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A Convention On Another Planet

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Today the united Americas integral convention begins. There will be more than 500 new students participating, students of the Education Center who will be joining different groups from North America to South America. For many it will be their first encounter with the right environment; how should we receive them correctly?

Answer: We must rise above the differences of this world; ignore them. We have a spiritual point that we should reach, it is exactly what we need to depend on it, so let’s take a leap above this world, leave and forget all our daily activities and accounts and all the differences between us for the next couple of days. Let’s not talk or think about corporeality at all, as if we have reached another planet where the convention takes place.

We should detach ourselves from everything that is unnecessary and leave all the accounts behind. I don’t intend to clarify what is happening in my ordinary corporeal life during the convention, and not even about what happens in my daily spiritual life. It is as if I move to another interface, erasing everything there was and entering a new inter-planetary atmosphere. This is the only place I want to be in for the next three days or at least during the time of the convention.

I connect to it as if there is no tomorrow. The past until yesterday is erased. Otherwise I will constantly be confused between myself and others, between yesterday and today, and I will not understand anything.

We have to establish the next new level of existence that is totally new and which has nothing to do with what we had before, not personally and not group wise. The history of the relationship of the people who were once with us and have left, etc., is irrelevant; we don’t want to remember anything. Now we see everyone on a spiritual level only and that’s it.

Different languages and different cultures don’t matter. The people who have gathered here have only one burning desire, to connect in order to reveal the Creator. That’s all. I don’t want to know anything else about them, it is because the desire and the urge to connect with others and to reveal the Creator is a desire that has nothing to do with any differences on the level of this world. We simply need to detach ourselves and to reach something new, new relations that exist on the new planet. The old world remains far behind and disappears; we are in a new place, in new emotions and thoughts, only looking forward, disconnecting from everything there was yesterday. There is no yesterday. We are all totally detached from everything.

It says that a person should see himself as new every day, so let’s do it at least once.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/15/13, A Talk About the American Convention

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The Purpose Of The American Convention

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the purpose of the united Americas integral convention?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us that our only correction is to connect into one vessel. Its shattering has pulled us apart and so instead of the spiritual world, the spiritual dimension, everyone feels only the spark and the minimal vitality that is called this world. Now in order to return to the feeling of the real world and not the fictitious world, to return to this here and now without waiting for some illusionary existence in the next world, we have to connect. By that we reconstruct the vessel that existed before; we understand, feel, and love in it on a level that is 620 times higher than it was before the shattering.

Thus we attain the Creator and ourselves equivalent to Him, adhered to Him and so on. All this is attained only by connection.

Although we cannot connect, since we are all in an attribute that is opposite from connection, we can summon the Light that Reforms. The Light that used to fill us and that disappeared during the shattering can now come and illuminate on us and connect us. So if we perform actions that draw the Light that Reforms, we connect, and in the connection between us, we discover the upper world, the Creator. This is our work.

This is why we are so happy to be in this convention; understand how important it is, and pin great hopes on it.

We must be sure that no matter what happens, this step is very important. Later all of humanity will also have to go through these changes and today by doing it ourselves, we set an example for them. It is because we are in frameworks of one system together with all of humanity, so what we attain in the connection between us will be passed on to others, to all of humanity, and then suddenly all of humanity will also begin to think that way, without even knowing why.

This means that our work is very important for us and for the whole world.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/15/13, A Talk About the American Convention

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A Long Way To The First Spiritual Level

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You have said many times that envy, hate, and honor help friends in a group advance towards unity.

Answer: If friends in a group yearn for unity and begin to feel all kinds of disturbances between them, jealousy, hatred, and rejection, then they must understand that this is given to them by the Creator intentionally in order to add additional forces, yearning for unity, which they require in order to exist on the first level.

Therefore, whenever we go forward, we always receive disturbances because our capacity is not enough to rise upward. I rise a little, but it is not enough, and I am thrown down. Again I rise a little and I am thrown down, but after this, all of these small disturbances are connected.

