Appeal From China

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: As a Kabbalist, you understand very well the current situation. We have come to a standstill, including in the fields of education and science, and if based on the egoistic desire, we study and research, we will not be able to continue. We need your advice for our Chinese students (it does not matter whether they study law, investments, or business management), how can they continue to learn their professions? They understand that the goal is to give to the world, and only on this basis can everyone continue to study their discipline and carry out research. I am from Shenzhen University.

Answer: We have come to a dead end and face universal global restructuring. It is not known how it will happen. What is clear is that it should lead the world to complete equality, unity, mutual guarantee, care, and further to mutual love. To come to such transformation, you need to take a course in integral education. It is not difficult; it is available in almost any language. I suggest you open the link: Integral education. If you need help and advice, please feel free to contact us.

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Obama Will Not Save Europe

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (from “Europeans celebrate the re-election of Obama, who has proven himself a ‘friend of Europe.’ For Europe, Obama’s victory means maintaining predictability. Romney would not deal with the allies in crisis and would begin to support the U.S. economy to the detriment of European economy.

“However, the EU economy is sinking deeper into recession, and the United States is beginning to focus on the development of relations across the Pacific Ocean. However, Obama’s re-election will do little to help the EU to deal with the crisis. Meanwhile, the situation is worsening.

“Europe desperately searches for the way to overcome the crisis. America does not close its economic relations with the EU, but does not develop them either. But the U.S. ties with Asia are booming. The USA is conducting a strategic dialogue with China. The USA is not alone in cooling relations with Europe.”

My Comment: It is possible to get out of the crisis only truly united; going against the laws of humanity is to the detriment of everyone. Caring only about oneself will lead the world to war.

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Derech Eretz Warmed By The Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanThere are many levels of understanding and attainment of the system in which a person is in mutual cooperation with the upper force. It is very hard to discover this path of suffering that is called “400 years of exile,” which are unbearable. If the two forces, receiving and bestowal, the Creator and the created being, frontally collide, the created being will have to go through this whole path again starting from the four phases of the direct Light, the whole process of development. This is a horrible path.

But we are in a system that operates according to a certain upper plan in which there is already the final outcome, the starting point, and the final state. All the Kabbalists that operated throughout all the generations and all the books that they wrote are incorporated in this system. There are people who have attained the Creator living in concealment among us in this world who are working to bring humanity closer to these ideas.

All this brings us to what is called Derech Eretz (the way of Earth) something that is between the path of suffering and the path of the Light, which allows us freewill. If we were to advance only by the stick, we would have no way to develop our mind. We would be busy only trying to avoid the next blow that may come on one side or the other.

But if we receive all this through the system in which there are both judgment and mercy, the combination of these two forces allows us to develop. Like a baby whose parents develop him, so do we receive help in our spiritual development. Imagine what would come out of a baby who developed without the help of his parents. Even if he could survive, what problems and sufferings would he have to go through; the most he could attain would be a simple animal existence, to somehow live and die.

This is a life of an animal. A man’s life is based on receiving support from the previous generations, as each of them develops and completes the one that preceded it. Human desires develop from one generation to another.

So today we find ourselves in a state where on the one hand no one wants to receive the wisdom of Kabbalah and doesn’t understand what he needs it for. No one knows this wisdom and imagines some kind of mysticism and miracles instead. Different groups have different attitudes toward the wisdom of Kabbalah, people who are religious or nonreligious, who belong to the Israeli nation or to other nations.

The most stubborn ones are those who already assume that they are dealing with the Torah and don’t need anything else. They consider themselves to be perfect as they study the Talmud and observe the Mitzvot. We can somehow approach a nonreligious person and explain things, since he feels that this corporeal life has no meaning and that he wants to reveal the upper world, the system that manages life.

