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The Delicacies Of Theology

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “A Handmaid that Is Heir to Her Mistress”: The sages of the nations of the world studied all the books of the children of Israel and turned them into delicacies to strengthen their faith, meaning their wisdom, called “theology.”

We see that all the religions took names, words and, concepts from the wisdom of Kabbalah and used it and turned it into something that is totally opposite from Kabbalah in order to prove that they are right. As if by playing with the words and definitions it is possible to change this world. Today it is gradually revealed, but in the meantime throughout history it brought about great destruction all over the world and especially the destruction of the people of Israel.

Until now all the religions were fueled by the wisdom of Kabbalah because without it they wouldn’t even know what to call the different forces and would remain at the level of ancient Greek mythology. By stealing the description of the spiritual system from the wisdom of Kabbalah, they pretended to understand its structure and thus grew very strong and lured billions of people who are attracted to that. Of course, it became a great flaw in the correction of the world.

But on the other hand, the flaw and the corruption takes us deeper into the matter of creation and by that we feel more clearly the oppositeness between the two forces: the evil force versus the good force. This path is actually necessary. There is no goodness without evil, and there is no evil without goodness.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/2/12, “A Handmaid that Is Heir to Her Mistress”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanIf you don’t have the desire for bestowal, you don’t exist with regards to the spiritual world. Our world exists only thanks to our instinctive desires, but you have to generate the spiritual desire by yourself. You have to reveal it by yourself, to yearn for it.

You exist to the extent that you evoke the desire to bestow within you with the help of envy, ambition, and the influence of the environment. The moment you lose that desire, you immediately disappear and cease to exist. You are simply gone.

We can only get such a desire from the group. This is our collective desire that does not exist in any of us.

By our prayer the Light that Reforms influences these desires and they acquire the right spiritual form of true bestowal. In the meantime, I ask for it in a false manner, even though I am part of a group. I shout that I want to love the friends, to connect with them, but I have to understand that it is all a lie. But it is a genuine lie of a kid who wants to be a grown up! He simply cannot imagine something greater than that.

But thanks to the fact that you seemingly want to bestow, you draw upon you the upper Light that corrects your desire. This is why it is called: “You labored and you found.” You exert yourself to reach the goal but then the Light operates on you and you find something else—a true desire for spirituality.

You begin to weigh how to fulfill the desire that you received and to what extent. You already become wise and work with that desire. You examine it and try it one way or another, by raising a prayer again so that the upper one will teach you and give you an example.

Previously you didn’t want true bestowal, but now that you want it; you ask that the upper one will give you an example of how to do it. Then He reveals itself a bit for you and shows you how to act, and you try to imitate His actions.

After you performed your first action, seemingly successfully, suddenly everything breaks down and falls. It is as if a small kid has inaccurately placed one cube on top of another, and the whole building he has built collapses. Then you cry a little since you didn’t succeed, but thanks to your stubbornness, to the support of the environment, to mutual guarantee, you start all over again!
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/29/12, The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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In The Force Field Of Mercy

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: From what material can we build the spiritual vessel among us?

Answer: Our vessel is the connection among us. We are not the vessels, but the negative particles by which we have to push ourselves. I have to push myself from myself, my “self” towards the friend. My soul is in the contact that is formed between us.

In The Force Field Of Mercy
The friend does the same for me and the spiritual revelation takes place between us. The whole area between us is our spiritual vessel. We are only the negative particles which there is no need for any more; it’s our ego above which we have built the vessel of bestowal.

But we have built this vessel outside the ego; it’s made of our mutual Returning Light, mine and the friend’s. A spiritual phenomenon is revealed inside this vessel, in this field of our mutual efforts, the Direct Light is revealed in the Returning Light.

I am only the body of the spiritual Partzuf, and above me I build a “head” in which all of the Returning Light and the Direct Light is revealed. Of course we need a “body” above which we build the “head.” But the main thing is the “head” that already symbolizes the human level; there is an additional account here.

