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Introductory Lecture “Introduction to Kabbalah” – 08.14.12

Kabbalah for the Nation Introductory Series “Introduction to Kabbalah”

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When People Refuse To Listen

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “The Nation”: The only hope is to establish a thoroughly new national education for ourselves, to discover and ignite once more the natural national love that have been dimmed within us.

Question: What should we do with the part of the nation of Israel that is not ready to listen to us, that don’t want to have anything to do with us?

Answer: We should try to reach them from another angle and then from another one, in different innovative ways. We have no choice since they are like your own child. There is nothing you can do: He has been born and he is tied to you in unbreakable ties. So whether you want to or not, you carry your load and try to do everything in your power, looking for a remedy for every illness that he may have.

Besides, we should understand that it is a replica of us; it is our vessel and not something foreign to us. We cannot discard the world, reality, or any part of it.

People refuse to listen to us and it is perfectly natural. It is worse when they want to, since then they mean something that is totally different from what we mean. We should be more creative with the “fans,” in order to turn them in the right direction. If a person just rejects us then this may be the simplest case.

One way or the other, we shouldn’t give up and leave. The easiest thing to do is to say: “Let them suffer.” But these are your parts, your self that is spread throughout humanity, but you only feel a tiny part of it, 80 kilos of your weight and nothing more than that. Gradually you will discover additional new parts of yourself. So just imagine what pain you would feel if you found out the truth; would it be possible to dump people then?

Question: So what can we do? It is as if we are bumping into a wall unable to penetrate it…

Answer: We are not trying enough. If we tried enough there wouldn’t be such problems. It all depends on us. A person judges himself and the whole world to the scale of merit. Try to exert yourself in the group, in connection. Try to do your best there, and then go out to the external circles.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/12/12, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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The Main Thing Is To Hasten Time

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe have to establish systems that constantly waken the group. If it says that the difference between a person who advances in his own pace and a person who advances like a beast that is forced from the outside is in the fact that a person hastens the pace of his advancement, (a couple of pulses every moment that he processes to the extent that he advances, the number of steps that he makes a minute), then we only have to spur ourselves in every possible way.

Rabash says that if someone shouts that your house is on fire, you won’t sit still and nod your head lethargically, you won’t continue your nap a couple of minutes longer, you will jump up and run in order to save yourself.

This situation doesn’t seem real to us, of course. Why? Because it depends on the environment. If the environment is calm, then even if I want to wake up, I come here and fall asleep. What can I do? I can’t resist this atmosphere.

So spurring a person totally depends on the environment. If a person is not forced, he will advance the usual way, “in its time.” All our correction is in hastening time. The states are predetermined for each one and cannot be changed. The change takes place thanks to a person’s preparation. Every state is a revelation of the Reshimot (reminiscences). If the Reshimo is revealed and I want to fulfill it and turn it into a certain level, I have to be prepared for it. If I am not prepared, the Reshimo comes and only lowers me and draws me further away. So the next time I will have to make two steps, and the time after that three steps, and thus I find myself each time further away and in greater delay.

This applies to the whole world, since there is no account with other people. If they haven’t received an awakening to spirituality, the “point in the heart,” the ability to hasten their development, how can they respond; what should they be awakened for? This is why the general illumination influences them—the crisis appears and there are different problems and troubles in every nation and in every part of humanity, just like in every individual’s private life. This, however, isn’t called “Divine Providence.” Divine Providence is when there is a relationship between a person and the Creator.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/12/12, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Measuring The Power Of Our Intention

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe desire to receive cannot change anything except its intention. Imagine that your arms and legs are tied, what can you do? Nothing depends on you except your intention, similarly there is no other way the desire to receive can act.

It only knows how to receive, so let it receive and do the only thing it can do. The point is that sometimes it receives with the intention for itself and sometimes it closes itself and refuses to receive.

But how can I refuse to receive if my mouth is constantly open? How can I close myself? Only by my intention! If I don’t consider what I receive as receiving since it doesn’t bring me pleasure, it isn’t considered receiving any more.

Although I really want this filling, I don’t enjoy it since the desire was given to me by nature, but I don’t enjoy by the power of my recognition. The action of my desire to receive is to change the attitude to itself, to decide how to work with the desire.

To the extent that the Light influences me by allowing me to rise above my desire, I decide what to do with it: to restrict my desire or to allow myself to receive a little in order to enjoy. But what should I enjoy for? I may decide to enjoy for myself or for bestowal. It may be a necessary act of receiving which is not condemned or praised.

