About Capitalism Today

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Chandran Nair, founder and chief executive of Hong-Kong based thinktank Global Institute For Tomorrow): “It is important to understand that fundamental principles of capitalism – that human beings are rational and markets behave rationally, and that markets will assign prices – are flawed. It is also important to understand the roots of modern capitalism.

“You could argue that slavery was the first attempt to under-price resources.When slavery came to an end there was colonisation, which was again an attempt by the capitalist model to use resources cheaply. With the end of colonies, we had the globalisation argument of economic growth and then the globalisation of finance.

“What we need to recognise now is that the world is a very different place from what it was 100 years ago when we had one billion people.

“That game is over and we need a fundamental restructuring – essentially about how people will live, and we need to move beyond simple notions about growth to more sophisticated, nuanced discussions about human progress.

“This is not possible and that is where capitalism has essentially hit a wall and a very different conversation needs to take place.”

My Comment: Lack of resources in the world, on one hand, and the natural aspiration to grow, on the other, leave us with the only opportunity of unlimited fulfillment: satisfaction with non-material acquisitions. It is possible to arouse the desire for this through the correct education of citizens. Everyone’s dream will come true through non-material fulfillment.

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Dark Letters That Bring Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanAttainment is inner, and there is nothing outside of us. Everything that seemingly surrounds us is simply a temporary illusion, including this imaginary world, and even the spiritual world. But in the spiritual world we at least are aware that something only appears to be external to us because it becomes repelled by our ego.

We incorporate the desires of others into us to the extent of our ability to shade our egoism and conceal it, give it the intention for the sake of bestowal, and do it according to the principle of “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” the law of the Light.

The symbol of all these corrections is a special construction called Sukkah that shows us how to build the shadow. Our inner man will sit inside the Sukkah and take the four symbols of Sukkot with him: three that belong to Zeir Anpin (Lulav [one closed frond from a date palm tree], Hadassim [three boughs with leaves from the myrtle tree], and Aravot [two branches with leaves from the willow tree]), and the fourth one (Etrog [a fruit from a citron tree, similar to a lemon or grapefruit]) that belongs to Malchut. He will connect them together and begin to swing them: right, left, front, back, up, and down, in all six directions that correspond to the six Sefirot of Zeir Anpin (VAK). And at the same time he is inside the Sukkah where its three walls correspond to the three Sefirot of HesedGevuraTifferet (HGT). Sefira Netzah is the roof of Sukkah, and Sefira Hod is the ground.

It turns out that man unites with Zeir Anpin completely, which represents the higher qualities of bestowal to him. And when he connects with all these qualities in all the directions, meaning in all the qualities of VAK of Zeir Anpin, while he himself represents Malchut, by doing so he corrects and connects all of these qualities together.

And all this is done thanks to the shade, which can either conceal or reveal. A concealing shade is when we work against our evil inclination, the egoistic desire. And the revealing shade is when we ourselves write the letters of our work as if we were using black ink on a white background. This is how we create different forms of concealment, which are similar to the Light. Gradually, all of darkness becomes like the Light due to the creation of different shades (for example, in the form of wings).

Man does not connect to the Light but rather to its forms, and on the contrary, by concealing himself from the Light with the help of shades, he builds forms similar to the Light, to bestowal. This is our work. We work until we achieve equivalence of form and adhesion (Zivug) with the Light with the help of all the shades, all the forms of darkness, the “letters,” and collisions with the Light. And in the end all of darkness will shine like the Light.

Our work is to create forms of darkness, letter shapes, such as black lines and curves and to make them similar to the Light. This is why the symbol of all these corrections is the Sukkah covering. And all our work lies in finding out how to build this covering over us and sit in its shade, which will enable us to attain the Light. The entire Surrounding Light that reaches us and stays above the roof of the Sukkah acts in us, in the Sukkah, in a way that the forms of darkness shine like the Light to us.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/12/2011, Writings of Rabash

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Who Said That We Must Unite?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why does the knowledge about unity have to come to the world from an organization that the world doesn’t understand and moreover, that is based in Israel?

Answer: It comes from people with an urgent inner desire to reveal the meaning of their lives. This aspiration allows them to reveal the program and the purpose of creation, and then realize it. These people are called “Israel” (“straight to the Creator“). This name has existed for five thousand years, and it precedes the birth of the nation of Israel.

These people spread the word of unity to the world. This is how it is.

The world is yet to understand that its anti-Semitism stems from the fact that the power to unite the whole world is contained within the nation of Israel. People don’t want to unite, and that is precisely why they hate the country and the nation of Israel. This hatred is yet to reveal itself.

Even those of us who study Kabbalah still have difficulty accepting and internalizing the words of Kabbalists. Time and time again we forget what we’ve heard. All of this must be taken into consideration when we circulate Kabbalah.

Our presentation has to be polished, sweet, and comprehensible. We shouldn’t present people with questions we can’t yet answer ourselves.

“The world must unite. This isn’t coming from us. This is something leading experts and scientists are discovering today.” We are like an advertising agency for them, and we talk about what is becoming more and more apparent. We quote specialists, famous people, politicians, journalists, and television and radio hosts. We act as their representatives without revealing the inner content right away.

The most important thing is for people to start changing, and later, when they need to, they will find their way to us.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/12/2011, “Peace in the World”

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Circulating Materials With The Correct Intention

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How should we attune ourselves for the circulation of materials?

Answer: We all ask the Creator to give us strength to unite with one another and thereby bring the entire world to unity. We hope that by this we will bring Him contentment and discover that we act for His sake. We want to feel that all our groups and individual students from around the world are united into one heart, one desire—and He fills us. And the whole world unites around us, and we all become a single spiritual vessel.

This should be our prayer directed at the giving and correcting Force.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/14/2011, “One Commandment”

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