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A Profound Change Of Our Perspective

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe have to show the whole world that there is no other science except for the wisdom of Kabbalah and no perception of reality that provides any answers to the current reality in which every aspect of our life is in a state of crisis. It is the wisdom of Kabbalah that provides the right approach through which you acquire the proper tools necessary for our development.

All the old tools and the means we had are useless today and only lead to confusion. It is simply impossible to advance using them. Physics, for example, is an accurate and true science that helps us benefit from the laws of nature. But we cannot use it to advance any further.

At this stage we need new means, and the wisdom of Kabbalah provides them and allows us to be equipped with them. This means that in order to make another step forward on the path of our evolution, we need to change our paradigm, our basic approach, to adapt to the new conditions.

Before people believed that they paved the way themselves, although it is actually the Light that fulfills everything. Now, however, we have to adapt to the new conditions and new states even if they appear against our will. Today we have to fix the connection between the vessels, and so we speak about the integral education.

On the other hand, the earlier philosophic perception is outdated. We have to show people that any approach that is not based on real attainment cannot be used, and it actually leads us to suffering and prolongs the troubles. Any perspective that postpones the attainment of the Creator brings us many troubles.

This refers to all of the religions too, since they promise a reward after death: “die and you will receive, but work now.”

We, on the other hand, say the opposite: “You shall see your world in your lifetime.” The wisdom of Kabbalah is about the revelation of the Creator to a person here in this world.

There is nothing spiritual after death. We pass away just like the animals that we slaughter, because we are on the animate level of evolution. I I don’t ascend and don’t fulfill my Reshimot (spiritual genes), and don’t develop the human level from my Reshimo, I remain a Reshimo. I have to fulfill my Reshimo by the Light that Reforms, and to bring my Reshimo to a state of the spiritual vessel in which I reveal the Creator.

Thus we refute all the philosophic perceptions and the beliefs that humanity has created for itself. Our work is not abstract; we work for the revelation. This is what a person is faced with today. We have to reveal the Creator, here and now.

So everyone will hate the wisdom of Kabbalah since it is in contrast to any animal logic a person has and the traditional ideas of reward for one’s exertion after death…
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/28/13, Writing of Rabash

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The Wisdom Of Kabbalah Is Being Revealed

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence”: “I am glad that I have been born in such a generation when it is permitted to disclose the wisdom of truth. And should you ask, “How do I know that it is permitted?” I will reply that I have been given permission to disclose. Until now, the ways by which it is possible to publicly engage and to fully explain each word have not been revealed to any sage…

And this is what the Creator has given me to the fullest extent. We deem it as dependent not on the greatness of the sage, but on the state of the generation, as our sages said, “Little Samuel was worthy, etc., but his generation was unworthy.” This is why I said that my being rewarded with the manner of disclosing the wisdom is because of my generation.”

Thus we can understand the historical events in which we were sometimes allowed to reveal the wisdom of Kabbalah as in the case of Moses, the prophets, the Great Assembly, Rabbi Shimon, and a chain of individual Kabbalists during the time of the exile until the days of the Ari, who was given permission to reveal it and accordingly reached the spiritual height he did. Besides, there were many Kabbalists who were not given such permission since the time they lived in was not right for the revelation. They performed corrections by themselves because they were in the upper system of bestowal, but they couldn’t publicize what they did.

In the meantime, the process advanced until the time of the Baal Shem Tov who publicized Kabbalistic messages by his actions and not by writing books. The point isn’t whether he wanted to or not, it has nothing to do with the desires of the Kabbalist. Each one performs the mission he was given.

Finally in the last century, Baal HaSulam also received permission to reveal the wisdom. We already live in a generation in which everyone is allowed to study the wisdom of Kabbalah; it is allowed to publicize it and to teach it to others. All the limitations have been removed, as Baal HaSulam tells us in the beginning of The Study of the Ten Sefirot. It is said that thanks to this wisdom the “children of Israel” will come out of exile.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/27/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Locusts Change Memory By Joining The Swarm

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from the University of Leicester): “Research from Universities of Leicester, Sussex and Cambridge into desert locusts discovers how your environment shapes your thinking. …

“Desert locusts are notorious for their devastating swarms. However, they do not always live in swarms — they switch between a lone living ‘solitary phase’ and a swarming ‘gregarious’ phase. The two phases differ profoundly in looks, behaviour and in their life style. …

“Solitary locusts rely on camouflage to evade predators, and they avoid eating toxic plants; but gregarious locusts eat these plants to ‘impregnate’ themselves with toxins to deter predators. The transformation to gregarious behaviour, which happens when solitary locusts are forced together into a crowd, is complete within a few hours. …

“As Dr. Ott explains: “Desert locusts aggregate into swarms when they run out of food — the crowding is driven by hunger and competition for the last few plants in the desert. They are pretty desperate when they transform into the gregarious phase, so they will give the toxic plants another try. And because they can no longer form aversive memories, any food is now rewarding and they form the new ‘correct’ appetitive memory with the odour. This is how they re-train themselves to eat the toxic plants.’”

My Comment: These examples of nature are illustrative because they clearly show that a unification of individuals into a community changes everyone’s nature, giving everyone new qualities, which would not be manifested in one alone. That is, an individual, as one, and unity of individuals into a whole one have different levels of development and different natures. Unity acquires a higher order, moreover, so different that food and environments previously poisonous for an individual become healthy…

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Different Desires, One Goal

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Does connection between us happen when our desires are identical?

Answer: Galgata ve Eynaim and AHP cannot be identical. All of us have different desires, but our singular yearning implements the required contact.

