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Nine Stages On The Path To Unity, Point 4

Dr. Michael LaitmanRaising the Heart by the Paths of the Creator

To achieve real unity, we must attract the Light that Reforms. It’s possible to attract it only by giving respect to the greatness of the goal, the group, the friends, and the upper force that takes care of us and to which we are heading. Thus, we come to the relationship with the Divine.

Having achieved that, we act together as commandos (like all those in our world who unite in groups), and from this point we begin to aspire more to the Creator. In order to come to the Creator, we need to raise our own importance. There is no other choice, not because we want to walk arrogantly turning up our nose at everyone else, but because it’s necessary. We need forces in order to connect even more deeply, we need a stimulus that will give us energy and an urgent need in compromises and unity.

Where do we get this stimulus? The answer is “to raise the heart by the ways of the Creator.” This means that we must rise above everyone, certainly not above the group, but above the whole world, all the ages, and all the generations. We have to be proud that we are the pioneers, the last generation that paves the way for all of humanity. We have to cultivate group pride, purposeful, positive pride.

This pride should be born through force: I am not happy about it and not wholeheartedly proud, I just have no other choice but to increase pride. And it’s a lot of work.

We should look for opportunities to strengthen and maximize mutual guarantee. Where can we get the “appetite” for it? As a rule the appetite for mutual guarantee comes from a wider environment. For this we have to work precisely on the awareness of the importance of our environment relative to a wider environment.

In other words, we work with our group and raise its importance above each of us. After that, we need to raise the importance of our group above a more external environment. Only then can we connect the desires of humanity and strengthen mutual guarantee.

We cannot strengthen mutual guarantee if we close ourselves within the group. This is possible only by connecting external vessels and opening the internal ones. “The fool folds his hands together and eats his own flesh”; this is not about a person who does nothing but about a person who does not care about expanding the vessels (Kelim). That’s why he is a fool.
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Preparation for the Integral Convention, Nine Stages On The Path To Unity, Point 4

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“Distant Quasar Illuminates A Filament Of The Cosmic Web”

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from the University of California, Santa Cruz): “Astronomers have discovered a distant quasar illuminating a vast nebula of diffuse gas, revealing for the first time part of the network of filaments thought to connect galaxies in a cosmic web. …

“The standard cosmological model of structure formation in the universe predicts that galaxies are embedded in a cosmic web of matter, most of which (about 84 percent) is invisible dark matter. This web is seen in the results from computer simulations of the evolution of structure in the universe, which show the distribution of dark matter on large scales, including the dark matter halos in which galaxies form and the cosmic web of filaments that connect them. Gravity causes ordinary matter to follow the distribution of dark matter, so filaments of diffuse, ionized gas are expected to trace a pattern similar to that seen in dark matter simulations.”

My Comment: With each passing day we become increasingly convinced that the whole of nature, our universe, the Earth, and we ourselves are elements of a single system that is permeated with all types of connections so that there is no distancing from one to another, but rather absolute interconnection is manifested.

Humanity, as part of nature, is obliged to bring itself into compliance with this universal law of nature that is increasingly manifested. Otherwise, we will constantly and progressively experience all the consequences of our incongruity with nature.
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Absorb The Entire World Into Yourself

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Exodus,” 30:33: Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, he shall be cut off from his people.

Oil, perfume, incense, these are very subtle ingredients of the influence of the Light on the desire. This is not talking about materials and objects in our world but about the right combination of the Light, meaning the characteristic of bestowal, acting upon this egoistic desire or another.

For a person who has risen to the level of a priest, the highest level of the characteristic of mutual bestowal, no desires remain to grab something for himself, to acquire, to take. This is an absolutely new level. On the previous level the person had to be ready like a priest, and on this level, he must also wash his hands and enter into the tent of assembly, meaning into a completely new level, a new desire, and begin to work with it.

We are composed of internal and external parts. That is, I exist in my body and the world exists around me. But the idea is that this world also constitutes my body, except that it situates itself as outside of me.

A person, unlike an animal, dresses in clothes. Therefore the external parts are classified as follows: body, clothing, tent, and then the wilderness, which symbolizes the surrounding space.

