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Don’t Be Diverted

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar”: How could it be that transitory, wasteful actions would extend from the eternal? And we see that, indeed, we have already been extended as is fitting for His Eternalness—eternal and perfect beings. And our eternalness necessitates that the Klipa of the body, which was given to us only for work, will be transitory and wasteful. For if it remained in eternity we would remain forever separated from the Life of Lives.

We have said before (Item 13), that this form of our body, which is the will to receive for ourselves alone, is not at all present in the eternal thought of creation, for there we are in the form of the third state. Yet, it is obligatory in the second state, to allow us to correct it.

And we must not ponder the state of other beings in the world but man, since man is the center of Creation, as will be written below (Item 39). And all other creatures do not have any value of their own but to the extent that they help man achieve his perfection. Hence, they rise and fall with him without any consideration of themselves.

Our present condition, which looks so bad and low, is given to us deliberately so that we would detect perfection from it. “The advantage of light is known from the darkness.”

Moreover, all the other creatures are included in this analysis together. Indeed, the reality that we see outside is actually a projection of our inner properties. I have all the four stages of “material” desire, but I detect only the fourth, the human degree.

This also applies to our world. If we identify all the correct forms of relationships between us in humanity, it will be enough to correct the previous levels: still, vegetative, and animate. By correcting itself, the fourth level also corrects the previous ones that are included in it.

After all, other creatures have no freewill. They are automatically included in the human being during his correction. Therefore, if it were corrected, for example, ten percent, then all the surrounding nature would be corrected to the same extent.

So, our real concern is not the environment, not the climate, not pollution, but just our own corrected attitude to each other. To the extent we correct this attitude, in the same measure natural disasters abate and environmental problems subside.

Thus, Baal HaSulam gives us the key to correction of not just humanity, but of the whole world, including the still, vegetative, and animate nature. Do you want to appease the Earth so that it provides you with everything in the best form: food, water, and air? Do you want to feel a sense of comfort and calm, where nothing pressures you, threatens you, where there is a lovely cloud around you, caring and friendly? Then correct yourself and don’t be diverted by anything else. A person should not be distracted by the universe, which is a copy of his flaws, but remember that all “external” flaws depend on him and are given to him, so that based on them, he verifies and identifies perfection.

Then he will see what was said: “We were like in a dream.” In other words, everything that we experience now and will experience on the following degrees of the spiritual ladder to the final correction is a “dream,” artificially given to us from Above in the form of the corrupted world, so that by its means, studying the system from flaws to correction, we know the Creator, according to the principle, “By Your actions we will know You.” From knowing Him, as a consequence, we will be able to adhere to Him in perfection, which is the goal of creation, the goal of all the worlds, of their creation, the breaking and correction.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/9/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Opening The Book

Dr. Michael LaitmanThere is a force in The Book of Zohar we can use. But in order to discover the inner potential of this book, we have to be on its level to some extent. So how does this mechanism work? In legends and fairy tales the hero finds a secret chest that he opens with a big heavy key. Which key will open the secret of The Zohar for us? What is the key that fits every lock? It’s the equivalence of form. This is the key that we put into the keyhole. It’s only by the equivalence of form that we can open The Book of Zohar. This is the basic key rule.

Later, of course, we need the group and the connection with the friends, etc. in order to reach an equivalence of form with this book. Thus, we open The Zohar and read it according to our equivalence of form, according to the love and hate that are in contrast to one another.

This means that it isn’t that simple to really open the book. If we open the book it doesn’t mean that the book really opens up before us yet. It all depends on what happens between us. If we are connected, we are also connected to the book and then to the same degree we can attain it and feel the group of Rabbi Shimon, the ten friends, the ten Sefirot. It isn’t about people but about their essence, about the quality that is in the desire. Thus we begin to know them, are attracted to them, and a bit of each of them is revealed in us.

We have enough power. By annulling our ego and in the connection above it, we establish a connection that helps us discover what is written in The Zohar. We establish the foundations, the infrastructure, a common place, since the spiritual spot can only be collective. Here we become equal to the first level of the revelation of The Book of Zohar, in the intensity of our connection above the interruptions, according to the law of the equivalence of form.

