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“‘If these implied defaults come vaguely close to being realised then the next five years of corporate and financial defaults could easily be worse than the last five relatively calm years,’ the analysts in London said. ‘Much may eventually depend on how much money-printing can be tolerated as we are very close to being maxed out fiscally.’
“Default rates stayed in line with historical norms between 2007 and 2011 because of the ‘unprecedented intervention’ of European and U.S. policy makers, the analysts wrote in the report yesterday.
“Although defaults have been low, recoveries are falling because the public spending that kept non-payments down has failed to spur economic growth, according to the analysts.
“‘The LTROs [long-term refinancing operations] gave us some respite but they don’t appear to have taken the problem away,’ Burns said in a phone interview. ‘At the moment there are no more LTROs on the table.’”
My Comment: Will we really fail to convey to the analysts an opportunity to correct the global economy through changing the relationships in society? How much suffering do people have to go through so that political and financial authorities understand that the only opportunity to correct the crisis is through social relations? The vast majority of scientists talk about it, but as usual, the government doesn’t want to listen and acts in their narrow egoism.
In the News (from The Guardian): “Europe’s sovereign debt crisis exploded back into life on Tuesday, with markets across the continent rocked by a wave of panic selling amid renewed fears about the impact of savage austerity measures in Spain and Italy.
“Italy and Spain, the eurozone’s third and fourth biggest economies, were at the centre of the market turmoil, with investors demanding an increasingly high premium for holding their bonds.
“‘Spain is a big focus right now and even Greece will be coming back into the picture as it looks for another tranche of aid, so this eurozone debt tragedy is not going away, but seems to be getting worse,’ said Daniel Hwang, senior currency strategist at Forex.com in New York.”
My Comment: The crisis will not go away until people understand its cause. It forces us to change ourselves, our relationships and rebuild everything on a new foundation, not egoistic, but like in a single family. Nature has all the possibilities to implement this, while we have no strength to resist it, so isn’t it better to think?
In the News (from Skrastas.lt): The following article was published on the Lithuanian portal, skrastas.lt:
“The Sage Taught Survival In A Global World, March 23, 2012, Irena Budrienė.
“Professor of Ontology and epistemology, a member of The World Wisdom Council, and the founder and director of the ARI Institute in Israel Michael Laitman, who visited Siauliai, suggested a new approach to teaching not only children, but also adults. He signed a cooperation agreement with Šiauliai University.
“The hall of the university library was packed. Although the visit of the thinker was announced modestly, extra chairs were needed in the hall of the library of Šiauliai University because there were so many people who wanted to listen to the professor’s lecture on integral education.
“It seems the ideas of Michael Laitman were not new to the people of Šiauliai. The majority of those gathered have read his books and heard about the method of integral education, encouraging not to stop one’s education throughout life.
“‘The world has changed. Our planet is not able to satisfy consumer, egoistic needs of a human being, so we have no other choice but to adapt to this,’ said the sage. With a decrease in consumption, there be no need for such big production; a person won’t have to work from dawn to dusk.
“The professor suggests that the army of unemployed that is growing rapidly should be occupied: invited to universities and taught harmony with the world, with the environment. “‘Anyway, the unemployed have to be paid unemployment benefits. It is better to pay a stipend, preserving the dignity of people, to give them knowledge and hope. Indeed, after several years of unemployment, people are not able to return to the labor market and remain productive members of society,’ Michael Laitman explained.
“He warned of the danger if the turned-down people are not reached for. In this case, there is a threat of catastrophe and global outbreaks of uncontrolled aggression.
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We need to try to imagine that all of reality is within one person and that the Torah tells us about him. Thus, all advancement takes place within one desire, one man, starting from that same moment that he begins to know himself until he attaches himself to the Creator, to the path that leads to the revelation of the upper force. On the way, he goes through all kinds of states. He needs to try to categorize these states, to define them as “Babylon,” “Canaan,” the levels of “Abraham,” “Isaac,” and “Jacob,” the entrance into Egypt, and slavery in Egypt.
All of this happens inside one desire, within one man, and only the attitude of the states in which he finds himself changes. He begins at the level of Jacob in which he begins to discover the evil inclination, the work of the “left line.” Against it, he begins to work with the “right line.”