For example, the socket and the plug that between them create contact are different but complete each other. Therefore to be integrated with each other we must become identical regarding our common goal of connecting with the Creator, discovering Him within us, each one from within his own nature.

You convey the Light of the Creator to a friend, he agrees to accept it from you, and both of you work on this link in order to discover it. On the one hand, he appears as someone who gives to you and you appear as a receiver, and on the other hand, you are the giver and he is the receiver. But our desires are different. Do a man and a woman who decide to give birth to a child have identical desires? Each one of them describes the future child differently but a single objective emerges. Everything is established according to the “middle line.”

Therefore our desires are different in their nature but identical according to their goal: to discover the Creator.
From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/23/13

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Dissolve Into Each Other

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why is it that when we discuss Integral Education and information in workshops in a simple language the idea is rapidly lost?

Answer: When you speak in a regular spoken language your inner emotions dissolve into sounds that awaken completely different emotions in each one of us, and each one draws a slightly different picture that doesn’t match its internal image.

Suppose that I have read a text by Baal HaSulam that brings up particular emotions for me, creates some kind of inner image that fills me. And now I hear this text from you in your own words and this causes an internal shift in me: The image that it described to me previously diverges from the image that I imagine when I hear you, like an unfocused lens or perspective when there are two objects that have not transformed into one. I feel dissonance from this.

Therefore I must delete my image, enter into your image and dissolve into it completely, flow together with your words as if they are mine. This is called integrating with each other. Without this we would never attain a common desire, mutual integration, and inner understanding.
From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/23/13

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Embryonic Development Of The World Group

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What can be done in a virtual group, where there is very little physical contact, in order to help the central group?

Answer: Be involved with the same things we do. Don’t help us, rather everyone works together because what we do in the central group should be reflected by all. But without you, we also don’t rise.

No group can rise individually since it depends on others, especially the main groups of Israel, Russia, North and South America where we have very strong friends working.

Basically, these are three areas that must develop simultaneously. Specifically their shared activity will begin to reveal the Creator, and all the rest of the groups will be drawn to them.

We have said more than once that the rehabilitation and recovery of the World Kli (vessel) will happen gradually. It’s “body” develops like a fetus. First, some formless part appears; after that the embryo looks like a tadpole, which gradually develops and takes on particular forms; suddenly limbs appear, internal organs begin to be formed and so forth. That is how it is with us also.

The central part of the embryo is Israel; after that comes the strongest and most necessary part, which is Russia, after that North America, and finally South America.
From the Talk about Group and Dissemination 10/22/13

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Discern The Evil And Prevail Over It

Dr. Michael LaitmanPreviously we were connected and got along with each other quite well. Everything was just great!

All of a sudden, we broke apart and detached from one another. Currently, we are striving to reconnect. One additional desire is being revealed to us now. It prevents us from reconnecting. Actually, this desire is the “evil inclination.” It’s a consequence of the Light that enters the vessel.

This desire was not created as “something out of nothing,” but rather it’s as a result of the shattering; it was initiated by the Upper Light’s contact with the desire to receive. Originally, it was very small, clean, and minor. It was the fourth stage that belonged to the world of Infinity. However, when the Light entered the fourth stage, it created an additional fragment that was not covered by a screen (Masach). There was far more delight in the Light than the fourth stage had ever anticipated to receive for the sake of bestowal. This situation caused the shattering and created the “work load” with which we now cope.

Later, this process reached our world and this additional fraction of the desire was concealed. This explains why spirituality is concealed from us. So now we work hard and strive to attain things that are above us; we started to search for the additional desire that was previously created in us.

We need not work with an authentic desire that is a part of Infinity because it was made directly by the Creator. We only have to work on the additional portion of the desire. For that, we have to reveal it. The “additional desire” is in fact the “taste,” the aspiration, the need, the “hunger,” the “appetite” that we feel towards the Light.

How can we search for it? It’s possible only in the group, only if one “glues” back together all the broken particles and acknowledges the presence of the evil inclination, meaning the additional desire that was created as a result of the shattering of the vessels. The shattering occurred exactly when the delights of which the Light is comprised entered the initial desire that was a part of Infinity, thus shaping a desire that manifests itself as the “evil inclination.”

So, it means that the evil inclination is in fact the vessel that we have. All “tastes” come out of it. That’s why it is said that “the one who doesn’t know the taste of sin (violation) won’t learn the taste of commandments.” There is a moment at which one has to get a sensation of what “wickedness” is and “enjoy” it.

This pertains to our relationships with people around us rather than to our internal sensations. If one feels lazy or dispirited, if one stays on the couch all day and doesn’t answer telephone calls, it has nothing to do with the “evil inclination.” The evil inclination didn’t exist previously; it emerged only now because of the negative relationships between the parts of the desire to receive, which are eager to reconnect. Even though the “infrastructure” of the evil inclination covers inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels, we still reveal it at the speaking level in the shape of fragmented, detached parts of the general soul of Adam HaRishon.

Previously, Adam was “an angel” and stayed in Galgalta ve Eynaim. Now, we can detect him due to the evil inclination. It means that we really need the evil inclination! Without it, we won’t be able to move ahead!

That’s why Baal HaSulam writes that we should be happy when our negativity shows up, since it’s a part of our soul. We have to work on the evil inclination and use it to connect, unite, and merge with each other so that we can reveal the property of bestowal within it. It has to be originated by each of us and by the Creator. The aspiration should address our joint, mutual love rather than our personal bestowal to the Creator or His bestowal to us.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/13/13, Shamati #3 “The Matter of Spiritual Attainment”

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12.01.13

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 556

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Talmud Eser Sefirot,Histaklut Pnimit, “Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapter 1, Item 4

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Exile and Redemption

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