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Food Without Thought

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations): “The waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking significant harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new FAO report. …

“Among its key findings: Each year, food that is produced but not eaten guzzles up a volume of water equivalent to the annual flow of Russia’s Volga River and is responsible for adding 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases to the planet’s atmosphere.

“And beyond its environmental impacts, the direct economic consequences to producers of food wastage (excluding fish and seafood) run to the tune of $750 billion annually, FAO’s report estimates. …

“‘We simply cannot allow one-third of all the food we produce to go to waste or be lost because of inappropriate practices, when 870 million people go hungry every day,’ said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. …

“Where wastage happens:

“Fifty-four percent of the world’s food wastage occurs ‘upstream’ during production, post-harvest handling and storage, according to FAO’s study. Forty-six percent of it happens ‘downstream,’ at the processing, distribution and consumption stages.

“As a general trend, developing countries suffer more food losses during agricultural production, while food waste at the retail and consumer level tends to be higher in middle and high-income regions — where it accounts for 31-39 percent of total wastage — than in low-income regions (4-16 percent).

“The later a food product is lost along the chain, the greater the environmental consequences, FAO’s report notes, since the environmental costs incurred during processing, transport, storage and cooking must be added to the initial production costs.”

My Comment: All this says only one thing: Until we change ourselves, our egoistic nature, we will not stop suffering from hunger and destroying each other. We must decide where the root of evil is and look for the ways to solve it—this will take us to the realization of the need to use the method of integral education.

It is possible to bring integral education to the entire planet by the modern means of communication and technology. After all, we are talking about saving humanity. Baal HaSulam writes that otherwise we will come to a war of extermination, after which a small number of remaining people will reach unity and equality, becoming similar to nature and moving to the next stage of development.
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Do Not Fool Yourself!

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We learn that the Creator sees only the real desire and we have to pray for others, not for ourselves. Is there any other action besides dissemination that can form the correct prayer within us?

Answer: There is no other action. If you don’t have anybody to disseminate to, you can do it virtually, but it has to be very serious. Just don’t console or fool yourself. If you don’t start to disseminate effectively, you will not receive the degree in which you will be able to reveal the upper world and sense it.

There are many good and strong friends in the world group, but they slack off in dissemination and therefore they are not getting closer to the revelation.

Question: Is there sufficient AHP within us in order to raise MAN?

Answer: You don’t have the AHP in order to raise MAN because it exists outside, within the people, in those who are not with you in the group.

You are not Galgalta ve Eynaim either. You will become one when you begin to seriously disseminate.
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From the Talk About “Group and Dissemination,” 10/23/13

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Your Success In Dissemination Is A Gift For The Teacher

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do the efforts we make in dissemination in North America influence the growth of the global group, its power, and the quality of the lessons?

Answer: You cannot even imagine how your efforts influence all the factors that you have mentioned.

In the past most people had a steady job and they received daily wages: You worked one day and your received your wages and went home; a person didn’t know how much he would earn the next day.

This is how I feel the success of our global group every day. It mainly depends on the success of your dissemination in Russia and North America. The quality of the lessons in these two regions is amazing and at the same time totally different in volume and in depth. It has nothing to do with the success of the central group. In Israel we can advance and overcome problems on a local level. But when you succeed in dissemination it suddenly gives us an immense push outwards. This positive power is conveyed to the outside world through you and not through us.

Then I immediately feel that I can explain things more deeply and express what has accumulated in me, like a cow that hasn’t been milked for a long time. So your success in dissemination suddenly opens up such channels and I am simply freed of the great amounts of knowledge that have been pressuring me. The more efforts you make in dissemination, the better I can convey our method to you. But if there is no serious external vessel, I will not be able to give you anything.

My dream is to express our method in the best, most correct way starting from the beginner who doesn’t know anything to the level that he can be under the influence of Rabash and Baal HaSulam. I want to illuminate precisely the part of the way that is still dark and foggy for you so that you will understand it correctly and accurately and will assimilate it and be able to fulfill it.

It depends on how much you yearn for dissemination on the one hand, and on the other hand, on the unity and connection between you. This is what will allow me to explain our method better.
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From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/23/13

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An Eye For An Eye

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Most of us wish to participate in new projects, but we lose interest very quickly. How can we keep people’s motivation so that they will continue to work on the project they have chosen?

Answer: Working on a project is your collective obligation to one another and you have to fulfill it.

Notice that an obligation to one another is no different than an obligation to the Creator. If I take it upon myself to be committed to a certain project and then neglect it, then as Rabash and Baal HaSulam say, the Creator repays us in the same way and our action is also measured from above in the exact same way.

If I neglect my project because of my laziness or because of other circumstances, then I summon upon myself the influence of the Light accordingly. It isn’t because this is desirable or undesirable above; the Creator has no such feelings as “I want to” or “I don’t want to.”

It is the upper force and it influences us according to our exertion. So when we stop yearning forward, its yearning for us also stops in the exact same way. It is an automatic action of two opposite forces: Our desire and the Upper Light.
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From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/23/13

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Two Parts Of One Source

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The created being is the uncorrected part of our desire and everything that happens to us is only so that we will ask the Creator to correct it. Is worrying about corporeal problems also necessary in order to turn to the Creator?

Answer: Yes, the corporeal part should also be focused on the Creator, since everything stems from the same source, from the Light. Part of it fills us and enables us to live, to feel ourselves, to sustain our physical existence, and part of the Light should be drawn by us according to our efforts.

