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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I have no doubt that we will come to the convention in high spirits and greatly impressed. But what should I do if the situation changes and a descent starts?

Answer: Of course we should expect waves: each of us separately and possibly everyone together. It is clear, but it is above them that we should work. Or do you think that the first contact with spirituality will set you free of all the problems? No, you should delve inwards with all your might and hang on like a bulldog.

When a big dog attacks you, you have to shove your hand into his jaws, as deeply as you can, and then it will have to let go. It is the same here: push forward as hard as you can.

Question: Will I be able to do that by myself?

Answer: You will be able to make everyone follow you, without a word. If you care about them, you “shift yourself and the whole world to a scale of merit.” This is because the spiritual force passes from one to all and from all to everyone. It isn’t just our mutual connection; it is above us.

Question: I don’t understand what the spiritual force is, but I do know what my egoism is. It will pressure me, but I won’t admit it and will hide it. And what if it comes to extremes, to unfounded hatred? I will bring everyone harm, won’t I?

Answer: These waves have been passing through you for years. It is normal, and we should overcome it. No one says that the convention is heaven into which you fly like an angel; of course not.

We gather together and disconnect from the world in order to create an atmosphere that will impress all of us. Then together, we will be able not only to neutralize our evil inclination, but also to overcome and to control it. It will “swell up” under us, like dough, and by staying on top of it we will reach the spiritual level. We have to go through all the thickness of the concealment, which is actually revealed in hatred.

Don’t expect everything to go smoothly, without any mishaps. We want it, we want to rise in one spurt, but each one will have his own thoughts and discernments. So bring all your hatred and don’t fear it. The main thing is that it is stirred up by the desire to connect with all the friends and not by something else.

Question: And what if I see that the friend goes though this state? Should I intervene, or should I leave him alone?

Answer: You must set another example for him: to hug him, to do something without pressure, gently, in order to help him rise. Don’t just ignore it because internally he disturbs everyone. We are all in the same boat; can we let anyone drill a hole in it? You have to envelop him with warmth so that he will be happy, so that he will come out of the descent.

Question: But what if I go wrong: It could be that he is deep in thought and I may think that he is in a descent.…

Answer: Think about everyone’s salvation and everything will be fine. Only love and concern.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/21/2012, Constitution of the Arava Convention 

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Servants Of The People

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe entire work of the priests, Cohens, about whom so much is written in the Torah, is essentially dedicated to caring about others. It may seem that these are some kind of ritual services in the Temple, carried out by the chief priest (Cohen HaGadol) together with the Cohens and Levites, while all the people serve them by bringing sacrifices. However, they teach the people and lead the entire correction because the Creator is expecting it particularly from the deepest and most distant from Him levels of desire.

We think that priests are something separated from the people, somewhere high up there. But on the contrary, the “kingdom of priests” are those who go to the people and take care of them, like taking care of a baby until he grows up and teaches complete adhesion with the Creator. The responsibility of a Cohen is to bring the people to this state.

The Light acts on the upper levels of the desire, which are called Cohens, Levites, and Israel. Then, these levels of desire work on the rest of the levels. This pyramid does not change until the final correction. However, when the Light of Rav Paalim uMekabtziel comes at the end of correction, it turns this pyramid into a circle.

Until then, a special order of corrections is observed, always coming from Above down through all of the worlds, until the very end, to the broken souls, and back up from them again.

According to the depth of their desire (Aviut), the souls receive a different governance through the worlds of Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya; or they even completely disconnect from the private upper governance, which is called the level of this world. That is why those who are in the lower worlds must receive governance through higher levels, the Cohens, Levites, and Israel, who have to provide the nations of the world with care, teaching, and upbringing. (This is how the four levels of desire are called.)

The nations of the world suffer on their level from material, earthly, problems, but this suffering is irremediable since these problems do not have a solution. The form of suffering is material, but its essence is spiritual because one has no other means for healing besides the movement to unite with the Creator.

That is why we need to organize a general system of new education and care for everyone. Only thanks to this will we become worthy of adhesion.

We need to understand that the goal of creation was originally directed at all of humanity. Hence, while aspiring to unite with one another, we must always remember for whose sake we are doing this. It is in order to bring the method of correction to the entire world that, day by day, is discovering its ever more desperate state. The world sees that it needs the method of correction, but it is not there. That is why we need to reveal it for ourselves and then pass it on to the world.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/19/2012, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”  

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Judges And Guards At All The Gates

Dr. Michael LaitmanIt is said: “You should post judges and guards at all your gates.” The judges are those who “forcefully” decide what a person should do with himself and thereby create potential obstacles. While the guards are those who actively execute the decision, throwing a person from the path and distancing him. The responsibilities are divided, as it is customary in this world.

On the higher degrees this could be interpreted as the states of smallness and greatness. The judges sentence a person according to his “virtues” (GE, the forces of Bina, the Light of Hassadim that’s present in him), weighing them in relation to the coarseness of his desire to receive, like on a scale. The guards already deal with the receiving desires that require supervisors and officers to ensure that these desires don’t break through and a person doesn’t use his AHP.

This is the same work, and it depends on the state a person is in: Whether he is in double or single concealment, in single revelation (reward and punishment), or in double revelation (love). Accordingly, the character of the judges, supervisors, and, afterwards, guards changes.

And also among the judges, themselves, there are various kinds. The entire study of the Babylonian Talmud is built on these arguments, on the trials of the desire to receive. This is an instruction of how a person should build and evaluate himself, to be his own guard and supervisor, and first of all, his own judge.

A person compares his state with what is written in the Talmud and determines on what degree he is, what examples he needs to apply on himself at the still, vegetative, animate, and speaking levels of desire. He sees to which level of the desire he causes harm by his egoism and which way he can compensate it, meaning to correct the damages caused by the ego that breached its limits.

The entire Talmud and all the work on spiritual degrees is dedicated to this. If you open the Babylonian Talmud, you will see that all the arguments and disagreements are only about this, up to the most detailed clarifications of the tiniest details.
From the 1st pat of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/21/2012, Writings of Rabash

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 02.23.12

Preparation to the Lesson
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Writings of Rabash , Igrot, “Letter 41”
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, Igrot, “Letter 17”
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Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 101, Lesson 46
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