Believing The Sages

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do I combine and properly arrange the three types of desires that I experience here at the lesson: 1) the artificial desire caused by the need to ask for correction for the environment, 2) the artificial desire to place myself in a field that will influence me, and 3) my actual desire to rid myself of the small corporeal problems that appear big to me?

Answer: We need to believe the sages who say that when a person works systematically and with determination, his efforts accumulate into great wealth. There is no other choice: Just keep making the effort.

The results that will come as a consequence will explain and show you everything. There is no answer for you on the path when you do not feel, understand, or are unable to connect anything. You just need to continue.

Right now, you are unable to connect your relationship with the world and the group with your success and with everything that happens, and you don’t link the Creator and Kabbalah with your desire to rid yourself of problems and suffering. Moreover, Kabbalists do not go around promising that Kabbalah will help you free yourself from problems and suffering.

In reality, we have nothing to say to a person who studies Kabbalah. We can only bring him to the realization of the importance of the goal with the help of the group. He will only see the goal when the Light comes and corrects him.

This is because one cannot see anything pleasant and good for his egoism in the spiritual world with egoistic eyes. You can keep telling yourself that this will help you become free of all problems and that you will acquire the world, but this is not the way to advance.

Connect yourself as much as you can to the environment every moment of your life so that it will influence you as much as possible and you will have to connect to it even more. You will receive strength through that.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/1/2011, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar”

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Establishing Balance Between Countries

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe uncontrollable printing of money and financial tyranny has a limit, and I think it’s near. Equilibrium in the global world will demand us to start establishing balance between countries. That is, everyone, albeit egoistically, will be able to use the same very forces that he or she produces.

Therefore, the countries living at the expense of others must come down since such an imbalanced situation as we have today cannot exist in the global world. They will be facing very serious crises. I don’t know in what form they will manifest. It could be as natural phenomena such as environmental disasters. After all, all levels of nature, the still, vegetative, animate, and speaking, are parts of the same single system.

The law of nature, the Creator, must bring us to the equivalence of form, and prior to anything else, it has to make us a more or less uniformed, integral system, meaning that we will have to reach a certain internal equilibrium between us, all countries and nations.

This is why we are going to face great changes. Even now, we are witnessing the currency wars that will keep increasing ever more.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/1/11, Lesson on Money

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Money Is A Covering For Desire

Dr. Michael LaitmanA brief look at the history of money: Money is an ancient invention; we know of coins that circulated as early as 650 years BCE. In the beginning, money was evaluated by weight and cost of the metal itself, but metal coins were gradually replaced by paper bills. At the start of the 17th century, Europe was already printing paper money.

Up to this day, money remains in the center of everybody’s attention and causes numerous arguments while traveling from hands to hands and serving as a medium of connection between people. What is the cause of such advanced use of money?

There are only Light and desire (Kli) that we need to tie together. This connection appears due to the fact that each conceals their ego under a screen that is called a “covering” (Kisufa). “Money” (Kesef) derives from this word. If I have a covering on my desires and hence am able to use them correctly, it means that I possess a screen, a covering, “money.”

As a result of this action in our world, as the reflection of the spiritual root in the material branches, there is a rule in our world that any reception must be preceded by an effort. This work is what creates the covering on desire. The degree of my willingness to work for the sake of some desire determines the extent of its eventual fulfillment.

In the ancient times, people worked solely to eat, similar to animals that are searching for food all day long and live for the animate body’s needs: food and procreation. Money is the most natural object, and even if there isn’t any and a person is face to face with himself, nature, or the Creator, he still pays with his effort to satisfy the desires. After all, during this work, new desires emerge in him, to fulfill which he needs to work, in order to build a screen, a covering over them.

Therefore, the need to have money, the screen, appears at the moment when desire emerges. Over the course of the entire history people constantly bartered: “You give me this, I give you that,” paying if not with money, then at least with a smile, gratitude, good attitude. There is no chance to take something from someone having not paid. We either pay voluntarily or forcefully, following regulations accepted in the society. And if we don’t, then the upper system will definitely clean up our debts in the end and return the balance to the merchant.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/1/11, Lesson on Money

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