In order to do that we will gather at the February convention and we make great efforts and pay a lot of money while giving up many other things in order to reach this general gathering. All this effort should bring us to an ascent and to connection. This is how it was arranged from Above: If we use the means that have been prepared for us, we reach the desirable outcome.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/8/14,, Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Convention”

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On A Swing

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Every time I feel comfortable, I am thrown somewhere like on a swing: to a good state or to a bad state. How can I find the middle line in the movements from left to right?

Answer: We are thrown to and fro from the balance point since it’s the only place we can advance from. If I want to adhere to the group, to the teacher, to the books, to the goal, then I realize myself.

The center is usually opposite from my desire and my mind. The balance point is always above the left and the right line, in the middle line. It’s faith above reason, above what the heart and mind tell me. So what can I hold on to so that I won’t count on chance? The only thing that can guide me is what the group, the teacher, and the books obligate me to do.

We should only make sure that we understand and that we’ve heard the right advice. We feel so confident that the teacher meant what we think and we actually argue about that with one another. Everyone hears something different, so how can I be sure that what I have heard is right?

If I annul myself in order to adhere to the group, I begin to hear the right advice. The greater and higher a person is, the more he should humble himself.
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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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Steps Towards The Goal Of Creation

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I don’t understand what I should do next. I don’t understand the meaning of your actions. Guide us in some way as to how I can be helpful and what I should do, what I should hold on to.

Answer: The sequence of our actions is that we first learn about the structure of the upper worlds and then we study articles about the connection in the group, about mutual guarantee, and then we fulfill these articles and gather in workshops, thus building one whole from the “I” of every individual that yearns to “we.” We build a single united unit, one, according to the law of the equivalence of form in an attempt to unite with the one Creator.

Here we begin to feel that we lack the desire, the power, the yearning, and we realize that without dissemination we will not be able to discover these powers by ourselves. Only by worrying about the external society as about our own children will we be filled with the desire to attain what they need. So with their desires, we turn to the Creator since we have no other choice, and unite with Him, which is the goal of creation.
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Today’s Economy Is 90% Air

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Nikolay P. Shmelyov, Russian economist, director of The Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences): “On the one hand, it is not a crisis, but the completion of the next economic cycle. On the other – everything in the world has changed. And you have to think differently.

“In fact, 90% of the economic exchange in the world is air and paper. Everything real is 10%. I don’t know how to deal with it. It cannot be called even a bubble, rather a monster. Playing on high margin is a favorite Russian occupation, and a Western style is to sell with little margin, but with high turnover.”

My Comment: That’s right, we need to get rid of this 90% or more of empty economic turnover to come in balance with nature. The 90% of unnecessary workers should be sent to the system of integral education and upbringing. Then, after some time, it will be possible to ensure that all members of the global community are equally provided with everything necessary and sufficient for rational existence. People will receive fulfillment by revealing higher existence in their unity.
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In A Single Force Field

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Suppose that the integral society is formed as a new entity. However, we cannot speak about the structure of Adam HaRishon, because it is not yet a spiritual structure.

Answer: This is a spiritual structure because people are gathered together for unity above their ego. They haven’t just become the bearers of some idea; rather, they are a living embodiment of the higher force that awakens them. They understand that in order to survive, to reach a new world, a new society, a new understanding, a new comprehension, they must rise above their ego which today kills them and pushes them towards the black abyss.

Thus, a new type of society is taking shape with us which will not only constitute one social, political, and economic whole, but also a single spiritual whole, something that has never existed in the history of humanity.

Interestingly, the small specks integrated into the overall general fabric of humanity will grow and fill the entire remaining area. These communities that are located in various places around the globe and are managed by identical principles will fully understand each other and will cooperate reciprocally and tightly. For they are a single whole collective of people who are connected in spite of the distances, through a virtual connection, with a single idea, in a single force field that holds them together.

