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Our Unity Is Stronger Than All Enemies

Dr. Michael LaitmanAn extract from the book The Light of the Sun: …and what is more, when Israel are untied and engage in the Torah, they overcome all those who rise against them by that.

We conquer and neutralize all the forces of evil by keeping the unity between us. They are no longer necessary because all the forces belong to one force: There is none else besides Him, the good that does good. But it is felt as good only if a person yearns for the good according to his level and his ability.

If he doesn’t yearn for that, the same force operates in an opposite manner. Its action is still good and benevolent to the sinners and to the righteous, of course, but a person who is inclined oppositely from the good and the benevolent feels this force as evil. This evil is revealed in different manners according to the attributes and desires that he has to correct by the same Light that Reforms. So it is in this Light that he feels darkness, like a bat that is blinded by the sunlight, in contrast to a rooster that gladly receives the dawn.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/13/13

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The Main Thing Is To Be Inside The Circle Of Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe are unconsciously managed by intentions of in order to receive. There is nothing we can do about it since that’s the way we were born. But if we perform the right actions, even if our intention is still incorrect, which means that corporeally we try to be in a circle, in connection, and attracted to mutual guarantee as much as we can, we thus make ourselves suitable for the Upper Light even without the intention of in order to bestow.

We don’t adapt ourselves to the Upper Light itself but rather to its illumination from a distance called the Surrounding Light. This Surrounding Light begins to affect us according to our efforts to reach connection, to reach “don’t do unto others what is hated by you,” “love thy friend as thyself,” in connection and in self annulment. Even if these actions are not accompanied by the intention of in order to bestow, they still bring the Light that Reforms closer to us and thanks to it we gradually acquire the intention of in order to bestow. Thus our actions acquire the intention of bestowal and we begin to ascend the spiritual ladder.

Therefore it is said that “Mitzvot (commandments) don’t require an intention,” and that even actions without the right intentions can begin to correct and bring us to the first spiritual level, to the level of Nefesh of Holiness. The spiritual path begins from this level. Then our actions become more focused, with the intention of Lishma (for its sake), for the Creator, in a more conscious way. We perform 613 corrections on each and every level: 613 corrections on the level of Nefesh, 613 corrections on the level of Ruach, 613 corrections on the level of Neshama, 613 corrections on the level of Haya and 613 corrections on the level of Yechida and then we are rewarded with the great Light, the Light of Ein Sof (Infinity).

Question: Why does it say that “a Mitzvah without an intention is like a body without a soul?”

Answer: It’s about real Mitzvot, but what we do now is not a Mitzvah yet. It says that “a person is rewarded with the goal of creation by keeping the Torah and the Mitzvot.” Torah is the Light that Reforms that comes and corrects our desire with the intention of in order to bestow. Correction is called a Mitzvah.

This means that the Upper Light performs the Mitzvah by correcting the desire, but it is a person who draws the Upper Light. A person who draws the Upper Light does not have the right intention yet, and he only performs all the actions in order to summon the Light that Reforms. When the Light comes, it already performs the corrections that are called Mitzvot. So our role is only to constantly bring ourselves to a state or to stabilize the state that is closest to the Surrounding Light, to the Light that Reforms.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/8/13

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The Key To Attainment

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “600,000 Souls”: Should the ignoble, too—one who has a lowly and base soul at its root—aim his heart and purify his deeds to become worthy, he will be rewarded with extending the whole of the soul of a holy nation in his soul, with all the wonders that the holy nation has tasted thus far. This is because they were all but preparations for this wholeness.

Hence, even that particular soul must taste everything, and he will buy his world in an hour.

Eventually we have to perform one action that will make the Lights and vessels match, but because we cannot do that, the process is divided into many states, periods, and people… Still Adam HaRishon (first man) is one single body that makes a mistake and is shattered to pieces. So the pieces can actually come together and connect correctly and return to their corrected state in one action.

But reality was split into separate parts according to the parameters of time, motion, and place, in the bodies of other people so that we will be able to carefully examine and understand what is going on and accumulate wisdom through our questions and answers. It’s all so that we will find out and discover creation between the Light and the vessel.

We cannot perceive the Creator’s actions all at once. So we gradually advance step by step toward the complete state throughout our reincarnations, by billions of actions. All the created beings, whether tiny bugs, distant stars, or human beings, fulfill this process, each on its level. Everything that happens is the essence of the series of corrections. How do these parts affect each other? Do we affect the explosion of stars for example?

We do, but the wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t speak about it. In a certain sense it’s very limited, since it speaks only about man, about what we have to do now, and nothing more than that. It doesn’t reveal all of reality to you. You will discover it by yourself if you use this wisdom correctly. It doesn’t tell you in advance what you will attain, but rather, it teaches you how to reveal reality and thus prepares all that is necessary. Since if you have the key, then all the doors will open up before you.

So Kabbalists, the sages, say “let’s give a person a key. If he is worthy, he will discover reality and see it correctly, if he isn’t worthy, he will not discover and will not see it. Why should he fail in vain? Curiosity is no justification…”
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/13/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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“The Global Wealth Pyramid”

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Business Insider):Here’s a great little visualizer of how the world’s wealth is broken down among the ultra-super-rich, the super-rich, the rich, and everyone else.

“It’s from Credit Suisse and it shows how 32 million people, representing 0.7% of the world’s adult, population control $98.7 trillion or about 41% of the world’s wealth.

“On the base of the pyramid we see that 3.2 billion people, representing 68.7% of the world’s adult population, control just 3% of the world’s wealth, or about $7.3 trillion.”

the global wealth pyramid

My Comment: No comment—this is the world of today and it is rolling into the abyss.

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Studying In The Rhythm Of The Dance

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I love Kabbalah conventions, the music and meeting with people, while during the lesson I am dying of boredom. What should I do? When will the Light come in?

