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Looking At The World And Empathizing With The Suffering

Dr. Michael LaitmanRabash, “Love of the Other”: I am looking at a tiny point, called the love of the other, and reflect on what I can do to delight all the others?

And looking at the people I see suffering, illness and everyone’s personal pain, and general misery of the whole society, that is, wars between nations. But besides a prayer, I have nothing to give them, and it’s called “empathy with the suffering of society.”

Love of people and love of the Creator are one and the same thing since it is located outside the body, outside a person’s selfish interests, and thus he does not feel any difference between them. That is why people are given the commandment to love one’s neighbor. After all, if I can check myself at all times and in all states, that is, in all the changes of my desires, then I will quickly understand whether I have it or not, and every second I can correct myself to quickly attain love of the other, which is practically the same as the love of the Creator.

I look at people and think of what I can do for them. They ask for food, family wellbeing, money, power, and knowledge: I have nothing that could fulfill those desires. And if I did, then, do I have to do it, is this the right way? Is this world given to us in order to correct and improve it on the physical level, organizing society to achieve material prosperity in the usual ways? We see that everyone tries to do this without success, so why would I suddenly be more successful than others?

But the only thing we have to do is to understand that “there is none else besides the Creator.” There is only one force that acts in the world. What we need to do is only to request from Him, to ask, to convince Him that we really want Him to intervene and to perform the work of the Creator. All the changes, all the corrections, are entrusted to Him, and our task is just to ask, to raise a prayer, MAN.

Therefore, when we are working for dissemination and meet with different people, from young children to those that have grown old, we need to understand that we do not bring them any material goods of this world. Although we organize all sorts of activities and clubs, it is only the external, related phenomena, and if it were possible to do without them, we would have done without them.

We need to organize this material framework only to create a practical basis on which the work of the Creator is realized. But everything else, the action itself, happens only through a prayer, a request, in response to which the Upper Light that Reforms begins to work and fills the desire.

We cannot understand how reality changes. Either it changes from one’s material actions, correcting something in the world, or the Light comes and changes our inner properties, and we can see that the world has changed and become better.

All the actions are realized only by the power of prayer and through the help of the Creator, His work, changes, coming from above to below. We still have to accompany this by our material actions, but then we will see the Light of the Creator, “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made” and earth.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/8/13

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I’m Happy To Be In The Hands Of The Upper

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can a person “steer” his states when he is thrown from side to side?

Answer: A person has no steering wheel, he is run from above, and he should only change his attitude to what is done to him. In such states, we have no power over ourselves; we just need to understand this and agree to want that the Creator would do His work on us. That’s why it is called the “work of the Creator” (Avodat HaShem).

What we need to do is to cancel ourselves and be glad that the upper takes care of us just as babies are taken care of by their mother. That is enough. And if we do this well, then we might reveal later how we ourselves can participate in this work. Our main part is to be joyful—when I am happy that the upper takes care of me no matter what He does to me!
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/3/13

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Do We Advance or Do We Drag Out A Miserable Existence?

Dr. Michael LaitmanOur attitude towards reality is defined by our level of advancement. We have to examine and cultivate our approach towards reality since otherwise we will remain at an animate level and won’t reach the speaking state. We start forming the speaking level by asking ourselves a question: How do we relate to this realm?

Either we perceive only what we see around us, the physical nature, or we realize that Nature has a will, a desire of its own to bring benevolence to creation; it also has a program and a goal. Do we realize that nature methodically and purposefully influences us? In this case, we are obligated to act in accordance with the laws of nature and to “comply” with them. We become responsible for our destiny, for our future, which directly depends on the conditions and states that we arrange for ourselves.

This is where our work in this world begins: “Will I drag myself through a miserable existence making attempts to avoid sufferings until I die? Or do I want to learn the program, the goal, the process, and to become able to participate in the course of events thoughtfully, rationally, and thus become a person who can make an impact? Can I influence the environment and receive corresponding reactions?” Then, I voluntarily start working with nature, the force that stands right in front of me.

That’s the whole point. He who wants to know this force is called the human being (Adam), similar to it. After all, these people, according to their task, build themselves in the likeness of this upper force that created and set all laws. We want to know its laws and act according to it, in tandem with it. That is our goal, and we become partners on the path towards it.

