A Period Of Transition

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam: “The Peace”: It (Providence) tends to its every need like a trained nanny who will not forget it even for a moment, until it has acquired the strength to emerge into our world. Then, too, Providence does not abandon it. Like a loving mother, it brings it to such loving, loyal people it can trust, called “Mother” and “Father.

But those who examine that reality from the perspective of provision and persistence of existence can clearly see great disorder and confusion, as though there were no leader and no guidance. Everyone does that which is right in his own eyes, building himself on the ruin of others.”

Of course, we don’t see that in the inanimate level of nature and we hardly see it in the vegetative level. In the living part of nature we can see the parents’ concern for their young more clearly. Birds, fish and other animals protect their young instinctively and the more developed a species is, the more complex and thorough the care-taking of the young is. When the young grow, they let them go so that they will take care of themselves.

In people this is expressed most strongly. It isn’t enough for parents to take care of their young for several weeks or months. In order to be independent a child needs 20 years of preparation, with a special environment and education that includes kindergarten, school, university, learning a profession, and other artificial means that are not provided by nature. Only after all that is he ready to enter human society, which will require him to live according to accepted norms.

This is a great paradox. Until the age of 20, a person gets everything he needs not only from his parents, but also from the environment. The whole world participates in his growing up. Then things change and the world begins to demand that a person begin to act and take care of society. This gap is huge. Animals don’t feel a change in attitude. They simply go on with their lives, but in humans the attitude changes. Each of us goes through this breaking point, when he becomes a grown-up and discovers that the world has demands and that it even threatens him.

We don’t want this. We would prefer to remain kids, and today many succeed in doing that with their parents’ support. Still there is the question: Why has nature prepared all these phases of development for us? What has it achieved by doing so? What does it want from us? For what does it prepare us?

It may be that when we reach the age of 20 we simply don’t understand that from now on we have to live differently in the human environment. Perhaps, if we do everything correctly, our environment would seem like a “caring mother.” Perhaps the whole problem is in the mutual relations among us? If this is the case, the sharp contrast of the transition period, the hostility and the sudden demands, will only be an invitation to correct our relations with those around us.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/4/11, “The Peace”

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No War!

Dr. Michael Laitman

Question: What can we do right now to prevent a war from happening in the world?

Answer: We have to unite! In our world, all we can do is attract a greater revelation of the Light. All changes in the world occur as a result of the influence of the Upper Light, which can only be attracted by means of similarity of qualities.We should be paying attention to whether there is unity between us and other groups, whether we are in a state of constant unity, closeness, similarity of qualities, goals, thoughts and desires.

Here I don’t mean our corporeal desires. I’m talking about our aspiration toward the Creator and whether we are united in our desire to reveal Him.

If we understand that it can only be done this way, then our closeness and our unity will attract a greater revelation of Light. First this will cause good things to happen between us and later this good will spread throughout the world.
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Personal Participation Required

Dr. Michael LaitmanThere is a desire to receive and there is a desire to bestow. The whole creation is nothing but an opposition of one to the other. The desire to bestow manages the desire to receive in order to bring it to the identification of itself and to make it equivalent to the desire to receive.  That is the initial program of the desire to bestow.

The nature of the good, according to the science of Kabbalah, is benevolence (doing good). As the Creator is perfect, to that extent he has a program of improving the creation. And there exists just one path toward perfection: The creation has to feel the Creator’s state. He created the creation as opposite to Himself, separated from Himself, and He guides the creation through a sequence of states through which the creation attains the wisdom of the Creator and feels what there is in the Creator.

But it is not enough just to understand and feel, the creation attains the Creator’s nature by itself including everything that is in the creation and its management. So, the force of giving is called “Light” and the force of reception “a vessel”. Similarity in their qualities is called “an intention of bestowal” or “a screen“. Due to the altruistic intention and by the nature of its action, the desire to receive becomes the one of bestowal. If it receives to please somebody, it, in fact, commits an act of bestowal using reception as a means: It doesn’t have any other way to establish contact and give anything to anybody.

How can we participate in the process? How do we gain more understanding? How do we reach the degree of the Creator? How do we feel His actions? In short, how do we become like Him? After all, this is the goal—to become like Him.

We still don’t understand what it means “to bring pleasure to the Creator,” but “equivalence to the Creator” is closer to our current egoistic understanding. To be like Him means to bestow, to understand bestowal, to take upon oneself, to govern the creation… Everything is in that.

But in fact, to be like Him is to understand the whole program and the complete course of actions assumed by it from the beginning to the very end in the first place. Such an understanding requires the whole to be disassembled and then put back together. In this way, we reveal the gap between the Creator and the creation together with the connection that brings them into equivalence. In that, Light and darkness, plus and minus, positive and negative connect on every level.

In the process of our development, under constant influence of the Light, a vessel acquires various shapes until it reaches the “final stop”—complete equivalence of qualities with the Creator. But the vessel has to go through these states of sequential changes with understanding, in agreement, by desiring them, and even acting independently.

Thus, we need to realize our oppositeness to the Creator, want to change and become like Him, understand the program that will change us, enact it by our own desire, and carry out the whole chain of sequential actions ourselves, upon ourselves and at the same time upon all the levels of the creation under us: inanimate, vegetative, and animate.

This ascent from the breaking to the correction, we must realize with our full personal participation. According to the changes required at the moment, we have to gain mind and feeling, become included into the common program, and make the actions to invoke and guide the necessary forces.

Only in this way will we reach equivalence of form with the Creator and become like Him in force, understanding, and everything else. That is the highest degree of our development.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/7/11,  “Matan Torah (The Giving of the Torah)”

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