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Brazil Convention – 05.04.12

Brazil Convention, Lesson 1

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Brazil Convention, Workshop 1 

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An Alliance To Mutually Draw The Surrounding Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe attributes a Kabbalist discovers internally in contrast to the Light make him feel the exile without which it is impossible to reach redemption. Of course, it is impossible to feel redemption, which is the feeling of the attributes of the Creator: bestowal, love, connection, unity, if you haven’t felt the opposite impressions, the state of exile, the opposite selfish attributes.

So it says: “Come to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart.” Pharaoh symbolizes the back of the neck, the direct opposite of the Creator, by which the whole essence of the redemption is revealed to us from the deep darkness of exile.

We should be ready to feel all the bitterness of exile, which is threatening and repulsive, and which deprives us of our powers and obliges us to sigh because of this kind of work. But it is impossible to feel the attribute of bestowal, the Creator, in any other way except by the attributes of the created being himself, which are revealed as “the benefit of the Light from within the darkness.”

A great deal of work and the strong support of the group is needed in order to reach that. By connecting and mutually bestowing upon each other first only externally and then internally, we help one another, as it says: “Each one shall help his friend.”

Helping others isn’t only about spurring and encouraging a little, but rather, it stems from understanding the system. To the extent that each one understands and knows his own ego and in contrast to it has some understanding, a feeling of the Creator’s bestowal, he wakes up by himself, like an integral part of the general system and begins to help others by drawing the Surrounding Light.

If we connect, at least to some extent, even if it is only externally, each one draws even the slightest Reforming Light, thus bestowing upon each other. This is why it is so important to have a good strong connection that will help us rise above our mutual hate, above the repulsion and the distance.

If we take all these problems realistically, we can account for being indifferent and hating each other. But at the same time, like grownups who are experienced with the internal work, we understand that we have to overcome the repulsion and to heal ourselves with the help of the upper Light, that heals all the illnesses of the ego, that can change us and connect us.

Thus we provide one another with the Reforming Light, and this is what helping others means. We forge an alliance among us so that even when a person is in descent, others can help him and pull him out and save him from this state.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/26/12, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Solving Problems

Dr. Michael LaitmanWomen ask the same questions as men during the seminar, they try to experience these things together with men, to quietly, internally participate in the solution of these problems, and at the same time push men towards the solving them. 

There are problems that pertain to women. And there are problems that they cannot solve because the solution lies in the connection between people. And this kind of problem can only be solved on the level of feelings between the men.
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From the Vilnius Convention 3/25/12, Workshop 4

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The Levels Of Ascent

Dr. Michael LaitmanNo matter what obstacles we encounter along the way, despair, helplessness, different opinions, thoughts and bad egoistic feelings, hate, unpleasantness, indifference, all this gradually accumulates and creates one huge desire that is called the feeling of the “exile in Egypt.” Only by discovering its full size, will we be able to imagine the redemption from its dark depths.

Thus the thought about redemption is added to the feeling of exile and leads us to freedom. The darkness that we feel standing in front of Pharaoh and the escape from this darkness, are all important clarifications within the Light that is revealed to a person who works in order to come out of exile.

The Light makes him feel an increasingly greater darkness and fear of the place he is in, of his own attributes. The main thing here is not to torture ourselves and not to let go, but to understand that we have to go through the full detailed feeling of exile. After all, this is the revelation of the nature of creation, about which it is written: “I have created the evil inclination.” Now our job is only to ask for the Reforming Light.

When this whole situation is clearly clarified in a person’s perception, he understands that the changes do not occur on the physical level, but on the level of the attributes that reveal the relationship between them. There is a general system and all its parts are interconnected in total interdependence. This is how all of creation was created.

But since this connection comes from Above, only the faintest Light is revealed in it, the Light of Nefesh, and then the power of repulsion and hate, the ego, is revealed among all the separated parts and gradually grows. This is already the real creation that was created outside the perfect previous state. The created being was shattered and now we have to work in order to connect him.

Nothing changes in the corporeal world. We have to imagine a picture in which the internal attributes of things change, the relationships, which are totally detached from the corporeal forms of time, motion, and space. This is very helpful.

You should understand that a person has no connection to the Light he is in if he doesn’t yearn to connect with others. Only if he makes an effort to connect with others above the natural feeling of repulsion, does he evoke and draw upon himself the Light that surrounds him.

On the other hand, we may say that a person connects with the Creator only through the general system. To the extent that a person can connect with it, he has contact with the upper Light.

There is no other means to come close to the Creator, to the Light, but through the general system. If a person is partially connected to the system of the souls, then his connection with the Light will not be whole either. The order of the spiritual levels is determined by that. If I connect to others by 20%, then I connect to the Creator by 20% and rise to the height of 20% on the spiritual levels. Everything is measured in relation to the desires. So our work is to intensify the connections among all of humanity, in all of reality, and then we will be able to contact the Creator.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/26/12, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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The Books About The Crisis in Taiwan

The Books About The Crisis in TaiwanThe Books About The Crisis in TaiwanTwo of our books about the crisis were recently published in Chinese (traditional characters) in Taiwan:

The Crisis: Do You Want to Know Why?

Salvation. How to Survive the Global Crisis.
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Lecture To Freemasons In Brazil – 05.04.12

Lecture to Freemasons

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The Interview In The Magazine “Semana”

The Interview In The Magazine “Semana”The online magazine “Semana,” the most popular in Colombia, published the interview that I gave to the correspondent of the magazine during my visit to the country. The hard copy of the magazine comes out this week.
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The Function of the Mind

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I do not understand the function of the mind. How do you cancel it and what do you do with it?

Answer: You only need the mind to properly express feelings, different relations, draw conclusions, and then once again activate feelings. The mind works between the feelings: feelings – mind, feelings – mind. The mind expresses what I am feeling, the conclusion I am supposed to draw from this and how to connect to new feelings. The alternation of mind and feelings happens the same way as the alternation of ascents and descents. You can control it, we will get used to it.

Question: We know that the mind serves the feelings. How do you understand whether you are speaking from your mind or your feelings? What is the difference?

Answer: If you need to express feelings after experiencing them, you express them with your mind, generalize them, differentiate between them, and only after that do you express the prepared thought.
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From the Vilnius Convention 3/25/12, Workshop 4

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Should We Bring the Light to Our Families?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We, the men, understand how to interact in the group and what to aspire to. The question is how do we, to bring the Light that we attract to them at home in our families?

Answer: Free your wife of this suffering. I understand that you quickly want to tell everything all the good things that you learn. Take a break. I am serious, do not do it. All these things can only be realized in the group, and not outside of it.
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From the Vilnius Convention 3/25/12, Workshop 4

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