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Contact At The Point Of The Ego’s Restriction

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What does it mean to bestow to another when you’re only preparing to enter the spiritual world?

Answer: It means to do everything in your power to unite with others, and in that bond to reveal the common bestowing force, the Creator. But you do it precisely because you fulfill His desire to be revealed to the creatures. To this end they must prepare an altruistic desire in which the Creator’s force of bestowal will be revealed. The creatures will reveal a need for love, and the Creator will be revealed as Love.

In order to connect to others, I need a screen. Otherwise I cannot unite with anyone, as I desire only to consume everything within. Therefore, don’t think that you are capable of unifying on your own: It’s the upper Light that unites us. It puts a screen before me over my own ego and raises me over it, where it concerns my heart, the concentration of desire. And it is there, in the space above it, where the source of all my desires, goals, and aspirations is transferred. Like a mother who as if exits herself and lives within her child.

This kind of attitude is called Yesher (straight line), but before this my desire was Igulim (circular). To the degree that I can make a straight intention toward others, it means that I have built a “straight line.”

Now I exist in a straight desire, but it is similar to the Surrounding Light, or circles. This is somewhat of a paradox. In my ego I am similar to the Light; the Light is circular in its bestowal and I am a circular egoist, open to everybody.

But in my work, I am like a straight line, which is opposite to the Light, for the Light is circular. How do we then connect together? The circles and the straight line are connected by the restriction done within them both. It is thanks to this restriction that a mutual point arises—their point of contact.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/7/12, The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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Who Should We Blame?

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam: “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”: It is said about the acts of an individual from Israel that he sentences the whole world to a scale of merit.

Question: What does it mean to sentence the whole world to a scale of merit?

Answer: It means that I care about people and don’t blame anyone but myself, and take it upon myself to correct them. Of course, the upper Light is needed in order to do that, but I am the one who raises MAN and does the work that will correct the world.

If we truly look at the world with all its horrors, what has happened and what is forthcoming, then we must admit that this is how the corrupt desire to receive behaves since it is in concealment. I can correct it, to illuminate it a little with the Light that Reforms. This is what my attitude towards everything that has happened in the world should be, starting from ancient times until today.

This is how Kabbalists see it. Therefore, it is hard for them to identify with the public, with religious people who curse all the villains in the world throughout history. After all, these are “puppets” that fulfilled humanity’s general desire to receive. What can be done when the Light is opposite the vessel and there is no Masach (screen) between them although there should already be one, when the system that balances them is lacking, when the “adaptor” is missing?

When the Light and the vessel get close to each other, they create a “short circuit” between them, which brings about wars and other disasters. This is because the darkness is revealed, the abyss that is between the two opposites. When a Kabbalist looks at this, he understands the reason for everything that happens. He tries to do whatever he can, but he also sees that there is no point blaming the villains for their actions.

We mustn’t pray for the death of sinners, but that they will reform.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/06/12,“The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”

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Start With The Group

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can I establish an attitude to the negative aspects  of life, despite the natural feelings that they evoke?

Answer:  If you were incorporated in a group you would approach everything correctly, in every state, on every level. You have to subdue yourself towards the group, to see the friends as the greatest in our generation and to connect with them in order to create the collective force of mutual guarantee. By this collective force, and not on your own, you should begin to clarify things. This is already the power of bestowal, the power that is similar to the Light in its attribute. This should be the starting point. If I start the way by myself, in what direction do I head? Back to my garbage? No, I need to turn to the Light by being next to it.

Question: But why can’t we finish the work in one go?

Answer: If everything were so simple, what would you do in life? The prophets say: “On that day the transgression of Jacob was wanted and it was gone.” This means that we will look for transgressions and won’t find them since when there is nothing to correct, it is also a great problem. Love cannot exist without some friction. It is always that way.

Eventually, if I connect with the friends correctly, everything ends here, since by that I feel and perceive correctly everything that is going on and relate correctly to my state, to the Light, and to the correction. The main thing for me is to stabilize myself within the group. This approach is right for everyone, both veteran and new students.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/06/12,“The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”

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The Fashion For Integral Transformation

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You say that the profession of instructor of integral studies will be in great demand. What does it mean “in great demand”? How can we make the new way of thinking prestigious?

Answer: I think that public opinion should be formed, the general consensus that a person who is engaged in transformation of himself and who studies the new integral world in which we live is respected by everyone; he is special, so that it becomes a fashion, becomes something special. Naturally, in this regard, the media should help people.

But here a question arises: If we approach this through the authorities, trying to implement the integral methodology through the government structures, then this would be distributed through the radio, television, universities, and schools as a new course of study, as a new discipline. If in the past, for example, it was social studies, now it would be new integral social studies, the new world.

I think that, in principle, this can be achieved because a huge army of scientists, researchers, and rational intelligent people, people respected in society, agree with, support, and understand the need for integral education. This means that it is possible to develop and “push” through the government and its bureaucratic obstacles.

On the other hand, this can be done from “below,” when various universities offer alternative courses and programs. It’s possible to broadcast the program of integral education via television because it’s not directed against anyone or anything, it doesn’t threaten anyone or anything; on the contrary, it’s a new interesting system of psychological knowledge.

It can be taught as a new psychology, the psychology of modern times, since traditional psychology, as such, has exhausted itself with the development of linear egoism. Now, when egoism has become global, the old psychology no longer works; that is why, there is a need to create a new psychology, a new approach, but it doesn’t exist.

I think that TV and radio talks on these topics and newspaper articles, wherever possible, will be much in demand because people want to know what changes occur in humans, and who in fact a human being is. Thus, we can find an approach to everyone and interest him.

