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Intention: An Oil Painting

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the correct intention? How is it manifested: in feelings or in the mind?

Answer: The correct intention is the picture of the desired state, the painting, which has me, the world, and the Creator all together. The painting depicts my aspirations. I want to reach this image in reality; it is the future state that I set for myself as the goal.

The intention is not a mantra, not an empty fantasy, but the picture of the future world that I want realize in life. It changes all the time, but most importantly, it incorporates everyone. I do not erase or not gloss over anything; I am not the master of this majestic panorama; I only want that all its parts is lined up in just this way.

Looking at the future reality, I want everyone to live in adhesion with the Creator. It is the idyll, harmony, the perfect canvas of universal unity. Everyone attains Him, everyone is united with Him, and for this they are united with each other. Everyone is as one man with one heart and together with the Creator—Israel, the Torah, and the Creator is one. This is my intention so I want to see, understand, and feel the reality; I want to live in this world. This is my dream.

When I speak to someone within the framework of dissemination, I have more or less a clear program of how to bring him to this picture of my intention. He will be integrated with it; he will be more or less active in it, depending on whether the point in the heart has been awakened in him. Anyway, I want him to be also involved in the process; that is the purpose of my dissemination. After all, I know that only in this case will it be good. That is why I want to involve him in this picture.

Of course, along the way I bring him evidences proving that it is the only true path; I explain how to act and show that this technique is not fraught with danger and brings only good things for him, his children, his friends…

This is along the way, but in the end, I want him to become one with me in order to achieve the goal.
From the 4th   part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/22/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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The Rules Are The Same For Everyone

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Are the rules of our workshops suitable for workshops we hold for the 99% of humanity?

Answer: Absolutely. The rules at all the levels are the same, only the expressions should be selected so that they would not alienate people. The law is the same in all the worlds, including our world. And all things considered, the connections between us are the same. Only we are not talking about the Light, Kli (vessel), MAN, MAD, etc. We present it in everyday terms: connection, love, alienation, convergence.

The wisdom of Kabbalah was considered a secret and was not revealed until people began to need it. And as soon as the need appeared, and the world was shown as integral, globally disassembled, and broken, the wisdom of Kabbalah was revealed immediately, and now we have to tell everyone about it but only in the usual terms of our world.
From the Stockholm Convention “Joy In Unity” 8/31/13, Lesson 4

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Discovery Of The Integral Interaction Of All Parts Of Nature

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Alexander Dubrov, Sc.D., professor, author of Cognitive Psychophysics): “There are indisputable arguments in favor of remote mental human actions on a variety of physiological, functional, biochemical and physical processes in living and non-living systems. By studying this phenomenon, we have declared a super-weak integral mental interaction in nature – and the human ability to form a mental time-space complex.”

My Comment: Although science cannot fully disclose the nature of the relationship of all parts of nature, this is how it gradually can guess and partly reveal its presence. Kabbalah for 5773 has described this complete integral relationship. Interestingly, scientists use the same definition of “integral interaction,” which we started using in our explanations a long time ago.

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A Designation In Advance

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam “One Commandment”: There is no serving the Creator and keeping the Mitzvot (commandments) except in Lishma (for Her Name)—bringing contentment to One’s Maker. Yet, our sages have already introduced the practice of engaging in Torah and Mitzvot even in Lo Lishma (not for Her Name), since “from Lo Lishma he will come to Lishma”…

Initially, we cannot “just” become similar to the upper force . After all, it is completely giving, and to reach the same level, we too must bestow upon it. As in the example with the guest and the Host, if I want to grow up to the best, perfect state, then I should become like the source of creation.

The Host is filled with bestowal and love, and if I want to rise to His degree of eternity and perfection, then I have to achieve equivalence of form with Him. And it means to delight Him just as he wants to delight me. The wisdom of Kabbalah is intended for this purpose; the method allows, by means of the Light that Reforms, the drawing of the force that corrects us so that we achieve equivalence of form with the upper force, the Creator.

The first and only Mitzvah (commandment) that guarantees the achievement of the aspiration to attain Lishma, is to take responsibility to not work for their own needs, in other words, strictly following what’s necessary to provide for one’s sustenance. In the rest of the time, one will work for the public: to save the oppressed and every creature in the world that is in need of salvation and benefit.

Since this is the “first and only” principle, do not look for solutions elsewhere because there are no other options. It’s clear and certain that, first of all, one has to provide for his existence, and, as soon as his basic needs are met by all means, to take care of others’ well being. This is the correct form of similarity to the Creator.

By providing his basic needs, a person “fulfills” himself on the still, vegetative, and animate degree. We should be like nature on these three levels.

And the human degree that has been growing above the animal degree during, let’s say, a hundred thousand years, belongs not to the body; it’s all within. You will not see it with the material eye, it extends in the mind and feeling, in the inner development. And the person’s entire inner world must be turned to bestowal upon the other.

The earlier, “natural” degrees differ by treatment of the material, the method of communication. But the human degree is clouded, confusing, and incomprehensible to us. What is a “human being”? Sometimes when looking at a person, we say: “This is not a human, he acts like an animal.” Overall, however, we do not have a clear definition of clear external signs by which to identify a true human being. In what exactly is he different from an animal? The criteria are vague.

