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Balancing On The Path Of Love

Dr. Michael LaitmanOur task is to create an integral system among us all. This means that we have to stay inside a suitable “wrapping,” that is, the right surroundings that train us. This is how a real Man should be brought up. We are talking about a man who reached the human level of development. This type of person evolved from a “wild cave man.” Yet, at this time, we still relate to each other as “primordial” people.

Through good relationships, compassion, reciprocity and mutual bestowal we implement the following two types of behavior:

  1. Caring relationships at a human level, on our material plane, and
  2. Benevolent interaction with Nature and Its common law of mutual bestowal and love.

We go through the process that was built by Nature and which originates from the common force. Therefore, we obtain support and approval from the following factors:

  1. Good relationships within human society, and
  2. Balance with Nature.

Both directions are effective.

At this point, mistakes and imbalances are quite possible. The main thing is to retain stability between us and Nature. For example, Green party activists only care about flora and fauna, and as we see, they don’t succeed in preserving nature. It is impossible to keep nature in a good state without first establishing adequate relationships at the human level; these two processes are symbiotic. When people advance and improve, they positively influence everything around them. They start to defend inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature and limit consumption by using only the resources that allow humankind to feed itself without exceeding the limit. In return, Nature will regain its equilibrium. We will eventually witness that everything we have ruined previously by destroying Nature’s elements will gradually revive and harmonize.

In summary; if we had to choose between two directions, humanity and nature, and decide where to start, we would have to consider the human factor before anything else. To start we have to provide the right kind of education and upbringing; only then can we transition from loving our neighbors to loving Nature. This is the correct vector of our development.

However, the stage of human relationships requires a thorough understanding that in the end we will have to attain equilibrium with the universal law of Nature, that is, with the general process of evolution as a whole. After we define our preferences between both factors and choose one of them, we should still keep in mind that it is essential to consider them both in our calculations.

This is how we build a schema for the process: First, we attain love towards humans, and afterward, we reach out to universal love that is inherent in Nature. This is the way to complete our personal correction.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” Episode 11, 1/9/12

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Our World Through The Prism Of Spirituality

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When I try to see the world through the point of unity, I feel that joy and material objects lose their importance to me. What are the criteria that define the significance of your activities? How do we all “build the world?” Do we have to completely rearrange our system of values?

Answer: We should reorganize our system of values anyway. Our goal is to strive to achieve compliance with nature, that is, earn our living, stay alive, and attain harmony with nature without looking at or waiting for others while they go through their personal crises, their ups and downs. If a person rigidly, firmly, and actually places himself into this condition and tries to harmonize his life with nature, nothing can harm him.

It’s normal that this kind of attitude to life makes you happy. Besides, you should “tune” into the right type of business activities and correct relationships with family and the rest of the world. In other words, you should make up your mind about how to rearrange things that constitute your life and make them more rational.

I think that the entire world is involuntarily going this way. Gradually, it becomes obvious that, one way or another, we’ll either change the world and our personal state in it through a clear realization of the situation we are already in or nature will force us to do so by forcing us to limit our actions to such a degree that we will be cut off from the future if we don’t bother to understand that our current approach doesn’t work. However, it’s a very long and painful process.

I hope that dissemination of our knowledge will lead people to understand that only under the above-stated condition will a person reach the most rational and comfortable existence, and begin to sense, above everything else, the higher reality through the notion of an integral world.

A person enters the state of unity and eternity. He can clearly feel it. Matter dissolves and falls apart like shagreen leather. We witness a totally different world, the world of forces that our senses perceive to be a certain picture. It’s very real and, in fact, is truly close to us.

In my opinion, you should change your everyday life, the world around you, and the work you are doing in accordance with the level at which you are. However, it has to be done only to the degree of your understanding of spiritual methodology while transitioning to a higher step and becoming equivalent to it.
From KabTV’s “Foundations of the Integral Society” 2/26/12

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Pharaoh’s Tricks

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Looking back on the way, I see how Pharaoh is constantly walking by me. Not long ago a new trend has emerged, systematic vector psychology, and many think it is very similar to Kabbalah. This means that Pharaoh is becoming more cunning.

Answer: The Kabbalistic method is very direct. It speaks about one thing only, but gradually it reveals more and more. A person discovers greater depth and motion in the Kabbalistic text ,and if he operates accordingly, he reaches a point of adhesion with the Creator, with the one force that manages everything. Everything else was invented by man.

But in order to direct us to Him, this force constantly formats us more accurately, more finely, until we become as sharp as the attribute of bestowal, in order to enter the “needle’s eye.”

