A Plate Broken For Good Luck With Intention

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can I not cause harm by my actions if in the meantime I don’t have the right intention to bestow and I operate with the wrong intention?

Answer: The main thing is that you are making an effort in order to reach the right intention. Suppose a small child wants to please his mom and serve her a plate, but he breaks it on the way. His intention was good, right? This means that he did a good deed even though the plate was broken! No one looks at the plate, everyone looks at his intention. How should we know why it was broken and what we should learn from this?

We look at our desires and think that the Creator judges us by them. It isn’t so at all. He judges us by our intentions. It was predetermined that you would break the plate. This isn’t a problem at all because it was clear from the start that you couldn’t perform this action correctly. The main thing is that you work on your intention.

Only the intentions go through the spiritual filter, while the actions themselves, which means the change in the desires and their fulfillment, remain on the other side of the Masach (screen). Only the intentions count! I made so many efforts; I performed a thousand different actions, but only my intentions went through the filter. On the side where I am it doesn’t matter that I work like mad. Only my intentions will be projected on the Masach.

Therefore, we don’t understand what is happening. We did so much, and where are the results? But we have to check whether these actions were accompanied by the right intention or not. You may have not had an intention, which means that you haven’t done anything.

This is what remains when a person’s life ends. There are seven billion people in the world, but how many right intentions go through the filter and are included in the spiritual account? Zero. Therefore it says, “I have come and there is no one.” A human being is called an “intention,” and not the physical actions. The spiritual filter cleans whatever goes through it and leaves only the intention. A clean beautiful picture is formed, as if nothing happens in this world.

Never mind if you don’t know how to reach the right intention at the moment. The main thing is the effort that you made, that you tried to hold on to it under conditions that were not up to you. It may have been predetermined that you would fail. After all, you are not alone; you have to be incorporated in the general network in which there are different conditions. This means that the results don’t depend on you, but only the efforts.

Therefore, whoever sees our reality through the right intention begins to see the world in a totally different way. He gets closer to the picture of the spiritual world; the world becomes only intentions. All the requests are about the intentions, the actions according to the intentions and the connection; everything is done in the intentions. Everything is measured only by the intentions, meaning how strong and pure they are or how much dirt they contain. The intention is a result of the action, from its lowest level or from its result, and there is nothing in the action itself.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/12/12, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar

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Who Are The “Wise In The Heart”?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Who is Baal HaSulam referring to when he writes of those that are “wise in the heart”?

Answer: “Wise in the heart” is one that is searching for a way to open his heart to a higher wisdom (“Wisdom” – “Hochma”), a wisdom of unity, by means of connecting with others.

We wish to connect with our hearts, to connect our desires, and from all the hearts and the sum total of all desires to choose only those that are ready for connection. By creating a connection between these desires we create a common network inside which we wish to begin to act.

While inside this network we forget which desires belong to whom because it is now our common system. Then within it we begin to sense the Light of Hochma and therefore are called wise in the heart. After all, we reveal the Light of Hochma (wisdom) within the connection of our hearts.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/11/12, Panim Meirot UMasbirot

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The Wellbeing Of The World Is An Imperative Of Our Time

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Today it’s quite clear that a person depends on and is enslaved to his environment. But how can we conclude from this fact that we must act for the wellbeing of society?

Answer: If a person doesn’t serve the world, the world will not provide him with what he needs. Today what I need actually depends on the whole world. I will have nothing if the world doesn’t give it to me, in other words, if the whole world is not mutually connected. This means that I need to worry that the whole world will be connected and will cooperate in harmony. Only then will it be able to provide me with what I need.

Somewhere in the world people are digging for iron, in another place for copper, in another for oil, and in another place for gas. Factories provide the goods and ships transport them; scientists develop new technologies and eventually the end product reaches me. In the past we weren’t really concerned about this. There was enough “local” ego of the factory owner or of the oil well owner, but today it doesn’t work that way anymore. Soon we’ll be surprised to see how major production mechanisms don’t function. Why? Doesn’t the oil well owner want to make a profit? Still, his business will fail since we don’t give him power, we don’t worry about him.

