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Fundamentals Of Kabbalah – 12.30.12

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A Live Vessel

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What does it mean to prepare our spiritual vessels?

Answer: It means to prepare vessels for receiving the filling. It is like bringing a plate, a bucket, some kind of vessel. A vessel is a deficiency in which you can receive a filling. It isn’t some kind of a dish, but your desire.

Is this desire aimed at exactly what you deserve to receive according to the order of the levels? If it doesn’t match our goal, then there is nothing you can bring in order to receive a filling. It is as if you bring a sack that you intend to fill with wine. But this is of course impossible; it is a vessel that is not suitable for liquids.

The desire has to be aimed at the right filling, which means at a stronger connection between us. In the connection between us, we create a desire for an even greater connection so that the Creator’s love will be revealed in it and will evoke in us the same love for Him.

The preparation step for attaining the love for the Creator is attaining the feeling of fear. Fear is the correction of the desires to bestow, GE, and love, which is the correction of the desires to receive, AHP.

The vessel doesn’t exist by itself. It is a result of our connection of at least “ten people” needed in order to attain a whole vessel. The vessel will be complete if we yearn as much as we can to connect internally, by wanting to discover in it the attribute of mutual bestowal, through which we can reach the love of the Creator.

We must let the Light work on something. We don’t give it this chance! It is called “I have come and there is no one.” “There is no one” because we have not created this image by our connection. We are not attracted to it, we forget, it doesn’t seem to be relevant, and doesn’t enter our head and our heart. But if we don’t have the right intention, it is a waste of time studying, since by that we will not be able to rise above the level of the holy still.

So we do actually remain on the level of the holy still by repeating the same thing day after day, like dead people.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/27/12, “The Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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We Always Start From Zero

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How should we use the environment in order to establish the right intention?

Answer: It is written, “Every man shall help his friend.” If someone worries about others, it must influence everyone else and awaken their hearts. It works even without words, especially if we can help ourselves by speaking with others mechanically, even against our will, and evoke one another.

If I begin to jump now, I eventually will improve my mood and feel happy. We always start from zero, and it is precisely for this reason that we were given the perception of reality in the form of this world. Thus, we have a chance to enter a state that is inaccessible at the moment.

It gives us a wonderful chance to advance. After all, there are rigid laws in the spiritual world. If you are on a certain level, you cannot change anything. You must enter a level from which you can change your current self.

Thanks to this world, we enter a state that may be mechanical but more advanced. We can sing, hug a friend, talk to him, and be impressed by him when we actually don’t want this at all internally. Thanks to these corporeal mechanical efforts, we begin to wake up. If we were not in corporeal bodies, we wouldn’t have this chance. How else can this be done?

So, this world is very important. On the one hand, it is an illusion that is only in our imagination, a very artificial thing that is external to the spiritual ladder, outside the systems of impurity and Holiness.

On the other hand, it is impossible to manage without it! On every higher spiritual level, even the last one before the end of correction, we wouldn’t be able to do anything if it weren’t for this world.

Therefore, there are reincarnations. We must return to this world, even if we have reached halfway up the spiritual ladder. This earthly reality must exist.

Yet, the question remains as to what this reality is. It very well may be that you were given such an illusion now as if you are living on earth with seven billion people in a big universe, and it is all your reality.

I am also inside you as part of you that you must connect to yourself, and there is another “self” that has nothing to do with you, and who feels his world with seven billion people, the earth and the stars, and that is his reality.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/27/12, “The Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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In Memory Of The Exodus From Egypt

Dr. Michael Laitman“I labored and found!” I labored means that I have built a spiritual vessel. Until you have built it, you have not exerted yourself enough, and you will not be able to leave Egypt.

After you complete your exertion in Egypt, you must format it, which is called the union before Mt. Sinai. The slavery in Egypt has hardened our hearts and did not let us unite. After the exodus from Egypt, all our work is aimed at unity.

