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“Just” Turn To Him

Dr. Michael LaitmanThere is a single state: adhesion between the Creator and the created being. It happened in the beginning. The final correction emerged immediately with the plan. The Creator does not require time for additional actions. After all, everything is manifested immediately in thought, without any need to be in matter.

However, in reality, this perfection has not been manifested, is not clear, not recognized in feelings, although the main thing is that the created being becomes aware of it, to feel his adhesion with the Creator.

Therefore, it was divided into parts. After all, for the created beings to attain, to understand, who and what He is, above all, there should be plenty.

Little egoists, fighting at the very bottom in the muddy sediment of the universe, reveal more and more egoism—more cruelty, glorify themselves in seeing how much they are opposed to each other—and gradually they approach the turning point in order to turn a descent into an ascent in it. They must think about bestowal, of course, in helplessness due to the emerging Reshimot. However, they can add their own efforts to this. So, they advance.

The most important thing from their side is to turn to the Creator. They connect, work together, organize workshops, and many other events, and, after that, turn to Him.

This appeal forms the spiritual vessel. It is what did not exist before. Only the created being can turn to the Creator for help, and this is what he lacks. It is not about our friendly relations, not in saying “pretty words” between us, but that we find the need to turn to Him. First, we must do this, and then we want just that and nothing else.

Then, I act not to get something from the Creator but so I have the opportunity to turn to Him. This is a reward for me. It cannot be conveyed in words, but in principle. We are talking about the similarity of qualities. Just as He turns to me, so I turn to Him. I have no better state than if I am capable of this. I work for this, no longer for myself.

So, the all-powerful Creator cannot artificially cause the created being to turn to Him. That is why He needed the “revolution” to the uncorrected creatures—so that the created being turns to Him.

Question: However, do I have a connection with the Creator inside me presently?

Answer: And yet it exists, there, inside the numerous “wrappers.” Otherwise, you would not have even heard what we are talking about now.

Question: What is an appeal to the Creator?

Answer: There are many appeals: “Give me, help me,” or vice versa, “Deliver, protect, save…”

Of course, an appeal to the Creator is always an appeal for something, please give something. The question only is what to give. I ask for strength to act to bring Him pleasure. This addition of spiritual vessels brings us the Light, NRNHY.

In the original state, in Infinity, we had only the minimal Light, Nefesh de Nefesh. Then, the created being did not participate in what happened, could not live and breathe the endless reality. The desire to receive, even perfection, remained insignificant, ephemeral, and only an appeal to the Creator breathes life into it.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/6/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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For You Are The Smallest Of All Nations

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe moment we attain the first point of unity and the first point of adherence, then already in the next moment we feel our powerlessness and despair. Indeed, it appears that we are a just a drop of semen.

This entire raspberry ball, our cherished goal, our lofty dream, is in fact only one specific point. This means that we have brought this entire world to one initial point, to the first level of the spiritual ladder.

So what else do we do with this one small point? We need to grow it, but with what, because we have already done everything that was possible in the connection between us. And now the next stage is presented before us, the fourth stage of advancement within which all of humanity is gradually included, circle after circle.

We have now reached the state of a “nation of priests.” Each one of us has already played his part as a “first priest” (Cohen) for the friends; that is, a “priest” symbolizes that he has nothing of his own and has no thought of himself. For his entire inheritance is the Creator. The priests have no inheritance and no property, but only work in the Holy Temple. This Holy Temple is the level of Bina, meaning everything is for the sake of bestowal.

That is how we begin to understand the significance of the rest of humanity. Up until now, perhaps we thought that besides the group we don’t need anything. But now we begin to understand that if we don’t join and include within us all of their external deficiencies, then we won’t have anything with which to turn to the Creator. As it’s written: “For you are the smallest of all nations”; in other words, we have no more deficiencies. And therefore it says “smallest,” for this refers to the quality and not the quantity. Our desires are very small.

