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The Union Of The Points In The Heart

Dr. Michael LaitmanIt is desirable for the word “Arvut (mutual guarantee)” and all the terms of this concept to became closer and as clear to us as possible. Therefore, we must begin to work on this more and reveal the connection it assumes between us.

Everyone should be above the others in order to take care of them and set the right example. Everyone should feel below others in order to get an awakening and inspiration from them because a person will not have the strength to advance without this. And everyone should be concerned that we are absolutely equal, no more and no less—absolutely equal!

On this path, we will start to feel each other internally. I will not see a friend as a material body. I’ll suddenly cease to distinguish his face; it will disappear. I will not notice his clothes and external features. Then, I will even stop seeing his qualities, his character, the habits which first constituted his image for me. I will not relate to an external image, not to his character, behavior, and qualities derived from birth or acquired throughout life.

I will not see his clothes, his physical body, or character traits, but only the innermost point that is called the opposite side of the holy soul. Of course it is still uncorrected, but yet it wants very much to draw itself to the Surrounding Light so that it becomes corrected.

This point is called the point in the heart. The connection between our points, the mutual guarantee, is the means for drawing the Light. This is how we need to see every friend instead of bodies, character traits, or demeanor. All of this is given to a friend from Above and makes him act in this way, or I see him like this “to the extent of my own flaws.” But the main thing is to see the inner point and the desire to unite with it.

The connection of these points into one whole is called a Minyan. It is a union of points in the heart that are ready to act and apply all possible efforts in order to achieve similarity with the Upper Light. It begins to shine on them to the extent of their similarity and yearning for the property of the Light. The Lights always exists; the movements occur only inside the desire.

Everything depends on the connection of the inner points in the heart that attract the Light, on its strength and quality, the reason why we want to connect, and how we overcome obstacles. As soon as we fulfill the required measure of efforts (Seah), we obtain a sufficiently strong desire to unite; the Light completes our first action of unity and brings us to the first adhesion (Zivug), the first contact with the Creator.

Thus we realize our mutual guarantee; that is, we are “together,” so much in guarantee for each other that we turn into one whole. This is the first spiritual degree in which we reveal the upper world, the upper force, the true reality that is above the one in which we are now. This world appears illusory to us like in a dream.

The first correct attitude is to exit oneself from one’s body and garments, all egoistic desires, thoughts, and habits, all innate or acquired qualities. I feel only the point in the heart and want to glue it to the friends. This means that I am going towards the mutual guarantee, the first point of unity.

Thus connected by the Upper Light, we reach the first vessel. All our points are opposite to unity, but our pressure, the tension created between these points reveals to us how much we are inherently not able to connect, and at the same time we want to.

Baal HaSulam describes this state in “Letter 19” in the example of the relationship between a man and a woman who deliberately separate and cannot connect, but at the same time, feel a great desire to be together. As a result, this leads to an explosion of the connecting force overcoming the force of separation, and then we reach unity. “And his seed is for the good,” this is our first spiritual state called birth. In our world, children are born as a result of the connection between a man and a woman, and in the spiritual world, the result of our adhesion is the birth of a new state.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/31/13, Preparation for the Convention

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In A Sea Of Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Book of Zohar, “VaYikhael,” Item 131: …It has also been clarified that while Bina and TM ascend and rise to their degree from the firmament and above, they take with them the lower degree that clothed them while they were fallen in her, and raise her above the firmament, as well.

Question: Who are the “upper” and who are the “lower?”

Answer: There is a sea of the Upper Light that fills everything equally. There are different desires in it that also fill the Upper Light and it is in them, in these desires. These desires of the one created being begin to operate together with the Lights that they reveal independently. Each desire discovers a Light in him since they are separate from one another.

The sequence of states that they go through is called “the correction of creation.” Before that there was a preparation for the corruption of creation: The world of AK, the world of Nekudim, the breaking, the correction of the worlds of ABYA, and then the birth of first man (Adam HaRishon), the sin of the tree of knowledge, and the relative correction of first man, to such an extent that it brought him to the beginning of the recognition of evil.

From this point onwards, from that state, from that discernment, onwards, everything that happens in the relations between the desires and the Lights is a relation called the correction of creation, which is the state we are in. This is the only thing we speak about. The correction is simple: How to balance the vessels, the desires, with the Lights, so that the Lights and the vessels will both feel good and thus reach an equivalence of form.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/27/13, The Zohar

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The First Drink Of Freedom

Dr. Michael LaitmanIt is said that “confidence is the clothing for the Light.” Confidence refers to the Returning Light, the Light of Hassadim, a state of a righteous who doesn’t even have a shirt but doesn’t need one either, because he has such a strong Light of confidence.

We don’t understand this since our whole world exists by the force of receiving. The Creator is the force of bestowal, the spiritual world, that is our spiritual state which is in accordance with the Creator, means that we with our force of receiving acquire the Creator’s force of bestowal and manage to integrate these two forces in us.

