Good Environment – 11.04.10

My Good Environment – Questions of the Day

Has Everything Truly Been Done?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Rabash writes that only when a person has done everything within his means will he turn to the Creator for help. But what about thoughts that I haven’t done everything and don’t deserve to ascend?

Answer: Nobody has done all they could. Keep making efforts and while you do, you will see that this instruction is accomplished.

The Klipa (shell) will always tell you that you haven’t done enough: “You know what, wait until the next Convention.” And you must answer it: “Stop promising me tomorrows, I want it here and now!”

Who will inspire you to respond like that? The environment will. It will multiply a person’s strength, when he bows his head and unifies with others.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/1/10, “And the Children Racketed Within Her”

Kabbalah Moments: Fear Of The Creator

This Work Is Not Easy…

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why is it painful for egoism to nullify itself?

Answer: This depends on the importance of the goal. We are forced to nullify ourselves in this world as well: At work we have to follow the orders of our supervisors, at home we have to take care of our children, provide for our family, and so on.

After I’m done with all my obligations I have only about an hour or two of left for personal time. It turns out that I constantly nullify myself, having no other choice as I am obligated to live. However, I receive the reward inside my egoism!

On the other hand, here we are rejecting egoism in order to receive something more important: spiritual life, eternity, perfection, and harmony. For now we don’t feel the importance of this reward, and the environment has to convince us of this.

In our case I have chosen an environment and I am connected to everyone. Never in history has there been a state the likes of which we are in today. We are the first generation of correction, and we have already merited to receive the method and to begin realizing it together, among thousands of friends.

So what is left for us to do? We have to nullify ourselves! If we do this together, then it will be easy for everyone. That is exactly how it will happen!
From the lecture on Unity Day 10/31/10

A Treasure Gathered From Pennies

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It is written, “Penny by penny, they accumulate into a great treasure.” Does each person put in his “penny”? Or is it our collective “penny” on the path to the goal?

Answer: A person puts together these “pennies” or small desires that he receives from all the friends. By uniting with them and aspiring to enter the mutual guarantee, he acquires aspirations from everyone and they unite inside him, giving him strength for the path.

However, even this is still insufficient. I have the strength, but I don’t have the “material.” This “material” comes through in small portions. Egoism is revealed in me piece by piece, and I overcome it to the degree these portions appear.

Here too, “penny by penny,” they accumulate into a great sum.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/4/10, Writings of Rabash

How Do You Put A Call Through To The "Heavens"?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If the will to enjoy attacks me during the Convention, I feel weak and “fall” down, is there an emergency number I can call or someone I can tell about it?

Answer: Every person will receive the phone number for emergency situations at the registration. But how do you put a call through to the “heavens”?

“The heavens” is the next level, and that means it is the group that is united as one and that I imagine as being in mutual guarantee and perfection. And it really does exist in this state. I can be outside of it or I can see myself as inside.

The “heavens” are the common desire or Kli of the higher level. It is all of us, but more consolidated. Spirituality does not exist in a ready-made form. We build it. Nothing exists in front of us. We contain Reshimot that gradually awaken. But they only awaken, while you enter various states and build them according to your desire and intention.

We create the worlds and levels ourselves. Before we act, there is only informational data from which we build levels. But there are no worlds before us. That is why you can imagine the future states only in the form of greater unity of our common desire or Kli.

That is where you should turn; this is “the heavens.” And they will respond, “If you want to, come closer, and if you don’t want to, then stay where you are.” It’s true that a person cannot pull himself out of prison, but he has to ask, demand, and make efforts to be helped.

If a person is not trying to be in one connection with us, then he does not receive the opportunity to advance. If you ask, “Who should I ask for help?” It is written, “I am looking for (asking) my brothers.” That is whom you ask for unity.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/4/10, The Zohar

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A Very Simple Intention

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can the environment bring me to something other than my own egoism, when it itself is also comprised of egoists?

Answer: But you yourself choose the environment. The Creator has put a single desire and a common aspiration into a group of people, and He has gathered them here. They neither looked for nor needed one another, but He brought them together. They do not know where life will take them, but they differ from any other environment through their sparks and spiritual aspirations, which the time has come to correct.

I unite with my friends in order to establish a connection with their sparks, and this is the essence, this is my environment. One is pleasant looking, another is not so much, the third is quick-tempered, and the fourth a scholar, but I do not pay attention to the exterior forms because all of them pertain to the beastly properties of our world.

