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Convention Of Unity Day Two – 09.21.12

Convention of Unity, Day Two, Lesson 4

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Disconnecting

Dr. Michael LaitmanOur convention begins, and we are busy only with connecting, only with unity. From this moment until the end of the convention, we will not remember anything else and will not speak one word about the external world; we are focusing only on ourselves and on our friends wherever they are.

Don’t speak and don’t think about what is going on in the world. After all, if a person corrects himself by connection, the worlds of BYA will be balanced and the balanced forces will dwell in all of nature. If we, Bnei Baruch correct ourselves, the affluence will certainly flow from us to everyone; it will flow to the channels that connect us with the whole world.

Baal HaSulam writes about it in the Introduction to the Book Panim Meirot uMasbirot, Item 4: When the Children of Israel are complemented with the complete knowledge, the fountains of intelligence and knowledge shall flow beyond the boundaries of Israel and water all the nations of the world.

Thus we too have to disseminate the wisdom of Kabbalah among the nations of the world, but we have to perform the correction, not they. During the convention we forget everything: home, dissemination, and the world. There is nothing but the place where we are, together with our friends who are connected to us from all over the world. We are together in one heart. We are totally disconnected from the external world, entering more deeply inside.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/20/12, Introduction to the Book Panim Meirot uMasbirot

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How Not To Miss Out?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We’ve started our convention after having been through many things. How can we hold on to the goal like a bulldog that doesn’t let go of his grip? How can we find the vitality in our exertion and not demand a cheap reward in the form of an impression?

Answer: You should feel pleasure by your exertion. It doesn’t matter whether the convention is a success; I enjoy the fact that we are making an effort together.

You should understand that there are no pauses in spirituality. If you don’t put constant pressure, spirituality will disappear. It exists as long as the next moment is different from the present moment. You have to be on a constant ascent, and constantly add something. This addition, the gap between the moments is the feeling of the spiritual life.

A state can stop or freeze only here in our still world. This is why it exists, so that from here our way will start. Therefore, we have to receive pleasure by putting an increasingly stronger pressure, and get pleasure from our exertions.

Question: Do we fixate on the exertion?

Answer: You have to build the greatness of the one you bestow upon.

Question: How do I turn this effort into a collective effort?

Answer: It can’t be any different. You can’t locate the Creator by yourself, but only with others. After all, the “Creator” is the group; it’s its center: this is where you channel the growing bestowal and from this you receive pleasure. The pleasure is caused by the addition and not by the state itself. Thus, a person who has made a million dollars wants more the next minute and doesn’t stop at what he has achieved.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/20/12, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot”

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Convention Of Unity Day Two – 09.21.12

Convention of Unity, Day Two, Lesson 2

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Let’s Talk About Something Out Of This World

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is best to discuss in a group of integral education and what’s best not to discuss?

Answer: Figuratively speaking, we should talk only about love and friendship. We don’t examine our states because they all exist on the animal level.

First we must rise to the “Human” level, create a generalized image of it, our common quality of bestowal and love, our attitude toward one another. We can only hold discussions on the level of this network of correct interrelations between us, and only about things that strengthen our collective state.

Why so? Because, by becoming stronger within this state we begin to generate a certain force that illuminates our current animal state and it begins to change. Only from a higher state can we change our lower state. All of our conflicts will either gradually disappear or they will escalate before disappearing and on the backdrop of this we are developing our connection.
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From a Talk on Integral Upbringing 3/4/12

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A Request That Opens Up The Gates

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do I force the upper to awaken me?

Answer: The upper awakens us from the start. As it says “I am the first.” This first awakening is given to a person before he begins to yearn for spirituality. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have had such thoughts from the start and it wouldn’t touch his heart.

Everything begins from an awakening from Above, called the “Reshimo (reminiscence, information gene)—a reason, the influence of the friends, a desire that is suddenly evoked, a song—this is how I am awakened.

The awakening always comes from the upper, but usually in a concealed way without a connection to Him. It is as if I wake up by chance, suddenly. The upper hides on purpose, so as not to steal the “freewill” from me. The question is how will I work with this awakening, how will I respond to it?

First, do I understand that I have received it from the upper and thank Him for awakening me? In addition I have to clarify what exactly I have to wake up to? What are the options that I have?

This is the clarification of the question about the meaning of life, which I now have to ask myself: “What is the point in my life? Why should I go on living?” This means, what does my ego, my desire, aim at? What am I living for?

I begin to clarify the goal of my life in a more accurate manner, sorting the desires, until I find the most worthwhile desire for which it is really worthwhile to live. Suppose I had one last minute to live, and I had a chance to ask for one thing only, what would I ask for in this last minute?

