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The Crisis – Towards War

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Svobodanya Pressa): “The analysis of the options for resolving contradictions shows that today a new world order can only be built on one of the two models: the concept of the “golden billion” or civilizational harmony.

1. “The concept of the ‘golden billion’ is the world of civilizational hierarchies – the chosen ones who have defined themselves as the intellectual core of humanity, preserve and enhance the achieved consumption level by brutal exploitation of the rest of humanity, the number of which is artificially reduced to a minimum. Historical experience shows that the elite of egoistic civilization does not hesitate before sacrificing lives, if there is a guarantee of its own preservation in the bunkers.

2.  “Civilizational harmony (mutual support) – the goal of globalization is to develop all existing civilizations, conserving and expanding the ‘area of development’ for every nation and civilization, which is the basis of development of each of them and all of them together.

“A war will be fought for spiritual foundations on which a new world order would be built. It will be built either on individualism, egoism, suppression of one subject by the other, the principle of survival at the expense of others, or on community, the dominance of common interests of mutual survival and development, the principle of mutual survival through mutual support.”

My Comment: The choice of which way the development of humanity will advance to the revelation of the next level depends on the dissemination of the methods of the wisdom of connection, which brings the highest power of unity into our world and qualitatively surpasses all the egoistic forces of our material world. Although to the whole world, we look as an almost non-existent power, we are qualitatively higher than all the other forces acting in this world. Only striving to correction will avert the evil path of development.
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Advance With The Urgency Of Time

Dr. Michael LaitmanThere is an immense difference between development according to nature (Beito – in its time) and development through the Light, hastening time (Achishena – I will hasten it). If we act correctly, then we significantly shorten the way for ourselves.

Indeed, when we make an effort we clarify what is necessary to clarify and thereby all of the activities that we carried out previously that belong to that same object of effort, are also corrected. Thanks to this, we save energy and effort and what we call “time,” since in the spiritual world there is no time but only forces. This is the difference between the Tzadik (righteous) and the Rasha (wicked).

A Tzadik takes his share and his friend’s share into Gan Eden (Garden of Eden) where he connects the other parts for correction. And therefore instead of the 400 years that were talked about for the Egyptian exile, 210 years are enough. This means that we save 190 years, thanks to advancement in the  way of I will hasten it.

On our level, this difference is expressed by natural advancement, which is advancement according to the laws of nature, as throughout history. The universe was created and developed through the levels of the still, and after that the plants and animals, including humans, appeared on the face of the earth.

Beginning from the creation of the universe and until today, the substance of the still, the vegetative, and the animate nature have developed without our awareness only because of a power within it that obligates its evolution. We have been simply carrying out the thoughts, intentions, and actions that were produced in us in a variety of forms and colors and in different internal and external conditions.

Our desire for pleasure instinctively and compulsively chooses the lesser evil, and thus all the components of nature advanced: the still, the vegetative and the animate.

However, now we have reached a condition in which nature no longer obligates us to advance through overt pressure. There is a particular confusion in our understanding of the system of nature and we don’t know how to act.

It always used to be clear to us what to do, one way or another. We always felt a strength inside us and there were leaders who thought that they knew where to lead the public. They could have been mistaken, but that didn’t matter; nature created the sensation of the correctness of what needed to be done in a person.

Our time is very special. Nobody knows how to act. Everyone is in perplexity, in helplessness, and this is revealed more and more, day by day. The leaders of the world are losing control, meaning they reveal their worthlessness before everyone.

So for the first time in the history of evolution, we have reached a condition where the force of nature doesn’t necessarily develop us; rather, our participation in the process is required. But, we don’t, as yet, know how to participate.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/25/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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How Does The Creator Enjoy?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In what kind of Kelim does the Creator get pleasure from my wanting to bestow to Him and make Him happy?

 Answer: The Creator enjoys my intention. For who is this Creator? The Creator is the general power of bestowal that I feel from this force emerging within me.

The Creator is Bore, “come and see.” He is within me. I don’t know whether He exists outside of me, and I don’t know what is happening outside of me at all. All of reality is found within me, including the Creator.

The Creator is the reality that is felt within me. And I feel that this reality receives pleasure from me. It is more  or less concealed, but all this happens within me. I discover and see it within me. Everything is closed within me and there is no escape, including the Creator.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/23/14, Writings of Rabash

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The Way Is Easy Or Hard, But There Is No Other Way

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why do the Kabbalists call this way the easy way? It doesn’t seem easy to me.

Answer: I don’t know if this way is easy or hard; I simply see this way before me and know that I have nowhere to escape from it. This is my only way.

