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Question: To what degree should our ego develop to reach discovery of the Creator?
Answer: Our ego needs to be developed to the point where it covers the whole world. In other words, I connect with everything in this world—inanimate, vegetative, animals, and human beings—and absorb their egosim, their characteristics, within me, and correct them within me.
This is a state where I see that the whole world is just a projection of my uncorrected internal characteristics, and when I correct them, they are already in me.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/1/16
Answer: Today the crisis of confidence grips everyone in the world feels a crisis of confidence: there is no trust in the family, between parents and children, between citizens and their state, and all the more so between different states and different peoples. We are detached from one another and divided because our egosim is continuously growing.
Our world was created by one attribute only, which is egoism, and we have to add the other attribute, altruism, by ourselves in order to balance the attribute of egoism. We have to insert the attribute of love and bestowal into this world so that it will stand against egoism.
But we don’t do that, and so the process of people drawing further away from each other continues in the family, in society, everywhere. What can we do about it? The only thing we can do is to begin to draw the good force, which is concealed in nature, unto us.
The good force is called the Creator or the Light, and we must draw it. Our future and the future of our children depend on it. Let’s try to do it! The wisdom of Kabbalah tells us how we can implement it.
We need to adapt this wisdom properly, adapt it to our times, and convey it in a clear manner to ourselves and then to others. Then we will succeed and the crisis of confidence will disappear.
This will happen only when, precisely because this crisis, we have to attract the Upper Light that will balance our evil inclination, and we will eventually be able to connect to each other. Moreover, we will feel united in one desire.
The Creator created one desire, and then the ego shattered, severed us in this desire, and divided it into countless pieces. And now, where egoism reigns between us,it is necessary to cover it with good, mutual rapprochement, mutual bestowal, and even love. This is our task.
Then our tiny souls, which are divided by egoism, will be covered with a good mutual connection. This “sandwich”—huge ego inside and great, mighty altruism above it, love and bestowal—will give us great power to attain the Creator. We will penetrate its depth and achieve attainment, expansion, eternity, and perfection.
All of this is meant for us and will be ours. But we must strive for it.
Question: This type of work is basically not done in one hour. Will we have to continuously build small bridges of love over our egoism that is continually growing?
Answer: There is nothing to worry about. Many Kabbalists attained the peak of the end of correction, and we are in a position where we are able to do it—nothing is unattainable.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/8/16
Question: Perhaps for the correct prayer we lack the desires of the lower ones?
Answer: Certainly. I stay in contact with all groups in the world. This is a broad geography covering practically all the territory of South and North America, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, European groups, and groups from Africa.
We have to be in contact with one another because the lack of the outer desire relative to every ten limits it and it does not feel the ability to advance further.
I purposefully try to be in some connection with everyone as much as my time allows me. After all, I don’t have more time than anyone else does, but I try to absorb desires, sufferings, and the doubts of the groups.
I do not attempt to enter someone’s private life. It does not give anything. In spirituality, one can sense only the common state of the group, its common opinion, and its aspirations. This is what becomes inscribed on the spiritual map!
However, if it is not a group, not an assembly of at least a few people, I am not interested in them even if they are some great individuals. I do not become included in them because their desires do not exist in the spiritual world.
From the Convention in Moscow, Day One, Lesson 3, 5/2/16
Answer: It is a very sharp strong impulse common to all. Revenge can torture a person to satisfy all his needs. A person is even ready to die for revenge. It’s a terrible feeling of egoism, called defeat, a blow to his “I”.
Question: What do you advise us to do in this situation?
Answer: A person is given a wonderful opportunity here to revenge his own egoism, which generates this attribute in him. When the feeling of revenge is ignited in a person he has to think about how he can direct it to the correction of the general system and how not to harm himself and others at the same time. In other words, we have to understand correctly the circumstances under which all the attributes appear in us, both the positive and the negative ones.
Question: Suppose a certain person harms my family and the feeling that I have to take revenge rises in me, of course. Do I have to revenge myself now, my egoism? Why do I have to start working with my egoism when someone harms my family? What has my egoism have to do with it?
Answer: Your family is also your ego, which means that the person who has caused harm to your family has harmed your ego in some way, yourself. You have to be grateful to your egoism for having hurt yourself so that you can see to what extent you are hurt by his belittling attitude toward you. You can now rise above your egoism and think how to behave properly.
Question: What should a person do if it is about a vendetta, when someone in the family is killed?
Answer: You should still work on correcting your deficiencies that have been revealed to you this way by the upper leadership. We actually don’t receive anything from other people but only from the Creator, “there is none else besides Him.” This is the reason we have to think about how we can restore the mutual relations with the Creator who operates on us this way through another person, who in this case, is an angel. We have to see everything as an invitation from the Creator and to respond to it correctly. There are not people in our world; there are puppets on strings who act before us in a play through which we have to see the leading director. If you continue to get back at a person, you enter the play this way and become a puppet on a string too.
Question: Do thoughts about revenge torment only me or the one they are directed at as well?
