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In The Footsteps Of The Authors Of The Book Of Zohar

Dr. Michael LaitmanEverything that the authors of The Book Of Zohar wrote, they sensed and uncovered in their desires, in their properties of perception (Kelim.) We should envy them, desiring to reach their state to reveal the world about which they’re writing. We don’t even understand what they see there, as if they landed in an unknown jungle, some unfamiliar place, they see whatever is happening there, and they tell us about it in various forms. They don’t even have enough words to describe everything since it’s something new, not existing in our world. Sometimes they’re able to find a certain analogy to our world, but other times they can’t.

In order to reveal the same thing, we don’t need to travel to that same place, to climb some mountain, or enter a jungle—we simply need to change our inner properties, to turn each property a little, to make an overall calibration—and then we will obtain the picture about which they spoke. Then with every word, with every letter, we will be able to slightly calibrate one property after another, and thus we’ll go through the text that they wrote.

Ultimately, the text of The Zohar contains instructions about how we can change every detail in ourselves, every property of perception so as to constantly hold onto the picture that the authors of The Book are forming for us. In this manner, we are going through the path following their footsteps.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/29/12, The Zohar

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Intermediary Dispatch

Dr. Michael LaitmanA spiritual action differs from a material one in that it always proceeds through the upper one. Therefore, I cannot connect with others on my own. I exert efforts in order to ask the upper to connect me with others.

If I want to raise a prayer, how is it possible to accomplish since I cannot send the Creator a postcard or a message? This is why I ask the upper to help me reach a state of prayer.

Everything goes through the upper; I don’t perform any actions on my own. I only need to prepare my “half a coin.” And advancement lies precisely in seeing each and every time that a person does everything only through the upper one. It’s as if there is an intermediate dispatch station in front of me through which I pass along all of my actions.

Only if my action goes through the upper does He add force into it and returns a response. I must act through Him. And this pertains to any action or thought, “for” or “against.” Only through this will we come to adhesion.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/29/12, The Zohar

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Not In Quantity, But In Intensity

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “600,000 Souls”: In my opinion, there is indeed only one soul in the world. … Yet, saying that there are 600,000 souls and sparks of souls appears as though it is divided by the force of the body of each person. In other words, first, the body divides and completely denies him of the radiance of the soul, and by the force of the Torah and the Mitzva, the body is cleansed, and to the extent of its cleansing, the common soul shines upon him.

You have to make an effort in order to collect all the shattered parts. The number of the particles is 600,000, but actually I collect them not by quantity but by their intensity. It isn’t about numbers, but about how tightly we “cling” to one another—this level of attachment is called 600,000, since by the connection and the power of unity we rise from the level of ZON to the level of Arich Anpin.

Today we cannot imagine this state in the true light, and so we describe it in different ways. Actually Baal HaSulam writes about it, in order to direct us correctly in several ways, I feel 600,000 souls because I am shattered, but if I weren’t everything would seem to me as one whole formation. I feel the intensity of my current existence in this world and not in the eternal life, because I don’t reach the level of 600,000 souls, I don’t evoke the ZON in order to reach my Gmar Tikkun (the end of correction), the level of Arich Anpin.

On the one hand I follow the right track to correction, and on the other hand I still don’t perceive the reality in which there is only one soul with the intensity of 600,000, which means that it is attained 620 times more than the Creator has given it. If the created being feels that he is bestowing upon the Creator while receiving, then the intensity of the filling, his understanding and his feeling grow: “How much do I receive, from whom am I receiving, how great is the love between us.” Thus the vessel is evoked in the created being, which is 600,000 times greater than the previous one and in which the intensity of the Light is 620 times greater than before.

Thus, in order to reach the right discernment of the reality in Gmar Tikkun we have to see our present state as divided into 600,000 parts and under 6,000 years—levels, in the intensity of a “very thin candle” instead of the full Light of NRNHY, which is 620 times greater than the initial state.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/29/12, Baal HaSulam “600,000 Souls”

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From Multiplicity To Unity

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam: “600,000 Souls”: It is said that there are 600,000 souls, and each soul divides into several sparks. We must understand how it is possible for the spiritual to divide, since initially, only one soul was created, the soul of Adam HaRishon.

