Caring For Yourself: The Allowed Limit

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, the newspaper, The Nation: As also the love for the nation must be engraved in all sectors of the nation no less than the egoistic, individual love for one’s needs, in other words, also in the sufficient amount for the preservation of existence of the nation as a nation that is able to carry itself. And with the surplus of this minimum amount, it is possible to devote for the sake of humaneness, for the general humanity without any difference of nation or race.

This presents exact boundaries to the Jewish nation, and if it crosses them, if it cares for itself more than is needed in order to serve others, then this worry damages it and again enters breakage. One needs to take for oneself only as much as is needed for connection for the sake of others. It’s not only the exaggerated need that causes damage, but also excess connection beyond need.

Question: Does this mean that according to the measure of advancement, man needs to determine limits for himself for worrying about his personal needs, and following them, begin his investment in the society?

Answer: In the meantime, we have no basis for similar calculations. Today all of us, in general, need to concentrate only on how to attain the connection between us. And afterward, when the connection is discovered, we’ll work on strengthening it, and then we’ll see and feel the limit. It’s like my worrying about my health in order to serve others in bestowal. But if I worry about being alive and healthy above what is needed in order to serve others, then it is already a Klipa (shell), ego.

In that you constantly maintain this limit, you “sculpt” yourself, make a form of yourself. You maintain the intensity and the health of all your Kelim (desires/vessels) only for the sake of the opportunity to bestow. And this is called to receive for the sake of bestowal.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/15/12, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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The Force Of Unity Equals The Force Of Life

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You said that the unity between us will awaken a special force in us that is found above our lives. What is this force, and how can it serve us as a shield or a weapon?

Answer: It is the same force of life that exists in our body when all of its organs operate mutually in general harmony. This is what is called life, and if the organs stop working in balance and harmony with each other, this creates various health problems from the absence of mutual guarantee in the body

When the force that connects the organs in working together is lacking, then the body begins to lose its force of life, until complete death. Death is a state when the person stops understanding others. This means that one organ doesn’t work in harmony with the other organs, and in this instance, the body collapses.

It is exactly in this critical state that the society of Israel is found: One doesn’t understand the other and is not even interested in understanding. Each person thinks that he is right about everything. Last year, the separation reached its peak, but when a mutual threat appears on the horizon, it helps the nation to connect. Thus, I now appeal with this call.

Although the force of unity is essential for our lives in all events, and not only under threat of security, it also will help us correct the economic situation and the health situation, and will get rid of separation in society. The force of connection, the Arvut (Mutual Guarantee), balances and arranges everything in a perfect way and brings you to the feeling that you are in a family.

Thus, if you receive more or less, it won’t be important since it will be under general agreement since in the present situation, it is best for everyone. You will understand that it is the optimal solution for the present moment.
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From a “Talk on New Life” 08/12/12

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 08.21.12

Preparation to the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash Igrot” Article 471

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The Book of Zohar – Selected Excerpts “Beresheet Bet (Genesis 2),” Lesson 157

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The Book of Zohar– Selected Excerpt “Safra de Tzniyuta,” Lesson 1

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Volume 1, Part 3, Chapter 9, (“Ohr Pnimi,” Item 2), Lesson 20

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Writings of Baal HaSulamThe Nation,” (Starting with: “However, when a person comes to Israel”), Lesson 7

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