Let’s Not Miss The Moment

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Baal HaSulam writes in the newspaper “The Nation” that it is inadmissible to miss the right time. What does this mean in the context of the current protest movement in Israel?

Answer: This means that we have to disseminate the message of unity, but first of all, to unite among one another. We cannot forget about this since otherwise our appearances will turn into a regular concert.

When speaking to people and making appearances before them, you have to understand that you are together with us and you want to transmit the inner, spiritual charge of our interconnection to them. Only this will allow them to feel that unity is the salvation.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/14/11, “The Nation”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Is the modern world opening up to the science of Kabbalah?

Answer: Yes, but on the condition that we will unite and form a place inside of us for the quality of bestowal, for the Light, so through us it will influence the whole world. We have to become a transmission link, an “adapter” that conducts the Light to the other nations.

If we do this, there won’t be any problems left and the wave of the worldwide awakening will raise us into the spiritual world. But this will happen only if we unite for the sake of transmitting this unity to all of humanity and giving pleasure to the Creator. That way, He, us, and the whole world together will be welded into a single system.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/14/11, “The Nation”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the summer of 1940, Baal HaSulam published the newspaper “The Nation” in the last attempt to arrive at any practical actions before the Holocaust and in the face of the problems that enveloped the mandated Palestine of those times. He wanted to somehow push the nation closer to unity and did everything he could to accomplish this. However, as soon as the issue was published, his enemies immediately rose up and reported the newspaper to the British authorities, which closed down the newspaper on account of an accusation of socialist agitation.

Today we also don’t have any other solution besides realizing the path offered by Baal HaSulam – the path to unity. The situation that has arisen in Israel and the world is no less threatening than the situation in his time. But the conditions now are different, incomparably more favorable.

We have to take responsibility upon ourselves and realize it. And we are capable of it. We have the preparatory base for this, the opportunities, and the necessary inner and outer conditions. Everything is being built up only in order for us to organize ourselves correctly, and when we do, success is sure to come our way very soon.

Let’s become imbued by the spirit that Baal HaSulam wanted to transmit and that we, his followers, have to bring to life today.

We have many groups all over the world. And in this regard it is important for us to understand that all those who are personally connected to the world’s correction, who have received a point in the heart, are called “Israel.” They are the ones who are leading the world forward while living and acting in their respective countries. It’s similar to how the central group in Israel is helping the entire Jewish nation understand and realize the need for mutual guarantee. Every group in any country is in the same situation.

The countries of the world are like organs of the common body, belonging to different systems of its life support. Therefore, our groups can conduct vital forces to their respective nations in any part of the world. Every part of our movement in the world, every group has the same relationship with its nation as we have here with the nation of Israel.

Therefore, Baal HaSulam’s words are applicable to any group, as well as all the groups together and their relationship with the world because as we know from the science of Kabbalah, the particular and the general are equal.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/14/11, “The Nation”

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The Open University Of The Integral World

Dr. Michael LaitmanIf Nature itself is telling us that we have to advance toward a global, integral society and be in balance as one body, living by the law of mutual guarantee, then we have to understand how to achieve this. And it seems like we have many methods for doing that.

The science of Kabbalah puts it this way: Let’s advance with small steps. We shouldn’t create programs for thousands of years into the future or for the supposed duration of humanity’s probable existence. Let’s look at what we have to do today.

First of all, every person out of the seven billion people living on earth has to understand what it means to live together in an integral, global system. Let’s start coming closer to one another and developing our closeness. Let’s study the laws of this integral system, all of whose parts have to be interconnected.

After all, we are interconnected, but we don’t desire this, and therefore we are encountering a serious problem, like a family that is falling apart. However, while a husband and wife are able to get a divorce, we do not have this possibility. There is no place I can escape to away from the earth, and therefore I have to arrange the well-being of the family, of all seven billion household members.

We have to start with explanations of how to create a kind, good environment. After all, from the experience of our lives and from research, we see that essentially, the environment forms a person. No matter where you place a person, his environment today is him tomorrow.

