Our Main Trump Card

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If we create a virtual spiritual environment for children in all the study groups in the world, will this affect the acceleration of time, as it is written, “Israel accelerates the times”?

Answer: Education would seem like a secondary aspect, but in reality it is the most important thing. If we provide an example of the right upbringing where our children blossom like flowers and excel at everything, including education, their behavior, their ability to perceive and to express themselves, then we will be able to show the world the new humanity. No one will be able to withstand this example.

We will show that this kind of education system can be organized not just in one place, but it can be done in a virtual form in many places all over the world. Thus we can create a new generation of humanity.

The current generation has a problem because it has no continuation; there is no next generation. All the suffering experienced by parents and even by people who don’t have children or a family, is accumulating together. If we set up a network with a system of educational television in the main languages of the world, we will be able to strengthen the social connections among children, organize special children’s camps, and much more, and then no one will be able to provide anything better. After all, the national education systems continue to fall apart.

This is the trump card that will allow us to win! When people see that every child who is educated in this network is successful in all the subjects, stands out with his good behavior, correct attitude to life, understanding, and his physical health, then there is no doubt that this will tell all.

It is impossible to copy this system; others can only join it because its foundation is common unity, while copying it would mean disunity. Therefore it won’t give a separate group or country the same result.

This system can only be organized based on the principles of unity: the world is global, the connection is integral, the necessity is to unite, and all people are brothers. It turns out that the world will have to accept our method, which will take on a systematic, scientific form.

Our network must be diverse and include children from different countries. We have to show that they all study the same primary source and the same method, and are all connected together. They are the new humanity with universal values, which is what evolution demands from us.
From the talk on education on 10/31/10

Good Environment – 11.03.10

My Good Environment – Questions of the Day

The Inner "Religion" Of The Soul

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn his articles Baal HaSulam usually uses the words “religious” and “secular” in a different sense than what is commonplace in our world. In the terminology of Kabbalah, “religious” is not the traditional word signifying one of the world religions such as Judaism, Christianity, or all other beliefs.

Rather, a religious person is someone who lives in this world and desires to correct himself, to ascend into the spiritual world until the World of Infinity, until equivalence with the Creator. This is the purpose of every person in this world, and Baal HaSulam explains it in the article, “The Essence of Religion and It’s Purpose.” However, sometimes he really does refer to traditional religion, wishing to explain some aspects of it. Therefore, we should always look at the context to find the right way to interpret his words.

“Secular” people are those who do not work on their correction, but do everything only for the sake of a reward in this world or the world to come. A religious person is someone who corrects himself until reaching the level of the Creator. To do this he uses the “true Torah,” meaning the science of Kabbalah. It is written, “I created the evil inclination and the Torah as a means for its correction.”

First one must reveal the egoistic inclination inside him, and only then he will need the “Torah” for correcting it because this is his only purpose. Then the Light you reveal during the right study will return you to its Source, meaning that your evil inclination will turn into a good one.

Meanwhile, the desire itself does not change. Only the intention changes from “for my own sake” to “for the benefit of the neighbor.”
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/3/10, “Exile and Redemption”

The Temple Of Rest

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Zohar, Chapter “BeShalach (When Pharaoh Sent),” Item 335: The Temple that King Solomon built is a house of rest. It is like the upper one in all the corrections in it, being a house of rest and inheritance in the highest correction.

To erect the Temple of rest means to attain the state where I have the ability to bestow without any limitations. But who can limit me? Only I can.

When all my desires become so corrected that none of them obstruct me from bestowing, this is called rest.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/3/10, The Zohar

If Something Is Wrong, It Is My Fault

Dr. Michael LaitmanAll souls root in one creature, one soul of Adam HaRishon. All of the events unfold in it. The soul was divided into multiple parts upon introduction of the will to receive into it, which is opposed to unity. The breaking is necessary for correction, and otherwise, it was impossible to break the soul into pieces.