It all depends on what I enjoy for: in order to bring pleasure to the host, to the Creator, or in order to bring pleasure to myself. It may be that we both need to receive pleasure. If we connect like two loving friends, we enjoy the fact that we give to one another, which means the fillings or the connection between us.

We can have many such thoughts and decisions, but they are all related to the intention. I cannot change anything more than that: my mouth is open, my arms are tied—this is what my desire to receive looks like. Everything is solved only in “faith above reason,” in our thoughts. It is only about the actions that are below the Masach (screen).

Only my attitude to what happens to me counts, and it is the only thing that matters. I correct my attitude to what is going on until it becomes exactly like the Creator’s. This means that we have reached full adhesion with Him.

By that you will feel how important our intention is. Only our intention belongs to the level of the speaking. We measure our level according to the power of our intention.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/5/12, The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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An Ideal Educator

Dr. Michael LaitmanDevelopment means constantly limiting the desire, which is inevitable. Even the most advanced educational approaches that do not use punishments still limit children but in other ways. An embryo in his mother’s womb also develops by limitations. All of nature is based on this principle, and if we kept it in our development, we would certainly avoid troubles and sorrow.

But we followed the opposite path and removed all the obstacles: Free your ego, abuse others as much as you can, abuse the whole world for your own interests. A person sees himself as great when he manages to steal millions and is respected for it. We have totally distorted our way by giving up any form of restraint. Our desires are not limited by anything and we can also see that on TV, in modern cultural and educational forms. Judging by what is happening with children and the youth, we are cultivating a generation that grows by beastly models and not human models of behavior and thinking. What kind of models does advertising present?

We see the outcomes: Without limiting ourselves, we reach collapse and sufferings, and we begin to understand that we have to change. This is what awaits us since we are not really suffering yet.

If we were as flexible as babies who can be easily directed to develop in the right way, if we responded to what is going on with the same speed, with the same readiness they do, then everything would be just fine. We could see that the Creator is the perfect educator and we wouldn’t come to Him with any complaints.

But in order to do that, we have to respond correctly to His educations and to be sensitive. Kabbalists tell us how we can acquire this attitude; they say we should connect and be “good kids,” we should be sociable, kind, and responsible for one another, to create mutual guarantee, etc.

Clearly, children don’t want to listen to anyone. They only want to go in every direction. But the grownups impose discipline on them and so does the Creator, although He hasn’t started to treat us seriously yet. One way or the other, the same laws penetrate through all the worlds, but the point is that we have to learn from nature and not invent artificial limitations.

This refers to the educators of children too. Nature shows us how, when, and in what way to limit them according to the stages of development. Actually nothing depends on us, we only carry things out. If we studied well the laws of creation and children’s’ nature, we would know exactly how to act in every phase, now and in the future. Ideally, an educator carries out nature’s orders. He never invents anything new but only implements its plan. This is his obligation: to gradually, day by day, bring the little person’s nature to match the upper nature.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/9/12, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar

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Everything Starts From Europe

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Finmarket.ru): “There is unanimous agreement among US bank chiefs that their biggest threat is the fallout from the eurozone financial crisis because the European governments begin to save together with European consumers.

This is easily explained: unemployment in Europe hit record after record, as the recession continues to deepen. As a result, EU citizens have to change consumer habits – it can have a lasting impact on the economy and corporate profits. Changes in consumer habits have affected the income of European corporations.

My Comment: We are facing the bankruptcy of corporations, the disappearance of the middle class, the emergence of hundreds of millions of unemployed, food riots, etc. if mutual responsibility and mutual concern and bestowal are not achieved through unity. Integral education should teach us how to create, step-by-step, a single administration, for both the EU and the whole world.
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The New Image of the New Man

Dr. Michael LaitmanA society is neither you nor I, but something we create together between us in our good, mutual relationship. This is the image of Adam—Man. As we begin to transform our entire life to maintain this image as much as possible, we understand that even in our current lives, we do not need more to exist properly and reasonably, but the main thing is for a proper upper community that is above us to exist between us.

Moreover, it is easy to maintain because everyone aspires toward it. I feel that everyone has the same attitude as I toward this community, this group, Adam, and this constantly influences and supports me.

This is called the law of universal mutual guarantee, when everyone of us acts this way and understands that he is supporting the rest. By aspiring higher toward our common denominator, he demonstrates to everyone else how much he aspires toward it and sets the example for others, and, as we support one another in accordance with this, we very easily ascend and become fully included in the community with our hearts and minds.

Additionally, our animate level will remain a level below, and we will begin to feel the difference between them. I consent for the animate level to receive as much as it needs since I understand that it is best if it does not consume cakes or other things. It needs whatever is good for it because this will make it healthier, better. It will feel more comfortable, and when I separate from my incorrect animal relationships, my human level, on the contrary, begins to feel comfortable and, well, to feel like it is alive.