This means that at the end of the day, people need to organize a “shell” around them out of the mass media, whose influence will prepare humanity for integrality so it could advance in the direction of mutual guarantee.

Let’s do this because it is definitely necessary. First of all, we will thereby reduce social problems such as violence, drugs, outbursts of dissatisfaction, terrorism, family problems, and so on. So for a start, let’s take upon ourselves the responsibility of studying globalization, which everyone is talking about, and integration, which everyone knows has enveloped us. Let’s understand what this is.

Let’s open a worldwide university that will enable everyone to understand the new world. This study should essentially take place all the time, from infancy until old age, because a person is inside of this system throughout his entire life, and the system takes care of him in every area of his activity.

That way, we will start educating and rearing ourselves with the help of scientists, psychologists, sociologists, politicians, mass media specialists, educators, school teachers, radio and TV commentators, newspaper columnists, and so on. Alongside the news and all the rest of the “entourage,” we will start talking about this and creating a common spirit. Through this, we will bring about changes in all of humanity.
From a conversation about a new book on 7/11/11

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Dr. Michael LaitmanIf we look at different history textbooks, we will see how different their descriptions are. It would seem that humanity went through the same history, including all of its problems, wars, troubles, and successes, yet every nation describes it from its point of view. As a result, textbooks that are supposed to reflect the truth end up contradicting one another.

Sometimes I speak with leaders of different movements in other countries. Each of them is absolutely certain that his movement has to lead the whole world. This includes religious and secular movements, organizations related to ecology, wildlife protection, and many others. While I am among them, how do I differ from them?

Without trying to answer that question, we bring the Kabbalistic message to people in a different form. We do not try to prove who is right and who is wrong, and we don’t dissect different opinions. We don’t try to examine things from the standpoint of history or a religious direction because in each of these areas every person can present his own rationale to justify his opinion.

We invite people only to disengage from everything there is – from the past and the present, and to look into the future from the present moment. In this point we see that nature obligates us to set up the right interconnection, to enter balance, mutuality, and harmony, similar to a single body, an integral, global, pan-human system that senses itself and functions truly as one whole.

Nature obligates and pushes us to this. There is a lot of research confirming this, and we can rely on it. Besides, we don’t have anything else. All we can rely on is science, as it is written, “A person is guided only by what he sees.” Today facts are all we need, and we have to advance according to them.

The facts indicate that whether we want to or not, we are becoming a global, integral society that is internally welded by interconnection and total mutual guarantee. Essentially, this is the tendency of all of nature, and from one day to the next we see how it is becoming expressed more and more clearly.

A question arises: What is our role in this process? Can we now invent anything artificial, following whatever idea some politician, sociologist, political scientist, or other party has suddenly thought up? The world has already tried out all sorts of ideas and humanity has suffered duly due to them.

Perhaps we should simply research nature and be guided by the results of our research, not considering anything else but this? If we advance based on our research, which is conducted in nature, then there is no doubt that out of all the opportunities that little people have on this tiny earth, forsaken at the edge of the galaxy, which is forsaken on the outskirts of the universe, at least we have this one, real chance.

So let’s not sink into philosophy and demonstrate irreconcilability. From experience we already know that when you stand your ground and I stand mine, this only leads to wars and self-annihilation.

Today we desperately need a common denominator, which can only come from the inviolable laws of nature. Based on these laws, we can build the integrated society that is aimed at creativity rather than destruction.
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Report On A Looming Oil Crisis In Germany

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (From Spiegel Online International): “Relapse into planned economy: Since virtually all economic sectors rely heavily on oil, peak oil could lead to a ‘partial or complete failure of markets,’ says the [Bundeswehr] study. ‘A conceivable alternative would be government rationing and the allocation of important goods or the setting of production schedules and other short-term coercive measures to replace market-based mechanisms in times of crisis.’…

“Germany would not escape the crises of other countries, because it’s so tightly integrated into the global economy….

