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Kabbalah Or Fascism?

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Central News Agency of New Russia): “Politics of the recent years tends to delay the arrival of fascism. But fascism will come everywhere, on the shoulders of liberalism, as a step towards fascism. Nationalism is the last brace of the people, fragmented, crushed by the market.

“Postulates of fascism:

“National pride, this is the only thing that the market leaves to the people; nationalism is developing everywhere, identifying itself with justice; nationalism is the ideology to which everyone resorts, after having been disappointed in others. In the beginning, national pride is called patriotism.

“Unity of the people and the state. From now, disagreeing with government policy, you will not agree with the people, with the entire nation. Unity of the will of millions of people with the will of the ruler is natural.

“Tradition, rejection of progress.

“Inequality. Fascist states are armies; they are characterised by inequality, but the inequality of the army fascism gets ready-made from the market. Fascism is constitutional inequality, embodied in the firm imperial hierarchy.

“Totality. Fascism will come everywhere, in all countries, in their versions of fascism. Today, nothing can be opposed to fascism.

“Paganism, a modification of the Christian religion to the needs of consciousness; division into pure-impure, the black-and-white picture of the world.”

My Comment: Baal HaSulam described all this at the beginning of the 20th century. He warned that according to the law of social development, fascism arises after capitalism if it is not replaced by integral education and the “society of the last generation.” Therefore, we have no choice. We must spare no efforts in the dissemination of integral education and upbringing.
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Laying The Foundation For A New World

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe are now writing history together. Day after day, we have to create a booklet with explanations that will be relevant for a short period, for that day, and then we move on.

There was never anything like this before and certainly this work will also continue after us, but on the same basis that we lay down today. A very unique period has begun, for we are now making a transition, an innovation, and then this new stream will only go and grow.

Certainly, an innovation will happen on every level, but there is no more fundamental and important transformation than what is now happening with people in the world today. The world is going out from a mindless form of existence where its evolution is managed by internal forces. The natural program evolution (“in its time”) pushes and pokes you from behind and you are like a donkey, running forward, trying to escape from the blows of fate.

Now, the transition has arrived in which you continue to advance forward, but you, yourself, put a grain bag in front of your donkey so that he will run faster. This is a new and completely different approach to evolution in which you have become a partner with the Creator.

The Creator is not compelled to push and poke your donkey. Instead, you get up and sit on the donkey as a human, preparing the feed bag for him, and you hang it in front of your donkey’s head, and so the donkey advances, runs forward, and you are riding him.

Question: How is it possible to make sure every day that you have found an explanation most appropriate for that day?

Answer: If you are connected with your friends and from this connection you find a way to approach people, then you certainly will not make a mistake. There is no other way to observe this. There is only the most appropriate connection between us for the nation and the world, and nothing else.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/12/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Removing The Affliction Will Save The Abducted Boys

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Is it possible to convince people to connect in a good way in order to avoid troubles like the kidnapping of the boys?

Answer: The whole world is a desire to be filled. When there is no filling a person feels bad and he suffers. If there is too much filling, he feels good and enjoys. When a person feels good he doesn’t need any extra filling, and then he doesn’t hear anything. But if he needs something and you offer to fill that need, he will listen to you and will want to receive what you offer.

Now, when such an acute need for positive changes has been invoked in people, we have to let them know that we have the solution for saving the kidnapped boys.  And for that, we have to connect.

It is because everyone wants the boys to come back! So let’s connect. It is a system that is subordinate to clear laws in that it either works or it doesn’t. All troubles stem from lack of connection according to the Reshimot (reminiscences) and according to time.

Now we have to be more connected, but since we haven’t been connected, this trouble has come about. If we want to get rid of this affliction, we have to connect. We should constantly worry about our connection and take every advantage we are given to do so. Otherwise we will not follow the path of I shall hasten it, the path of the Light, but rather the path of in its time, the path of suffering. The tragic event of the abducted boys is an example for that.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/16/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Incomparable Situations

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You said that we must organize workshops on acute questions that appear as a result of interactions. Is it necessary to promote these situations, since they certainly could accumulate and then appear like abscesses, or is it preferable to set up workshops in advance?

