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A Step Upward Is A Step Toward Each Other

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe rules of the group, the rules of the workshop in a circle, and the rules the global world should behave according to today are the same rules. They are the rules of mutual integration, mutual cooperation, and connection to such a degree that we become like one person with one heart.

In the upcoming convention in America we must learn that the wisdom of Kabbalah and the wisdom of connection are the same thing. The wisdom of connection that we are now going out to the world is the first explanation. In the meantime there is no mention of the upper worlds and their structure in the terms of Kabbalah. This is because in the meantime, in any case, we haven’t discovered them.

But after this, we will truly begin to relate to one another with an intention of bestowal. The moment we do enough exercises and attract the Light that Reforms from Above, we will suddenly feel that we are relating to our friends with an intention of bestowal. And then within this relationship we discover the Light: Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Haya, and Yechida of the world of Assiya.

And after that, the Light will become stronger and stronger, according to my attitude towards the friends. In the Kelim I correct, in accord with the intensity of the connection between me and others, I discover the Light of NRNHY.

And the levels of spiritual ascent about which the wisdom of Kabbalah speaks are the distances between us. They are determined according to the degree of our approaching each other, the connections of our hearts, our desires into one desire.

The higher that I ascend on this ladder from this world to Olam Ein Sof, so I approach the shattered souls more strongly, and become like one whole body together with them. And then all the Lights are gathered and concentrated into one beam, and all the Kelim (vessels) are connected into one Kli and we return to a state called Malchut de Ein Sof.

The main goal of the convention is that we speak about the wisdom of Kabbalah and the wisdom of connection as one wisdom, one method, without any division. There is no artificial division that exists between them. This is the same wisdom that explains how we—this humanity and this world that is scattered and pulverized into fragments—become one whole again.

And so our practical work today is to go out to the whole world with the wisdom of connection or with integral education. And after we begin to discover the connections between us, we discover that we have reached the wisdom of connection, which is essentially the wisdom of Kabbalah.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/16/14, “Preparation for the Convention in America”

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The Earth Is A Living Organism

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from NaZachot.Ru): “It is time to revise the definition of a living organism, formulated on the basis of human psychology. According to it, the living, and moreover rational, are considered only those forms of organized matter which properties correspond to those of animals and humans.

“Natural objects that differ significantly in size, power consumption, life span, rate of metabolic processes, are not considered ‘living and rational’ matter. ‘Focus on the human’ has brought science to a dead end in comprehending the laws of nature.

“Especially, this concerns the relationship between the human and the planet. Humanity systematically destroys natural parts of the planet and replaces them with artificial, often unnatural and sometimes harmful to the life of the Earth.

“The Earth is not only aware of humans’ existence of its surface and ‘observes’ their behavior through its sense organs, but actually controls society. The basis for such control is the laws geopsychology – managing people on a subconscious level. The managing body is the Earth itself, in which organism people live.

“Moreover, under certain conditions: an increase of the number of people, exceeding the permissible standards, poisoning some parts of the Earth with human civilization’s waste: the atmosphere, hydrosphere, or destruction of vegetation – the planet begins to get rid of irritating and dangerous creatures that are threatening it.

“Sometimes people’s subconscious receives an order for self-destruction, leading to wars, or there appear viruses, deadly to humans. The time has come to view our planet not as dead body, spinning around the Sun, but as a living organism.

“The Earth is not only alive, but also a rational creature. It constantly communicates with our Sun and even with the center of the Galaxy. This information passes along the channels, extending from the center of the earth to its surface.

“Nuclear explosions, super-deep drilling, disposal of radioactive and toxic substances in its crust cause the living planet to become concerned, and it starts to react to the actions of poorly developed human society. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods – are the first warning actions of the Earth.

“Nature and the Earth live their lives, where everything is balanced. They have the property of self-defense and self-purification to a limited extent that on Earth and in space there are not only struggles, but mutual support and interaction.”

My Comment: Kabbalah asserts the unity of nature and its universal mind from the moment of its revelation by Adam 5,780 years ago. In all the works by Kabbalists, the attitude towards nature is as to a single, rational, higher organism. The still, vegetative, and animate parts of nature abide by the laws of nature of interaction and harmony instinctively.

