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Opinion (Steen Jakobsen, Saxo Bank Chief Economist): “I have travelled to 16 different countries over the past year. They are all very different, with different systems, starting points and cultures, but they all share the same burden of inequality. I realised that the real loser since the financial crisis began in 2008 has been the middle class.
“Pundits will have you know that we are witnessing capitalism and the free market running amok. Where? There is not a single market working according to capitalistic rules.
“The main policy response in this time of crisis remains one of buying time. This solution will not last however; it will only make social inequality more severe. The source of income and wealth equality is an equal right to capital and to work. Currently the only parties with free access to capital are overburdened banks and governments.
“Ironically, pundits have dubbed the current crisis the running amok of capitalism. I would argue that we are witnessing governments and politicians running amok.
“We must invest in education, secure free markets, competition and long-term tri-party agreements on education, salary and working hours. This is the path towards more equality.”
My Comment: The solution is wrong—it is based on the model of egoistic capitalism that no longer works. We need to invest in the following:
Both of these measures will eliminate the crisis because they will remove the contradictions between man, who devours nature, and the world around him; they will change us, and we will understand how to create a new economy of well-being and balance.
In the News (from mignews.com): “According to the report issued by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the ratio between employment and the size of the world population is uneven and does not depend directly on the local Gross National Product (GNP).
“In Turkey, the GNP per capita is very high, while only 29% of the population is in the work force. The next highest GNP per capita is Kazakhstan, with 77%.
“In Kyrgyzstan and Moldova, the rates of the GNP per capita are lowest, but the rates of employment are 59% and 39% accordingly.
“In the developed countries, the ratio between employment and the size of the population is about 50 to 60%, which points to prosperity and stabilization of the people’s economic situation.”
My Comment: As we all know, the figures in economics do not reflect the situation of the population at all and only help the rich get richer at the expense of the poor by presenting statistics that are convenient for them. Economics is not a science, but a result of calculations that are beneficial to those who manipulate it.
However, it appears that its period of dictatorship is over, and the economy of balance between society and nature will replace it, whether we like it or not. Only the formula of balance will dictate and determine our social and economic relationships.
The largest news portal in the Baltic states www.delfi.lt published an interview I gave to the portal’s correspondent Inga Saukiene during the European Kabbalah Congress in Vilnius. The article talks about the current crisis and its resolution.
When we read The Book of Zohar, we should imagine that we are already in the highest state—we should desire to reach it. The higher state is the state in which we are connected.
The Zohar describes how the force of bestowal reaches us and what work it performs on us. Some parts of the soul rise and others descend in their feeling, understanding, and perception of the changes that take place in us. By reading this book together again and again, we expect that the force of bestowal will affect us by carrying out all the spiritual actions within us.
If we were in the revelation of the spiritual world, then during the reading, everything that we read about would be realized in us openly. But if we are in a state of concealment and want these actions to happen within us, they are still realized within us, but in a concealed manner and to the extent that we are not in the spiritual world yet!
It’s just like a child who sits in a toy car, turning the wheel and imagining that he is driving. He is really driving, and in a way he is like the real driver he will become in fifteen or twenty years. He is already in the process, but in the preliminary degrees and states when he hasn’t attained the actual realization yet. But these states are essential on the way.
Similarly, by reading The Zohar now and imagining that we are in it, we are enabling the Light to act specifically upon the attributes that we read about. It makes no difference whether we understand what is written; in the meantime, the Light influences and advances us.
I don’t know what is concealed behind the names of the Sefirot and the angels, and I cannot picture anything, but it makes no difference. I only imagine one thing: Right now I am under the influence of the Light, the force of bestowal, that will grant me this force so that it will rule over the force of reception in me. Thus I will go on until this Light stays with me permanently.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/28/2012, The Zohar
Baal HaSulam, “The Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 125: To avoid having the scale of merit of the entire world lacking, when one is qualified to sentence them to a scale of merit, one has no other tactic but to always pain himself with the troubles of the public, just as he suffers with his own troubles.
Kabbalists tell us about the states we will have to go through on the spiritual path. They tell us so that we will yearn to move forward, by using all the means we have.
If we don’t demand, don’t “push”, we will not summon the Reforming Light. After all, everything is fulfilled by it. There is no other force except for the force of the Light. We should try harder to draw it.
The inner “spring” manages the actions of the Light, as if it were wound and set free, and thus the creation began until the whole process ends. At a certain point we have the chance to influence our own fate, because from that moment on we have to grow consciously.
But if we don’t want to grow according to the opportunities we are given, we are pushed forward by the “stick.” Eventually we will grow wise and understand and feel what is going on, and will take part in it consciously. But in this manner, every step will be accompanied by great suffering. One way or another, you cannot change the stages on your way. You will have to go through all the states and the levels, but each of them will start from a blow: “Oh! I understand there is no other way. Well, what can I do, maybe it’s worth it. Oh, it isn’t bad. Wow, it’s absolutely great!” And then again it’s the same story; once again you don’t want to do anything until the blows move you.
