Global Connection: A Problem Or A New State Of Existence?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: As yourself, I also read a lot of materials about financial crisis in all of its forms. However, after reviewing experts’ articles about the world crisis (L. Grinin, R. Shiller, S. Maltsev, and S. Roach), I came to the conclusion that many of them see “globalization” as one of the problems. In their opinion, if countries were not interconnected, crisis would hit only one or two of them, while now it has enveloped the whole world. But at the same time, other experts view the crisis as an instrument to solve the problems. Who is correct?

Answer: If we are egoists and desire to remain such, the crisis is definitely a problem related to global interconnection between all countries, states, and the world’s nations. But if we are conscious of the purpose of our evolution (which is our unity and revelation of the Creator’s presence in it) and wish to achieve it, we experience the emerging globalization as a desirable state and understand why it is necessary.

The key is to distinguish between 1) the manifestation of the entire world as a single system, which originates from nature and 2) egoistic humanity (a cancerous tumor in the world’s organism) that manifests because of us and which we are able to reform. Otherwise, nature will make us do it by force (suffering).

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Time To Act For The Sake Of The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What does it mean “to maintain the intention”? I get an impression that one does not move or develop this way. How can one develop the intention?

Answer: While reading The Zohar, I play a game with my friends. It doesn’t matter how well we understand or fail to understand these words, whether we hear part of a phrase, a quarter of, or the entire sentence, all of the words, and whether we delve to a greater or a lesser depth—everyone does what he can. The game is in correlating all these words with the connection between us.

Indeed, The Book of Zohar tells us about the way we should connect with one another. I don’t know what this connection is like, but it is described here. And for this reason, while I am reading The Zohar, I try to think about what it’s like to be connected one way or another, in one form or another.

For example, it is written: “‘Time to act for the sake of the Creator’ …since ‘they have transgressed against their Torah.’” What does this refer to? When a person forgets about the intention for the sake of bestowal, it means that he has “transgressed against the Torah.” And then “time to act for the sake of the Creator” means that you must once again return to the same intention, the same strong connection with your friends in mutual bestowal, because this way you aspire to build a “place” for the revelation of the Creator. And you do this to give Him the opportunity to reveal Himself. He receives pleasure from this like a Host who reveals treats to his guest.

So why do you read The Zohar? Where do you realize what you have read and reveal it? It can only be revealed in the corrected relationship between us. There is no other “place.” It is only revealed if we are able to create a correct connection in mutual bestowal.

For this reason I try to find the threads, the net that connects our desires, thoughts, and the strength of the aspiration between us. What forces operate this connection? What is the formula of this network? I want to know about it! And The Zohar specifically tells us about it.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/12/2011, The Zohar

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Development Perfects Connections

Dr, Michael LaitmanKabbalistic texts are written in Hebrew and Aramaic, as if using the right and wrong sides of the same language. But in reality, language doesn’t matter. Anything can be described in English, Greek, or German; it makes no difference which language we use.

It doesn’t matter which symbols are chosen. The key is that they are suitable to express the properties that exist on the level of reception so that with their help we elevate our desire to the level of bestowal.

The language of branches isn’t like languages of this world. It articulates the desire with all its properties since it attracts the Light that Reforms and changes us so that we can rise to the next step. Language means connection; it has similar usage in this world, but it is used in a simpler, one dimensional way.

When I say something, I express my connection with this notion to the extent that I understand, feel, or worry about it. The language of branches is not a common explanation of my attitude, but rather an explanation of elevation—the very action of ascent. The language teaches us how to connect with the upper level from the lower one.

Any language expresses connection; there is nothing else except connections. The universe consists of multiple elements, and the main thing for us is the connection between all of them. Our development is about perfecting the connections. This is how advancement is defined.

Each time we reveal a more authentic connection between the parts of reality until we reveal the world of Infinity where all connections are open. This connection is called “the Creator,” the property of bestowal that governs all of the parts.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/11/2011, Talmud Eser Sefirot

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Kabbalists On The Nature Of Man And The Nature Of The Creator, Part 24

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

Two Ways to Discover the Wholeness

There are two ways to attain the goal:

  • Through exerting effort in correction, one hastens time and eases one’s path. And when one refines himself from egoism, the correction ends.
  • If one does not wish to exert effort, suffering will force one to raise one’s head out of the beastly crib, to soar and climb the rungs of correction.

– Baal HaSulam, Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot, item 7

The law of gradual correction guarantees the end of correction in its time, meaning it is completely dependent on time. However, by exerting effort in correcting oneself, one completes the correction easier and earlier.
– Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 07.17.11

Writings of Rabash, Dargot HaSulamInternality and Externality
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The Book of Zohar – Selected, Chapter “Truma (Donation),” “The Letters,” Item 608, Lesson 25
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Talmud Eser Sefirot Part 1 Table of Answers for Topics” Item 75, Lesson 40
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Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah, Item 26, Lesson 19
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The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee),” Lesson 3
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