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Everything Is Against Us

Dr. Michael LaitmanEventually a person will acknowledge the fact that he is the one who has to change. This understanding is not immediate because who would want this from the start? But gradually it becomes clear that the crisis continues unabated and troubles are only getting more serious. Today we already see: in all of its activities humanity has committed a sea of mistakes and it is collapsing. This begs the question: Why? Why does all that we have built work against us?

Defects in all the systems are disclosed every day, in fact our ego increasingly destroys and distorts them. If we take the health care system for example: There are an enormous amount of medicines that are essentially poisons that destroy our body. They are specifically designed so that we become addicted to them and will consume them all our lives, calling them by new names.

Specialists produce the latest medical instruments and apparatus for testing and analysis. And yet, they are not needed for people who are so debilitated and destroyed that they don’t know where to go with such a life. Is this “mercy?” We don’t know what we want.

It’s the same in every field of life: in the family, in education, etc. Initially we wanted to do good things, and then we discovered that the ego distorts everything we start and turns them against us. This is why it’s called “help against us,” meaning that whatever you do it operates against you, obliging you to correct the situation.

This process has become global today. In fact, none of the systems we have created operates in our favor. The conclusion is that the only solution is to change human nature and not the external circumstances. Gradually it’s becoming more evident and as a result, the wisdom of Kabbalah is revealed.

Humanity will discover that the cause for all the global problems is human nature, but no one knows how to correct it. Here comes our turn. We have to work seriously in order to show people the solution: Despite the deadlock, it is possible to correct man and to balance his nature. The method exists and is ready for use.

This is the message that we have to bring the world. Otherwise, it will deteriorate to even worse conditions and only then will it come to the same solution. We have to try to show it to the world now.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/29/12, Article “Exile and Redemption”

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The Mind Doesn’t Give Instructions To The Ego

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe have to bring the world to the moment of truth, to the understanding of the fact that only man himself needs correction. We have to change our nature to balance the evil within us. Otherwise we’ll continue to destroy the environment. Today this inclination is becoming illogical: We sow death in our homes. This is common knowledge, it is repeatedly written about, and we see it with our own eyes, we experience it ourselves as blasts of heat and cold, tsunamis and storms. And there’s more to come in the future.

And yet, as in a state of unconsciousness, we keep indulging our ego time after time, just able to suppress the natural instinct in a man’s voice of reason, that he is stuck in the same dead end under the continuing barrage of blows. Looking from the side it’s impossible to understand how it can be.

Yet, this is what the Creator has prepared for us, a series of misfortunes, until we reach the recognition of evil, until at least we begin to ask the question: Where is it all coming from and why?

The problem with today’s leaders is that they are deaf to the sound of reason and want only one thing: to continue the chase after wealth and control. And most importantly, they don’t see a workable solution. Many already understand that the whole thing is about human nature, but they all throw up their hands in despair when confronting this problem. They only know two means: military might and money, which enable them to hold on to power. No other options to rule are taken into account.

I tell them that it’s possible to change people through integral education; within a few years they will see improvement and prosperity. They listen, but they don’t hear. They can’t hear for all their intelligence.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/29/12, Article “Exile and Redemption”

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See The Height Of The Friends And Ascend

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What does it mean that the upper one lowers Himself with regard to the lower one?

Answer: It means that the lower one doesn’t feel it as the upper any more. Now he has a choice: either to remain under the impression that the upper one has lost all meaning for him or to work in faith above reason in order to reinforce the greatness of the upper one in his eyes. This is where our freewill is.

Freewill is only when there is concealment. This is how the Creator treats us, and this is how we have to see all the friends by understanding that they are under concealment with regard to us. It’s only me who sees the deficiencies in them, since “one judges according to his own flaws.”

So I have freewill here: Do I treat them as the greatest in our generation? If I do, I fulfill my free will. If I acknowledge them as great, the upper one will raise His AHP and me together with them. Thus I will ascend!
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/29/12, Writings of Rabash

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New Forms Of Collective Consciousness

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Michael Forrester, from “French sociologist Emile Durkheim first used the term collective consciousness to label shared beliefs and moral attitudes that bind people together within a particular society. In a fragmented world populated with myriad beliefs and ethnic groups collective consciousness is more akin to a mosaic puzzle than to a coherent social fabric — a micro-concept. However, the coming integration of human interactions across the planet within a shared consciousness will be a macro-concept. …

“The earth itself and its inhabitants are currently ascending from its primal systems based on third dimensional governments and reptilian mindsets to conscious co-creation where singularity at the core of our universe will emanate constant ‘enlightened universal consciousness.’ Government systems cannot be part of this ascension process where the earth is currently completing its change from third to fourth dimensions.

“The ultimate and imminent collapse of these old systems of societal life, brought about by the masses and the government will create a new form of life on the planet, controlled by natural law. The man-made rules and regulations that are used to govern the people are necessary only as long as the people don’t know how to live in accordance with the natural laws of life. This trend is shifting fast and the turbulence that is gripping mankind is all part of it. Humankind is waking up, and there is nothing that can stop it now. Love will replace control as the dominating power of life on earth.”

My Comment: A growing number of researchers feel the need for the next stage of our development and see the future world in the “Kabbalistic” way.

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Joy: A Consequence Of The Correct Action

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is joy? How can I constantly work in joy?

Answer: We talked about a sense of confidence and security that should be achieved, when one loses track of time because at that time he feels that he is within the Creator. This permanence that he feels allows him to be beyond time, that is, to begin to feel the upper world that has no flaws, no changes, and so this feeling is constant. It comes gradually.

