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On The Approach To The Second Enlightenment

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Yuri M. Kagramanov, publicist, culturologist): “Is there a means to prevent the decline of European civilization? Since the beginning of the 21st century, at Western academic crossroads, there were talks about the need for the Second Enlightenment, which would give a new impetus to European civilization – just as the classical Enlightenment did.

“The cultural elite falls into the mass like in the quagmire, and humanity not only became mature, about what the intellectuals of the Enlightenment were dreaming, but fell back into childhood: it is interested only in the body, comfort, well-being, the power of material things … the infantile humanity of the 21st century demonstrates the flaws inherent in children: gullibility, immorality, cowardice, ignorance, propensity for violence, the spirit of a herd.

“The confidence of Enlightenment that the human being is able to take the world’s fate in his hands is completely lost. We need not ideology but worldview – it is a much broader concept, and it has been always determined by geniuses.”

My Comment: There will be no Second Enlightenment as the masters of academic Europe envision. Egoism bloomed only once and gave its fruit, and today we are reaping it! The Second Enlightenment should be altruistic, and it will be given to the world not by egoists but by those who have mastered the way out of it, that is, Kabbalists. The Second Enlightenment is called “Integral Education of the World” or the “wisdom of connection.”

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Regarding The Greatness Of My Mission With Fear

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Could it be that we lack the feeling of fear with regard to the greatness of our role, of our mission, when we go out to disseminate to people?

Answer: It is impossible to demand this feeling of fear from a person if he doesn’t see the whole picture. How, for example, can a baby know how dear he is to his parents? He runs around but has no feeling of self importance, of the importance of his role, of the fact that he exists. If he could understand how important he is to his parents, to those around him, he might run around differently.

It is the same with us: How do we know that we are infinitely dear to the Creator? We hear about that but we don’t understand and don’t perceive it enough so that we would begin to act differently.

Question: How can we develop ourselves so that adhesion to the goal and the great responsibility that we have will affect us in a way such that we will not leave others until we bring them to where they should be?

Answer: Simply do what you have to do each time and everything will gradually work out. Don’t worry, leave some work for the teacher, the group, and the Creator. Don’t take all of creation upon your shoulders.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/4/14, Writing of Rabash

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In The Arms Of Hidden Mercy

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How is it possible to integrate and connect these two opposites: on one hand, we are asking the Creator to be revealed, and on the other hand, we prefer to work in concealment?

Answer: I am interested in there being a concealment within which I will be able to discover the Creator. I accept this concealment as the correct condition, although I feel bad that I am helpless and at the point of exhaustion. My desire to receive doesn’t run after pleasures because it doesn’t feel them due to the concealment.

Essentially, what is the concealment? The concealment is the discovery of the Light of Hassadim. There is no empty place devoid of the Creator, there is discovery of His mercy, which I don’t understand and don’t want, and so I consider them as concealment, as darkness.

Around me everything is filled with Light, but I don’t feel it because this is the Light of bestowal. So instead of love, instead of a nice and good relationship, I discover and see the bad relationships, problematic pressures from all sides, enemies, haters, and informers.

This is all revealed because my desires are not corrected yet. This is mercy, but it is in concealment! If I correct myself, then I will see revealed mercy.

And until then, I don’t see any mercy and must believe above reason that the Creator is now sending me the means to discover Him. There is nothing worse than emptiness than a dead state. It doesn’t give me any possibility to awaken.

But the moment I begin to discover and feel that problems are appearing that press upon me from all sides, then this is already mercy. I only lack my own Light of Hassidim, its reflected Light, to discover this mercy of the Creator.

So there is nothing worse than when apathy dominates us and doesn’t let us do anything with it. This state is also given from Above to teach us that even the worst action is still preferable to all this indifference. We are not prepared to struggle with indifference.

All of our work is to see and to feel at every moment how we are awakened apparently through the negative things that we feel. But in spite of it all, we need to see the true Upper Light within the reflected Light that we create. We are in the Light of the Infinite, and the moment when the characteristic of bestowal is activated within us, all concealment dissipates immediately.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/2/14, Writings of Rabash

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The Art Of Assembling The General Soul

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: One of the friends who was with us for a while said: “I don’t want to be part of a herd. I have my own relationship with the Creator.”

Answer: It will pass. At the moment he doesn’t understand the general picture of creation.

The Creator doesn’t exist! A person has to create Him by himself. What can he come close to? Where can he do it? Only when he is in contact with other people. In fact, he is looking for a way to justify his ego that makes him feel repelled by everyone. I understand him perfectly, but there is nothing we can do. At the moment he is on a childish level and it may take time until he returns.

After the general vessel was shattered into many pieces, the only way to discover the Light, the Creator, within it, is by putting it together. But can I put it together if I am merely a small piece of that vessel?