Conversely, those who do not reveal it, regardless of their views about nature and the highest stage, remain on the “animal” level.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/3/13, “The Peace”

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An Amplifier 600,000 Times Stronger

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe can influence our emotional states and even the spiritual ones by corporeal actions. Everything is based on this world and stems from it, from this actual earth. This is actually what can help us determine our spiritual states. First everything is revealed on the lowest level, and then I gradually penetrate deeper into the earth into the foundations, into the desire.

As the desire is gradually revealed and we can penetrate more deeply into the earth, we get a chance to turn the desire into bestowal and to raise it higher upward. Thus the earth (Adamah in Hebrew) becomes Adam, which resembles, Domeh, the Creator.

So we have to respect our corporeal actions and value their influence on us. We see to what extent we depend on different forms, pictures, and rumors. It takes special skills to use them correctly and, in fact, this is what we have to teach humanity. Everything that is above the earth, above this world, is part of our work. We perform the work of this world, on this level, in the desire to receive together with the public, and our AHP is always in them.

Thus we work mutually by learning how to be in contact with the public and the public learns from us how to summon an inner change and get closer to one another by simple corporeal actions. The variety of actions that we perform in order to bring people closer is called integral education. For us the same thing turns into the wisdom of Kabbalah on our level and not in the corporeal earth, in the common corporeal desire, but above it, in our vessels, in GE, in which vessels, Lights, Partzufim, and couplings operate and the Light is conveyed to the whole system.

This is how we have to work with all of humanity. People begin to work in their own desire while we raise their exertion to the spiritual levels. It is then that we reveal how what seems as trivial, egoistic, simple work on the lower levels becomes great work when it goes through this huge amplifier, through the whole spiritual ladder.

An example for that is Malchut, which is corrected by being incorporated in Zeir Anpin, in its own 60 Sefirot HGT NHY, and by this common work they rise together up to the level of Arich Anpin, as they grow 600,000 times bigger. By that we should understand that it is the slightest work of the public that summons the most powerful and most important response from above.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/28/13, Writings of  Baal HaSulam

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A Down Payment That We Must Justify

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe world is divided into two parts with regard to spiritual ascent. One part is people in whom the point in the heart has already awakened (the yellow part in the drawing), and so they feel a yearning for spiritual ascent.

They are interested in the meaning of life, in the desire to attain their source directly.

A Down Payment We Must Justify
These people come to us. Some remain with us and some leave and return after a while.

Both are constantly shaken since without that, they cannot advance.

Just like a pump that pumps air from one place to another, just like a piston in a car, so do we advance in our movement forward, we are going back and forth, back and forth.

This doesn’t mean that we are going anywhere. We move a bit higher and a bit lower as we rise higher and higher.

Thus, we constantly move forward, we “scoop” up the ego from below, raise it, and correct it; scoop even deeper, raise and correct it. Thus, we advance gradually, as in a spiral, but this spiral gradually widens up and down, up and down.

A person who doesn’t descend has nothing to bring up; as we study in the wisdom of Kabbalah, there has been a shattering of the desire of the created being, and all the desires have dispersed in what are called the worlds of Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya, including our world.

So, all the people who have a point in the heart (Malchut of Atzilut) must descend and raise the vessel, and then descend again and bring up an even bigger vessel once again, and thus repeat this action over and over again.

A Down Payment We Must Justify
All this is all our Kelim (vessels), our desires. So, until the end of correction (complete Gmar Tikkun), there always will be the movement downward that begins and stops alternately and gradually returns to the place where the uncorrected Kelim (vessels) are, which means that there always will be a minus opposite the plus.

Thus, we draw the desires. We raise them up and correct them. We correct most of the desires that are below, without even knowing it.

Different changes occur in every person in the world, and we constantly are busy with correction.

All the changes, everything that takes place in this world and in every person happens only thanks to the descent downward and the ascent upward, a decent and an ascent.

Therefore, all the people in the world unconsciously work for the correction, whether they want to or not.

We are working consciously since we have the point in the heart that already belongs to the upper vessel. When we exit it, we begin our rounds down and up, down and up, constantly, like a spiral.

There is a great difference between the conscious work and the unconscious work. After all, those who work unconsciously experience pain. They are pushed forward by pressure from behind and don’t feel that they are advancing. They simply must move under the influence of different circumstances in life, the pain and the suffering.

We don’t. We try to do this consciously and much more effectively. After all, we try to add the positive force that will push us from the start to this negative vector, beyond the sufferings that push us from below like they push everyone else.

