Vilnius Convention – 03.23.12

Vilnius Convention, Lesson 1
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The Beneficial Effects Of Conventions

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When we talk about our impact on the world, doesn’t it show our pride?

Answer: It is not pride. If we look at scientists’ studies about the influence of thought, about the relationship between the still, vegetative, and animate worlds, they reveal such amazing patterns and connections, which previously eluded the human eye and the researchers.

And today the world has become integral in general, and that is why its integrality is manifested in particular. It turns out that plants and animals are connected to each other, feel each other and pass information to each other. Moreover, this is possible to see and explore.

The plants in one part of the forest are connected with the plants in the other part of the forest. If you cause pain to a bug sitting on a leaf, the tree on which this leaf grows feels compassion for this bug and sends it to other trees, and the bugs in the other part of the forest also feel it.

We see a huge closed picture, which today is supported by research. The world is completely interconnected.

The strongest force is the force of desire. So, when people influence nature through their goal-oriented actions, then undoubtedly, these are enormous forces. Moreover, this is also confirmed by numerous scientific studies such as occurrences of hurricanes being due to specific human impacts on nature.

But the matter is that when we—such a diverse group from different parts of the world—gather around one idea and this idea is aimed at balance with nature, not against it but towards balance, that is, supported by its general force that has a tremendous impact on the whole of nature!

Obviously, we do not feel or see this. But, in general, it is not just a contribution but a change in the entire course of history! That’s why our conventions are so beneficial!

We do not see this for now. But when we “break through” this point and begin to feel the general field we are within, (we are in the middle of this field and the most central part of the whole system), then we will see how important every movement of our soul is.
From KabTV’s “Foundations of the Integral Society” 3/18/12

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A Meeting In The Neutral Zone

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Is the state in which I lose a sense of my “I” and even our “We, given to a person as an example: “Look, what you can feel!”?

Answer: No, this feeling is not given to us from Above as an example. This is already what we cultivate and build from inside and stimulate from below. We develop this every day in all our actions, from lesson to lesson, from meeting of friends to meeting of friends. All this grows from below, and this is already our common achievement!

That is why I think that the preparation, which we carry out now, especially in the last three days before the convention and during the convention itself, should gather us on a global scale.

If all the previous conventions starting with the first one at the beginning of December and finishing with the last one that took place three weeks ago in Israel, then now it is very significant that we go out into the world. We go somewhere far to the North of Europe, to Vilnius, a rather strange place to organize this kind of convention. It is neither Moscow nor Vienna. It seems not such a central point, but it is very important for us. But, in principle, why not somewhere else, where life is even more intense?

It is very significant. It is very good. I think that our meeting, the convention in this neutral zone, will have a different character, a different tone.

Comment: Indeed, Europe is a serious place, and if something starts, it starts from there. We know from history that WWI and WWII began in Europe.

Answer: Today we see that huge changes are taking place in Europe. However, in spite of everything, Europe started to move towards greater unification, rather than separation. I was very concerned that they would play at protectionism and eventually break up.

But they evaluated their options well and saw that it would cost them much more than any other action. Naturally, it was based on purely economic considerations. But it is good that there is evidence that integrality is more profitable than separation. Everything is moving towards it, although in a special way, characteristic of them.

There is no doubt that this is the result of our activity.
From KabTV’s “Foundations of an Integral Society” 3/18/12

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The Teacher’s Task

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do you feel about the goal that stands in front of you?

Answer: My goal is to make such a group that will clearly follow a straight line towards adhesion with the Creator and lead the masses, pulling more and more people.

This process will take place when the group goes through several early critical stages, like a young child who has to grow, reach adolescence without getting lost, and be able to help himself: getting dress, putting on shoes, finding a job, and settling into life.

This is the state in which the group should exist in the spiritual world, to advance on its own, knowing that this movement is due only to the pressure from below, which it ensures by the dissemination among the general population.
From KabTV’s “Foundations of the Integral Society” 3/18/12

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Our Baby

Dr. Michael LaitmanDuring the last congress in the Arava desert, we already reached the point of unity that lies above us. It is still obscure in our perception; however, it is our common “baby.” Now we need to elevate our care and concern for him, for this unity, to a new level.

So far we have just a drop; we are revealing rejection, fog, and confusion, and we need to use these things to work in order to raise our baby. Because love doesn’t arise out of nowhere, it is formed out of hatred.

The congress has passed, everything seemingly retreated into the past, and current problems started to distract and disorient us. Meanwhile, we need to convert all this haze into clarity. Each one needs to combat the forces of separation acting within him in order to reach the central point of all the groups—the congress that will unite us all.

Through hate, rejection, distancing, and indifference we will rise above the previous point of unity to the next level. And then we will sense our unity as a certain construction. The point will acquire volume. After all, the difference between a drop of semen and a fetus is determined by our attentiveness, our “resolving power.”  And it is increased only from the addition of more “material,” that is, egoistic desire, hate, and so on. If we can attach such negatives to our point of unity, then we will be able to see an embryo, or maybe even a baby in it.

We are speaking about the type of soul that we acquire, and thus sensing the spiritual world through it. Even the “embryo” is already a measure of inclusion. It is a feeling that correctly determines our entire attitude towards the material and the spiritual, and that correctly orients us to everything that happens in our world. This is what we need to achieve now.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/16/12, Writings of Rabash  

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The Convention Is Starting

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The convention is starting! What atmosphere should surround it during the final preparations?