It’s time to worry about the wellbeing of the whole world. The system is operating integrally now and it needs everyone’s deficiency in order to function. “But can I know and remember everything that happens in the world? One could go mad, not even a computer can do that!”

True, therefore the only option is the connection of the hearts and desires, not the thoughts. Start operating on the level of the desires and you’ll suddenly see how the thought accurately “dresses” on the awakening of the heart, on the desire, and is able to worry about everyone. Then you’ll see and know why a great potential of your brain is still inactive.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/11/12, “Peace in the World”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanUp until now everyone grew and developed in his own individual desires from the root phase to phase four. But this process is over and there is nowhere to grow individually anymore. Today the development can continue only in the connection among us.

This connection is also divided into the root phase and phase one, two, three, and four according to its thickness. This is in fact the question being asked today: How do we weave the connection among us correctly?

Tycoons Under Attack
There is nothing we can do inside us, we have exhausted our individual ego and so without the right connection, each will collapse.

In particular, this applies to the tycoons since all the major connections in society depend on them. Therefore, all the magnates will collapse. On the other hand, the ordinary person will only sense an echo of this collapse. The tycoons are so tightly connected with the world that they are much thicker and even more dependent, and so they will feel the blow much more strongly if they don’t start creating the right connections.

This can happen in different ways such as bankruptcies and disasters, but the essence doesn’t change; they will feel that something has gone wrong and doesn’t work. This is because modern industry and commerce totally depend on mutual connections and the mutual connections will not work today if the general global system isn’t taken into account.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/11/12, “Peace in the World”

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Scientists Advise Lying Less

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Notre Dame News): “‘We found that the participants could purposefully and dramatically reduce their everyday lies, and that in turn was associated with significantly improved health,’ says lead author Anita Kelly, a Notre Dame psychology professor whose research includes the study of secrets and self-disclosure. …

“Approximately half the participants were instructed to stop telling both major and minor lies for the duration of the 10-week study. The other half served as a control group that received no special instructions about lying. Both groups came to the laboratory weekly to complete health and relationship measures and to take a polygraph test assessing the number of major and white lies they had told during that week. According to Kelly, Americans average about 11 lies per week.

“Over the course of 10 weeks, the link between less lying and better health was significantly stronger for participants in the no-lie group, the study found. For example, when participants in the no-lie group told three fewer white lies than they did in other weeks, they experienced on average about four fewer mental-health complaints, such as feeling tense or melancholy, and about three fewer physical complaints, such as sore throats and headaches, the researchers found. …

“The study also revealed positive results in participants’ personal relationships, with those in the no-lie group reporting improved relationship and social interactions overall going more smoothly when they told no lies.

“‘Statistical analyses showed that this improvement in relationships significantly accounted for the improvement in health that was associated with less lying,’ said Wang, who is a statistician.

“Participants said they realized they could simply tell the truth about their daily accomplishments rather than exaggerate, while others said they stopped making false excuses for being late or failing to complete tasks, Kelly said. Others said they learned to avoid lying by responding to a troubling question with another question to distract the person, she said.”

My Comment: It turns out that to indulge egoism in measurement is much more difficult and expensive than to go directly against it!

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Incorporated In A Desire

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Peace in the World”: This is because what is found in the collective is only what is found in the individual. And the benefit of the collective is the benefit of each and every individual: Who harms the collective takes his share in the harm, and who benefits the collective takes his share in the benefit, since individuals are part of the whole, and the whole is not worth in anyway more than the sum of its individuals.

We have to accept this as operating laws, and it depends on a person’s development whether they are revealed or not.

We are all parts of the general mechanism. Every individual is like a cogwheel that spins in accordance with others and is not asked whether it wants to or not. The machine is already assembled and active and if you feel that you are free and independent it is only because you are detached from reality. You simply don’t know how you are being “spun.”

But at a certain point you are shown that from now on you have to spin in a conscious way, and if you don’t do that, you experience unpleasantness.

