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Becoming The Guides For The Whole World

Dr. Michael LaitmanRav Kook, “The Lights,” “The War,” Item 9: The building of the world that is collapsing now before the terrible storms of the blood filled sword requires the building of the Israeli nation. The building of the nation and the revelation of its spirit is one thing, and it is connected to the building of the world that is falling apart and that is expecting a force that is united and supreme, and it is all in the soul of Knesset Israel. The spirit of the Creator is filled with it and it is impossible for man’s spirit, whose feeling of the soul is throbbing in him, to be calm in this great hour, without calling all the great forces of the nation: Wake up and rise to fulfill your role.

Things will not be corrected and will not improve unless the people of Israel understand their special role regarding themselves, regarding the whole world, and regarding the Creator and their obligation to everyone. This is the law of nature, which does not depend on our consent and doesn’t require our consent.

We will have to keep this law no matter what, either by the path of the Light or by the path of suffering. Humanity has to reach an equivalence of form with the Creator, and we are the part that is obligated to start the correction for everyone and to lead them by setting an example for the other nations. We have to acknowledge our mission and to accept it, either willingly by agreeing, understanding, and taking on the responsibility or by pressure of the general hatred that will be revealed towards us, the troubles, the problems, and the sufferings of the development press that is pressuring us.

We will have to acknowledge that the whole method of correction that leads us from the love of others to the love of the Creator is called the wisdom of Kabbalah. This wisdom tells about the connection among us, about the network of connections among us in which all of reality is included, the whole system of the worlds. By building and discovering the connection among us we discover the upper spiritual reality that is above the egoistic corporeal reality in which we are living today.

We will have to understand that the wisdom of Kabbalah is not about red strings, as the nonreligious believe, and not about creating statues that were already shattered in the days of Abraham, not mysticism, which religious people imagine, not blessings, and not prayers so that everything will change for my own good, except for me. So no one is thinking about self-correction, but rather they are asking for egoistic changes: not that I should change, but that everything around will change for my own good.

However, the wisdom of Kabbalah is God’s work by which, with help of the upper Light, with the help of the attribute of bestowal, we will want to change ourselves in faith above reason, in order to resemble the upper force and to reach an equivalence of form with it, to reach adhesion. This means to become Adam (human), which means “similar” to the Creator (Domeh), which has the same root in Hebrew.

This is what we should aim all the forces of the nation at, as Rav Kook says here: Only in the revelation of these forces will we reach the creation of the spirit of the nation and the assembly of all the souls of Israel, “Knesset Israel.” Then we will become a “nation of priests and a holy nation” for the whole world; we will become an example and guides for everyone.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/21/12

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There Is Reason To Be Happy!

Dr. Michael LaitmanBecause the created being is opposite in its nature from the Creator but has to reach equivalence of form with Him, we as created beings have these two opposite forms inside us. Our inner form, our desire to receive, is opposite from the Creator and the external form of the desire has to be similar to that of the Creator. This collision, this conflict, breaks us; we cannot get along with it unless we begin our true spiritual work.

Here we develop as every spiritual vessel. First there is only a desire to receive, and then it is restricted. After the restriction a Masach (screen) and the Returning Light appear, and then there is the receiving of the Light and the fulfillment. This fulfillment is not in the vessel itself in the desire to receive, but it is received in the form of bestowal, which the created being has corrected by himself in resembling the Creator.

These two opposite parts are constantly in the created being who has achieved an equivalence of form with the Creator. On the one hand, it is opposite the Creator according to its natural desire, but on the other hand, the form of the corrected desire is in equivalence of form with the Creator.

So sorrow and joy, emptiness and wholeness coexist, and it’s this oppositeness that makes our work whole, since by that we can detach from our “self,” which means from the desire to receive, to rise above it and to speak from the desire to bestowal, from the height we have attained and built above us. This is why there is a Mitzvah (commandment) to work for the Creator with joy, since this is the general formula. We will always feel the oppositeness and the emptiness in our desires to receive, and we should be happy that we have a chance to work above this feeling.

Even if I have no energy to pray and have nothing to pray for or don’t know what to ask for, it’s also a sign that I am on the right track, since I feel a bitter taste in my desire to receive. Here the two opposites meet: On the one hand, I have no energy to pray, I cannot turn to the Creator, there is nothing I can ask from Him and I have nothing to give Him, but on the other hand, I am very attracted to it and I know that I have to attain it.

This area already with two forces, two lines, two opposite directions, indicate that my desire is in a correct process of correction. This alone is a good enough reason to be happy! The main thing is the awareness that I have managed to rise a bit above my desire to receive, towards bestowal.
From the Preparation the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/20/12

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Israel And Gaza

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Is the state of war Israel is in now actually a result of the actions of upper forces, of the coupling of spiritual systems (Partzufim)?

Answer: This was caused by the delay in our corrections and because we didn’t draw the Light that Reforms by them, so that it could create a much higher coupling than the one that takes place automatically in the world of Atzilut without our intervention.

Unless we study Kabbalah and draw more of the Light that Reforms to the world, this will continue in the same manner. It is like a person who lives and dies—that’s how it will constantly alternate: One time war, one time truce, but essentially nothing will change.

We know very well that time passes and nothing changes. At best we will have a truce for several years and then things will get worse. Then we will discover that it isn’t ten thousands missiles that are aimed at us, like today, but millions, and much more powerful ones. So what will we do then? There is no chance we can succeed.

The Creator will arrange these situation for us over and over again until we finally understand that a special decision must be taken here, not a rational one, but above our reason. After all, this problem cannot be solved by our corporeal mind. It is only possible by unity, by which we draw the Light that Reforms.

