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We Can’t Work Apart, But Only Together

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe have to prepare our desire or vessel, and this is only possible by working together, which is the most difficult thing. Personal efforts made by each person alone won’t give him any results. Only if we make efforts together to reach the common goal, this common effort provides the desire for us.

It awakens the upper one and forces him to influence our desire, to change it, to process it so it takes on the right form, and then to fill it with the quality of bestowal.

We start working together out of necessity once we despair from our own efforts to achieve anything and once we see that this turns out to be incorrect and that there is no chance to attain the goal alone.

On the way we gradually discern the true goal and the means to attain it. First every person sets completely material, egoistic goals for himself and uses the corresponding earthly means. This continues until we begin to slightly discern and elevate the notion of bestowal, love, and unity.

At the same time, we begin to see that these qualities exist outside of us, and only by behaving correctly towards one another can we discover the influencing factor among us and awaken the Light, which will come and change us.

If we don’t work together to activate the third, external source, then our work is done in the wrong direction. Only by trying to attain bestowal to one another and the right mutual relationships with our joint efforts to rise above ourselves can we attract the Light that reforms.

Then it will change our attitude to one another so that inside of this attitude we will reveal the quality of bestowal. This is called faith. Inside of it, we will then reveal love.

But before that, we have to reveal hatred, the realization of evil. Where is it? We avoid it. It is impossible to awaken it artificially, but only through persistent efforts to be together and trying to unite.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/18/11, Writings of Rabash

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Many Problems, One Reason

Dr. Michael LaitmanLately we are observing many problems in the world, crises on different levels that are expressed in different ways. No matter what man does, he sees that he does not succeed anywhere—not with his children, nor his family, work, himself, or the climate. At the end of the day, the most important aspect, the system of security and supply, meaning the financial system, the economy, is destroyed, and who knows whether man will be able to provide the necessities of life for himself.

All of these states are meant to bring us to the realization that there is one reason here causing all of these problems. As we know from the science of Kabbalah, there is no other reason besides the upper force, “There is none besides Him.” But this singular force is constantly revealed to us in different forms, by virtue of which we advance.

Either we advance by the good path, with inspiration, desire, and aspiration to the goal, or we advance by the path of suffering, not aspiring to the goal but unwillingly running towards it to get away from the current state.

Therefore, everything that becomes revealed inside of us and among us, everything that we aren’t able to do in the connection between us, in the attainment of the goal, in unity, in everything—we have to connect all of that together into one powerful, common demand for correction. Then, during the study, and especially while reading The Book of Zohar, the Light will come through and correct us.

If we aim at the goal, as much as we can recognize it according to our degree, then the Light will do its job. Therefore, everything that seems bad to us in our society, in dissemination, in every one of us, in the understanding of the path, in the connection with others, we have to try to ask for this to be corrected as something that’s common to all.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/18/11, The Zohar

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How The Economic Crisis Has Affected The Theory Of Economics

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Achim Wambach, PhD, Professor of Economics, University of Cologne): “This crisis is a crisis of confidence. We need to create market structures in which participants will trust each other.

“The main task of economists is to develop a scientific basis for creating institutions, conducive to restoring confidence in the market. The crisis has shown that everyone behaves exclusively rationally: Politicians save the banks, the banks play against the states, and states are driving themselves deeper into debt.”

My Comment: Confidence is impossible without full awareness of complete mutual dependence, without an understanding of a single system of integral humanity, which we reached in our development and which requires us to become integrally connected.

And this is impossible without educating everyone in the spirit of integral humanity as one family. Without realizing and implementing this model of behavior, we will not survive in the new conditions of nature.

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The Euro Must Not Collapse

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from “‘It is important [for Europe] to keep the single currency for one main reason: Europe needs to compete with … China, India, Russia, Brazil and the United States of America,’ explains Stefano Caselli, an economist at Bocconi University in Milan. ‘The smallest of these countries is nearly as large as the EU, so Europe needs the euro to compete more strongly….’

“This is why it is dangerous to play the breaking of the euro zone. … ‘We will immediately trigger a spiral of rising prices of consumer goods and inflation…’ adds Caselli.

“Financial speculations … require only one thing: Europe has to actually become one nation, where it’s not enough to have a single currency. You need a centralized government, where each state is willing to give up part of its sovereignty, starting with Germany.”

