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The Second Coming Of LSD

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Russian Bazaar): “Almost a hundred people in the US became victims of unauthorized LSD: some crashed cars into concrete walls, others jumped from windows of high-rise buildings, the third interrupted lessons in schools and colleges with inappropriate behavior etc.

“The press quickly spread the news about the poisoning. A new wave of popularity of LSD among young people can turn into huge costs in healthcare and can radically change tactics in fighting against illegal drugs.

“Fifty years ago, a hallucinogenic drug became an integral part of youth subculture. Unlike cocaine, heroin and marijuana, it transported a person into a completely different reality. People claimed that they allegedly began to see with the eyes closed, read minds, predict the future and even change the past, etc.

“There was a time when some scientists did not condemn, but welcomed the use of LSD as a ‘means of expansion of consciousness.’ It was only towards the end of the 70s that this drug craze began to subside.

“The drug industry experiences a crisis. Marijuana today is allowed in 20 states and does not cause much interest on the part of young people. The internal state of the youth in the 80s matched cocaine; those who lived in the depressed and rebellious 90s loved heroin; the generation of the 2000s did not make their choice of drugs, and those who live now want to find something that will completely change their outlook.

“The interest in LSD is obvious. Today, even the most successful teens are depressed because of oversaturation of the market with goods and services. They do not aspire to anything, but deep down they want to find something that will entice them.

“Unlike marijuana, heroin and cocaine, the production and transportation of LSD does not cause great difficulties – it is liquid, which in microscopic doses is dropped on a piece of paper. Therefore, to carry across the border 100,000 ” stamps ” is much easier than 100,000 tablets, cigarettes or dose of powder.

“Cartels will flood the U.S. market with LSD in the second half of 2014; they have already started a marketing campaign. Most likely, the LSD will move among the higher strata of society.

“LSD will not compete with marijuana or heroin; LSD takes its market segment. Cartels are already resigned to the fact that marijuana will soon be legalized in the USA, and potent products of pharmaceutical companies will replace heroin and cocaine.”

My Comment: People experience a burning desire to find meaning, passion, and purpose. Drugs give a false sense of “flight,” soothe, and distract. But as an infatuation with them took place in the past, it will pass this time as well, because our nature, egoism, is constantly evolving and requires a more precise answer to the question about the meaning of existence, the revelation of its true purpose: the transition to the level of eternity and perfection.

Our dissemination will help us go through this period faster and occupy humanity with the true task: the transition to the next level of existence.
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A Spiritual Revolution Throughout The World

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe are making an educational and spiritual revolution throughout the world! This is the task that stands before us, and there is nothing to hide. The world requires this and expects it. But for this we need to prepare ourselves for an educational, ideological, and spiritual world revolution.

Revolutionaries were never afraid of going out to the people and disseminating their ideas in all kinds of ways, even privately. Here everything is determined by the importance of the goal.

This revolution that must happen now in the world really touches the foundations of the world in such a way that the whole world will shake. This is not some kind of change in order, from one egoistic foundation to another egoistic foundation: from feudalism to capitalism and from capitalism to socialism. It’s not just the person and his society that are being changed here, rather it is nature itself: the still, vegetative, and animate, they are also being changed. We can’t imagine to ourselves what (Isaiah 11:6) “the wolf shall live with the lamb” means. These are new and completely different orders in nature. And all this is happening thanks to a change in the person.

We don’t understand the scale of the changes. Everything will be changed, including the DNA. It’s impossible even to imagine what will happen within matter itself. So we are standing before a diverse revolution that is unparalleled in history. So if we are ready for this, this is excellent. We will gradually begin and advance from the easy to what is heavier and heavier, until the true picture of the revolution that is about to happen is revealed to us. This is not just some kind of improvement with the goal of appeasing the world for which it is now bad and from this it will be better; rather, this is a global revolution.
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From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/18/14

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Ranking Sensitivity From Zero To Infinity

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What does it mean that everything changes according to the Light that arrives and illuminates?

Answer: According to the effort that a person gives, he becomes more sensitive to the characteristic of bestowal, and through this he receives new stimulation and feelings from the spiritual world, from his spiritual state. For nothing exists besides the world of Infinity.

We are facing the world of Infinity and develop our sensitivity towards it. I give effort to “polishing” myself and to raising my sensitivity by one level. In this way I already begin to see inside some kind of space within this world of Infinity. I begin to identify things, characteristics, and according to the effort that I made, I feel and identify connections.