At the same time, I can work, have children, take care of a family, and be involved with other things, and all this is seemingly an additional burden, heavy sacks that hang on my donkey. I take them on because there is no choice. The Kabbalists said that I must do this to organize my life.

But other than that, with all this burden, I must go towards my goal. And I only look forward like a donkey with blinders on so that he will not look to the sides.

The stronger my connection with the group and the clearer the way, I will see with more certainty that I am directed only towards this goal. There is no reason to side step to later return back to this path because I only stop and slow myself down this way.

Start investing efforts and exertion and then you will see that through the example of friends and the influence of the Light, you advance correctly. You can see this through friends who are only beginners as well as the veterans. The Creator will open your eyes for you so that you will see all the forms that you need.

The group that you see is only in your imagination; this is not its true form. Believe me, there is a group here that is connected and directed towards a goal with unlimited power. But “All who find fault do so with their own flaws.” So if you try, then you will see everything you need and will get help according to your exertion.

Don’t think that the friends are small; you will get everything from this group. You simply don’t see it in its true form. Invest effort in being integrated into the group; to the degree that you enter into it and disappear with self-nullification, so will you advance. Love of friends supplements all deficiencies.

Question: But it’s impossible to understand everything that is written in the books as long as you don’t feel this yourself! Also in what you are saying now there is nothing to understand and carry out!

Answer: There is! You simply need to connect. There is no other form of practical work in our condition except connection. And for this connection, you must accept all the conditions that they give you. If you agree, then please, the way is open before you.

And if you don’t want to connect, then you are free to do what you want! We check the person only in relation to this condition. This is the only free choice that is given to him. It could be that this will take 10-20 years until he understands it. Well, so it will be 20 years, what can you do about it? But he must understand this condition and realize it. If that’s not enough for you, go back to this world to continue incarnation after incarnation, because we are in a process of correction.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/16/14, Writings of Rabash

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The Effort Is The Reward

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why is it that when we hear about the importance of dissemination we are on fire and the burn with desire to go out to disseminate, but tomorrow all of our desire fades and disappears?

Answer: This is deliberately arranged so that we will overcome our desire. If it were pleasant for us to disseminate, we would get no benefit.

And so we have to make an effort against our desire because we think that this is important for spiritual development, even though on the physical level it does not seem important to us and is even repulsive. It follows that this is really work for us.

We must understand that where resistance from the body is not felt, there is no spiritual reward! It’s very simple. So if we don’t want to go out to disseminate and we find a thousand justifications for ourselves, if this is disgusting and repulsive to us, if we are ashamed and think that we are not suited for this work, all of this resistance is specifically given to us to overcome it and get a spiritual reward.

This is called an act of overcoming through effort. The effort is accumulated drop after drop, “joined into a great amount,” until our counter jumps to the next digit and we get spiritual elevation.

This means that we have no choice; it is impossible to advance otherwise. So I am happy to hear that you do not have the ability and desire and that you don’t know where to disseminate and how; these are all excuses, but this specifically gives you the opportunity to make an effort!

Understand that if you see an opportunity to take action without effort, it is preferable not to do it! If it is pleasant for you to go out to the community, and you want this very much, are excited and happy, then you will not receive a great reward for this activity, for you have not acted against your ego.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/3/14, Questions and Answers with Dr. Laitman

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Reasonable? Reasonable!

Dr. Michael LaitmanWhen we explain the method of connection to a person, we have to explain the basis for the method. Therefore, we say that it isn’t something that we invented but that it stems from nature. We see that nature has been managing us for ages, advancing us and bringing us to a state in which we all find ourselves connected to one another.

By nature we are all connected, but on our part, we don’t want this connection. It turns out that we are in a system that connects us in every possible way, but we object and act as if there is no connection between us. Therefore, there is a crisis.

This system operates on us as if we are connected and thus operates and manages us, while we don’t want it. This leads to confusion and to a great mess in everything that we do. This phenomenon began a couple of decades ago when we began to realize that we are all connected.

Previously there was no such thing. We simply grew and grew until suddenly the connection was closed. It happens with small children who don’t feel that they need friends and play by themselves until the age of two or three. Then the child grows and realizes that there are other children and that it is interesting to play with them.

Humanity has developed in the same way; up to a certain point each developed separately and suddenly nature forces us to be together. Do you agree to accept the condition that everyone is connected? We are destroying the world and our life if we carry on the way we live now.

The correction is in studying and investigating nature and becoming compatible with it by identifying, and becoming in line and balanced with it so that we will live well. Balance is the principle law of nature. All of nature is drawn to balance.

This is very reasonable and can be explained. Otherwise, why do we ask everyone to be in good relations with one another, in connection? Are we communists or small children who don’t understand that it’s impossible to implement that?