It follows that we need to increase the significance of the goal relative to all of humanity, to begin working with the public. For this we must study the history of mankind: clarify why we have gone through this entire way. Understand that the goal of creation includes within it each and every person and even the nature of the still, vegetative, and the animate. But the moment that we correct the relationships between people, with this we also correct the entire world of the still, vegetative, and the animate, the whole environment, and the climate. We only need to begin to work with humanity correctly.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/7/14, Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Convention”

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I – We – One

Dr. Michael LaitmanIf we yearn to attain a state of Arvut, we must portray this goal somehow as a general state in which we are connected, to describe for ourselves what being “together” means. That is how we reach the concept of the “center of the group,” the unity that is produced between us and is stabilized as our common asset.

We become partners in building this commonality of “House, Kli, and vessel.” Each one must bring the most essential and valuable part of his heart, the “point in the heart,” and thus from ten “points in the heart” we build this Kli. From the “I” + “I” + “I” + “I” that are connected together, the “We” emerges. And after that, this “We” also melts and becomes “One.”

This is a psychological problem. In the meantime we don’t feel and understand how this is possible, but that is how it happens. Certainly everything is realized only through the influence of the Light, but it’s according to our efforts. And then we reach the concept of the “raspberry ball.” This is not a Kabbalistic term, but that is what we are calling it. Like children who are playing with a ball, that is how, in the meantime, we play with unity.

In this manner we reach the third section on the way, the raspberry ball, and we must clarify what this is. A raspberry ball is our unity, the connection between us, within which everyone disappears. Each one comes out of his “I” to all of us, and afterwards this “all of us” becomes one.

To forget myself and to connect together is possible in regular life also, like sports teams, criminal gangs, or pirates. This is very easy when everyone has a common egoistic goal: to rob a bank or sail in a submarine. There was an incident where a submarine began to sink and part of the crew could have escaped. But when it became known to them that the other half wouldn’t be able to get out of the submarine, they returned because they couldn’t abandon their friends, and they drowned with them. This special work they took upon themselves made it so that one could understand how it would be possible to live without the other. The connection became dearer to them than life. But this is still an egoistic approach in the framework of this world, even though this was a very special deed.

A raspberry ball is special in this because we need to understand how to connect. We are still learning how to unite. In the meantime, these are attempts and not practical actions, even though we are completely serious about working on them.

This is education. And after this, we must lay out that knowledge to our students in integral courses and explain what is happening with us and with all of humanity and what must happen if we want our continued evolution to advance in a good way, in the way of “I will hasten it.” And if not, then we must advance by the way of suffering through the same stages, but in total confusion without understanding our development and not feeling anything except evil.

Imagine the immense difference in advancing through explanations, mutual help, and the influence of the Light, or escaping from the blows; how much suffering we will pass! The difference between the way of suffering and the way of Light is immense.

Therefore, the first stage is to understand Arvut (mutual guarantee). The second stage is what is it composed from. The third stage is the raspberry ball: How from the concept of “We” we become “One.” This is possible on condition that within this oneness we begin to feel the Creator, to understand Him. The feeling that we are searching for Him together, like a team of commandos, brings us to true unity, to a perfected whole.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/7/14,, Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Convention

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Where Does A Human Being Begin?

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 17: Therefore, one must not wonder at how it was that the choice had been taken from us, since we must be completed and come to the third state, since it is already present in the first.

The first state and the third state are both wholeness, but we don’t exist in the first state yet, and we have no understanding, no feeling, and no self attainment. There is no human being (Adam) as such created and that stands out in his existence. He is still in theory, in the discernments that we still have yet to acquire.

It’s like a drop of semen that is not a human being yet. So where does he begin? We still don’t know when exactly an embryo in its mother’s womb can be called a human being that has a body and a life of its own. Perhaps it’s from the first division of one cell into two, or perhaps it’s the moment when the embryo begins to feel. But this doesn’t solve all the problems. Humanity is still very far from determining or defining what a free independent human being is. Yet, in the first phases of our existence in the world of Infinity we do not exist independently.