Throughout history man has invented different methods. 3,800 different methods, beliefs, and religions have officially been counted, but there can be more or less since they disappear for lack of believers. New theories are constantly emerging. Since the middle of the 20th century there have been many new methods based on different scientific findings. In addition there have been many methods that are used by secret services, for example, the development of a person’s internal mental powers. People don’t even know about it.

All these methods are based only on the ego and its development. If it seems that it is a development above the ego, it is still altruistic egoism that characterizes 10% of the world’s population who want to do each other good, to preserve the ecology, to protect nature, the animals, etc. In other words they deal with the altruism of our world, yet it is still the same egoism.

There is a very thin border, a struggle, clarifications, and examinations: “So what is the pure method for attaining the upper Light?” It comes down to the constant internal clarification of our direction.

I believe that all the other methods are very helpful. Everything in the world was created in order to help “clean” people from different confusions and mistakes.

On this basis we have to clarify what the truth is. This means that you don’t clarify psychology, not different methods of intellectual training and not ESP, but rather resemblance to the Light, by drawing the Light upon you. This is the whole difference between the Kabbalsitic method and other methods.

All the new methods that seemingly resemble Kabbalah are given to us by Pharaoh or by the Creator through Pharaoh. It is written: “I have hardened his heart,” and this is in order to sift, to sort out, the people who may be a burden on our groups.

So we shouldn’t feel sorry about the many people who come and that later 90% of them leave. The wisdom of Kabbalah chooses only those who belong to the Creator, those who can really mediate between Him and the rest of humanity. The spiritual world is built on quality not on quantity.

We are happy about every person who arrives, but everyone is free to choose. We don’t underestimate anyone in any way, but if a person leaves, it is his free will. This means that he still has to work on himself on other levels and he isn’t ready to come yet. He received something from us; he will later process it, and after a while will return to us. If he doesn’t, then he has his own way and he will end it in his next life, while we want to finish it in this life.

The wisdom of Kabbalah spreads knowledge, like a farmer who plants seeds while walking in the plowed field, and if someone picks up what falls, that’s good. It doesn’t depend on our desire. We can only hope that as many people as possible will hear about it and then it is already the Creator’s work.
From KabTV’s “Foundations Of The Integral Society” 4/08/12

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The World Is Left Without Work

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from The Wall Street Journal Blog): “The world needs to create about 200 million jobs to reach full employment.

“That’s one finding from a new report released Friday by the International Labor Organization and the World Bank. The two groups, based on a request from the Group of 20 advanced and developing economies, are unveiling a database that tallies policy responses to the financial crisis and global economic downturn. …

“The employment tally found that the world lost 27 million jobs between 2007 and the height of the crisis in 2009. But labor force growth adds about 40 million people to the global labor market each year, and overall economic growth—even before the crisis—hadn’t been strong enough to absorb them. That created a long-run jobs gap of 177 million, on top of the 27 million jobs lost in the downturn. …

“The impact of the crisis on employment has been deep, and with no appreciable recovery, particularly in the developed countries. Table 2 shows that between 2007 and 2009—at the height of the crisis—an estimated 27 million jobs were lost globally. Half of these jobs were lost in the advanced economies, five million in East Asia, three million in Latin America and the Caribbean, and one million in South Asia. …

“The rate of youth unemployment rose globally from 11.7 percent in 2007 to 12.8 percent in 2009, the advanced economies being hit particularly hard, where this rate jumped from 12.5 percent to 17.3 percent over this period.” Source: ILO/World Bank

“While the world experienced ‘an unprecedented widespread policy response to the crisis,’ the report says, ‘policy responses led to a recovery in GDP growth but not a significant increase in jobs.’

“Among the study’s other findings:

–Policies of high-income countries focused on access to credit, while low- and middle-income nations prioritized direct job creation and employment incentives.

–About 55% of high-income countries used unconventional monetary policy vs. 33% of low- and middle-income countries.

–About 86% of high-income countries in the sample used a fiscal stimulus, while 84% of low- and middle-income countries did so.”

My Comment: The solution is to restructure the whole system of a society based on growing consumption. If our system of consumption were really unlimited, then there would have been no end to “America.” But since we exist in a limited, finite system of society, resources, and environmental limits, the “pyramid” must fall apart. See the post “The Pyramid Economy.”

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Is China Heading Towards Famine?