Let’s illustrate it in a drawing. There is a mechanism in which all the wheels are spinning ideally. There is a small engine attached to them (M), which spins them, all of them.

Then each wheel is made to understand that at a certain point in its work it has to stop spinning instinctively and start spinning according to its own will, by uniting with others, by feeling responsible for them, out of love for them.

A person feels that everyone depends on him and then in his “red zone” two forces begin to operate: the evil force and the good force. He knows that he has to use the good force, but he cannot do anything with himself and only wants to use the evil force. At precisely this gap (Δ) he discovers his free will.

Incorporated In A Desire
So the machine is working and you are spinning. Eventually, like it says, no one will be repulsed by the Creator, and everyone will return to his root. One way or the other, we are all its workers. But if you have a “point in the heart,” you want to reveal the truth and in order to do that you want to perform special actions, then you suddenly discover reality and it is revealed to you in two manners.

Then you have the opportunity to be incorporated in it and to discover and understand its engine—the Creator and the thought of creation and its whole system. When you become part of the process and equalize yourself with that “machine” you begin to see what it is and what it is meant for, etc.

You find yourself between the two opposites. On the one hand, the ego is pulling you outwards: “What do you need this for? Live and enjoy what you have, and what will be will be.” On the other hand, you are drawn to more.

Here you have to change the motivating force. Instead of being impressed by the attraction to new revelations, you start advancing in the real sense—incorporating in the general mechanism and acting in it.

This is possible only if you are incorporate in order to help others; not because you want to understand and to feel some innovation, to take part in something great, but in order to focus your powers on helping the general mechanism, on helping others. You have to switch the reason for your participation. Now you are being spurred by sufferings and you have to switch them to pangs of love.

As for the “machine,” it will operate as usual. Our world simply “spins,” but you are prevented from opening your eyes and seeing what is called the upper World—the sphere where all the accounts and all the decisions are made…
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/10/12, “Peace in the World”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanConnection determines everything in our life, and if we achieve it we will rearrange our entire life, but without it life is worth nothing. But a person is lazy by nature and will not accept connection until life grabs him by the throat and he feels that it is a matter of life and death.

Indeed, connection is against our nature, and we are capable of rising above our nature only at the threat of death. But how can we unite and reach a good life before we are on the brink of death? This is possible only through the environment.

The environment can make a criminal of you, but can also turn you into a good person: It all depends on the environment in which you find yourself.

One will be hanged for his crimes and another will become famous, a great man. Your whole life can be changed in an instant because you entered the wrong door once, and what happened afterwards did not depend on you.

That is, we must build a good environment. We need another earth that will have different kindergartens, schools, relationships at work, home, between neighbors, and the government. Then everyone who enters this world will be immediately affected on all sides from this environment that will definitely make him a good person.

How do we start to save ourselves now, in our present state, when we are steadily heading for catastrophe? Let’s build this new world in the virtual space of the Internet. It was given to us for this purpose; this is our earth that can be good. We will make such a virtual capsule out of it, and we will only live on good terms with each other.

Everything that we do in the real world, we do only when necessary. Then we come into this virtual world and there our real life begins. Let’s create a special, wonderful country for ourselves and live in it. Everyone will feel as in a dream, a fairy tale, like a child caught in a great adventure.

You will see how much this will influence those who will be involved. Then we will attract more and more people on the condition that they do not destroy this country that we built and decide to live in it. Thus, we will cure the world.
From a Talk About Dissemination 9/7/12

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Everything Is Mixed With The Desires Of Humanity

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Messiah’s Shofar”: And the dissemination of the wisdom in the masses is called a “Shofar.” Like the Shofar, whose voice travels a great distance, the echo of the wisdom will spread all over the world, so even the nations will hear and acknowledge that there is Godly wisdom in Israel.

The goal of creation is to correct the vessels of receiving. According to the sources, the Creator offered the vessels and the Masachim (screens) to anyone from AHP who wanted the Lights of correction, but no one accepted them.