If we constantly speak about it and act accordingly, people will gradually begin to perceive and to absorb this idea, when they feel that this is a realistic idea and that it is the only way to be saved.

After all, even if we are not being attacked by missiles, we are still at a state of war, not only a revealed war but a cold war as well. We cannot calm down for a moment under the conditions of the internal and the external threat. War is our permanent state, the reflection of the endless coupling of the forces in the upper worlds. That’s the way it will be unless we participate in it and turn it to the good.

War is the permanent state of this world. The whole world is in a state of endless war. How can it be otherwise if our ego is constantly looking for ways to hurt others, to beat, and to destroy? We are constantly looking for new conquests for it, which means that we are carrying on an endless war.

Thus we are being pushed from Above to the recognition of our evil inclination. Everything comes from the Creator, since if we are opposite from the upper worlds, how else can we receive this action? There is an endless coupling in the world of Atzilut, in endless bestowal and love, but when this illumination reaches us we turn it around to its absolute opposite form.

The most loving mother must punish her child if he doesn’t listen to her, since he may hurt himself otherwise. On her part this action comes out of love, but when he receives it, it turns into a blow.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/20/12, The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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The Solution Is In Us, Not In The War With Enemies

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People are starting to wonder about the reasons for what is happening. “Why should I live under fire?”

People feel unhappy and this should encourage them to find a solution. Otherwise the pressure will only increase, and the enemies will gain strength, which they did not have before.

The way out is to turn to the network of forces that connect us and reach harmony, mutual love. The solution is in us, and not in the war with enemies. Until we unite, troubles and problems will pressure us more, like nuts in a bag.

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A Crumbled Cake

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, everything is revealed in a person. So, where are the spiritual worlds about which we study in the lessons?

Answer: It is in our attitude to the friends. Once, we were one whole and not slices of a whole “cake.” Then, there was one desire, and the Light resided in it. Later, the desire to receive came between us, the intention of “in order to receive,” and we crumbled.

Today, each cake crumb wants only to enjoy, to compare itself to others at the expense of others, by others. This is what we feel, and it determines everything. Accordingly, if we get rid of it, if we change the intention of “in order to receive” to the intention of “in order to bestow” that is aimed at bestowal, we will collect the pieces of the crumbled cake by ourselves. The upper Light will serve as the glue for that by filling all the voids between us.

Now, we are so contrary to one another that there is a void in everyone’s feelings, a vacuum between a person and the others. What is more, everyone wants to expand this void so as not to have any connection with those around him.

So, when I exit myself and call others, wanting to feel them despite the distance between us, I cannot annul this void. So, I want to ascend in order to build the necessary network above it, the network of the worlds of ABYA.

Then this void is filled by the upper Light. First, it was very small and just held us like cake crumbs, but, now, when we must fill the voids between us with the force of love and bestowal on top of the repulsion that remains, we discover between us a connection that is 620 times stronger. It is as if our cake has been filled with chocolate cream, and there is enough room to fill it with everything that is good.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/20/12, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”: Kabbalists have found that the form of the four worlds, named Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya—beginning with the first, highest world, called Atzilut, and ending in this corporeal, tangible world, called Assiya—is exactly the same in every item and event. This means that everything that eventuates and occurs in the first world is found unchanged in the next world below it, too. It is likewise in all the worlds that follow it, down to this tangible world.

There is no difference between them, but only a different degree, perceived in the substance of the elements of reality in each world.

Imagine a family: Yesterday, we had a fight and today, there is love and peace between us. The general system that is made of seven billion people also reveals new relationships in the network of its mutual connections in the same way. In the world of Assiya there is a bit of indifference, in the world of Yetzira there is renewal, in the world of Beria we are in a state of openness, and in the world of Atzilut we reach fulfillment.

The system, itself, is fixed and rigid. Suppose there is a husband and a wife, children and grandparents; all this makes no difference. Only the mutual relationships among the members of the family can change. This change of attitude is what determines the transition from one world to another.

Thus, I don’t change anything in the structure, but only hasten my development, my ascent up the spiritual ladder, the ladder of relationships. If the relationships within my family are corrupt, I am told, “Something needs to be changed. Try to give in a little.” I answer, “No! No way!” and this is our current state, the current position with regard to the correction. “I should give up my ego?!” Here, we must rise a bit above our stupidity.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/20/12, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Is the realization of evil an incessant process?

Answer: Oh! We still have to get there! Then you’ll see how a second is stretched out. It simply doesn’t have an end; it simply disappears. Time is not compressed into a point as they say in our world, but rather stretched so that it disappears.

This is not as people usually think, that time is accelerating like in technology where we move from hertz to kilohertz, to megahertz, to laser frequencies, and so forth. No! Here everything is happening the opposite way. Time is gradually stopping; however, during one second, you can go through a huge number of states. This second still does not end.
From the Georgia Convention 11/6/12, Lesson 4

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The Raspberry Point Of Love

Dr. Michael LaitmanWhen you are thinking about the other, a special action happens within you. A special state emerges when suddenly a very warm point appears in the heart, so red, crimson, and incredibly warm! It lights up when you are thinking about the other. You connect with him, and it lives; you stop thinking, and the point is extinguished.

I have not spoken about this before, but this indication appears in the human heart, and it tunes him correctly, similarly to when you tune into a radio frequency. You can determine by this point, like in a precision instrument, whether you are connected with others or not.

We have to work on this and wait until this point appears. If you suddenly catch contact with others, it comes alive in you, and you guard it, afraid so it is not lost. And then, there are more and more with others. And gradually these points come together, and the Creator is manifested in them.

You need to feel this point once. It’s so warm, hot, bright, not even red, but crimson, and it simply paralyzes a person by its love, connection with others. He can do nothing, and for it, he is ready for anything. We need to reach this state quickly!
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