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The Width And Height

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Messiah’s Horn”: And it was not enough that they could leave by themselves. You must understand from where the nations of the world would come by such a will and idea. Know that this is through the dissemination of the true wisdom, so they will evidently see the true God and the true law.

We are talking about internal processes, the projections of which are the external events. And the meaning is that today the “Egyptian scenario” is impossible. It has to be clear for all the desires that a person has to exit them and reach bestowal. Accordingly, salvation is impossible in the projection on the external world until the entire receiving desire, meaning the whole world, recognizes its necessity.

So, we are required to carry out the widest possible dissemination of Kabbalah throughout the world. It’s necessary that the nations get it from us to the extent that they can comprehend it. If they do not get this method, do not recognize it, and do not agree with it, then the people of Israel, that is, those in whom the spark of yearning for the Creator is burning, have no ability to rise and correct themselves.

That’s why we need to perform our work around the world as widely as possible and with maximum intensity. After all, we will not rise without dissemination outwards in all directions. This is the spiritual law: The nations of the world are strong in quantity, in width, and we in quality, in height. It’s said about Israel that it’s small among the nations, but is able to rise.

Thus, all of our success depends on the nations of the world. We go out to disseminate and address a wide audience, wanting to please the Creator above all. We bring people closer to Him so that in them unity is revealed, meaning that small illumination by which we ourselves, as a transition link, are able to please Him.

That is why we bring the wisdom of Kabbalah or integral education to the masses, intending to bring the whole world closer to the Creator in order to please Him. In our address to the world, we hold the principle of love your neighbor as yourself, which is the love of creatures striving for the love of the Creator. That is the approach in which success is inherent.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/23/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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All The Troubles Of The World

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn fact, the Creator displays a “theatrical performance” before me in which everything, the actors and all, are puppets, except me. Therefore, trying to bring them closer to Him, I in essence correct myself. The whole world is part of my soul, broken and scattered vessels, desires that are split apart from me in different directions. And now I have to bring them closer together again.

If I were strong enough, the Creator would have let me feel their sorrows as my own. However, to ease my work, He sends me the feeling of “their” troubles so I will work on them. If, however, I neglect this work, I will feel that I am in trouble myself.

That’s why I still perceive the whole world “from the side,” so it is easier for me to work with. Indeed, if all the misery of people who are dying from hunger, wars, and other disasters would have manifested in me, if I had concentrated all my empty vessels even on the small degree of our world, I would not have sustained such pressure.

To prevent this from happening, these vessels were alienated from me and given to me to feel them as foreign so that gradually, as I become stronger, I would bring them closer to myself. Then, in the course of this approach, I find that they are not in trouble, that on the contrary, they are corrected and experiencing pleasure. Baal HaSulam writes about this in his article “The Creator’s Concealment and Revelation.”

There is no other way. I am not able to absorb all the ills of the world, although we are talking of my vessels, desires.

We just do not understand that higher mercy is truly hidden in the breaking of the vessels. In the end, due to it, I obtain a vessel capable of encompassing the entire reality, all the Light of the Creator; however, I never feel this empty vessel as it is because it is impossible to sustain this sensation.

A person can barely stand even on our small stage with his troubles. So, what can we say about the entire empty Malchut of the world of Infinity? Sometimes a person is given a drop of this state, the “illumination of Malchut,” a horrible feeling of a gaping abyss …

However, we were given the breaking of the vessels to help us, and now we are able to pass a series of states, gradually assembling them together. And when I bring any external part closer to me in the process, this bitter “fruit” becomes sweet, and as the result, I put it in my “basket” until it is filled with all the fruits of the tree of knowledge.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/23/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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The Sparks That Float

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can we assess if a meeting went well? Is the parameter the feeling of a “raspberry sphere (ball)”?

