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Opinion (Sergei A. Karaganov, Dean of the School of World Economics and International Affairs at Russia’s National Research University Higher School of Economics): “It is quite obvious that the economic consequences of the current crisis will be much more profound than they now seem – even for Europeans. But what is happening now, it’s not just the collapse of the geopolitical system but much deeper.
“Disabling Visa services, banking instruments, is actually an undermining of the whole economic system that was created by the West, but enjoyed by the whole world, which is now economically greater than the West. Apparently, we’ll have huge tectonic shifts for decades.”
My Comment: The collapse of this system occurs at all levels, otherwise it can not be replaced by the next system. And the next system is integral, fully interconnected, and completely opposite to the existing system. Thus, the collapse of the existing system is gradual, but global.
Question: What is the difference if I realize a Reshimo or if we realize it together?
Answer: I realize my particular Reshimo as a part of the Reshimo of the group. But the Upper Light only considers the Reshimo of the group. As long as this collective Reshimo has not reached a sufficient intensity that makes it possible for us to realize it within our connection, the Light will not be revealed. A private account is not made with any of us.
This is the condition for receiving the Torah as one man with one heart, that is, according to the collective Reshimo. There can be millions of particular Reshimot, but as long as they are not connected into one collective Reshimo required for the next level, we don’t rise to it.
We are now on the level of the animate and we need to realize a Reshimo from the level of the speaking. This is a collective Reshimo that we all gather together, that must be sufficient in quantity and quality. It’s not known exactly what this must be, but it’s only clear that the amount of all of our deeds multiplied by the quality, by the intensity of our effort, must connect into one higher level Reshimo.
All of the inanimate matter is equal to one plant, all of the plants is equal to one animate, and all of the animate is equal to one speaking. Therefore, we also need all of the Reshimot of the animate to connect and give us one Reshimo of the speaking.
And this is called the collective Reshimo of the group, which could include within it a million people below. It doesn’t matter how many there are, the main thing is that our Reshimo will qualitatively attain an intensity of one Reshimo of the next level. Then we will be born.
When we are born into the new world, not one of us will be there, rather there will only be “us.” When you will be born, you will immediately feel a system there that includes you in which you are found together with Rabbi Shimon and Adam HaRishon. Then you will already begin to take account of the souls.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/4/14, The Zohar
Question: Why is it that the Reshimot (reminiscences) of Aviut (thickness) of a lower level 4/3 instead of 4/4 is left in the Partzuf (faces) during its purification?
Answer: The Reshimot grow smaller, since I decide not to touch such desires anymore.
After I decide to purify myself, to stop working with the desire, my Masach (screen) rises to the Peh de Rosh (mouth of the head), and on the way, there are beatings of the Light. Eventually the Reshimot of the new level (4/3), which wasn’t in me before, is revealed.
The system by which we work with our Reshimot is like a computer in which there are only zeros and ones. It works only with the data that is in it at any given moment and doesn’t think even one step ahead. At the moment, this is the data I have and I work with it. In the next moment, new data will appear and I will work with it, again without hesitation.
This is the desire to receive and it understands only what it currently feels. This filling depicts the world, itself, and the Creator, and this is what one should work with, as it written: “A judge has only what his eyes can see.”
Reshimot 4/3 stabilizes only after I reach Peh de Rosh, where there is a special Light, Keter de Guf (crown of the body), and so I feel how a new attitude towards the host appears inside me.
Feeling the Light of Ruach (spirit) instead of the Light of Nefesh (soul) is like emerging as a plant from inanimate nature. It is a huge difference. The whole universe is filled with still matter with plants existing only on the surface of the earth. A plant differs from the still matter by responding to the Creator, by being attracted to the Creator by itself.
The difference is much greater between a man and an animal and is revealed in the Partzuf only after the whole process is completed.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/04/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam
We have to try to see every state that we go through: from the highest to the lowest, from the clearest to the most unclear, confused, and vague, as stemming from the relationship between the Light and the vessel. Therefore, I have to go through them, and the only question is how have prepared myself in order to receive it, to go through it, to overcome it, to exit it, and move forward to a more advanced state.
Everything depends on my preparation, but every state stems from the Reshimot (reminiscences) in me, from the time of the shattering of the general soul as a result of the mutual incorporation in other vessels. Therefore I have to go through all these states one by one.
If I prepare myself properly, I receive all the states with understanding and take preventive steps. I know why these states come and for what purpose, and so I receive them gladly blessing the evil just as I bless the good. It is because each state is given to me in order to help me advance, and I already understand that.
I prepare the support of the group and a clear daily schedule so that at every point of the hardening of the heart, I will be able to perceive correctly what is going on. If certain pleasant or even unpleasant feelings come along, it is simpler to establish the right attitude towards them. But there are many states in which a person doesn’t feel anything and is in a kind of numbness.
Then time passes, days go by, and sometimes even months, as if idly. A person doesn’t feel that he can add or change anything, and this is the worst state.
Indifference is a very big problem. Here we have to have a very strict daily schedule and act mechanically so that we can still gather all the moments and focus them in the right direction as much as one possibly can. There is no feeling, no awakening, and no understanding, but at least I participate in the work by my actions. Then it is considered a whole action.
Therefore it is written: “One should always sell the beams of his house,” no matter what happens to me and what happens to my previous achievements that are called my house, my property, the main thing is I can take one more step forward.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/04/14, Writings of Rabash
Question: As a result of natural development, the desire of humanity changes from within, gradually it loses the interest in materialistic acquisition. What signs are there that we must begin to fulfill our role for humanity?
Answer: You can see it according to the feeling of emptiness and the inability to fulfill ourselves. A person begins to ask about the meaning of life because he doesn’t want to have an animal existence.