On one hand, a person sees a picture of a broken and divided world, and on the other hand, it is clear to him that he is the one who is broken and divided inside and this is why he sees the world this way. It says that by the correction, a person tilts himself and the whole world to merit. When I reach my private Gmar Tikkun (end of correction), I should see the whole world as corrected. Now when I look into myself I see that the world is corrupt; this is how my flaws depict it for me. But when I correct myself I tilt myself and the whole world to merit because I and the world I see are the same. The world is the essence of my vessels.

And what about other people? Do they exist or not? Will they also reach Gmar Tikkun? Or does Gmar Tikkun depend only on me and others only assist me along the way? Could it be fair to everyone? Could it be that the others don’t exist and that I am facing my shattered vessel that is depicted to me as egoistic people who oppose me? Does it mean that I only have to attach them to me?

In short, where do the general and the particular meet here? Could it be that it is really my vessel before me and there is nothing else in the world but one soul in which the Light, the Creator, has to be revealed?

This means that if I penetrate more deeply into my soul, I will discover this vessel—in uniting all its parts, in mutual spiritual cooperation with the Creator. The imaginary picture of the world with billions of people will disappear and by the connection of everyone into one soul I will see that there is none else besides Him.

Until then I will perceive the world as divided into independent parts, into many separated souls.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/29/12, Baal HaSulam “600,000 Souls”

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Equality For The Final Goal

Dr. Michael LaitmanIf my goal is connection, I see everything in the world as fragments of the shattering that have drawn away from me only so that I will be able to collect them and put them back together again. The particles don’t have to be identical in order to connect. On the contrary, they have to be different!

If there is a plus in one place and a minus in another, if there is more here and less there, then there is a connection between the parts. A big one can give to someone who is small, and a small one can receive from the big one. If they are both perfectly equal, what will they be able to give one another, how will they be able to connect?

It is the equality that leads to detachment! So how can we achieve general equality? Here we begin to understand that the concept of equality doesn’t refer to attributes, thoughts, desires, or identical actions, but rather is expressed in attaining the goal. It is for the goal that we all connect and with regards to it we are all equal.

We will never be able to be equal if we don’t connect with the Creator and don’t consider Him as our goal. Accordingly, I already begin to recruit forces, to find out what the method of connection is, to look for ways to connect with others; I examine everything that goes on in the world as an opportunity that is given to me every moment in order to rise above my ego, above the forces of separation, and to attain general connection.

We can connect as equals only when the Creator is among us and is the goal of our connection. Therefore it says that the condition of: “Israel, the Torah, and the Creator are one,” determines the correct direction for correction.

By wanting to connect and to attain full equality, but at the same time for each one to keep his uniqueness and his own individual attributes, we connect as one body. The Creator, the upper Light, has to give this body life according to the law of the equivalence of form.

Many desires connect in one spiritual body, in one Partzuf, under one Masach (screen), in order to create a general adhesion with the one Light. Then there is Zivug de Haka’a (coupling of striking) with the Light in the head of the Partzuf and a formation called the “soul” (Neshama) is created. At the same time, all the individual particles keep their natural uniqueness in their thoughts and desires and operate as organs in one body, as everyone does his job and connects with others in order to attain the general goal, the spiritual life. This life is equivalence and adhesion with the Light.

Here the formula of “Love will cover all sins” is activated. The sins remain, the differences between us are kept, and on that basis everyone judges and justifies himself. Of course, he accuses the others, since “one judges according to his own flaws.” But by connection we understand that all the differences between us actually help us attain a greater connection among us if we can fulfill the connection on a higher level by rising above all the differences between us.

If we just erase the differences between us, we will have no basis for connection, we will have nothing to give one another. Everyone needs to give others, by appearing as their “minus” with regard to a “plus” and receiving from others as a minus from a plus.