But in fact, no one feels a real need for the wisdom of Kabbalah, including those in whom the point in the heart has been revealed, and they suddenly light up and want to know about it and come to study. The desire that they have in the meantime is simply a desire to acquire something new and not to change their nature to the opposite form. Such a desire isn’t natural for a person and it simply doesn’t exist. Because between any person in this world and the true science of Kabbalah there is an iron wall, which must be broken.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/11/12, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot” 

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The Cry Of A Person Drowning In The Swamp

Dr. Michael LaitmanRabash, “A True Prayer Is Over a True Deficiency:” When a person wants to observe the Torah and Mitzvot (commandments), in order to bestow upon the Creator, it natural for body not to move if it doesn’t see any reward in it. So there is no way he can work for the sake of Heaven and not for his own good. Here the exile begins, which means the sufferings, that no matter how hard he works, he doesn’t see that he advances, but that everything is based on self-love.

It turns out that the suffering and the pain he experiences are because he cannot work for the Creator. He wants to work in order to bestow and the body, which is totally enslaved to the shells doesn’t let him aim at this goal. Then he cries out to the Creator for help, since he sees that he is in exile among the shells and that they dominate him, and he sees no way out, so that he can be free of their domination.

Then his prayer is called a true prayer, since it isn’t in a person’s power to leave this exile…and since this is against nature, only the Creator can take Israel out of this exile.

A person goes through the states of exile and redemption internally, in his attitude to his nature and to the Creator; there are these two forces, two goals for which a person can work and aim himself at: either for his own benefit or for the Creator’s benefit.

He knows instinctively what it means to work for his own benefit and he does so naturally. Then he begins to criticize himself. This recognition usually comes from the work in the group, in the study, in dissemination, in using all the options to draw the Light that Reforms upon himself.

Then a person sees that all his intentions and his appeals, all his movements were aimed only at his own good. In the meantime he determines only this fact, like a psychologist who understands that this is nature. But if he begins to disagree with this, it is already an influence from Above, a real call from Above.

Thus a person begins to feel that he is in exile. The more he tries to stop working for his own good in different situations and to turn to bestowal upon others, upon the Creator, he feels that he is more in exile, under the domination of Pharaoh.

If he actively struggles and tries to leave his intention to receive so that he won’t constantly think about himself, then the contrary happens, and he sinks more deeply into his ego, like into a swamp. The more attempts a person makes to get out of the swamp, the more it swallows him.

He cries out and gets no response! On the contrary, the Light that comes and that seemingly reforms, shows him more clearly how immersed he is in his desire to receive, that has absorbed everything up to the most subtle appeals, thoughts, and desires. Previously he didn’t see that he is such an egoist and now he discovers it more and more in great detail.

He sees that he is totally in Egypt, thinking and worrying only about himself.

The more he tries to get out of exile, the more he sinks into it, until “and the Children of Israel sighed from the work,” which means that he has reached such a dead end that the only thing he can do is cry out…

A person cries out when he sees that there is no other way to change his situation by himself. This is called a true prayer, which in response he gets the force of bestowal, the force of the intention to act for the good of others. This is what he calls redemption.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/13/12

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The Iron Partition According To The Customer’s Order

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why does Baal HaSulam say that an iron partition separates us from the wisdom of Kabbalah and that we have to blow it up?

Answer: Baal HaSulam feels the absolute need for the revelation of the wisdom of Kabbalah, but that the people see no need for it at all. On the contrary, they reject the wisdom of Kabbalah as strongly as they can by using all sorts of excuses. The people are like a sick person who doesn’t want to recognize the only medicine that can save his life. So we have to try and give him this medicine in different ways, like to a child, in a nice wrapping with all sorts of persuasion and preliminary explanations. After all, something must be done!

An ordinary person doesn’t feel any partition between himself and the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is only later that we begin to discover this. The wisdom of Kabbalah is a method for the revelation of the Creator to man in this world. Such a revelation is contrary to our nature. If we felt that the revelation of the Creator were sweet and beneficial to our desire to receive and would bring us more food, sex, family, money, respect, and knowledge, we would gladly accept it; if the Creator satisfied our corporeal desires, everyone would yearn for Him.

