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The World Antibiotic Crisis

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from The Raw Story): “Humans face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics, a world of plummeting life expectancy where people die from diseases easily treatable today, scientists say.

“Experts tracking the rise of drug resistance say years of health gains could be rolled back by mutating microbes that make illnesses more difficult and expensive to cure and carry a higher risk of death.

“At the base of the problem are doctors prescribing antibiotics wrongly or unnecessarily, and the ease with which medicines can be obtained without a script in some parts of the world, including Asia and Africa.

“As much as 70 percent of antibiotics are given for viral infections, against which they are wholly ineffective, the experts say.

“Without antibiotics to tackle opportunistic bacteria that pose a particular risk for people who are very ill, major surgery, organ transplants or cancer and leukaemia treatment may become impossible, he explained.

“’In some parts of the world, already we have run out of antibiotics,’ said Timothy Walsh, a professor of medical microbiology at Cardiff University.

“Resistance to drugs emerges through changes in the bacterium’s genetic code — altering the target on its surface to which antibiotics would normally bind, making the germ impenetrable or allowing it to destroy or ‘spit out’ the antibiotic.

“The wrong antibiotics, taken for too short a period, in too low a dose or stopped too early, will fail to kill the altered microbes.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) says drug resistance ‘threatens a return to the pre-antibiotic era.’

“’Many infectious diseases risk becoming untreatable or uncontrollable,’ it states in a fact sheet on antimicrobial resistance.

“Antibiotics are thought to have saved hundreds of millions of lives since Alexander Fleming first discovered penicillin in 1928.

“But even Fleming’s own warnings of impending drug resistance went unheeded, and now scientists say people may start dying from infections like meningitis and septicaemia that are eminently curable today.

“’If we keep going like this, the vast majority of human bacterial pathogens will be multi-resistant to antibiotics,’ said Courvalin.”

My Comment: There is only one solution that will stop our fall: striving to resemble nature so as to become similar to it through interconnection and integration. After all, our differences from its increasing integrality cause our multi-faceted crisis. If we start looking for other solutions, instead of becoming similar to it, we will trigger even greater problems.

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Stealing the Sesame Seed From The Scale Of Merit

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “The Arvut” (Mutual Guarantee), Item 22: And one who commits one sin, which means that he cannot overcome and conquer his filthy self-love, and hence steals or does something of the sort, sentences himself and the whole world to the scale of sin. This is because with the disclosure of the filth of self-love, the lowly nature of Creation, is reinforced. Thus, he subtracts a certain amount from the sentencing to the final scale of merit. This is similar to a person removing from the scale that single sesame seed his friend had put there.

Thus, to that extent, he slightly elevates the scale of sin. It turns out that he regresses the world.

Question: How can I pull the entire world behind me and cause it harm if I am not in spirituality yet?

Answer: It makes no difference whether you know about it or not. You are still part of the system.

We know that about 130 million babies will be born this year, and as grownups we know that we must build factories that manufacture baby food, diapers, and so on for these babies.

The babies don’t understand and don’t know all that is done for them, but we still take them into account despite their lack of understanding. The system works and takes those who belong to it into account. At the moment, they don’t actively participate in it, but they will grow up and participate in it later.

We are also in the system like those babies. The system works for us, and we influence it like the babies who influence the world. This world turns around for them and provides them everything that they need to grow.

If you don’t see that you are part of the system, it doesn’t mean that you are not connected to it. You still affect it very much. If you were connected to this system, not as a human being but as an animal, you would receive and carry out orders instinctively without ever making any mistakes. An animal is never wrong since it is totally managed from Above by the system.

Then, there would be no problems with you at all. You would be connected absolutely to the system, having no freedom: not in your hands, your legs, or your head. You would be managed totally from Above and wouldn’t exist as an entity.

However, if you are born with some internal freedom that you must fulfill through your freewill, you need instruction and guidance. This refers only to the part that is called Adam (a human being).

Question: But how can I tilt the world to the scale of sin and steal a sesame seed if I am not in the spiritual world?

Answer: You are in the system, and your time has come to participate in it consciously. So far, you have participated in it as an animal activated by urges that the system summoned in you.

