The Inner Revolution

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe revelation of the Kabbalistic method to the world presupposes that four conditions are met:

Condition #1: That the method of correction is not handed to one person, but to a whole nation.

Today, more and more people are realizing that it’s necessary to change oneself and to enter balance with nature. In the past we thought that we are above nature and our egoism is intended to control it, but now we understand how destructive this is for us.

This sensation is surfacing in the masses by virtue of the fact that we satisfy the first condition of Kabbalah’s revelation, where 600,000 people, “600,000 souls” are studying the method of spiritual correction. This is a conditional concept symbolizing a gathering of people who are able to reach a special connection between them, called “mutual guarantee.”

Condition #2: The nation has to come out of the Egyptian slavery, meaning to realize the evil of its own egoism.

Condition #3:
Every one of the 600,000 has to agree to work for the sake of bestowal.

Condition #4: Every one has to be willing to carry out any action that will bring him to a connection with others.

Mutual guarantee is care about filling each other’s desires. All human plans have to aspire to this. We have to carry out a revolution inside of us. The world has everything to ensure a favorable existence for the inhabitants of the planet, but there is one thing missing – a common thought that’s aimed at this. If we aspire to this internally, then the abundance will become accessible to all.

Everything depends on our interconnection. The tighter the interconnection is between us, the more intense is the action of the upper Light, which will order the state of the lower levels of the universe. As soon as a group of 600,000 people agrees to the condition of mutual guarantee, interconnection, and love, it will immediately receive enormous support from above.

The only thing required of us is to desire to restore the interconnection and the intention to work for bestowal. Precisely the intention, and not technological progress, will cause a revolution in the world. We will gradually reach a state where the newest technologies will be created and controlled by thought, meaning with intention and a desire that is corrected by the intention.

Every person’s obligation is to care for all of humanity. The whole world is included in the system of mutual guarantee, but first of all, this has to be done by those who have the understanding and desire to rise to the higher level and to reveal the Creator among them. The group desire will smoothly flow over into the world’s desire.

A person will gradually change his attitude to himself, to society, and to nature, and will receive satisfaction from being in the system of the common interconnection. He will be “nourished” by the upper Light, which fills him and delights him.

That is how we will shift to the economics of intelligent consumption because we will be satisfied only by the vital necessities. By beginning to work by the principle “everything is for everyone,” we will reach the state of mutual guarantee. And the inner changes in man will entail the reconstruction of the whole world.
From the virtual lesson on 7/17/11

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Do Not Sleep Your Life Away

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You said that if a person comes to the lesson without a request, he is neglecting the Torah. Usually, I come to the lesson without much desire, and I want to sleep—unless I get a very strong impression from the friends. What should I do?

Answer: Try to avoid such states at the lesson. First of all, it weakens the others. You are among them, but you do not contribute either to the external, material action, or to the internal, the spiritual force. Not only do you not participate with everybody else, but you rob everybody because in spirituality, a thief is one who does not contribute from himself. Friends should be evaluated according to this principle.

Of course, we are ready to accept you in any condition. Rather than staying at home, it’s better to come to the lesson and sleep. You know that I do not wake up anybody, even if I see that a person is sleeping. In any case, you should persevere. This is the effort. Have another cup of coffee or do something else to wake up.

I, too, experienced such states while studying with Rabash in the group. Then, I decided that I would record everything that Rabash said since from my days as a student, I was used to taking lecture notes at the university. Thus, I was always writing and organizing texts at the lessons. Besides that, I prepared coffee or tea for Rabash and recorded all his lessons on a tape recorder.

In short, I took care to stay alert all the time with the help of different actions. Otherwise, I too would have fallen asleep. And although I love science, one is not connected to the other. Therefore, you have to invent various tricks.

However, you should understand that your internal participation influences the group and that to the extent of your connection with it, you reveal what is written in The Zohar. After all, it tells what happens between us, only on different levels.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/18/2011, The Zohar

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When will the Light unite us? How can we advance together while we exist in evil?

Answer: We work to overcome. We understand our state and examine it, and we must support one another in mutual guarantee. Then the Light will settle between us.

It also helps us now. If the Light did not fulfill us to the smallest degree, we would not feel the desires that are nevertheless being revealed in us.