We wanted to do it in Egypt, but we were not allowed to since unity is already a vessel. Egypt is a state in which you still exert yourself in order to escape your egoistic desire, while it (as it is called Pharaoh or the Creator’s posterior) doesn’t let you complete the building of your vessel.

For the time being, your exertion is missing, but the moment the full measure is accumulated—which means that you have enough feelings, understanding and clear discernments with which you already can feel the next level—then you can leave.

However, what we leave Egypt with is not a vessel yet. Only now, after the exodus from Egypt, can we discover to what extent our vessel is incomplete since it lacks the point of unity among us. In order to unite, we need the Light that Reforms, the Torah. After the escape from Egyptian slavery, we are about to be given the Torah and to receive it.

After we receive the Torah, the Light that Reforms within it helps us unite our vessel. In Egypt, we couldn’t attain unity. It was the domination of Egypt that didn’t let us unite. Now, however, we can complete the building of our vessel.

Then, while wandering in the desert, we will sin constantly, time after time, and correct the sins. By correcting them, we will say each time, “in memory of the exodus from Egypt” since all the other events are derived from it, and in the desert, we gradually correct them.

The exile in Egypt was supposed to last 400 years in order to attain a complete vessel that we later correct. There are no corrections made in Egypt. However, in order to correct evil, we must clarify it each time as if to revive the same sorrow, the same state.

Thus, forty years of wandering in the desert is a chain of endless sins. However, in fact, these are not sins, but the revelation of evil to an increasingly greater depth in order to correct it. The preparation for that was made in Egypt, and, so, we constantly remind ourselves, “in memory of the exodus from Egypt!”
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/25/12, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The exertion is the same vessel in which the Creator is revealed, but what does my exertion have to do with the exertion of the friends? Is my exertion enough for the Creator to be revealed in them, or does it have to be the sum of our collective exertions?

Answer: It is impossible to answer this unequivocally. I see the friends as my eyes show me, in my perception. If I see them today as I saw them yesterday, it means that I haven’t changed at all. If I see that, today, they are greater, deeper, cleverer, and more successful, it means that I have changed.

However, we cannot connect all these states yet. They advance, or I advance, seeing their advancement. The truth is that they are all at the end of correction already, at an infinite height, and it is just me looking at them from my level.

The growth and the advancement of the friends impresses me, but isn’t it they who grow? I have changed, and therefore, I see that they have grown.

We cannot explain this by using our earthly language, which is totally egoistic. It is just as it is impossible to explain the new economy by using old terms since a healthy economy is the right integral connection. For the same reason, it is impossible to explain the relationships among the friends.

We have no choice if in the meantime we operate in our egoistic desires. We must look at things like in mathematics, one parameter after another. If there are several variables, and I depend on them all, I must fix one parameter and check how the change affects the second parameter.

Then, I fix the second parameter and check its dependence on the first parameter. Only then do I connect them to one system of equations in order to solve them together.

There can only be one element in every equation that I can find. If there are two elements, we need another equation. When we have two equations with two elements, we can already solve the problem.

However, in the meantime, we cannot combine two equations in our analysis. We can see what happens with one parameter and with another parameter separately, but we cannot connect them into one system.

Our brain cannot perceive these two opposite parameters as one. So, by explaining this, I am like a woman in labor who cannot give birth yet. It cannot be explained in words. Everyone will discover this according to his vessels.

In Kabbalistic explanations, we must pass the information from the world in which everything is united, to our world in which everything is totally separated.

This means that these are different software, different formula, and different approaches.

We try to understand the explanation by using earthly language and to grasp in our earthly minds what happens in the upper world. Even physicists already understand that it is simply impossible. They come across phenomena that are on the borderline where matter disappears, and, thus, the scientific language ends.

Modern physics will advance in a way that in each of the following stages, in every experiment, there will be more and more hidden parameters. It will become a hidden science. We will see that we have managed to advance to a certain point after which everything we had before disappears. Science can reveal only how each of the parameters disappears, but not more than that.