This means that the preparation made from Above that is called “fathers” has ended, and the period of the “sons” begins when the person begins to develop himself. He becomes acquainted with his ego more and more until he reaches the sensation and the recognition that he is in slavery to the ego.
Then, he begins to work against it, and he asks the Light for correction. A person undergoes these two forms of development, the work with the two lines and the stage that precedes that even before entering the spiritual world, before beginning to work for the sake of bestowal (Lishma).
From the first part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson, April 23, 2012, Writings of Rabash
Try to constantly see two states: the real state that you see and the desired state. Most of the time we are in a rather latent state, and the way a person sets himself depends upon him. If you are given positive or negative awakenings from Above, you begin to act. But if you are not pushed from behind, you are half asleep, like in a dream. It’s here that the major work is concentrated, the search for how to spur yourself on. This is in order to see your state in the true Light and to imagine the desired state, so that the gap between them will show you how wrong you are and how much more there is to do. Then you begin to look for the means to change your state.
It all depends on the awakening from below, but you get the energy for that from the outside because there is nothing in us except for a machine that wakes up under the influence of an external force. Just like an engine that operates only if it continuously receives fuel or electricity. The moment the energy supply is cut off, it immediately stops. This operating energy can come from the actual source, from the Creator, and oblige our engine to run, or it can come when a person summons it by himself. This is the human part of the engine, when a person connects himself to the electricity network and operates himself.
You can operate yourself only by the group, by the equivalence of form. The more adaptable you are to the upper energy source, the electricity supplier, in bestowal and in a desire to do good to others and the Creator, the more easily you’re able to connect to the source of electricity, to the Light. And then the Light will influence you and operate your engine.
The energy of life always comes from the outside, from the Light. We constantly receive a tiny spark of vitality that revives us and enables us to exist. In addition to this spark, we receive an awakening from Above, according to time, to different periods, and to individual and global changes that one must go through.
Everything always depends on our awakening below which is the main part. All our advancement is by the awakening from below, all the 125 steps we have to go through, as we perceive a deficiency on our part. We have to operate our machine ourselves, by yearning for bestowal. By operating this way we advance step-by-step and each time our actions become more qualitative.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/23/12, Writings of Rabash
Question: In the conventions, especially in America, there are people who stand on the side and don’t connect easily. What is more, since they know in advance that they will spend three days leaning on the wall, it sometimes deters them from coming to the convention. What would you suggest that they do? How can we help them?
Answer: I definitely suggest that they come and be included in the crowd as much as they can. As it is written: “Educate a child according to his way.” People who find it difficult to connect in a circle will find one another. They may form their own circle, and within it, there may be someone who will shake them up a little.
Don’t object to the convention and don’t force yourselves. Everyone has a place there. After all, we are all different, and there are people who cannot connect with others. They sit on the side and listen, absorbed in their own thoughts. Or on the contrary, there are those who make too much noise. These people still don’t feel where they are and in what they are included. Their inner pace isn’t synchronized with everyone else yet, and either the euphoria or their introversion is controlling them.
Most of our friends already know and understand the method. They are working on advancement in a more or less methodical manner and are experiencing ups and downs. If a person really understands that he is detached from the general flow aimed at the goal of creation, it is especially important for him to come because it is a sign that in the meantime, he is going through special preparatory states. The influence of the environment will help him through it. I strongly recommend that you register.
On the whole, there are special people with special sparks. This is how they were created, and it isn’t a matter of heroism or weakness. The main thing is to realize what is within you. Just carry out the role that nature has given you, and eventually, if everyone makes his special and unique efforts, we will all become truly equal, with no traces of the previous differences.
Ultimately, everyone does equivalent work. We simply don’t understand yet how perfect the general system is.
But on the way, there are differences among us. Some people have special jobs; it is as if they have their own history, their own development. Accordingly, they should be treated differently. They look different from others, and their ups and downs are different. They act differently externally and go through different internal states—in contrast to any logic of our world.
Similarly, in the scientific and philosophic community, there are exceptional geniuses. Quite a few clever people have demonstrated exceptional attributes. In our case, it is even more prominent. However, for such people in particular it is very important to be with the community because in relation to them, we are like humanity in relation to us.
