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The Real Purpose Of The Human Brain

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Slon): “Our brain does not receive, does not process and does not understand information. The brain is not a homogeneous, rigid structure, each of which handles its information. Our brain is not a computer with separate blocks.

“The brain consists of individual cells – neurons. Information links between them are chemical – in the form of the entry and exit of ions.

“We would not understand without the brain, but the brain would not understand without us.

“Our ability to interact with the world is the result of the activities of generations of living creatures trying to establish contact with it. We are a set of living cells that have learned this interaction; we are groups and systems, coordinating our activity. The most important question of psychophysiology is to explore the work of the brain and its contents simultaneously.

“The brain is an electromechanical structure; the brain can understand nothing – understanding is within us.

“We cannot put a picture of the physical world in our brain – the image “falls apart” at the level of the retina. Then, this image is reconstructed again, and we are the artists of what we see.

“Our brain has something more than the structure of the brain itself. We finish building the environment in accordance with internal experience. Our head contains more than just neurons – they produce the model of the external world, which is detailed and dynamic.

“That is, the brain can control something in the external environment through its activity and can get in touch with the outside world.”

My Comment: There is no body. There is only desire and mind, with a human being the result of their correct combination. What we see as the world is ethereal, unreal, and  does not exist. The picture that we see in the brain appears to us as the only thing that truly exists.

The picture of the world is painted within us, according to our likeness to the single upper force. We see the difference between our properties and the properties of the upper force. This is the internal language of the brain, which then paints it for us in images.

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Becoming Grateful Guests

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe study that there is no other work but reaching connection. But we don’t create the connection by ourselves, which is bitter, general misconception that corrupts our way and prolongs the exile.

We should only want to connect and to pin this connection on an external factor, on the upper force. We don’t correct ourselves, but only discover the need for it.

The need for connection stems from our yearning to avoid afflictions and from the desire to delight the source of the Light that manages us. It is quite a long way, a whole ladder of spiritual levels that we have to climb in our understanding and our consciousness in the connection with the source of Light.

Therefore, we must first stop thinking that we are the ones who establish our connection. The call “let’s connect” means “let’s connect to the source of the upper force, the upper force of bestowal that will connect us.” All we have to do is to just raise MAN (female waters), which, on one hand, is a request and a prayer for the revelation and the raising of a deficiency. On the other hand, it is food that we eat during the forty years of wandering in the desert.

This means that we are not required to do anything but raise MAN, the full recognition of our dependence on the upper force. We have to invoke the right deficiency in our hearts and try to connect them into one heart that wants to be connected. We then turn to the host with the request to connect us in order to delight Him and become grateful guests.
From the preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/03/14

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What One Should Fear

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I am terribly afraid because I feel the threat of disasters and wars throughout the entire world. What can I do for the Creator, for the world, to prevent the impending disasters?

Answer: The Creator is independent; He has no need for anything. What can you give to Him if He is whole? Our role is to help the world. This is what we do. We learn what must be done for the world so that it will discover the Creator.

There is no reason to fear war. We don’t need to work from fear, while this is useful, but the fear must be different. It is not about what will happen with me and with the world but that I cannot perform the role for which I was born.

So, you don’t have to be afraid. Baal HaSulam writes that a third or even a  fourth world war is possible, but I don’t think that this is so true anymore. Now, we are approaching such a level where everything is changing. We must be intensely involved with dissemination,09 not due to fear, but because this is truly the most necessary work for the Creator.
From the Conversation at Sochi Convention 6/9/14

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Difficult But Very Clear Actions

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What actions can change a difficult situation?

Answer: There is only one action: the unification of the people. If we unite and acquire the power of bestowal, then, thanks to this, we advance toward the Creator in a good way. We cancel all evil through this.

We are acting within a deterministic system that is subject to permanent and strict laws. And we know how to use these laws to change our destiny, both individually and collectively. We must create a positive force that will attract the Light, and the Light will correct everything.

This is not mysticism. Rather, these are laws that operate in reality. Nobody moves by himself or makes decisions by himself. There is no one besides the Creator, the only one who moves the world. There is one higher power, one law, and we only need to know how to use it, and if we use it correctly, then we can bring all of humanity to the desired state.

However, if we don’t know how to use this law, which we must know, then all kinds of problems afflict us. They are intended to teach us how to use the system correctly. So Pharaoh brought the children of Israel closer to the Creator, helping them  He helped them through pressuring them and causing them trouble. Otherwise, they wouldn’t even have thought of leaving Egypt.

Everything depends upon us; all the means have been given to us. We already can begin working between us to advance toward bestowal and mutual connection, and with this, we awaken the Upper Light.

We possess a very simple mechanism. The moment Israel connects a bit more strongly, the Upper Light will approach us, and all of life will change for the better.

However, if Israel disengages from each other, they will come to destruction and unfounded hatred. Everything depends only on our connection and unity; this possibility of regulating all of life exists only for Israel and not for the nations of the world. The Creator influences Israel and compels connection through them. The other people have no free choice. They cannot be evil or good, rather they act according to how they are managed from above.

Therefore, the calculation is made only with Israel. If we connect, then we attract Light. If we don’t connect, the Light goes further away and directs the nations of the world against us. So then we feel how anti-Semitism increases day by day.

So, we must be like one person with one heart, as it is written, “All of Israel are responsible for one another,” and “Love your friend as yourself.” It is all our responsibility; for the nations of the world, there are no laws like these. However, if we don’t want to reach connection, then the Creator places a cruel king over us, like Haman, so that we will return to Him against our will.