Clothes are the screens behind which I hide my ego, my shame, in contrast to my ego, protecting the body from cold, heat and so forth. The tent is also considered to be part of me and is designed to give me the next level of development where I can exist in it and equip myself; this is my house, but it’s not completely corrected yet; its characteristics have not been internalized yet. This is just like clothing.

At the end of correction, when I rise to the next level, my spiritual clothing becomes my body. After that, on the next level, the same thing happens with the tent, it becomes my internal part. And so I absorb the entire world into myself.

In other words, I am rising all the time in the hierarchy of spiritual levels, and when I enter into the next level, which had previously been my clothing, this clothing enters into me. When I rise to the next level, which had previously been a tent, I also absorb it into me. And so on.

So the more external desires that seemed completely foreign to me, that were unnecessary or even general rules for everyone and distant, gradually enter me and become my own. This continues until I begin to feel the entire soul, meaning the entire creation, as my personal spiritual body.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/9/13

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A Convention Of Connection With The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: To what level do we need to rise today? What exactly must we emphasize in attaining connection between us?

Answer: The first task is: “Love covers over all transgressions.” All evil that is revealed is discovered within the entire system and doesn’t depend upon anyone personally, even if it seems that this comes from someone or is discovered in someone. Everything that is revealed comes from the general integral system even if I see it locally and attribute it to a particular person and not the Creator. This is a defect in my comprehension.

All of the problems and defects are revealed so that I can rise above them again with faith above reason. If I discover negative characteristics in a friend (a friend who is with me on the path), this is a sign that I can accept him with faith above reason, with love.

All of the troubles and all of the joys, everything that happens with all of us, we must register this in our shared account and not attribute it to someone or something separate. This is all a game from above that the Creator plays with us.

The second task: We are not gathering in order to connect among us! We are coming to discover the Creator! And in order to discover Him we connect between us. Don’t confuse what is secondary from the essence.

Regarding everything that happens, we must feel first that this comes from Above and “If I am not for myself who will be for me?” and ultimately everything that happens is happening according to the program of creation. But in the middle, between these two points, the beginning and the end, I must reveal full devotion, nullify myself, and beyond this nullification, help everyone also to become like this as well.

First I nullify myself completely. And when I finish totally nullifying myself, then above my nullification, I begin to help others to do everything that they want. This is called reception for the sake of bestowal. Remember that our convention is not a convention of connection between us; instead, it is a convention of connection with the Creator.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/27/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Introduction to The Book of Zohar

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Ten Delicious Sefirot

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do I feel the friend’s ten spiritual Sefirot inside me and how they develop when I penetrate the friend?

Answer: If you penetrate the friend you begin to feel his ten Sefirot. They are felt as different tastes, as if you are in a good restaurant and received the main course, and next to it many other dishes: different salads and desserts. You begin to feel many flavors in the friends, different attributes.

When your connection continues to develop, nothing disappears from you. In the corporeal world we usually forget the weak flavors when we receive some great pleasure. It’s very common with small children who immediately throw away an old toy when they see a new one. But it’s different in spirituality where the Light of NRNHY operates and which includes many levels.

It says: “Love will cover all sins.” This means that we have to feel the sins, the conflicts and the love simultaneously, and there cannot be one without the other. This is the structure of the ten Sefirot of the Direct Light and of the Returning Light that are dressed into each other that we have to feel in all their opposite forms and attributes. One doesn’t extinguish the other. This is the wonder of the spiritual world where there cannot be “a little bit” of anything but rather the maximum. There is no past, no present, and no future; everything connects simultaneously into one feeling.

In the corporeal world we want to forget the family quarrels and to start a new leaf as if nothing happened, but this isn’t correction. The correction is actually when all the disagreements remain and nothing is forgotten and on top of it we establish an even greater state. This is actually the reason that everything flourishes. We have no such opportunity in the corporeal world but only in the spiritual world. When two opposites exist together in order to bestow, they amplify one another.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/27/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam, The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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World Zohar Week “Integral Education Convention” Day Two – 02.03.14

Integral Education Convention, Day Two, Workshop 1

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