Demanding Bread And Education

Dr. Michael LaitmanOur main objective right now isn’t to erase the differences between the richest and the poorest layers of the population. This is the goal for the future.

Right now, we face two urgent issues: The first is to raise everyone’s standard of living above the poverty line, and the second is to oblige everyone to learn about mutual guarantee, the new world, the new economy, the new relationships between people, and the changes that nature is obliging us to make. A university that will teach these things must be built, and studying there must be obligatory, just as it’s obligatory for children to obtain a secondary school education.

I consider these two conditions to be essential. After all, it is written: “If there is no flour, there is no Torah.” But on the other hand, if there is no Torah (the knowledge of the new world), there is no flour. For this reason, people must be educated and given flour, meaning the necessary income. For now, this is all that needs to be done.

I’m often asked what practical advice can be given to a person that has suffered enough and is ready to accept mutual guarantee. How can such a person enter into a new world? This is only possible by gradually educating a person. We can’t just wake up tomorrow and, by some miracle, be in a new world. Everything begins with a person’s inner correction. He has to learn to change by means of studying and through his environment. If many people study, they will come to this state by correcting themselves and influencing one another.

It’s the government’s duty, first and foremost, to provide the nation with the flour and with education. The nation has to demand that the government elevates everyone above the poverty level and educates everyone in the spirit of mutual guarantee. Without these two things, we won’t be able to go forward.

I don’t know where the government will find the necessary funding. The government could take it from the rich or begin saving for it by cutting back on their government officials, it’s up to them. Let’s calculate how much money is needed. It may not be such a large sum. One way or another, the government must provide the nation with the necessities. It won’t be able to play with people as has been done in the past, so it would be better to begin planning ahead of time.

I don’t think it should be an unrealistic amount of money. They should calculate it and figure out whose taxes should be raised and whose should be lowered. There may be a need for a new tax for everyone, except for those below the poverty line. This must be done. How could it be that there are people that don’t have enough for food?

It’s also necessary to teach people, through television programs or workshops, how to manage a household. No matter what their income, people can’t live thoughtlessly and do whatever they want. People have to learn to manage their means. Quite often, people don’t know how to do this.

There are specialists, scientists, economists, and psychologists who can explain how to properly manage money. If one has a certain amount of money for a family to live on for a month, these specialists can calculate how much could be spent and on what. There is an entire academic discipline called family and consumer sciences.

People will listen and become inspired gradually; they will suddenly gain a different attitude toward life. After all, people don’t think too much about what will happen to them tomorrow. We don’t feel it, and we aren’t taught this. Our schools are so removed from real life that they don’t teach the necessary things such as how to treat people, your future husband, wife, and children or how to manage a household so that there would be enough money for the month. All these things must be learned.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/2/2011, Shamati #219

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How To Bring The Light To Everyone

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe structure of the world can be pictured as a pyramid with several layers. On top, there are the people with a point in the heart. Such people lived throughout all times aspiring toward bestowal because there is “a point” (a spiritual desire) inside their “hearts,” meaning in the desire to receive. With the help of these two “reins,” they can move forward using the environment to invoke the influence of the force of bestowal upon them.

All the others have no point in the heart; their desires are directed toward regular self-enjoyment. However, after those with a point in the heart are being filled with the Light, it passes through to the next layer as well.

This layer consists of different people, including scientists who can accept the message about the integral world. They see that we are right from their research. A knowledgeable person sees what is going on and understands the need to sustain an integral approach because nature presents us with this inescapable fact. And there are many thousands of people like that: scientists, economists, sociologists, political scientists, and so on. We have to cooperate with them by all means.

Apart from that, there are “the rich and the powerful of this world,” such as politicians and tycoons. We can only reach them indirectly with the help of scientists who will confirm the dilemma facing the world: wars and fatal fights on one hand and unity by necessity on the other. It’s in this way that we’ll get another audience that can be addressed: the financial and political elite who have something to lose.

In addition, politicians and the rich have a new problem: People start to hate them. After all, the crisis on streets is happening while they are at the wheel. Not so long ago having wealth was a cause for respect, but now wealth has become hated. This phenomenon will escalate to the point of brutality, and they will feel its heavy pressure.

Together with scientists, we can suggest a solution to them: Because there is no other choice, it’s necessary to start with gradual changes in society. Don’t do any sharp moves, only introduce global education. It’s essential today.

In this way, we can reach the main layer of the pyramid: the public, the masses, who need to “sit at school desks,” meaning they have to be introduced to a system of education about the laws of the new world. This could be easily done because unemployment will reach unprecedented levels very soon, and the economy will halt, except for mechanisms providing basic needs. Many people have already stopped spending money on luxuries. A great number of people will be left without things to do, and they will have to be sent to study. For them it will be a job as well. A person working in the sphere of basic needs will not be any different from a person receiving global education.

Gradually, a new system will be built. Suppose that everyone will be working for half a day, and the other half of the day will be dedicated to studies, and from that, a salary will be accrued. Such a pyramid will be in sync with the demands of the evolving global network of the world.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/7/2011, “One Commandment”

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125 Degrees Of Our Mutual Guarantee

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can the mutual guarantee be used as a coefficient in a formula? Is it really possible to measure human relations: 50% or 75% of mutual guarantee?