After all, we, all the people, and the entire reality exist in a perfect system. Now, a little Light is appearing in some people, and they are beginning to feel where they are, why, and for what purpose. They are beginning to receive the Light in the form of a connection with the environment, in the form of a mentor. They are beginning to feel the Light in their vessels as if they were studying books in the group. All this is happening “as if” because the corporeality does not exist.

In reality, all of this is the revelation of the Light. There are no people, no group, no mentor, and no books. These are the forms in which you reveal the Light that presents itself to you as the means of spiritual advancement.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/17/2011, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”

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The Breakdown Of Egoism

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”: If a part of the nation does not want to keep the Arvut, but rather chooses to wallow in self-love, they cause the rest of the nation to remain immersed in their filth and lowliness without ever finding a way out of their filth.

Question: How can I correct my craving for filth and lowliness?

Answer: I act in relation to the friends, and the friends act in relation to me. Does this mean that they correct me? Yes, they do. And do I correct them? Yes, I do. How do I correct myself? I correct myself by means of correcting them.

This is what the mutual guarantee is. No one does this without others, and he depends on others in all his actions in the positive and negative sense, in joy and sorrow. He depends on their good and bad actions, and they depend on his good and bad actions.

Today, this is becoming a reality that will manifest itself in our world in a very unpleasant way. If something bad happens in one country, other countries will feel this right away. On the other hand, if something good takes place somewhere, others will change for the better as well.

This is a real breakdown for my egoism. I want others to feel bad and myself to feel good, to be a winner compared to them. I want what is worse for them rather than for me, and this warms my heart. But now, we see how the integrity of nature compels us to think differently. It teaches us that no one can benefit alone. If it is good for some, it will be also good for others. There is no such situation that it is good for some and bad for others.

Gradually, we are approaching this picture of the world. Look at what is happening in the developed countries. If there is a landslide in one, the rest do not know what to do, and they fall after it. We have reached such an economic order, meaning such egoism, that everyone depends on everyone else. This is mutual guarantee, and this is how it manifests.

I did not think that I would depend, let’s say, on France. What do I have to do with France? However, now I must take care that no default occurs there. If France goes bankrupt, then undoubtedly, it will affect my pocket two days later. Besides, it will affect it negatively. If I reaped benefits from it, I would let them go bankrupt. But it doesn’t work this way: It harms me as well.

Moreover, previously, the troubles of others brought benefits. Before the world connected into an integral system, everybody had acted in his own interests, not considering others. Each country cared only about its own gain. Every time, we made healthy, egoistic calculations to win at the expense of others. Even if this required starting a war against them and destroying the other side down to the ground, it was better for me.

Today, we would like to continue along the same lines, but we cannot. Soon, we will discover that a war cannot be started. We depend on each other to such an extent that I cannot provide anything for myself alone. I will lack everything that I destroy for others.

That is what we have come to. Wishing good for ourselves, our nation, our country with its structure and institutions, I must take care of everybody. Only then will it be good for me.

This mechanism works in bestowal between Partzufim, between people, and between a person and the Creator. I have to take the desire of my fellow human being with the goal of filling it and putting my desire to his service. Only under the condition that I fill and take care of it, will all the abundance flow through me and be revealed in me 620 times greater.

The world doesn’t yet understand what system we are entering. To make it do so, we need to tell people about this as soon as possible. Otherwise, their despair will bring them to war. They simply will have no choice.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/17/2011, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”

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How Spiritual Life Is Born

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What kind of calculation is it to receive for the sake of bestowal?

Answer: It is not easy. At first, you need to attach yourself to the upper one and restrict yourself. Reception for the sake of bestowal is a big state.

When I connect with another person, the first thing I need to do is to cancel my desires so as to prevent them from getting in the way of uniting with him. I turn into pure bestowal, Bina (Hafetz Hesed, delighting in mercy), which means that I am ready to feel all of his desires, and I possess a protective force that enables me to avoid using them for the fulfillment of my own desires since I have already restricted the latter. It is as if you have allowed me to enter you and remain there. This is how I penetrate the desires of another person.

I receive this permission under the condition of being able to restrict myself. Now, I begin to feel you completely, all of your thoughts and desires, as if I were you. I accept them as they are, and I make a calculation of my ability to fulfill your desires, taking into consideration my strength and abilities.

