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Precious Sprout Of The Soul

565.01Reason does not obligate us to work in bestowal. We find that we are completely unprepared to ask for it, not ready for bestowal and unity. We still need to grow this desire in ourselves because initially we are just egoists and do not differ in this from animals.

If we want to discover the point in our heart, the godly part from above, the sprout of bestowal, we must put a lot of effort into this and help each other in the group. We cultivate the power of bestowal in us as if from a drop of seed embedded in us up to its full measure, which is called soul.

The Creator is not revealed as if He were somewhere far away and at last I went there and found Him. I must feel the Creator within me, feel this quality in me. At one point I want to receive for myself, and then I want to give—these qualities are revealed inside a person.

The Creator is “close” to me or “far away”—this means whether I want to be like Him or not, whether or not I want the quality of bestowal to rule over me.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/22/20, “Work with Faith Above Reason”

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And The Wheel Rolls Forward

232.05If several friends in the ten are in ascent and others feel the heaviness and descent, it is like a spinning wheel: one part rises and the other falls, but the wheel moves forward. And if we raise a common prayer, then one part of it will consist of gratitude and the other part a plea.

One cannot exist without the other, just like two sides of the same coin. Therefore, it is good that we feel this way–it is a sign that our ten is complete, perfect, and contains both sides.

Even when we reach the end of correction, our desire to receive does not disappear, it does not change. Only the intention above it is corrected. If the desire to receive disappeared, the intention to bestow would also disappear and the creation itself would disappear.

Therefore, nothing is lost, we just need to change our intention, reach more and more connection and preserve all our qualities. From the depth of the desire and the screen with reflecting light, from these two opposite forces, a perfect Kli will be built.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/23/20, “Work with Faith Above Reason”

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Work In The Heart

236.01The prayer is called work in the heart because the mind resists it and I have to go against it. That is, I ask the Creator for something that my whole nature resists; therefore each prayer requires special work in the heart because I want to go against my mind and reason, which prove the opposite to me.

However, I do not want to understand with my mind that it is worth working for the Creator. I want to work only with faith above reason.

It is interesting how it works because I feel that everything within me is resisting: I do not want connection, study, altruistic actions, dissemination, and connection with friends. I do not want to use any means that can bring me closer to the Creator.

This inner resistance becomes more and more explicit every day, but each time I have to act in exactly the opposite way. I see this reluctance within me and know exactly where it is in my egoism, but on the outside, I must do the exact opposite.

There is nothing that attracts me to this and obligates me, no one is forcing me, but I myself try to find the strength to do something for the sake of bestowal above my reason. This is how the transition from reason to above reason, above desire occurs. This is the transition from the corporeal world to the spiritual world. The entire spiritual world is built above reason, above my normal desire.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/22/20, “Work With Faith Above Reason”

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“How Can I Learn To Live In The Present? What Does It Mean To Live In The Present Moment?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: How can I learn to live in the present? What does it mean to live in the present moment?

Every moment, how we can be in a mutual relationship with nature, and how to communicate with it such that we understand how it influences us and how we should optimally respond.

Doing so will make our lives meaningful and complete.

We will enter into a constant relationship with our closest partner—nature—and start feeling how we merge with the outside world in the present moment.

Two Governances: Heaven And Earth

214There are two governances in the world: heavenly and earthly. One acts from the side of nature, advancing the program of evolution as planned: “in due time,” leading each one and everyone all together to a predetermined state. As a result, the two forces—good and evil—must join together, replenish each other, and fully reveal the Creator to us.

The upper force created good and evil and imprinted them in creation. And now they must unite in order to reveal the Creator within this unity. This is the plan of heavenly governance, and the world will certainly carry it out; there is no doubt about it.

Nature will brutally push us toward this correction. Extinct dinosaurs, erupting volcanoes, tsunami waves, wars, all these prove that nature advances the program of heaven without any mercy, regardless of the fact that it causes suffering to our egoism.

But the human, the most developed part of nature, has the opportunity to get acquainted with this process, with the program of creation and its purpose, and become an assistant to the Creator in its implementation. In this case, he will be called “human.”

If a person takes control and strives to become like the Creator, he accelerates the development and reduces suffering. But he is trying not for his own sake but only to support the program of creation and to prove to everyone the righteousness of the Creator, to justify Him in everything.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/18/20, “Connecting the World in the Last Generation”

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New Life 1287 – The Challenge Of Distance Learning

New Life 1287 – The Challenge Of Distance Learning
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Distance learning puts teachers under a lot of pressure to cover the material while it is hard for students due to the many distractions. Teachers and administrators need to ask themselves how to make studies seem more important in the eyes of children. Parents need to see their children’s studies as very important and also take part in them by, for example, depicting the teachers as kings and queens. Cell phone companies should disconnect phones during school hours.

