What Will The Transition Be Like?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We are at the threshold of a new state. Will the transition to it happen smoothly or will it be accompanied by shocks?

Answer: This is something I cannot foresee because it depends on our free choice. Things can develop in either direction. If we advance correctly, then we will move toward the positive by being attracted to goodness. Otherwise, nature will push us from behind with disasters, which may include a world war.

Let us hope that we will choose the good path. And for that to happen, we have to do “our homework” the best we can. Besides the study, we also have to give what we received by working on dissemination and explaining what is happening to people. We have to create content and place it everywhere, including internet and mass media.

Every person studying the science of Kabbalah has to think about how to pass it on. We have to understand how horrible it would be to have this opportunity but not to realize it.
From the New York lecture #1, 9/11/11

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Will the 99% of humanity who do not feel a need for spiritual development also have to attain the realization of evil at some stage and ask for correction?

Answer: Yes. This will be required of every person. The correction of the world lies in the fact that every person reaches the realization, understanding, and revelation in the specific measure inherent to him. And then, due to his inclusion in others, he attains all 100%.
From the lesson on 9/9/11, Writings of Rabash

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A Simple Choice: Solidarity Or The Collapse Of Europe

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Jacek Rostowski, Polish finance minister): “Speaking in Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza on Monday (29 August), the minister said: ‘European elites, including German elites, must decide if they want the euro to survive – even at a high price – or not. If not, we should prepare for a controlled dismantling of the currency zone.’

“He added: ‘We have a simple choice: Solidarity or the collapse of Europe.’

“The Polish minister said the long-term solution to the crisis is deeper integration.

“’The fundamental problem of the eurozone is not an economic but a political one,’ he explained.’The choice is: much deeper macroeconomic integration in the eurozone or its collapse. There is no third way.’

“He also diagnosed two forms of ‘dangerous populism’ at work in EU politics – a southern populism based on financial irresponsibility and a northern one based on lack of solidarity with southern countries.

“But he added that wealthy northern countries as well as non-eurozone EU members will suffer if it falls.

“’It’s hard to imagine anything that would hit the Dutch, German, or Finnish economy harder than the collapse of the banking system in any eurozone country,’ he said. ‘The collapse of the eurozone would [also] be catastrophic for Poland.’”

My Comment: More and more politicians understand that the circumstances compel us to unite. The only question is whether personal and national egoism and national antagonism let them start thinking and discussing tighter unification. Will egoistic interests not obscure the global catastrophe that awaits us if we do not start seeking mutual guarantee?

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Unity As The Method Of Solving The Crisis, Part 1

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Steven Weber and Bruce W. Jentleson, The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas): “World politics has entered a new and distinctive age in which ideas and influence are linked in a vibrant and sometimes ferocious competition for ascendance.

“Core questions about how best to achieve world order and what constitutes just societies, seemingly settled at the end of the 20th century, have been re-opened in the 21st century.

“Governments are just one voice among many, and in some ways the least magnetic to many people simply because they are the least novel.

“The United States needs an actionable articulation of mutuality. Mutuality is not altruism or the abdication of national interest. No nation can be for others instead of for itself. But in a global age, it is more essential than ever to have a credible claim to using one’s power and position for seeking out actions and outcomes that serve shared interests.

“The United States will be tested by global audiences in the next decade and beyond as never before. But so will every other contender for leadership in the competition of ideas.

“That leaves us optimistic. Because if Americans understand the terms of this new international game, there really is no one who can lead more effectively.”

My Comment: In a new integral world, governments are the most obsolete forms of the old world, while the masses are much more sensitive to the form of unification humanity has to accept.

Therefore, namely the masses will bring a new form to the world, but the organization of the correct external environment needed for the correction of the masses is hardly feasible without the government since mass media is in its hands. Evidently, by pressuring governments, the masses will force them to create conditions for the correct environment needed to build the society of the next generation.

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Loving The Other? It’s Easy!

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Where do the upper world and this world come into contact with one another?