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Scientific American): “Crop losses from climate-related challenges are already affecting the nation’s ability to feed more than 1.3 billion Chinese…

“In north China, where wheat fields have dominated the landscape for centuries, the crop is becoming increasingly difficult to grow as the land gets drier and warmer. In southern China, droughts in recent years have replaced rainy seasons, drying up rice paddies on a large scale. …

“That raises the question of whether 1.34 billion Chinese — accounting for almost one-fifth of the world’s population — would be able to feed themselves. Currently, China produces slightly less grains than its people consume. Crop losses caused by extreme weather events, insect attacks and other problems associated with climate change are rocking the already delicate balance.”

My Comment: The problem of famine is not in drought, but first of all, in the incorrect relationship within the human society: It has long been calculated that with equal distribution, there would be enough of everything! And with egoistic consumption, there will always be hungry people. Nature will force us to reach an equitable distribution.

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New Desires For The Old

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Alexander Timofeev, from “Nowadays I occasionally think back to the Soviet times with nostalgia, but not for the repressive regime and perpetual shortages, but for the confidence in the future, soulfulness, and kindness of people that existed in those years. This is why I, an aging optimist living in an era of change, want to go forward into the past—so that the time would come when we would be just as cheerful and kind as in the ‘80s, while at the same time free, well-fed, and beautifully dressed like in the modern times. Perhaps this is Utopia, but it is for its sake that I want to live.”

My Comment: All kindness and fullness can be arranged only after our prior reasoned and conscious unification, which requires something that wasn’t present before in any attempt to create an anti-egoistic (counter-natural) society:

1. The presence of fully developed egoism and awareness of it as the carrier of destruction to our entire civilization—the condition of nature, and

2. The revelation of integral upbringing as the means for changing man and society from egoism to altruism by using the property of nature (Ohr Makif) and not through violence.

The sooner we reveal this opportunity to ourselves and to others, the more we’ll reduce the suffering and accelerate the creation of a single integral humanity. It’s programmed into our development as our next step, but how to come to it—whether involuntarily through suffering or through conscious aspiration—that is our choice, our freedom of will.

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Steady Ascent

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You mentioned that the convention lessons lack pressure. In what way is the demand during the morning lesson different from the demand during the lessons at the convention?

Answer: We don’t come to the convention in order to learn, but in order to connect. Of course there will be the element of study, all kinds of drawings, explanations of the “worlds,” “Sefirot,” “Partzufim,” etc., but this is not the main thing.

The main thing is to attain the next level of connection between us. It disconnects and renews, disconnects and renews, so that this reconnection will already be on the next level and stronger.

We are anticipating a series of meetings in Colombia, Chile, Brazil, and New York, and we need to go through these stages in such a way that they really become a steady ascent, one after the other.
From the Virtual Lesson 4/22/12, Preparation to the Congress

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Initially we assumed that the psychological training would last three hours. At the convention, we dedicate one hour. And now you say that it is possible to implement it during a quarter of an hour before the lesson. What is the difference?

Answer: These classes constitute a person’s intention, which he needs to formulate; he must spend so much time per day in order to remain in that spirit throughout the day.

There are people who are constantly in this state, those who return to this state, and those who are not able to stand it. Their ego is still so large that even though they make a small effort, they already need to exit this state, they are not able to remain in it.

Everything depends on what state the person is in as he advances. You gradually develop within the bestowal of the upper Light. Only this gives results and nothing else.

When you yearn to go forward, the Light influences you. It changes you and next time you will enter it with more sensitivity and will do so more easily. You are already very close to these attributes, and you will be immediately included in them. Let’s suppose that in the morning you awake like beasts, exist in “separation,” and immediately enter this world, the world in which the force directs everything.

You begin to grasp your day in a completely different way, to see what is happening everywhere. The more you receive information from the sensations or from anything else, you see how the Creator plays with his creatures, and how he wants to bring them to independence and simultaneously to also resemble Him.
From the Vilnius Convention 3/24/12, Workshop 2

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One Instead Of Billions

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What should a person do in order to annul himself? How can this be implemented practically in the group?

Answer: This is why there should be one instead of ten. Instead of millions or billions, there should be one. This means that we should feel like one. If you cannot annul yourself before the friends, you will not be able to advance, and to allow the Light to be revealed. The first restriction (Tzimtzum Aleph) is the condition according to which everything operates, and then comes the next part, the next stage.

Question: What should I do in order to annul myself? What should I think about?

Answer: You should think that you want the friends to attain everything, and this is the only thing that makes you happy. How does a mother think about her child? “I want him to have everything. It doesn’t matter what will become of me, what’s important is that he will be okay.”
From the Vilnius Convention 3/24/12, Workshop 2

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