In order to advance with the help of the positive force, we must connect in a group. Besides, we need to study together and create in advance all the conditions in the group that exist in the upper world.

The group regulations, all the group laws, are the laws of the upper world that we are trying to fulfill at least to some extent while still in our egoism. We understand that it is all a game.

We only act as if we love one another and yearn for each other, for unity and connection. We play a game, and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Some people say, “If this isn’t true, I will not do it.” This is wrong. Look at kids. Playing is a very serious thing for them. When I try to form the spiritual world in my contact with others, it is a very serious matter.

To the extent that I yearn for that, I develop a new vector in me (the red arrow on the drawing), and begin to feel the attraction forward, not under the pressure from behind. I don’t wait for different circumstances to push me such as the crisis that pushes the world forward and like different personal problems that push each of us. I am equipped with the group’s power and it draws upon itself a great Light from above.

This great Light actually creates one spiritual structure of us, and, this time, it is real. When we all become one, we become equal to the Light since it is also one.

The Light enters us according to the connection of the attributes, the equivalence of form, and we receive the revelation of the upper world, the next state, the next level, the next dimension. This is the difference between the people who receive the desire to advance by themselves and the rest of humanity.

The first part (the part in yellow in figure 1) is us, the people with the point in the heart, while the other part (the lower) is the rest of the world.

These days, the interdependence of these two parts is revealed since the second part has unconsciously drawn into it and thus, unconsciously corrected many of its desires throughout human history.

People without a “point in the heart” have been through many different states throughout history and thus have reached the point where they connect to us today. We receive a movement upward, a pull upward, and they are very close to us, around us, and we are all in a crisis together. This is exactly the same crisis, the crisis of the absence of the Creator, the absence of the revelation of the Upper Providence. However, for us, this deficiency of the Upper Providence is a serious matter, and we are drawn forward, wanting to discover Him. For them, however, it is a very unpleasant push from behind since we see what condition the world is in today.

This is exactly the unique chance for all the people who feel the attraction toward the goal of creation, to the revelation of the Light in the vessel. Their advantage is that, if they work for the correction of the part of the world that has no connection with the Light, they will get the chance to come closer quickly to the Light since the Light passes through them to others.

In what way is each of us special? What special thing have we done in life? What special attributes do we have? There is nothing special about us, nor about me. We have received a point in the heart, a desire to reveal the Upper Light, as a precondition, as a down payment. If we work for the rest of humanity, the Upper Light certainly will be revealed to us so it will pass through us to all of humanity.

Thus, we can understand what the conditions are: “Love thy neighbor as thyself” and “as one man in one heart,” reaching the connection between us, and so on. These are the exact conditions for the revelation of the Light, for the correction of the vessels, but it is expressed in a different language.

Kabbalists in previous generations have adapted the wisdom of Kabbalah to their correction and described it in their books in order to prepare it for us so that we will be able to use it widely everywhere. Thus, their writings are all meant for us since in all the previous generations there were only a few Kabbalists, actually only a few dozen. The Ari, for example, a great Kabbalist of the 16th century, had only six or seven students. Later, in Padua, Italy, there was another great Kabbalist, Ramchal, who also had only a few students.

Today, thousands all over the world are interested in the wisdom of Kabbalah and they need it since, without it, their life is merely a corporeal life. In fact, I didn’t think there would be so many people who study Kabbalah, although a small group of ten to twenty people in relation to all of humanity.

Kabbalah is the wisdom of drawing the Light upon ourselves. In order to do that, we must learn the structure of the upper world and how all its parts are arranged, how the egoistic desires rise to the correction of Malchut of Atzilut and how they incorporate and later rise to the Partzufim of YESHSUT, Abba ve Ima, Arich Anpin, Atik, and thus all the way to the world of Ein Sof.

However, it is for us. We need the wisdom of Kabbalah in order to draw the Upper Light, and mutually work with it, turn to it, and receive from it.

The masses don’t need the wisdom of Kabbalah in order to receive the Upper Light since they don’t work mutually with the Light, but they still must unite. They must understand that it is in a state of unity that they will get rid of all their problems that pressure them on all sides. They only need to know one thing: We will get rid of all our problems, of all the negative states (-) if we are united.