A person’s confidence that he is moving toward the goal should be the cause of such feelings of joy because I cannot feel that I can solve some of my problems, succeed in something, aim clearly in my aspiration and worry at the same time. It means that something is wrong. Joy is the result of my correct action.
From the Kharkov Convention “Uniting to Ascend” 8/19/12, Lesson 7

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Not To Take The Poison of Death

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In the process of studying, everything is changing: There are both physical and virtual workshops. At what point is the individual work with oneself, with a book, with the source?

Answer: What for? Where do I solve the problem of creating within me a sense of the spiritual world? It’s only in the group! What is the use if I sit down and study on my own?

Sometimes, it is necessary to better understand what happens to me in the end. In such cases, I must admit that I need to study on my own, reread at home, not only such serious materials as The Study of the Ten Sefirot diagrams, but also the articles, the letters of Rabash and Baal HaSulam.

If individual studies are needed to better understand correctly what you have to do for the group, then study and if not, then why do you need other studies? They may even discourage you.

You will begin to understand a lot, to think that you are a wise person and that you don’t need anything else. As a result, you get the poison of death instead of the elixir of life. There is a symbol in medicine, a bowl with snake venom that can be a poison and can be the basis for drugs. So here; you need to be very careful when it comes to studying. The main thing is intention!
From the Kharkov Convention “Uniting to Ascend” 8/19/12, Lesson 7

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The Honorable Mission To Conduct The Light To The World

Dr. Michael LaitmanIf the friends become more important to you than yourself and your first concern is that they will discover spirituality and not you, it shows the greatness that you attribute to the Creator since by that you want to bring Him contentment. For Him, to reveal Himself is pleasure. He can be revealed only in desires that resemble Him, which means desires of bestowal that are compatible with His bestowal. A person who bestows reaches adhesion with the Creator according to the law of equivalence of form.

But the vessels of bestowal can’t exist in a person himself. They can only be if you take extraneous desires and the more alien they are to you, the better. Rabbi Shimon’s disciples felt such hatred towards one another before they began to study. Imagine what great desires they corrected by raising them in bestowal to the Creator so that He could fulfill His bestowal with them.

It’s the same with you when by wanting to reach the love of the Creator you try to love others, the friends. You agree to take all of their desires and raise them to the Creator for correction. This means that you are ready to be their servant, the conductor between them and the Creator. You only use the Masach (screen) and so you become like mother, Bina, who has nothing.

This is called a “kingdom of priests” that have no estate of their own. The Creator is their only property. You only conduct His Light through you for others and by that reach adhesion with Him.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/27/12, The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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Marching Into The Snake’s Jaws

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Exile and Redemption”: And because they did that, the powers of the nation disintegrated: Some followed the kings and the selfish officers, and some followed the prophets. And that separation continued until the ruin.

They created communities of this corrupt kind and became a great sect called “Tzdokim,” who were the rich and the officers, pursuing selfish desires unlike the path of Torah. And they fought the Prushim and brought the Roman kingdom’s rule over Israel. They are the ones who would not make peace with the imperious, as our sages advised by the Torah, until the house was ruined and the glory of Israel was exiled.

A Kabbalist doesn’t study history at the university. His view encompasses the whole system by rising above the limitations of time. For him “time” is a sequence of events. He sees the spiritual causes of the corruption and their fulfillment in the branches of this world; he sees how the process flows.

According to our perception, history is a collection of assumptions and theories based on different resources and archeological findings. Kabbalists speak about the nation of Israel that was created by Abraham’s disciples who left ancient Babel and attained the Kabbalistic method, while a philosopher may claim: “No way, the wisdom of Kabbalah began in the Middle Ages.” What can we do? Everyone is limited by the depth of their world perspective.

We have to account for not knowing the process of the spiritual descent, long and painful. People tried to resist it; there were many problems. There were wars, and each war was in order to hold onto the altruistic intention. People understood what was at stake: You are either near the Creator, which means that you are a human being, or you are just an animal that exists for a certain predetermined number of years, just like the donkey that carries you.

The deterioration was difficult for everyone, including the rich and the high officers who left Kabbalah. They understood what was going on, but couldn’t overcome their ego; they couldn’t resist it. A person was drawn downwards, just like a rabbit that is hypnotized by the snake’s eyes, walking straight into its mouth.

When there is such a descent, you see how your ego operates on you. You understand that you are weak and powerless, you see yourself deteriorate, and you cannot do anything about it. Only the environment can help you, only the Light that goes through it.

So the time of the nation’s spiritual descent was not simple. The point here is not the complete evil who did not want to exert themselves.  It was a general deterioration that included the Kabbalists who also descended but still held on to the intention to bestow.

The purpose of this process was to define for ourselves exactly what the altruistic intention of Lishma means and to truly hold on to it. The whole point is that I study for my correction and not for any other reason. So accordingly, the “commandments” are a correction of my desire that is made of 613 parts. The Torah is essentially the Light that comes and fulfills these corrections. I only prepare myself for them, and the Creator completes them for me. Then by my corrected desires, I discover the Creator, the one unique force.

The essence of my attitude to the study, my correct intention, is the main thing. This is what the war between the two parties was about.

Today we need to rise from the collapse. This whole ascent is fulfilled only by the clarification, by checking what Lishma means, what a person’s role is, the goal of his life, its meaning. This is where the difference lies: I either study in order to know more and to pass exams, or I constantly exert myself in order to summon the Light that Reforms.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/28/12, “Exile and Redemption”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 08.31.12

Preparation to the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash According to What Is Explained About Love Thy Friend as Thyself

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The Book of ZoharSelected Excerpt “Safra de Tzniyuta,” Lesson 10

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Preface to The Book of Zohar, Item 35, Lesson 24

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Kabbalah for the Student, “Body and Soul,” “Permitted and Forbidden in Using Human Science,” Lesson 2

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