An Echo Of Love

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 89: The reward for a commandment lies not in this world, but in the world to come.

This refers to the part that we aren’t yet capable of correcting. Only after the “stony heart” is corrected, which is the true reverse side, the true AHP, rather than the AHP of an ascent, we can reveal the vessels that are filled with the Light of Infinity. Until then, we reveal only a drop, an echo, and not the true love, the light of Hochma in the vessels of reception. For now we have access only to a small luminescence, the reflection of Hochma in its movement from above downward, whose scale is incomparable to that of Hochma at the end of correction. In truth, we don’t yet reveal the quality of love.

This is concealed from the world. However, for as long as the worlds (Olamot) exist, which are essentially concealments (Alamot), until we’ve achieved the end of correction, love certainly cannot be revealed. After all, love is the direct fulfillment of vessels, when we have a screen for all the desires.

The desire to receive, the way it was in the world of Infinity and down to the first restriction, did not receive the Light for the sake of bestowal, and it will never be this way in the future. On a general note, it cannot be that the desire and the Light truly meet, for the Light to truly be in the desire. Therefore, we must recognize the difference between the love we reveal in AHP of an ascent and the love we will reveal at the end of correction.

Love is a certain revelation of the Creator, which cannot be revealed in its true form until the end of correction. And until then only His reverse side is revealed.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/9/12, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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“Analysis: Ditch The Assumption Developed Economies Are Safe”

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Reuters, the UK): “The downgrade of much of Europe’s credit ratings demonstrates in perhaps the bluntest terms so far the collapse of any lingering — if lazy — assumptions that developed states are somehow ‘safer’ than emerging counterparts…

“The only good news, some say, is that the recent downgrade means Europe and perhaps the wider West is finally confronting its true situation… ‘The main effect… could be more honest dialogue about the real reasons for the crisis… The accounts speak clearly for themselves – no progress, no real plans.

“Whether the political systems that served western states in decades or longer of economic growth can deliver that is another question.”

My Comment: It is very difficult for Europe to admit and accept defeat in a fight with a new wave of development. That it is still powered by its youth is all in the past. It cannot reject this for now. It needs serious re-education that comes from all the media and is welcomed and constantly supported by kings and thinkers, by fascists and socialists.

The task to get rid of the European complex “We are Europe” should be formulated in advance and put at the heart of a new system of upbringing (namely upbringing rather than education). It should be replaced with the goal—adapting to a new world. The restructuring is needed not in political and economic systems, but in the worldview of the Europeans.

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“Arctic Sea Ice Loss Driving Bitter European Chill”

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Sci-Tech Today): “Complex wind patterns are being affected as melting arctic sea ice exposes huge areas of normally frozen ocean to the atmosphere above. The loss of arctic sea ice could be influencing high-pressure weather systems over northern Russia that bring very cold winds from the arctic and Siberia to Western Europe and the British Isles.

“’The current weather pattern fits earlier predictions of computer models for how the atmosphere responds to the loss of sea ice due to global warming,’ Professor Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany said. ‘The ice-free areas of the ocean act like a heater as the water is warmer than the arctic air above it. This favors the formation of a high-pressure system near the Barents Sea, which steers cold air into Europe.’

“Earlier research predicted colder winters in Western Europe as a result of melting sea ice.”

My Comment: The system of mutual dependence is much more complicated, and everyone will feel unpleasant changes, winter or summer, not only on oneself, but also on vegetative and animate nature (agriculture, health, etc.). If a person brings himself to balance in society, he will reach balance with nature, and there is no other means to achieve homeostasis!

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The Integral Of Desires

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn Kabbalah, as compared to other sciences, it isn’t enough for a person to simply study and understand the studied material, even if he feels it in a regular, commonly accepted manner. The uniqueness of the wisdom of Kabbalah is that a person feels internal changes in it. Actually, he changes the foundations of his desire, mind, and heart. A new desire is revealed to him, consisting of 613 desires and 613 connected and corresponding thoughts enabling the realization of the desired. In general, these desires and thoughts comprise the person’s soul. That is what the studies reveal to us.

Before that, a person only had a point, the smallest Reshimo (informational gene) existing in him from previous stages of development, which we’ll attain afterward. In all our work, the only thing that can facilitate our self-development is drawing and increasing the force of the Light influencing the point concealed within us to the maximum, developing it as quickly as possible.

That doesn’t mean we can just turn on the faucet so the Light will flow more quickly. In order to hasten our development, we need to be prepared to change.

We don’t hold a knob in our hands, which regulates the Light coming from the Creator to the Menorah. I can only turn that knob from within the point in my heart. Try to discern if the point in your heart is connected to the switch. You don’t control it, and the only option is to be included in a group. That is because in this system, comprehensive and abstract Light from Infinity flows. Thus, in order to regulate it, there must be a total (∑), integral (∫) of efforts, reaching infinity. Only by being included in all the friends further and further, will I be able to turn the switch and increase the Light in accordance with the law of equivalence of form.

The Integral of Desires

What is that law? I’m not in equivalence of form with the switch, the absolute force of the Creator. However, at my degree, I can operate it to a certain extent. The difference (∆) between us remains, and some sort of adaptation or equivalence exists in all.

Question: Is this switch personal for each one or common to all?