Answer: We only need the sensation of unity, there is nothing else. We see from the example of the spiritual fetus that there is plenty of matter for its development, and only the form, which we take from the Light, from the Creator, is lacking. The more we want to assume the form similar to the Creator within the desire, depending on it, we will be called humans.

The desire to assume the form of man is called a prayer. And it is realized through our connection, when everyone wishes to unite so that everyone completes the other till the form of man, Adam.

And then it transpires that there are no unwanted or failing. If we connect everything given to us from Above correctly, we will perform our task and assume the human form. We have all the conditions for it now, and I really hope that we will not miss our chance.

Let everyone annul themselves before the friends, and then even the very beginner will be among others as a baby who does not interfere with them, and he will enter together with everybody. Babies are not left alone; they must be taken together! By annuling yourself before the rest, you obligate them to take care of you.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/21/2012, TES 

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Let The Convention Fill Us With The Breath Of Life

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What success do you anticipate from the convention?

Answer: I expect us to feel the first form of man, clothing us, that is, the Creator revealed in our unity. But let it be a clear revelation, not something vague, when everyone felt just the beginning of a new state as it was felt at the convention in the desert and even before it.

This must be realized practically so that we feel the movement inside, the spirit dwelling in us, and the changing actions of the Light.

If the Light does not move, we do not feel it, and we do not have the breath of life. There has to be Ruach (spirit, wind) or changes, but not the degree of Nefesh that remains motionless. What we felt before was the first still degree. And now we need Ruach, the small changes within that give us a feeling of life.

After all, we, the created beings, feel only changes from a state to a state, and through this contrast we check and understand each property. Our perception works on the basis of contrast, it needs movement so that one is different from the other. Hence, let us hope that we will feel the breath of life. The creature is born from it, but not from Nefesh.

Nefesh is like a drop of semen, which came from the father. But when it begins to grow, it acquires its own existence. If there is a new movement in it, beside that initial drop of semen, it is already a new life, a new body. It belongs to the fetus, not to the father. These are the tangible changes that we are waiting to happen in us—only they are felt like life.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/21/2012, “Introduction to TES

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A Flame Of Love Over Stormy Europe

Dr. Michael LaitmanOur only goal is to discover the upper Light, the only force that rules the world. After all, everything else is only the means. Besides this, there is no problem in our existence because every given moment and every situation in our life is defined by our contradiction to the Light. And so we should relate to everything as the means to discover the Light.

Some states are more efficient and some are less. In any case, everything depends on whether I can accept the Light correctly and use it.

Now we are facing a special state: connection above many obstacles and differences between the parts of our collective spiritual vessel. This was made possible as a result of many great efforts and the hard work of our European division, as well as of our friends from these countries, who have gathered together.

No state in the world is more tense, where as a result of the crisis and everything that is going on these days, the discrepancies and differences between the components of the collective vessel are so great and the internal states of each part are so intense. But at the same time, we have made many efforts in preparing for this convention, where representatives of nations and countries that are so different and have so many internal conflicts and different accounts with one another gather to connect.

There is actually “Mt. Sinai” here—a mountain of mutual hate, distance, lack of understanding, and the inability to accept one another. After all, every one is a representative of a separate part that acts against another. And we want to connect above all that. We have a special opportunity that doesn’t exist anywhere else, not in any other event. Nowhere is there such tension like in the collective vessel that will gather at the European convention.

Therefore, we should pay special attention to that. From all these differences, we should constantly feel that we connect above them and want to reveal the inner hatred, the inner breach among us, and contradictions. They all remain, and we understand, feel, and don’t blur them. They are turbulent inside like a boiling stew on the stove. We cover it with a lid and don’t let it explode or get cold. On the contrary, we constantly want to keep this fire burning so that it will turn into a flame of love.

This is one of the feelings we should have in the coming European convention. Although compared to the size of the convention in Israel there will be perhaps 20% of the capacity of the collective vessel, looking at the quality, which in spirituality determines the power of the vessel, it will be stronger and greater than everything we had in the past. Both the distance and the events taking place in the continent make this a very special situation.

Therefore, we really hope that as a result of our efforts, above all the differences, the lack of understanding and the distance, we will be able to connect. We now have the opportunity to rise above all the differences, “to lock” ourselves above them, and then according to the differences between the peoples and the cultures—and between us who are connected to one another—we will feel the power of the vessel, in which there will be enough room to discover the Light.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/21/2012, The Zohar

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Receive The Light From The Group

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It is said: “There is no righteous man on earth that does only good and makes no transgressions.” What stops a person from living in accordance to this principle?

Answer: This is due to the lack of confidence, or in other words the absence of the Light of Hassadim. This is precisely what we need to obtain.

For example, I am on the first degree and need to reach the second degree. The Light of Hassadim is the difference between the two degrees. I don’t have this Light and there isn’t anyone who can give it to me. My only option is to include myself in the environment and obtain the Light of Hassadim from it. After all, the environment is the quality of Вina.

Upon obtaining this Light I elevate to the second degree and obtain a realization: the Light of OM (Ohr Makif) comes and fills Hassadim.

This is how I obtain both the Light and the vessel.

Everything depends upon the extent to which a person lowers himself before the correct environment.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/21/12, The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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