Answer: Try to do everything that you can and the Creator will turn it as needed. Your concern for tomorrow is right, but it must be more organized. This means I cannot say, “What will be, will be since everything is in the hands of the Creator.” I don’t realize free choice in that way.

Likewise, I cannot say that everything depends upon me, so I don’t want to pay attention to anything. This also is not correct. In general before the action we say,“Everything depends upon me,” and we say it this way as if it truly depended only on us.  At the end of the action, we say that all of this was determined from the start by the Creator and happened only according to His decision.

As a general rule, these two situations, these two disparate equations, are comparable only beyond the Machsom (barrier) when we begin to work with the middle line.  Until then, we only make attempts to connect them. Either everything depends upon me or everything depends upon the Creator. So, first try to take everything into your account, and after that, attribute it to the account of the Creator.
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From the Sochi Convention 6/9/14, Lesson 1

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For The Essential Changes

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We are going through an immense number of states. In one of the lessons you gave advice to record these states and follow that with how we are changed in our attitudes towards one another and the outside world. I would like to clarify how to do this.

Answer: It is advisable to record our states because this shakes us up and obligates us a bit. Through scrutiny of those states, I suddenly begin to catch myself thinking: “But I really didn’t think this way yesterday. The day before yesterday I didn’t act this way. I behaved this way before and now quite differently.”

This means I am begin to notice changes within me. I recommended recording your feelings so that you will feel that serious changes are gradually happening in you that bring you closer to essentially new states.

Question: Does every person evaluate this individually or should the entire group do this as a result of the shared work?

Answer: The group also. But in a group all kinds of changes can happen all the time: people come and go. As a result of this, the influence of the individual on society is discovered and that of the society on the individual. But in general the group can evaluate its state, how much it reacted before in an unhealthy way to various actions by someone or something else, whereas now it understands that it must be more patient.

But the main thing is for everyone to set a goal for himself: “I want to see how much I have changed.” These can be very serious changes under the influence of Ohr Makif, which must be discovered in such a group, for you have indeed produced it.

So you need to experience very serious changes and this must be seen: You were lazy, you have become more diligent, you were scattered and lacked attention, you have changed for the good. Everyone changes differently, but it must be recognized.

And the main thing is that you feel your inner connection more, which can appear even as a result of physical activities. You always show concern for your common “baby” that is born among you, your shared general desire and common aspiration.

And this common general state is very valuable to you. It becomes so important for each one that personal life is not important to him at all; the main thing is not to obstruct our society, our common sensation, and our common connection that has already begun to appear and has its own right to exist.

And this is the Adam (human) that we are creating. This is that common part of Malchut that we compose together and in which soon, after the composition accumulates enough power, the Creator will be revealed.
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From the Sochi Convention 6/9/14, Lesson 1

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Raising Moses From Nothing

Dr. Michael LaitmanM. Weisman, “The Midrash Says” (Chapter “Shemini”): There is only one method for getting closer to the Creator, and that is absolute obedience to His will. And the Lord says to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that I did him a great honor. Tell him where his sons are, is where the innermost part of the Shechina will be, which means the place where the Creator is revealed, His divine presence. Even you and your brother Moses will not attain such heights.

This is talking about a state that the created beings cannot attain until the end of correction. It is revealed after the levels of Aaron and Moses.

The fact is that Moses is buried on Mount Nebo across the Jordan River and his place of burial is unknown to this day. It turns out that he attained a level that no one has disclosed yet. But it still is not a level of the complete connection and unity that includes both the people and the Torah, i.e.,  all the parts of the general soul.

But at the end of the general correction, all levels will be revealed in what is called the allegorical picture of Moses’ tomb. In principle, there is no tomb since he climbed the mountain by himself and died there.

Later the state of Moses will appear again, but at a level that all the other souls below will begin to ascend to him, connect with him, and advance all the way to the end of correction. Then we will really ascend to the level about which it is said that “even you and your brother Moses will not reach such heights.”

