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The Decline Of Babylon, Part 4

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: After the ego ignited, it forced the Babylonians to scatter over the face of the Earth. Did humanity develop only under the influence of this negative force?

Answer: It is not that a positive force doesn’t exist in a person. It exists in every human, but it is not clearly revealed nor does it direct and propel them forward.

The disciples of Abraham differed from the disciples of Nimrod in that they discovered within them the two forces: the explicit ego and the implicit yearning something, bestowal and love. But they didn’t yet feel this, at first they simply searched for the meaning of life. The second force was discovered within the meaning of life, which is beyond the physical earth, above egoism.

In this plane, the ego shows us what is possible to obtain here and how it is possible to satisfy and fulfill yourself. The second force goes above this plane because it is built on connection, on unity. This is the next level.

Yes, this force exists in everyone, but, in the disciples of Nimrod, it was not clearly revealed at that time. As a result, they did what was possible to do in their present stage. They dispersed or created new connections, they mixed or fought, they made alliances, marriages, or the opposite. However, all of this was on a physical level.

And it is only now that the call for the meaning of life has begun to be awakened in them. However, since they don’t see Abraham among them, they sink into drugs, into all possible kinds of excesses, into wars, etc. Anything just to fill and to shut off their emptiness.
From KabTV’s “Babylon Yesterday and Today” 8/27/14, Part 4

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From “Who Are You, People of Israel”:

Once the people of Israel, Abraham’s disciples, left Babylon, they lived in unity for approximately 2,000 years.  During that period, they experienced troubles, but throughout those years, unity was the key tenet that kept the people together, and their conflicts were meant only for the purpose of intensifying the love among them.

However, approximately 2,000 years ago, the ego erupted among them with such intensity that they could not maintain their unity. Unfounded hatred and egotism broke out among them and inflicted an exile upon them. This exile, more than anything else, is exile from unity.

The alienation within the Israeli nation caused them to disperse among the nations. In addition, the separation among them caused Kabbalists to conceal their wisdom, which then became the secret of a chosen few Kabbalists in each generation.

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Yom Kippur

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, Book of Leviticus, “Acharei Mot” 16:29-31: And it shall be a statute for ever unto you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and shall do no manner of work, the home born, or the stranger that sojourneth among you. For on this day shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins shall ye be clean before the Lord. It is a Sabbath of solemn rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls; it is a statute forever.

This refers to the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), an important event that occurs once a year. The word “year” (Shana) means a cycle.

Together with that, a man receives full correction of the desires on the present level. This means that in this cycle he completes all his accounts, which are that which he was able to correct. That which he was unable to correct, he sends far from him since he doesn’t want to use them.

This means that presently he is pure and constitutes in himself a certain spiritual structure. Therefore, in our world, people symbolically wear only white clothing.

It will happen again because we must repeat this cycle many times until Gmar Tikkun (the end of correction).
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Humanity On The Threshold Of Divorce

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe entire method about which the Torah speaks, from the first Adam (man) until entering the land of Israel, is the process within a group of Kabbalists who discover the evil within the group while working on the spiritual connection between them. From then on, only good is discovered.

The discovery of evil is all the hatred that separates people and is discovered to the degree that they want to connect. However, now instead of quarreling over various insipid matters, if humanity would want to connect, it would not need to discover the evil. All of their evil is found within the people of Israel. Therefore, the nations of the world cannot correct this evil alone. They do this with the help of the people of Israel and reach correction all at once.

After all, if the true evil of the ego were revealed in them at the moment that they begin to connect, the world would be drowning in evil. They really would be devouring each other down to the bone. So, the work of connection was given only to the people of Israel who are called the “stiff-necked people.”

The people of Israel do the work of connection and transform themselves into a “glue” that can connect all of humanity. They work together with the nations of the world, but their evil inclination is not revealed in this work.

This is an interesting concept. After all, the evil inclination is specifically revealed at the time of connection between people, and we need to work with that. The Torah tells us about this in all the stages of the wilderness. In other words, they are the stages of revealing the ego that is gradually discovered and corrected. It seems as if the children of Israel were wrong, transgressed, and violated the commands of the Creator. However, it is precisely in this way that they corrected themselves and prepared themselves for entry into the land of Israel.

