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Sellers Shouldn’t Govern

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Anatoly Wasserman, writer, political consultant, scholar): “The concept of liberalism considers only dualistic relationships between individuals, not taking into account that further interactions affect each other.

“The desire to be limited by dualistic interactions is connected to the fact that the liberalistic concept is commercial. Production and trade are considered parts of a single process, but they constantly compete. You cannot sell what is not yet made, and it makes no sense to produce something that obviously will not be sold – from this point of view, the process is really unified.

“But in every confrontation, the position of sellers is stronger than manufacturers’ positions: $1- to the inventor, $10 – to the maker, $100 – to the seller. When the market is on the rise, the confrontation is small because there is something to share. But in bad times, sellers stifle manufactures to secure a greater prosperity for themselves.”

My Comment: It is necessary to eliminate the process of trade and to develop industry on a scale that allows equal distribution of essential products and services.
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Labor On Writing The Letters Of The Work

Dr. Michael LaitmanAll the worlds, the Partzufim, and the Sefirot are revealed in the connection between us. All this begins from a level of an embryo in which a person treats everyone as if he himself does not exist. It’s like the restriction, self-annulment. The ego is restricted as if it doesn’t exist and thus a person is incorporated in his environment like an embryo in his mother.

This doesn’t happen all at once since first a person has to go through the three days of the absorption of the semen. Self-annulment isn’t enough here since it’s only a way not to disturb the upper. However, in order to be incorporated in Him and to become an embryo who adheres to the wall of the womb, I have to go through the three days of the absorption of the semen. Although I restrict myself, I have to take the three forms of the ascent, the right line, the left line, and the middle line. I annul myself before them too and accept the domination of the upper.

The upper is the group for me. We don’t look for the upper somewhere up in Heaven but only in our environment. The environment can treat me well or badly, but it doesn’t matter. I am ready to annul myself before it with regard to everything that happens, as long as I am adhered to the group in faith above reason, and understand that this is my upper level. The Creator turns to me through the friends.

Thus the three days of the absorption of the semen go by and if I am ready to annul myself before the group, I continue to develop. This also requires self-annulment. The embryo constantly annuls itself, but by that I begin to feel the influence of the group. The friends may not feel what they give me, like the example of Rabbi Yossi Ben Kisma and his students, but I receive true spiritual discernments through the whole world, through everything that surrounds me.

After the first forty days, I reach the level of Bina. This period is called the forty days of the creation of the embryo since from that moment onward I begin to take on the form of the future human being. Bina draws the first form of the Creator for me. Thus, the period of the development of the spiritual embryo continues with all the fillings that he receives. The main thing is to constantly annul ourselves during this period. The more I annul myself on top of my ego, the more filling I receive. My filling is my inner struggle, overcoming my ego, which turns into the letters of the work.

My letters of the work, which means my filling, are added to the form of HaVaYaH. My desire begins to bend in order to accept the form of the future human being. Thus we begin our spiritual path.

I believe that the example of the mother who teaches her children to be good and to play nicely and follow the grownups’ example is a very good example. If we want to become the one who resembles the Creator, we have to follow His example. The Creator is good and benevolent, and I also have to prove that I am good to people. If I really yearn for that, I will discover an increasingly greater inner resistance on part of my nature to that, and by overcoming it, I will begin to reveal the Creator.

We learn about the Creator from our evil inclination and don’t receive any readymade form from Above. The form, the filling of the letters, is actually the letters! We build ourselves into the Creator by our desires, by our self-annulment and self-submission, and by yearning to resemble the Creator more and more above our ego, which wants the opposite.
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From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/13/14

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The Actual Task

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is our task today?

Answer: The task today is to think about how to construct a spiritual womb and fetus at each and every moment with all the friends together, in other words, building the state of pregnancy. We need to clarify for ourselves which intentions, efforts, and types of connection between us are required to construct the womb and by means of which efforts and types of connection between us do we construct the fetus.

And likewise, it’s necessary to understand what kind of a gap there must be between the womb and the fetus. By means of what will it continue to grow all the time? For the size of this gap determines the influence of the Surrounding Light on us; to the degree that the higher seems greater to us and to the degree that I am lowlier, so the Light that Reforms acts on me more strongly.

Within the Surrounding Light there are Sefirot and many types of Lights that influence us and build us from all various kinds of forms. From the start, we use a material which is formless, unshaped desire. This is like our physical body that is constructed from stem cells that later begin to connect and build various body parts: hands, feet, brain, heart, liver, lungs, and so forth.

They begin to form very complex connections, receiving from the mother all kinds of functions and types of work, to be able to take care of themselves within their body. Previously, the mother supplied blood for the fetus; whereas, now its heart begins to work and after this all the body parts become included in the work, except for the lungs. The fetus begins to function as a living body. Only a few systems are left which are inactive. Afterward we will learn why they are active only after birth.