Answer: Our world and the upper world meet in the desires of other people, which I can connect to my desires so they become like my own. That’s why there is the condition of “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

My primordial desire is just a point. I can’t receive anything into it; it has no volume. If I can connect the desire of the other to myself and accept it as my own, I act in a very interesting way: I ask to be given the Light with which to fill it. The Light comes, passes through me, and I fill that desire. If I similarly connect myself to an even bigger desire, and more and more desires, I reach the world of Infinity.

The world of Infinity is all the points in all the hearts. Then all the Light of Infinity passes through me, and I feel this Light in all the others, in seemingly foreign desires that, because I connected them to myself, became mine.

Loving the Other Is Easy

This clarifies the meaning of the maxim, “Love thy neighbor as thyself”: “You” (an egoist) “love thy neighbor” (all the others so that they become close to you) “as thyself” (connect their desires to yourself).

Then, you’ll pass all the upper Light through yourself. You’ll receive it into the desires you have connected to yourself—they are yours. Thereby we reach eternity, perfection, the world of Infinity. This is what our work is all about.
From the Sunday Virtual Lesson Series 9/4/2011

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The Metamorphoses Of Desire

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Correction takes place from simple to complex, but revelation and understanding from complex to simple. How can we combine these two opposites?

Answer: These two opposites meet in a person, in his or her desire. As the desire gets awakened, a person performs certain actions: directs his or her desire, concentrates it, and works with it correctly—and feels certain results in it.

We, our nature, our desire, are the objects of study here. I investigate what is going on in my desire, in my being. Studying the books, which thus are called the “Torah” (from “Oraa” or “manual”), I transform my desires in various ways: change, combine, analyze, synthesize, connect to others, come near or far, and so on. By reading books that tell me about various metamorphoses taking place in my desire, I evoke a certain effect upon myself.

Thus, my desire constantly transforms, takes newer and newer additional shapes. At the same time, none of the shapes changes. It just gets enclosed into bigger subsequent shapes until we acquire all the garments on our original point in the heart and reach full correction.
From the Sunday Virtual Lesson Series 9/4/2011

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Dr. Michael LaitmanMany people think that the wisdom of Kabbalah speaks about “the number of angels in the sky and their names,” about certain vague and distant notions that have nothing to do with us. It takes a long time for a person who comes to study Kabbalah to rid himself of all these stereotypes. We do not learn a new approach to reality; we are not brought up in this spirit.

Now, as the crisis gradually unfolds, we will feel a persistent need to discover how to settle in the world, in life, in a new connection between people, which we must become aware of if we want to survive in this world, and thus we will become acquainted with this wisdom that teaches us to create a proper connection between us. We must do it in order to control our everyday life, to come out of the crisis in all areas of education, family relationships, science, the economy, and our relationship with nature that continues to inflict blows on us.

For this reason we must identify the problem in order to get rid of it or work it out one way or another; otherwise, we will constantly suffer. Our desire to receive pleasure compels us to find the cause of all our suffering. Gradually we’ll discover that the reason is in the fact that people are connected incorrectly, badly, that the egoistic connections we have developed over the course of thousands of years do not work any longer and even cause harm.

First of all, we always believed it was better to be an egoist, everyone on his own; that we had to build a consumer society; that each person could enjoy to the extent of his ability to use and deceive others for his own benefit, and as long as he followed the rules and avoided prison or punishment, he could do so and rule.

But now a new system is being revealed and it’s telling us: “No! That same tendency, that egoistic approach, that same attitude, will no longer work. There needs to be a different attitude. The previous system was individualistic, and we were not dependent on one another. Now, we have reached the end of our individual, personal development. Like sprouts emerging from the ground, we too have grown and hit the ceiling; there’s no more room for us to grow.

Since we’ve reached our ‘ceiling,’ we now need to connect with each other. It is a different system of existence. Do you want to exist? If you do, then you need to be more connected with each other.”

It is difficult for us to imagine such a system. We only notice our incapability to achieve anything. Through suffering, we gradually discover the true state of affairs. This is why in the end, the wisdom of Kabbalah also reveals itself.