The wisdom that is meant for the masses is called integral education. It speaks about the need for unity so that the force that neutralizes all the negative effects will be revealed in it. Therefore, the masses also need a group, but a group of a different status, a different form, a different style, a different yearning—simply, unity of the people.

This will happen when they understand that, if they unite, they will feel better, and all the different negative effects will disappear. This is the difference between the wisdom of Kabbalah and integral education.

On the whole, these are two parts of the same wisdom of unity of all the people on earth; they speak about the same thing. Only the people who can draw the Upper Light and mutually work with it because they have a point in the heart can explain the structure, the mutual work, the upper world, the levels by which their demand for the Light rises and the Light descends. They need this in order to spur the Upper Light upon themselves.

Others don’t need that. They simply need to know that it is only by yearning for unity that they will acquire peace and a good life. This is what they feel in their desires. Eventually, both will reach the same state, as all the desires that are under the Parsa rise, which means that they are incorporated in the Light that is above the Parsa (figure 2).

This is our future existence, our next dimension, the upper world. Humanity thus is divided into two parts, and each part has its own method of connection.

For one part, it is the method of unity that increases the yearning upward in order to draw the Upper Light and clearly discover the Upper Light, the Creator. The other part of humanity that simply yearns for a better life and to escape sufferings should be given a method of unity that it can fulfill so that the two parts will reach one whole.

So, unity, accepting the integral method and fulfilling it, is very important for the world today. We must understand how much humanity needs it and disseminate it, the highlights of the parts of the wisdom of Kabbalah that are suitable for the masses. We must teach them the same way that we teach children. After all, we don’t teach children deep wisdom, but by bringing them examples, we show them what is good for them to the extent that they can understand it and use it.

The method of the unity of creation is meant for the Creator to be revealed in it. He will be revealed in masses through us.

It is through us (red arrows in figure 1) that the Upper Light will be conveyed to them. This is what the “Preface to The Book of Zohar” tells us.

The dissemination of the integral method is also necessary in Europe, in a continent that has been through so much tension since it is more developed than other parts of the world, and the pressure of the multilateral crisis is so seriously felt in it.

If we can correct the crisis here and somehow promote the wisdom of human unity in a way that is suitable for the masses, which means in the form of the integral education and integral cooperation, it, first of all, will help us advance.

Thus, we will bring the Creator great contentment since we correct His shattered vessels, and the One who is the goal of creation can be revealed in these corrected vessels. So, the integral method is very important for everyone. We develop it for children, adults, and the elderly. We give courses and hold workshops and different events for the general public. We think that it is also very important for us since, if we don’t engage in it, we, Bnei Baruch, will not be allowed to advance since we have only received it as a down payment on condition that we think about the rest of the world.
From the 2nd Lesson of the European Convention In Germany 3/22/13

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“What would it take to accelerate fertility decline in the least developed countries?”

“The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s heading up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”

Opinion (John P. Holdren, Barack Obama’s top science advisor): “‘A program of sterilizing women after their second or third child, despite the relatively greater difficulty of the operation than vasectomy, might be easier to implement than trying to sterilize men.’

“‘The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin and removed when pregnancy is desired opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births.’”

My Comment: Our planet can feed many times more than its current population. If people feel like relatives, they will not feel that there so many of them, if they are loved, there aren’t unnecessary members in the family, and nature, the Creator, will provide us with everything we need subject to the law of equivalence of form.

The problem is not in reducing the population by force, but in educating and upbringing the population. By becoming similar to the system of higher management, we will consume and reproduce correctly naturally, due to our adhesion to nature, the Creator.

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Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Peace in the World”: …by nature, the power to work is not equal with each and every person. One person in the society labors in one hour of work, due to his weakness, much more than his friend who works two hours or more.

And there is also a psychological matter here, because he who is very lazy by nature exhausts himself in one hour more than his friend in two hours or more. And according to the perspective of the evident truth, we should not compel one part of society to labor more than the other part for the fulfillment of the needs of their lives. In fact, the naturally strong and nimble in society benefit from the labor of others and exploit them maliciously against the attribute of truth, because they labor very little compared to the weak and the lazy in society.

Can we evaluate people from the angle of truth or in accordance with the category of veracity? By itself, it is a wonderful and true category. It attests to a very simple thing: One deserves as much as one gives, meaning that everyone must be valued correctly and justly based on one’s contribution to the general structure. It is a law of nature. We can design numerous other regulations, but in reality it is exactly so.

