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The Battery Of The Upper Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the difference between the constant attempts to think about unity while reading The Book of Zohar and the attempts to think about it during the day?

Answer: The whole day depends on how long you can hold on to the feeling of unity you created during the lesson, if you haven’t learned that, then you didn’t connect to the source.

Suppose you have an electric vehicle, you come to a gas station, you connect to the socket, recharge the battery, and drive off.

Have you filled your “battery” or not? If you come to the lesson with the right preparation, with the right perception, by preparing all the conditions so that your “battery” is properly connected to the Light, then it is filled. This is what you can come out of the lesson with and for the rest of the day stay connected to the source and keep the right intention, by existing thanks to that filling. It is because you have filled yourself that you now know what to do with all the interruptions and all the problems.

On the whole, this is what we are required to do. If we do everything the way we should, we will suddenly understand and discover that this world wasn’t just formed, but was created as a special system that is a continuation of the spiritual system, so that we will be filled by spiritual energy, and then mingled with the world by benefiting from one another, facing problems in the family, at work, etc. All these systems were not created without reason, since nothing happens by chance. It is in them that we fulfill what we have received in our “battery” and thanks to that we ascend to the next level. Thus, we illuminate the world, correct it, and with its help we ascend.

Then we recharge the battery again and start the next day, day after day, as it says: “Let every day be as new.”
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/30/12, The Zohar

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The Group Is Not A Means, The Group Is The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can I determine that The Zohar is influencing me?

Answer: The signs appear when I begin to feel how important the group becomes for me, how essential the concern for the friends, for their existence, and the connection with them become for me—just like the goal itself, since it is by this means that we attain the goal.

This means that there is no goal that is revealed within the means as we may think now. After all, the Creator (Bore) is “Come and See” (Bo – reh). The right order of the connection between the souls, which we discover, is the Creator’s image.

This means that the group is not the means for the revelation of the Creator. The group itself becomes the Creator. It is revealed as “He and His name are one,” in adhesion with one another, where it is impossible to distinguish between them.

And there, we have no way to differentiate between “I” and the “group.” It is such unity that you melt into it and you cease to exist there. And the right order of the connection between us connects us to form a network and creates a schema of the upper worlds and turns everything into Malchut of Ein Sof (infinity). Accordingly, we ascend the levels of the revelation of the Light, the force of bestowal that flows within the system as an eternal stream of vitality and energy.

One cannot exist without the other since all the phenomena of the Light are the same vessels that operate this way from the inside. There is no Light that appears as something foreign in the system. On the contrary, the system itself begins to illuminate, as it says: “Darkness shall illuminate as the Light.” This is called Light. Nothing comes from the outside. It is the correct actions of the vessels that illuminate. There is no Light outside the vessel.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/30/12, The Zohar

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Ari: The Beginning Of Ascent

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot,” Item 8: There are not enough words to measure his holy work in our favor. The doors of attainment were locked and bolted, and he came and opened them for us. Thus, all who wish to enter the King’s palace need only purity and sanctity, and to go and bathe and shave their hair and wear clean clothes, to properly stand before the sublime Kingship.

You find a thirty-eight-year-old who subdued with his wisdom all his predecessors through the Genius and through all times. All the elders of the land, the gallant shepherds, friends and disciples of the Godly sage, the RAMAK, stood before him as disciples before the Rav.

All the sages of the generations following them to this day, none missing, have abandoned all the books and compositions that precede him, the Kabbalah of the RAMAK, the Kabbalah of The First and the Kabbalah of The Genius, blessed be the memory of them all. They have attached their spiritual life entirely and solely to his Holy Wisdom.

We should be grateful to the upper force that sent us these teachers. Having perceived, understood, and felt as one with the upper force, they tell us about it and pave the way by which we can also follow their steps at least in some way by implementing their teaching and preparing the way for others.

The Ari symbolizes the moment when humanity began to rise towards correction. That’s why his role is so important. Until then, all the ways were blocked, and the attainment of Kabbalists remained very limited. Sometimes, the feeling of it outweighed the understanding.

We don’t know exactly how it was or understand what exactly the Ari has done. Yes, he left books, he found the language; however, we are not yet aware of the greatness of what was done by him. By his spiritual work, a Kabbalist makes corrections in the whole system, and thus advances us to the stages of the revelation of the Creator to which we aspire. It’s not the books that we can read, but the fact that the Ari had prepared and brought the access to the spiritual world to us, to the Lights that lead us up along the spiritual paths. This is the work of the Kabbalist. The books in which he expressed this access are only a small companion to that which is open to our eyes.

All the subsequent Kabbalists are the students of the Ari. All of them, including us, are based on his legacy. The poem “The Tree of Life” and much more, all this stems from his great revelation. Baal HaSulam writes of his great predecessors Rabbi Akiva, Rashbi, and others who revealed the spiritual world in a secret and limited form.

