Good Environment – 09.25.11

My Good Environment – Dr. Laitman’s Advice and Principles for the Week

Shifting To The Economy Of The Future

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What economic concept does the idea of mutual guarantee offer?

Answer: It’s difficult to say something about the current transitional period. We have to work together with specialists. There is the economy that worked until now, and there is the economy of the next phase, built upon fair distribution and the provision of basic needs. A person will work to provide himself with the vital necessities in the commonly accepted sense, while investing all the rest of his efforts into inner growth because there he experiences fulfillment, which will eventually become infinite.

Together we decide how to provide for our vital necessities, and then, as we advance, we will see how they get reduced to the basic ones.

But for the time being, the world has to live normally. A person needs a home, a washing machine, a refrigerator, a vacuum cleaner, a bed, furniture, a school for his children, a pension, a vacation, health insurance, and so on. However, all of this is required to the degree necessary for existence, considering that all of our intentions aspire to mutual guarantee. This is the surest guarantee in and of itself: When I am sure that everyone takes care of me, I get rid of my egoistic worries. We have to help every person so he would be able to not think about himself.

For that we need an economy, banks, trade, and mutual calculations—everything that’s necessary for providing for seven billion people and for solving problems and compensating for unforeseen accidents and failures. In short, we need large scale systems, but ones that work on the principle of complementarity rather than competition.

Accordingly, we will give up excesses. Say, we won’t exchange our cars for new ones as often if the old ones are still fit for use. Or we will cancel expensive scientific projects that are pointless.

The problem is the transition, which is possible only on the condition that we work together, showing economists, sociologists, and political scientists the next state of the world. Then they’ll understand that there is no other choice but to shift from opposition to unification, and to discuss the ways to come out of the crisis in order to be saved from the threat of annihilation. They have to become aware of this problem, and then they will be able to compile a mutual, therapeutic program.

On our part, we have to influence the world as much as possible so the transitional phase won’t be so painful. This depends mainly on us. After all, everyone else is acting automatically, by the orders of egoism, which can only be budged by troubles and to some extent, our influence. And we are not addressing people’s minds, but are bringing our unity into human society, which will become a favorable ground.

Then they will suddenly feel, “There is something worth listening to here.” Even if they did not know anything before, on the inside they will admit that we are right.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/25/11, “The Nation”

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The Choice Of The Masses

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Do the masses have freedom of choice to join bestowal?

Answer: Neither AHP nor Galgalta ve Eynaim have freedom of choice. They find free choice in the middle third of Tifferet only by uniting with one another.

Of course, the choice of AHP is not the same as that of Galgalta ve Eynaim. The choice of the masses is expressed by realizing that they have to complete work on unification as fast as possible—not by the path of suffering, but by means of conscious and voluntary connection to the spiritual leaders.

We shouldn’t look down on AHP for the fact that it is being led by a shepherd. Galgalta ve Eynaim is also following the Creator, the force of bestowal, the program of creation, like a flock. This is not what makes us special. We are special because we accelerate the time by looking for an opportunity to bow down our heads on our own. This is our freedom of choice.

However, AHP is no less significant than Galgalta ve Eynaim. Rather, it is more significant.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/25/11, “The Nation”

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Here are some pictures from the “Mutual Guarantee: Everyone Together” event in Jerusalem, September 20, 2011.

Unity As The Method Of Solving The Crisis, Part 4

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Dr. Rodrigue Tremblay, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, University of Montreal, Canada, the author of The Code for Global Ethics): “The world’s crisis is a moral one. …Humanity needs a new moral revival free from the old formula that encouraged conflicts and wars. Tremblay’s The Code For Global Ethics proposes a universal code of rights and obligations outlining rational humanistic principles to be applied to a global, shrinking and interdependent world.

“[He states] that humanism’s foundation is idealism, compassion, and mutual tolerance; it is humanity’s universal vision. A moral code, writes Tremblay, must be judged on its treatment of others and improvement of lives.”

My Comment: But who can develop this code and make it acceptable to the world community? Only Kabbalists will be able to draw up this code because they are familiar with the future state of the world, while only well-known people can present this code to the world.

