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A Society Deprived Of Purpose

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Dmitry Leikin): “The struggle for the rights of minorities in the West takes absurd forms. The problem is that Western society needs a purpose – and simultaneously forbids itself to have it.

“The modern human being, equipped with developed intellect and higher education, desperately needs a purpose for his existence, which goes beyond him and his family, a social goal, society-wide.

“But Western countries are not able to set goals before people; their function is not to prevent people from living the way they want. They view a big goal as communist projects.

“For lack of anything else, a European enthusiastically enters into the battle for the rights of gays and transsexuals, against non-environmental oil platforms, etc., as he previously made revolutions. By the way, the revival of neo-Nazi movements in Europe has the same cause – Nazism; despite all its monstrous essence, it still gives people a super goal.

“And the way out of this social chaos can be only one: to begin to set before society real super goals that it needs.”

My Comment: There is such a goal, and it must be set before the community: to achieve universal equality and unity in which we will experience the next (other worldly) level of existence.

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Fire And Water

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe flame was strong, unlike a conventional flame. Therefore, the water could not extinguish it. Although the copper altar was located in the yard under the open sky, rain never flooded it. (Moshe Weissman, “The Midrash Says,” Chapter “Tzav.”)

The burning of the will to receive is the strongest possible corrective action.

There are various types of correction: the four types of executions (plagues), flaying, salting, koshering and correct consumption, the so-called three years of eagle (for fruit-bearing trees), seven years of plowing, etc. In other words, various types of egoism require special kinds of correction.

The heaviest egoism needs the strongest correction, by fire. When we work at a level of self-immolation and sacrifice our ego for the sake of correction in the future, there are no obstacles on our way.

It is said that water was not capable of putting out the flame. This fact emphasizes that correction by fire is much higher than any other ways of self. The water itself is cleansing, purifying, but it is less powerful than cleansing by fire.

The water corrects only to the level of bestowal, Hafetz Hesed (Galgalta ve Eynaim), whereas the fire corrects the very intention, to receive for the sake of others.
From KabTv’s “Mysteries of the Eternal Book”, 12/6/2013

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Routine Work Does Not Bring Benefit

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Matan Torah (The Giving of the Torah),” Item 14: This is because the work in Mitzvot between man and God is fixed and specific, and is not demanding, and one becomes easily accustomed to it, and everything that is done out of habit is no longer useful.

But the Mitzvot between man and man are changing and irregular, and demands surround him wherever he may turn. Hence, their cure is much more certain and their aim is closer.

We cannot reach the Creator. We cannot feel Him and check if we are acting correctly or not in regard to Him, or how He reacts. As long as our desire is not really ready, we are not prepared to hear, see, or feel Him in any form.

Even to attain the first level of spirituality of Nefesh de Nefesh requires preparing a complete desire for the level of zero with its ten Sefirot. But we don’t know how to approach this, how to begin, how to pass through half or a quarter of the way in order to prepare a vessel in this manner.

We never have the ability to feel the Creator and His attitude towards us before we become ready for this kind of connection. So we work with the shattered vessel that was given to us. Through our gathering of its parts, connecting in the right form, and by relating to each other with a true intention, we discover our connection with the Creator through intentions of bestowal and connection with our friends.

Through mutual relationships with the friends, I attain a vessel that is more linked, more complex, more connected, and within it, I discover the Creator. We have no possibility of working directly with the Creator but only through the correction of the vessel in which we clarify our mutual relationship with the friends, all its pros and cons, and we understand only how to react and behave to achieve the right connection.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/25/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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One Hundred Percent Confident Of Success

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can one never lose confidence in attaining the goal?

Answer: It is necessary to receive confidence from the group. Confidence is an illumination from the Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light) from Above that, like all Ohrot (Lights), reaches a person via the environment.

The group must give you a feeling of confidence even before you feel the Light, even though it could be that the friends don’t have it themselves. But each one must connect and integrate with the others and show them that he is full of confidence. Indeed this is false, since none of them have confidence! But you must influence each other by showing that you do have confidence.

Basically, this is psychology, and you are in a psychological environment, so the group can successfully bestow complete confidence to you. You see that the friends are relaxed, so you are also relaxed. But you will feel this confidence only to the degree that you invest in them.

This confidence must be creative in building confidence about the rightness and justice of the way, the ability to attain the goal, and not that it is possible to do nothing and everything will come by itself. We need confidence so that if we do everything possible, we will surely attain the goal, instead of being relaxed and feel that everything will be okay without our efforts. This is not confidence but destruction and death.

Question: How do I remain confident when I come to a group thinking about my material problems all the time?

Answer: So would you want to erase the problems or have the confidence that you need to overcome them, rise above them, and go towards the Creator through connection with the group? This is not so that you would get rid of all problems this way, but so that problems will not disengage you from the way and from the goal. Otherwise you will start to ask the Creator to take away all the disturbances because you don’t want to advance.

Question: But this is my nature!

Answer: Certainly it’s your nature, but do you want to be above it? You have a choice to think about all your problems as an unjust punishment that you want to remove, or that you want to rise above the problems and go ahead by rising above them. Your free choice is found between this and that.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/25/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Grow From A Naïve Angel Into Adam

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Matan Torah (The Giving of the Torah),” Item 15: Now we can understand the words of Hillel Hanasi to the proselyte, that the essence of the Torah is, “Love thy friend as thyself,” and the remaining six hundred and twelve Mitzvot are but an interpretation of it.