There was no language as the vessels/desires were not ready. Of course, this depends on the generation in which a Kabbalist acts, and yet the greatness of the Ari is that he began correction and opened the path for us. He is special, and we should be thankful that we have such a mentor. Let’s hope that we will be able to go his way, leaving behind us those paths along which thousands rush forward to give pleasure to the Creator, waiting for all of us in His palace.
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From the Conversation During the Meal Commemorating the Death of the Ari, 7/25/12

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Integral Education Dissemination in Mexico

Last week, the Mexican group started a third term of studies at the Kabbalah Academy.

The Mexican group also went to a student demonstration in Mexico City and handed out 4,000 fliers about integral education with information on the new website created by the Mexican group for the 99%.

The website is very popular. Many of our Mexican friends are involved in dissemination on the Internet and their number is increasing.

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The Commonality Of Spirit And Imitation

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Ana Tajadura-Jiménez, Stephanie Grehl, Manos Tsakiris, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom): “Psychologists at Royal Holloway, University of London, have discovered that sharing a synchronised experience with another person may change the perception we have of ourselves and make strangers appear more familiar and similar to ourselves. …

“Dr Ana Tajadura-Jiménez, one of the researchers: ‘… synchronized events between individuals might act as a form of social glue that makes people feel closer and more similar to each other.’

“The researchers point out that several of our everyday social interactions involve synchronised events, including walking alongside people where we tend to synchronise our steps and the power of dance, sports and rituals seems to rely, at least in part, in synchronised sensory experiences. ‘Our participants shared a simple sensory experience with another unfamiliar person, and yet we show how this experience changed their representation of how they look, and made this other person appear more similar to themselves. This finding shows how the sense of who we are, our sense of identity, is given to us by our interactions with others, and is, eventually, reflected back to others,’ says lead researcher Dr Manos Tsakiris.”

My Comment: The source of this is that we are all connected by one inner network of connections in which our complete internal communication occurs. We are one whole, filled with the upper Light. But this state is hidden from us by our egoism, and that is why even in external similarity to our egoism we find pleasure: the illumination of the upper Light.
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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Show Me All Truth

Dr. Michael LaitmanI have come to love all that is in my partner like a mother who loves her child without calculations, devotedly loving him no matter what he does. For her, he is the most beautiful, the most successful, the best of all; she covers with love all his shortcomings, all his flaws.

First of all, I need to learn to look at my spouse with these eyes, and then I will see his or her beauty, and not a reflection of my egoism. After all, I usually see negative qualities in my spouse that in reality do not belong to him, but are caused by my attitude towards him. That egoism that I project on my companion paints these negative images for me.

I am learning to be objective, independent of my ego. If I cover all the transgressions by love, then due to this, I will get out of myself, outside the limits of my selfish interests, my body, and begin to rise above my egoism. And then I see a new reality, which is not bad at all.

Love has covered all transgressions, and they are gone! But it is not because I closed my eyes to them like a mother who loves her child with blind, instinctive love. The fact that I neutralized my ego allowed me to see the good world. Indeed, the force of the good is beyond me, and the evil force is inside me.

It turns out that reality is divided into two parts. One part is inside me, where the natural, evil, egoistic inclination lives from birth. And outside myself, I see a world full of goodness. Thus, I find myself in a wonderful laboratory. And to the extent that I will try to rise higher and cancel myself relative to my spouse, my ego will be able to show me new inner phenomena revealed in me.

I will see various flaws in my spouse, shortcomings that will give me the opportunity once again to cover all these transgressions with love. So, I will correct myself with greater efforts, and the world will be presented to me more benevolently and corrected.

This will continue until my entire egoism is revealed to me through these inner motives. After tens, hundreds, or even thousands of such cases, when anger and the desire to accuse my partner wakes up in me, it will turn out that I have corrected this entire attitude. As a result, I have also developed the technique for relating to everything that is beyond me.

Once I have made such a correction with respect to my spouse, I see that there is nothing special to add in relation to others. After all, I worked not on other people, all of whom differ from each other, but on my own egoism!

In fact, I worked on myself. And all that I saw before me served as a mirror, reflecting my egoism and allowing me to recognize it. After all, I do not see anything in myself, but only in the mirror. It turns out that such a natural situation as the family is designed for us by nature and enables us to achieve correction.
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From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 7/11/12

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Don’t Patch Up Old Relationships, Build Them Anew

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe closest connection that exists in each of our lives is the connection within the family, between the husband and wife. But it doesn’t matter how much we might want, it is impossible to give any miraculous prescriptions or instantly applicable advice of what to do in order to settle relations in the family.