However, now, you are not completely activated because you also activate the system by yourself to some extent. Accordingly, you receive instructions as to what to do and how to do it.

If you want it yourself, if you receive and urge and exert yourself, you learn these instructions and try to make yourself a beneficial part of the system. If you don’t, you become the harmful, detracting part.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/13/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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The Force Of Connection Will Disarm The Terrorists

Dr. MIchael LaitmanQuestion: What advice would you give to all the people who are looking for a way to release the kidnapped teenagers now?

Answer: The advice is for just one thing: to connect, to unite. No other action is demanded from us. Connection is the foundation of the nation of Israel that was designated to be as one man with one heart, united in Arvut (mutual guarantee) and love.

As it is written, “All Israel are friends” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This is only about connection and unity.

We recommend holding workshops and discussions in circles, which we have already tested and work well. If we carry out an action of this kind, which leads to connection and unity, and make even a small step toward greater unity and connection, then we will immediately see how everything works out in the nation, family, hospitals, old age homes, and of course, with these wonderful teenagers that everyone is so worried about at present.

The entire situation will change for better; it is in our hands. I am very worried about this tragic event. After all, I have three children of my own. But we know that from antiquity until the present day, the nation of Israel has been targeted by all the nations of the world. And it doesn’t stop. We see how the tension around us keeps growing more and more.

Through our connection, we don’t need to become stronger in order to stand and survive against the enemy and to defeat it with the force of the fist. We won’t need force at all. Only the nation of Israel is able to bring the Upper Light closer to this world, and in this way “He makes peace in His high places, He makes peace for us.”

Thus my prayer at this moment is only for the unity of the nation of Israel. Then we will see the best results.
From KabTV’s “The Meeting of Worlds” 6/15/14

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The Potential Of 99% Of Humanity

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Some friends, when they go out to people, cynically believe that we are involved with education in order to teach them how to live. But the external public feels very strongly that through their arrogance they are putting themselves above the public. How can this be avoided so that we can be sincere towards the general public?

Answer: Personally I look at the external public as a public that doesn’t know itself but has enormous potential. In every housewife or street cleaner there is a latent, much greater potential than exists in me. So I have a very careful and helpful attitude towards them.

After all, in principle, it is they and not us who carry a tremendous desire, and when it begins to manifest in them, we see that street cleaner or housewife with such bottomless desires and such unlimited possibilities of adherence to constitute the entire shattered universal mass that doesn’t exist within us.

So, on the one hand, there exist actions in a line (Kav), and on the other hand, actions in circles (Igulim). We learn this in the second section of “The Study of the Ten Sefirot.”

If we are acting in a line, in this case, 99% of the general public don’t exist for us but only those who have the exact intention toward the Creator. However, if we are talking about a circle, about Malchut de Ein Sof (world of Infinity), about Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light), it belongs to 99% of humanity. There, everything is hidden in them.

So, we need to relate to them with the intention of the long run—not today, but in a few more years—but everything will be discovered from there, as it is written, “Be careful with the children of the poor, for the Torah will go forth from them” (Nedarim 81a), meaning the Light.

If ever I personally had a prejudice, a disregard, for Asians, South Americans, or Africans in comparison to Europeans and North Americans, in the process of becoming acquainted with them, my opinion has changed radically. They are not just equal in my understanding, but have changed places. Oddly enough, they are the bearers of such intellectual and analytic abilities, such potential of scrutiny and analysis, that doesn’t exist among the Europeans.

So, the circular Kli (vessel), the masses, are the bearers of very great potential possibilities and immense desires that will be discovered later, and with them, the Creator will be revealed..
From the Sochi Convention 6/9/14, Lesson 1

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A Complicated Question

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How must one answer the question about why is it necessary to love your friend as yourself?

Answer: It is because the world is integral and the mutual integral connection between everyone in human language is called “love,” mutual love for each other, like cells in one body. This is called, “And you shall love your friend as yourself.” This means that there must be such a connection between people as there is between all the other parts of creation.

In nature everything is in the right connection and union between them, except for humans. People violate this unity and distorts the still, vegetative, and animate nature. As soon as people begin to correct themselves, nature will automatically begin to be changed.