Only the human being is opposite to nature in all his actions and takes it out of balance. We have reached a critical state where the Earth is no longer able to sustain us. As the science of Kabbalah explains, only studying the unity of nature and observing the law of total interaction with it will allow us to rebuild our civilization.

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Hoping For The Return Of The Youths Unharmed

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: These days all of Israel is concerned about the fate of the three kidnapped youths. Certainly the security forces are making great efforts to bring them home. Many are praying for them to be saved.

Discussions have been organized about how it would be possible to warn them and what precautions can be taken to avoid trouble like this. But is it possible to change something through one particular individual or must one be involved in correction of the general state of society that led to such results, that is, influencing the collective?

Answer: Improving any situation is possible only through becoming a truly collective society. This means bringing connection and unity. It is necessary to transform the people of Israel, in the land of Israel, into one collective body by means of organizing workshops everywhere, discussion circles, joint discussions, and by approaching each other.

People will begin to discover what form our lives should have. Thus, they will begin to reach a connection that will attract the Light that Reforms that will raise them to another level of existence. The Light will begin to enter them, change and create a new society of one connected whole, instead of the former society that was split into pieces and distant from each other.

Through this connection, they will become closer to the nature of the Light, which is one, integral, global, and singular. And when this entire shattered world with the egoism that divides us will rise a bit above the egoistic separation and become more connected, then the Light that acts and influences us will heal all the wounds in our relationships. In this case, without a doubt, we will merit good results, including the return of the kidnapped youths unharmed.

Question: Can we change reality with this method: one picture to another picture?

Answer: Without any doubt, we can change reality from this moment on in any direction, wherever we want. This is in our power. And there is just such an opportunity for the people of Israel.

If we connect more strongly, then the Light will approach us according to the law of equivalence of form, will enter the shattered desires, and begin to correct them. As a result, everyone will feel closer to each other, and from this, the world will be changed. Our relationships and the connections between us will be changed.

Thanks to the influence of the Light, we see ourselves connected differently to the extent that we will want to bestow to each other, to come closer, to bring goodness. This indicates that we are in the spiritual world. The spiritual world is bestowal.

We recommend that workshops and discussion circles be conducted everywhere. And if through shared exercises like these we truly begin to better relate to each other, even in the most minimal way, without causing harm to each other, and at least not doing to others what we hate, then evil will no longer remain in the world.

In this way we nullify and exterminate all of the evil in the world. Can you imagine what kind of a world we would live in if we were to attract the Light that will correct the world in this way? Nobody would want to harm anyone else! This would simply be the Garden of Eden (heaven).

This offers us a miracle to practice the wisdom of connection, the wisdom of Kabbalah, here and now. We have reached such a period in history where this has become our top priority. And so we feel crises that will grow more and more as long as we do not realize this method.
From KabTV’s “The Meeting of Worlds” 6/15/14

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To Rescue The Kidnapped Boys

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The whole nation (of Israel) was shocked by the incident of the abduction of three teenage boys. Do we have any possibility of influencing these events?

Answer: All troubles are a result of our lack of sufficient connection. If the people of Israel were connected according to the Reshimot that are being revealed, then nobody could cause us any harm. It would be possible to dissolve the army and send them all home.

If we were to attain a sufficiently powerful connection between us, then a protective dome of Light would appear above us that would manage everything. We wouldn’t have to do anything ourselves.

As long as there is no connection or unity between us, in order to compensate for this lack, we need an army, politics, and so forth. However, this is because we have not been equipped with the Light as a shield, so we need all kinds of material defenses. The problem is only in the lack of connection, that is why our children are kidnapped.

We need to see the whole system to know exactly what happened. However, if you are familiar with the system, then it is clear to you what will happen in the future, for everything is subject to clear and precise laws. The only thing that can be done to mitigate the sentence of the upper law is increasing our connection. We  don’t have any other means and we don’t need anything else.

In this system, there are no other means that can ease the situation and correct it besides the connection of the people. The connection is realized through the Light that Reforms, and it can be drawn through a scream in your heart with a request for connection in order to give contentment to the Creator.

The means are clear and only need to be applied, only in them should we see salvation. So we begin to translate into practice the upper management from the way of suffering to the way of Torah, the way of the Light.