Our job is to continue with our exertion in the group, and eventually everything will be clear.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/25/12, “The Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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Children Of Different Nations – One World, One Soul

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We are all representatives of different countries and different cultures. What is the relationship between our inner work and everyone’s culture and habits?

Answer: I am familiar with many students in the world and do not see any difference between them. Their mental components, psychological and educational base do not matter. Students from England, Turkey, South America, and Germany seem to be very different people, but, when we begin to study Kabbalah, there is only more or less external sensitivity.

Suddenly, I see the Germans weeping at a convention in Germany. That does not seem like them at all in everyday life; everything changes.

We do not understand each other in our normal mentality, but when we begin to engage in connection, in Kabbalah, all this completely disappears. After all, we are not involved in the earthly ego, but rise and build the property of bestowal above it.

Of course, the outward expression of feelings is manifested in everyone in a different way. One cries and the other shows his emotions in a more expressive way. But then it all is smoothed out because that spiritual superstructure that we create in ourselves is the same for everyone.

However, people are still different, and everyone builds the property of bestowal above his individual egoism, but I do not see that mentality, education, upbringing, or profession matter very much here. Everything is erased. By beginning to correct themselves, people become very similar, but not externally: Everyone retains his own individual character, but their earthly essence disappears; we all feel each other equally; we represent what we experience.

Suppose that various people have gathered now at a congress, but everyone experiences the same internal phenomena.

So, do not think about this. All this will be erased without a trace. We need to gradually feel that we rise to the next level, to the next dimension, the next universe adjacent to our universe, called the world of Assiya. There, we will continue to exist only as forces that are projected on our present consciousness, the corporeal world, as a beam of light coming from a projector on a screen that depicts a non-existing world on it.
From the Novosibirsk Convention 12/9/12, Lesson 6

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Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Business Standard): “The United Nations has lowered global economic growth forecast for the coming two years even as it warned of a new global recession due to the US cliff situation and EU debt crisis. …

“‘A worsening of the euro area crisis, the “fiscal cliff” in the United States and a hard landing in China could cause a new global recession. Each of these risks could cause global output losses of between 1 and 3 per cent,’ UN’s team leader for the report Rob Voss said. …

“‘It is essential to change course in fiscal policy and shift the focus from short-term consolidation to robust economic growth with medium to long-term fiscal sustainability,’ it said. …

“‘The reorientation of fiscal policies should be internationally coordinated and aligned with structural policies that support direct job creation and green growth. Monetary policies (also need to) be better coordinated internationally and regulatory reforms of financial sectors be accelerated in order to stem exchange rate and capital flow volatility, which pose risks to the economic prospects of developing countries,’ it said.”

My Comment: Their policy indicates only the experts lack of understanding of the cause of the systemic crisis. They are still hoping for a return to the old system of management. We will have to learn the nature of a new integral state of humanity. The sluggishness of world leaders and our (BB) lag in explaining how to correct the crisis can bring about great suffering in the transition to the next stage (formation).

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People Need The Chosen Ones

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can we overcome people’s negative attitude in the process of dissemination because they do not like the chosen ones?

Answer: Indeed, people don’t like the chosen ones, but they need them. If you reach out to people with love, like a doctor to a patient, and the aura of care radiates from you, people will feel no neglect or arrogance. They will understand you correctly.

You have to treat them as your young children whom you love, and your love requires you to be below them. This means that their desires rule over you. Children feel that and have power over adults, who, on the one hand, are the authority for them, and on the other hand, have to provide them with everything. So it all depends on how we position ourselves.
From the Novosibirsk Convention 12/9/12, Lesson 6

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Collective Prayer

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is a collective prayer?

Answer: A collective prayer is a condition in which I am connected with the group, and we have one desire, one intention, one goal, which was formed specifically in everyone, but in general this is one whole. And through this one whole, in our shared desire, intention, and goal, we want to reveal the Creator.

It cannot be that “I am alone.” In any case, a person should not imagine that he is alone. If he feels his “I,” it is spiritual death. There is no “I” in the spiritual world, only “we.”
From the Novosibirsk Convention 12/9/12, Lesson 6

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