It has already been proven through research that the fetus sees the world through the tissues of the mother. They turn on a light from the outside and the fetus knows and reacts to this. Don’t you remember how you blinked your eyes when you were in the uterus of the mother?

Therefore, one should not underestimate the level of the fetus and think that this is just self-nullification. Everything depends on this, on which levels I nullify myself and accordingly add a multitude of observations. The Light of Infinity comes to me, but within me all kinds of levels of stages of desire are awakened from zero to 4 degrees. And to the degree that I nullify my desire in order to remain a fetus, I enter into cooperation with the Upper Light of Infinity in each and every part.

Besides breathing, which belongs to the level of Bina and above, all the rest of the levels begin to work even before birth. A fetus is a very wise level, this is the foundation for the entire continued development of all the levels. Everything begins from the still level, meaning from the fetus.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/12/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Building The Upper World Brick By Brick

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You have said that this will be a very special year in dissemination. How can we strengthen one another and the connections with the groups? How can we make people who have no experience in disseminating feel confident?

Answer: It seems that we are doing so many different things: studying, disseminating, and many other things, but most of these actions are in our intention and only dissemination actually requires practical actions. When we study, the main thing is our intention. In the workshops, the main thing is our intention. Everything is fulfilled through the intentions. Even the major part of dissemination, its inner part, is in creating the right intention.

The fulfillment itself will later seem very simple. We reach a certain group of people, explain to them what a certain type of connection is, and hold a workshop on this topic. It’s very much like the workshops we have between us, but not according to our tough rules, but just letting people express themselves and showing them some clips. After all, we teach them about the simple popular integral connection between people, integral education.

We don’t need to pressure and overload them with serious stuff. Most of the time people simply speak between them and we constantly hold on to the intention and perform inner clarifications. So we don’t need to feel pressured and to worry about the work of dissemination. We only need to get used to being in continuous clarifications and to keep building a structure inside us, brick by brick, the form of the upper world, of the spiritual world. Then we will feel how we stabilize ourselves, the group, the Creator, and the public day by day. A person should engage in this internal work 24 hours a day.

If I feel tired and I have some free time, I watch National Geographic, there are some very good programs there about animals. I see it and translate it to the language of Kabbalah, to my levels. It’s because all of reality is identical. It’s a replica of the upper worlds dressed on our world in which the same processes take place. Everything comes from Above and the difference is in the way it’s expressed. So I dress it on my expression. Sometimes it’s very interesting to see the parallels and to interpret these films.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/12/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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An External Ring Made Of Several Million

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: At the beginning of the week you said that if we manage to tighten the connection between the friends who are returning to their home towns and are able to overcome all the obstacles of this world, the end of correction would come the next Sabbath. If that is so, why did we hear in yesterday’s lesson that the end of correction will not come unless a couple of million people who support us and who are in contact with us come together?

Answer: It’s a very complicated question and it depends on many conditions. How can we keep the connection between all the groups if we are not surrounded by an external ring of several million? One doesn’t nullify the other, but we will not feel the need to be so strongly connected, as if we are one next to the other although we have already dispersed each to his own continent, if these millions don’t oblige us. So it depends on that.

Question: If that’s the case, then what is our mission for this week in order to summon and to draw the force of the end of correction that is called Messiah?

Answer: We have to prepare ourselves for external dissemination actions all over the world and to strengthen the groups and the friends who engage in integral education. We have to reduce the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah and totally switch to the dissemination of the integral education. I have no doubt that it’s much closer to the implementation of the end of correction and that it summons less objection. We have to establish detailed work plans of the general dissemination in all the continents, countries, cities, and groups.

We should perceive the next series of conventions in Europe, North and South America (Columbia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, the U.S., and Canada) not simply as conventions but as an internal convention that will give us a great spiritual push forward. We already need to prepare ourselves for that by using every opportunity given.

The fact that we have started talking about the formation of the spiritual embryo and the spiritual womb is a great success. It’s very meaningful progress. It isn’t so difficult and we simply need to organize ourselves because we already know where the hands and the legs of this spiritual embryo are and what we should hope for and what we should do. All the discernments are in our hands. It really fills me with great hope and joy.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/12/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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To Defeat The “Golden Calf”

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 32:11, 32:12: Moses pleaded before the Lord, his God, and said: “Why, O Lord, should Your anger be kindled against Your people whom You have brought up from the land of Egypt with great power and with a strong hand?”

Why should the Egyptians say: He brought them out with evil [intent] to kill them in the mountains and to annihilate them from upon the face of the earth? Retreat from the heat of Your anger and reconsider the evil [intended] for your people.

Moses understands that all the desires that are called “sinful people,” which cannot be corrected, are sentenced to death. They are already in spiritual death and thus they will remain at this level.