After their entry into the land of Israel, they still needed to conquer it, but this was already a different war, which was the conquest of the nations in the land of Israel: This was the use of the ego through the power of bestowal that they previously acquired. However, in our day, in order to correct the entire human ego, it is necessary to conquer the entire world by means of the power of bestowal. The nations of the world are not obligated to fight with their evil inclination.

The whole Torah talks about the discovery of evil that is revealed through the inclination to connect. This is similar to what a young couple does when they go through all kinds of conflicts when they try to get along in their shared life. They communicate more and more through a shared kitchen, bedroom, living room, house chores, work, a joint bank account, and spare time.

Before then, they would meet somewhere from time to time, and this didn’t obligate them to do anything. Suddenly, they have lots of reasons to connect, and so the evil inclination is revealed in them.

The entire world now feels like a pair of newlyweds. So, it requires a method, the wisdom of connection, which is the wisdom of Kabbalah. This is required everywhere; in our time there is no possibility of connecting in any other way.

Why are people not ready to connect today? Why do so many couples divorce? It is because not only is the ego revealed but also the true evil inclination. This is because humanity must now be connected all over the globe and on all levels. So, everyone will be required to know the wisdom of Kabbalah that teaches how to overcome the evil inclination.

When you want to connect with your child, you must know how to do this, specifically with the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah. You need to learn to attract the Light that Reforms otherwise you won’t have a connection with your children. Today, parents lose connection with their children who reach adolescence around the age of 13, and, in another decade, this connection will already be weakened by the age of seven or eight, and even earlier.

Today, at the age of three or four, children begin to feel completely independent. For them, a parent is simply a tool for attaining a goal, which is the fulfillment of their desires and no more. Problems of this type will appear everywhere. It is impossible to attain connection without the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Everywhere that people try to connect, in the workplace or at home, they will discover their evil inclination. They will want to connect more and will not be ready for it. So, they will divorce. Even the terrorists are divided and are not ready to connect into one gang. There are so many groups and so many factions among them! The separation will keep on growing everywhere. Soon, everyone will sit in his house with a rifle, and that’s it.

The friends in a group of Kabbalists consciously work on the connection between them. Therefore, all of these phenomena become expressed among them in a very clear and obvious form. However, Kabbalists have the tools for working against their ego, against separation, and against hatred. The friends perform the role of the people of Israel, regarding all of the children of Israel, just as all the people of Israel do with respect to all of humanity. So, all of the people of Israel must work like a group of Kabbalists with respect to the whole world.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/7/14, Writings of Rabash

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The Essential Secret Of The Jews, Part 47

From the book: The Essential Secret of the Jews, M. Brushtein:

Cells – Communists

Living matter, although materially insignificant in the biosphere, energetically acts in it in the first place. (Vladimir Vernadsky, Scientific Thought as a Planetary Phenomenon)

The insignificant film of the living basically enslaved the entire Earth. How could this happen? Could it be that separate elements of living matter are not just united, but also actively interact with each other?

Each individual member has its own personal interest. The essence of evolution is that individual elements that have personal interests become united in a single body, and begin to act in the public interest. (Elisabet Sahtouris, “The Biology of Globalization”)

Thus, evolution is heading towards unification. The question is, when this “social” process began.

The ability of cells to actively move and interact with each other in accordance with certain rules allows scientists today to talk about cells’ “social behavior.” Probably, something like the described cooperation of similar cells happened on our planet about 4 billion years ago, on the threshold of emergence of life. (Eugene N. Panov, Escape From Loneliness)

It seems that this ability to interact or more precisely to cooperate, which appeared from somewhere, expresses the essence of the difference between the living and the still.

Finally, in our view, the most important thing is that cells do not simply interact. Together, they take care of the whole body and work for the common good, leaving for themselves only what is needed for life. In fact, their work illustrates a known communist principle – “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” (Karl Marx, The Critique of the Gotha Program)

Even self-sacrifice is not foreign to them.