Our rewards equal our efforts, although exertions should not be assessed through absolute numbers. Rather, they must be calculated by using relative specific measures. For example, it is extremely hard for me to lift a ten-kilogram weight and carry it for ten kilometers. However, for another person, it would be just an easy stroll. He won’t even notice this weight. I would need to rest for a couple of hours to replenish the energy I lost and eat something nourishing, whereas the other person wouldn’t be tired at all. On the contrary, he would feel much better than before.

Hence, it means that we simply cannot use the category of truth and do not have any criteria to make accurate calculations here. So, is it possible to lead a truthful life in our society?

You won’t find this problem in inanimate, vegetative or animate nature. There, everything exists in accordance with the attribute of truth, although we don’t notice it since we do not comprehend the entire picture. Each species occupies a niche of its own. All are connected; all are driven by natural instincts. Therefore, everything is correct.

We don’t know what it means to be governed by veracity since, at the speaking level, nature lets us go, releases the reins, abandons us, and allows us to establish relationships with it on our own—not as individuals, but rather as a society. Integration and social relationships are, in fact, the major problems we are facing at this time.

Previously, when humanity was still at a primitive stage of formation, the world was as one flock, as one family. Thus, it didn’t require any particular clarifications. At that time, everyone’s share was defined by a family, a tribal sense of community, and corresponded to the laws of nature.

However, when liaisons among humans lost its family basis and transitioned into a professional services exchange field—when people stopped being just parts of their families, tribes, clans, and villages, when they began to develop on their own—the problem emerged. After all, now people compare themselves to others and tend to give their neighbors as little as they can and, at the same time, receive as much as possible. We and the people around us are no longer a unified system. This explains why we have no clue as to how to get along with each other. The category of truth among us is vague, and that’s why we don’t sense or understand each other.

“I worked on your boot for a whole week,” the cobbler says.

How do I know if he is lying to me or if it really takes that guy so much time and effort to mend my shoe? Perhaps, is he simply unprofessional? A month ago, in another shop, it took them only one day to repair a mate to the same boot, and they charged me pennies. Now, I am paying four times more and had to wait an entire week!

To make a long story short, when we go beyond the boundaries of natural communities, we deal with unresolved problems. We are unable to stick to the category of truth and need additional criteria to support it. After all, if it falls it would cause chaos in society. That’s why we make “crutches”: various social programs, national insurance, hospital and pension funds, free education, and so forth. We don’t rely on our ability to implement the category of truth into life since we know that people will do nothing about it. Instead, our countries take over to compensate for it, and allow us to stay aloft and float not too far from unattainable shores that we cannot yet reach.

We have no ability to reach the shore since we traded family ties for commercial relationships that are built on the principles of mutual lies. Our society is in a huge conflict with this category: the attribute of truth. By not obeying it, we suffer and don’t know what to do next. By obeying it, we still acknowledge that there is something false in it.

This situation instigates an eternal confrontation between the masses and the elites. According to the category of truth, everyone is equal, and yet, the elites take away a huge portion of the wealth, leaving the masses poor. All rotates around the original problem.

Is there a way out? Can we establish genuine criteria? For that, we must feel others as we feel ourselves. The category of truth simply cannot be grounded on anything less than that. We must sense how intense other people’s exertions are and compare them with our own efforts. This comparison will let us replenish our relationships.

If we could measure how much each of us has received from nature—how healthy one is, how capable of doing various types of work—and what the real outcome of our efforts is exactly, then, possibly, we would distribute resources in a more correct way. However, in reality, our calculations always are wrong, and we never will distribute wealth fairly, honestly, and correctly because of the Creator’s interference. He deliberately spoils everything so that we come to Him since He is the truth!

Subsequently, the problem is not a just or merit-based distribution, but rather our altruistic intention to bestow. Any calculations are right only on the condition that we act solely to establish a connection with the Creator. Only then can we distribute things in accordance with the category of truth.

This explains why the “socialist experiment” failed in Russia. Its organizers did not hold the key: a connection with the Upper Light. Although they were given a chance, in the end, the upper governance turned it into a negative example.

From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/27/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Peace in the World”: This is the key to understand the weakness of world-reformers throughout the generations. They regarded man as a machine that is not operating properly and needs mending, meaning to remove the corrupted parts and replace them with good ones…

But because the Creator meticulously watches over all the elements in His Creation, not letting anyone destroy a single thing in His Domain but only reform it and make it useful and good, all the reformers of the above-mentioned kind will vanish from the face of the earth, and evil inclinations will not vanish. They live on and count the degrees that they must still traverse until they complete their ripening.

