Teaching Personnel

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In integral learning, is it possible to use the educational infrastructure that already exists: schools, universities, teachers, and professors?

Answer: I believe that all teachers during the process of integration should try to adapt it quickly and everyone must work with his or her niche. Since there are many materials from other sources in integral upbringing and education: physics, chemistry, biology, geography, natural science, etc., it would be very desirable for teachers to continue to teach their subjects, and at the same time to also acquire a certain level of integral knowledge, which they would implement in their classrooms. This comes first.

Second, there are teachers, who can quickly adapt the integral method to teaching while taking courses of integral education, and in their turn, they would become educators and teachers of integral learning. And then there would be a constant supply of personnel.

Question: How can teachers be applied in the beginning of the educational process?

Answer: First of all, they continue to do their regular work, they do not stop doing it. Teaching children in schools must continue.

And integral method studies must be simply added everywhere they can be added, they must be implemented in all possible productive and educational processes, but never in a way that can harm them—it must be done as gently as possible.
From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” #23, 3/3/12

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Who Creates The Deficit?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Initially, all the useful resources are unlimited, but people create a deficit through bad intentions and certain fluctuations. Things that belong to humanity and that we should receive for free have become artificially limited and inaccessible.

As soon as something becomes deficient, it immediately stops being equally distributed, and everyone who can begins to accumulate it. Those who did not have it, will not have it. In the end, everyone suffers, both those who profit from it because excess does not lead to anything good and those who do not have it because they are not fulfilled. This applies to everything.

What does a person need? He needs safety, peace, attention, family, and food. All these things began to require enormous effort.

Regarding peace, we have lost peace. We work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Regarding safety, safety is an elementary resource, but because I did not establish a relationship with my neighbor, he got a gun, and I got a machine gun. You would think that someone would profit from selling weapons, but in the end, he is killed when the bomb drops on him.

Is there a solution to come out of this dead end? Can these problems be solved by upbringing?

Answer: If today we all are being driven into a deficit that is being used to rule over and control us, then we should ask ourselves: Can we resist these forces? It is not easy to resist them.

On the other hand, we see that crises come and erode the foundation under the people who have tried to create this system of government, who tried to profit and dictate everything to mankind. In the end, really, the bomb also falls on them. In other words, they also are absolutely uncertain about tomorrow.

It turns out that here, we encounter certain laws of nature. The reason for this is our egoism that drives us and constantly pushes us forward. People try to manifest it somehow in the best and most profitable way for them.

However, in the end, we encounter two parameters here: Egoism gradually and constantly develops in us from one generation to another and over the course of the entire life of every generation. In this way, we differ from the animate level. As we develop, we also try to exploit egoism with our mind and feelings, to turn it into something that will help us attain power, fame, knowledge, and maximum freedom.

As a rule, this happens by comparing oneself to others. Our egoism is tuned this way. This is why all the movements of humanity and of every person individually are only in this. A question arises: Will we be able to continue to exist in this paradigm?

You say that natural resources, such as oil, gas, coil, metals, and any natural resource are unlimited, but we see that they are finite. We even predict their end. Scientists say that they will end in a number of decades.

I base the things I say on the data provided by mass media. I am not a member of other circles. To be honest, I am not interested in them. However, overall, this is probably the way things are.

Perhaps it is done on purpose. Prices increase and people are convinced that resources are limited in order to gain from the increase and profit more by investing less. I do not know.

Of course, overall, we are coming to a point today when nature itself is showing us through a global crisis that we are global, connected between us. We depend on one another.

I think that the economy is not the problem here; it is social and personal relationships between people. In other words, mankind is the cause of the crisis that we are experiencing.
From a TV Show “The Global Crisis: A Deficit of Resources” 3/1/2012 

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Keeping The Finger On The General Pulse

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: During the convention we always feel infinite pleasure and fulfillment, but the moment the convention is over, there is immediately a heavy feeling of emptiness and reluctance to carry on. What does this hardening of the heart after the convention symbolize and how should we work with it?

Answer: I think that we felt these things after conventions we had in the past. We shouldn’t feel this way now because we don’t work from one convention to another any more, which is the reason that we used to fall after each convention, like after receiving a temporary gift, which we couldn’t hold on to.

Now we have to work continuously at building our collective vessel, and so we shouldn’t feel such deep descents although there will be descents and ascents on this way too, as there should be. This is because the upper Providence is revealed by the “round” and “straight” impact. During the straight influence, the upper Providence is revealed a bit and during the round influence, it summons periods of exile.