Researchers from the University of California in San Francisco (USA) found self-sacrifice at the cellular level.

It turns out that yeast mother cells give their mitochondria to offspring and do this so selflessly that eventually they themselves die.

We can sum it up. Cells tend not just to unite – they seek cooperation. As a result of this activity, cells rise to the next level of the social ladder – the level of organisms.

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Two Goats In The Spiritual Work

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, Levitcus, 16:7-10: And he shall take the two goats, and set them before the LORD at the door of the tent of meeting. And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats: one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for Azazel. And Aaron shall present the goat upon which the lot fell for the LORD, and offer him for a sin-offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell for Azazel, shall be set alive before the LORD, to make atonement over him, to send him away for Azazel into the wilderness.

Question: What is the meaning of the two goats, “and Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats?”

Answer: It is a person’s internal work to reveal the different attributes in him, analyzing and clarifying what can be corrected and what cannot, for what he has enough power and for what he does not. On the whole, however, he has no power at all but only the option to ask the Creator for help.

If a person simply thinks, “Okay, I’ll ask,” it doesn’t work. Can he really ask to get rid of his attributes? In order to do that, he must process everything inside him in a deep, serious, conscious manner and experience it as something personal.

He cannot say, “I want to correct this and that,” but he only can ask for it to be corrected. At the same time, he can ask for these attributes to be corrected, attributes that are very dear to him and from which he doesn’t want to detach in any way, like a mother from her baby, for example. Can you imagine such a state?

When a person understands that he cannot get rid of that by himself, he asks the Creator for help. Moreover, it isn’t for his own sake but in order to dedicate himself totally to others. He sacrifices his attributes as his small child. This is a real sacrifice on his part. At the same time, he ascends to a very high level when he asks the Creator to do that since he cannot do it by himself.

These things are revealed to us over a long period of time. A person goes through very serious internal states by weighing different options. He ask if he is doing the right thing, how can he give up one thing or another, and so on. We speak about these things as if they are understood, but, in fact, it isn’t just difficult, but very difficult.

Eventually, a division of the egoistic attribute takes place in a person. Part of it he can give the Creator, but the other part he cannot. This is the two goats, one of which he sacrifices and the other one he seemingly sets free.

It is very hard to explain the meaning of “and the other lot for Azazel” for the forces of impurity, and so on. This is the limit that is set on every level. It is necessary in order to advance as we are repulsed by the impure goat and sacrifice the pure goat.

Our movement is always based on the two elements of something that I am repulsed by and something that I am attracted to. It is much more difficult to be repulsed by the impure desires, to refuse to accept them, not to work with them, not to enjoy them, and not to fulfill them, rather than to sacrifice the other half.

First, I must determine which desires help me advance and which I must detach from, to “send them away for Azazel into the wilderness.”

These desires are so great that I as yet cannot work with them correctly in order to bestow and sacrifice them for the sake of the Creator. Therefore, I must send them into the wilderness, which means to detach from them.

I must clarify which of my desires are pure and correct them to the attribute of love and bestowal, which means to sacrifice them. This is a very difficult action, but this is the meaning of the continuous revelation of moving forward that is revealed in me as a result of the serious and difficult clarification.

A person doesn’t go through such states in our world. He is pushed into a corner and doesn’t know what to do. It is only in such cases of being under pressure that he can reach the revelation of his attributes, his desires, and a serious clarification and the division of the desires.

When they are totally separated, it will be possible to determine which of them is the goat for sacrifice and which is the goat for Azazel to be sent into the wilderness, no longer to be used.
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A World Without Suffering

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can we pass through those situations that are expected for the world in the near future without suffering?

Answer: The only method is through attracting the Upper Light. You cannot do anything else. So we are going on the way of “I will hasten it,” meaning in the way of the Light. Otherwise there will be continuous suffering or an imbalance in a ratio of 90% suffering and 10% Light.

Look at what is happening with us in Israel, which is a case in point of too little Light and much suffering. Everyone endures suffering, both Israelis and Arabs. In such a manner, we are bringing the nation into a state that is not good.