Answer: Of course relationships can be measured: There are 125 degrees of mutual guarantee (the same 125 spiritual degrees of which you have probably already heard). Everything can be measured precisely because according to the way that a person relates to others, every soul consists of RoshTochSof (head, inner part of the body, and limbs), and here are parts that he restricts and parts that he uses partially, half, or quarter way.

There is no problem with measuring the mutual guarantee in spirituality—it corresponds to your degree. And are you are asking how we should evaluate the mutual guarantee in the economics of our world? Mutual guarantee does not and cannot exist in our world. The first degree of mutual guarantee is a spiritual degree.

Right now we are in a transitional period called “the time of preparation,” preparing for the entrance into the spiritual world. When I say that the mutual guarantee needs to be entered as a coefficient into the economic formula, I mean that the entire problem with the breaking and the crisis we are now experiencing is the fact that we lack one parameter from a higher degree.And when we acquire it, we reach peace, fulfillment, and balance for a certain time. And after  each time, we will feel like we have lost this balance—the lack of mutual guarantee and economic instability.

This will keep happening on every new degree, until we reach a state when every person suffices with the necessities needed for living, which he himself will determine. At the same time, every person will give the maximum to the extent of his abilities, and he will also determine this maximum himself. This is how corrected everything will be.

But if a person has not yet reached this state, the desires that he is not yet able to work with are being guarded. And this protection is not imposed by his forces since he is not yet capable of it; it is done through the environment, which pressures him. Baal HaSulam explains that the society of the future will be evaluating how much every person needs as well as encourage people by giving them medals, influencing people with encouragement or judgment.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/2/2011, Shamati #219

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Dr. Michael LaitmanWe are in such concealment that we don’t even feel it. We perceive all of reality only inside ourselves, and everything that we feel is impressions inside our egoistic desire that actually doesn’t exist at all.

In the spiritual world there is no such notion as the desire to enjoy that receives for its own sake. If the desire is aimed towards itself, it cannot receive anything and stays in the dark. Our egotistic desire, however, is on such a low, base level that we are allowed to feel some kind of reality in it, an imprint of what seems to us as reality.

When we begin to develop and gain greater desires and intentions for the sake of bestowal, we start sensing the upper system. Before it happens each of us is like an unconscious person in delirium who feels some kind of an imaginary world in which he seems to exist, like someone in a coma, who sees various images running through his head, as it sometimes happens in a dream.

When we wake up and come back to our senses, our desire is already on another level and has the intention for the sake of bestowal. Thus, we become aware that we feel everything inside our desire and that there is nothing on the outside. Everything that previously seemed to us as external was also a sensation inside the desire to receive.

We attain the spiritual world in our desire to receive too. The still, vegetative, and animate levels of nature, all the people, all this big world, and everything that’s happening in it are merely changes in my desire to receive, which make me feel that the world is changing. I discover the other souls, meaning foreign desires so that I can connect them to myself with the intention to bestow, and then they become parts of me that help me measure to what extent I am in bestowal.

I’m kept in the fog purposefully, so that I won’t be able to feel the others while I try to bring them closer and feel them as inseparable parts of me. If I try to bring all of what seems like the external reality closer to me, I can correct my vessel to bestowal.

The extent to which I bring the external, foreign desires: the still, vegetative, animate, and speaking and unite them into a single whole, into one spiritual organism that consists of “brain-bones-tendons-flesh-skin” (MoachAtzamotGidinBasarOrh) or of “root-soul-body-garments-chamber” (ShoreshNeshamaGufLevushHeichal) is a measure of my approaching the truth. Indeed, there is no one but me who feels all of reality inside myself and thus builds a vessel within so as to perceive the Creator in it.

I have to bring all the parts together until they all become as “one man with one heart” and all the people that seemed to me as strangers become part of my soul. Thus, each of us advances without disturbing anyone. Each of us builds his own world on his own plane, in his own cut, attaining it as his inner world. And the Creator fills this world, which means that a person is in adhesion with the Light, with the Creator Who fills him.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/12/2011, Writings of Rabash

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Dr. Michael LaitmanIt is said: “The darkness will shine like the Light.” There is no day or night in our inner work. The Light shines in everything and fills the entire Malchut of Infinity. We exist in an ocean of Light. How can there be night?…

We have no day or night in spirituality, but we feel various changes in our states. It is necessary to discern these changes. Perhaps these are my days and nights that I feel in my egoism, when a day means that I have earned and conquered, while a night shows that I’m not that lucky. Meanwhile, the Creator’s day and night are opposite. For Him a day is a possibility to bestow, love, fill, and connect, while a night, on the contrary, is a lack of forces of bestowal and love.

Hence, we always have to discern in what we exist: in the darkness of the night or in the light of the day, mine or the Creator’s, and try to remain in the correct definition.
From the 6th lesson at the Toronto Convention 9/18/11

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10.18.11

Writings of Rabash “And the Lord Appeared to Him by the Oaks of Mamre
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The Book of Zohar – Selected Chapter “Pekudei (Accounts),” “The Name Mem-Bet and AB,” Item 273, Lesson 12
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Talmud Eser Sefirot Part 6, Chapter 15, “Praise the Lord from the Heavens, Answer 288” Lesson 14
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Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah, Item 158, Lesson 68
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Writings of Baal HaSulam Peace in the World,” “The Well-Being of a Certain Collective and the Well-Being of the Whole World,” Lesson 9
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