We need to arrange the education system differently so that teachers and students will work together, integrating and sharing in mutuality and connection. The study has to be done in a group and should include many exercises and activities so that the students will remain focused. Competitions can be held in which the kids are divided into two groups in order to encourage and motivate them.

We need to take problems from daily life, from the family, and from what happens in the country, things that the kids are familiar with, and work on them as part of the study material. The social aspect is important to students as well so we need to establish the right communication between them during the lesson. We have an opportunity today to really change the outdated education system and to participate in the building of man.
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From KabTV’s “New Life 1287 – The Challenge Of Distance Learning,” 11/6/20

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The One Inside Me

293Comment: There is pain in the world. As you keep saying, this pandemic is not the end of it. The UN has already accepted that we have lost this fight with more than a million dead and more than 30 million infected, and that we need to unite. But how? How can we unite? Suddenly Karabakh! Nation on nation! Such hatred is spilled out that did not exist before. What’s going on in Belarus?! What’s happening in America?!

My Response: The world, of course, has descended…

Question: What about Israel? The government can’t make basic decisions. It seems that we were not put in apartments, in rooms, the virus didn’t scare us.

Answer: Mutual pretensions are the strongest.

Question: This is staggering! What kind of nature is this?! How can we work with it?

Answer: This is the next state of egoism. The fact that I pay less and less attention to the consequences that are allegedly threatening. I am threatened, others are threatened, it doesn’t matter, I don’t feel it. What can I do?

Question: A person has no responsibility. Should there be a change of mind or a change of heart?

Answer: “What the mind doesn’t do, time does,” the Bible says.

We are trying to speed up this process of the revelation of evil. For what? For humanity to tell its ego: “That’s it! You don’t rule me anymore! I’m separating myself from you! This is you, and this is me.”

What can I do to realize that it is guiding me all the time? I get up in the morning and feel that it is guiding me: “Get up, go there, do that, sit down this way, that way…” It commands me all the time.

Question: Should I admit that I am its slave?

Answer: I don’t admit it. I begin to understand this and begin to rebel against it because I see that, in principle, it does not prepare anything good for me.

We need to rise above this so our earthly nature does not guide us. We can’t go on living this way anymore.

Question: We can talk about egoism and man, about the fact that egoism turns us, pushes us, spins us, and, in principle, pushes us into the abyss. Can an ordinary person reason like that or not?

Answer: If you explain all this to him all the time, he will eventually be able to see, on the one hand, the explanation, and on the other hand, the blows of fate.

Explanations must always be before his eyes. And he would not see them, read them, or anything. But the time comes, he gets blows, and then he suddenly sees. Or begins to search frantically: “What should I do?! How do I get rid of the problem?!” And then he begins to see, to listen.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 10/1/20

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The Way To Ultimate Communication

962.8Question: The Internet is an inexhaustible source of communication today. More and more often, virtual communities characterized by the absence of restrictions on languages, anonymity, voluntariness, and common goals and interests are being formed.

What do you think is the trend of these changes? What is nature pushing us to?

Answer: Nature pushes us toward correct communication with each other. We do not yet know what correct communication is, but we will gradually find out. It will take several more years and we will understand what nature requires of us.

In the end, it will all come down to changing communication between people. We see that over the course of many millennia of our development, people have tried to come to some new state of communication. They were chasing the discovery of land, power, and wealth, but in the end, they figured out which images, methods, and forms of communication were the most optimal for them. They did not understand what they were doing, but in general, they were moving toward this.

And in our time, these clarifications are elevated to a new level. It turns out that the very technology of changing distances, which are reduced due to transportation techniques, virtual communication between us, etc., leads us to the fact that we can very quickly and efficiently establish ultimate communication with each other.

At the same time, we reveal that our connection is purely mechanical, technical, and not the one that nature requires from us.

Question: Do you think that the appearance of such virtual communities in which everyone can communicate with millions of people is a positive phenomenon?

Answer: Of course.

Question: For hundreds of years, books were the main source of information, but today they simply disappear, and all communication has changed. Is it development or degradation? If in the past a person could read several books a week, today people read much less.

Answer: In any case, the form of recording in writing will not disappear, and we will continue to use it. After all, this is not communication in the form of writing, but memory.
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From KabTV’s “Communication Skills” 10/7/20

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 11/29/20

Preparation to the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic “Work with Faith Above Reason”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Study of the Ten Sefirot, ‘Histaklut Pnimit,’ Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapter 5, Item 61″ 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Love of God and the Love of Man”

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Selected Highlights  

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