the first degree of my ego, build the first degree of my advancement into spirituality according to it, and I begin to value it a little.

And this continues until I complete all the breakings, all the falls of the temples of sanctity that I have built, seen, and attained within me. I come to a state when I reveal that all these broken desires of mine, in reality, are absolute sanctity.

And all the past states, the entire “destruction of Jerusalem,” of the so called “perfect city” or “absolute fear” (Ira Shlema), become included in me on all 1-2-3 degrees of egoistic desire, until I reach the 4th degree, the complete end of correction, which is not even my private correction, but the general correction. All these previous degrees already become included in me as degrees of sanctity, being in the state of bestowal— although it’s not yet in absolute bestowal, a perfect desire (vessel). It goes on until I see a “rebuilt Jerusalem” in its joy, feeling it in my desire, the corrected perception of reality.

And then I see that all the past states were necessary for me to comprehend this perfect state, where I was from the very beginning. There are no different times or states—everything only happens in my perception to the extent of my desire created by the Creator. But through my own efforts I reveal what He has created, and for this reason I acquire a perfect vessel, State 3 of the End of Correction.

Essentially, all the downfalls and corrections happen inside our realization on the path of the revelation of perfection. It follows that those who did not “mourn for Jerusalem” will not merit to see its joy.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/9/2011, Writings of Rabash

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Will Israel Be Next To Fall Victim To The “Revolution Business”?

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the news: With the global crisis looming in the background, some parties are attempting to transform the world and occupy strategic positions before the world enters a new geopolitical reality. There is a new product on the global market: a revolution in any country of choice.

The CANVAS organization, an elite provider of revolutions, will arrange everything in the best possible way. Its revolutions are completely convincing, its technologies universal, and effective in any location.

The work of the CANVAS professionals is perfectly official. They used to be funded by the USA government, but now the money comes through sponsors who are indirectly connected to the USA.

S. Popovic, one of the organization’s leaders, openly admits that his “firm” has held five successful revolutions even before the rise of the “Arab spring.”

The offered product allows entire regions to be thrown into chaos, and then, using their weakness, to establish power over them using economic, political, and military levers.

My Comment: Only the understanding of the need to unite (mutual guarantee) above all of the conflicts will produce a positive result. Otherwise people will end up in a great tragedy.

Unlike all other countries, Israel has the antidote – unification! If we unite, then the upper force will emerge in the nation of Israel, and then nothing will be able to harm it. Besides, it has no other choice. It faces the threat of total annihilation or total redemption. There are no other alternatives.

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It’s Time For The Practical Implementation Of Kabbalah

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe can exercise our free will only in the group, in the environment, by choosing a good environment in which we want to build the model of corrected humanity. And for this, we have to use the power that comes from the studying of the science of Kabbalah—the strongest power of all. Kabbalah describes spiritual states directly, and it is easier to keep the correct intention with it.

To help us reach the correct intention, we received books written in the language of Kabbalah instead of the language of the Mishnah (the legends) or the Talmud. And therefore, we get together in a group and want to build between us a relationship in which everyone is connected with one another. The external situation calls upon us to bond; it puts pressure on us and forces us to unite to help the method of correction spread around the world.

It turns out that we are in the period when the Torah is embodied in the practical inner work. And this Torah is blessed and erases all our sins. Thus, our only sin, which is our ego, the egoistic intention, will be corrected.

There is nothing more important than imagining our corrected state with respect to the connection between us, as well as the revelation of the Creator and adhesion with Him so that eventually we come to the intention of pure bestowal.

We must realize this goal practically in the group and in the entire humanity, and we study Kabbalah only for the sake of this.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/11/2011, Writings of Rabash

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Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Bob Murray, PhD and Alicia Fortinberry, MS):Depression is one of the greatest problems and killers of our times….

“Antidepressants work for 35 to 45% of the depressed population, while more recent figures suggest as low as 30%. Standard antipressants… have recently been revealed to have serious risks, and are linked to suicide, violence, psychosis, abnormal bleeding and brain tumors….

“Long-term recovery from depression ultimately requires addressing the underlying relationship causes of depression, not simply symptoms such as chemical imbalance and depressive thoughts. This is why healing both the relationship environment and the whole person is vital in preventing relapse….

Depression Statistics

  • “Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older….
  • “Pre-schoolers are the fastest-growing market for antidepressants. At least four percent of preschoolers — over a million — are clinically depressed.
  • The rate of increase of depression among children is an astounding 23% p.a.
  • 15% of the population of most developed countries suffers severe depression.
  • 30% of women are depressed. Men’s figures were previously thought to be half that of women, but new estimates are higher.”

My Comment: Undoubtedly, depression will grow, qualitatively and quantitatively, in the entire world, in all. It’s because we have created the world unfit for life. For the time being, it is depression in particular that urges us to look for a solution. Depression disappears only when we create a warm and loving atmosphere in the society.

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There Won’t Be Any Changes For The Better

Dr. Michael LaitmanEditorial in the news (by M. Hazin, an economist): There cannot be any changes for the better in the world as long as it is governed by the current political elite. The business groups of the West already understand this. Granted, it is possible to remove the current elite, but a more difficult question is: Who can they be replaced with?

This is precisely the main problem of most countries in the world today. And people won’t be able to solve it until the consequences of the crisis become revealed to the fullest. In any case, according to the latest American statistics, we won’t have to wait long!

My Comment: Michael Hazin is my long-time personal acquaintance and a famous, realistic forecaster of the world’s economic development. He and I have shared the same opinion on the world’s development for the last 5 years.

It is necessary to create a new, integral opinion among the governing elite because not only will all of the specialists of the “old world,” with their outdated, individualistic, egoistic approach fail to solve a single problem, but they will also bring the economies of their countries and the whole world to a greater depression yet.

Therefore, it is necessary to teach economists to think integrally, and most important, to imbue them with a mindset of mutual guarantee so they could change the economy of the old world to the economy of the new world – the economy of mutual guarantee.

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Dr. Michael LaitmanAccording to statistics, most of the demonstrators in Tel Aviv, as well as the organizers of the protest, belong to the middle and upper classes. Special research has been done on which layers of society populate these demonstrations and what the percentages are.

And the same thing is now happening in London. We think that people are coming out to the streets and raising havoc because they have nothing to eat. But that’s not the problem. Why has it become possible to incite them and agitate them to hold a revolution? It’s because the new generation does not feel that the future holds anything good for it. The tendency is for things to get worse. And this is the gist of the problem: that there’s no future!

What do I care about problems like an apartment, family, and children if there is no tomorrow for me? This means total despair, like depression, when a person does not understand what he should live for. And if he gets into this state, then he is ready to do anything at all to destroy this horrible feeling of inner sorrow. That is why people are coming out to the streets and holding revolutions even when they belong to the highest layers of society.

Their inner despair makes them vulnerable to being attuned and turned in this direction, while they don’t even understand what is happening to them. They explain this by a thousand of other reasons, such as the search for justice in society, as if they actually needed it. In reality, they don’t even know what this concept means because a just approach would make their lives even worse than they are today. They’re not looking for justice.

If we examine the serious, inner reasons, from the standpoint of the will to enjoy which we research along its entire depth, then the reason for the protests lies in the fact that there is no tomorrow! And this feeling reigns in the whole world. There is nothing that can be done about the situation unless we give people the light of hope for the future, which can come from just one source – the science of Kabbalah.
From the lesson on 8/12/11, The Zohar

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