Today, as a result of the crisis, we are beginning, to grasp a little bit that the stage of the “golden calf” is nearing its end. In pursuit after it, we gradually realize that this pursuit is killing us.

This is because our miserable humanity is constantly suffering and running after the source of its pain and suffering, and only occasionally feels a slight pause that gives it the strength to continue the pursuit. And there is still no relief. If in such a state a man is transformed to becoming immortal, then there is no more punishment. But we have an outlet in the state that is created and it is specifically to be thankful for the concrete connection with the attribute of “Moses,” meaning the attributes of bestowal and love.
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From KabTV’s “Secrete of the Eternal Book” 9/9/13

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Ascend Above Reason

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 32:2: Aaron said to them, “Remove the golden earrings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters and bring them [those earrings] to me.”

This is saying that all of the internal characteristics and senses of a person that help his advancement: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching now receive egoistic tendencies and directions. But a person doesn’t understand and doesn’t feel that he is going in an opposite direction.

In that he feels an acute requirement for support, he relies upon what he has on hand, his reason. He doesn’t have anything more than it. There exist desires and their fulfillments. Fulfillment through knowledge and reason is the highest fulfillment after food, sex, family, wealth, and control.

Fulfillment through knowledge gives us a sensation of mastery over something very significant, a feeling of control. Whereas, in spiritual work we must go forward, acquiring a new, higher reasoning that replaces material knowledge with bestowal and love, meaning to advance contrary to reason.

Ascent above reason happens when I see that according to my reasoning, my egoistic understanding, I must specifically make this step, yet I make a completely different calculation, but not against reason, for I don’t go contrary to reason, but rather above reason. It is very important to feel what “above” means. Sometimes we say “contrary to reason,” but we don’t mean nullification of reason but ascent above it.

By nullifying reason and not taking it into account at all, I seemingly nullify it. Whereas here I am found with my former reasoning and to ascend to the next higher reasoning I must do this through a method of increasing faith, increasing bestowal and love, without any egoistic basis, contrary to my internal egoistic call. In this case, for us the basis for advancement becomes the general rule, “And you shall love your friend as yourself.”
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/9/13

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A Trickle

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 32:7-32:11: And the Lord said to Moses: “Go, descend, for your people that you have brought up from the land of Egypt have acted corruptly. They have quickly turned away from the path that I have commanded them; they have made themselves a molten calf! And they have prostrated themselves before it, slaughtered sacrifices to it, and said: ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who have brought you up from the land of Egypt.’”

And the Lord said to Moses: “I have seen this people and behold! They are a stiff-necked people. Now leave Me alone, and my anger will be kindled against them, so that I will annihilate them, and I will make you into a great nation.” Moses pleaded before the Lord, his God, and said: “Why, O Lord, should Your anger be kindled against Your people whom You have brought up from the land of Egypt with great power and with a strong hand?”

On one hand the people erred. But on the other hand, it was impossible to annihilate them because the full correction had to be revealed through this entire mass. And I will make of thee a great nation: in summation this says to do this from a small part of all of humanity.

The Creator seemingly dictated to Moses that here Moses carried out the role of a scribe. In the Hebrew language there is no word for “scribe” in the sense that it exists in other languages. A scribe (in Hebrew “sofer”) is someone who moves his hand. But the Creator is the one who writes. And that is how it is with everything for everything flows from the Creator. Therefore, Moses always transmits into writing what is told to him from his spiritual attainment.

About what did the Creator tell him? That it’s possible to create a nation from the characteristic of Bina which is represented by Moses. But this nation would not be enough because it would have to be the bearer of the characteristic of bestowal only, like an angel that has no free choice of its own, having no ego, suppressing everything. This part wouldn’t be suitable at all for any task that would follow.

Therefore, they demonstrate here analytically that this way would be a blind alley and in principle could not be implemented because it was not given to correct the world and reach the goal of creation with its help. This task can be carried out only through a combination of egoistic desires with altruistic desires, as a result of which a connection is created between them that is constantly renewed.

It’s impossible to correct some part of the soul, thereby completely isolating it and not letting it go out to the entire immense soul that has been corrupted by the ego. So when Moses doesn’t agree with the Creator, he shows again how strong his connection was with the people even though he had ascended so high. He seemingly suggested to the Creator: “Come, let’s do this, through me it will be possible to bring them back to correction.” That is how a part of the connection with others begins to be born in Moses.

When a person ascends to the next level and is found there, it’s as if he is completely disconnected from everyone, and through a shattering, he must pass through an inner passage that makes it possible to discover the connection with the rest of creation. After that his development begins. It’s specifically this thin trickle of connection that connects him with the others, and now he must develop it.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 02.19.14

Preparation to the Lesson

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 50 

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