Every individual, whole groups, and even the whole world go through such “exiles” and “redemptions” alternately. These states are sequential, and nature is constantly changing: The seasons change, the geological eras, and the ecological eras all change in the endless process we are in.

We have to go through all these processes, but our advancement should be in a straight line, in the “middle line.” We will have to clarify it since we are the first to start this process, like the “last generation” of the egoistic world. So I don’t think there will be any special descents after the conventions. Our conventions will be of a different nature, which will be determined in the next few months.

I doubt whether the question about the descent after the convention will be relevant. But if someone still feels a descent, he should ask the friends for help. If the whole group is in a state of descent, it should turn to other groups for help since it depends on them as one man in one heart.

Thus everyone should help one another, keeping the finger on everyone’s pulse, taking care that not one friend will disappear and not one group will fall if it isn’t a purposeful fall.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/20/12, “Talk About Past Conventions”

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The Era Of A Round Correction

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe last conventions indicate the beginning of a new era in which we have to practically fulfill everything we’ve learned for so many years, what we’ve read in the letters and the articles of Baal HaSulam and Rabash: the connection in the group, the unity with friends, and the clarification of the place inside the group where the spiritual world, the Creator, the building of the collective vessel, and the correction and the shattering are revealed.

Actually, all the descriptions refer to one action: the connection of all the shattered, distant, opposite desires that hate each other with the help of the Reforming Light, which we draw by our collective prayer, raising MAN, during the workshops, the different activities, and all the time until we perceive the spiritual goal of our life.

We should see this as a general trend that affects every aspect of our lives: educating children and adults, our groups, and the whole word, everyone, from the individual to all of humanity, and seeing this trend to connect in “circles,” which is the major trend leading to the correction of the shattering and the attainment of the goal of creation.

We can regard the whole way we’ve made so far as the time of preparation, and from now onward we and the whole world must start to build such circles.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/20/12, “Talk About Past Conventions”

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The Center Of The Group Is The Place Of The Correction

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 141: “Now you can understand the meaning of the words, “Forsake Me and keep My law.” They interpreted, “I wish that they had left Me and kept My Torah—the Light in it reforms them.”

There is a link between you and the Creator, the Light, which is your corrupt desire to receive. If you correct it, you will feel the same result called Light or Creator meaning “Come and see” (Boreh in Hebrew) in the same material. The Creator is revealed in your corrected desire according to its correction.

On the whole the method by which you gradually correct your desire in order to feel, understand, and reveal the Creator is called the “Torah.” With its help you evoke a special force, the force of bestowal, that is external to you and which corrects your desire. To the extent that you ask for it, this force changes the desire dressed in it and you feel the Light, the Creator, your sublime state.

This is the only way you can advance. If you don’t ask for the correction and turn to the “Creator” that you have invented, your work will be futile, since it doesn’t match reality.

Question: What is meant by “keep my law”?

Answer: It means that all your actions should be aimed only at the correction of the corrupt vessel according to the principle: “I have created the evil inclination, I have created the Torah as a spice for it.”

If you work correctly on the correction of the desire, it begins to take on the form of the Creator. Then you begin to understand, to acknowledge, and to adhere to Him. You have “material” that has taken on a new form, a form of bestowal and love. Thus, through the matter of the desire you reach adhesion with the form of the Creator.

Question: If we are speaking about having to find the point in the center of the group, what does that have to do with “keep my law”?

Answer: It is there, in the center of the group, that you correct your evil inclination. It is there and only there that you discover the Creator, your advanced spiritual states. There is no other place where the evil “matter” of the desire can be revealed except for the center of the group that should be revealed as a mountain of hate, as “Mt. Sinai.”

So by committing to mutual guarantee, to the alliance, and to mutual help, we begin to discover the Reforming Light. This is also called the “receiving of the Torah”: We receive it if we feel that we cannot correct our connection, but we don’t try to run away from the problem. Then we receive the Torah and correct the separation—and then the Creator is revealed.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/20/12, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 05.22.12

Preparation to the Lesson

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Lesson: Talk About the Workshop

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The Book of ZoharSelected Excerpts “Beresheet (Genesis),” “These Waters Conceived and Begot Darkness,” Item 378, Lesson 101

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 7, Item 5, Lesson 6

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Introduction to the Study  of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 149, Lesson 64

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Lesson: Talk About the Congress

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