So when do we really begin to feel ourselves and become ourselves? Was it when we climbed down from the trees and evolved into a creature that is a bit more than an ape? Can we call this whole historic evolution the process of becoming a human being? The ego simply pushed us forward and demanded that we benefit at the expense of others. Did anyone really know what he was doing? If everyone is driven by the instincts of the desire to receive, where is the real us? In the meantime, we speak of creatures who are constantly operated by different factors. Yes, we suffer a little, but the pain itself is not a sign of independence yet.

The human being in us actually begins to develop from the point of connection, and even a little in the preparation for it. If we return to the example of the embryo: The father’s drop of semen enters the mother’s womb and adheres to the wall of the womb and begins to multiply due to the connection between mother and father. A common cell begins to develop between the whiteness of the father and the redness of the mother and this is a connection. The whiteness of the father is the Creator and the redness of the mother is the created being, and now there is contact between them.

Thus Bina works with Malchut and we have to accept this form of development. The moment I can annul myself and another can annul himself, we connect, or I can connect to the group, and that moment is the beginning of a human being in me.

Of course, everything is in the first state, in the world of Infinity, and we reach all that in practice in the third state. But the second state is the necessary middle state so we can have freewill, so that we will develop and understand what the secret of our development is. By going through the sequence of these states we learn about the system called the Creator, about His attributes and His actions. We learn about creation which is something we couldn’t do before.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/6/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Punishment For Refusing To Work As A Prostitute

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from The Telegraph): “Prostitution was legalised in Germany just over two years ago and brothel owners – who must pay tax and employee health insurance – were granted access to official databases of jobseekers. …

“Under Germany’s welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit. Last month German unemployment rose for the 11th consecutive month to 4.5 million, taking the number out of work to its highest since reunification in 1990.

“The government had considered making brothels an exception on moral grounds, but decided that it would be too difficult to distinguish them from bars. As a result, job centres must treat employers looking for a prostitute in the same way as those looking for a dental nurse.

“When the waitress looked into suing the job centre, she found out that it had not broken the law. Job centres that refuse to penalise people who turn down a job by cutting their benefits face legal action from the potential employer.

“’There is now nothing in the law to stop women from being sent into the sex industry,’ said Merchthild Garweg, a lawyer from Hamburg who specialises in such cases. ‘The new regulations say that working in the sex industry is not immoral any more, and so jobs cannot be turned down without a risk to benefits.’

“Miss Garweg said that women who had worked in call centres had been offered jobs on telephone sex lines. At one job centre in the city of Gotha, a 23-year-old woman was told that she had to attend an interview as a “nude model,” and should report back on the meeting. Employers in the sex industry can also advertise in job centres, a move that came into force this month. A job centre that refuses to accept the advertisement can be sued.”

My Comment: The prophets describe even more immoral scenes of the future if we do not stop ourselves in time by implementing integral education. After all, if not by the path of reforming human nature by the Upper Light, then the only way is descending into egoism, until it is revealed in the form that does not allow existence.

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The Era Of Collective Decisions

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I have doubts about collective decision-making. It is impossible to sit in a circle for hours and discuss every question. Maybe after a discussion like this one person will still make a decision? Otherwise, this will take too much time.

Answer: I think that people mostly will be engaged in discussions only in circles like these, and regarding work, it could be that they will work for an hour per day and perhaps not at all. All of their time, they will be looking for solutions about how to be like the Creator. In that, they will see that this is their main occupation, and they will get pleasure from this. In the meantime, we don’t understand how something like this is possible, but this is how it will be!

This will be the center of their life. Besides eating and the necessary care for the physical body, all the rest of a person’s business will be dedicated to this: 24 hours per day in thought and 15 hours in action. The person will be involved constantly in creating a tighter and tighter connection with others, more internal and emotional, physically or virtually, until we begin to discover that the physical body doesn’t exist at all, and this entire world will begin to be seen as imaginary.