So our mission is to create this mutual field and to fill the space between us with the Returning Light, with bestowal. Then according to the level of bestowal, the level of the Returning Light, Hassadim, with which I fill the world, the Creator is gradually revealed. This is in the same vessels that now seem to me as strangers deliberately so that I have to exert myself to bestow upon them.

Imagine what the world would seem to you if you saw all of humanity as your own children, could you work independently? No you couldn’t. You can’t treat your own child as a stranger, and especially cannot hate him. But if you try to treat the friends as your own children, your efforts will bring you the spiritual feeling. This is why we were given the commandment: “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/8/12, The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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Discrimination: A Source Of Stress

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Cornell Chronicle): “Adolescents who grow up in poverty are more likely to report being treated unfairly, and this perception of discrimination is related to harmful changes in physical health, reports a new Cornell study published in the July issue of Psychological Science.

“One of the first studies to explore the role of discrimination as a factor in the well-known link between poverty and poor health, the research suggests that the stresses associated with experiencing social class discrimination have a sizable negative impact. …

“As expected, poverty was associated with higher levels of allostatic load, indicated by increased body mass index, blood pressure and levels of stress hormones. The researchers found that perceived discrimination accounted for 13 percent of these negative effects of poverty on allostatic load. …

“’It is surprising that social class discrimination is so ignored within the public discourse and the research literature,’ said lead author Thomas Fuller-Rowell, Ph.D. ‘There is considerable attention paid to how racial stereotypes play out in daily life and influence how we think about and treat people, but these types of discussions are almost nonexistent in relation to social class stereotypes.’”

My Comment: In an equal society, some diseases disappear due to equilibrium with society, and some due to balance with nature. As a result of harmony with the environment, we will obtain absolute health in the integrally dependent world.

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The Future Is On The Web

Dr. Michael LaitmanToday, the main direction of our dissemination is the Internet. We organize roundtables and other similar events, publish a newspaper, provide courses for people, and thus provide a constant, as wide as possible, massive communication network. We must understand that we are not able to embrace the entire world outside of the virtual space, our entire future is online.

Let us unite for dissemination online. We simply do not have another option. Everything else comes with it. Let us try to find a way to reach all the people through the Web, for the world wide…
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/29/12, “Exile and Redemption”

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Why the Goal Does Not Attract?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why are we not able to elevate the spiritual goal above our corporeal life? What is stopping us?

Answer: We are not able to elevate the spiritual goal above our lives because we do not deem the Creator to be important. The spiritual goal is giving Him pleasure, but we do not speak about this as the most important thing.

The group must give me the realization of the importance of this. It is able to make anything important to me, even something ephemeral, by presenting it as something real and primary. The only thing needed is for the group to influence me and for me to lower my head before it. This requires reciprocity. My friends work with me, and I work in relation to them.

We learn from Baal HaSulam that basically the group only needs to raise the importance of the Creator slightly. Mainly, every one of us must cancel himself before the environment and then he will receive the recognition of this importance from his friends.

Pleasing the Creator will become the most important thing in the world for him, making everything else irrelevant, and then satisfaction of vital needs will stay somewhere beneath, once again having the ability to please the Creator. A person must realize this approach in his relationship with the group.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/29/12, “Exile and Redemption” 

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Don’t Pull Yourself Up By The Hair

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why doesn’t the Creator let us succeed in anything, and forces us to turn to Him?

Answer: He gives you this entire world and obligates you to perform different actions, and He trips you so that you will turn to Him. Otherwise, why and in what way would you succeed?

After all, all you need is to turn to the Creator. How else can you correct yourself and become similar to Him? You won’t pull yourself out of the swamp by the hair yourself, or, as it is written, “A prisoner cannot free himself,” since you are only a desire to receive.

So, you go through different states just like the rest of the world. The Europeans, for example, are trying desperately to keep their “union.” Actually, they seem to be blind and stupid, but what can they do?

Nothing will happen until they go through this entire process and finally give up. They will have to recognize their failure, either before the war or after it, saying, “That’s it. We don’t know what to do.” Then, they will listen to us.