But it isn’t about whether it’s possible or not, but simply that we have no choice. It isn’t a theory that was made by anyone; we learn from nature what it means to be in harmony with it. All of nature aspires for balance and we also have to attain it. Then everyone will feel good. It’s a physical law, a physical law that is expressed in the relations between people.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/2/14, Writings of Rabash

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There Is No Creator Without Man, And There Is No Man Without The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus,” 1:3-1:4: If his sacrifice is a burnt-offering from cattle, an unblemished male he shall bring it. He shall bring it willingly to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting before the Lord…and it will be accepted…

“Be accepted” refers to the decision a person comes to by examining which of his desires is perfectly ready to work with in order to bestow upon others without any self-benefit. A person has to examine all his desires, no matter what level they are on, rate them, and determine on what level he can bring an offering and on what level he cannot.

This is very precise work, during which we attain our inner nature with regard to the Creator and see that we can resemble Him to some extent but only on a certain level, and everything else in us is the animal that we have to sacrifice.

Thus, we determine our level, and by working with the anti-egoistic Masachim (screens), we build the spiritual ladder inside us. By that we learn the whole scheme and work actively on resembling and becoming like the Creator. To the extent that we can resemble the Creator, we can seemingly replace Him, so that man is left and there is no Creator

Question: I am always scared when you say “man is left and there is no Creator,” because we always mean that He exists and that the world is advancing towards Him.

Answer: No. We speak only about what we attain. If we don’t feel Him now, does He exist or not?

The main problem is that there are certain axioms, starting points, that have been inserted into us from birth, which we simply have to burn inside us. One of them is the existence of the Creator because this declaration implies that we already have some contact with Him and don’t need to build, to determine, and to sculpt this essence!

There is no Creator without man and there is no man without the Creator! This is why the Creator is called Bo-re (come and see). If we don’t come and don’t see, He doesn’t exist.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/13/13

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Instructions That Come From Inside

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In all religions, people believe that we should act according to the Creator’s orders.

Answer: Kabbalah doesn’t take any orders into account but only a person’s possibilities according to his level of development. It’s because every desire, every intention, the whole plan of creation, is meant only for that, for developing a person so that he will discover and create the image that he can call the Creator inside him.

He creates it each time as he rises higher and he regards the Creator that he creates as more and more sublime. But this is a very complicated issue that I wouldn’t recommend discussing with ordinary people since this perception is established in a person only when he feels the new spiritual elements, feelings, sensations, and discernments.

Question: So instead of instructions, there are yearnings and efforts that develop in a person which oblige him to advance?

Answer: We feel the instructions from inside us. What is an instruction? Where is an instruction given? Who carries out these instructions if they are written somewhere? All this doesn’t exist! No one carries them out! If according to a person’s nature something is egoistically beneficial, he does it, and if it cannot be carried out egoistically, he doesn’t since he cannot force himself. “Cannot,” means unable to, “doesn’t want to” because he isn’t made for that, there is no difference between wants and performs.

If people don’t engage in their nature, and don’t take it as the basis that needs to be changed and how to format it anew, they think “the Creator has instructed us and we shall do as He says.” But in fact we cannot change ourselves. Try! We see that nothing changes, but simply continues to deteriorate and becomes worse.

Thus there cannot be any orders here. If a person feels a certain inner awakening and to that extent begins to burn inside, he then works in order to fulfill his awakening.

Suddenly he discovers a certain new goal and that he has to perform certain actions in order to attain it. At the same time he learns the orders written in the books and tries to perform them, but it won’t help! If his desires are different, there is no need for any books. We see what happens in all the religions.

The fulfilled actions are only inside a person and only according to the parameters that accumulate inside him, that connect and manage him. It’s foolish to think that I can change myself according to someone’s orders. If it were possible, it would mean that I am simply programmed and that I am a zombie, that I have read a certain instruction like a machine and changed it inside me. Then I am simply disconnected from my analytic instrument and am programmed.

I cease to be a human being and am just an animal in their hands, since a human being is someone who gradually clarifies everything that happens to him with the help of his freewill and his analytic instrument and comes to conclusions that are beyond the limits of his nature. He begins to realize that there is a narrow bridge to the other nature, to another creation to another world. This is where the wisdom of Kabbalah begins. This narrow bridge is bringing offerings, changing my desires from egoistic intentions to altruistic intentions.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/13/13

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 04.30.14

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, “Dargot HaSulam,” Article 927 

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Workshop

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, “Tetzaveh”

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Writings of  Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 33

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Writings of  Baal HaSulam, “Inheritance of the Land

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