Once he found meaning for life through materialistic acquisitions and was prepared to work harder in order to buy something and then buy more and more. But today he doesn’t really want this. It doesn’t bring fulfillment. It seems that man has lost the taste of life. And this happens so that he will discover the real taste of life.
All that was, isn’t suitable any longer, and the new hasn’t appeared yet. But the human being, by himself, is not able to find this new fulfillment, and therefore, he must go through large and difficult problems because he is not able to live without pleasure. And if he comes to despair, then he will go crazy.
And this is a critical point from which wars could develop, crises. From a feeling of helplessness, a person is able to perform all kinds of crazy acts, but the main thing is to quiet the feeling of emptiness.
There is nothing worse than an empty place. If there is no love, then there will be a need to fill it with hate. Therefore, we must explain to people where it comes from and why and how it is possible to improve and correct the situation. We need to organize the people, to begin to connect them, to show them that it is possible to overcome this emptiness, which medications and psychological treatments are powerless against.
The only treatment that is able to help is our system of connection. A person tries and suddenly he sees that it really gives fulfillment.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/4/14, Talk on the Unification of the Nation
Baal HaSulam,The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee): All of Israel are responsible for one another.
(Sanhedrin, 27b, Shavuot 39): This is to speak of the Arvut (Mutual Guarantee), when all of Israel became responsible for one another. Because the Torah was not given to them before each and every one from Israel was asked if he agreed to take upon himself the Mitzva (precept) of loving others in the full measure, expressed in the words: “Love thy friend as thyself.” This means that each and every one in Israel would take it upon himself to care and work for each member of the nation, and to satisfy all their every needs, no less than the measure imprinted in him to care for his own needs.
Question: How is it possible to guarantee that a friend will not lack anything he needs?
Answer: The group unites and connects according to spiritual conditions that must exist between friends. They need to be concerned that every friend will have everything necessary, which is “neither condemned nor praised,”and it must be for everyone.
And after there is a required minimum, every friend must have an opportunity to invest his forces maximally for attaining the purpose of his life together with the group.
The physical assets must be such as are required for existence and no less. Even from the days of the sages of the Talmud, the requirement for tormenting the body and austerities were abolished. So it is forbidden to limit ourselves intentionally so that the body will suffer.
Everyone needs to arrange his life in this world in order to exist according to the accepted norms in our times. The group must be concerned about this. Certainly a friend cannot fall on the hands of the friends and hope that the group will take care of him.
But if a friend tries by himself, then it is necessary to help him to attain the necessary level required for existence. And then one should invest all the rest of his powers in our connection in order to reveal the Creator in this connection between us.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/04/14, Talk on the Unification of the Nation
Question: How would a nation that lives according to the laws of mutual guarantee look?
Answer: The future form of humanity will be such that we will stop creating more products than we need in order to exist.
The form of existence will be determined by the spiritual values becoming more important than material ones. If a person is wholeheartedly involved in spiritual advancement, he doesn’t need much for his physical existence: only a normal standard level so as not to limit himself.
He needs to exercise a little, to get nourishment, sleep, and have a family; everything necessary should be available to him. It could be that he needs some special clothing to go out to people and carry out his work, but personally he won’t need this. He could give everything up, but because the physical body exists, he has to provide for himself.
And everything beyond what is required will be felt by him as a burden, as pressure. Humanity will gradually come closer to such form of existence. Soon we will reach a situation where we will still produce a great number of needless products, but gradually we will stop buying them.
And people will buy less not because they will have less money, meaning not because of external causes, but because of internal causes; they simply won’t have the desire. The attitude to this will suddenly change, we will lose interest: “Well, I will buy and what will this give me?”
The desire will lessen and disappear completely. One desire will replace another. A spiritual desire has to become revealed in humanity, and although we we are a long way from this, the spiritual desire is already gradually beginning to neutralize the material one.
People buy less and less. We will see in the coming years how people will become more and more indifferent to material acquisition. Not because someone limits them, but simply because they will not feel a need for this.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/4/14, Talk on the Unification of the Nation
Question: The family influences every aspect of a person’s life. If a person has a problem in the family, he cannot actively participate in the group or in any kind of work. The more we advance, the more we understand that without the group’s support it is practically impossible to hold on in the framework of the family. How can we establish an environment that will support a person in that respect?
Answer: A family is just like the group. Otherwise it could not exist in this world.
But today there is a crisis in the family and everyone is getting divorced and no one wants to live a normal life. Everyone understands that the traditional family doesn’t exist anymore, which means that a new type of family should emerge.
In the future, people will live with one another partly for the sake of the children, for the common property, but mainly for the idea. If I feel that I advance and my wife advances too, since our goal is above all the daily corporeal differences between us, our family will stand the test of time.
I believe that a person should raise himself to this level when he chooses a partner for life according to this idea.
My teacher, Rabash, used to say that from a physical perspective, it is enough that two young people like each other and the appearance of one doesn’t repel the other and that’s all. Everything else is meaningless since they are spiritual partners.
In order to achieve this, we have to develop the group this way, so that women take part in it, disseminate, and are incorporated into meals and into all group matters.
We should pay attention to them and treat them like partners, so they will feel how important they are and will feel that they benefit from this kind of life and from their participation in it.
By the way, a woman can incorporate into everything very easily, especially if she participates in it with her husband and they share views rather than just physical aspects.
We should pay attention and engage in this. Otherwise, there will be a divorces and the formation of new families. We have no other choice. Even if we had a choice, we would still have to include women in dissemination and in our collective life. Respect them, pay attention to them, and give them a place.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/14, Questions and Answers with Dr. Laitman