Once in the past, it was possible, but today it doesn’t work anymore. Today, what is needed is that a person, first of all, corrects his general relation to life, to himself, and the people around him, his relation to the world he lives in. Only after the course of integral education, after the development of consciousness and the grasping of the new world inside him, to the “new person” that develops in him, will it be easy to build new systems of good relationships. In this way, he will transform his life to happiness and be rid of all the problems he is surrounded with today.

One must build educational systems that will mold the person. And then, to the extent that the person changes, he will begin to build proper and corrected relations with others, including the marital relationship. For this reason, this subject doesn’t only belong to married couples, but also to single people. They also feel that they aren’t settled, that they don’t fit in within the family framework.

First of all, we must understand that divorce doesn’t solve any problems and it is worthwhile for us to build a completely new system of relations. It isn’t possible to continue as usual and to hope that everything will work out differently in the new family. You can be sure that there will be the same problems.

It is exactly for this reason that people today don’t want to get married, since already in advance they assume that their attempt won’t be successful. It looks like a natural phenomenon. Why would a person resign himself to trouble he sees in advance? We see how many problems an unsuccessful marriage can bring, ending in divorce, and how much the ruined relationships of people who are close to us costs in terms of money, health, time, and nerves.

Thus a person abstains in advance from building a family. We see this tendency everywhere. In all countries, there is a similar picture. Thus, before one builds a new person, it is impossible to talk about building a system of relations for couples.

Once it was possible to repair them with the help of talks with a psychologist, with certain affirmations. Man’s ego still wasn’t as big as it is today when he doesn’t agree to any compromises. And man isn’t to blame, he simply is not able to agree.

We have developed to a situation where a person wants to stay a child all his life or to be completely free and allowed to do anything. He doesn’t want to commit or limit himself to anything. He expects his wife to be like a mother and to excuse him for everything and not to demand anything from him, but to flood him in an ocean of love, no matter how he behaves.

Usually, this relationship is typical of men. However, also women have changed their relation to marriage and even if there are children, they aren’t afraid to change husbands or to become and remain single.

It’s a wonder, but today a woman with a child is able to build a new family quickly and receive much more than a woman without children. Men don’t see someone else’s child as an obstacle to marriage. Surprising they don’t rush to and aren’t interested in having children of their own, but they are ready to marry a woman with a child. He doesn’t see any obstacle in this. This phenomenon is certainly prominent in our times.

In years past, on the contrary, a woman with a child, after a divorce, found it very hard to remarry. It was only seldom that someone would agree to take a woman with a child. Each one wanted to have children of his own. This means that there are a number of phenomena that are characteristic of our time that we need to take into account.
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From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 7/18/12

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Love That Covers All Transgressions

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The integral education courses for couples give me hope that by going through this process and building a new man within me, I will correct not only the relationships within my family, but also all the connections in the system and achieve success in every way. After all, the system of family ties will become the school through which I will be developing. Are there any differences in how this process takes place in a man and a woman?

Answer: It turns out that we should keep the family together because through it we can achieve success in life. We not only correct the relations within the family, but also obtain an additional benefit, as if this whole process has a higher purpose.

It’s not the problem of a married couple, but the global problem of corrupted connection between all of us, and we’ll have to solve it in some way. The relationships in the family may become the laboratory within which we can learn how to improve our relations with the world to succeed in everything.

There are some differences between how this process takes place in a man or a woman, but they are so internal that we can’t understand them now, everyone from his or her side, looking at the other. If we begin to delve into the psychology of the other and try to figure out what is going on inside another person, it will only confuse us. We don’t know what is really happening there.

We just need to acquire the correct approach that will allow us to build relationships with each other according to the principle: “Love covers all transgressions.” And this doesn’t mean that we want to hide the wrongdoings committed in relation to each other: our hatred, pride, ambition, carelessness, and disregard. We don’t hide anything.

But if I want to change something and build, I shouldn’t sink into mutual fights and blame of how much each of us is an egoist, meaning how bad he is and doesn’t notice his evil, but sees it in his partner. In fact, he doesn’t see another’s vices, but rather his own egoism, transferring it to his partner and recognizing his reflection in it.

Instead of distinguishing faults in myself, I see them in my spouse as if in a mirror. I don’t notice this in myself. It turns out that we need to develop a good, positive attitude, love, flexibility, attention, and a mature elevated approach in relation to the other. We need to agree in advance that it will be above all that we see with our egoistic eyesight.

“Love will cover all transgressions,” that is, I cover all the evils that I see with it. As a result of mutual exercises and workshops, I start to develop new good qualities in myself that before were dormant within me: sensitivity, agreement, consent, and ability to compromise.
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From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 7/18/12

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 07.31.12

Preparation to the Lesson

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Writings of Baal HaSulamThou Hast Hemmed Me in Behind and Before,” Lesson 2 

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The Book of ZoharSelected Excerpts “Beresheet Bet (Genesis 2),” Lesson 145

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 3, Item 4, Lesson 8

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Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 49, Lesson 21

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