The sparks in the heart are divided into two parts: GE (Galgalta ve Eynaim) and AHP (Awzen, Hotem, Peh). Those of us who belong to GE are special. Sometimes, they feel a strong aversion toward society, but it is very important for them to come to conventions even though they feel no need to mingle with the friends, regarding them as humanity. It is still essential.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/22/2012, Writings of Rabash
While reading the articles, we have to learn to follow the thought of the author, to yearn to enter the states our teachers describe. When a person begins to watch a captivating movie, he forgets about the entire world and lives with the heroes on the screen, experiencing everything they go through.
This is how we have to relate to reading the texts. We must annul ourselves and adhere to the author, to his states at the time he was writing the article, and to his thought, and to constantly flow with this thought, hold ourselves within it. It is as if I don’t exist, which means that I cling to the books and their authors.
We have no other way to reach our teachers. At this time, I don’t see such readiness on the part of the students. Even before the lesson, before reading the text, we should think that we are about to do something special. By reading or listening to a text written by a Kabbalist and by making constant efforts to hold onto his thoughts, we cling to the Creator.
We mustn’t think about anything or have any calculations, but simply flow with the Kabbalist on the same wave. It doesn’t matter whether I understand what the text says or not. I feel like a baby in the arms of an adult. Someone lifted me and is taking care of me. Thus, I gradually begin to grow and understand why and how everything happens.
First, I simply find out what is going on, and afterwards I will understand the reasons. This attitude is essential while reading the articles.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/22/2012, Writings of Rabash
People often ask how they can check how close they have come to spirituality. This is determined specifically according to the clarification for whom I work. I have advanced if I begin to act not as if I am standing against the Creator, but next to Him, on His side, trying to help Him, serve Him, and work in line with His program.
I think about how to give the Light the possibility to influence me more strongly, how to help the Light enter all my desires more deeply, to connect them. I feel that I am the slave of the Creator, connecting to Him stronger and stronger under the influence of the Light.
According to this sign, it is possible to feel how a person changes. Instead of thinking: “Me, me, me,” he now worries about how to assist the Light in entering the desires and correcting them.
From Preparation for the Lesson 4/22/2012
The most important thing in spiritual work is to direct yourself towards the goal using many parameters while taking into account the various surrounding conditions that guide you directly to the target.
It is the same in our world. Let’s say I’m an artilleryman shooting at a distant target. I cannot see this target since it’s 15 miles away from me. I have to calculate how much TNT I need to use relative to the mass of the cartridge so that it would reach its target. In addition, I need to take into account the humidity of the air, wind, temperature, and thousands of other parameters. Previously, we used tables, but today all these numerous conditions are programmed into a computer. This isn’t simple.
In our world, we first fire a few test rounds, use them to determine the deviation, and only afterward do we take a shot at the target.
But there is no such thing in spirituality; we cannot “shoot” and calculate our error, checking whether we “hit” the Creator or not. We need to account for all conditions. The group is created for that purpose, and all the necessary components are there for making the calculations to reach the goal. This is why the wisdom of Kabbalah is a science about how to come to the possibility of revealing a new property within us: the property of the revelation of the Creator.
Moving forward isn’t sufficient for us because I cannot see anything in front of me. I am in such a state where I don’t know what “forward” means. I don’t see it! Perhaps I’m moving in a completely opposite direction? A big question mark hangs over all of this. What can be done?
This is why our egoism exists, so that by pushing off it we could determine “What exactly is that something that’s “not it,” not our egoism? And in this “not it” is precisely where the Creator would be. That is, egoism operates in everything except for just one direction, the one opposite to it.
In order to find the one and only goal, the property of bestowal and love, which is called “Creator,” we start from its opposite. We don’t know it because all of our desires, including the love and bestowal in our world, are all egoistic and don’t have anything to do with spirituality, with the true and genuine property of bestowal and love. We can forget about that, we’re not in it at all; nobody is, in any manner whatsoever!
In order to lead us into the spiritual world and to orient us correctly, we were given egoism, the group, the study, and finally, the upper Light, which ultimately performs this spiritual surgical operation. It “operates” on us with its ray and liberates the soul, “releasing it outward.”
From the Vilnius Convention 3/25/12, Lesson 5