The spiritual world, which means our spiritual state, is established when we balance these two forces. We don’t understand what the force of bestowal is. It’s a totally different heart and mind. It isn’t just an opposite state that we can somehow imagine as being like the opposite of our state. It’s impossible to imagine it since there is nothing in us that belongs to bestowal, to giving. Whatever we consider bestowal is not bestowal at all.

Therefore, it says: “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Acquiring a second nature is called birth, redemption, as it it written: “I have seen an opposite world.” The force of bestowal is attained from Above. Only when the Reforming Light comes do we feel and understand what it is by starting to work with it to some extent.

Our first impression of the Light that Reforms is a certain feeling of freedom, of being independent of the desire to receive, of the desire to fill myself, of worrying about myself, of the constant feeling of my vessel, of the deficiency, of looking for something else that can fill me. Once we experience the first feeling of freedom, we also have a feeling of confidence. We stop examining and checking our vessel, how full it is and to what extent it needs a filling, and measuring everything with regard to myself.

We stop asking, “What have I got?” and begin to ask, “What can I give?” or at least try to do so. We receive the Light that Reforms that raises us and brings us to a level on which we become independent of our desire to receive. This means that one acquires confidence. The more we can restrict ourselves and the higher we raise the Returning Light by wanting to fulfill bestowal by ourselves, the more we acquire the force of confidence and the Light of Hassadim in which we can reveal the Creator.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/27/13, Shamati #72 “Confidence Is the Clothing for the Light”

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Justifying The Principle Of The Scientific Approach

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How is the demand to justify everything that happens related to the usual scientific approach of Kabbalah?

Answer: It refers to how we should see reality correctly. This is what we are taught. A scientist may try to change the tools he has: the chemicals, if it’s an experiment in chemistry or the microscopes or the telescopes, but here he is told that if he wants to reach the initial cause of the phenomena, he can do so only by an equivalence of form.

This way is the only way to start working with the two forces of nature: the force of receiving and the force of bestowal, the universal plus and minus. These two forces are the basis of all of creation. It’s possible to discover them only through the equivalence and the balance of the two, which is attained by the gradual equivalence between them.

We will discover that these two forces meet and contradict one another inside us. Whatever we feel now, our existence and the existence of this whole world, is a result of these two forces that come together and cannot reach a state of balance between them. But this imbalance is revealed in a range that we can discover. If we can balance these two forces now, we become the middle line that goes between them and includes the two inside us. Then we will see the real state.

By the right connection and the integration of the two, by bringing them to the equivalence of form, by serving as an adaptor in the middle, we establish the point of our existence in which reality opens up before us at this point, on this level, on this ladder, in the middle line. Thus we discover the picture of the true reality. This is called the wisdom of Kabbalah: the balance on the middle line at every point of our existence.

Such a scientist is called a Kabbalist. One who reaches the balance of forces and who controls them, checking and studying them and working with them through his research, his exertion, his work with the innermost tools, with the desires, not with external equipment, but with his inner vessels.

It turns out that he doesn’t need physics, chemistry, or all the other external sciences, since he changes nature from its basis. He doesn’t need all the superficial methods in order to manage his life and to control some natural phenomena. This is so awkward and futile compared to the state he is in.

Justifying every state means reaching the root of creation in every state, on every level. When these two forces are balanced, I see how the force of bestowal is dressed in the force of receiving according to the law of equivalence of form between them. Then I see what happens in the force of bestowal, in the created being as he identifies with and is adhered to the upper force of bestowal, to the Creator. Then I justify the creation as the created being reaches the level of the Creator, which means the state of the absolute good and benevolent.

In the meantime, as long as I haven’t reached a correction in which I feel and discover the Creator as the good and benevolent, my states are called work states. I have to justify them too, which means to try and reach the justification. I cannot say that the Creator is good and benevolent and at the same time cry out in pain. It is only “from Your actions we shall know You.” I don’t know what the good and the benevolent is if I haven’t attained it. The good and the benevolent is different in every state.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/19/13, Shamati #15 “What Is Other Gods in the Work”

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3D-Printers “Print” The Aerospace Industry Of The 21st Century

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from The Financial Times): “To date, companies have mainly used 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, to make prototype parts and products for testing. But several of the world’s biggest manufacturers, such as General Electric, EADS and Siemens, are now leading the way in moving the technology from the design shop to the factory floor.

“From January, Siemens, the German electronics and engineering group, will use 3D printing to make spare parts and other components of gas turbines within its power generation service and maintenance division. It can produce more than 100 different individual parts this way. As a result, some repairs can be done in a tenth of the usual time.