We cannot reach the first level in one jump. Suppose I am on level zero and I must rise to the first level, how can I do this? The Creator shatters this level into a multitude of states where I go up and down, up and down.

A Long Way To The First Spiritual Level

I cannot rise above a particular level, and I am elevated but not in a meaningful way.

But after that, a connection is made by the sum of all my previous states which are required to ascend to the first level.

Therefore it seems to a person that the same thing is happening all the time, it can even be much worse than it was before, but in fact, it is all connected into one sum. As it is said, one penny plus another gathers into a great sum until all the pennies are gathered into one treasure, which is revealed all at once.

Therefore, patience is the most important thing along the way. And someone whose arrogance speaks from his throat is left with his own interests; nothing will happen for him. The main thing is to adjust oneself patiently.

Every state we pass, each convention, lesson, workshop, every time we disseminate, and so forth, everything is gathered. These activities don’t disappear; they are entered into your “account book,” which establishes how much is left for you until the first level.

And after this is attained, then everything becomes clear and you proceed with open eyes. But the first level is the most difficult; therefore, it is called the “exodus from Egypt.” All the rest of the levels are also not simple, but we pass through them with understanding, with awareness, with real movement. Whereas this level is completely closed off from us.
From the Bulgaria Convention “Dawn Of A New World” Day Two 11/2/13, Lesson 4

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Why Do We Need The Integral Method?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do we build the right relationship to mass dissemination of the integral method?

Answer: First of all, we ask ourselves do we need this or not? In other words, first we need to explain to ourselves and everyone that the method of integral education is directed towards those deficiencies that have fallen away from us, and only if we gather them and connect them to us will we have something with which to turn to the Creator. Only then can we discover Him.

Otherwise we have nothing with which to turn towards Him. Our desires are so minute that we don’t even succeed in connecting among us. The power of connection is not found in them. They are so small that we are, with difficulty, only ready not to bother each other, and no more.

The power of connection is found in particular on the third and fourth levels of desire, as well as half of the second. We simply don’t have this Aviut, this depth. Therefore it is said: (Deuteronomy 7:7) “You are the smallest among all the nations.”

Therefore we have no other choice; in order to reach higher, we must descend lower, deeper, and turn to the wider public, to the ordinary folk, for there are very great desires there. They are scattered among billions of people, and therefore the size and depth of these desires is not felt. But in fact these desires reach to the “throne of glory,” to the Creator.

It is necessary only to begin to connect them on the “material” level, in order to connect their desires and suffering on a spiritual level through connection to a group. And then we will give shape to a demand that will reach the heights, and then instead of a state of smallness, we get a state of greatness in order to provide people with the “embryonic” level. Then they will receive the Light in the aspect of the Surrounding Light, like in a womb, and in a form like this they will begin to develop even without being aware or conscious of it.

Therefore our dissemination to the wider public is intended to ensure that we will get deficiencies from them, and with these deficiencies we can reach the Creator.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/15/13, A Talk About the American Convention

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When Will I See The World As Good?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why is the property of bestowal concealed from us?

Answer: The property of bestowal becomes revealed in relation to my egoistic desire! If the attribute of bestowal were revealed by itself, I would undoubtedly start desiring it. But why don’t I wish for it? I don’t desire it because there is opposition between the desire to bestow and my desire to receive for the sake of self gratification.

If I could see the world solely through the prism of bestowal, it would look beautiful to me and  would be filled with goodness, it couldn’t be better! It’s paradise, the property of Bina! But if I look at it through my egoistic desires that rule over me, I cannot agree with such an assessment.

So, when will I finally agree? If, with the force that I receive from the group, I glorify the importance of bestowal over egoistic reception, I receive freewill. But I can only accomplish this through faith above reason, which means to place the opinion of the group above my own.
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The World And Me

Dr. Michael LaitmanThis world is similar to an inverse stamp or shadow: It demonstrates to us to what extent we are different from the level of the spiritual world that we should correspond to (become equivalent to).