The action required from us is not easy, but it is very clear, and only waits for us to begin to implement it.
From KabTV’s “The Meeting of Worlds” 6/20/14

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Working In A Broken Heart

Dr. Michael LaitmanRamhal, “Mighty in Heaven”: The sages said, “The work in the heart is a prayer.” Thus Nukva, because of how it manages all the worlds, is called a heart. And it turns out that all the hearts in all the people are nothing but parts of that heart. This means that all the hearts stem from Nukva and are therefore called its parts. And here this matter of the heart is interpreted in all the souls that stem from it.

And it turns out that there is no whole heart unless it includes all the phases of the heart that stem from it in all the souls. Then when it includes (them all), it will understand in the sense of “the heart understands” all of the general Providence.

We should understand that we are parts of the general Malchut that is called the general heart, and that we should unite our hearts, and thus correct them. None of us needs a private correction; there is nothing to correct in a person, only his attitude towards others.

This is the first discernment that we have to realize: No one is corrupt; it is only the connections between us that are corrupt. By correcting these connections between us, we can merge into one general heart. According to our connection we will understand the One who bestows, His level, and His attribute because we will become like Him.

This is what we should engage in, in our connection above all the egoistic discernments that are revealed, separate us, keep us apart, and make us repelled by one another. All the events in our life are meant to show us the place of our work and where there is no connection between us yet.

Everything that happens to us in this world is the sum of all the individual states that stem from lack of connection. When these states connect, we feel this reality as this world, which means the lack of connection in different discernments. It is revealed to us to the extent that we can survive under the conditions of lack of connection and start our correction from it.

Therefore, all our work is in raising MAN for this connection by using all the means we have. Then the Light that once used to fill the whole vessel of the soul influences all our parts and reconnects them, as we return to being one soul, one heart,

All our work is done in a broken heart in order to connect our hearts in it, and in accordance with this, we  feel and understand what it is to be one whole general heart.

If we feel that we are like a guest before the host and from this state we pull the lines to our current state, we will never be wrong in any of the states that we find ourselves in.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/3/14

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You Cannot Do Without Discussions

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It seems like our unity gets a bit lost due to endless discussions and training sessions. But the strength is specifically in unity!

This is because, by and large, besides the sincerity  we convey to people through our attitude, they don’t need anything. I participated in a dissemination event and I don’t even know how to explain what happened there. It was magical!

Answer: This is the magical effect of the Upper Light! Sometimes, you go out to the general public and you have a feeling that something is not working, it doesn’t go, everything is so phony, and then everyone splits up and goes away. Then, suddenly, people approach you, almost hug you and say warm words. This is the influence of the Upper Light. That is how everything will be.

I don’t think that discussions, training sessions and so forth, lead to anything. They are superfluous. This is how the method is created. The essence itself is crystallized, and 90% of the things that are unnecessary are thrown aside.

You tried something and tossed it aside. With this, you scrutinize all of your tools. Then, you gather those that you need. Those that you don’t need, you leave aside for a while. After that, go back, collect and connect them. They come back just like in ruminants that chew their cud.

First, you process your actions and leave them for a while. After that, you go over them again and again, until you really use all of your previous garbage. However, they are no longer left-over garbage, but the most valuable means.

Ultimately, you constantly connect theory, practice, and discussion anyway. All of this is necessary only if you don’t approach them artificially. So, when a need for discussion appears, it is necessary to arrange for it.
From the Conversation at Sochi Convention 6/9/14

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Circumcision For The Spanish Soul

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion from Seville, Spain: Does one need to be circumcised on the physical level in order to feel the same inner spiritual intention, and is a person limited in the spiritual when he does not perform the corresponding material actions?

Answer: I have already explained so many times that physical actions do not determine anything spiritually. All investigations and corrections are realized in the relationships between people.

There are only two corrections:

1) “Bestowal for the sake of bestowal” or “Do not do to another what is hateful to yourself.”

2) “Reception for the sake of bestowal” or “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Through the first correction, we attain the property of Bina, bestowal (Hafetz-Hesed), and through the second correction, we attain the property of Keter, the Creator. These are the two stages of correction that the entire Torah speaks about.

There are 613 “advices and instructions of the Torah” (Eytin and Pkudin) in accordance with these corrections; all of them are actions for the correction of desire. And circumcision (Brit Mila) refers to the correction of desire when one is forbidden to use it beyond Sefira Yesod, which is being corrected.

There is no physical surgery that can help a person become holy or spiritual. We need to focus on the inner, spiritual corrections, but everyone can continue to observe the traditions of their ancestors.

Describing the corrected society of the future in his article, “The Last Generation,” Baal HaSulam writes that everyone can retain their religion; it is not in conflict with spiritual attainment.

Granted, Jewish traditions differ from other traditions in that they reflect the true spiritual laws, but their external observance in no way facilitates the soul’s correction. They are only a set of customs meant to be observed in this world as a culture of the people.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/28/10, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 07.07.14

Preparation for the Lesson

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“The Book of Zohar” — Selected Excerpts, “Among All the Nations of the World, There Are None Like You,” Item 165

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Talmud  Eser Sefirot,” Vol. 1, Part 1, “Histaklut Pnimit,” Chapter 4, Item 33

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Unity of the Nation,” Lesson 4 

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