So, we must prepare a letter in advance with instructions for them and send it to them. It is our obligation. It doesn’t matter who receives it or who reads it. It doesn’t matter what wastebasket it might be thrown into or in which file it will be buried. We must do it.

The same goes for each of us, but differently from the Europeans. We must turn to the Creator because He is the source of all the forces. Who else can help us? We need the Light that Reforms and we need the force of bestowal to reside above the force of receiving to stabilize it accurately with regard to it.

All our work comes down to turning to the Creator. All our free will is in doing it as quickly as possible, by preceding the afflictions. Why should I experience my failures year after year in order to break down eventually and then turn to the Creator?

As it is written, “Who is wise? One who sees the future.” So, I want to become a wise man now! Why should I suffer for years? What will I gain from it? This advancement is called the “path of suffering.”

The good way is when—without delays, through the group and by other means—I draw the Light and immediately understand what I have to do, how to ascend. Why should I sink deeper and deeper into the swamp of afflictions, diseases, disasters, depression, and constant threat?

Question: How should I want this if the Creator controls my desire?

Answer: He controls my desire and inserts into it a motivating urge from the next level. Now, this level seems dark. Turn to the group, ask for the Light that Reforms, and it will be illuminated. It is dark because you are looking at it through the opposite attributes.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/29/12, “Exile and Redemption”

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On The Question Of Prayer

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: On the question of prayer: First, I have to ask; second, I have to ask precisely; third, I have to ask for the friends; and fourth, I have to ask with gratitude to the Creator. I feel at a complete loss, as if some heavy weight was put upon me. I don’t know what to do.…

Answer: It will all come back to normal. Connect together, and you will see that this is just one feeling, not divided into parts. Think it over. You’ll see how it connects together.

Any spiritual attainment consists of two opposite properties, and so we are always at a loss, a lack of understanding: “Is it so or not?” You cannot compare them within yourself until a connection between the desire to bestow and the desire to receive is formed within you. The screen is always the solution! Think about this contradiction all the time, and it will connect.

Question: But where should I move now?

Answer: Just towards unity with friends. Thinking about this contradiction, work on unity with the friends, only within. If we had continued these workshops, you would have quickly resolved these problems. You can solve them together with the friends, but within them. The center of the group is the place where all the problems of the world are solved.
From the Kharkov Convention “Uniting to Ascend” 8/19/12, Lesson 7

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Please Do Not Lag At The Entrance And The Exit!

Dr. Michael LaitmanAs it is written, “The end of the action lies in the initial thought.” This is how it is determined by the Creator and this is how it should be on the part of the created beings who want to attain the goal of creation.

“The end of the action” is adhesion to the Creator. The adhesion is possible only according to the equivalence of form, the acquisition of the attribute of bestowal, when the vessel has the same attributes as the Light. The equivalence of form in the vessel is attained by reaching the love of others that is fulfilled in a group of friends. In the group, there are all the conditions necessary for discovering this love by mutual support, understanding and cooperation.

The main thing is to draw the Light that Reforms upon ourselves, which influences the group when it yearns to be adapted to the Light. This means that the group wants to be connected—unified, one, as one man in one heart, where everyone is aiming at one goal—and everyone is incorporated in everyone. Then, we are compatible with the Light.

The greater the force with which we connect, the more we overcome our ego—the indifference, the mutual repulsion and the conflicts—so, the Light influences us more strongly by revealing in us one unified system. Then, by connecting to one another, this general body, our desires and intentions, turns into the body of our soul. The Light that fills this general desire is called the Light of the soul. Thus, we discover our first spiritual Partzuf, our first spiritual level.

Let’s try to imagine this state and expect the Light to fulfill it, but just by reading one sentence we feel that we have left the right intention, and now we need to return to it once again. So, when reading every sentence, we must check the internal states we are in. Thus, we intentionally will create constant “entrances” and “exits” in us so that we won’t have to go through long descents and ascents, and we will constantly advance by such momentary ascents and descents.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/28/12, The Book of Zohar

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