On the whole, we don’t think about the part that fills us with the force of vitality; as much as the Creator gives us is what will be. It refers to the still, vegetative, and animate. And the part that can be developed by yearning for the Creator, to rise, belongs to the wisdom of Kabbalah, to the spiritual world.
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From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/23/13

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The Creator’s “Obstacles”

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why is the Creator not revealed as good and benevolent but as putting obstacles?

Answer: The Creator doesn’t just set up obstacles for you; He created evil in you from the start. It is said, “I created the evil inclination.” That is, you are my beloved child, nothing good will come before you, only the greatest and most despicable evil. That is how I gave birth to you.

But at the same time, I give you a guidebook and want you to discover how harmful, jealous, lazy, and disgusting I made you. There is no good characteristic in you! Every evil, disgusting, repulsive, and hateful thing, everything that is opposite to me, I have put into you.

But I give you one point through which you can get out of this mud, the “point in the heart,” and the possibility of being linked to me through it.

And now we will see if you want this or not. If you will open love for me within yourself, you will leave this pile of garbage. Then you can ascend to me. And if you ask me in the right way, such that you appreciate my higher characteristics more than yours, then I will help you.

It is not enough that you sit within your evil and suffer. Does this indicate that you want to get rid of this garbage just to be free of the suffering?! What I want is that you will appreciate me and want to be like me. Then I will help you. Do it!
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From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/22/13

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The Menorah Is A Symbol Of A Great Idea

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Exodus,” “Terumah,” 25:31, 25:37: And you shall make a menorah of pure gold. The menorah shall be made of hammered work; its base and its stem, its goblets, its knobs, and its flowers, shall all be one piece with it…And you shall make its lamps seven, and he shall kindle his so that they shed light towards its face.

The Menorah (lamp) is the embodiment of the good corrected ego (made of gold). It’s very hard to design and to consolidate the Menorah (to correct the ego so that it will shine as the Light), including the cups and the flowers that are made of one piece of metal.

Every item, every human egoistic attribute has to be of a certain size and shape so that all the features of the Menorah will resemble the Creator in all its seven parts: Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzah, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut. When Malchut becomes like all these seven attributes, it becomes totally like the Creator, as its egoistic matter, the despised gold metal, becomes the attribute of bestowal and actually becomes the means to light, the means to burn for the Creator, for the Light.

The Menorah symbolizes the ego that has become similar to the Creator that radiates Light by itself, although it isn’t naturally a source of light. Besides there is also the oil and the wicks, but the resemblance is achieved by the vessel for the oil and the light that comes out of it. So the symbol of the Menorah is still a great idea in itself, when the lowest form of the ego, (the gold) becomes the most sublime form of bestowal.

The seven candles of the Menorah form on the attribute of bestowal, Zeir Anpin, the ideal image of the Creator. This is called the inverse image of Adam, meaning similar to the Creator. By correcting the ego, Malchut, in the seven phases of the attribute of bestowal, connects totally to the Creator and by this action, Malchut attains the end of its correction.

On the whole, the Torah speaks about nothing but that. It only says which desires and according to which order we have to resemble the Creator, this is the whole plan, the spiritual work that is given in the Torah, which stems from the Hebrew word “Ora’a” which means “instruction.”
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/28/13

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You Will Have To Let The Cat Out Of The Bag

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You are saying that sooner or later the nations of the world will accept the wisdom of Kabbalah and the fact that it comes from Jews. Does this mean that integral education is a transitional phase until the 99% of humanity is ready to accept the wisdom of Kabbalah directly? Or will they be able to manage without it?

Answer: As we advance, we will show everyone who we are and what we are. It will happen gradually, gently, so as not to hurt anyone, and not to give them an excuse to reject the information. Throughout human history there has been a lot of prejudice against the Jews: A Jewish conspiracy, enslaving the world, etc.

In order to soften this perception, we bring people integral education. Not only for that reason but also because they don’t need the wisdom of Kabbalah in any way, are not attracted to it, and it doesn’t interest them.

Although Kabbalah is supposed to be for the Jews, even in Israel they are unable to perceive this wisdom. They don’t want to hear about it, they hate it and are even more afraid than the other nations. But we have to shatter the iron wall between the wisdom of Kabbalah and the world.

Will the masses understand that integral education is the wisdom of Kabbalah? Yes. They will come to understand and discover that it comes from ancient Babylon. They will study Kabbalistic history as the egoistic evolution of humanity and will understand what we understand.

I don’t think we will be able to hide this. If we don’t do it, the Internet will, and so will our enemies.

Mass dissemination in Israel, for example, is done without mentioning the wisdom of Kabbalah and who we are at all. But our enemies bring out every detail they can find and spill it all out.

Why? So that we will overcome the potential obstacle between us and the upper world, so that Pharaoh will be revealed in his full anger and all the “dogs” will bark at us as hard as they can. Only then will we want to detach from them internally and get rid of the feeling that we are subordinate to them, that we want to be in contact with them. Only then will we be able to detach from our ego, from Egypt, from Pharaoh. Otherwise, there is no way we can do that!

We have to experience the ten plagues of Egypt, but in the meantime we identify with the ego, with Pharaoh. This is why we experience all the blows.

In other words, according to the way our campaign is going, I see that the wisdom of Kabbalah will still be presented as our ideology and we cannot escape it. I don’t think that we will be able to hide behind anything.

If it is revealed gradually, it is a sign that the time has come, and that our enemies will work for us.
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From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/22/13

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 11.29.13

Preparation to the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash “Shlavei HaSulam,” Article 7

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, Parashat, “Beresheet,” Item 546

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Talmud Eser Sefirot,Histaklut Pnimit, “Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapter 1, Item 1

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Writings of Rabash, “Shlavei HaSulam,” “Mighty Rock of My Salvation

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