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Do Not Let Humanity And The Creator Down

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We are discussing the next step in building the center of the group. We would like to review the current state. Today each friend has his own pain, his own desire, and each sees the further correction of the group in his own way. And everyone is right. But how does all of this resolve into one whole? How do we actually upgrade ourselves to a new version?

Answer: You need to finally feel that you are at the point of choice, at a fateful decision. All generations are looking at you, and right now you are determining the future and if it will it go through the path of hastening or through the natural path, in its time.

And certainly, as a result of this, all things and events will unfold one way or the other in the land of Israel and in the world.

We need to realize that we are that point through which Light can pass into our world. Therefore, everything depends on how seriously we approach our role as the transition link. Our unity must be genuine.

There is no help here from the upper or from me because everything is handed over to you, and it is up to you to create this unity. You need to decide how we will make ourselves equivalent with the Creator.

Above all, we need to connect to Him. Our dissemination, too, needs to stem only from adhesion with Him. I am seeing that otherwise we will not be successful. Yes, we are reaching out to people, but we need to deliver genuine Light to them in a way that they will become connected to us and cling to us as a baby to a mother. And likewise—the whole world.

There is a willingness for it, but we are not yet connected to the Creator so we cannot serve as a vessel of reception or as support for the people of Israel and the world. Today’s situation is such that we are obliged to establish a connection from both sides and are obliged to reach mutual guarantee, above with the Creator and below with the whole world.

You must take the connection between you very seriously. Whoever is not ready for it, even in the slightest bit, has no place here. After all, if we do not unite, nothing will hold up and all the work we’ve done will amount to nothing.

Therefore, we need to work on purifying and uniting the common vessel, checking daily and  in every second, how you are progressing along the path. This is very, very serious.

After all, we advance either through the 49 gates of impurity or through the 49 gates of Holiness. Herein lies the danger that threatens us in Egypt. So right now the choice is in our hands.

You cannot begin a new day the same way you did last week. No, a new desire and a new approach is needed. This is not in words, but in feelings and in the mind. Accordingly, we will merit either a good or a bad attitude from both directions, from above and from below.

Throughout all of history, the people of Israel have experienced pressure from above and below. And now, Israel refers to us, the group that is entitled to propel the world forward either in its time or through acceleration.

We need to change ourselves completely and demonstrate in every moment a serious approach to the work through responsibility and mutuality. I repeat that whoever does not take mutual responsibility seriously has no place here. This group does not accept everyone indiscriminately but only those whose hearts ache with concern.

It does not matter how many people remain here. Let it be ten, but this ten will be bonded tightly, will be strong, connected to the upper Light, and will be able to conduct Light through itself into the world. And conversely, there is no benefit from a large number of people who are not united and not connected with the upper Light.

This is why we need to break away, free ourselves from all illusory pursuits and work only on connection in order to reveal the upper force within this connection.

Let’s hope that we already understand this and will begin to act. I very much hope that we will offer a response to that opportunity that the entire world has been awaiting for thousands of years.
From a Talk at a Meal 11/29/14

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A Truth That Makes No Sense

laitman_265Our mission is to convey the message to as many people as possible. Baal HaSulam wrote about how much he suffered when he saw poor people wandering the streets and not knowing anything about the Creator and His control. If they knew about Him, they treated him improperly. Baal HaSulam’s dream was to reveal this information to people.

Thus, we have to reach everyone and make everyone an active part in connection with the Creator. The whole Israeli nation has to unite and to connect with the upper force in order to become the channel that conveys the Light. Today there are no restrictions and everyone should know about it.

Question: Is it true that in the discussion circles what is most convincing to people is not the arguments, rationale, or emotions, but the warm atmosphere in the circle?

Answer: There is a certain force in these discussions that operates on people. Even if only a small number of people participate in these discussions, it already spreads throughout the nation like a good “metastases” that spreads a new feeling.

A new state is appearing now not only in Israel but all over the world. It is a totally irrational state and the Israeli nation is irrational like its history.

Anti-Semitism, the attitude of the all the nations of the world towards Israel, is also totally irrational. After all, how can it be explained logically that such an enlightened and cultured people as the Germans committed the Holocaust.

There is no sensible explanation for that and it has nothing to do with religion. It isn’t an argument between Judaism and Christianity; look at how positively the Pope speaks about Judaism. He loves Israel while billions of people who follow him hate the Jews. The upper providence operates so that everything will seem totally irrational.

Therefore, we shouldn’t fear the fact that it makes no sense. We should only dress in the senselessness of the world and everything will take on the right and true form. In fact, all the nations will see that we manage this senselessness and that we have the explanation for everything, that there is a basis and a way to reveal all.