This means that we are all different! But if we do it under one “umbrella of love,” then everyone comes out equal. When a baby smiles to his mother, she is ready to give him the whole world. It says “love will cover all sins,” and if there is love, then it ties us all in one net. Then we connect above all the gaps for one cause and attain it.

This is the method that was prepared for us by the Light, by many preliminary actions. The Light created a desire and works on it by lowering it and making it go through all the degrees, by breaking it and creating the worlds of BYA of Holiness and of impurity and the “first man” Adam who is also shattered.

Only today, in this new era in which all of humanity finds itself, we begin the correction of the world, so that instead of a terrible and terrifying world, whose growing sickness and corruption are revealed day by day, we will see the world of Ein Sof (Infinity) before us.
From the lesson 5/25/12, Writings of Rabash

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Want To Become An Educator – Teach Me How

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Assume residents of a small town began to study according to the integral methodology. How do we build teams of future educators and teachers from them?

Answer: Initially, there should just be general groups. But a few special individuals will stand out in these groups in the first couple weeks of training. These people should be taken into account, and later on, should go through additional trainings.

If they wish to join the learning process as educators, teachers, and organizers of the educational process later on, then in addition to initial sessions, additional classes are held where they are taught the psychology of working with groups etc.

It is possible that in the future they will be put into self-organized groups that will study according to a special program.

Question: After going through the initial stage of integral education, there comes a second stage, an integral upbringing. How do we build groups for the second stage?

Answer: For the second stage, only people who are capable of integral upbringing should be selected. Small groups to train educators and teachers will be formed from them. They will go through a serious training both from our side and from psychologists and economists. These people need to get serious basic training so they can explain, persuade, and fend off any questions and resolve all occurring problems.
From KabTV’s “Experimental City: Education” 3/3/12

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All Of Nature Is One Organism

Opinion (Y. Zheleznov, The Moscow Humanitarian University): “A person is greater than our perception of him. One shouldn’t draw an equal sign between a person and his ‘consciousness,’ cognition, intellect and mind, since a person is much more than that. He is deeper than his knowledge, smarter than his intelligence, more powerful than his brain, and richer than his mind. The essence of human existence is loftier and more complicated than his brainpower. People are not being driven by thoughts, but rather by love, even at times when they are overwhelmed by hatred and when the evil inside turns them ‘into stones.’ One is defined by what and how one loves. Each of us is an endless source of opinions; we all are a nonverbal origin of words and actions of our own; we are fountains of passion, dreams and desires, a harmony and dissonance of our longings. This is the reason why vibrant and clear thoughts cannot penetrate into the deepest basic root of the human personality; it explains why our ‘voice of reason’ is often reminiscent of ‘screams in the desert.’

‘Thy neighbor’ is you. When Socrates was imprisoned for his beliefs, he said, ‘… only after I lost everything and everybody I had ever cherished – my home, children, family, health… at the time when I helplessly was facing death, and felt as a tormented, haunted animal, when my mind had sunk into the darkness and then suddenly was awakened at sunrise – all of this was totally necessary for me to UNDERSTAND.  I often mentioned that evil is a lack of enlightenment and everything in life can be scrutinized with the mind. It’s not so. In prison, I understood something that I never thought of before…LOVE…Love everybody… I realized that my neighbor is me… And I have to love him… If you attain this state, your mind will prompt you the truth.”

Love of ‘others’ is a law. Love and compassion for others, empathy for all living creatures of Earth, is a law that manifests itself in plants, animals and humans. Researcher K. Baxter managed to record distant “signals of compassion” among plants, between plants and animals, and among people…

“Quite often (although not always) multiple experiments demonstrated that when a plant perished in boiling water, other plants of the same type experienced electric impulses that were clearly registered by a sensitive device. The nature of such a ‘scream’ was similar to the human signal of stress and pain. The plants were experiencing trauma at the time of the suffering and death of another plant; besides, they commiserated with live creatures of a different developmental level when the latter were throbbing and/or were close to a life-threatening danger.

“Similar ‘signals of suffering’ were registered by precise devices, which were placed on birch-trees located quite far from another birch-tree which was damaged and fell.