Question: The most important part of correction is the people of Israel living in the territory of this nation. All of Bnei Baruch is working for the sake of its unity. And what is our role? What must we be involved with here if the correction begins from there? What should our efforts be?

Answer: All of the groups in the world, including the groups in Israel, are connected into one system. The attraction of the Light into our world depends on our common efforts. First of all, the Light works through us downward, and after that, through the people of Israel. The whole problem is that we must consolidate it, but this is a very complicated task. After that, through the people of Israel, the Light will pass to the rest of the world.

We must try to work with these three levels, connecting together as much as possible. There are many resources here that have not been utilized, and if we realize them correctly, there won’t be suffering in the world.
From the Convention In Sochi “Day Two” 7/14/14, lesson 6

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The Unity Of The Nation And The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the connection between the unity of the Israeli nation and the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah is the same science that allows us to fulfill the unity and the connection between us. In this unity, we begin to feel the forces that operate in creation, in nature, and in reality. We are brought to the revelation of the one force called the Creator, which means “come and see” (Bo-Re), and the revelation of Kabbalah, which includes everything in creation. It explains how we exist and what process we go through in order to go through the beginning of creation to its end in the best and shortest way. Kabbalah tells us about the goal of our life and how to reach the one force, and it gives us the means to fulfill this goal.

The main thing is to acquire knowledge. If we already know how to advance toward the goal and how to use the forces of nature, our success is guaranteed because we are in nature, which is the equivalent to the upper force, the Creator, and we learn how to use this force.

The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to avoid the blows and get closer to goodness, how to perform all our duties in creation and how to attain the goal in the best and quickest way. After all, if it explains to us the whole system of creation and the forces that operate within it, there is nothing else we need.

Question: So, why, according to the system of creation, does it turn out that the whole world should unite against Israel now?

Answer: If the Israeli nation doesn’t fulfill its mission, then the entire world will undoubtedly take the side of our enemies. We see that all the world news channels show the Israeli-Arab conflict only from the perspective of the population in Gaza and never from the Israeli perspective.

They don’t even mention the fact that Israel is under missile attacks and that people are killed. This doesn’t concern them at all. They don’t hide these facts on purpose, but simply don’t feel them and don’t take them into account. They see that, at the same time, 1,500 people were killed in Gaza while, on the Israeli side, only about a hundred, and so they take the Palestinian side.

Question: You say that this is a war between good and evil and not between Israel and Hamas?

Answer: Of course! After all, it is written, “The hearts of ministers and kings are in the hands of God.” Hamas is merely a weapon in the hands of the upper force. The real war, which the prophets call Armageddon, is between good and evil. This war already is taking place in its fullest between the corporeal Israel and the spiritual Israel.

It is our internal war against our ego in which we will clarify whether we really want to ascend above it and control it, or if it will dominate us. It is a war between the forces of good and evil.

There is only one force that operates in the whole world, in all of nature, called the desire to receive. However, there is another desire among the Israeli nation other than this desire to receive, which is the desire to bestow. This makes Israel different from all the other nations due to the force of bestowal that is concealed within it.

Everything depends on whether Israel uses this force of bestowal or not. If it uses the force of receiving and the force of bestowal in a balanced matter, it attains wholeness and peace. However, if the force of receiving is greater than the force of bestowal, Israel feels this corruption according to their level.

The world aspires for a state of balance, and it is Israel’s duty to bring the positive force of bestowal to the whole world, which means to become Light unto the nations, to teach everyone the meaning of love and bestowal upon others. I hope that we finally will begin to engage in this work and understand what our mission is, and that all the disasters are sent to us only in order to bring us to unity and to set an example of unity for the whole world.

This is what the world expects of Israel. The moment the Israeli nation declares that it is starting to fulfill this mission and really wants to fulfill it, the nations of the world will immediately understand it. They suddenly will see that this is exactly what they want of us, which is an example of how to build a corrected world that is properly connected by the love of friends so that all of humanity becomes one whole.
From the program “A New Life” 8/12/14

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