Answer: A “raspberry ball” refers to a group that becomes one, a group of ten that becomes one. Then, each member of the group of ten loses his feeling of self and feels that he is on a higher level. In our state, we are ten, and on the next level, the group of ten becomes one. I call that a raspberry ball.

Each one should try to imagine it this way. We annul ourselves and ascend by the force of bestowal and instead of ten, become one, but on the next level. This is called raising MAN.

We enter the upper like an embryo and begin to feel it. The raspberry ball becomes a drop of semen with regard to the upper. So, when we annul ourselves and are incorporated in Him together, we feel something, but don’t know what it is exactly. I feel good because of something that is outside me, but I don’t really understand where it is and what is going on. This is the beginning of Ibur (conception).

If we feel an unusual heat wave during the meeting with the public, we must enter the raspberry ball with them, and thus you spur them.

Every person has the root of the connection with the Creator, the Reshimot (spiritual genes) that appeared after the shattering of the vessels. The only difference is how deeply it is concealed. Eventually, everyone must reach correction so that, when you create a raspberry ball together with the public, it is a special feeling of connection. You convey your awakening to them by that, the Surrounding Light. Then, the spark that is concealed deeply in them, and that doesn’t allow a person to feel it, begins to float and to come the surface.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/23/13

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The World Crisis As Preparation For The Prayer

Dr. Michael LaitmanIsrael cannot grow without praying for everyone else that are in their egoistic desires and aware not even aware of this. This prayer should be only for the needs of others; it doesn’t matter what state we are in ourselves. If we have the spiritual spark, we have to work for the sake of bestowal in faith above reason.

The most important thing is the prayer, nothing more. Every action is more useful and effective the more quickly it brings us to the prayer. We need to choose the actions in our lives that will lead us in the most concise, direct, surest, and precise way to the prayer.

The prayer should be “the prayer of many” that is “double,” meaning that I ask for the lower, for “the many.” It’s called the prayer of “many” not because I ask for myself and for the other, but because for him these forces are not united around the Creator. There is no intention, no ability to connect them together.

Recently there is a growing crisis around the world that needs to be viewed as preparation for the prayer. What is the relationship between me and the flood in China, the volcanic eruption in Iceland, the unrest in Egypt, and the civil war in Syria? I cannot believe that all this happens only for me to form my prayer. We lack sensitivity, comprehension, and understanding of the system to recognize that this is really so. Even with these tangible, clearly revealed events, it’s difficult for us to see their connection with ourselves.

From this we can understand why Baal HaSulam wanted to talk to Ben Gurion to explain to him why he went to Poland to the workers strike. The upper management involved the Jews in all the events so that all these states would bring them to the prayer.

When the true picture is revealed to us, we will see how everything passes through us as through a lens focusing the rays of light. The entire universe eventually becomes compressed through us like through the eye of a needle. Thus the connection between all the rays of Light and the source is established.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/22/13

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“US To Cut Back Minimum Sentences For Some Drug Offences”

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from BBC News): “The Obama administration has unveiled major changes to the criminal justice system, dropping mandatory minimum sentences in certain drug cases. Such terms will not be imposed for non-violent drug offenders with no gang or cartel ties, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech. …

“’The attorney general’s remarks represent a good first step toward scaling back the failed ‘war on drugs’,” Tom Engell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, said.”

My Comment: In fact, we cannot accept drugs if we want to reach the goal of creation, the revelation of the Creator. Drugs are enemies of building a better society, creating a family, raising children. In this case, we need intelligence, strength, initiative, all which are lost in an addict..

But if the government’s objective is to reduce the population so that it does not reproduce, does not live long, and is passive during its short life, then drugs are good and should be distributed. And to prevent such inhuman thoughts about the government, it is necessary at the same time to carry out a campaign against smoking …

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Changing Direction From “Myself” To “Outside Myself”

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can you love everyone? How can one subdue what is given to him?

Answer: Only the Upper Light corrects a person and nothing else. We cannot correct ourselves and attain a certain connection between us.