But we can manage without the detours that throw us off our feet. Instead of falling into troubles, we just lose the importance of the goal a little and by that acquire an incentive for a new ascent.
This is the whole difference, and it is very simple: Do you want to bring the Creator contentment or not? His only pleasure is that the created beings will want to come to Him by themselves. The point is not the sufferings, although you judge according to them. You even surrender in advance when they come, out of laziness. But you can rise: “Yes, I am lazy, I don’t want anything, and still, perhaps I could try to respect Him and to make Him happy?” This is the calculation you make, and so you hasten time. But if we rely on self-benefit, there will be no hastening of time.
The only chance is to feel that you are a guest and to bring contentment to the host. Otherwise, it is as if you are saying: “I will drop by when I need something. First let me build up an appetite, and then I’ll come. In the meantime sit by the table and wait for me.” But you can act differently: You smell the delicacies that He has prepared for you, you appreciate Him, you ask Him questions, and the main thing for you is to taste the meal in order to bring Him contentment. Only then do you approach the table.
It is great work that is totally aimed at bringing the Creator contentment, and not in order to shorten the time of the exile. You interpret “exile” differently: You are in an exile not away from pleasures, but from bestowal upon the host.
This isn’t a small part at the end of along path that takes months to make. This is all our work. This is phase four that is formed after the pervious phases. It is very dense, and works on very high frequency, at a “mad” rate. If the phases of our evolution lasted millions of years in the past, today it is all condensed into several years. We hardly approach the real work and the world is already losing direction and losing the feeling of time. Soon time and distance will actually disappear from our perception. People will cease to feel these limitations.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/28/12, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot”
Question: If we achieve the goal and unite in one common world Kli, what changes will occur in Europe?
Answer: We must understand that all the problems, including the crisis with all the suffering, appear for one reason: to guide people to find the root of the cause, to find why this is happening. We see that scientists, economists, and politicians cannot do anything.
The world has entered the stage that Kabbalah mentioned a long time ago. We talked about this before the 21st century. I heard about this twenty years ago and did not believe that this could happen. “So,” I thought, “they talk. What can I do?”
The world entered a different stage. Today, we are on a completely different level. We must reveal the unity of nature. That is why the world is global, it is integral, not only in us, but around us.
Today, we reveal the upper force at all levels of the development; the still level of nature including space, not to mention the higher layers, and vegetative and animate nature are one whole. All of this is a global, integral force from zero to infinity, one whole.
There is an exception that is a problem. Inside, there is a human being, the center of the world. He is given freedom, and he does whatever he likes in spite of everything else. He is a terrible negative against everything else.
We compare this human, that is, all of humanity, this collective image, to a cancerous growth because he eats everything around him. He destroys everything living and is in contradiction with the rest of nature. The rest of nature is global, integral, and united. We are not united at all, not integral and not global.
We say that the global crisis has come. What does that mean? It means that you do not match the rest of nature! Where is the crisis? Is it in you or in what surrounds you?
You must rebuild yourself. You are a human society that also must become global and integral. How can this be done? It can be done by uniting, achieving equality, interconnection, and mutual understanding. All of our development shows us the extent to which we are interconnected. We cannot get away from it.
Look what happens: A country is boycotted, disconnected from financial transactions or something else, and it cannot do anything. That is it; life has ceased. Cut it off from the rest of the world, and it cannot exist. That is the extent to which the world is global. This never happened before.
Our society is opposite to this globality; the present human nature is opposite to it. That is why, naturally, if we remove this contradiction, we will see the force of nature revealed in its entirety.
We will find ourselves fully connected with the entire world, moreover, as limitless, infinite. We will feel ourselves existing eternally in harmony with all other layers of nature.
This applies not only to countries that are suffering from the crisis. We should consider the level to which we rise and see all these crisis phenomena as obstacles for us to overcome to reach the highest goal. Just as a person has crises in the individual sense, a state does in the national plan and human society is in global terms. This is the only way to look at life.
We cannot approach governments today and talk about this with them because they are the greatest egoists and will not be able to understand it. Nevertheless, their minds are changing. There is a big difference between what they said five years ago and what they say today because blows and punishments make a person wiser and more receptive. That is why I hope that we will be able to accomplish this.
In addition to the materials that we are preparing to submit to UNESCO, the United Nations, and other international organizations, we are connecting many scientists to our work who have the same opinion that we have, those who understand that human nature, the nature of human society, must be fundamentally changed.
The problem is that they do not have a method. There is no doubt that we need to be in global equilibrium with nature, to be in homeostasis with it. Thousands of scientists in the world are talking about this, but we also should do it. How can it be done? We must…? There is no answer.
Millions of people around the world are becoming unemployed. The crisis will bring us to a point where we will produce only things that are necessary for our existence.