Then, instead of “heavenly angels” and various strange and unfamiliar words, we gradually, with difficulty, begin to realize that Kabbalah tells us about the structure of the connection between us, the way to attain this proper connection, and become part of it. It explains to us the extent to which our attitude towards this proper connection determines our future, so much so that we no longer need to work as before, mostly physically, but we need to begin to work largely in our intentions.

We won’t need to reinvent our lives or the world, use different mechanisms, equipment, or technologies; instead, everything will shift towards our relationships and the connections between us. And the outcome will depend on the quality of our connection.

Once thousands of people worked in fields and millions worked in factories, plants, and industries, but today we discover that people have nowhere to work; they can only work on strengthening the connection between us in a virtual, internal way. This specifically will determine our success in manufacturing, exporting, importing, in everything we need in order to arrange our corporeal lives. We will continue to shift our view and direction to our inner relationship because there we will reveal a truly perfect and new world.

To attain the revelation of these states gradually, step by step, we read The Zohar. It is the best book for opening our hearts, mind, eyes, and ears so we can start feeling how much we depend on the network of connections between us.
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Dr. Michael LaitmanRight now a “second power,”some foreign force, is being revealed to us, and if we try to discern it correctly, we’ll be happy. But if we don’t try to comprehend it correctly, it hits us—in order for us to notice and treat it with respect, to understand who the boss is.

It’s painful for us to learn under a stick, unless we’re able to turn this stick into candy. But this is only possible under the condition that I run after it, try to figure out what this foreign power wants, and am prepared to lower myself before it. This is called “to despair from the work and cry out to the Creator.”

The entire world is coming closer to this work, consciously or unconsciously. We are all “the Creator’s workers,” and we all exist in the final corrected state; we just don’t know or feel it. We are working to reveal and agree with all the passing states, to attain the revelation of Infinity. We exist in this infinite Light even now, except we do not agree with Him, and this is why He completely conceals Himself from us.

This is why all of humanity works together. Some participate unconsciously, while others want to understand this work and do it by their own will. However, the same stages are revealed to each person. And the turmoil that humanity is experiencing now is similar to the confusion that a person experiences in his inner work, clarifying his or her next step. Thus the entire world, being in the state of confusion, fogginess, and weakness, has started to scrutinize its upper, spiritual degree.

However, each person will work according to his place in the system. For some it will be an obvious attainment, but for others the attainment will be strictly practical and will stem from connection, mutual guarantee, which is enough for them to reach the common system and feel that they are part of it.

Some face more difficult work and clarifications to reveal the same system on the level of its “head,” and not the “body.” Each part of the body also has its own “brain” and “heart” that are responsible for the sensations and intentions. After all, each part receives orders from the central brain and must process them to do the actual work.

The parts feel its influence and send their response to the brain. This is why even the body has “bone marrow,” the part that has knowledge, understanding and perceives the whole system. And in the end, everyone connects in such a way that they completely intermix and become fully included in each other.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/7/2011, Shamati #10

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Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (M. Hazin, an economist, from km.ru): “The mask of ‘civility’ is slipping down from capitalism before our eyes. For the last 30 years, the amount of money in the economy grew quicker than the economy itself, and a ‘bubble’ of the financial economy was inflated over the real sector of economy.

“The crisis ‘blew off’ some of the financial ‘bubbles.’ However, the enormous emission by the Federal Reserve System (FRS) saved the situation. Yet, the basis of the financial ‘bubble,’ the real economy, began to slow down. And since the real profit in economy is based only on the final household and state demand, a question arose: What should be done next?

“The households are reducing their demand, and the states are temporally increased it. But they cannot continue doing it any longer. The alternative is a sharp drop in GDP.

“There is an enormous amount of money in the world, and it is being invested somewhere all the time by its owners, which creates an illusion of local growth. But the objective flow of the economic processes cannot be stopped.

“A large-scale fall of the speculative markets is simply inconceivable for the western countries. The alternative is the following: If there are no mutual liquidity sources, it is necessary to take them from someone.