And even the Mitzvot between man and God are regarded as a qualification of that Mitzva, which is the final aim emerging from the Torah and Mitzvot, as our sages said, “The Torah and Mitzvot were given only so as to cleanse Israel.”

The correction consists of restoring the shattered vessel and the transformation of all the rejection between its shattered parts into connection. Then the intensity of the connection between the shattered parts will grow 613 times from what it was before and then the vessel will be able to reveal the Creator in full depth and in all the details.

On the day that he was created, Adam was created as an angel; he had no comprehension of anything: neither good nor evil. But through discovery of the great ego between all of his parts, through transforming them to connection, he received a deep comprehension of the Creator, the Light, the Bestower, the Upper, and reached adherence with Him. His gain compared to the initial state is his own growth and adherence with the Creator.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/25/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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How To Open The Wall

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Can we understand what we read before we transcend the Machsom (barrier)? It seems that in this corporeal life everything is constantly changing and things turn out to be the opposite of the opposite of the opposite.

Answer: It seems that we advance too slowly, but according to my experience, I can say that if Kabbalists had not determined and arranged the order of the spiritual work for us, we wouldn’t be able to advance so quickly and to attain vessels of bestowal, the soul, in our lifetime. We don’t understand how different the spiritual state is from the corporeal state. It is the opposite nature. But we think that it is simply an addition to what we already have in this life.

We have to work according to Baal HaSulam and Rabash’s method and study the Sulam Commentary to The Book of Zohar, the Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah and TES, but this must be accompanied by dissemination, because this provides us with the spiritual vessel. We are actually not a vessel; we are the point of Bina, the nation of Israel that is only a conductor, an adaptor, a pipe. If this pipe isn’t connected to anything, then it doesn’t work; it is out of order and becomes one block of stone.

In spirituality there is no door that opens to let you into spirituality. On the contrary, there is a wall in front of you and the moment you are ready, you see an opening in the wall and you enter. It makes no difference where you stand at that moment.

You don’t need to worry about finding the opening. Don’t look for the opening, but seek how you can open the wall. We have to worry about building a vessel, a connection, and then you will be able to go through quickly.

Kabbalists have left us enough material so that we will build it by ourselves. Now we are starting the new phase of dissemination. It is only thanks to the revelation and the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah that we can come out of this world and be awarded with real spiritual work and the correction of the world.

But Kabbalists wrote very little about dissemination; they tell us only about the general principles. We have to search for the way to work with the public and how to actually do it by ourselves. Why didn’t Kabbalists tell us about everything specifically and why didn’t they prepare a manual for dissemination so that we wouldn’t make any mistakes?

There is no such manual. I constantly wait, like a hungry man, for the next phase to be revealed according to the work we do. If we want to advance, we have to discover the next phases by ourselves. Together we write the method for the correction of the world in our days.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/23/14, Shamati #8 “What Is the Difference Between a Shade of Kedusha and a Shade of Sitra Achra

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Starting Anew Every Day

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why isn’t the transmission channel within me from the Creator to humanity fixed, and why do I have to make great efforts each time to rebuild it?

Answer: It says that “Nukva becomes a virgin again each day.” Working with the desire to receive, you start anew each time and create a new structure of the ten Sefirot. Don’t think about yesterday. Today you have to build yourself anew.

Therefore, you need the goal of creation, a teacher, a group, the study, and all the means for attaining the goal. In order to delight the Creator, we have to go out to the people, gather them, and connect to them. It is only thanks to this connection that we can fulfill the goal, the revelation of the Creator to the created beings in this world. We have to constantly build this vessel until it reaches the intensity and the deficiency needed for the Light to influence it and to turn it into a means by which you convey the Light using your own Masach (screen).

Then you will be connected to the center of the group, to the Creator, and to the people; being in the middle, you will work with your Masach and decide how much you can convey to people according to how much they can receive. You will spoon feed them as you become an active element in the system. This is the role of Israel.

Then you will discover that the Kabbalists are above you fulfilling your connection with the world of Infinity while you are between all the Kabbalists and the people. Kabbalists are part of the Creator and they have prepared the whole system for you, starting with Adam HaRishon, Abraham, and all the others, and then through me to you.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/23/14, Shamati #8 “What Is the Difference Between the Shade of Kedusha and a Shade of Sitra Achra

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A Flower Instead Of A Suitcase

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe must fill every moment with our efforts. These efforts don’t have to be difficult like effort in our world; rather they must be happy and light. Otherwise, I am not working for the sake of the Creator, as it is written: (Isaiah 43:22) “Thou hast not called upon Me, O Jacob.”

If you feel that you are hauling a heavy suitcase, this is a sign that you took the wrong burden. After all, the burden of the Creator is very light. You need to check if you are working in the right way.

It shouldn’t be that difficult for you. Only a Klipa that you accept as the truth is very difficult and heavy. It becomes especially heavy and difficult so that you won’t haul it.

But if you clarify the right attitude to your state, then everything becomes terribly easy. Instead of a heavy suitcase, you are taking a single flower and moving it around from place to place. Everything depends upon how you look at your situation.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/21/14, The Zohar

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