There is a story about an old chiropractor who was visited by young doctors who came to learn how to put bones back in place. In the past setting bones was a separate profession.

The chiropractor took a clay pitcher, tied it tightly in a sack and broke it. Then he began to put it together without opening the sack. When he put the pitcher together just by feeling the pieces, he showed it to everyone, bowed, and left. This is art!

This is exactly what we should do. Unfortunately, I don’t feel that the nation is ready for this. We don’t encounter a great desire yet, and this hinders my explanations. But the time will come.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/27/13

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Wanting To Be Independent

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What can we wish for the people of Israel on their Independence Day holiday?

Answer: I wish for the people of Israel to be independent. There is nothing more important to a person than a feeling of independence. Independence means that we have all of the necessities: power, knowledge, and means, everything we need, and we know how to use it and for what purpose. We are confident about the goal and how to attain it, meaning that we are independent in this as well.

All of this feeling, this collection of conditions, is called “independence.” Independence is not just a lack of external pressure and freedom from everything. Something like this cannot be, and the world is advancing to a state where none of us can be independent, all of us depend upon each other and hold each with a vice.

Being independent means that we know what we want to attain and how to attain it, and we have all the means for this. It is possible to wish this for the people of Israel. But to have all of this requires a higher wisdom.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/4/14, Talk on the Unification of the Nation

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The Exodus From Egypt, Then And Now

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why does it say that the last redemption will be different from the exodus from Egypt?

Answer: These are the same principles. There cannot be anything that is basically new because the laws of the Light and the desire do not change. But the last redemption will certainly be different from the exodus from Egypt.

We should compare the conditions we are living in now and those of the past. The vessel of the Israeli nation that went down to Egypt wasn’t shattered. It was small but whole. This is how it began to join Egypt and enter the desire to enjoy for one’s self without the shattering, but while keeping its intention to bestow. Therefore, it says that the children of Israel didn’t change their name, their language, or their customs.

This is the reason why their exit from Egypt wasn’t an exit from the shattering. The Light operated and revealed who is who, separating Moses from Pharaoh, the right line from the left line, the rod from the serpent.

The nation of Israel remained Israel even in exile, which means that the connection between them was maintained. They wanted to tighten it even more and then they found out that it didn’t work, but the connection itself remained.

After the destruction of the first and the second Temples, however, the nation of Israel was shattered and mixed with the nations of the world, which means with the real Egyptians to such an extent that now it is under the domination of Egypt, which controls every step they make, every thought, every desire, all their manner of life. They have totally dissolved among the nations of the world in Egypt and have become totally assimilated. The ten tribes are lost and no one knows who and where they are. Even they don’t know anything about themselves. This is our state today.

So the current exodus from Egypt will be totally different from the previous one. Then there was the nucleus. The Israeli nation was under the domination of Pharaoh, but they knew that they were enslaved. The nation was in exile, but they understood that it was exile.

If we tell the Jews today that they are in exile, they will not believe it. Today redemption is considered getting a new Mercedes or a higher salary. In the past they were on a level where they understood that they lack the power of bestowal. They lack this understanding today.

So today’s exodus from exile first requires the recognition of the exile and the establishment of the nation in it. When we are in Egypt, we begin to feel that we are in exile, under the domination of the ego that doesn’t let us connect, which is called Pharaoh. Thus we begin to establish the nation of Israel among us from our group.

Afterward we will have to start working with the public, explaining to them that we are in exile, that connection is a good thing, and that it will help us become a nation. The more we see ourselves as a nation, the more strongly we will feel how our ego dominates us and doesn’t let us be together. This work precedes the exodus from Egypt.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/27/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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The Heart Of The World

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Book Of Zohar, “Pinchas” item 152: Israel, the Creator made them the heart of the world, and this is the way Israel are among the other nations, like a heart among the other organs. And just like the organs of the body cannot exist in the world even for a moment without the heart, the other nations also cannot exist in the world without Israel.

There are no differences in the world of Ein Sof (infinity). There everyone is equal since the upper Light has created everyone equally according to its nature.

Then there was the first restriction (Tzimtzum Aleph) one and the Light disappeared equally from all the borders of Malchut of Ein Sof, and concentrated around a middle point. That’s the way it actually was until the shattering of the vessels.

After the shattering, the vessels fell and were arranged from the top down, and since then, the vessels with the smallest Aviut (thickness) are on top.

In the world of Nikudim there were already ten Sefirot. Its upper part was Bina and the bottom part was Malchut. So the vessels of the root phase, phase one, and part of phase two are the vessels of bestowal (Israel) and the vessels of Aviut three and four are vessels of receiving (the nations of the world).

