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Convention In France “One For All And All For One,” Day One – 05.09.14

Convention in France, Day One, Lesson 1

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The Dismantling Of Capitalism

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Andrey Fursov, historian, Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences): “The current crisis is a purposeful dismantling of capitalism, which is carried out by the Western elite to maintain control over the world. Over the past decades, all the supporting structures of capitalism: political democracy, civil society, the nation-state, rational knowledge and the middle class are being destroyed.

“Democracy has turned into show business; society is becoming atomized; the nation-state is collapsing under the pressure of transnational corporations and crime syndicates; universities are transformed into vocational schools that teach not to answer the question why, but how; the middle class is thinning out, turning into the same source for the accumulation of capital, which until now the peasantry and the proletariat used to be.

“The analogue of what is happening should be sought in the 19th century, when having exhausted itself, feudalism was receding in the past. The feudal elite managed to take control of this process and retain power. Nowadays, we are witnessing an attempt to carry out the same transition project. This project is being developed in a closed network structures that have been created by the Western elite still in the pre-industrial era and which today are the main subject of history.”

My Comment: History does not repeat itself! Because we have to ascend to its next level, to get out of the egoistic nature, and gradually enter and master the altruistic nature. Moreover, it is not altruism built on egoism, which we sometimes witness, but absolute altruism, which we have never observed, i.e., complete bestowal for the sake of the other.

Nature will begin to “invert” in us, replacing one property with the other. If we cooperate with it, if we will perceive these changes with our participation, we will enjoy them. But if we remain in our egoistic properties, we will nonetheless change, but under the harsh driving force.

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Dormant Seeds

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Without dissemination, we cannot build our spiritual Kli and connect. So, how will the people to whom we are disseminating this method connect? Must they also disseminate?

Answer: The general public does not have the beginning evil inclination as we do. Their ego is simpler.

The evil inclination is discovered when I try to connect with someone to discover the Creator between us to give Him contentment. Then, nature is spiritually opposed, and in this case, it is called the evil inclination. About this, it is written, “I created the evil inclination” (Talmud Babyli Kiddushin 30b).

This evil inclination doesn’t exist for all of the rest of creation. There is no shattered power of Bina in it. So, people are ready to connect to make life easy for each other out of necessity, as it was in the kibbutzes in Israel or during war. They will be able to connect enough so that we can convey the Light that Reforms to them.

The Light will affect them only with a positive, vital force. It will not give them the left line. Rather, it only will give connection. However, we receive a very great left line from them, like parents who fight and argue over concern for an infant.

Question: So, what is the difference between the physical people of Israel and the nations of the world?

Answer: Among the physical people of Israel, there are spiritual Reshimot (reminiscences), for they were once on a spiritual level. However, these are quiet, dormant Reshimot, and we can awaken them through our fuel, attach them to us, give them a transfusion, and inject a vital elixir into each of them. We can be concerned about them all the time, take care of them, and then they will connect and join us.

However, when they join, they will begin to receive a very great appreciation and understanding of connection through us. The quiet Reshimot will begin to be awakened, like seeds that I could have in a barn for years and I now moisten them with water or plant them in the ground, and they begin to revive with the help of new environmental conditions.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/27/14, Writings of Rabash

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Sink Into A Cloud Of Happiness

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Does a desire for spirituality have to awaken in all people?

Answer: A desire for spirituality will be awakened later, meanwhile people simply want fulfillment: a feeling of  completeness in life, the power of vitality, joy, and inspiration. But they don’t have it. Nothing brings satisfaction any more: neither shopping nor children, neither career nor music, culture, or even soccer.

Up until today, sports were a very big part of fulfillment. All television channels show either sports or food. Yet this will also stop satisfying people. A new level will arrive, and attempts to awaken in people an interest in sports won’t help any more.

Only then can we supply the remedy to humanity. By connecting with our help, people will receive spiritual fulfillment through us, even without being aware of its upper source. Happiness will reach them from the upper Light, yet they will not feel the Light, but simply pleasure. And they will continue to work further on their connection for this and will connect to us even more tightly.

And we will work for them. They will require us to carry out this work for people, through whose help we will rise. After that, they will also discover that lying within the connection is a unique upper force concealed in nature. This collective power of bestowal holds the entire creation and fills the universe like some kind of dark grey matter.

These things are fairly reasonable. Scientists are already saying that the universe contains a concealed force of nature, which we still are unable to perceive, much like dark matter.

This is the source of our life from which we receive the vital force. And so it’s worthwhile to know how to approach it and to improve our lives. It’s up to us to reach real contact with this matter, so much so that we can sink into it, enter into this cloud, and remain in it. This is the best thing that could happen to us! This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah, the method of receiving perfect fulfillment, teaches us.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/04/14, Talk on the Unification of the Nation

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The Unattainable Greatness Of The Upper

Dr. Michael LaitmanPsalm 139: Thou hast hemmed me in behind and before, and laid Thy hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; too high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there; if I make my bed in the nether-world, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there would Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand would hold me.

Only after a person learns about himself does he begin to attain the greatness and the perfection of the upper force. Then he understands how perfect is the concept of the Creator, who is above all of creation.

We attain any attribute of the created being by its opposite. Everything is always established on the basis of opposition, contrast, but the Creator is above all these studies of opposite concepts. He is the absolute perfect goal.

Thus to the extent that son of man is able to study, that a human born to a woman is able to research, to understand what the upper force is, he nevertheless cannot attain it. After all, the created being cannot attain perfection as it is, but only what is opposite to it.