Nature will begin to rise because all parts of creation are included in each other, but in particular on that level called Adam (human). So “love your friend” is implementing the essential law of creation, the connection between all of its parts.
From the Sochi Convention 6/9/14, Lesson 1

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Feeling The Desires Of The Masses

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How is it possible to extract the deficiencies from the 99% of humanity most fully and correctly?

Answer: If we work with the general public correctly, we will begin to feel such a deficiency from them that we cannot sit still, so much so that will it stab us from all sides. It will be unpleasant, uncomfortable, sometimes frightening, and sometimes as shame. These are terrible sensations that will appear to us when working systematically with the external public. I hope that the group will compare and examine its yearning to rally around itself as its greatest opportunity and simultaneously be careful about how great the deficiency of the masses is and how much they understand us and are impressed by this.

So we need to prepare a very understandable and simple booklet for them that makes it clear and understandable that within our method is concealed a truth that will help them to rebuild the family, relationships with children, relationships at work, will make them healthy, will clarify a multitude of problems, etc. I would really like us to have this brochure that will always balance our influences, our meetings with the wider public.
From the Sochi Convention 6/9/14, Lesson 1

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The Seven Levels Of Spiritual Clarification

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus” (Shemini), 10:6-10:7: And Moses said to Aaron and to Eleazar and to Ithamar, his sons,”Do not leave your heads unshorn, and do not render your garments, so that you shall not die, and lest He be angry with the entire community, but your brothers, the entire house of Israel, shall bewail the conflagration that the Lord has burned.

And do not go out of the entrance of the tent of meeting, lest you die, because the Lord’s anointing oil is upon you.” And they did according to Moses’ order.

Question: How can we explain that they are not allowed to mourn?

Answer: This does not refer to people who behaved recklessly and were somehow burned but about souls. When we speak about spiritual corrections allegorically, it is sometimes expressed in a very special way.

There is a state in which you should mourn since the mourning is actually a correction. This doesn’t mean that you should sit and cry since there is no one to cry about here. It isn’t about the corporeal concept of mourning, which is observed on the corporeal level.

The seven days of mourning mean that during these seven days (seven Sefirot): Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, Malchut, you gradually realize and perceive the full depth of your fall and the reasons for it.

Therefore after the seven days, you understand the meaning of your fall; you are ready to start the correction, the rebirth of the desire that died against your will, just as it was against their will that Nadav and Avihu lit the Holy fire, burned incense, entered the Holy of Holies, and tried to perform an action.

In order to correct something, you must first descend to the darkest depth of your desire and fully perceive the extent of the shattering; the repulsion felt among all the parts of the general soul. Only after you attain the shattering are you able to turn to the Creator from the depth of this state, having understood that it wasn’t you who did it, but the Creator.

It is actually from the full depth of the descent when you feel that this is the end that you begin to feel that this state is given to you on purpose so that you will acquire contact with the Creator because the shattering and the correction are not important. What’s important is that you acquire contact with Him above all these states.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/22/14

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Clarifying The Desire

Dr. Michael LaitmanM. Weisman, “The Midrash Says,” Chapter “Shemini”: When Aaron understood that his sons’ punishment was a sign of an unprecedented, special honor, he stopped crying and accepted the Creator’s judgment in his heart, and the Creator rewarded him for his self-sacrifice by starting to talk to him, although He usually turned only to Moses.

There are several types of spiritual contacts: a thought that is perceived from a distance, a conversation (exchanging information), or a mutual action. Here, it is about Aaron’s ascent to the next level, thanks to his sons.

On the whole, we should understand that Aaron’s sons are actions that take place in the one single desire.

I find it very hard to speak about this since I constantly have to translate my explanations to discrete states for different souls, for different people. However, all this actually doesn’t exist! It is only about clarifications in the one, unique desire of the one, unique Creator.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/22/14

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 06.22.14

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, Shlavei HaSulam,” “Concerning Above Reason”

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“The Book of Zohar” — Selected Excerpts, “Two Points,” Item 124

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 71

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Nation” 

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