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The Generation Of Playboys And Hedonists

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Olga N. Pavlova, psychoanalyst, philosopher, Head of the Department of General and Applied Psychology of the Moscow Institute of Analytical Psychology and Psychoanalysis):The millennial generation does not like responsibility; they are not erudite, they much prefer to use existing schemes, regulations, and guidelines; they do not like to make decisions.

“But they have many positive qualities; they are called the first generation of non-rebellious, who support an active friendship with their parents, from whom they do not tend to separate because they are dependent on mothers and fathers; they are not aggressive, careful, agreeable, smiling; they have no problems, they desire a comfortable life and security; they like a variety of games in the pursuit of pleasure, which produces an entire industry of gaming business for them.

“Sex becomes a kind of game, a prank without consequences, as modern medicine takes care of it; they want to have a family and children, but do not make a single step in that direction.

“Any work should be interesting for them; men travel a lot, are pleased to announce this to the world via social networks, to keep in touch and maintain admiration, which they need much of due to their narcissism.

“Thus, the young man runs around the world in search of himself on one hand and on the other hand – from himself. He replaces a proper understanding of himself with a PR campaign of himself and written responses online. Many of them are interested in any esoteric and pseudo-scientific information because they see themselves as mysterious. In general, they cause sympathy and are similar to those with Downs syndrome.

“It is impossible to correct their problems because they do not want to study or work and just want to hang around in social networks, they do not see their problems and ask to leave them alone. We cannot talk about any civic activity. This generation is outside the state policy.

“The real solution to the impasse is to take care of children’s education, to nurture independence in the growing child. It is very useful to separate children for independent living.”

My Comment: This generation is different; it was born to create a new single society for mutual unity above borders; it lacks the direction of development. Therefore, they are not willing to take the baton from their parents. Their entire internal structure corresponds to the new conditions in which our new world must exist, rising to its next degree: to a transition to the spiritual world.

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In A Fortified Ring Of Concealment

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What should I do with regard to all the forms of concealment, all the problems in life that surround me on all sides and which are revealed more and more each day?

Answer: This state will only keep on growing until you feel such hatred for this concealment that you will simply burst and wish for one thing only: that the concealment should disappear. You should discover all the hatred in order to feel what hate is and what form it has.

Then you move on to the next state in which you leave this hatred and it seems to cool down and disappears. You begin to develop your attitude towards the Creator, and then you feel an obstacle that disturbs you from bestowing upon Him. This interference should also be as hateful as the hatred you felt towards your problems before. It is very important.

Question: What stops me from reaching total despair and an outcry? There is something that gives me the power to survive, to hide from the thoughts that bring the burning hatred that you are describing.

Answer: On one hand you are not allowed to leave and on the other hand you are not allowed to break in. It is because you still need to grow. There are more actions that you have to perform.
From the preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/17/14

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Every Candle Strengthens The Light of The Flame

Dr. Michael LaitmanDegel Machane Efraim, “BeShalach” (written more than two centuries ago by Rabbi Moshe Haim Efraim from Sudilkov, by the student and grandson of Baal Shem Tov)

God’s servant should be incorporated in all the created beings, and so he has to connect to all the souls and to be incorporated in them and they should be incorporated in him. So you should leave yourself only what is needed for the connection of the Shechina (Divinity).

In order to do so, there should be a multitude of people who are connected, as it is written: “Connection of the righteous is good for them and good for the world.” Since the Light of the Shechina (Divinity) will be revealed more if there is a multitude of people who serve the Creator.

According to the sages, “the righteous are the same before the Shechina (Divinity), like a candle before a flame,” so according to the multitude of candles, the Light of the flame will grow since it is the Shechina (Divinity). Therefore one should be incorporated in all the people and in all the created beings, and they should all ascend to their root in order to correct the Shechina (Divinity).

The correction is actually in having more and more people who have learned just a little and who join the same great connection, called the Holy Divinity, in which the Creator can reveal Himself to the created beings. Therefore it is said: “The King’s glory is in the multitude,” and a force that is strong in quantity should appear, just like in previous generations a force that was strong in quality appeared and was operated by great Kabbalists.

They were on a very high spiritual level, but they were few as they had to draw and to convey the Light that reforms from Above down to our generation. We receive it through them, but the manner of correction in our times is totally different. If we want to reach at least the beginning of correction, we have to connect all the candles, and thus reach the Light that can illuminate in our vessels.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/19/14, Conversation about Importance of Dissemination

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Taking Pride In Our Mission

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If each of us had a measuring tool, we could measure where we are. How can I know if I am doing everything the right way?

Answer: If you had such a measuring tool, you wouldn’t need to correct anything. I have to constantly think how to do the right thing every moment along the spiritual path, what the Reshimot (reminiscences) Yahsar El (straight to the Creator) that I have received demand from me. Then I have to refine myself and to sharpen my sensitivity, my accuracy, in order to find out what the Creator wants of me and how I can fulfill it in the group, in dissemination, with myself, in the study, in the connection with the friends, the teacher, etc.

I constantly clarify things. This is the work we have to do. If I received everything readymade I would be a total righteous, an angel. It is actually by the difficult clarification in which I have to ask for the Creator’s help every step of the way in order to correct myself, that I reach connection with Him. Otherwise I wouldn’t reach that. I have to exert myself to a certain degree since the exertion is my vessel. Only by the exertion do I begin to differentiate between things that are concealed from me now.