Each time, world-reformers repeatedly commit a big mistake by trying to act independently, without seeking the help of the Light. As a result, everyone suffers, including them.

The world crisis started five years ago and these bright people constantly invent recipes for how to fight it. Psychologists, politicians, economists, and financial specialists, everyone participates in this noble task, and all of them are confident that they are doing the right thing. These world-reformers are sitting everywhere. They discuss things in governments, teach children at schools, and try to improve family relations. Where do they get the self-assurance that they are capable of changing things for the better?

We must move with the Light. In the morning, leaving the house, we should say, “If not for me, then who,” as if there were no upper force and that the day ahead of us depends exclusively on us. In the evening, when we come back home, we must say, “Only because of the upper force did I manage to do what I have achieved today.”

In our desire to correct the world, do we really act in a way that the Creator and the creation complement each other? Do we provide their fitting together? Do we orient all our efforts toward opening the pathway for the Light that will correct everything?

Question: This approach seems totally mystical. Can we suggest that people stay at home and do nothing, just asking the Light to descend and correct them? Are you serious?

Answer: You are right. That’s why it is said, “If not me, then who?” Let’s say that my car broke down. Should I invite friends to pray in the garage? Should I resolve any problem this way? Of course not.

On the other hand, how can we achieve a genuine correction instead of faking it? We see that without spiritual actions, our exertions only make this world a worse place instead of making it better. Yes, we still can find solutions for many problems, but we don’t realize that each detail is a part of the entire system. One way or another, everything that is not corrected by the Light will not work. It only exposes and demonstrates the egoism that is hidden in our attitude and obligates us to correct our outlook. Only when we can cope with it will we elicit correction, but in a new and true way.

Question: How can we explain this to others within the framework of integral education?

Answer: Beyond anything else, integral education is a part of the wisdom of Kabbalah. We are talking about various levels of the same teaching that explains the methodology of the world correction with the help of the Light that Reforms. We open the pathway for the Light, and It corrects us and the entire society. The goal always remains the same: to establish a good connection among us, to reach unanimity and harmony that correspond to the Light. Then, the Light will descend and correct us.

You can give the Light various names: the power of the group, collective intelligence, the vigor of integral unity. The essence remains the same. We are equal, we are together as one man in one heart, and the Surrounding Light influences all of us no matter if we teach others the methodology of integral education or just study it.

We totally were dissapointed in this world and found the wisdom of Kabbalah. However, other people also deal with the same problems. They also want to live better lives. The beautiful words that we use only mask a common, general aspiration to happiness.

Question: Does it mean that the definition of happiness varies? For us, happiness means one thing. For others, it signifies something else.

Answer: When you say that, for you, the bliss is in bestowal, it’s just words. Your desires keep you where you are. You simply tolerate a message that is disgusting to your egoism. We must pass the message about bestowal and unity further on, although we should be doing it in a much milder form. We should make it look like we are sharing the methodology of establishing good relationships with others that later will allow everyone to succeed.

In fact, the main obstacle on our way to happiness is happiness itself. There are no external monsters that prevent us from being happy. The monster is inside us. That’s why we keep talking about establishing a good and kind attitude toward each other. This is a universal remedy. It doesn’t depend on the level of our demands. By uniting our interests, goals, and general problems, by sharing a common worldview, each acquires something that one wants irrespective of what names they use to identify their unity.

So, we offer them a unified and effective solution.

Later, when they achieve unity, people will experience new psychological phenomena. They will sense internal energy and the power of their interconnection. They will have a better feeling of each other. Fine threads between them will grow stronger, the air will become thicker, clear responses to various actions and thoughts will appear, and everyone will begin working with the entire system, regardless of whether they realize it or not. Even now, we attempt to use this structure correctly. However, when we unite, this system finally will acquire realistic features and will surface from the fog.

In the end, does it really matter what exactly made people unite? The reasons that will make unity acquire a new enhanced value in everyone’s eyes will vary. What matters is that unity will become much more important than anything else. Behind multiple threads and powers, people will recognize a single force of love and bestowal. Each of us can name it differently: health, family values, wellbeing, and so forth. In fact, all these words are the names of the Creator.