Following the example of the king who transferred his treasure overseas by handing a coin to each of his couriers to assure success of the delivery, the soul of Adam HaRishon also gets corrected (transitions from the corporeal world into the spiritual one) part by part.

Breaking into parts is regarded as a “sin” although in truth, nobody sinned. In fact, a force aimed at receiving entered the collective soul in order to saturate each of its parts and separate it from the others. From that moment onward, each soul’s work lies in overcoming this force and reattaching its part of the common treasure to the unified interconnection.

In relation to me, all other parts are complete, and their seemingly broken and corrupted state is the effect of my own flaw. This is how a person should view the world, not fantasizing but inwardly working on himself. In that case, his outlook will change, and he will see that the surrounding world is filled with perfection and only he is corrupted.

Thereby, a person gets to know the initial breaking of the unified soul. By correcting himself, he returns to its parts as Adam, meaning that he acquires the collective intention toward all parts, all “transgressions,” and toward the entire force of detachment that penetrated the system and cracked it into 600 000 souls.

The correction is performed from light to heavy, according to the unfolding of the Aviut (coarseness, thickness) of the given part or, in other words, according to resentment it feels toward the others. After all, no matter how high a person ascends, the evil inclination rules over him anyway. However, a person is always given the exact measure he is able to correct. We need to realize free will by way of unifying with the group.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/2/10, “Which Degree Should One Achieve so He Will Not Have to Reincarnate?

The Moving Force Of Creation

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Book of Zohar describes the connection between us because there is nothing else to explain. Even here, in this world, we constantly discern what kind of connection we have with one another.

We do not realize this, but we are constantly doing only this. Even if we do not know what moves us and all our actions and thoughts, they are all dictated by just one desire to advance more and more in the connection between us or in the direction opposite from it.

It is a known fact that people who love each other sometimes quarrel a bit in order to strengthen their connection. However, this doesn’t matter because in any case we are discerning the connection; we never do anything but this.

Look at all we are doing! All the means of communication, mass media, politics, economics, and family – all of this is a connection between people. It doesn’t matter if it is positive or negative; either way, we always act only in this area.

It’s as if we are sick with this because the goal of creation directs us only toward a connection between us. Either we advance toward it by the good path, following the right method and knowing what to do; or we walk the path of suffering. In any case, we advance only toward a connection.

Therefore, when we open The Zohar, we have to think only about this. The Zohar talks about advanced forms of connection between us and its various forms. Therefore, when reading The Zohar, I have to think that I am together with other souls and inside the connection with them I want to recognize the picture, the form of connection that The Zohar talks about.

If we come closer to that form, we will immediately reveal the Creator and the Upper World. That is why we must aspire to revelation; this is called “desiring to know what we study,” uniting with it.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/3/10, The Zohar

The Convention Will Revive Our Collective Soul

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What kind of work do the people attending the upcoming Convention have to do? What is our role in the unification of the global world so that we may become the people through whom the wisdom will pour onto the nations of the world?

Answer: This work is exemplified by the law that governs the existence of any living organism. Suppose that receptors of the nervous system are placed throughout the body. In the same manner, the vascular, lymphatic, and other systems spread through the entire organism. Likewise, people from all over the world are arriving to the Convention. On one hand, they all belong to one system, the system of Israel. On the other, they all live in different countries located in various corners of the globe and seem to belong to diverse, alien nations.

Each place where they reside is affected by various spiritual forces. The entire globe and each of its parts is affected by a certain Upper Force “responsible” for the continent, country, or nation. Therefore, a person who is part of the system of Israel and is arriving from some other country or place in the world is, in a way, our representative in the collective system.

Let’s take, for instance, the nervous system whose receptors exist in the leg, arm, chest, and stomach areas. And now, these parts of ours (as it were) that are located in different countries are arriving, and we unite together. It turns out that, together, we awaken our collective system, for instance, the nervous system of the collective soul called Adam. And then, through our friends living in various places in the world, we, together, awaken the whole world.