Answer: Every person has his own natural inclinations. Some cannot remain seated, in contrast, others like to sit and study. Some prefer physical activities, while others enjoy mental analysis. We are talking about the corporeal nature of man.

However, on the path to the spiritual world, everyone will come to a common denominator. After all, in spirituality, feeling and thought get revealed simultaneously, as well as action, contemplation, and empathy. In our world, they are scattered all over our perception, but in spirituality they are brought into one singular point of contact.

When will revelation come? It will come when we, with our collective effort, draw the Light that Reforms and everyone will feel in their heart that he is willing to surrender to the group, Malchut, which is the place where he must find the Creator, the common force of bestowal, and will learn to bestow to Him.

If a person is shaped in this form and is ready to surrender to unity and find the Creator in it, then he achieves what he desires, but not before. In the meantime, we must put forth our best effort to accomplish this.
From 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/8/10, The Zohar

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why does the spiritual path look like a retreat to me as if I am becoming more remote from the Light?

Answer: That’s right. Until a person has acquired a full measure of need in finding the Creator, he will discover, over and over again, how far he is removed from the Light.

It looks like digression, but in this case, you should understand the following: I will enter the spiritual world only when my desire is completely formed, when I will be willing to do anything for it, when our world no longer interests me, and when I will decide to put everything on the card. I will no longer demand anything for myself, not a single response. To do this, a person must be able to see how well he is advancing in this, aspiring to it with more zest, and how he still doesn’t merit it, the two opposites linked as one.

So, examine yourself: Are you walking the right path? Or are you running from the conflict of the two opposite feelings? This is the way we must advance.
From 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/8/10, The Zohar

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When Everyone Does It

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What does it mean, to bestow to the others?

Answer: To bestow to others means to bestow to the group, all of whom together aspire to adhere to the Creator, think solely about that, and understand that it can be achieved only by mutually connecting without any difference between us.

However, in that case, it wouldn’t be the others any longer, but as if it were me, myself, adhered to the Creator. Still, I must first learn to bestow to the others based on what is written, “From the love of man to the love of the Creator,” since otherwise I will err, for my ego will confuse and deceive me.

Bestowal to the others is bestowal to the group in order to reach the common goal, which is to bestow to the Creator. You bestow all of your desire to the friends, thereby turning it into the place where the Light can be revealed. You are passing it to them!

If you are doing it with absolute devotion, in this part of your devotion transferred to them, they can reveal the Creator. And when everyone does the same and we reach the might of “600,000” souls, spiritual revelation will occur.

All of us together must think about how to create this common desire of the entire world Kli, to unify it so that it becomes fit to unveil this first portion of Light. Then, adhesion (Zivug) between all desires and the Light will occur. This will happen for the first time in history! In truth, everything that had taken place in the previous generations was a mere preparation for this.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/9/10, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Our Weapon Is In The Creator’s Hands

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You said that all we must do is express our willingness for the Upper Light to reform us. There are quite a few groups who are striving to unite for some purpose: the mafia to rule in their area, a Kabbalistic group to achieve some exalted goal. They both say they want to unite; however, in either case, something slows them down, preventing them from reaching unity.

Answer: As for the regional mafia, it lies in their hands. As to “spiritual mafia,” they have a problem: They have no weapon. Their weapon lies in the hands of the Creator. The Creator will hand it over on one condition: that you will be worthy of it, meaning, you will know how to use it correctly. The Light is the most powerful weapon; nothing supersedes its might. It contains the most enormous pleasure, infinite fulfillment, limitless possibilities to do anything at all. How can He give such a weapon to you?

Look how we guard our children while they are growing up from everything that might harm them! Can man be given something so dangerous that he could destroy everything? Therefore, the Upper Light comes to us through concealments, the system of worlds, and works by way of advancing us step by step in stages. This is what we currently are experiencing as suffering. All of this is its effect aimed at advancing us so that in the end we would understand what we need to do, like children who misbehave. It can’t be otherwise!

How can this spiritual mafia be granted the Light? They will make such a feast “for themselves” that it will be more horrible than Babylon and Egypt together. In truth, before they are reformed, they are all Amans. Everyone has a Malchut of Infinity, but we don’t get to know it. I reside in the uppermost layer of egoism, this corporeal world, and below me lies the entire dense thickness of infinite ego, the Malchut of Infinity.

Our Weapon Is In The Creator's Hands
When I am illuminated by a small Light that has passed through the filters of all worlds, it illuminates only a tiny layer of egoism for me. If all of it came in and the entire abyss of egoism opened up, I would never be able to climb out of it, and this is the reason why this world is so small.

Look at how much we are helped from above right now, for it already has exhausted itself, and I see its end, the rock bottom of this world. It holds no more pleasure for me. Where do I get more desires? There aren’t any in this world. All the rest is for bestowal, and the desires of this world you received only in order to exist for the time being. From this moment on, you must decide what to do.

All of this is done for our salvation. After all, if the great Light came in, you would sink in such tremendous suffering that you wouldn’t be able to come out of it. You would be buried under desire that you would not be able to fill. It is like the love that is burns you because you can’t have it.

This is how desire will become revealed against the Light illuminating it, and all of your life would be sold out for yet another chase after pleasure that would make you feel even greater emptiness. It is impossible! It can be no more! The plane regarded as “this world” where you can enjoy something for your own sake for some time in order to develop the mind and feelings to perceive spirituality has come to its completion.

From here on, you must find the Light that comes to illuminate the upper layers of desires  for you, the Light that Reforms, the Surrounding Light. This is the not the light of pleasure, but rather the one that discerns and reforms. Then, the light of fulfillment arrives if you align yourself with it by way of the screen and Reflected Light.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/9/10, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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