I have to clarify what the most important thing for me is, what I should ask for. When we delve into this clarification, we see that we can only do it in a group. After all, it is the pattern of the upper world—as if the upper world descends into our world.

On the one hand, the relations among the friends are egoistic and they clarify this world for us. Yet, at the same time we have a point in the heart, which enables us to build a layer of upper relations, called the next world, the upper world.

Then we will be able to work on two planes: suppressing the lower, egoistic layer as much as we can trying to build another layer above it, a new level of relations based on love, mutual concern, mutual guarantee and connection.

The group enables us to build the pattern of the upper relations. It provides us with many opportunities to mutually work on our envy, on the lust, the hatred, and the love. Thanks to it we understand why we behave one way and not differently, and we begin to understand our states. Thus we quickly clarify our only right request.

We examine the other requests and see that they are all trivial and temporary and so we draw away from them. It says: “All the gates are locked, except for the gate of tears,” which means except for the last gate in which we demand adhesion according to equivalence of form. After all, we did everything we could, we tried to fulfill it and we saw that we can’t. We do not rest, but rather demand and ask, and thus reach what we desire.

This preparation includes many stages: The feeling of exile, the domination of Pharaoh, and then the struggle against him, until we manage to escape and reach a spiritual birth.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/19/12, Writings of Rabash

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can the group awaken me?

Answer: This is part of our mutual guarantee. I must feel that if I don’t awaken them, they will not do the same for me.

This is actually the problem: Why do we fall asleep and not advance, lagging behind the world? Instead of carrying the world behind us to correction, we are waiting for the world to discover its illness, the shattering, more and more.

If a close relative, someone who is very dear to you, your child, were seriously ill, and he felt worse from day to day, would you wait tranquilly until he were in a fatal condition? Wouldn’t you look for a cure for him in every possible way? Wouldn’t you do anything to find a way to convince him to take the remedy?

Do you also worry about the world this way? If not, then you are not fulfilling your job. The group doesn’t awaken you, and you are not awakening the group.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/14/12, Writings of Rabash

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Celebrating The New Level

Dr. Michael LaitmanEverything begins and ends in the vessels that we have to prepare. The upper Light is in a state of absolute rest, which means that the wholeness exists from the start. However, by our deficiencies, by our exertion, we spur this wholeness to leave the source and to be revealed 620 times more than the form of the spark in which it hides.

All the Light of Ein Sof (Infinity) is the lowest, minimal level, Nefesh de Nefesh, which exists before we begin to demand it. Through our demand, by the deficiency in the vessels that we have expanded, we turn this Light into NRNHY de NRNHY. So, everything depends on the extent to which we have prepared our deficiencies.

Blowing the Shofar symbolizes Rosh Hashanah (the New Year). This means raising the beauty (Shufra) of bestowal, love, and connection of the Creator’s attributes. This makes it a reason for a holiday: Our ability to raise ourselves and to prefer the attribute of bestowal, instead of the attribute of receiving.

Thus, we prepare the right vessel inside us and begin the new year, the new phase, the new level. This is a law for Israel, which means for those who want to ascend Yashar El (straight to the Creator) according to the three lines.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/19/12, Writings of Rabash

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The Financial System As The World Web

Opinion (From Nature): “Financial regulators and policy makers should focus on financial institutions that are ‘too central to fail’ as well as those that are ‘too big to fail’, research published in Scientific Reports this week suggests. …The authors find that during the peak of the crisis, a group of 22 financial institutions, which received most of the loans, became more central to the network, which means that the default of each one would have a larger economic impact on the whole network.

“Nodes represent financial institutions (selected as explained in the text). Outgoing links represent the estimated potential impact of an institution to another one. The nodes are positioned within a circle of radius 1, centered in 0. …Thus, the closer a node is to the center the higher is its Debt Rank. A node in the center (Debt Rank = 1) is able to put under distress the entire economic value of the network. Debt Rank decreases by moving outwards and leftwards along the spiral. The diagram allows at the same time to visualise the structure of the network and to compare the importance of any two given nodes. The size and the color of the node reflects the Debt Rank value (larger and red nodes have higher Debt Rank). The color of a link reflects the Debt Rank of the node from which it originates (red links originate from node with high Debt Rank and make high impact to the destination nodes). (a) Period one, at the beginning of the crisis. Most of the nodes have low levels of Debt Rank, i.e., they are located close to the border. (b) Period four (peak of the crisis). Nodes have comparable levels of Debt Rank. However, they are also much more central, i.e., they can impact a large fraction of the total economic value. A single default is likely to trigger a systemic failure.”
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