This means that the Light cannot influence a vessel if the vessel is not compatible with it, if there is no desire for bestowal in the vessel. There cannot be a desire to bestow in the desires to receive since the nature of these vessels is opposite from bestowal to begin with.

So, how can the desire to receive acquire at least some feeling toward bestowal? This is the question.

In order to do that, we use a special part called GE. Its representatives are among the vessels of receiving, although they are different, and so even in our world, they seem very strange. They are called the nation of Israel, which actually does not belong to this world because its roots are in the root phase and in the first and second phases. Initially, it is the attribute of bestowal, although they are in a corrupt form in this world.

These vessels can correct themselves in order to bestow, but on a very low level. Actually, what can they bestow? When they left ancient Babylon, they were in the pure form of GE: a “point in the heart” and nothing more than that.

They went down to Egypt in order to receive a more corrected form later on, which is suitable for their role. They left Babel as one family, and they left Egypt as a nation, the Nation of Israel. Then, they attained their correction, the levels of the Temple, or the “Nation of Israel in the Land of Israel.”

However, all that was just a preparation in order to get closer somehow to AHP. Therefore, after having corrected themselves, the vessels of Israel had to take care of AHP. In order to do that, they were shattered and deteriorated.

It took place as the Greeks and the Romans invaded them and passed on their desires to Israel, thus ruining them. On the whole, the sons of Israel fell downward to AHP, which is called the shattering or the “destruction of the Temple.”

As a result, GE and AHP were completely mixed. This mutual incorporation was supposed to last for 2,000 years, until all the vessels of bestowal and the vessels of receiving were mixed. We all know that the phase of 2,000 years is just a term, while the actual time was 1,500 years.

Everything Is Mixed With The Desires Of Humanity

Later, when the mutual incorporation ended, starting from the times of ARI, the time of correction began, the revival. Therefore, ARI is called “Messiah, son of Joseph.” The main thing in those times was the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah by the Hassidim and different actions through ascents and descents. Eventually, today, the wisdom of Kabbalah is being revealed, and we are carrying on this process by blowing the “Messiah’s Shofar.”

To whom should the wisdom of Kabbalah be revealed? Is it to parts of GE? However, they all are totally mixed with AHP. So, who will accept this wisdom: separate parts or all of them without an exception, and immediately or in a certain order?

Baal HaSulam answers this. The wisdom of Kabbalah should spread among everyone without exception. The same amount of particles that penetrated a person’s heart during these 2,000 years is also the amount of the Light that is illuminated in him.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/9/12, “Messiah’s Shofar”

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Bestowal Has No Limits

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe spiritual body retains only the Light that descends to it from the Partzuf’s head. All sorts of decisions and arrangements regarding creation’s actions in relation to the Creator are made in the Partzuf’s head. Later, everything that was preset in the head is being implemented through the body.

There is nothing in the body that does not exist in the head; it’s essential to practically implement throughout the body what is in the head, meaning receive for the sake of bestowal with the intention to please the Creator.

As a result, all elements of a spiritual action are being revealed (the complete TANTA); however, creation realizes that the work it has just performed was “fragmental” (partial) by nature and that it has not reached the same level of benevolence towards the Creator that the Creator transmits to it.

Thus, creation cannot continue acting as before, nor can it be satisfied with its actions, since there is no such thing as incomplete relationships in spirituality; spiritual relations are perfect. If a person faces boundaries and understands that he is incapable of overcoming them, he has to stop. Although, even when he stops he should still feel at least fractional love for his Master, even though it is not sufficient compared to the unlimited benevolence of the Creator and His desire to please the creation.

Partzufim in which one receives the Light from the Creator only prove that if creation lacks even one gram before it reaches the final correction it is still equal to doing nothing at all since one still limits one’s bestowal and thus makes it incomplete! This is the most vital thing to understand!

It doesn’t matter that one has already completed 99% of work. He still has restricted borders of love, whereas the Creator always relates to us with infinite love; the difference here is qualitative and crucial. So, until we reach the end of correction, we shouldn’t lose even a single step that we have already gone through; our duty is to constantly search for what else to add.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/3/12 The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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