Answer: It makes no difference. We shouldn’t assess different events in our life this way. On the contrary, we should keep in mind that we are being played with through the general problems in the world. We have to respond to them correctly and instead of getting back at someone, we should look for contact with the upper leadership. It makes no difference who or what it is, whether it is an empty space, or even an insect through which the Creator irritates us. Everything is only an indication that we have to find how to be in contact with the Creator. It has nothing to do with anyone else. We have to ascend above such people. I understand that it isn’t always easy and that we are in special, serious mutual relationships. When taking revenge, I work only with myself, and here I have no rivals but the Creator.
Question: Do I have to take revenge quickly so as not to torture myself or think about it all the time and then I can work out my relations with the Creator?
Answer: On the contrary, your thoughts about it are also a correction. You should see the world correctly, and not the opposite world.
Comment: But it isn’t easy.
Answer: What is most important is to reach the state that “there is none else besides Him,” the one force that manages and operates everyone to bring us to the goal of creation. Therefore, He is the only one I deal with. All the others are those through which he bestows unto me. The goal is to ascend above our ego, above the self that rages inside of us. This is of course impossible without the right environment that supports and directs us.
Question: Can one person overcome such strong emotions that arise with regard to another?
Answer: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah: hate, lust, and envy, despite being terrible emotions, are actually the most blessed emotions, which can lead to a great correction.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/1/16
In the News (inosmi.ru): “Lending, borrowing, sharing – they are the common denominator of the collaborative consumption economy. You can share working hours with someone, if you do not use them fully. This applies to almost anything – from one square meter in the office to work equipment.
“Intermediary firms establish contact between the buyer and the seller, for which, as a rule, receive the payment of a few percent.
“The joint consumption economy is now at the initial stage of development, but it is clear that more and more services will soon be available in this form. Already there are features such as a digital platform for dog lovers to communicate, various applications of performing services, homemade lunches, and other minor services.
“Another example of implementing the idea of the collaborative consumption economy – is at home [Sweden] in Lund 2019. The tenants of the property get access to the fund of electric vehicles, bicycles, and a guest apartment. In this case they are called to share things with each other.
“Why is the collaborative consumer economy causing so much interest? Thanks to it, you get to know people who would otherwise never have met. It is built on mutual trust, it teaches people to rely on each other. It increases the efficiency of resource use. In addition, it promotes new and innovative solutions to everyday problems and strengthens the private sector of the economy. …
“But, first and foremost, it teaches people to help and trust each other.”
My Comment: If we advance with this without correcting our egoism, from this wonderful venture all that will remain is a business, taxes, and advertising that choke everything. What happened with the European Union will happen. Without first educating people about good relations between them to earn the maximum compensation—the feeling of belonging to eternity—people will not behave responsibly, which is imperative for good relationships, because the ego will not allow it!
In the News (cursorinfo): “Europe is experiencing the most difficult period in its history, says Sylvie Kauffmann, a regular contributor to Le Monde. …
“’For a few months the crisis of migrants has led to profound transformations in Europe, even deeper than the euro crisis. The first shock for Europe has become a new division between East and West. The attempt in the name of solidarity, but without pre-treatment to force member countries to quotas of migrant distribution, exposed the chasm that exists between the old democracies of the West and the young post-communist regimes in Central Europe’ – the article says. ‘The categorical refusal of many of these countries to accept the Muslim refugees imposed on them has led to a failure of the front (second shock ), which coincided with an increase in the number of political practices, perceived in the West as anti-democratic.‘
“‘The third shock was the moral EU defeat’ – continues the journalist – Europe has always declared its fundamental values:. Tolerance, Human Rights, Diversity, Tolerance, which fell under the pressure of national-populist movements that flourished in apid color due to the crisis of migrants …’
“”The fourth shock is paradoxical. … says Kaufmann. – ‘The crisis with migrants It showed that the space for free movement can not operate in the EU… Leger understand the resistance of some countries, but it is sure that ‘there is no other way out.’”
My Comment: There is another way out, and in general, there is only one: true integration. But this approach requires a change in attitude toward the world and the meaning of life.
The question is: “Are the people in the European Union ready to hear this or are they completely controlled by the bourgeois elite who don’t value anything but material gain even under threat of its and the world’s extinction? And yes, does the European Union have the power to impose its will on everyone?
A group of Kabbalists could initiate the change.
New Life #434 – The Meaning Of Israeli Holidays
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
What are the spiritual meanings of the holidays of Israel, how are they connected to realizing the goal of our lives, and what is the difference between them and the holidays of other nations?
Abraham studied the trend of developmental in ancient Babylon. He understood that everything advances toward connection. Abraham discovered that humanity must come to identity with nature, balancing and harmonizing with it. To be balanced with nature, we need to understand this enormous system. It is profound.
Abraham discovered the law by which all of reality evolves toward general unity, and humanity is a part of this. The process of rapprochement of mankind’s union has steps, such as during the course of human life. The connection is expressed in “What is hateful to you, do not do to your friend” (Shabbat 31a), and after that, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). Abraham told this to the Babylonians. Most of them didn’t want to hear it. Tens of thousands followed him to love of others. The stages of development on the way to connection can be given the name, “The Annual Cycle.” It repeats on every level.
It follows that the holidays of Israel are spiritual and not a commemoration of historical dates as with other nations. The holidays of Israel are determined by nature as states of development on the way toward complete connection.
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