That is why people must understand. They should study themselves and change themselves instead of polluting and depleting nature. I do not need much to feed my “animal” for my normal existence.
I have to dedicate the remaining time, the rest of my strength, to changing human society. Then, we will feel eternal and total harmony. This will be much more than what we try to achieve today. Therefore, we should view the crisis as an obstacle above which we must rise together. That is why we are here.
From the Vilnius Convention 3/24/12, Lesson 3
There is none else besides Him, besides the force that governs us. This force is the only one. It means that there is nothing around and inside us but a single force that does and makes absolutely everything.
We study this force even in our sciences. We feel it within ourselves and around us. We are derivatives of this force. We exist in it; we simmer in it like little pieces in a pot of soup. It penetrates, creates, and carries everything out on us. This force fills the whole universe and originates from the Big Bang from which it further spread everything existing in the universe.
If it seems to a person that he exists outside of this force, it’s only because he simply doesn’t feel it, much like a small child left in his room while his mother is in the kitchen. The toddler thinks that there is no one around, that he is completely free and can do whatever he wants. He doesn’t understand that in reality his mom is watching him. We, too, are little children who think that they can do everything they wish on this Earth with the toys they make, play with, and get lost in.
Feeling the importance of our goal comes from the Light that Reforms. It doesn’t depend on a person at all. He should only let the Light be revealed in him and everything that happens with him will be done by the Light.
All this will happen to you and you will be great, if you only open up a place for the Light in you. We mustn’t think that it happens thanks to some special abilities a person has. We should only appreciate and respect the teacher, not as an actual figure but the information he conveys, because through him you receive the Light. In addition, we must appreciate the group, because without it you will not be able to perceive the Light, to feel, understand, and use it. You will have nowhere to let it in.
Question: What does it mean “to create an opening for the Light”?
Answer: The more you are adhered to the Light, to the source, and want to annul yourself, the more you are included with your Galgata ve Eynaim in the AHP of the upper one.
The AHP of the upper full of Light of Hochma is its vessel of receiving. You can be there if you annul yourself. Then you are swimming there in the waters of Bina and growing. You have everything, the whole world, “from one end to the other”; it all depends only on how much you annul yourself.
But you are already born with your independent vessels. You have to minimize yourself in relation to the state you were in in the world of Ein Sof (Infinity). This is because the upper is Infinity compared to you. Therefore, you should diminish yourself to your own measure, which should have on the outside like an embryo.
This transition is very close, these are labor pains in which you get your own “garments,” instead of staying in the upper one without any form of your own and only annulling yourself, you are acquiring your form now. We don’t see this in our world because an embryo already has a form even while he is in his mother’s womb. But in spirituality it isn’t so.
From the Internal Convention 3/3/12, Lesson 2
Question: Can you describe the ideal picture to the ordinary person of how good he will feel if he begins to study the course on integral education?
Answer: First, our main course includes the explanation about human evolution: where we are headed, why there is a need now to free man of any unnecessary work, and why can’t we continue our egoistic development in which we all fail. We have developed on an upward curve, and in the 20th century there has been a sharp jump: We suddenly felt over-saturation, and now we don’t want anything anymore and have no idea what to do.
Now we are facing two options: a sharp fall and collapse or the gradual decrease of our consumption and getting rid of luxuries and surpluses until we reach the level of reasonable consumerism, but not lower than the level of bare necessities. When you explain all these problems, including problems with the environment, natural resources, the endlessness of the ego, a person begins to understand everything; he sees that there is no other choice. Today, when he reads or hears something about the problems in Europe or America, he feels that there is no way out.
Today all the modern world—America, Europe, China—these three big countries and continents, are in such a crisis that there is no way out. Nowhere in the world is there anyone who can be proud of being in the opposite phase of development. This means, that we see that there is no other way. We have to show a person the need for a different way of development. Coming out of the crisis is only through more integrality, in resembling nature.
Question: But still, when you speak about integrality, you should sweeten this explanation, give a person a “candy”….
Answer: Everything most pleasant, healthy, whole, good, and secure stems from our balance with nature. Today nature is offering us only one picture, a picture of a full, mutual, integral connection among us and with it. A failure to comply with the conditions nature presents will bring about negative and unpleasant outcomes, including wars, destruction, plagues, and so on. Therefore, we have no other choice. All of it can be showed and explained to people.
The point is that humanity has no choice. The process of dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah, the method of stabilizing a person’s integrality, is a long one. We have to carry it out patiently on all the continents, and then gradually humanity will see this. This will happen together with the necessary blows; otherwise, people will not notice what we offer.
But we don’t have to wait for the blows. We have to present and bring the remedy closer to people. If they continue to ignore it, then a small blow will come to which they will pay attention. Then harder blows will not be necessary.
From a “Talk on Integral Education” #14, 12/18/11