Thus the vessels of Bina are clarified first. Abraham started this process back in ancient Babylon. As the first point, the right line, Abraham turned to all the Babylonians, to all the vessels, but those who joined him were the vessels of bestowal who felt the Light that illuminated from Abraham when he spread his message. Therefore, they are called Israel according to the Reshimot (spiritual genes) that were revealed in them.

The others dispersed all over the globe and today they make up all of humanity, which is seven billion people.

Later, we have to understand that there is a great difference in the inner essence of the people who belong to these two categories: Israel and the nations of the world. In Israel, there is Reshimo of Malchut in Bina, and in the nations of the world, there is the Reshimo of Bina in Malchut, accordingly.  Malchut dominates the nations of the world and the level of Bina is in it, and Bina dominates Israel with Malchut incorporated in it.

Thus the Reshimot of Malchut and Bina were integrated as a result of the shattering, and this integration exists in every person, since we are all products of the shattering of the common soul of Adam HaRishon (the first man). However, in some people, Malchut dominates Bina, and in others Bina dominates Malchut.

This leads to a great difference during the awakening. Israel awakens when the Light that Reforms affects them, while those who are under the domination of Malchut cannot awaken by this Light. They can only join Bina as Malchut. When Malchut annuls itself before Bina, it builds itself.

The Heart Of The World

This is what we base our dissemination on. After all, even in Israel, there are those who are similar to the nations of the world, and in the nations of the world, there are those who are similar to Israel. Those from the nations of the world who resemble Israel come and join us. Those of us who resemble the nations of the world join the nations of the world. This is how the diffusion takes place, about which it says: “Israel went to exile only in order to attach the souls of the gentiles to them.” This process determines our work and we understand that the law, according to which the correction is done, from the lightest to the more serious part, operates here. This is why we start with people who are attracted to us and then we expand the circles of our dissemination.

Moreover, according to The Zohar, Israel are the heart of the world. This means that the Light can only come to the world through someone who is connected, someone who can be a pipe, an adaptor, a link, between the Creator and the vessels, which are the nations of the world. It is the role of Israel since they are connected both to Bina and to Malchut as Malchut is connected to Keter in its upper part, and in its lower part, ZAT of Bina is connected to Malchut.

Therefore, Israel is a special group that we have to gather all over the world. By this kind of work we establish the passage in this world between humanity and the Creator.

But the goal of creation, on behalf of the Creator, is that humanity will come in contact with Him. We are merely a passageway and we serve both the Creator and humanity. Our honor and our destiny is actually in establishing this contact. If it weren’t for the connection between the Creator and the nations of the world and if we didn’t think that we would delight Him by bringing all of humanity to Him, we wouldn’t fulfill our role.

So we have to treat the nations of the world very nicely and care about what happens to them. Today we see that they have problems, troubles, and afflictions and this should be a sign to us that we are not succeeding in our work.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/2/14, The Mission of the people of Israel

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Eternal Life Within The Integral Connection

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe are at the beginning of the way of the correction of human nature and the correction of the world. The method of Abraham teaches that a person must rise above his nature and connect with others in such a form that we create a circle.

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If each one were to abandon himself and adhere to the center of our common general connection, with this we would create a unique power, a special additional sense. It is as if we were to wear new glasses that would make it possible to see the world through integral vision that doesn’t belong to me personally.

In normal life we are built in such a way that I see what is useful or harmful to my desire to receive. And what doesn’t affect my ego doesn’t concern it, so I don’t see, don’t feel, and don’t discover this.

Around us there are an entire creation of systems and worlds, but we don’t feel them. Our senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch don’t perceive this reality, because they are found on a completely different level.

But when we connect together, each one with the others, then we acquire the shared integral sense of one for all. This sense is called the Neshama (soul). And then we begin to feel life in another dimension that doesn’t depend upon the body or its life and death.

I acquire an integral sense that is not found in my body; instead, I am found within it! And so it makes no difference if my body lives or dies. Nothing makes a difference to me, for indeed I have risen to another level of existence.

In the beginning we developed on the level of the still, and after that, the level of the vegetative. Then we reached the level of the animate and we are living in that level in the meantime since we receive everything through our bodies. Now we need to rise to the level of the speaking, but we still don’t know what this level is. But to rise to it is possible only on the condition that we all connect and unite. This makes it possible for us to go outside of ourselves and rise above our bodies.

So the wisdom of Kabbalah speaks about our general connection in the central point of our relationship. This is how each one of us acquires the sixth sense.
From the Convention In France “One For All And All For One,” Day One 5/09/14, Lesson 1

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 05.14.14

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Thou Hast Hemmed Me In Behind and Before”

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“The Book of Zohar” — Selected Excerpts, “Emor,” “Counting the Omer

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 39

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Giving of the Torah”

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