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Pray For The Internal Power Of Bestowal

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What does it mean to ask the Creator? Do I have to acquire His attributes for that?

Answer: To ask is to search, demand, and even ask for my own transformation. After all, I have to express my own desire for it. I sentence myself (this is the meaning of “to pray” or “Lehitpalel” in Hebrew), I investigate which attributes I lack and how I can attain the force of bestowal.

This force exists inside the society. Therefore, if I enter the society, develop a desire to “clothe” in my friends with all my heart and soul, and connect with them internally so as to totally dissolve in this connection, then I will find the power of bestowal there. This is exactly what I pray for.

I pray to reach such a state in which I will see that everyone is perfect and connected. This situation is called Shechina (Divinity), the general gathering of souls (Knesset Israel). I want to be there, and I pray for the connection that brings together all the souls yearning for “Yashar-El” (straight to the Creator) to be realized in me.

I don’t turn to some external power or desire that exists independently, or to some imaginary figure. All the prayers are aimed at Malchut (of the world of Atzilut or the world of Infinity), to the connection between us, in which we discover mutual bestowal. I want this state to be revealed to me, and this is what is ask for.

This is a very delicate point, and we have to be careful not to start imagining some statue or figure, but only the state in which we are connected and incorporated in each other, tied together in complete bestowal. More correctly, it should be called an attribute and not a force because a force may seem as something distant, while an attribute is what I intend to acquire myself. These are very slight differences, but they determine the cleanliness of my attitude, and hence they are so crucial.

It says: “There is none else besides Him,” however, we have to imagine this as our state in a perfect system. Then we can be sure that we won’t be mistaken.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/22/2011, Shamati $#240

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Cries Won’t Help

Dr. Michael LaitmanOur problem is that we cry out from the pain that our egoism has caused us. But the Creator is deaf and unreceptive to this kind of cry. We can cry as much as we want. We have witnessed terrible suffering throughout history, but the upper force doesn’t seem to pay attention to it.

This is because the purpose of creation, the Thought of Creation, and its entire system is built so as to bring the egotistic desire to correction, to the intention to bestow. If we don’t cry in order to acquire the attribute of bestowal, but on the contrary, we demand good for our egoism, we get the opposite result and only make our situation worse. We invite a much stronger negative effect, from which we will learn how to cry out correctly.

This is the problem of humanity, which doesn’t understand the upper governance. All the heaviness that we feel, all the hardships, and our disagreement with the Creator stem from the fact that we don’t understand His plan and expect Him to change and to do something for us. But He won’t do anything! There is a plan for the correction of the shattering, and I need to use it. That’s all.

If I don’t do that, I can cry just as everyone has done for ages, and whom did it help? By our crying, pleading, and attempting to fill our ego, we only increase our desire to receive and we receive harder blows until we reach total despair, which we are starting to feel now. This is so that we will finally understand that salvation will only come from our correction and not from egotistic demands. There is no one to ask from!

It is only possible to turn to a corrected system, which is one level above me and which I perceive as total darkness since it is a system of bestowal. If I want to adapt to it and be like it, I can ask for that. This is what I will receive—if I really ask for this.

My request will be fulfilled if I ask to bestow in order to be the one who bestows, and not in order to feel better.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/22/2011, Shamati $#240

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The Adapter Between Me And The New World

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe already understand that we are all connected by a close mutual bond and that this connection works in the world differently than in the past. A new condition, a new coefficient, has been added to our interrelationships, which we still cannot take into account because of our nature. We are not familiar with the system we have been hurled into, and so we cannot do anything about it.

Therefore, Kabbalists say: We should first learn what the system is and understand the situation. Then will we know how to arrange our life.

We cannot continue to advance by our own powers. If we refuse to learn, we will learn by terrible blows that will show us how stubborn and ignorant we are. In any case, we will have to “go back to school” and study the science of Kabbalah. It wasn’t given to us without reason—it is about the system of reality opposite to us, about the upper world.

We should not delude ourselves: By studying this system, we will not be able to correct the financial system or find new business management methods under the new conditions. With the study of the science of Kabbalah  we will only realize that we must ask for the power of correction.