So, if today we are looking for an internal expression of the human degree, then we call it so by the future state, by the goal to which it’s directed. This is the form that must be turned, likened to the Creator, and then it will be called the “Human Being” (Adam). For now, this is a formal designation on account of future merits.

So, the first principle on the path to the goal is to work for oneself no more than as required by basic needs and to take care of others in everything else. This bar is now before you and if you do so on your own accord, then you will achieve equivalence with the Creator.

Moreover, basic self-care is also part of caring for the other, provided that you hold that intention from the very beginning. After all, “the end of the action is in its initial thought.”
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/22/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Physics And Lyrics Of The Spiritual World

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe speak the language of emotions of feelings in our desire to receive, in the matter of creation. But if we could use the language of forces as does the wisdom of Kabbalah: in terms of Masachim (screens), Aviut (thickness), and the forces of attraction and rejection, that is, about how nature operates and not what we feel as a result of these forces operating on our matter, we would speak more concretely.

What is the “importance of the King” for example? It is a force that allows a person to perform certain actions in a certain direction; it is the force of attraction of the Creator, His greatness, importance, the power of faith, the force of bestowal or the force of receiving. And if we used this specific language, we wouldn’t philosophize and get confused.

Kabbalists explain that it is possible to speak about reality in four languages that correlate with the four levels of our matter because it is all only with regard to Kabbalists and their revelation. The wisdom of Kabbalah is the deepest language because it doesn’t speak about feelings but about forces.

Conditions such as the prohibition to add to or subtract from the work and the faith in the Creator’s greatness and importance translate into the language of vectors of forces, the relations between the forces and the way they interact. By connecting in different forms, they generate different phenomena.

But if we refer to our attainment, to our penetrating more deeply and using these forces, and not to our external study, then we have no choice. We cannot use these concepts automatically like in our world where we are on the same operating level as they are. In the spiritual world, we have to first start using these forces, and so we need a different language, the language of feeling, the language of working with them.

We need to rise to the level that the spiritual forces operate in our feelings in order to know how to use them. This wisdom is called the wisdom of Kabbalah, reception. When we begin to study the true reality as a set of operating forces, we discover that behind the two forces: the force of bestowal and the force of reception, there is actually only one force of the Creator, and that there is none else besides Him.

The Creator uses these two forces to lead the creation, and if we want to attain Him, Who is above that nature of receiving and bestowal, we have to acquire these two forces in the right combination, in the right balance, and thus attain Him. Then both the physics of the upper world, the wisdom of Kabbalah, which speaks about these forces, and we who attain these forces in the language of the Creator’s work, which means in the languages of emotions, are connected in us. By these two languages we expand our vessels of perception and are able to feel the true reality.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/22/13

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Upcoming Conventions

Dr. Michael LaitmanConvention in Bulgaria

A convention will be held November 1-3, 2013 in Bulgaria at Hotel Samokov, an hour’s drive from Sofia. The convention is open to everyone. Please do not book hotel accommodations directly, but only through the convention registration.

Convention in Israel

The Bnei Baruch World Convention will be held February, 6-8, 2014. The Convention will be held in the new building of Bnei Baruch.

Integral Education Training in Israel

Prior to the opening of the World Convention in Israel, on February 4-5, 2014, there will be an intensive training in the method of integral education for our friends from abroad.

Please inform all the friends, as tickets booked in advance are much cheaper.

The Company Didn’t Notice The Loss Of A Soldier…

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Sometimes a person loses all his powers during a descent and tries to escape from working in the group. How do we hasten the transitions between the descents?

Answer: One mustn’t run from the group. Anyone who stops coming to the group during a descent harms the whole group. Others simply have to carry him on a stretcher. The friends have to be very sensitive to what is happening in the group. If they don’t pay attention that their friends are falling and that they don’t come to the lesson, it is a sign that they are not serious enough and lack the right spirit for attacking.

If we feel that everyday is the day of the attack, like on the front, then we will understand that we cannot win if we lose even one friend. A friend who falls in battle disrupts the wholeness of the army and destroys the lines, but we are not aware of that and even the friends who fall are not aware of the damage they are causing the other friends. This means that we are not working on the connection between us and are slowing our progress.

We perform many actions, but they should all be focused on our sense of unity between us that is at the center of all our efforts and our reward. The center, the focus of the revelation of the Creator, and of the end of correction is all concentrated in the point of our connection.

Only if we look into this central point of connection in the group will we discover the mutual hate, rejection, and separation, and then also the connection, unity, and revelation of the Creator. It is the same point we constantly have to reach and be drawn to, and the only point we should focus on. But instead each one looks into his own pocket.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/13/13, Shamati #33 “The Lots on Yom Kippurim and Haman

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 09.24.13

Preparation to the Lesson

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Writings of Baal HaSulam Introduction to the Study of Ten Sefirot

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The Book of Zohar — Introduction

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 3, Part 9

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Writings of Baal HaSulam One Commandment

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