Let’s say I am ten years old and according to my age and the development I received from nature and my parents, I am expected to meet a certain level of knowledge and behavior. Yet, I don’t, hence I see the world as broken.

If I precisely met all of the requirements related to my age, I would see the world as perfect since my desire, properties, the world, and my attitude to it correspond to the age. Then, I would experience myself as existing in the world of Infinity but only in the capacity of a ten-year-old child. And it is the same at any age.

All worlds are concealments or manifestations of evil, caused by my incongruity with the system. I should be ascending its rungs, but I don’t fit them because I don’t know the laws. Therefore, the world treats me according to my defectiveness and inadequacy.

I corrupted the world with my bad attitude to it, and now I see it as existing in systems of discipline and fostering responses to me in return.

All of them seem uncorrected to me. Why?

This is so because “everyone judges with his own flaws.” The world shows us who we are, it is our shadow. Therefore, we can’t blame someone or do anything except correct ourselves internally. I examine myself in relation to the correct environment, the group, and I verify whether I have reached unity and mutual guarantee with it. Summoning the Creator for help, I bring about the correction of the collective system.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/15/10, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”

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The Great Law Of The Universe

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn a poetic, friendly manner, in the form of narration, Kabbalists tell us about the spiritual world. But this story is based on their knowledge of the upper nature, which is complete and eternal. And its primary law is the law of connection between the Creator and the created being: the law of mutual guarantee.

It doesn’t speak about the Creator, how He is good and does good, but it states that there is none else but Him. Neither does it talk about His attitude to the created beings and the connection between Him and the creatures.

This law is expressed as the law of adhesion, from where all relationships between created beings derive, which manifest in a very strict forceful form of mutual guarantee. This great law that speaks about all relations in the system of souls precisely designed by the Creator, becomes revealed to us gradually, similar to how grownups reveal the world to children, step by step, treating them with gentle care, until the children start living independently.

So does nature, the Creator, treat every person and all of mankind, because according to the nature’s program, we must “grow” and realize this law of mutual guarantee in ourselves. Realization of the law develops in stages, from inside out: first in a more internal group, and then spreads in depth and in width, until mutual guarantee, as the law of a unified system, starts ruling all of reality. This is going to be what we call the end of correction (Gmar Tikkun).
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Dr. Michael LaitmanAll our laws and actions: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” the 613 commandments, are included in the common law of the mutual guarantee. This is because this law is of a complex system which consists of a multitude of details where each detail needs to be its integral part and work for the good of the entire system. This is what its life will be. It only needs to base itself on how it benefits the entire system.

These systems, where the law of the mutual guarantee operates, also exist in our world.

There is not freedom of will in the still, vegetative, and animal nature. Man also does not have this freedom. But once we rise above our egoistic nature and look at these natural systems in a real way, independent from our ego, we will see that they operate according to the law of the mutual guarantee. Otherwise nature does not have the right to exist.

And only people whose point in the heart has been revealed acquire the opportunity to come out of this common and universal law of the mutual guarantee, which they observe unconsciously, and can attain the level where they begin to observe it of their own freewill, with their own efforts. Later, all of mankind will receive this opportunity.

Just like in a human organism, the most important life-supporting systems consciously exist in mutual guarantee while other organs and cells simply nullify themselves and observe the mutual guarantee as a law, agreeing with it; in the same way mankind will gradually begin to implement this law.

The entire creation observes the law of the mutual guarantee to its full extent. Only people gradually awaken individually, according to a specific process and order, in order to realize their participation in this common system, referred to as “the body of Adam,” with their free choice.

So, one should not think that the world lacks some kind of a law. Simply, in relation to us, this becomes revealed as an opportunity to take on the conscious observance of the law of the mutual guarantee.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/15/10, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”

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