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Unity Of Hearts

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: At the Convention how can we combine the inner attack with care for the newcomers and for the whole world?

Answer: First of all, I am not focusing on the whole world, but on the participants of the Convention. Every person who is there and whose heart is there participates in it together with us.

The Convention is the assembly of all the hearts that are ready to unite in order to attain equivalence of form with the Creator. We are creating and connecting desires in order to become similar to the Creator, to reveal Him.

All of our desires aim to unite into one in order to reach mutual bestowal. In that bestowal, we will reveal the Upper Light, the Creator, according to the law of equivalence of form.

I am thinking only of the people who are taking part in this. Even if someone participates only slightly, like a child, he is nevertheless a part of it. Meanwhile, the entire rest of the world remains outside of my field of vision.

Of course, we will disseminate information through the mass media, but I only feel those who want to be a part of this mission. The Convention is an act of inner dissemination among us. It is our interconnection, our covenant, our mutual guarantee, the reception of the Torah. We aren’t holding it in order to say something to the world. Our actions are directed inwards and we don’t dissipate by paying attention to the externality.

At the Convention we are facing our common task just as if we were standing around Mount Sinai. That task is unity. A “tribe of slaves” comes out of Egypt and they run away in the darkness, not knowing or understanding anything. They don’t even know where to run. Instead of honor, there’s an escape; instead of confidence, there’s fear and helplessness. Yet this sensation is correct and good.

After that they come to Mount Sinai, the revelation of hatred, and make a decision to attack, to step out against it because they don’t have any other way to go. Every person has no way out; he has to decide here and now, and desire for it to happen. Every person has to want it with everything he has. How will it come true? That’s not my problem. The Creator will complete what I started, but I have to demand it.

Even if I don’t agree to it at the bottom of my heart, even if I am scared, I still scream like a child as if I really can’t survive without the mutual guarantee.
From the lesson on 10/22/10, Writings of Rabash

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The Greatest Gain

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe have already reached the state where we can attain the mutual guarantee, now we only need to work harder. It might be beneficial to imagine in great detail how much we will lose if we do not attain it. Imagine that we were unable to turn the November convention into anything more than a colorful festival and did not bring the point of unity into this action. What will happen to us if we do not advance in reality?

We have decided that we must reach unity this year, and we need to remember that all the time during the preparation for the convention. There will be no problem reaching unity if all of us together are absolutely serious about it. People that are less advanced than us are capable of doing it.

Our group has gone through a very serious preparation. We are simply facing a psychological barrier. The greatest problem is that we are unable to imagine this notion, this goal. We need to constantly think about it so that the loss in relation to the gain and our actual loss will become more obvious.

We are already connected in the common system; we only need to reveal it from our state. Beside this relative revelation, nothing else happens. Everything is already here! This is also relevant to the entire world, but we have more because we have gone through a great deal of preparation.

The spiritual system has become closer to us; we have drawn closer to it and pulled it towards us. It has already started to “surface” from the depth and come closer to us. Now we just need to work harder to reveal it. It will become much easier to work after the first revelation. The hardest part is rising to the first degree.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/8/10, “From My Flesh Shall I Know God”

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Together For Better Or Worse

Dr. Michael LaitmanYou can impact the spiritual system only by entering it through the relationship of a mutual guarantee because then you will uncover your connection to the system. And if you exist in it simply as an observer, then you are there as a “beast” (angel).

Your actions aim at restoring your connection with this entire system, and it depends solely on you. And then, through this relationship, you will see how the system gets renewed. It is written: “You will eat what has long been laid in store for you.” There is nothing new! You only need to discover your connection to the system thanks to the mutual bestowal.

Only the group can help us accomplish this. If you can’t demand help from the people that you are familiar with and connected to, then how can you demand it from the Force that you don’t know or feel? We have to build between us a system of relationships that will constantly shake and push us.

The group must not accept indifference. Everyone has to feel that he depends on all the others, in happiness and grief, in corporeality and spirituality, in everything!
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/8/10, “From My Flesh Shall I Know God”

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Why Don’t I Sense The Spiritual World?

Dr. Michael LaitmanIt is possible to follow a commandment only if you initially hated someone but then managed to correct this with the help of the Light that Reforms, the Light which can be attracted only through the study of Kabbalah in the group (in the right environment) by attaining a state of “mutual guarantee.” In this case it is considered that one “performed a commandment” and maybe not just one but all of them, and thus reached a personal “final correction.”

However, for that, we have to follow certain conditions: perform actions that lead us toward unity in the correct environment and get impressed by the environment rather than do something that occurs to us. Each time, I strive to choose a better environment that can transfer to me its values and to implement them as if they are my own.