The method of Kabbalah will not enable us to continue “improving” the world by our merciless egoism. It will only enable us to acquire a new power, the power of bestowal, in addition to our power of receiving. Only when the power of bestowal dominates the power of bestowal will we know what to do with ourselves and with the world.

The wisdom of Kabbalah is not a practical manual for solving all problems by using the usual egotistic approach. The studies will only show us how to ask for an internal change. Only having changed internally will we understand what to do with the world.

This is why the method of Kabbalah had to be revealed externally, artificially. It doesn’t grow in us naturally from within. It is given to us from the outside so that we will exert effort and ask to correct ourselves.

Here we are given free will: I am facing a new system, a new method, and now I have to develop the will to change inside me. I am in my ego facing a new system, a new world. The science of Kabbalah is what adapts me to the new world. It helps me reach a state in which I ask for correction. Then I will change: Besides my egoism, I will also have the attribute of bestowal, and I will understand how to approach the new world correctly.


From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/22/2011, “The Nation”

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The Wave That Carries Us Upward

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can I reach the demand for the Creator if I feel that I am nothing compared to Him?

Answer: Our work is not to engage in soul-searching, but to focus on our environment. There is nothing more we have to work on but our attitude, our coming closer and connecting with others, which stems from the shattering of the vessels.

The Creator is what is revealed in our corrected vessels. We should worry about the vessels because the upper Light is at absolute rest. The more the vessels become equal to the Light, the attribute of bestowal, the more they reveal this attribute, and this is called the revelation of the Creator to the created beings.

How can a radio receive and transmit signals? After all, these sounds do not exist in the air? It is because we “arouse” in the radio the same radio wave that exists outside. According to the equivalence of form, these two waves unite and begin to resonate. Thus they produce the result of their unity in the radio, which we hear as sound.

Clearly, we cannot hear radio waves; our ear does not detect such frequencies. However, this main, “carrying” wave has some extra element, harmony. And if we reach equivalence with the main wave, we begin to hear this extra element, the hidden voice inside.

All our senses work according to this principle, and this is how we have to tune ourselves to the connection with the Creator.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/22/2011, Shamati $#240

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The Boss Who Doesn’t Pay For The Work

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe science of Kabbalah isn’t a reference book for egoists or a manual for brokers, and it doesn’t teach us how to make business of the new world. When I study the science of Kabbalah, I understand that I must change and that I have no other choice. We have to adapt ourselves to the new system, to enter it consciously and without reservation, to leave everything old behind and cross the Rubicon, the barrier behind which there is a new world.

The method of Kabbalah was revealed and developed by special people called Yashar-El (straight to the Creator). This is how it was revealed to them, this is how they present it to the world, and everyone should know it to some extent.

Therefore, a simple guarantee, an ordinary solidarity, will be useless. Our calls for unification are the first steps toward a genuine guarantee. The more we advance towards mutual guarantee, the more clearly we will discover that we need an internal correction in order to adapt to the new system. We don’t correct nature, and we don’t correct the world—we correct ourselves.

The method of Kabbalah is opposite from what we’ve known so far. So far nature has activated us internally, and we have always fulfilled our growing egotistic desire. This boss totally dominated us, and we used to carry out all his commands faithfully. He was so great that he simply covered all our field of vision and we’ve always thought only about him. We didn’t feel the difference between him and ourselves.

Now, however, a new attitude towards the egotistic nature is being born in us. We are starting to realize to what extent it dominates us, to what extent it destroys us, and to what extent it is a bad boss. This is because we work for him, and we don’t get any payment. On one hand, the rule of egoism turns out to be bad and leads to emptiness. On the other, a new domination is revealed to us, the domination of the desire to bestow….

There are many things that we will have to take care of and to pass on to the world. When we talk to the world, we bring people the Light that Reforms within our words. It makes no difference how much they understand because the Light is already active in the system of our interconnection.

This is why we have to go out to the streets, to work in the social networks, and to produce as many materials as we can. We are not waiting for people to understand us right now; we don’t judge the success of the dissemination by the initial response of the public. Bestowal itself is our reward because it brings people the Light that Reforms.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/22/2011, “The Nation”

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