Question: So, does it mean that the Creator is a reaction or an inspiration that we feel when we are connected with others?

Answer: Yes, you could say so. All that we feel within a desire is called the Creator.

Question: Do I retain this inspiration constantly?

Answer: When you advance, you find out that the general network and the force that is hidden in it are not connected with the tool that brought you to it. The instrument that pushed you to pursue the goal is illusory and deceptive.

Question: Can we compare it with electricity that we cannot identify directly, but rather, detect it because we see its effects if we are trained to do so? Otherwise, the electric circuit exists only potentially.

Answer: Yes, it is true. Today, people do not allow an electric current to flow and that’s why they don’t see it.
From the 4th part of Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/11/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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From Barbarism To Prosperity

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: After World War I, a crisis led to unemployment. The mass of unemployed, who were at the animate level, did not care to discover the purpose of life, which probably served as the perfect breeding ground for the Russian Revolution. At that time there were many unhappy, disgruntled workers, tough labor conditions, and starvation.

At this time, we are facing a similar situation in which masses of people have lost their jobs. It is not clear whether the people of Middle Eastern countries have enough resources to live on. One match is enough to light them up; any fanatic can become their leader. How likely is it that huge masses of people will choose the path of enlightenment and education instead of making the same mistake that was made at the beginning of the twentieth century?

Answer: Unfortunately, this scenario is quite possible. I do not deny that the bloody way is feasible, that the world may plunge into a terrible catastrophe much worse than at the beginning of the twentieth century. We may find ourselves in a terrible meat grinder so much more sophisticated that humanity will show examples of unprecedented barbarism.

During the time that we now call “barbaric,” invaders threw food over the sieged city gates so that the besieged could survive and the warriors could fight them in an honest combat. Even during the dimmest Middle Ages, as well as later in history, it was considered “noble” for knights or samurais to battle with each other openly and decently. There is nothing like that nowadays!

The twentieth century became a turning point; everything went in a different direction. It can continue like this, or there is also a chance of changing it. We are now at a crossroads.

The world may come to war, not just a nuclear war, but a war with terrible biological weapons, and humanity will die from horrible infections. In the end, only a small part of humanity will remain alive; it may only be several million people who will remain. They will acknowledge the necessity to rise to the next level of existence and will certainly attain it.

So, we are not talking about a specific number of people transitioning to the next level, but rather about the certainty of humanity attaining this level at any price. About a hundred years ago, there were only 3 billion people on the face of the Earth; prior to that, there were even fewer people living on this planet. Subsequently, on one hand, it’s not about the quantity of people.

On the other hand, humanity advances as the result of modifying human desires. If this development were only influenced by external factors, then of course we would have nothing but the pure material law of “negation of the negation”; however, in some sense it is the spiritual law that works here. The thing is that our desires change. So, no matter how fanatical our society is, even if they are led to demonstrations, propaganda, and revolutions, they will suddenly lose interest in this. The desire to exist in such a way will disappear; people won’t want to live like this.

Unexpectedly, they will feel disgust. They won’t want jobs any more since they will have lost the incentive to work. So many people in the world will feel depressed. Many won’t feel the need to work, and they will no longer have a desire to scream “Give me a job!”

People will become aware of the fact that there is sufficient scientific and technical potential accumulated in the world, and that we all can provide ourselves with everything we need without applying physical efforts. It will depend solely on the correct interaction between us.

We toss away 40% of our food supply. If we distributed it correctly, then nobody would have a shortage of food. We throw away up to 90% of “consumer goods” instead of allowing them to find their way to all customers. If we could distribute them correctly, then people would no longer have these needs unsatisfied.

Almost, as if by printing them on a copy machine, we can build houses, cities, and provide everybody with everything they need. There’s a solid foundation for this since we’ll have an internal sensation that we should not be working only in order to purchase things and throw them away; our lives should not be wasted. The sensation of life’s worthlessness should not lead us to destruction, but rather to the realization of life’s basics, its roots and essence.

I hope that we can find a group of powerful wise men in this world and create a forum that will be supported by the general public, by the scientific community, by government, and even by billionaires. If they understand that the alternative route is associated with enormous sufferings, then they will turn our society toward an alternative goal.

For that, we need integral education to become widespread and understood by all major manufacturers, the banking industry, and all financial sectors, the highest segments of society.
From KabTV’s “Through Time” 3/18/13

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