The Torah speaks about the preparation that our egoistic desire goes through before entering what is called the land of Israel, that is, before the complete development of our egoism in love and bestowal.

It only tells us about the period when we come out of Egypt and reach the border of the land of Israel by going through forty spiritual levels and forty years of wandering in the desert (the ascent from Malchut (will to receive) to Bina (will to bestow). Then there is the descent from Bina to Malchut, when we begin to attain the level of Malchut, raise it to Bina, and then ascend from Bina to Keter (crown).

After the whole mass is corrected by the gradual ascent, there is an action called Rav Pealim Mekabtziel, a special force that unites all the corrected parts of the general (Mekabtziel is the connection that compresses everything into one unique force).

This is an additional correction. When it is fulfilled there will be an ascent all the way to the level of Keter. The level of Moses will then actually be revealed, not the way it is described here, but on the next level, when all the levels merge and ascend to the level of Keter.

Then the tomb of Moses will be revealed, that is, the state in which we attain the level of Moses, and together with him will begin to ascend until the complete end of correction.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/22/14

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The Point Where A Person Connects With The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why does Baal HaSulam tell us about how the Masach (screen) rises and descends, about how Bina mixes with Malchut, etc.? Why should we know all these details?

Answer: Baal HaSulam tells us about our foundations, our roots. It is because a person in this world acts either like an animal, worrying only about how to fill himself, not caring about anything else (if something happens one millimeter away from him he doesn’t care one bit), or he may be troubled by questions like: Who am I? Where do I come from? Why am I living, for what purpose?

If a person thinks about such questions that are a bit beyond his own body, they already belong to the human level and not to the animal level. An animal is totally closed inside itself.

The wisdom of Kabbalah tells us about the roots that belong to the human level, that is, everything that is external to me. External to me means external to my corporeal existence. Corporeal means from one end to another: from birth to death, as long as the body lives. This is the only thing about which the animal cares.

On the human level, however, one asks: Where did I come from and where am I going? These questions do not belong to our inner system but to the external system. I have to reveal it and then I will get the answers to all the questions such as: Who am I, what am I living for, and what is happening to me?

So when we read the descriptions of the upper system in Kabbalah books, we may not care or we may care very much, and accordingly we discover that this story actually refers to us. It refers to our behavior and our functioning on the animal level and also on the spiritual level. Spirit refers to what is outside the body.

In the article “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Baal HaSulam tells us about our foundations. Up to a certain point he tells us about Malchut itself and about how it spreads from the top down. Malchut is considered the animal level, but Malchut is connected to Bina, which is the foundation, the root of the human level.

By its connection to Bina, Malchut can resemble Bina and thus reach the level of Keter, that is the Creator. This is why the connection between Bina and Malchut is so important. In fact it is the point where a person connects with the Creator.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/13/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Preparing A Spiritual Vessel

Dr. Michael LaitmanM. Weisman, “The Midrash Says” (Chapter Shemini), “The Eighth”: Before entering the Mishkan (“Tabernacle” – the presence of the Creator), Nadav and Avihu drank wine with everyone in order to commemorate that joyful day.

Wine symbolizes the left line, the revelation of Gevurot. This means that Nadav and Avihu followed the left line in absolute egoism by clearly ignoring the preparation of the right spiritual vessel.

The question is how they could not comply with the proper revelation of the Creator.

When a person is about to perform spiritual work of getting closer to a more sublime state, he has to prepare for it consistently. He must have the attribute of bestowal, the attribute of receiving, the right intention, the connection with all these attributes, at least with the people. At the same time, he must connect to the upper level, while being in its lower part.

In the case of Nadav and Avihu, however, they make one mistake after another, as if there were racing mindlessly.

But this is done on purpose from Above. When a person receives additional egoism, exceeding his abilities, he loses his wisdom completely. He falls and performs everything under the influence of his growing ego, which covers his eyes, saying: “I want!”
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/15/14

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 06.19.14

Preparation for the Lesson

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Shamati #69 “First Will Be the Correction of the World” 

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“The Book of Zohar” — Selected Excerpts, “Two Points,” Item 121

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 69

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Nation” 

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