Evolution Of Consciousness

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe begin to develop and grow from this world, from the lowest possible reality, which descended from the world of Infinity through 125 degrees, through 5 worlds, to the very lowest point. Having reached this low level, the spark of light broke through to the very last spiritual degree into this world and began to form matter in it.

Matter began to concentrate, form, and unite one particle with another. In this manner began the return to the source—the correction of the breaking. From thereon began our Universe: the still, vegetative, and animate levels of nature.

All these degrees are a result of the unification of matter into more and more complex structures, all the parts of which act in benefit to each other. The power of Light, the power of nature, unite separate elements, and thus form inanimate matter in all its inner diversity. Matter is formed due to the unification of opposite particles according to particular laws.

And then even vegetative matter arises, where opposite particles connect into even more complex structures. They are much more spread apart from each other, but they unite nonetheless. Then animate nature emerges, each part of which feels separate and wishes to maintain its existence in an egoistic form. However, due to the force of nature, each of them still unites with others, and all together they create the animate—an animate body that is able to exist in spite of the fact that inside it exist a contradiction and unification of polar elements.

They are united by a special force—the force of Light, the force of the Creator, the force of mutual bestowal, in spite of the force of creation, an egoistic force that exists inside each. These two forces begin to act in common harmony.

Harmony is impossible if there are not two opposite forces that nonetheless unite for the sake of one goal, a common interest, and some higher state. A higher state means common interests of the body: the vegetative or the animate body. And then, due to development of matter on the animate level, it reaches the level of the human being of this world, which is an even more complex creature—a more aggressive and egoistic one. Every creature from this degree “human being in this world” finds that he is opposite to all other people.

And when he reaches the end of his egoistic development, he reveals that if he wishes to exist further, he needs a second, opposite force—the force of bestowal. The force of egoism developed in him, but what is he to do it with it now? It only destroys us.

At this point we understand that we must receive the force of bestowal, the force of unification. The feeling of the lack of the force of unification, without which we cannot continue, is in fact that feeling of a crisis, the breaking, the destruction of former values. It is revealed directly inside our existence, our life. We discover in absolutely all areas of life, in all the activities of a person in this world, that we cannot reach balance, harmony, and so-called “life.”

After all, life is built on the basis of two forces: reception and bestowal. We cannot exist by acting only with the one force of egoism. Therefore, as a result of our development, our gradual evolution, step by step nature brings us to the conclusion that we also need a second force: the force of unification.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/25/11, Shamati

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European Banks: The Mistrust Grows In Expectation Of The New Wave Of Crisis

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (From economicsnewspaper.com): “Against the background of the debt crisis in Europe is a growing distrust among banks. They borrow less money….

“The mistrust of banks taking each other for the assessment European Central Bank, given the debt crisis in Europe. ‘Banks prefer in certain regions of the euro area to its to deposit excess liquidity with the ECB, rather than to other Banks borrow,’ said ECB chief economist Juergen Stark to the ‘Handelsblatt’ in the Monday edition. ‘The signal we take seriously.’

“Alone between last Thursday and Friday, the offshore banks Stark’s statement after 90.5 billion euros at the ECB, rather than the money other banks to borrow. The situation was not yet comparable with the Situation in fall 2008. After the bankruptcy of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers was at that time the so-called interbank market, on which the Financial institutions provide liquidity to each other, in a state of shock fallen. The report shows that at times were in the € 200 billion ECB depot. (Abendblatt.de / dpa)”

My Comment: Since increasing mutual dependence is manifested in the world, the alienation of the banks from each other will lead to the collapse of the whole system. However, namely because of this, from the realization of their death, they will understand that there is no other way out but connection in the form of “mutual guarantee.” Through these crises (sufferings), Nature (the Creator) will bring humanity to correction.

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An Honorable Request For Help

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If there was a restriction on reception, why don’t we feel shame raising requests and prayers (MAN) above?

My Answer: We don’t feel shame because we ask for help for us to achieve bestowal, and not for our own sake. That’s nothing to be ashamed of!

You can counter, “but the entire correction occurs because of the shame felt by Malchut of the world of Infinity!” However, I don’t feel shame raising this request because I don’t demand for myself; rather, for myself I ask only the bare necessities, so that I could bestow the rest!

There is no shame in this. Just the opposite, there is honor here for me, because I will be able to bestow to others what no one else can give them! Everybody has such unique abilities in that the work performed by a particular individual cannot be performed by anyone else. That is because everyone has their own personal root in the common soul.

Therefore, it is allowed to ask for strength to live and be healthy, to receive knowledge and abilities—if these things are needed to carry out actions of bestowal. This is precisely what “life” is in the world of truth.

Such is my existence: My life is possible only to the extent that I can bestow. My actions are exclusively bestowal. And the spirit that flows through me sustains my existence, which is intended for bestowal. This is what is called a spiritual state.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/25/11, Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah

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Schooling Fish Operate On The Basis Of Mutual Guarantee

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (From Nature.com): “Schooling fish take up different positions in the group according to their aerobic abilities. …When schools were swimming at high speed, fish less able to supply oxygen to their muscles ended up at the back, where they could reduce their workload. By contrast, fish with higher aerobic capacity that were better able to withstand drag forces took up positions at the front. Having fitter fish in the lead could allow schools to maximize their swimming speed.”

My Comment: In nature, everything is arranged according to the principle of mutual guarantee. Kabbalah urges us to connect in this way, and numerous articles indicate that mutual guarantee is the basis of interaction in a group and society, exactly like in the case of the fish!

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Kabbalists On Perception Of Reality, Part 1

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

Everything Is Preordained

The revelation of the Creator does not change one’s actual reality but adds to it the awareness he had not had before.
– Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation

There is nothing more natural than attaining contact with one’s Maker for He owns nature. In fact, every creature has contact with his Maker, as it is written, “The whole earth is full of His glory,” but one does not know and does not feel it.

Actually, one who attains contact with Him attains only the awareness. It is as though one has a treasure in his pocket, and he does not know. Along comes another who lets him know what is in his pocket, and this knowledge in particular makes him rich.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Solution”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 08.26.11

Shamati #115 “Still, Vegetative, Animate and Speaking
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Writings of Baal HaSulam One Commandment,” “Serving People by God’s Commandment,” Lesson 3
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