In other words, I cancel myself in relation to the opinion of others and strive to be “included” in them, meaning into the system of spiritual principles that they follow, rather than in them as ordinary people. If I manage to do so, we act as one, follow our common direction, and implement the same principle. This principle will turn into our prayer (MAN, Mayin Nukvin or Female Waters) to which we will receive a response (MAD, Mayin Duchin or Male Waters), the Light of correction, and will establish a contact with the spiritual world.

This contact will be founded on our unity; no one can attain spirituality on his or her own. Spirituality exists only within the connection, in the Creator, the force that connects our souls.

Therefore, I cannot grab “a piece of spirituality” from the group, leave them behind, and go home with it. I remain within this unity and increase my input into it even more. This is where I reveal spirituality. If I think about myself and, therefore, separate myself from others for a fraction of a moment, I return to the sensations of this material world which is what I feel now.

Why don’t I feel anything at the moment? It is because I am not bonded with others. As soon as I connect with others, I begin to sense spirituality, whereas when I disconnect from others, I sense corporeality.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/17/10, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence”

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The Mutual Guarantee Draws The Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Would it be correct to say that the first stage is the unification between us and the formation of a spiritual vessel (Kli), while the second stage is the mutual guarantee?

Answer: The mutual guarantee does not depend on us, but comes with the help of the Light. All the corrections and all the states are the result of the Light’s influence on the Reshimot (spiritual genes, reminiscences), but our readiness and desire for this to happen is for us to display.

I open the book so as to facilitate the formation of a common desire whose quality will be bestowal. The Creator will be revealed within this common desire to the extent that it will bestow in accordance with the law of equivalence of form with the Creator. I don’t need to draw the Creator for Him to be revealed within my desire. I don’t need to forcefully reveal Him. I simply need to worry about the desire assuming the form of bestowal, and then the Creator will manifest.

The law of equivalence of form already exists; it is the fundamental condition in nature. If this condition is met, the Creator becomes revealed. I only need to worry about my desires (Kelim, vessels). The Light is at absolute rest; we only lack the right desires, the qualities to perceive it.

Therefore, my only task is to desire correction. I don’t actually perform the correction either; I merely give the Light the opportunity to correct me. This is why we gather together and think of the Light correcting us, meaning the connection between us. We want the Light to correct the breaking that took place in our roots.

Then, because by thinking about this, we as though raise the Shechina (Divinity, our common soul) from the dust, we achieve spiritual revelation, the Creator, the Light of NaRaNHaY, which is 620 times greater than the original state before the breaking where there was only the Light of Nefesh.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/15/10, The Zohar

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Work All Day Long Like At A Temple

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It turns out that each one of us is constantly “drilling a hole in the common boat,” and we only need to raise our sensitivity in order to understand this.

Answer: Once we begin working with it, we will reveal “613” actions (commandments), mistakes (Shgagot), and transgressions (Zdonot), which specifically relate to the mutual guarantee. After all, it is the action that was “commanded” to us, and we are capable of carrying it out!

This is the only free action, and this is why it is called the “one commandment,” but it consists of many components (GE [Galgalta ve Eynaim] and AHP, that is, of all levels of desire) as a result of the gradual correction of the desire into the mutual guarantee. All of this becomes realized through one tiny free opening, with all the commandments being realized in its passage. This is similar to the birth process, the transition into this world through a narrow passage from the womb.

I reveal the Upper World in my aspiration, in my attempt to be in the mutual guarantee, in the state of loving others. This is why it is written that “the end of an action is in its initial thought,” in other words, I constantly need to be in one intention.

All of my actions must be for the sake of love of others and love of the Creator. The action itself does not matter, what matters is the intention that I can connect to it. It is written that the Creator does not care how we slaughter cattle (our egoism); He cares about the intention.

This is why we evaluate whether we make mistakes and commit transgressions or, alternatively, observe commandments and make corrections only against the intention and not the actual actions. The Creator does not care for your actions. What He cares about is what you are planning on reaching through them.

For this reason, when you begin to add the intention to bestowal, the intention for the mutual guarantee, then all your actions in life become free! The entire 360 degrees at which you operate become one enormous pipe that leads to the Upper World!

Instead of being the initial narrow straw, this entire world becomes your guide into spirituality. It expands due to the Light of Hassadim, the property of love and bestowal. And then what you do does not matter: whether you work in the field or at the office, when you do things with the intention to bestow, your entire work becomes like work at the Creator’s Temple.

In this way we discover an absolutely different attitude towards the action, towards bestowal. And most importantly, this way we evaluate what would be a mistake or a crime. We do not go by the actions, but by the intention, by whether it is for the mutual guarantee, love and bestowal to them. This determines what makes you a sinner and what makes you a righteous: Everything is only according to your intention.

The masses think that everything is evaluated by the actions, but in spirituality everything is only determined by the intention. This is why it is written: “The opinion of the Torah is opposite to the opinion of the landlords.”
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/12/10, “The Love for the Creator and Love for the Created Beings

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We Demand Arvut!

