Taking a Step Toward a Big World

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What stages should a person go through during the convention?

Answer: First of all, it’s necessary to physically include yourself in the mutual field by trying to do what all the others are doing. We should turn off our thinking, put aside all concerns and desires, and simply dive into the surrounding environment.

I don’t want to think about anything! For the next few days I totally disconnect myself from all my usual concerns. After all, I have the right to do so for once in my life! It’s as if I have no worries: I’m being fed, I have a place to sleep, and that’s all I need in the physical world. Everything else I want to do along with others and feel what they feel.

We can ascend only if we apply a great deal of effort and try time and time again to elevate ourselves. It’s very important to make such physical actions where we totally stop thinking of ourselves and only look at others and do what they are doing, like a small child that imitates adults and thereby grows. This is exactly what we should be doing.

All of my friends are the greatest people of the generation and exist in the world of Infinity. This is what Kabbalists teach us, and this is what I discover upon attaining spirituality. Right now I want to connect with them and not be a smart alec so that I don’t allow any criticism or doubt to enter my mind. We must all do this.

We still have time to prepare. We must all come to the opening ceremony with the feeling that we are one person. There will be more people coming, and we have to sweep them up with this thought and this intention so as to absorb them within instead of them overpowering us.

We need this large amount of people. We can’t conduct a convention in a narrow circle of 500 people. This is not enough. We have to sweep up a large number of people because the only way we’ll earn a spiritual revelation is by taking a step towards the whole world.

The people that are expected to join us are not closely connected to us and aren’t necessarily led here by the point in the heart. These people are interested in the topic and they respect and support us. So we have to be the core within this mass of people, just like the world Kli is the core in relation to all of humanity.

This is why in the days before the convention we must obtain maximum unity between us. And later we’ll simply continue to work on that unity. On the first day of the gathering we will begin to work for the public with the unity that we have prepared. Each time we’ll keep them and ourselves in a greater connection.

We are responsible for this unity and we realize this convention. The word “convention” means a gathering, a connection between all of its participants. From this you should understand what we are here to do and try to direct everything inward toward the mutual desires and thoughts.
From Preparatory Lesson, The World Arvut Convention 2011

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Marked By The Imprint Of Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe creature is the desire created by the Light. There is the source of the upper Light and filters that stand in the way to the desire and do not allow this enormous Light, which comes from the world of Infinity, to reach us. This Light gradually becomes dimmer, and at the end only a very slight glow reaches us.

The upper system that controls the desire is called the system of the worlds. This is simply an inanimate environment that restricts that Light of different kinds. It’s made in such a way that it already knows how to make itself suit the desire.

And desire is raw material. But the desire gets polished and acquires various forms through a multitude of actions which it performs under the direction and guidance from Above. The actual desire is simply the desire to enjoy, receive fulfillment, that changes and develops under the influence of Light from the source, the world of Infinity, which comes through the system of the worlds. Thus, there are three components: the world of Infinity, the system of its concealments (worlds), and the desire to enjoy that needs to be brought to a state similar to the world of Infinity.

Marked By The Imprint Of Light

The quality of absolute bestowal rules in the world of Infinity. On the other hand, absolute reception rules in this world, and these two qualities are completely opposite. We learn how the desire to enjoy acquires the form of bestowal. The desire to enjoy remains, but it acquires different forms: First of all, it learns the things it can enjoy. All these forms become included within it, and then they form into bestowal from their perceptions of the ways to enjoy.

We can’t do it any other way because initially we don’t even know the forms of enjoyment. We are like a baby who gives his pacifier to an adult wishing to please him. He only understands this pleasure, and he thinks that everyone else will also enjoy it.

In other words, initially an imprint is made in this animal body, a form, where it is possible to enjoy. And then we can turn this action of pleasure in a different direction, meaning in the direction of a fellow human being. And then it will be referred to as “bring enjoyment,” bestow.

This is why the system of the worlds must initially imprint the form of pleasures in this clay, this dough, or carve it in marble. And then it has to create an opportunity to turn these forms of individual pleasure into bestowal and to enjoy the ability to bestow.

The difference is that when a person receives for himself, he is isolated from others and only perceives his own desires and qualities, as if he existed alone. This state is called this world. But when a person comes out of himself and begins to bestow, he has no one to bestow to but the Creator, and he begins to perceive Him. As he plans to bestow to the Creator, he begins to understand what he bestows, who he bestows to, the pleasure he gives the Creator, and then he reaches His degree.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/29/2011, TES

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