Until then, we only can scream and complain, “Why did they go out on the road in the dark? Didn’t they know they shouldn’t hitchhike?” You can scream until tomorrow, but this is useless. Everything has been arranged according to a higher system in which we just have not made the proper corrections, and the children are not to blame. If they had not gotten into this car, then something else would have happened.

In someway this damage would have been revealed in the system and resulted as another trouble, and the cause is only our lack of connection.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/16/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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A Crisis Of The Egoistic Perception

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe world entered into a crisis long before 2008, when it became obvious to everyone. However, before then, no one wanted to speak about it. It is not just that the stock market fell or some bank became bankrupt, rather the global crisis encompassed the entire world. The world began to see that it is entirely linked in a single system, but this system is not good.

We want to work together. Europe is united by desperation, because we are completely interdependent. However, the laws that connect us are egoistic laws, and so, instead of using each other correctly, we harm and ruin each other.

This was not so before. International trade, international relations, universities, factories, companies, and nations developed. Everything worked well according to the principle of mutually beneficial exchange, “You – Me, Me – You,” and it was possible to develop.

But the problem is that there are specific dependencies in the world that have turned into a closed system, one integral network. This is no longer the old economic, political, and cultural relations between some nations, but unique new relationships between us are needed.

However, we don’t understand these unique relationships because we are egoistic by nature. Even though we all are linked to each other integrally around the globe, we continue to work with each other according to a regular, egoistic, capitalistic standard to which we have become habituated, and so these links don’t work.

This is the crisis. The contradiction between the new relationships that we must establish between us in the world, connected in new ways, and our inability to reach this is due to a lack of knowledge.

People think that they can continue to exist as before. But, the world, human society, all the still, vegetative, and animate nature, including humanity, already have become a system in which we must transform our attitude. This is specifically required from us humans, not still, vegetative, and animate nature.

So, if we are thinking of going deeper into the reason for the crisis, it will become clear that the reason is our perception. All that is the matter is that we aren’t aware of the kind of a network of mutual connections we suddenly have found ourselves in and how all of us together must behave according to the conditions of this network.

Here, Kabbalah comes to the rescue. It explains that the world today must act the same way we behave in a group of friends, each helping his friend, being integrated with the desires of one another and seeing all as one person with one heart. Those laws must gradually prevail in the world.

Whether the world wants it or not, it already is beginning to behave according to these connections, and if we don’t go out to humanity and teach and explain to them what is happening today, then we are not applying the wisdom of Kabbalah. We are not carrying out our mission for which we have received this knowledge.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/16/14, “Preparation for the Convention in America”

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A Simple Understanding Of Kabbalah

Dr. Michael LaitmanYou should know that now the whole world is a group and we must teach this group, every person and everyone together, how to behave correctly according to the rules of the group. So we have begun widespread dissemination, but in a form compatible with the world, called integral education or the wisdom of connection.

It is impossible to go out to the world under the name Kabbalah. But in the end, we must really teach everyone the essence of the network of connection between us.

To the degree that we enter and integrate into this network, we feel our interconnection with everyone and discover that these connections between us are governed by the same rules that operate between the Sefirot, between the Partzufim and the worlds in Kabbalah.

Where does the spiritual world come from? The whole spiritual world is the altruistic connection between us. If we transform the one-sided egoistic, severed, non-global connections into a corrected global network, then we see this network as a spiritual system and the whole world as one Malchut de Ein Sof (Infinity).

The different levels of connection between us are the higher worlds: Adam Kadmon, Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira,  Assiya, and this world. In the end, we correct all of these connections such that the Olam Ein Sof  (world of infinity) is among us, without any borders. All of us are connected together in one place, with one desire, which is called Malchut de Ein Sof.

It follows that there is no difference between the wisdom of Kabbalah and integral education. Integral education is the same as the wisdom of Kabbalah, only with simple explanations that are adapted for children. When the children mature, we will no longer teach them through simple explanations with colorful pictures, but in a more serious form.

That is how they teach in a medical school; first they dissect rabbits and after that they go on to humans. So we first go out to the wider world with an initial simple explanation, called integral education or the wisdom of connection, but after that we combine this with some knowledge from Kabbalah.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/16/14, Preparation for the Convention in America

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Now I Think The World Will Believe Me

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Could it happen that I might bring harm to the world?

