It’s Still All Ahead Of Us

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Мikhail Koroliuk, Executive Manager, IFC Solid, “In 2008, we entered a credit cycle contraction phase, and it will continue until 2015 at least. During this time, the world will be shaken by credit and bank crises, and the policy of “tightening the belt” will lead to weak economic growth. The European credit crisis will reach the heart of Europe, the USA will struggle with its colossal cumulative debt, and China’s debt problems will surface as well (the next major world crisis may start particularly there). So, it’s still all ahead of us….”

My comment: Somehow everybody believes that fate itself will solve our problems, without us making any effort! “We’ll get over it, even if we do nothing.” Thus we are heading toward a war. We are becoming increasingly opposite to nature that manifests to us as a unified system.

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Global Upbringing In A Global World

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe have to gradually bring our explanations to every person, in his language and on his level of understanding. The explanation has to come gradually, until people start being able to feel that precisely the connection between us gives us the sensation of a different life, as if we are on a different planet, in a different dimension.

It is impossible to talk about this right away. We always have to address separate individuals and groups of people on different levels of development, according to the desire that they are experiencing right now. Therefore, at first the explanation must be presented in a language that they understand: “You will feel good. There won’t be wars, terrorism, or drugs. Your children will be more successful, there will be fewer divorces,” and so on.

Different layers of the population have to be addressed in a form that’s suitable for them: some are more inclined to watching movies, others listening to music, others yet, reading books, and others can be approached through science, the economy, and anything else.

The environment has to be similar to a sphere that radiates many opportunities upon every person to understand what is “the global world” in which we exist. Just as the world is global, so the system of upbringing has to be global, meaning it must include all forms of influence, on every level, in all forms, and in every languagefrom the side of everything that surrounds a person.

This is the system of upbringing that we have to build. Without it humanity won’t advance. It will be affected by all kinds of problems and disasters, and it will be forced to build itself in this manner in any case. After all, by that it realizes its independence because by building an environment for itself in order to change and become corrected, it realizes its freedom of choice. And therefore, it builds itself on the Human level.

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There Is No Way Out Of This Deadlock

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Мikhail Leontyev, analyst, essayist, the “Golden Pen of Russia” award winner, “The algorithm of the future financial collapse is evident. Europe will sink first since it isn’t prepared to handle such challenges, although European financial policy is more responsible than the American one. Yet, the European model is not designed to solve crises. It is meant to make people happy….

“It is impossible to effectively synchronize financial behavior of such diverse economies consolidated into one system. They can be synchronized solely by capital mobility, and what we see today is the result thereof…. We can drive Greece to bankruptcy and discover that France and Germany have collapsed because they financed Greece. It equally concerns Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, Belgium, and the others. And next, it will inevitably lead to the collapse of the United States. In any case, it’s clear that the process won’t stop in Europe. It isn’t a secret that Americans are simply printing money today. By doing so, they are essentially turning the world’s money into nothing for ultimately, all the world’s money is the American money. There is no other money in the world….

“Therefore, there is no way out of this deadlock. The only question is who will go first and who will be second. Although, it doesn’t really change anything. In order to exit the crisis, the expenses of the world’s main financial subjects must be brought to balance with their revenues. Macroeconomic equilibrium will be restored at any cost ….and that is exactly what we will be witnessing soon.”

My comment: But the analyst doesn’t go any further, into the cause and the goal of the economic crisis. The economy is a projection of our nature and our egoistic relationships. If we don’t change them, we will not be able to form a global, integral financial connection and synchronize the economies of all world countries. For that, we have to first synchronize ourselves, meaning we have to reach mutual understanding of our common goal.

In other words, only having unified in the Creator will we comprehend how to build an integral economy. Until then, our mind and qualities will be unable to create such a system.

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Who Am I Working For?

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”: The degree which an individual caused by his actions, whether large or small, ultimately joins the future in shifting the world to a scale of merit, since his share has been added and joins the shift.

Every person has to carry out his own work, and by doing that every person works not for himself, but for others. That is our interconnection. A person does not have his own desire. His desire is in all other people. He does not have his personal work, which he can complete alone. He works until he corrects his inclusion into everyone else.

As a result we reveal a certain “holographic picture”: I am included in everything and everyone is included in me. Right now it is concealed from us because otherwise we would not be able to move from where we stand. Really, what do I have to give to others? I do not want to be occupied by their problems and do not want to do anything for them. I am unable to carry out work unless all of its fruits are consumed by others.

Therefore, it’s as if we have a veil over our eyes and we are living a lie: as if every person acts for the sake of his own interests and takes care of himself. Thanks to this, at this stage we can at least move in the egoistic intention of Lo Lishma. But later, in the altruistic intention of Lishma, we will discover that there is nothing private here and everything belongs to the common whole. Every person is included in everyone and every person’s work shifts to everyone, to their common account.

Therefore, no matter what the calculation may be, positive or negative, we make it only in relation to the common whole and evaluate a person’s actions only in relation to others. It’s impossible to say that his action was  good or bad unless we evaluate the results by the influence on others: whether he brought them closer to the goal of creation or on the contrary, separated them from it.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/21/11, “The Arvut

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Kabbalists About Freedom Of Choice, Part 4

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

From the very beginning of one’s life, one has freedom to choose such an environment, such books, and such guides that impart to him good thoughts. If one does not do that, he is bound to fall into a bad environment, which is abundant and attractive and which will induce him to a misdeed. He will certainly be punished, not because of his evil thoughts or deeds, in which he has no choice, but because he did not choose to be in a good environment, for in that there is definitely a choice.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom

He who strives to continually choose a better environment is worthy of reward. But here, too, it is not because of his good thoughts and deeds, which come to him without his choice, but because of his effort to acquire a good environment, which brings him these good thoughts and deeds.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 07.21.11

Shamati #174 Concealment
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The Book of Zohar – Selected, Chapter “Truma (Donation) 2,” “When a Multitude of People Is a King’s Glory,” Item 694, Lesson 29
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Talmud Eser Sefirot Part 1 Table of Answers for Topics,” Item 92, Lesson 44
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Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah, Item 35, Lesson 23
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The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee),” Item 22, Line: “Others in all the people…,” Start with: “This is because that degree…,” Lesson 7
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