Instead, I look at the sparks that have ignited in my friends and are connected among them. These sparks are the consequence of the screen that connects us, and as I permeate further, I arrive at the place where it mends us together the same way.

Everything depends on the depth of immersion in our common “pie.” Its upper layer is the exterior, superficial view. And then I begin to look further inside. After all, an inner unity is now being manifested among my friends. I was brought to them so I would arrive at the essence, starting with the exterior impressions.

I can find this connection in any part of the world, and conceptually, I should not need to travel anywhere. All people are interconnected, but not all are already experiencing this desire to reveal their unity.

And so I have been pushed into this layer of humanity, which now needs to be corrected. That is, this layer has to reveal the common interconnection, and the Upper Light or the Creator within it. Now I try to discern this system as fast as possible, I am ready to be in it.

The mutual guarantee is the law of this common system, and the correction becomes revealed even more deeply. Nothing else exists; we are simply submerging ourselves deeper into this “pie,” the essence of the exterior images, the root of everything that happens.

I am always directed inward in order to find and strengthen the connection between us. During the Convention we concentrate on this simple intention.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/1/10, “And the Children Racketed Within Her”

Infinitely Inward

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is required of me at the Convention? Should I be writhing in agony regarding my own birth or that of my friend’s?

Answer: Neither. Let everyone care only about tuning into the environment. This way one nullifies himself and becomes inspired with a friend’s desire. When every person does this, we automatically enter a deeper layer of our relationship.

Imagine a “pie” with many layers. On top I see the Convention participants, beneath them I see the friends, and even lower I see united sparks. With my eyes, I want to penetrate as deep as possible into the net that connects us, stretching across all the layers into Infinity. And this only depends on me.

One can jump impatiently or stand quietly, but regardless of what I do externally, the main thing is to concentrate as much as possible on the desire to reveal our inner connection which surely exists between all the creatures. Once I reveal it, I reveal everything in it.

For that I reject myself, striving to submerge even deeper in order to become a part of the common net, blending into it. This intention, this inner concentration is enough for me to begin to feel reality, the authenticity of the collective unity, more clearly.

In our world, we observe the consequences of a global interconnection, similar thoughts, and phenomena that appear in different people and different places. But all of this is the consequence; it is the “tip of the iceberg.” And yet there, deep down, is an unbreakable iron connection that binds us.

This connection is what we must reveal. The aspiration is enough. The rest will be revealed in it: the desires and the revelations that will lead us inward.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/1/10, “And the Children Racketed Within Her”

Calibrate Yourself With A Benchmark

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do I know for sure what controls me at the moment: the desire to receive or the desire to bestow?

Answer: It depends on what environment you are attracted to. There are no other criteria to check this with. Our starting point is the desire to receive pleasure. With the help of the correct environment, I begin to analyze the situation and discern my egoistic intention.

Before I did not notice the power of the evil inclination within me, but now I have changed the criteria for checking. There is no Creator in front of me. Therefore, I check myself according to the environment, and according to its values I determine what inclination is in control within me: the good or the evil one.

Perhaps my desire to reach the spiritual goal is burning within me, but my family and former friends tell me, “You are confused. What did you find there? What did you gain? This will have a bad ending. It is better to come with us, we enjoy our lives.” From their point of view, I am immersed in evil, trying to reach a goal that comes from the evil inclination.

Everything is relative, and everyone defines for himself who controls it. Therefore, if you want to judge from the position of the Creator, you should calibrate yourself with a good environment, the group, and take it as a benchmark.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/1/10, “And the Children Racketed Within Her”

Kabbalists About Studying Kabbalah, Part 6

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

I have agreed to disclose [to the masses] all the secrets of the world [and its purpose], since it is time to do unto the Creator, as it is required at this time. Greater and better than I [Kabbalists of the past] have suffered nationwide slander for such matters [circulation of Kabbalah], as their pure spirit pressured them for the sake of the correcting the generation, to speak new words and to reveal the concealed, to which the intellect of the masses was not accustomed [to help them approach the purpose of creation by the path of Light and not the path of suffering].
– Rav Kook, Letters the Raiah 2, 34

And perhaps these interpretations could ease the mind, but the problem is that they have no scientific solution as to how a spiritual object [force] can have any contact with physical atoms to bring them into any kind of motion. All their wisdom [wisdom of philosophers] did not help them find a bridge on which to cross that wide and deep crevice that spreads between the spiritual entity and the corporeal atom. Thus, science has gained nothing from all these metaphysical methods.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom

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