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July 1, 2016

How To End Famine, Flood, Illness & War Forever

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All disasters, epidemics, famine, floods & civil wars come from the person’s egoism & thus only a person’s egoism should be corrected.

When a person overcomes his ego through connection with other people into a good general system, the person influences nature so that all of the disasters, all of the undesirable phenomena, disappear.

We exist in a single integral system. The levels of still, vegetative, animate and speaking are found within nature and are a closed circle, a ball, a sphere. And we are the most important part of this sphere, the highest phase of evolution. If we bring ourselves into balance and harmony, then we also balance all the rest of nature.

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How You Can Reach Spirituality by Merging Desires

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When desires for spirituality melt & merge like drops of water that connect into one big drop, it is the beginning of the spiritual ladder.

We can simply absorb the desire for spirituality from our friends. Natural relationships with people in our environment can help us to acquire a greater desire for spiritual development. This desire that I receive from the right environment will, in fact, be the aspiration which I need in order to activate the system which controls and develops me.

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Shlach Lecha (Send Forth) Parsha – Weekly Torah Portion

Shlach Lecha

Numbers 13:1-15:41

This Week’s Torah Portion | June 26 – July 2, 2016 – 21 Sivan – 26 Sivan, 5776

In A Nutshell

The portion begins with Moses sending the twelve heads of the tribes to spy in the land of Israel, to examine it and prepare to enter it. The spies return and describe a land flowing with milk and honey, but occupied by giants that will make it impossible to enter the land, conquer it, and rule it. Their words spread fear in the people, except for Joshua Ben Nun, and Caleb Ben Yephunneh. This angers the Creator and He wants to destroy the entire people. Moses prays and asks for mercy on the people. As a result, only the ten spies that slandered the land die in a plague. The other two, Joshua Ben Nun and Caleb Ben Yephunneh continue to accompany the people. Later in the portion, the children of Israel trip once more and seek to run back to Egypt. In the end they repent and abort their decision. Afterward Israel make another mistake: they try to fight and conquer the land without instructions to do so, and therefore fail. The portion ends with the instruction to wander another forty years in the desert until the entire generation of the spies passes away, except for Joshua Ben Nun, who is to lead the people into the land of Israel. 

 Commentary by Dr. Michael Laitman

We have to develop from our will to receive, from our ego, into a state in which we come to be “the people of Israel,” when we are all Yashar El (straight to God), having the quality of the Creator: bestowal and love. We will all be in “love your neighbor as yourself,”[1] in love of others, because we have no other choice. We must not go by our own reason, which alternates between dictations to advance and retreat. Rather, we must fight while examining if we are doing what is right, and if the way is right. The portion explains that we cannot know what to do or even where to start. It is a problem because we are accustomed to work by the mode of “A judge has only what his eyes see.”[2] It seems as though we must advance by following our essence, according to our Kelim (vessels/tools), using our minds and hearts. The Creator demands that we develop and do something. But how can we do something if we cannot tell between right and wrong, if we do not know whether to move forward into war or run back to Egypt? We can see that there are giants in the land of Israel. And while there are also fruits there, we cannot tell who rules there, which desires, or how big they are. Read the rest of this entry »

  

Taste the Sweetness in Suffering

Taste the Sweetness in Suffering

There is only one reason for all pain – to make us ask about its meaning. With this question, we can rise from this world to spirituality.

A Kabbalist sees the goal, why he is suffering. So, he no longer considers it to be suffering.

If a person truly can thank the Creator, this is the right approach because if he thanks the Creator for awakening the suffering in him that directs him toward the goal correctly, he must feel sweetness in this suffering.

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How to Switch the Ego for Good

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Only one force governs in us – egoism, and in order to balance it we need the second force, opposite to it – altruism.

Man’s inner nature is desire: the desire to live, to feel good, and to enjoy, in other words, a constant search for fulfillment. Ultimately, all these desires together are called “the will to enjoy” or “the desire to receive pleasure.”

Towards what should I direct them in order to correct them?

They need to be directed for the benefit of all. Therefore, I direct each of my desires towards the common good and I accept only that which will go for the benefit of everyone.

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