We are born into this world with an instinct and a desire to develop, and so little children run around all the time doing something and thus develop. If we behaved like children with regard to the spiritual goal we would advance very quickly.

All we have to do is to exert ourselves. This exertion has to be right and not where our ego is dragging us to. We need a group so that the pride in the goal, the pride in belonging to it, and the pride in the mission that I have received from Above has to be greater than my self-love. This is what a person should develop. This is the key formula that is fulfilled only in the group, it is like team spirit, pride in the unit.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/18/14

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Such Complex Honesty

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why is it said: “Be honest with the Lord?”

Answer: Honesty is perceived as naivety in our world on a level that is not related to spirituality but is opposite from it. An honest person is a simple naïve person who isn’t very clever and who lives just as he has been taught.

But in spirituality “naive” means perfect since it stems from one’s attainment and clarification, from one contact with the upper force, from one’s revelation. Then he is in a state of wholeness. It is about receiving desires that are correct and to reach a state of a naïve person. This is a very high level and it isn’t simple at all.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/17/14

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Be Well

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I want to ask a question on behalf of all of the sick and correlate this with the fact that there is none else besides Him. When I hear you, everything flows into me very well and I accept it, after that it passes to my intellect, and as a sensible person I cannot agree for some reason that He needs us to be sick.

Answer: This does not concern you. Use your intellect to recognize that there exists a single force in the world that gives you the possibility of thinking that He is not alone. Begin to “absorb” this initial expression: He gave us the possibility of feeling that we exist outside of Him, that He is not alone; he gave us the chance to choose to approach Him through equivalence of form.

Question: How is it possible to put yourself under this power so He will flirt with us in a different way?

Answer: It depends on how you perceive Him. He increases only His positive influence on you all the time. And depending on your situation, it could be that you feel Him as the opposite, negative.

Question: What do all of my sick friends and I need to do in order to feel this influence as positive?

Answer: Attain resemblance and equivalence to this force at least on the first level, that is, 1/125th of its characteristic, this characteristic of bestowal and love. In this manner you will rise to the first level, pass through the border between an inability to feel Him and minimally feeling Him, this border is called the Machsom.

Do you want to be physically healthy? Yearn to resemble the Creator together with the friends. Imagine how you would nullify yourself in regard to the friends in order to reach the first restriction, Tzimtzum Aleph. It is possible to attain this only through mutual work.
From the World Zohar Week “Integral Education Convention” Day Three 2/4/14, Lesson 1

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Laudable Desire

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: To the degree of our advancement we truly begin to look at the world and people differently. But what must be done in order to see everyone in the end of correction (Gmar Tikkun)? Do you see everyone in this state?

Answer: I can’t imagine how it is possible to describe something from the spiritual world to you if the matching sensations don’t exist with you. I could say words to you and you would comprehend them in a distorted, egoistic mutation. It’s impossible to describe even those small levels close to us.

I am not in the end of correction. I am higher than you, but they also don’t let me rise higher, because I must be close to you. Therefore we need to go forward together.

It’s very good that you yearn for this feeling, want to feel and to understand it. But it’s not given if you lack the property of bestowal, and there is no possibility of creating  an appropriate picture within us. One can only ask; there is nothing other than prayers for all.

Question: A contradiction is created within me between the concept “There is none else besides Him” and the “prayer of many.” Meaning, can the focus of the person be directed towards only one thing?

Answer: No, this is the same thing. The prayer of many to the Creator is the completely accurate accommodation of an intention towards the goal. In the prayer of many you pray for yourself because the many is you, but when you describe them outside of yourself, you are detached from your egoistic “self.”

Question: It follows that the search for There is none else besides Him is not found within me, but is found outside, in the friends?

Answer: He is found everywhere. Don’t divide everything into physical distances but emotional distances that you need to integrate together.
From the World Zohar Week “Integral Education Convention” Day Three 2/4/14, Lesson 1

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Pass Through The Barrier

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When we come to a group we have a yearning for some inexplicable property. Then we begin to feel some tastes and understand that we are attracted towards the characteristic of bestowal. But when you say: “Try to feel all this as one,” then we are terribly afraid. There is a desire to flee, it’s unclear to where because this state presses from behind.

Answer: This is very good because there is nothing more opposite to our nature than bestowal and love. We are terribly afraid of it; we don’t want it, and when we reach it, we turn around and go back.

Question: How can we help each other, for indeed you cannot even help yourself?

Answer: Only the group can direct you so that you will cross the Machsom. I very much like the example from the Harry Potter films, Platform 9 3/4. In order to reach it, they must pass through a barrier that separates between the 9th and 10th platforms. So the mother of one of the children advises Harry: “All you have to do is to go directly into the barrier. Don’t stop and don’t be afraid that you will hit it, this is very important.” That is, you shouldn’t see this obstacle, it doesn’t exist, and so you will pass through.

Question: But how is it possible not to see it?!

Answer: You lack a connection. If you connect and unite among yourselves, the obstacle disappears. When you dissolve within the group of ten, the wall also dissolves.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 03.21.14

Preparation for the Lesson

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, Parashat “Bereshit-1,” “Let Us Make Man,” Item 163

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Writing of Baal HaSulam “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot,” Item 11   

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