We see that after our conventions, awakenings occur in previously unheard of places, and people whom we have never heard about start joining us. Each of them is a force able to awaken billions of people. After all, in spirituality, if the contact is made, the Light immediately reaches the organ wherein this soul belongs.

Thus, we observe that our collective soul expands throughout the entire world and exists in all humanity. And the response of this collective soul clothed in all humanity is amazing. We begin to feel that this is, indeed, the integral global mankind, for the first time beginning to understand that we all depend on each other.

Thus, by means of such gatherings, when we unify together with our friends (the integrated system of Israel in the whole world), we thereby revive the entire system of individual souls that are mutually connected not by the egoistic principle, but by the principle of Isra-El (aspiring directly for the Creator).

This is what is called the correct, internal circulation of the wisdom of Kabbalah in the whole world. Uniting, we thereby fulfill our role as Israel in relation to all nations of the world. Thanks to that, we will be finally graced with unity and the Creator will dwell in the assembly of our souls.
From Kabbalah for the Nation Introductory Lecture Series, “Israel and the Nations of the World” 10/26/10

Kabbalists About Studying Kabbalah, Part 5

Dr. Michael LaitmanDear Friends, please ask questions about these passages from the great Kabbalists. The commentaries in brackets are mine.

Concerning the Obligation of Each Person to Study the Wisdom of Kabbalah

Now it is upon us, relics, to correct that dreadful wrong [detachment of the masses from Kabbalah]. Each of us remainders should take upon himself, heart and soul, to henceforth intensify the internality of the Torah [Kabbalah], and give it its rightful place [in their hearts], according to its merit [in bringing us to eternality and perfection] over the externality of the Torah [that speaks only about the external observation of rituals].
– Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 71

Not only are these secrets [of Kabbalah] not forbidden to disclose [to everybody], on the contrary, it is a great Mitzva (very good deed) to disclose them [because the Creator reveals Himself through them]. And one who knows how to disclose and discloses them, his reward is plentiful. This is because on disclosing these Lights to many, particularly to the many, depends the coming of Messiah soon in our days [elimination of affliction].
– Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of The Ten Sefirot,” Item 30

The Door Is Always Open

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What should we beware of during these final days we have left before the Convention?

Answer: We have to beware of foreign thoughts and think only about the system of connections we want to reveal between us, so every person will feel connected with others at the bottom of his heart.

Those of us who will reveal this inner connection will immediately feel the true Light there, the Creator! The Light and desire will immediately become equal. The moment you feel even the slightest spiritual desire, it immediately acquires a form because a vessel cannot exist without form.

In spirituality it is impossible to discover a dysfunctional mechanism that needs to be wound up and made to work. Baal HaSulam writes that in the spiritual world “the entrance and the door” are always revealed together. The door can only be seen once it is open, meaning that we always reveal the vessel (desire) and the Light (Creator) inside it at the same moment.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/3/10, “Exile and Redemption”

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A Very Important Warning!

Dr. Michael LaitmanI want to warn you that all Kabbalistic texts should be perceived only in their inner sense. They discuss not the corporeal world, but the correction of man’s desire.

The desire to receive is divided into “Isra-El” (straight to the Creator) and “the nations of the world” (desires not aimed at the Creator). Such desires exist in every one of us: Some (for now, only “the point in the heart”) are aimed at the purpose of creation, while others (called “the nations of the world”) are not directed at reaching this goal.

“Exile” is the exile from the Light, from the spiritual world, meaning from the property of bestowal. “Redemption” is appearance of the force to bestow, to unite with the others, to love, within me. “The Creator” or “the Light” is the property of love and bestowal.

This is the only way to view all Kabbalistic texts: only within oneself and solely for the correction of self. Otherwise, you will drown in corporeal images (idolatry) and start growing new religions based on Kabbalah.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/2/10, “Exile and Redemption”

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