We also begin to perceive nature in our new human image, the proper communication between us, like in a common sensor, a common vessel. We begin to feel its laws, which guided us in our evolutionary development and we understand why nature is pressuring us now this way.

We suddenly begin to perceive its attitude toward us as benevolent and kind, since we become balanced with it on this new level because, just like in nature, everything between us is now based on bestowal, reciprocity, unity, connection, globality, and integration. Without any special pain, we automatically lower our animate level to its normal state where we only work the necessary number of hours per day, and in this way provide a normal existence for ourselves, nothing beyond the necessary comfort level, not through a society of excessive consumption, but through reasonable consumption for a reasonable existence of the body. In this way, we separate these two levels: the animate, where our body remains, and the human, which we beget.

This is why, in general, the current crisis is defined by us as the buffering point of the new birth of mankind. When you begin to explain this to a group, it certainly needs time to adapt to this idea, to the understanding of it, but then when people try to connect through their mutual communication, when they begin to discuss this, suddenly, certain auxiliary forces appear, abilities that a person did not know he had appear from within him.

In reality, they were inside, but they were suppressed, and moreover, they tried to come outside. In general, this was the source of our personal, family, social crises, drug abuse, depression, and so forth, and, here, we suddenly begin to feel free from all this pressure, the boundaries and distortions that we had. In general, this is the essence of the main idea and the very fundamental approach.
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From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 2/29/12

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The Bridge Connecting The Truth And Lie

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom Letters of Rabash (No.16): It is known that it is impossible to see a small object and it is easier to see a large object. Hence, when a person commits a few lies, he cannot see the truth—that he is walking on a false path. Rather, he says that he is walking on the path of truth. But there is no greater lie than that. And the reason is that he does not have enough lies to see his true state.

But when a person has acquired many lies, the lies grow in him to the extent that he can see them if he wishes. Thus, now that he sees the lies—that he is walking on a false path—he sees his true state. In other words, he sees the truth in his soul and how to turn to the right path.

It follows that this point, which is a point of truth—that he is treading a false path—is the medium between truth and falsehood. This is the bridge that connects truth and falsehood. This point is also the end of the lie and from here on begins the path of truth.

We constantly strive for goodness, truth, and bestowal. However, when our efforts reach a certain degree, we feel exactly the opposite. We reveal that we exist in the lie: We don’t bestow and don’t wish for bestowal, but we care only about ourselves.

The Bridge Connecting The Truth And Lie
However, the realization of this deceptive state means the revelation of the truth! Although it’s not pleasant and a person doesn’t know what to do, if despite everything he once again strives for bestowal considering it to be good, if he is thirsty for the truth since truth is bestowal, then once again he finds himself even in greater deception. But this is truth! It’s true that he exists in the lie. So it continues until the lie becomes so huge that it becomes unbearable to stay in it. Then he screams in such a way that salvation comes to him.

There is the state by itself and there is a realization of one’s state. The closer our states come to be true states the more polarized they become.
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From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/7/12

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From Linear To Quantum Reasoning

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When we are talking about the still, vegetative and animate levels of nature, we can “feel” them with the help of our five organs of perception. When we talk about the general field, which is revealed among us, it turns out that we have nothing to study it with?

Answer: That is why we have to create it by ourselves.

Man does not differ from an animal by the fact that he has an additional pair of hands or legs, but by the emergence of this new spiritual constituent, created by himself—spiritual because it exists outside of us, outside of the body, so to speak. However, this is where we differ from the animal level.

Otherwise, what can one say when comparing us to animals? What is the difference between us? The gadgets, which I create next to me?! This is not a level of a higher development, only adaptation and nothing more. However, spirituality is the next level of development.

A person begins to attain the essence of nature itself, because he or she comes into balance with it. He begins to feel its thin spheres that are driven by nature: the mind, the force that lies within nature, that moves electrons, creates all of the matter, and moves it. Meaning, that we begin to understand and feel the basis of that life, which controls the whole of the universe, and on which the universe rests.

This is what physics is talking about today. By the way, quantum physics turned out to be the most advanced, even though it studies the smallest, basically, mechanical particles. Finally, through this fine mechanics, the scientists are arriving at the forces, which stand behind it, and begin to perceive the program, the mind, and all sorts of contradictions that we cannot resolve with our linear mind. We must transfer into a quantum mind, into such attainments of nature, which actually are located above our egoistic, direct relationship to it. Life itself compels us towards this.
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From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 2/29/12

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