We can finally explain the reason for anti-Semitism to everyone, the conditions for the existence of the Israeli nation that will allow it to stay on the world map. We will be able to explain the special role of this nation, why it has undergone different ordeals throughout history, what the Torah actually says, and what the essence of all the religions and beliefs is.

Abraham laid the foundation for all the religions; they are all called the Abrahamic religions. They are the result of the “gifts” he sent to the East with the sons of his concubines. It is time to solve world’s problems.

We have entered a new era, and before us is to fully open this field of work.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/17/14, Shamati #68

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How Does One Protect A Nation From Dissolution?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Have I understood correctly that in the physical world and in the spiritual world envy operates differently? If in the physical world I want to annihilate the object of my envy, in spiritual work it works the other way around. I don’t know what spirituality is, but I want to feel it, so I yearn to get this through the object of my envy.

Answer: Indeed, the more envious you are of the spiritual desire of your friend, the more you benefit.

Question: I was a child of the Soviet Union. It turned out that a yearning was awakened in us for such things, which, in principle, were closer to spiritual than physical prosperity. So was this the right direction?

Answer: In the Soviet Union, the  correct understanding is education based on our egoistic desires and physical aspirations to become the strongest nation, to rule the world, to manage it, and show everyone the whip. If the leadership of the country had acted correctly, it would have been engaged with education for people and would not have aspired only to better manage people.

The problem is in this. According to what Baal HaSulam wrote, everything was organized here for the sake of a lofty egoistic goal and not for the sake of an altruistic goal directed toward the Creator. This is because the Creator is, in principle, all of us united into a general single whole. This is the whole of creation, all of humanity and all of nature in full mutual bestowal. The characteristic called the Creator is specifically discovered here. Outside of us, the Creator doesn’t exist.

If the Soviet Union had existed for this, it would have educated the people correctly and not in order to be the strongest in order to oppress others, instill fear, and demand respect. If there had not been an immense ego standing at the head of belligerent politics, then certainly everything would have been otherwise. But since all of this was for the sake of big egos, not for the people, but for the leadership of the people itself, everything crumbled.

And it is certainly crumbling now with an even greater noise since arrogance has been rising: “We! We! We!” “We will show everybody.” “We are going our own way.” “We are the smartest, the strongest,” and so forth. All of this will very rapidly collapse. A nation cannot exist like this and it will come to Nazism. The fall of the Ukraine is a sign of what can happen to Russia. And all of this is because they put a very great, powerful ego at the head.

In no way do I wish anything bad for this nation. I consider it my homeland to a certain degree, but it has taken a completely wrong direction. Neither the congress nor the huge national ego can keep the country from disintegrating.

This is absolutely against every outlook, the entire flow of nature and every line of development. And so it will disappear very rapidly as if it never existed. The Soviet regime existed for 70 years, and it will all pass away very quickly now.
From the International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day One” 7/11/14, Lesson #2

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This Is How The Soul Works

laitman_281_01The Torah, “Leviticus,” 12:2, 12:4: Speak to the children of Israel, saying: If a woman conceives and gives birth to a male, she shall be unclean for seven days; as [in] the days of her menstrual flow, she shall be unclean. And for thirty three days she shall remain in the blood of purity; she shall touch not touch anything holy, nor may she enter the Sanctuary, until the days of her purification have been completed.

What is the meaning of purification? It is the scrutiny of our desires and our intentions and then the recognition of evil in them and the clarification of the right way of using them.

Then they are classified, picked out, and desires that cannot be used are kept away. But they remain inside, and so we have to place certain barriers to block them, to limit them in certain frameworks. All this is fulfilled in a period of 33 days.

Where does all that stem from? There are seven Sefirot in each Sefira Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, and Netzach, which add up to 28 and 5 other Sefirot in Hod (Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod) which total 33. This is identical to the counting of the Omer (33 of the Omer).

This means that 33 days (33 levels) have to go by in order to make sure that all the upper sources are corrected. The others don’t need to be corrected since they will be corrected by themselves.

The Torah, “Leviticus,” 12:5: “And if she gives birth to a female, she shall be unclean for two weeks, like her menstruation. And for sixty six days, she shall remain in the blood of purity.”

A female symbolizes the work on two systems: both the attribute of bestowal and the attribute of receiving. This is the reason that everything is doubled.

A male is the attribute of bestowal and a female is the attribute of receiving in order to bestow. Therefore, it is about a double system. Everything is very simple; it is pure physics. This is how the soul works.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/12/14

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People Live In The Past

laitman_959In the News (from RT): “A team of vision scientists at the University of California, Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) revealed this secret of the human brain: To save us from insanity induced by a constantly changing torrent of pictures, shapes and colors – both virtual and real world – the brain filters out information, failing in most cases to notice small changes in a 15-second period of time.