Answer: Common. What operates is only the prayer of many, the common desire.

Question: How can we create a permanent connection between the point and the switch?

Answer: It’s impossible. Because being permanent symbolizes lack of motion, in such a case you won’t develop. You will always be driven away from the path by evil desires.

In the “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 17, Baal HaSulam brings the words of the Talmud: “If thou cometh across this villain, pull him to the Beit Midrash (seminary),” to a place where we all demand the Creator, meaning a group, the collective force concealed amongst the friends.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/7/12, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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The Secret Of The Collective Mind

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How does the Creator arrange all the situations for the billions of people in the world in each and every moment?

Answer: It’s reasonable to assume that you have seen how birds or fish move in flocks and schools. In the sea there are millions of fish communities, and all of them are in synchronized and compatible movement. It looks like they all have one common mind; indeed, they are connected to each other. Also birds don’t fly following the first bird, but fly together at the same time. Watch the clip Birds by my student Vladek Zankovsky.

When tigers go hunting, they maintain constant connection between themselves and feel each other in the same common movement. What one tree in the forest feels, the others feel, and we are not talking about the connection through a system of roots, and in general, not a physical connection. And in nature a society produces a special mind, a special sensation of common order. And this mechanism operates equally in everyone, and it’s not limited in distance, time, or in any other way.

Billions of people in the world exist under the influence of this collective mind that rules them as His parts. They do not exist on their own. All of them are activated by their desires, which are in the care of the upper force, the Light. One command is enough from Above and everyone begins to move.

You see, the Creator is the thought of creation. When I think about building a house, I first of all organize all the specifications, draft a blueprint, and only after that do I approach the building according to the plan. It’s the same with the thought of creation and all in all, it’s this plan that operates everything. We are absolutely subordinate to it.

The movements and changes in our desires and feelings, the actions, the thoughts and imaginations, all of these are not us. At the end of it all, it is feeling, meaning that which is felt in the desire to receive, that’s my “I.” Disconnect me from the feeling and I will lose all consciousness, I will disappear.

Each one of us is a small desire to receive which feels his reality. There is no substance; the substance is the desire. Thus there is no problem in managing the billions. Indeed, all of it is one system, one whole. A small change, changes everyone, like a school of fish.

The collective mind exists in every group: at the level of animate, vegetative, and inanimate nature. It also exists at the speaking level, only here we want and must create this connection on our own above our desire, in spite of our desire. And only then will we create the connection with the collective mind, the upper one.

On a large scale, psychologists and experts are familiar with the phenomenon of the collective mind: Governments use it at the animate level to form public opinion. Otherwise they wouldn’t be able to control the country. And this doesn’t happen only in the form of demonstrations and other mass events, but also on the daily level through the media, through rumors that are purposely spread as if by chance. There are many channels of influence, and every government is well familiar with them.

From here we need to understand that the group is one whole, one desire, one thought, and no one can escape it. We see how ants surrender to the collective mind, but actually people also act according to the same principle. Go out into the street, and then watch the news broadcasts and look at the things from afar, and then the next day you’ll be convinced of it. When a person goes out in the street and becomes part of the whole, he already loses the control of himself. He runs along with everyone else, shouts together with them, and surrenders to the collective mind.

From this we see what the connection is. If we connect, a common force is created, a common desire, a common thought. And each one who is found in this framework, under this influence, is not able to exit it. You can escape this only on condition that you break the boundary of the group. In order to do that you need to receive such a great strength that it’s able to break the mutual connection of the group, similar to the way the particle accelerator breaks the connection between the particles. You must receive such an acceleration that allows you to break the borders of the defensive covering, and that’s not simple at all.

On the basis of this principle, groups are created that assist the person to become rehabilitated from addiction to alcohol and drugs: We try to erect this force of connection, the potential of the collective mind, against the potential of the force of destruction. Actually, it isn’t even a common brain. It isn’t composed from the connection between the various minds of the friends of the group. The common mind of the million fish isn’t the total of the minds of each and every one times a million.

No, what’s created here is a mind, which exceeds the every term by a million times greater. From where does it come? It comes from the connection between them. After they connect, they add to their connection the force of the Creator, and now He accompanies them in each movement.

Thus, the mind that is discovered above everyone is not our common mind meaning that everyone thinks the same thing. This mind governs us from Above. It isn’t resulting from us. But we, in our connection, invite onto ourselves the upper providence. And this happens at each level of nature.

In a similar way, revolutions occur. Suddenly everything bursts into this fire that the government is not able to stand up to it. Seemingly that isn’t clear: It isn’t difficult to oppose the commotion with force. But no, the leaders suddenly feel helpless, “impotent.” We are speaking more of the feeling of the upper force that is above the nation which they constantly degraded. Something higher is revealed here, not something lower. And it isn’t important how many people go out into the streets, their inner potential suddenly rises to the sky, and the leaders surrender.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/6/12, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 02.12.12

Preparation to the Lesson
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Writings of Rabash “Concerning Love of Friends
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The Book of Zohar – Selected Chapter “Beresheet (Genesis),” “The Sling-Stone,” Item 204, Lesson 60
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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 6, (Starting with: “The Daat de Nekudim”), Item 26, Lesson 21
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Introduction to the Study of Ten Sefirot,” Item 91, Lesson 40
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