The point where he understands that it is impossible to attain it is where the highest adhesion with the upper one takes place. The upper one remains upper in His attributes and His actions and even without attributes and actions—there where everything disappears in the upper force itself.

When King David, who symbolizes all of Malchut of the world of Atzilut, attains this in his vessels, he discovers that there is a unique perfection above it that cannot be attained by man. It stems from the attribute of the Creator who doesn’t dress in the created being anymore, but is above him. Then he understands that the concepts of perfection and greatness stem for the impression of the created being and not from the upper one per se.
From the preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/28/14

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Naivety Is Not A Flaw

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When Abraham disseminated his ideas about unity in ancient Babel, many thought that he was naive, detached from reality, and only very few Babylonians followed him. What should we do today when we hear people say that we are naive and detached from reality?

Answer: I agree with these people. Indeed calling for unity and love seems naive, especially if we look at human history. A mother’s love for a child is more or less understood, but with regard to everything else, we are managed by corporeality and hormones and consider their influence on us as love.

In fact, in our world, love is receiving pleasure. One may love meat, another fish, and a third his or her partner. These are all pleasures.

Therefore, those who don’t believe in love are right to a certain extent. From their point of view we speak about something that is abstract, about a form of love that simply doesn’t exist in our world.

After all, love is when I annul my desire before the desire of another, do what is good for him, and enjoy it. I have no contact with him: He isn’t close to me, but a total stranger.

Where can we find such things? After all, it is against nature. This means that my message is naive and detached from reality.

Question: So what should I do? Abraham didn’t give up. He did a thorough job until he gathered around him people who thought like him. How did he relate to those who claimed that he was naive?

Answer: We are speaking about a unified system. And consequently with those who consider you naive, you work with them as being in an outer circle. For now you collect those who are close to you and who wish to be with you.

In addition, you have the group and you work on its connection so that it will be as close to the Creator in its attributes as possible. In this manner, the Light that Reforms will be revealed among the friends so that thanks to it,  they will receive the Creator’s form, meaning that their desires, their vessels, will connect in mutual bestowal.

When the Light illuminates among the friends, it will also pour unto the others. After all, we are connected and even those who think less of you because you are naive are still connected to you. Even if the communication channels between you are inactive as yet, the upper Light will flow in them and even a negative connection that is revealed at the beginning will be a basis for what follows. Then you will suddenly discover that those who oppose you are already willing to converse with you.

Question: Where will I find the power not to give up and to continue to disseminate?

Answer: From the group. The group where everyone hears complaints about his naivety receives powers from me. This is the way the world is arranged, and there is nothing we can do about it. This is our work, our destiny, and we must understand that every penny adds up to a big account.

The Light is here and it is pressuring us. We have to try to draw it.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/04/14, Talk on the Unification of the Nation

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Does A Kabbalist See The World As A More Corrected Place?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Does a Kabbalist see the world in the same way as an ordinary person does, or as a more corrected place?

Answer: On one hand, a Kabbalist sees the world as a more corrected place to the extent that he discovers that the Creator is already dressed in the world, and then he has no claims or complaints. But he also notices places in which the world needs the action of the Creator where the Creator cannot be dressed there since there is no deficiency.

Still, I must say that even a big or a small Kabbalist and even one who has not entered the spiritual world yet and has not revealed the Creator depends on what he is shown. Here a great man doesn’t differ from a small one; the upper force, the force of concealment or revelation, fully dominates everyone.

A great Kabbalist may be given such a concealment that he will fall. Anything can be done with him from Above. The more a person advances, the more he realizes that there is nothing inside him that he can manage by himself and that he can control.

The Creator first gradually reveals his domination of a person this way, so that a person will finally recognize the Creator by feeling that He dresses in him. “Dresses in him” means that He fully controls him.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/18/14, The Zohar 

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In Spiritual Work There Is No Place For Instincts

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can we keep people in a group?

Answer: I understand that we are going through situations that are difficult, but it is always necessary to burn with the importance of the goal in the group.

This is because we don’t have anything except for the importance of the goal that takes a person out of this world, gives him a feeling of eternity and infinity, helps him to overcome the limitations of death and to truly discover all of nature and the entire system of creation. Without a doubt this takes years, but it is necessary to give a person the importance of what he is involved with and what he should be involved with.

Certainly he will do everything through the egoistic force because connection with others is against his nature. This condition is placed before him and it must be overcome because the importance of the goal must be above all these problems.

For example, we live in this world against our will and we don’t have another way out, even though we often are not happy. But even if troubles are ahead and the world doesn’t serve anything good for us, in any case, on the beastly level an instinctive attraction to existence works in us and protects us.

And within, we need to struggle in order to add a qualitative existence to this beastly existence, meaning a connection with a higher perfect and eternal level, which is the upper world. But we need to develop this within by ourselves, because this is not instinctively implanted in us.

Indeed we struggle with existence on a physical level in our world also, even though if we look objectively, there is no meaning to it. A person is born and over some time, after much effort, suffering, problems, troubles, and illnesses, he dies.

What is he living for? It follows that it is in order to suffer. How many happy moments does he have in life that he can say it was worthwhile living for? Instinct forces him to live a miserable life, while in spiritual work, there is no place for instincts. Therefore, we need to struggle to add an additional part to physical life that will make it truly worthwhile to live.

It is necessary to earn this, for we live in order to add an absolute, perfect, and eternal existence to our beastly existence. But it is necessary to invest in this! And then our physical life will also be justified.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/14, Questions and Answers with Dr. Laitman

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