“It actually means that what we do see is, in fact, a mixture of past and present. According to the research, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, stability is attained at the expense of accuracy.

“’What you are seeing at the present moment is not a fresh snapshot of the world but rather an average of what you’ve seen in the past 10 to 15 seconds,” said study author Jason Fischer, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at MIT.”

My Comment: In fact, we do see not the world but our internal state that is projected on a screen in our brains, and this gives us the illusion of what is supposedly happening outside of us, in front us.

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Do The Stars Affect Our Fate?

Dr. Michael laitmanQuestion: The Zodiac signs and fate, the topic is exciting and intriguing and not much understood. Do the stars affect our destiny; is it possible to predict it and what you can do with this knowledge?

After all, the most difficult thing in life is its unpredictability. We live not knowing what will happen to us in the future, what surprises are in store for us.

A person cannot control his life. And that is why people are so interested in astrology, which supposedly can predict a person’s character and his entire fortune by the stars.

Astrology was known in ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, in the East, India, China, and among the American Indians. And today, many people believe that there is a connection between the stars in the sky and the human state. Does this connection really exist?

Answer: The entire universe develops gradually, step by step, and the human being is the last stage of its development, the most developed of them. But just because people are developed more than animals and have such a mind and feelings with which they can reveal nature to a greater degree, they feel very vulnerable.

It is said that a two-day calf can already be called a small bull. Having barely been born, he already has the same mind and feelings as an adult bull. He knows what plants can and cannot be eaten, and will not fall from a height, as opposed to a small child who should be taken care of and educated until he becomes wiser.

If a child is not educated, he will grow as an animal. But if we give him the entire human experience, accumulated over many years, he will become a human being at the level to which he was given an opportunity to develop. A human being develops himself, and as he develops, he reveals the world.

Therefore, a human being is a very sensitive creature because he has to feel nature in a subtle way. He is strong because he is able to build for himself the systems that protect him against the adversities of nature. The human being has discovered fire and invented electricity in order to heat his home and light the darkness of the night. He has learned to communicate over long distances and invented the Internet.

Human beings perfected nature, adding to it all the amenities that he lacked. And at the same time, he himself has not changed much, and it is obvious that there are very clear limits of human capabilities.

We can improve our lifestyle in every way, but we cannot answer the most important questions, “What is my destiny? What awaits me in the future? When will I die? What happened to me before I was born and what will happen after my death? What happens beyond the boundaries of this life?”

“Why in my life, did I meet the people who surround me? Why was I born with this character, of this gender, in a particular country, and in a certain period of time?”

All this remains a mystery to us. There is some power that controls us and we cannot influence it. We are able only to make ourselves more comfortable in the place where we were brought by fate. We build houses for ourselves rather than living in caves, and we prepare and store food for future use.

We are developing that which relates to the material life of the body. That is, we use the human mind and senses, which raise us above animals, for the benefit of this animal level, our bodies. For the purpose of satisfying our bodies, we have developed all the sciences of physics, chemistry, biology, and zoology.

We cannot get outside of our body with our human mind and feelings. It turns out that we are using all that was given to us above the animal level, such as  great intellect and the ability to study nature and reveal its laws, just for the sake of our animal welfare.

We wanted to move quickly and created a car, we wanted to talk over distances and invented the radio and the Internet. But all these inventions are made for the convenience of the body and its health, either for oneself or for one’s family and children.

There is no invention made by our highly developed mind which was intended for the benefit of  rising above the degree of the animal level.  Universities, stock exchanges, and museums were all designed to provide maximum comfort for our bodies. It is sad to see in what primitive way we use subtle senses like a sharp mind and the ability to evolve and  develop from generation to generation.

We fly into space and make huge advances in medicine. A hundred years ago the average life expectancy was no more than 40-50 years, and today we are getting close to 100 years. In another 50 years, we may live for 200 years. We have the opportunity to make our life in this world much more intense, long lasting, healthier, prolonging the existence of the body. But what we can do with it for such a long a time?

We can improve the conditions for the existence of the body and for our families and children. We can answer any question, except for the main one concerning our fate. The concept of destiny includes the form in which we existed before birth, what this form will be after our death, as well as what happens to us in the middle interval from birth to death, and what tests we will have to go through in this life.

On the one hand, we recognize that all this is planned. But with respect to us, it appears as a complete accident. We think that now it is a coincidence, but maybe we can rise up a little bit, then look down and see the program, which is extremely curious.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 1/1/15

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The Book of Zohar  – Selected Excerpts, “Prayer,” Item 203 

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