More and more they will feel the need and requirement for one with the other, will feel closer to one another, will carry out joint programs, and will work cohesively and tightly.

Together with this, distance will play no role at all; on the contrary, it will even further develop a need for connection between them.
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From Kab TV’s “An Integral World” 11/27/13

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In The Beginning Of The Transitional Period

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Suppose that egoism is tamed and the collective intellect is stabilized. Will this be the end of the transitional stage?

Answer: The first stage of the transitional period is disseminating the method of integral education among the masses, which in general don’t require the wisdom of Kabbalah. Therefore we teach them this wisdom on a lower level, as a system of the right mutual cooperation between people in order to overcome the general crisis.

Systematically going out to the people will create a need for a stronger connection with us. Together with this, a single international structure will be created that will begin to deepen our entry into the general public in one’s own region, in one’s own nation, in one’s own continent. In other words, surrounding each group or several groups who all speak the same language, a space will be created where they will “gather” among the common people. So gradually they will grow.

All the rest of the structures that humanity has accrued throughout the course of its egoistic development will naturally begin to expire and will be replaced by altruistic structures, by communes. People will work only in order to live rationally, normally, without wasting time and energy creating a need for a surplus. They will have a need only for security and the knowledge that they have everything required for existence and they will get their remaining fulfillment through their closeness with others.
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From Kab TV’s “An Integral World” 11/27/13

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Gears Lubricated With Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe influence of the group must be so strong that “it doesn’t let me sleep.” That is, that I will never be able to forget about the importance of connection; rather, I will feel that this thought is stuck in my mind and heart, a permanent backdrop.

It is absolutely possible to attain this. No one can complain that this does not work. If he thinks so, he is simply lying to himself. For this, we only require work and time.

If the person places himself under the influence of the group and is under its healing power, he cannot become detached, as if he is drawn by a magnet or some kind of wave that holds him in its field. He becomes linked to an environment that he chose himself at one stage. However, after the choice is made, he enters under the influence of the environment, the friends, appreciates the same values, and thinks the same way as everyone, for, if the group is important to him, he will accept all of its opinions, even those that he didn’t value, didn’t love, and didn’t think were good and beautiful before.

We see from our lives that if we love and appreciate someone, we begin to accept and copy his behavior because we appreciate him as higher than us and we depend upon him.

Therefore, the ego doesn’t become a disturbance for us, and if we have not succeeded, the reason for this is that we have not invested enough energy in strengthening the group. We have not utilized envy. The teacher also learns from his students, as it is said, “I learned much from my teachers, even more from my friends, and even more from my students.” Therefore, you can learn from everyone that you teach.

The moment that we feel some kind of inner resistance, we need to accept this as the “left line” against which the “right line” is awakened. The society will stand against this disturbance and then we will see that this is not a disturbance, but rather an opportunity to connect the two lines and build the “middle line” between them in order to advance even further toward a portrayal of the Creator.

We are trying to connect the broken parts of the soul as if we were connecting gears. However, we don’t want them to be pressed onto each other and compelled to rotate as happens in a regular society. We want them to begin to turn in a synchronized manner through helping each other, avoiding pressure by any one of them on another. All of them must turn in full agreement and harmony. That is, each one feels himself as completely free, without any pressure, because the Light turns and moves everyone together.

When the Creator is revealed, no pressure of one on another remains in any direction and all are driven by means of the Light. This is as it is written, “And the third party will come and reconcile them with each other.”

Revealing the evil inclination within himself, he can check whether he is able to pass to the right correction immediately. If he immediately accepts this discovery of ego as a help, as something good and useful, “a helpmate against him,” then he immediately can work with this and build the “middle line,” and the middle line is already the discovery of the Creator, and then the work becomes so easy for a person, without any friction, that he feels as if he is simply floating in air.

However, it is impossible to remain in a state like this because oscillations come all the time, right and left, and the person balances between them in the middle line, which is called the line of accommodation, equivalence of form.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/1/14, Lesson on the Topic: Preparation for the Convention

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 01.13.14

Preparation to the Lesson

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, Parashat, “VaYikahel” 

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