“The Bundeswehr study raises fears for the survival of democracy itself. Parts of the population could perceive the upheaval triggered by peak oil ‘as a general systemic crisis.’ This would create ‘room for ideological and extremist alternatives to existing forms of government.’ Fragmentation of the affected population is likely and could ‘in extreme cases lead to open conflict.’…

“‘States dependent on oil imports’ will be forced to ‘show more pragmatism toward oil-producing states in their foreign policy.’ Political priorities will have to be somewhat subordinated to the overriding concern of securing energy supplies. For example, Germany would have to be more flexible in relation toward Russia’s foreign policy objectives. It would also have to show more restraint in its foreign policy toward Israel, to avoid alienating Arab oil-producing nations.”

My Comment: It is a short-sighted policy. There are no sources of energy in the world. It will be sufficient only for the economy of reasonable (and necessary) consumption. This happens not because there is no energy, but because the plan of nature is to elevate humanity to the next level (next dimension) of development—to connect all people into one integral system and thus create a possibility of experiencing the Creator and the world not within ourselves, in egoism, this world, but outside ourselves, the upper world. By this and other methods, Nature (the Creator) compels us to correct ourselves.

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The Breaking Was Necessary

Dr. Michael LaitmanThey key in this entire picture is to understand that we exist in one state. When the point in the heart awakens in us, it pushes us to reveal the true reality which fully depends on the efforts of the actual person and nothing else.

The entire reality already exists in its complete perfection and magnificence. But we are unable to attain the perception of the true reality without the revelation of evil, suffering, and sorrow.

Then, the person naturally justifies all the stages of his path during the process of the development of his desires. He understands that all the suffering that every part of his soul experienced was necessary to reveal the true state which was perfect from the very beginning. He saw these desires as separate, broken, distant, and suffering because this was the only way for him to understand this enormous anguish. He could attain this suffering only due to the fact that it got divided into numerous pieces which he perceived as foreign.

Gradually, with the help of the Light which corrects his attitude towards them, man reveals that these are his own parts, and to this extent, he acquires the ability to justify everything the world has gone through over the course of its history.

This is how he accumulates within himself all the suffering of this enormous vessel, desire, and can bear it. This is a huge combined suffering of all souls throughout time, collected into one vessel with love towards and in unity with them. And then he reaches the state of “grieving for Jerusalem,” which is the collective broken Malchut. And when he reveals it, he also discovers its joy.

From this it becomes clear that the breaking was necessary to help us reveal the suffering of this entire enormous soul while being opposite to its perfection. This is why a person justifies all of these actions: the breaking and the entire process of correction, seeing this great mercy and the Creator’s absolute love for him.

If not for the breaking, he would not be able to bear such an enormous empty Kli (desire)—opposite to its great bestowal! For this reason, the breaking we are in today is a joyous opportunity to attain absolute desire, absolute trepidation, and grieve for Jerusalem to finally feel its joy.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/9/2011, Writings of Rabash

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Kabbalists On Spiritual Work In The Group, Part 9

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

Unity of the Friends

The path of spiritual development is possible only by being in a group where there is love of friends and where everyone can help his friend to move forward specifically by this path.
The Rabash, Rabash—the Social Writings, “The Love of Friends

Awaken within you fear of chilling the love between us. …It is similar to how a person who receives a gift has to make an effort to ensure that the feeling of love towards the person who gave the gift does not fade over time, that it remains as strong as at the moment the gift was given.
– Baal HaSulam, A Sage’s Fruit, Vol. 1, “Letter no. 2”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 08.14.11

Shamati #30 The Most Important Is to Want Only to Bestow
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The Book of Zohar – Selected Chapter Hukat (The Statute), “Moses, Aaron, and Miriam,” Item 35, Lesson 4
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Talmud Eser Sefirot Part 2, Item 6, Lesson 8
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Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah, Item 57, Lesson 33
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Writings of Baal HaSulam The Nation,” Lesson 1
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