But if the Creator is love of others, as it says: “From the love of the created beings to the love of the Creator,” then no one needs Him. Everyone rejects Him and at the same time the wisdom of Kabbalah as well.

Subconsciously we reject the wisdom of Kabbalah in its natural form and are 100% opposite from it as we are from the Creator. Instead of the real Kabbalah, we simply imagine some kind of mysticism, some kind of miracles and blessings, and thus, we can use some parts of it, deceiving ourselves that we are dealing with the wisdom of Kabbalah. But in fact it is something else entirely.

We can turn to the Creator this way and pray to Him in order to receive something good from Him. This is the only reason we need Him—in order to feel better, and we don’t need a Creator that will make us feel bad. Everything is fulfilled according to the customer’s order, the receiver’s order. So although the wisdom of Kabbalah has been with us for ages, we are detached from it by an iron partition.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/11/12, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot”

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Squabbles Or Connection?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can we assess the state that the group is in, and is it worthwhile to do so?

Answer: When a person is sad, angry or experiences some strong emotions, we say to him: “Relax, rise above yourself”, and so on. Meaning, we always invoke him to ascend above his emotions.

Our work in the group should all the time be based on us always ascending above our ego. We understand it, appreciate it, because it is precisely it that pushes us forward and does everything that is possible for us, so that we rise above it. Therefore, the ego is called “help against”. Meaning, all the thoughts, desires and intentions that pop inside us each moment, everything that we have internally, everything that flows within us in an unceasing current is required only so that we rise above it and “swim” above it.

When a person grasps and understands this and begins to work with it, he attains the goal very quickly. This is in the group and also personally in each one of us. Meaning, in the group we have to treat each other in this way, also towards the general state of the group, that includes all sorts of discernments and everything that is just possible.

What discernments can be in a group if we don’t rise above ourselves? Are we like scandalous neighbors in a building that begin to inquire into the relationships, or sloppy drivers that argue between them?!

We need to ascend above, to connect, and afterwards clarify what the problem is. And it could be that this is not a problem at all, but actually a special assistance that helped us connect. But without connection, it’s not a group, Kabbalistic discernment, but just a quarrel, a regular mundane condition.

Therefore, we must first and foremost connect. For this, a third person may be required, or some sort of additional conditions, but without connection we will never clarify anything. There will always be someone right and someone guilty.

I mean our group relationships, and not dissemination work, like in every enterprise there are those that understand more, managers and employees that are subordinate to them. In a group, we can solve all the problems only from the point of view of connection and unity.
When we connect together in the point of unity and hold on to it (since this is the main thing for us, and the Creator intentionally arranged everything for us so that we will attain this connection and hold on to it), then we will see what is bad, what the problem is, and not gloss over it, but try to understand its essence.

This is required only to realize that the connection solves all the problems. “Love will cover all sins.” Meaning, in principle nothing has to be corrected, because all the quarrels and oppositions are required only to rise above them and to connect. There is nothing else in them. There is no need to turn to them; you in any case won’t find the truth in them.

By the way, it’s the same thing in a family. Rise above all the problems and connect! And what happens with what was before? There was nothing, in any case you won’t be able to help. Each one of us is opposite to the other and most importantly, always different.

What is the point in you starting to inquire about something? The Creator deliberately arranged for you such conflicting new traits that cannot even be imagined. All our lives are composed of them. Everything that we see now around us is like a movie in which only all of our incompatibilities are shown to us, from which this picture of the world is composed. When you begin to ascend above, then you “swim” in a completely different plane: in unity.
From the Georgia Convention 11/06/12, Lesson 2

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 11.15.12

Preparation to the Lesson

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Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot, (Starting with: “However there is no doubt”), Item 12, Lesson 5

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The Book of ZoharSelected Excerpt, ParashatEmor,” Item 88, Lesson 7

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol 3, Part 8, “Ohr Pnimi,” Item 52, Lesson 34

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The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah

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