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Creator cannot be known without the group. On the other hand, the group without the Creator is not a group but “a gathering of scoffers.” Therefore, I, the group, and the Creator are one whole. This is described as “Israel, the Torah, and the Creator are one.”

The Torah is the force that merges us into the group if we want to unite despite the resisting force. Hence, the giving of the Torah and Arvut (mutual guarantee) are connected. After all, Arvut per se is impossible. We don’t implement but rather demand its implementation. This is the “miracle of the exodus from Egypt.” We only participate in it, where the changes per se are not performed by our efforts, but are solely a result of our desire.

Our job is to wish for it as strongly as we can. Then, the Light comes. Meanwhile, we are already making “the golden calf” like in the times of the reception of the Torah. It happens, but we don’t forget to keep crying out loud either!

We must prepare and spill out the strongest demand that we possibly can. Just demand and don’t think about what will follow. What is needed is the collective, unified demand which will allow us to receive the force of unification. Then we let our egoism rise again in the next instant since this is the program of the system. It isn’t our concern.

Our concern is to demand correction of the egoism that is given to us right now, nothing more. A person is evaluated according to the current circumstances. We only need to fill ourselves to the utmost with the awareness of necessity and readiness to attack.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/15/10, “The Arvut”

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How to Change One’s Destiny?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Is it possible to change one’s destiny?

Answer: By exercising your free will you can change your destiny any way you want, turn it in any direction, a full 360 degrees. But you can only do it if you know for sure where you need to influence your fate, meaning which tiny hole you need to use to affect all the worlds, all the way to the World of Infinity. You have an opportunity to do this, but it is very narrow.

It is specifically this opportunity that we need to clarify. And after we clarify it, we discover that we want to act specifically in this direction.

There is an entire world around me, which connects with another, perfect world through a thin straw. I am at the bottom with my properties and strengths, my freedom of will is in the straw, and the perfect world is above.

How to Change One's Destiny
Please go ahead, enter the perfect world! You only need to find the tiny opening, the point of your freedom, among all the directions toward which your desire throws you. And once you discover the opening, how can you concentrate all your strengths into one action in order to go through it into the Upper World?

This is what the entire wisdom of Kabbalah is about! Instead of scattering your forces in all directions where you lack the freedom of will and where everything is predetermined, you find this path of your free choice, gather your strength, and then you reach the spiritual world.

Then you understand that fulfilling the condition of the mutual guarantee, love for the created beings, is exactly the same as meeting the condition of advancement into the Upper World. This is because mutual guarantee is another definition of the same formula that directs you to the exit out of this world, into the passage, and birth in the Upper World.

Naturally, we change our destiny this way. After all, you acquire the free point that Archimedes spoke about when he said: “Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth.”
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/12/10, “The Love for the Creator and Love for the Created Beings”

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There Is No Past or Future in The Torah

Dr. Michael LaitmanThere are no events in the Torah that already happened or will happen in the future. They must only become revealed to us, while the states themselves exist each on their own spiritual degree.

We feel good when we strive to reveal them, but when life pushes us, we suffer. This is why we want to reveal these states now, and we attract the Light that discloses them.

For this reason, we should not care how The Zohar describes the events, whether it uses Kabbalistic terminology or regular words to tell about the Israeli tribes and journeys. I should always discern only one aspect in the story: the connection between souls, not the bodies, the connection between friends, meaning between our spiritual sparks, our desires to unite.

And all the other desires “drop”; they, as though, become irrelevant to us by our having secured the mutual guarantee, and they do not impede our unity. We unite above the corporeal desires and reveal that which is written in The Zohar in our connection.

The Zohar tells us how the connection between us will be revealed to the extent of the gradual attainment of the mutual guarantee. This connection will manifest step by step through images described in The Zohar. The Book speaks of reality that exists within us. We only need to gradually reveal it, like opening one window sash at a time.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/10, The Zohar

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The Zohar: The Story Of Our Soul’s Life

Dr. Michael LaitmanDuring our reading of The Zohar, we should constantly exert effort to see the connecting system of souls or the spiritual “network” behind each word. Behind the names of Shimon, Reuben, or Gad, the “right hip” and the “left hip” of Israel’s camp, certain actions, or “snakes” there stands not a bad or good desire, but its motion and its aspiration relative to the action of the moment.

Therefore, it is desirable to perceive The Zohar as a story of our connection, a story about the picture or pattern that is expected to unfold between us. There is no doubt that we always reside in this state and only have to uncover it. For this very reason we read The Zohar: to aspire for the revelation of its narrative.

And now, we need to do our best to connect this story with ourselves and not to be tangled in it thinking that The Zohar is talking about some distant places and events. All of this is occurring right now between us: within our connection, mutual guarantee, and our collective movement.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/10, The Zohar

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