Therefore, we need instructors. If we don’t prepare dozens of instructors who will be able to give lectures and talks in various organizations, we will have nothing to begin with.
From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 5/20/12

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Popularization Of The Integral Method

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What mechanism would cause people to be interested in the integral method? A modern person is only interested in success, in becoming a professional, making more money, and so on. How would he or she switch from this familiar direction to the new one without violence, without crises, and without ailments?

Answer: Nature will still force us to switch through violence, crisis, and illnesses so it will drive us to make these changes anyway. But we don’t want for this to be realized through such serious, dramatic, surgical methods. We want this to be voluntary, gentle, and gradual, not with destiny’s blows and not through great bloodshed.

I think that it’s simply a question of promotion, the way that things which at one time weren’t attractive got popularized (like physics or poetry, it doesn’t matter what), through the incorporation of certain mechanisms into this process. Although it was a government program then, now we can create positive advertising through various movies, special books, and so on. In other words, it’s possible to achieve a state when this idea or those engaged in it will be welcomed, popular, and fashionable.

Of course for that we need to attract famous people, celebrities who will say that they are interested, that they are special because they are involved in integral upbringing, in this “reincarnation.” It is even possible to present it as a revolution within a person, as extremely meaningful inner changes in him or her. As a result of these changes, the world itself and society are felt completely differently, the questions of life and death become clearer and closer, and the barrier between birth, life, and death begins to gradually diminish. A person starts to be included in society and slightly disappears as an individual since inside he feels himself to be an element of a constant, eternally-existing mechanism of nature. And here we encounter the psychological sensations that can be made popular: Society loves such piquant and exciting experiences.
From a “Talk About Integral Education” 5/20/12

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An Uncompromising Interview

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, The Guardian): “‘I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get teaching two hours a day, sharing one chair for three of them, and who are very keen to get an education. I have them in my mind all the time. Because I think they need even more help than the people in Athens.’ …

“‘Do you know what? As far as Athens is concerned, I also think about all those people who are trying to escape tax all the time. All these people in Greece who are trying to escape tax.’…

“‘I think of them equally. And I think they should also help themselves collectively. ‘By all paying their tax. Yeah.’ …

“So when she studies the Greek balance sheet and demands measures she knows may mean women won’t have access to a midwife when they give birth, and patients won’t get life-saving drugs, and the elderly will die alone for lack of care – does she block all of that out and just look at the sums? …

“When history books are written about the financial crisis, they will say it began in 2008. What date will they give for its end? ‘Hmm, after the hyphen? After 2008? Two thousand,’ she says firmly. How odd, I think – her English is perfect, but she must have misunderstood the question. I ask again, but she is laughing. There was no misunderstanding.

“’Well, I’m sure about the first two digits: 20. But I’m not sure about the last two digits.’”

My Comment: It seems that alternating insecurity and expanding internal panic begin to penetrate all the levels of the world’s rulers. There is no way out, no future, the institutions they created are ineffective; nature revolts against man, and the exit of the crisis is delayed for many decades.

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Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Robert Zoellick, The head of the World Bank): “Beware a rerun of the Great Panic of 2008:’ Head of World Bank warns Europe is heading for ‘danger zone’ as world markets suffer bleakest day of the year so far. …

“ Mr. Zoellick…said ‘it was ‘far from clear that eurozone leaders have steeled themselves’ for the looming catastrophe amid fears of a Greek exit from the single currency and meltdown in Spain.

“The flow of money into so-called ‘safe havens’ such as UK, German and US government debt turned into a stampede yesterday. …

“There was a raft of dismal economic news from around the world, with manufacturing output falling in Britain and Europe, unemployment jumping in the eurozone and America, and fast-emerging economies such as Brazil and China showing signs of running out of steam.”

My Comment: Well, we finally hear true statements, and not advertising. It’s no longer possible to hide the collapse of the consumption system. There is only one way out—to change it. But still no one is talking about the one and only solution. So, the crisis will continue until the stubborn people capitulate. Just how much misery, deprivation, and hunger will people suffer because of the short-sightedness and stubbornness of financiers?

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Under The Parent’s Wing

Dr. Michael LaitmanA spiritual teacher is a system that builds me, puts me on my feet, guides me, and leads me until I reach the goal. It’s like a father and mother caring for a child, without whom the child would not have survived. He exists only thanks to them because he instinctively clings to them and thus gets from them all the necessary care and successfully grows into an adult.

In our world, in this role are the physical father and mother, and in the spiritual world, the system of Aba ve Ima (the upper father and mother), a person’s spiritual teacher, the highest Partzuf.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/05/12, Shamati #25

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An Obvious Condition Without Words

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why does Baal HaSulam speak only about the need to adhere to books and writers in his articles without mentioning the importance of adhering to the group?

Answer: The importance of adhering to the group isn’t mentioned because it’s a clear and obvious condition. The unity, the connection with others, is the vessel without which it’s practically impossible to start working. Thanks to it you rise above your ego and reach a minimal desire to bestow, from which you continue.

But if you don’t have an environment, which helps you rise out of this hole, from your ego, then there is no one to talk to. It’s about a person, about a discernment in us that rises above the ego, and this is possible only by adhering to the friends. Unless you perform these actions, it’s as if you weren’t born yet, and there’s no one to talk to yet. We aren’t talking about what a person has to do as long as he is a drop of semen and has not yet been born.

It’s about a person who already exists, which means about the discernment within a person that is evoked and that rises above his ego. This is possible only with the help of the environment. To the extent that a person is adhered to the environment, he can exit his ego and rise above it. There is no other force that can pull him out.

Later we can already speak about his other spiritual actions for which the force of the environment is also needed since he himself has no powers. A person is a desire to receive, and there’s nothing we can say about it. It’s only about the part that rose above the ego and is therefore called a friend, a person.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/05/12, Shamati #25

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