Every decision will be accepted collectively. This is natural. From where can someone know better than others? Even now, it works like this. In large societies, hundreds of people participate in management and critical decision-making. How can one make a decision if what yesterday seemed to you as completely correct, today is simply ridiculous and vice-versa?

A person is not ready to do anything alone. If he wants to be like the Creator, how can he continue to work alone? This is no model that makes it possible to set yourself up in the right way. Therefore, today, we have no other option. The times of the talented people, the prominent politicians, the economists, the leaders have passed. The manager of today is not at all higher in any way than the others and is not ready to make the right decision. Everything is in decline. After all, we started a new development and it must be collective, integral!

So, we advise all the managers in all kinds of societies to organize and assemble groups for making decisions. This is already happening now because people intuitively feel that a decision like this is more reliable. It’s only that now they gather and argue, and each one promotes his opinion. However, gradually, they will discover from their personal experience that in this way it is impossible to reach a decision. Apparently, theoretically, everything is all right! However, in practical life, this is not okay. It doesn’t yield good results.

So, then they will listen to our advice and accept that the group must clarify issues, not through argument between them, but through self-nullification of everyone toward the center of the group to clarify the opinion from above. The Creator must be present in this, which will give them a perfected solution. Our decisions and solutions are already called integral.

For a discussion like this, there must be ten people. Therefore, in government, there are all kinds of committees; there is the assembly. Even from egoistic self-benefit, people understand that it is no longer possible to hand over the entire government to one person as to kings in the past. There must be connection, either egoistically at least or spiritually.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/2/14, Lesson on the Topic: “9 Steps”

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Introduction To The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Should people who want to study the integral method be in touch with Kabbalists, with the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: The integral education is merely an introduction to the wisdom of Kabbalah, just like arithmetic with regard to mathematics. It is essential in order to explain to beginners what our method is about and its place in our world, what questions can be solved here, and so forth. This is a serious study!

People cannot do anything by themselves. They cannot focus themselves independently so that they will feel the integral connection between them, which will raise them above the ego. They must learn that. The connection will appear by drawing the upper force.

So, for a long time, people will need a leader who is on a higher level. This is how it will spread, according to the natural hierarchy. There is no other way! Nature will force them to deal with it in any case.

The integral method also can be rooted freely in every social class. It can be suitable for housewives, for school children, for factory workers, for pensioners, for everyone.

Let’s hope that we will be able to solve the problem of humanity even if it may seem paradoxical that such a small group solves such a great global problem.

Humanity always has experienced such turning points under the leadership of one leader or a small group: in ancient times, during the Renaissance, and so on.

A sharp turn usually is made when the right state is ripe, and all the needs and the problems have been clarified, and it is impossible to go on as before anymore. Then, one unique solution suddenly comes up, usually from a small group of people or even from one person. Let’s hope that things will go smoothly.
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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Can we hasten the transition of society to the integral level by trying to put it on the right track?

Answer: We are disseminating the integral message, opening courses, providing all the information on the Internet for free, have translated it into forty languages; we are doing everything in our power.

I don’t think that if we had more possibilities and unlimited resources, we could do anything greater since it is impossible to force people to study the integral method. It is a whole process and a person must understand how vital it is. He must feel that there is something here that can save him.

Question: Will people be able to feel something during the workshops that will evoke in them a desire to go on?

Answer: The point is that people who come to the integral workshops are those who really are looking for salvation. They can even be rich and successful people who suddenly feel an inner need. These friends already find themselves and don’t leave the study. However, if people arrive who are not ready yet, in whom the question about the meaning of life is not ripe to a degree that they feel pain, they usually leave quite quickly.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 01.16.14

Preparation to the Lesson

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The Book of Zohar— Selected Excerpts

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 1, Part 3, Chapter 1, Item 1

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Writings of Baal HaSulamIntroduction to The Book of Zohar” 

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