My Comment: There is only one right way: towards a greater integration, to the point of creating a single government. However, this requires preliminary education of the public in the spirit of an integrated society and mutual guarantee.

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Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (German Chancellor Angela Merkel): “‘We have started a new phase in European integration,’ Mrs Merkel said.

But she made it clear that this was a long-term process that would take years.”

My Comment: Europe cannot be rebuilt on the old egoistic principles. The laws of the world have changed: The laws of an integral system are manifested in society, and a financial and economic system needs to be built in accordance to them. Europe could be an example for the entire world.

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Engels Was Right

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (V. Novozhenov, Altai State University, from “Humanity is a part of nature. More than a hundred years ago, when both scientists and engineers talked about the conquest of nature, Engels noted that man should not rule over nature like conquerors over a foreign nation.

“Human domination over nature is based on the fact that unlike other creatures, a human being is able to learn its laws and apply them correctly. To avoid irrational actions in dealing with nature, we first of all have to understand: What should our rational actions be? How to avoid spontaneous impact on nature? Where and how to direct our efforts?

“Below is the list of most significant global environmental problems:

  • Hunger, as an expression of social, economic, environmental, and demographic problems;
  • Shortage of drinking water;
  • Shortage of fertile land;
  • Arid lands, deforestation, and desertification;
  • The increase of the greenhouse effect;
  • The danger of nuclear conflict;
  • Regional and international conflicts based on the competition for natural resources and territory.

My Comment: Only an understanding of the laws of nature and compliance with them will help us correct the existing dangerous state. This is similarity with nature in its integral connection and interaction, as well as reasonable consumption. All our problems stem from growing egoism. It can be used correctly only if we introduce universal global education on how to behave correctly in society and in relation to nature.

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Fundamentals Of Kabbalah – 12.18.11

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The Point Of Unity Is In Everyone

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: There were plenty of people at the last Arvut convention who attended physically or virtually and did not feel the point of unity you and many others talk about. Could we say that the convention was useless for them and gave them nothing?

Answer: Of course not! They are also co-participants of this achievement, and it is in them, only it has not been manifested clearly, personally. It’s similar to how children live with us in one world, but cannot feel everything that adults do. If these people make necessary efforts, they will feel the point of unity that was achieved by everyone with their participation. It already exists in them in a hidden form.

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A Gift That Grants Us Infinity

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: After the convention, we received a “gift” of distance, heaviness, and tiredness. Since to some extent, this is a consequence of attaining the common Kli, is it possible that some friends will receive such intense heaviness and tiredness that it would throw them off the spiritual path?

Answer: Of course, why not? Everyone receives a precisely calculated measure of Lights against the Kelim (vessels). No one receives it without a reason and there is no protection here.

Everything occurs in accordance to the balance between forces and desires since we are situated within a system of laws. Although we say that this or that is done according to the Creator’s desire, these are merely words. However, if you exist within a system of laws, then it simply cannot be that He just decides to do something.

The Light is at absolute rest. Desires change according to their Aviut (thickness or coarseness), according to the Reshimot (the informational genes) that are revealed in them. Therefore, there is no particular desire from Above that wishes to do anything. By praying and asking, we prepare our desire so that it becomes more acute, and thereby we perceive more than before.

Praying means judging ourselves. The correct interpretation of the word “praying” is when I do something with myself, rather than with Him. Who do I affect with my request? In my prayer, I think about how I may change so that I may perceive all the goodness from Him. After all, the upper Light is “the Good who does Good to the wicked and to the righteous” and no changes come from Him.

Thus, if some of our friends were thrown off the path after the convention, if some descended, others became a bit tired, and yet others got confused, this indicates that everyone was granted heaviness of the heart according to their Kelim. If he is able to manage this heaviness and return to the same degree of excitement and inspiration that he felt at the convention, he truly will reveal the soul.

At the convention, he achieved the point of unity and was thrown off it into the outside circle purposely. Now, if he returns to the same point of connection, the entire external circle will join this point. It will acquire “flesh,” meaning that it will have a Kli and Aviut.

Within this Aviut, he will reveal the world of Infinity. This will be his very first, minimal spiritual degree, but in his sensations, it will be revealed as infinity.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/16/2011, Preface to The Book of Zohar

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