“Siemens believes 3D printing could “revolutionise” the supply of spare parts. Today, spare parts are mass produced, stored and sent out individually as required. Soon they will be able to be printed exactly where they are needed – close to the customer. …

“For the aerospace industry, 3D printing is particularly attractive as it can produce lighter parts. In addition, the technology can also help reduce material wastage – important for an industry that uses high-cost metals such as titanium. As a result, products that have a poor ‘buy-to-fly’ ratio are likely to be at the top of companies’ lists for 3D printing.

“’For some of our components you can throw away 90 per cent of the material that you buy,’ says Rich Oldfield, technical director of GKN Aerospace. ‘If you look at the bill of material on an aircraft, anything that has got a buy-to-fly ratio in that 70 to 90 per cent space is a candidate. That’s a huge opportunity.’”

My Comment: All this is not intended to increase profits, but to free people for re-education. Nature has outlined the purpose and means: to bring the human being to it through the recognition of evil, from the direction opposite to this goal.
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The End Of The Economy Growth

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Do you have economists who would be able to develop a model of the economy of reasonable consumption?

Answer: No, we are not involved in that area. After all, as they become an integral society, it will create its own environment for itself.

Instead of regular banks, there will be banks that engage only in service to the population and will not take anything more than what is needed for the bank to exist. The same thing relates to the rest of the social systems. They will function only in order to give service to people and not to make profits from them.

The economy will gradually shrink to a normal, logical volume and will stop being a growth economy pursuing increasing percentages each quarter. What for? In order to pollute the atmosphere, to pump out energy resources from the earth, to accumulate “green paper” and just store them in banks? Is that called “progress”? It’s certain that the present crisis is designed to regulate this situation.

The economy of growth will die out on its own. For this to happen, there is no need for revolutions because everything will be realized through the integral education of the people! Masses of people in cities and different countries will gradually make the transition to a different system of communication between them. Think about it, what is economy, finance, and exchange of merchandise if not communication between people, which is expressed in a material form.

Question: It is possible, of course, to switch to barter exchange.

Answer: There is no need for any exchange; society will create new structures of mutual service for itself.
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From Kab TV’s “An Integral World” 10/24/13

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The Last Of The Mohicans

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How is it possible to fulfill such desires as a thirst for knowledge in the transition period to the integral state?

Answer: The thirst for knowledge is realized with Integral Education.

What kind of knowledge do we have as of today?! It is small, pathetic, and one-sided; we have learned little from our egoistic development. After all, we don’t know about nature, it’s hidden from us. Look at where we have put ourselves: We have reached a full crisis in all the sciences.

Moreover, we have transformed these sciences so that they are like a cancerous tumor that has begun to work against us where these are bought just like that! Where is the real science? It doesn’t exist. Who wants to be a scientist?! All of them are interested only in title, position, and honor.

In fact, today there is nothing else! Even if there are still true scientists, they are disappearing, remnants of the past. For egoism is evolving! They cannot be otherwise! I am not saying that there aren’t idealists today, but these idealists are the last of the Mohicans. God forbid, I am not blaming anyone; this is simply the natural evolution of egoism within us.
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From Kab TV’s “An Integral World” 10/24/13

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Towards A Natural Standard Of Living

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We need to build a society that will be closer to nature. So then what will be technological advancement? Will some kind of simplification of life take place?

Answer: Why do you care about mechanics if everything will pass to a new qualitative level? Suppose there won’t be technological advancement. So what? What do you need it for? You see that there has been enough change in the power of our technology to supply us with a rational way of life.

Imagine you have a puppy living with you and you think about what is necessary for him. You consult an expert and he says that you must feed him something specific and he must sleep in a particular place. You don’t even think of giving him other nourishment or letting him lay down to sleep anywhere else. Certainly you want to give him soft down pillows and cookies for him.

But the body doesn’t require this, this is damaging, rationality is demanded. Therefore if we are talking about what we must supply for our body and  for the needs of all the people in the world, we must stop throwing away the food surpluses and feed the entire globe. The problem is not that there isn’t adequate food. Rather, it’s in that we don’t want to distribute it to everyone.

It’s the same thing with everything else. Certainly we will continue to develop technology further, but in order to be less involved with it. Today, it’s only necessary to plug in automatic machines and all of humanity won’t work at all. There only remains a need for experts who will follow the work of the machines and improve them from time to time, increase the efficiency of their operation.

Life will be simplified to its natural level. Industry, technology, commerce and all the rest will be at a level to supply every person with the necessities required for animal existence. And accordingly, the economy, finance, and all the rest will gradually move along these lines.
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From Kab TV’s “An Integral World” 10/24/13

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 01.03.14

Preparation to the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “9 Steps”

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, Parashat, “VaYikahel,” “The Ascent of the Prayer,” Item 131

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Talmud Eser Sefirot,Histaklut Pnimit,” Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapter 7, Item 85

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Writings of Baal HaSulamIntroduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 13

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