I am, for example, an ordinary person sitting before you and everything inside me is aimed inward. You look at me, but you don’t see my real face. I am focused totally inward—how I hear myself, how I see myself, how I feel myself. I feel this entire reality, the whole world inside me (we study this in the perception of reality).

Love is when I am in a state of turning myself inside out, but only under the influence of the Upper Light. I cannot do it on my own.

This happens when I feel whatever is on the outside as more important than what is inside me. This is called the revelation of the upper world that is external to me. A person suddenly discovers what is actually around him and sees that it is totally different from what it seemed to be. Now, he perceives everything inside him, while later, he will see the upper state. This is possible only under the influence of the Light.

Changing the vector from “myself” to “outside myself” is called integral education. This is what it exists for.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/24/13

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And You Shall Not Oppress A Stranger

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Exodus” 23:9: And you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, since you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

The point is that you should see everything that appears in you as something new, as a bud, a sprout, of your next state.

It is like an angel, a messenger of the Light that gradually depicts a new image in you. This is called a stranger as compared to your old state. So, you should perceive the appearance of a new image correctly. First, you see it as a stranger, and then gradually you begin to understand that it is your next, closest state.

You don’t drive this stranger away, but rather accept him since, as it is written, “You shall not oppress,” but rather, gradually draw him to you, until you begin to draw closer to him and to serve him.

The expression, “since you were strangers in the Land of Egypt,” means that the point in the heart has begun to feel itself as a stranger inside the ego. First, the ego drew it inside of itself (the seven years of satiety), and then it began to show its dominance over it (the seven years of famine), holding onto it to such an extent that it forced this point to escape from it. This is called the “exodus from Egypt.”

Thus, the stranger is actually the most important thing inside the ego.
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Correct Debt Calculation

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It has happened since ancient times that money lenders were mostly Jewish. It is believed that they specifically started the matter of collecting exorbitant interest.

Answer: It isn’t high interest or compound interest, the essence of which is now well understood by economists. Today it exists in any bank, in any business. The Jews began to collect interest because they knew how to correctly calculate the debt. Let’s suppose that I give you 100 dollars and you need to return the same amount to me the next day, but you return it to me after 20 days. So then, how much do you need to return? If you had immediately returned the money to me, then I could have invested it in a business and could have profited from it tomorrow, the next day, and so on, according to the cumulative calculation.

Thus, you need to compensate me for the amount that I lose because of you. The interest is not like the bank interest. If this amount wasn’t invested in circulation, then you wouldn’t owe me anything. But since I take it away from the circulating money, then you simply need to compensate me on what I lost.

Let’s suppose that with the same 100 dollars that I loaned you, I could have opened a line to manufacture cups and instead of $100, I would earn $200 a month. This means that you need to return $200 and there is no interest here. If you don’t return the money in time, but only after 2 months, then you need to return to me what I could have earned during those months with that same $100.

It’s the right move. There is no interest here! If the banks charge interest in addition, it’s because they exist on the account of interest, and it’s a totally different issue. One must differentiate between the two.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/27/13

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Envy, Lust, And Honor Bring One Out Of The World

Dr. Michael LaitmanStatement: Jealousy is a bad feeling. It changes one’s self-perception and forces us step by step to alter our character traits and mannerisms; it encourages us to copy our rival! Under the influence of our rivals, we start repeating their habits and discover their talents in ourselves.

We try to do this in the case when our partner shows interest in someone, or if an opponent is interested in our partner, and even if the latter is indifferent. Jealousy, as any fight, can become a strategy for our personal advancement if we manage to keep our emotions under control.

Comment: It is said: “Envy, lust, and honor bring one out of the world.” These three great fulfillments of our egoism serve as tremendous stimulators for our advancement. If we don’t have them in our lives, we have to elicit them. If we experience them, we have to be in control of them. The core thing is what we aim to achieve with their help!

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