However, this calculation is incorrect because I make my calculation in relation to my abilities, but I should now be making a calculation in relation to your desires. I take your thoughts and desires, understand what you want, and carry out the actions you wanted to carry out in your desires in my own. I work with my desires in order to fulfill yours.

This action whereby we create our common desires is called the “head (Rosh) of the Partzuf.” The head of the Partzuf is a state where I exist within you, within your desires, with my entire heart and mind, and I make a calculation there. Where is the screen? The screen is always standing between you and me, as if it were on guard.

“The inner body of the Partzuf” (Toch) is the part where we unite with our common desires and thoughts, and the “end of the Partzuf” (Sof) is where we are unable to unite, and I restrict my desires. Your restricted desires are there together with my restricted desires. I have restricted your desires because I was unable to satisfy them.

In other words, a spiritual Partzuf is the degree of adhesion of the two with one another, together with all the calculations of what is and is not possible. For this reason, when there is no adhesion of one with another, there is no spiritual existence, no Partzuf.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/17/2011, Talmud Eser Sefirot

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Excerpt from the annotation of the book: “It may seem that this book is about creating a successful relationship, about responsible parents, their naughty children, and the unusual methods of proper education and upbringing. And indeed it is. But at the same time, this book will reveal to you something completely different.”

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The Financial Tower Of Babel: Roots Of Crisis

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“In the Bible, people began to create a Tower that was to be a materialistic ladder to Heaven. The Tower crumbled when the communication mechanisms of finance were lost. In the last twenty years the global economy has undergone enormous economic growth. Europe and North America, created a consumer based, materialist Tower Babel made of debt and excessive leverage. This Tower collapsed as confidence in the language of the financial world (debt, securitization, leverage and antidotes trust, liquidity and interbank lending) collapsed. The extent of the aftershock is still an open question….

“Although the latest crisis appears to originate in the financial sector, the origins are much deeper. Capitalism and the relentless search for competitive advantage, has resulted in huge volumes and variety of goods and services. Demand has to keep pace with supply, which marketers seem to understand, but economists have ignored. Over the last twenty years, the manic search by firms for competitive advantage has been most marked in the speculative mentality of the financial sector, creating Towers of debt based on speculation….

“The recent Tower of Babel, like the archetypal one, was built on illusory foundations of symbols, or building blocks of assets that had value only so long as people continued to deceive themselves that they had value. It was bound to collapse at some time; the critical point occurring when the language of communication broke down. The builders, suppliers and managers of the Tower eventually ceased to communicate because they no longer believed the assets of their trade, debt and liquidity have any real value….

“Recent increases in wealth are founded on the necessary split, at that time, in the sixteenth century between languages of science and the spirit: between the language of science and the language of mysticism. One outcome, in addition to wealth itself, has been the confusion of spirituality and mysticism with superstition…. Perhaps understanding the collapse of the modern Financial Tower of Babel as signaling a critical point, opening up the possible emergence of new languages and new understanding of dimensions of Being.…

“Positive effects may be dormant within the complexity of the global financial network…. They arise from its complexity and independence. Perhaps we have reached a critical point where change on all scales is possible? Perhaps the change could be recognition that co-operation should be substitutes for competition, the search for competitive advantage and acquisitiveness? Perhaps new ways of being in the world will emerge: recognition of interdependence is a step towards realizing the need, at a practical as well as a spiritual level for compassion.”

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Kabbalists About Freedom Of Choice, Part 3

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

The Influence of the Environment on a Person

All of man’s merit depends on the choice of the environment.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom

Only in the matter of the choice of environment is man’s reign over himself measured, and for this he should receive either reward or punishment.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom

Obtaining the importance and exaltedness of the Creator and the goal depends entirely on the environment.
– Baal HaSulam, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar

Only in that is one rebuked or praised—in his choice of environment. But once he has chosen the environment, he is at its hands.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 07.20.11

Kabbalah For The Student According to What Is Explained about Love Thy Friend as Thyself
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The Book of Zohar – Selected, Chapter “Truma (Donation) 2,” “With All Your Heart, and With All Your Soul, and With All Your Might,” Item 671, Lesson 28
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Talmud Eser Sefirot Part 1 Table of Answers for Topics,” Item 90, Lesson 43
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Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah, Item 33, Lesson 22
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The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee),” Item 22, Lesson 6
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