As a result of my effort, the Light comes and reforms me; I become more sensitive to that system in which I exist. I simply don’t feel it now. I am only sensitive to the information that I receive through my five animal senses because I am living within my animal body and I don’t feel anything more.
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From the 3rd part of the the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/23/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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A Formula For Focusing The Picture

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When we read The Zohar it sounds like music, but at the same time I try to understand the meaning of the words and not to forget the right intention. However, it is impossible to remember everything at once. So what is most important?

Answer: While listening to the pleasant voice of the reader and enjoying the music of The Zohar, it is most important to keep thinking about my own problems, which means to keep thinking about how I can reach the love of friends where I can feel something towards the Creator.

The Zohar tells us about what was revealed to people who managed to connect. It is very simple: When you connect somehow you suddenly hear; it is as if you have caught a radio wave and you suddenly see it. These are the two levels of attainment: Hassadim and Hochma, and they write about what they see.

This is how The Book of Zohar was written. Now we have to try to connect between us just like they did in order to see what they see.

We now see a very special form on the level of this world with our corporeal heart and mind. It is the form of the infinite shattering. We have to try to reveal the dependence of our attitude to the society, the Creator, and this picture. This means that I want to see how my perspective of the world and of the way I feel the world changes by changing my attitude towards the society and the Creator with an increasingly stronger connection.

I want to find the formula of how to connect more strongly, to yearn for the Creator, the mutual guarantee, to make efforts during the study to reveal the force that is between us and the whole world, to reach a certain level, and reveal a new form to us.

We have to start working on it in practice. The Zohar brings us to that by showing us states and events in which we should understand what the authors of The Zohar have revealed: People sitting in a cave in the second century BC, after the destruction of the Temple, when the land of Israel is desolate and everyone is in an awful state, and still they reach such high levels of spiritual attainment.

See the levels they write about: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, about all the states until the end of correction; it is all the revelation of hatred and the revelation of adhesion.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/17/14, The Zohar

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The Mighty Power Of Unity

Dr. Michael LaitmanNothing will be easy, everything will seem impossible if a person sees from the power of his individuality and not from the power of the group. If a person knows how to go out to every activity equipped with the power of the group, then there will be no difficulty for him!

Therefore it seemed to us that we couldn’t do anything in the world, and we began to complain about our weakness and inability. Everyone looks inside himself and thinks: “How will I do this?!” Certainly he cannot do anything alone. But if he relies on the power of the group, then he no longer needs to do anything. If we connect and make one step towards the goal, then we have already attained it. Our work is not in attaining the goal; rather, it is in preparing the Kli that will be ready to receive it.

It is very important to determine what the goal is, the way and the steps towards it. But the approach must be like this, that we attain everything only with the power of connection. And our problem is that each one looks out from himself: “How will I carry this out, how will I turn to people, how will I convince them?”

We cannot evade and escape dissemination; we cannot be closed within four walls and only study. The world demands our full participation and evading this obligation destroys everything.

If a person comes and says that he is not able to succeed in some dissemination activities, this indicates that he is not with the group at all. All of his explanations about his lack of success are not important at all, there is only one reason: he doesn’t include the power of the group.

It makes no difference who the person himself is, what his characteristics are, where he is going, with whom he speaks, or what he does, the main thing is, does he have the power to integrate into a group or not? It is only our power of unity that is active.
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From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/18/14

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Illustrated History

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 34:29-34:30:So Moses came down from Mount Sinai. And as Moses came down from the mountain bearing the two tablets of the Pact, Moses was not aware that the skin of his face was radiant, since he had spoken with Him. Aaron and all the Israelites saw that the skin of Moses’ face was radiant; and they shrank away from him.

The vivid story of the Torah is expressed by images and so we may think that Torah is the source of the drawing of icons and figures with a halo. But in fact, icons came into use as a means for telling ignorant people what cannot be expressed in writing since people were illiterate. So the content of the Torah was passed on orally and expressed in pictures.

The pictures are original conventional symbols, each conveying a specific event, like the “life of the holy.” This is where all the icons and from which everything that we call the “pictures of the saints” stem from. On the whole it is a means of conveying information, since in those days there were no other means but drawings.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/30/13

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The Humble Attribute Of Bestowal

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 34:29: So Moses came down from Mount Sinai. And as Moses came down from the mountain bearing the two tablets of the Pact… This is about Moses‘ descent back to Malchut. Having received the Light and the power to work with the egoistic desire, with the created being, he descends in order to start its correction.

The Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 34: 29: …Moses was not aware that the skin of his face was radiant, since he had spoken with Him. Moses didn’t feel that he was full of the Light of Hochma that illuminates in Hassadim. A person doesn’t feel the level he is on because he lives in it and can only feel it when he ascends or descends relative to a certain environment. Just like a baby who can grow and become a king’s son or the son of a pauper, but who doesn’t realize his state yet. A person also measures his level only in comparison to others.

Thus, Moses doesn’t feel that he has acquired the level of Bina. The point is that when a person descends from the level of Bina in order to convey the upper Light to the lower, he doesn’t feel that what he brings to them is a heavy burden, as his immense personal gain, because he does it for them.

This means that the AHP appears from Bina only in order to give to the lower. So a person feels that he is in the attribute of bestowal, but he doesn’t feel to what extent this attribute is revealed in him in the form of physically giving the Light that stems from him to the lower. It’s below his level since he is on the level of Bina, which is characterized by “I have nothing and I don’t need anything.”

But when he begins to descend in order to convey everything to the people, he takes as much as they need with him, but he is not included in this bundle. The attribute of Bina annuls pride; there is complete self-annulment, and so a person doesn’t feel his state.

The Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 34:30: Aaron and all the Israelites saw that the skin of Moses’ face was radian; and they shrank from coming near him. The glow is the illumination that can only be received in the attribute of bestowal. But it repels the people from Moses because they don’t have this attribute yet.

They cannot resemble him and so they withdraw from him because they have no means of correction yet. This is what happens today. We have to change, but how and into what?

Now we already begin to realize that if we continue to treat each other egoistically, we will not survive. But how can we change and is it possible? The wisdom of Kabbalah answers this question because it is the method of drawing the Light of correction.
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Give Everything For The Truth

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 34:31-34:34: But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the chieftains in the assembly returned to him, and Moses spoke to them. Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he instructed them concerning all that the Lord had imparted to him on Mount Sinai. And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he would leave the veil off until he came out; and when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded… .

When Moses appeals to the Creator, he receives twice as much, as he has to pass on to the people. The middle Partzuf receives a double portion from the upper in order to be great too, in order to understand, and then it passes a small portion of the Light to the lower.

In our world, a girl, to become a mother and have a child, has to grow up and become a woman, which means to acquire a state of greatness in order to give birth to a smaller state. Similarly, Moses attains the level of connection with the Creator only in order to pass on the whole method of correction to the lower.

Question: What does it mean that “he put a veil over his face?”

Answer: Hiding one’s face symbolizes the passing of the Light through the Masach (screen), which weakens the Light because otherwise the people will not be able to receive it. Suppose Moses has Reshimot (spiritual genes) 3, 2 and the people have Reshimot 2, 1, that is the next level. Moses has to lower himself and withdraw from his state in order to align with the people since any spiritual transfer is according to the equivalence of form.

On the one hand, he has to be in contact with the Creator, and so he reveals his face and cooperates with Him. Then he has to cover his face, which means to lower himself in order to cooperate with the lower.

Moses is the conductor between the Creator and the people, and he prepares himself for that from the start by saying to the Creator, “destroy me,” since there is nothing for me on this level. He doesn’t eat or drink for forty days, which means that he ascends to a level where nothing remains of a person except for the Reshimo from his previous life.

We perceive this state through our ego, and then it seems like endless suffering. But in fact, it’s a tremendous elation, detachment from falsehood and becoming part of the truth. In fact, it’s the only thing that justifies everything since the truth includes a state that is contrasted by nothing.

Everything else is false, slander, evil gossip, fiction, idle thoughts, it is unfounded and imaginary. In fact it’s the only thing that exists, and so a person can give up everything in order to be in this state.

The Israelites would see how radiant the skin of  Moses’ face was. Moses would then put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with Him. (The Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 34:35). The people of Israel gradually receive small portions of Light from Moses, which correct and raise them, and this is called wandering in the desert, building the Tabernacle, etc.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 03.26.14

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, “VaYechi,” “Jacob Lived in the Land of Egypt,” Item 15

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 15, “Histaklut Pnimit,”  Item 44   

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