“Live creatures scream. A lie detector attached to a plant clearly showed that the plant was ‘indignant’ when it ‘faced’ lies, and reacted to it by electric impulses. All live organisms ‘scream’ when they interact with evil and convey dangerous information to others through vibrations that have a different nature than sound waves, and thus are not spread through the air. When facing evil, living creatures ‘shout’ without emitting sounds (air waves), but rather through other types of vibrations that convey information about pain and danger to others.

“Sensations do not depend on distance. At the time when baby-rabbits experienced pain on board a submarine deep down in the ocean, on board another submarine in another ocean their mother was shivering with ache. Professor Vernadsky was confident that biospheres of remote planets constantly exchange information with one another.

Theory of informational transmittal. Besides transferring information from one cell to another, there exists another form of distant transmission of signals; it happens at the level of quantum particles and explains the influence of earth’s magnetism, presentiments of earthquakes by certain types of animals, as well as the influence of sun storms and weather conditions on the moods and health of all living creatures.”

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The Multiverse

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Newsweek Magazine): “The latest developments in cosmology point toward the possibility that our universe is merely one of billions.

“In Einstein’s day, the possibility that our universe could have turned out differently was a mind-bender that physicists might have bandied about long after the day’s more serious research was done. But recently, the question has shifted from the outskirts of physics to the mainstream.

“And rather than merely imagining that our universe might have had different properties, proponents of three independent developments now suggest that there are other universes, separate from ours, most made from different kinds of particles and governed by different forces, populating an astoundingly vast cosmos.

“The multiverse, as this vast cosmos is called, is one of the most polarizing concepts to have emerged from physics in decades, inspiring heated arguments between those who propose that it is the next phase in our understanding of reality, and those who claim that it is utter nonsense, a travesty born of theoreticians letting their imaginations run wild.

“Remarkably, mathematical analysis also revealed—and here’s where the multiverse enters—that as space expands the cosmic fuel replenishes itself, and so efficiently that it is virtually impossible to use it all up. Which means that the big bang would likely not be a unique event. Instead, the fuel would not only power the bang giving rise to our expanding realm, but it would power countless other bangs, too, each yielding its own separate, expanding universe. Our universe would then be a single expanding bubble inhabiting a grand cosmic bubble bath of universes—a multiverse.

“Through years of painstaking observations of distant galaxies, the teams collected data on how the expansion rate of space has changed over time. And when they completed the analysis, they all nearly fell out of their chairs. Both teams found that, far from slowing down, the expansion of space went into overdrive about 7 billion years ago and has been speeding up ever since.”

My Comment: Kabbalah says that everything is perceived in a person, in his property to receive, and to feel a different universe means to accept its qualities, to give, instead of the present one, to receive. Kabbalah presents us with this opportunity.

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Don’t Postpone Correction Until Tomorrow

In our longing to rise above our ego, to correspond to nature, to its attributes of bestowal and love, we need to be careful not to postpone our correction until “later.” This is what our ego pushes on us in its resistance to be diminished. Whoever postpones his correction from “ today” to “tomorrow,” “That which changes today for tomorrow for you,“ will discover his mistake only after many years of lack of advancement, “And he that can wait until tomorrow will get lost after years, G-d forbid.

The reason for such a loss is the negligence in relation to the efforts in loving his friends, in relation to the necessary and sufficient methods of correction of all our ego.

We must understand what a huge force is hiding in the unity of the group and in each one of the friends. After all, we are not dealing with friends or a group, but with the huge force of nature. Each one of us is in unity with it, only the illusion of this world around us and all of its parts confuses us and hides from us the great forces and attributes of nature, of its system of governance regarding us so that each one of us will attain the attributes of bestow and love.

If we connect our forces to each of nature’s representatives, then in the assembly of friends, in love and friendship, we will discover forces that change us to be similar and to become equivalent to the upper force of nature.
From Baal HaSulam, Pri Hacham (Fruit of the Wise), Letter 13, 1925

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