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Where Are We Headed?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Do we really have a chance to correct the state of the world? After all, we see that things are getting worse every day.

Answer: No, the world is advancing towards a greater recognition of evil every day. People understand that they advance without any direction, not knowing where to go, unable to influence the way the world develops, or to ensure the sustainability of the world, to ensure life.

We are losing all the levers and there are no reins. There is no way we can manage the world and that is actually a good thing. People feel that they are like little children whose parents have lost them.

We gradually begin to realize who has forgotten us, who we have drawn away from, and who we should get closer to. This makes a person feel the need for the upper force, for balance with nature, with reality. It isn’t some mystical force, but we actually want to know how this system is built, the law, the formula according to which the world exists.

We must know where we are headed! After all, we are on a speeding train in total darkness not knowing where it is taking us…
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/28/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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A Key To A Secure Future

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can a person control his thoughts so that he will not sin?

Answer: A person cannot control his thoughts. He cannot control himself in any way. Am I my own boss? Where do we see such things?! There is no such thing! But I have to invoke a positive force around me on such a level that it will influence me and sustain me. Then I will be able to control myself.

We always stabilize our state by external forces, by the environment, society, and external support, while a person has no control over it. He doesn’t know which state he will be in the next moment, so how can he control anything?

A person can secure his future only if he prepares all the external vessels, desires. If I worry that the others have a secure future, I thus ensure my own future.

If a person is an element in a system, then how can he ask about what will happen to him? He depends on the whole system, especially since it is arranged so that he has the free will to strengthen his surrounding system and then he can ensure his future. He will never have more than he has prepared in the system, but if he hasn’t prepared it enough, he will receive blows so that he will discover the need to prepare it.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/27/14, The Zohar

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Getting Closer To The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus” (Shemini), 9:5-9:7: And they took what Moses had commanded, to the front of the Tent of Meeting, and the entire community approached and stood before the Lord. And Moses said, “This is the thing the Lord has commanded; do [it], and the glory of the Lord may appear to you.”

And Moses said to Aaron, “Approach the altar and perform your sin offering and your burnt offering, atoning for yourself and for the people, and perform the people’s sacrifice, atoning for them, as the Lord has commanded.”

This is about the correction of a person on the level of the altar. The word “altar” in Hebrew stems from the word “sacrifice” and the root to get closer, which is getting closer to the Creator by beginning to correct one’s desires with the intention of for myself to the intention of for society, humanity, and the Creator. Then He is revealed in these corrected desires.

Question: What should the people do so that Aaron will succeed?

Answer: The people refers to the component of Aaron (of this attribute in a person) that must adhere to him, which means all my small desires and attributes that have to participate in the spiritual work together with the upper desire called “Aaron.” In other words, I have to totally draw myself to get closer to the Creator. At the same time, I also have to involve the whole nation by the action of offering sacrifice because I have to check and to discover all the inclinations, desires, and urges inside me, gather them all, and focus them on attaining the level that is now the revelation of the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/18/13

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But You Could Have Lived Five Minutes!

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Suppose I decided that I want to be responsible for everyone. What’s the point if I will fall in five minutes?

Answer: It makes no difference. Five minutes is quite all right. It means that there are already five minutes of our whole life that are worth something and which last forever. All the rest of your life is a waste of time, but you could have lived five minutes!

Question: However, I want to follow the example of Moses!

Answer: Moses is a spiritual level. The Torah doesn’t tell us about historical figures, but about spiritual levels. You also will reach the level of Moses at some point, and instead of your current name, you will be called Moses. Everyone who ascends to a certain level receives the name of that level.

Rabbi Yossi, Rabbi Chiya, and Rabbi Shimon, all these great sages, have names that indicate the spiritual levels they speak from. If we say that someone is someone else’s student, it means that he is on an adjacent level that is near the teacher.

Being a student of a Kabbalist is a very praiseworthy, respectable title. We know that the teacher is on a certain level and the student is one level below, nourished by the teacher.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/27/14,Writings of Baal HaSulam

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