“Conclusion: Therefore, this coming fall of 2011, the U.S. most likely will stimulate a financial crisis in Europe, with the objective of transferring liquidity to their markets, according to the principle of ‘you will die today so I could die tomorrow.’ Capitalism is starting to follow namely this prison camp principle, and its mask of ‘civility’ is slipping down before our eyes.”

My Comment: In our neck of the woods, they are instigating revolutions, anarchy, and wars. And all of it is done only to escape bankruptcy. In accordance with the globality of the world and universal interconnection, it will all backfire at them with a hard knockout blow. In the interconnected world, only reciprocity with others guarantees the future of the state. Is suffering really the only way for this world to learn new integrated relationships of mutual guarantee?

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Dr. Michael LaitmanThe force of inertia that constantly prevents us from making changes by our own initiative, from awakening and approaching the Creator instead of the pressure of sufferings, and puts a cloud over us is called “Amalek.” In general, it works against the importance of the goal and is the cause of all the failures.

It doesn’t seem to do anything in particular. It simply weakens a person, takes his desire from him, and calms him down, suggesting that there is nothing to be afraid of: “Just go on, and everything will be all right.” It is very clever and thus the strongest: It infects us with indifference. And therefore, this force “Amalek” is considered our chief enemy on this path.

We see that all the other enemies who want to prevent you, shout, show themselves, and reveal their qualities interfere. But Amalek is not like that: He lives quietly on the sidelines, like a cunning serpent. There are people like that, they know how to be invisible but never forget about themselves and always manage secretly, stealthily, to turn everything in their favor. And those people bring the most harm.

It is said that we have to erase the very memory of Amalek. This is the work of the importance of the revelation of the Creator with respect to the actions that we are doing for this purpose and with respect to our hopes that it will happen from Above.

We are in the world of action. And therefore, until we can do some actions in practice, nothing will happen. It would seem that the actions don’t decide anything because the main thing is the intention. But the true intention is Above in the Light, and we are in desire.

That’s why, until the possibility to carry out the actions of connection or mutual closeness presented itself from below, the wisdom of Kabbalah wasn’t revealed and didn’t come out of concealment. After all, nothing could be done if there was no opportunity to perform any correction practically.

Our intentions are always egoistic, but things could lead to changes, as it is said, hearts follow the deeds. That’s why when the world starts changing so much because the Creator is approaching us, we can carry out the same actions, going towards Him. And even if these actions are without the correct intention, they will still change and purify our desires, meaning, they will be helpful.

Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah is being revealed, and we can work and produce changes in ourselves through our attempts to unite with each other and through the dissemination of this message around the world. We explain the future to which humanity has to come and what awaits all of us. We explain how we should act so that the revelation of the Creator is kind, when we do not shirk it in every possible way, but rather desire to live according to His new approach.

New management, a new power, has been established in the world; a new network of forces that rules the world today is being revealed. And we have to understand and feel it, to come into compliance with it. If we do our best to accomplish this, we erase the memory of Amalek because Amalek works mostly on downplaying the importance of the Creator, the property of mutual bestowal, which is the whole essence of the new management, new government, now landing on our Earth and covering us like a cloud.

The reason for the crisis is that the Creator is getting closer; His quality of bestowal is coming to us, and we begin to feel it between us stronger and stronger. We “erase the memory of Amalek” with our explanations in practice, in this world, below. And then the Creator, the upper force, will complete this action from Above with the Light that Reforms.

If we try to perform these actions even in our old egoistic nature, but altogether, with the whole world, wherever possible, explaining and bringing people closer to the approaching Creator, we attract the Light of correction and begin to change. That is, first, we erase the memory of Amalek below, and according to this, the Creator later erases the memory of him Above.

Thus, we become allies with Him, fighting one enemy who stands between us and separates us: us from the Creator and us from one another. And by this measure, the misty cloud turns into a powerful connecting field, in which we discover our new vessel (desire) and there, the property of love and bestowal, which is called the revelation of the Creator to the created beings.
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