Answer: Certainly, you can cause harm if you don’t carry out the right actions that are required of you with intellectual and emotional participation in the system by free choice. Instead of this, you become a burden to the world. This is how you destroy it.

The right action is learning where your free choice is, what it is, and realizing it. This is what we are learning. Every day, you must make it anew and perform new acts of connection with others, and when you don’t take such actions, you cause damage. In other words, you don’t yearn to be in one heart with all the inhabitants of the world. You don’t make actions to see this connection as the most important thing in life.

Question: When Rabbi Shimon fell to the state of Shimon from the Market, did he cause damage to the system?

Answer: When a Kabbalist falls and rises, he doesn’t do any harm. Instead, he only brings benefit. By falling, he discovers a shortcoming that must be corrected. He reaches this shortcoming, Shimon from the Market, through his efforts and preliminary preparation. You don’t. There is a difference between preparing ourselves for the next action and not preparing.

Question: So, it follows that everyone in a group who falls harms it and condemns it?

Answer: No, it depends upon which person falls, as it is written, “For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again” (Proverbs 24:16), for this is a Tzaddik and not just some corrupted person. Shimon from the Market is a spiritual concept. This is a fall into such a depth like nobody before him has fallen or after him will fall, and from such a depth he can rise up and justify the entire creation.

If someone like a baby falls, we don’t consider the fall or the getting up. Everything depends upon preparation.

However, if a person whose time has come for correction destroys, instead of correcting, apparently he reduces the world to the way of “in its time,” causing war, disasters, a Holocaust. We have gotten all of this already through our failure to correct in time.

We could have prevented the first and second world wars with all of their horrors.

Even now, we can prevent the third world war. Indeed, we are in the generation of the Messiah, which gives us free choice. This is no longer the exile that we had to endure.

In the writings of “The Solution,” Baal HaSulam wrote: I have already conveyed the rudiments of my perception in the year. I have also spoken to the leaders of the generation, but at the time, my words were not accepted, though I cried out loudly, warning about the destruction of the world. Alas, it made no impression.

Now, however, after the atom and hydrogen bombs, I think the world will believe me that the end of the world is coming rapidly, and Israel will be the first nation to burn, as in the previous war. Thus, today it is good to awaken the world to accept the only remedy, and they will live and exist.

We hope that we can stop this slide into the abyss.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/13/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Slaves Of Love

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe dependence of the upper Partzuf within the lower Partzuf is worse than slavery. There is dependence through the force of evil, alien power. But there can also be slavery through the good life force, when the upper loves the lower.

And then it transmits to the lower because of its love, and does everything that the lower requests, of course, only if it is for the good of the lower. It will always be waiting in order to know how it can help the lower. This is slavery, as if, in an inverted form.

The upper cannot cause any damage to the lower. But until we begin to request, to raise MAN (Mayin Nukvin – female waters), to raise the upper AHP (Awzen Hotem, Peh),  the upper will not raise its AHP. It will only wait.

This is called, the Shechina’s sorrow, Malchut of Atzilut greatly longs to raise its AHP and waits for our prayer. But by itself it is not able to raise it, but only according to a request, according to the awakening by the lower ones, the sparks GE (Galgalta ve Eynaim) that are in the worlds of Beria, Yetzira, Assiya awaken the AHP of Atzilut that fell into the worlds of Beria, Yetzira, Assiya.

The upper is with us in slavery, like a parent with his beloved children. Love captivates us as slaves, just like hatred. However, love makes a slave of the upper, one who loves, and hatred turns the lower into a slave, one who hates.

If the upper hates, then the lower becomes its slave, and if the upper loves, then it is in slavery.

Question: In which situations does the upper answer the prayer of the lower?

Answer: The upper answers the prayers of the lower on the condition that they are ready to annul themselves for the sake of connection and ask the upper for the strength to connect between themselves into one Partzuf. The upper realizes their connection and creates a common Partzuf within which the Light is revealed.

This means that in order to receive help from the upper you need to want to connect with others in the common Partzuf, not your individual one but the one that belongs to everyone, which is called Malchut. This is called the prayer of many.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah lesson 6/8/14

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 06.20.14

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, Dargot HaSulam,” Article 371

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“The Book of Zohar” — Selected Excerpts, “Two Points,” Item 122

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 70

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “One Commandment” 

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