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Persistence In Valuable Trifles

Dr. Michael LaitmanOur major work is persistence. Do not neglect any moment or the smallest opportunity in which the principle of “I have labored and I found” is based.

A person usually begins to weigh things and to make egoistic calculations, just like in everyday life: Is it worth it to get up and go to work now? And he decides that for 200 dollars he is ready to get up, but for 50 dollars there is no point in getting up and making an effort.

Perhaps from the ego’s perspective this is a right calculation, but if we speak about working in order to bestow, then we have to take into account that our profit is in how much we give, in how much we advance towards the Creator! And here, even one penny can be worth not a penny but billions of dollars. It all depends on how great the one we bestow to is.

So the account should be an account of bestowal and not an account of receiving. In the account of bestowal, the more insignificant and unimportant the work may seem, the more rewarding it can be. This is because our exertion and overcoming the disrespect makes this minor work many times more important.

What seems as minor and unimportant in my egoistic perspective becomes a great opportunity that I receive in return for a little effort, but this is if I switch it all to bestowal. After all everything will be cleared in the thought. I have to make a little effort in order to overcome my doubts; should I deal with something that seems unimportant? But if I do it and start working on what seems to my corporeal eyes as unimportant, I already perform a spiritual action.

So although on the egoistic level it seems that I did something small and unimportant, on the spiritual level it has great value. If I start thinking about to whom I bestow, I will be able to value my profit. The main thing is the Creator’s greatness. My yearning is not to attain Him, but rather His greatness. This reveals Him and allows me to attain revelation.

The difference between the concealment of the Creator and His revelation is determined by one thing only: Do we disrespect Him or do we try to feel His greatness. This is the only thing that changes our vessel and brings us to revelation.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/3/12, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Facing A Choice

Dr. Michael LaitmanCurrently, we’re receiving fairly strong negative action from nature with its pressure toward integral unification, but humanity doesn’t recognize this yet. Our challenge is to present mankind with this opportunity and to prevent the nihilism, alienation, and desolation that are already being felt in all the media.

On one hand, it‘s becoming not just fashionable but threatening. Earlier it might have helped relieve some kind of tension in society to lower consumer demand and gradually reduce our insatiable needs (our unlimited use of natural resources, and so on). Currently it’s starting to become dangerous because society itself is becoming subject to very bad internal influences. It’s similar to the way Hitler came to power, like all kinds of despots and tyrants usurp the throne, and so on.

On the other hand, if we don’t show the next state to humanity, especially to its developed part, then even in order to return to the previous state it’s possible that war awaits us ahead. After all, if people with enormous wealth see it slipping out of their hands since everything is becoming devalued, they will unleash a war. In the end, despite immense destruction and billions of human and technological losses, a new market will emerge and the rich can continue to profit, like a person who just had a full meal and is waiting until he becomes hungry again in order to re-engage in the process of satiation.

We see that there are two ways out. If we don’t give mankind a new paradigm of development, it will inevitably lead to war as the only possible solution. There’s a lot of research on this subject. This is planned within nature itself, which pushes us to find a solution under the influence of various disasters.

Or alternatively, we arrange it so that human society will begin to develop towards a new state, a new dimension, and then we will smoothly transition into it. But for that it’s necessary to initiate integral education.
From a “Talk on Integral Education” 5/25/2012

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