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The Daily Cleanup In The Heart

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why is it so important to celebrate Passover and observe its conditions?

Answer: This Jewish holiday is not for commemorating a certain day in history. Rather, every single day you have to feel as if you come out of Egypt all over again.

Coming out of exile is not an ancient event that will never happen again. Every day you have to rise above your egoism that much more and unite with others through bonds of goodness.

On Passover what we celebrate is the fact that we have this opportunity. No nation besides Israel has the opportunity to rise above its egoism, to unite and start to really feel how we rise above our nature.

Question: So the holidays are a reminder of sorts?

Answer: The holidays are a program by which we need to work day in and day out. It all depends on what level a person is on. We are always moving through special inner states called Passover, Sukkoth, Shavuot, Tu BiShvat, the 9th of Av, and so on.

Question: Why is there a tradition that is passed on from one generation to the next of holding the festive Passover meal, when fathers tell their sons about the exodus from the slavery of Egypt?

Answer: It’s because we need to learn—and teach others—about the order of coming out of Egypt, or the order in which we rise above our egoism and unite with others, eventually achieving mutual guarantee and unity around Mount Sinai (the mountain of mutual hatred). The father has to teach his son the right way of uniting with others.

Both father and son (my state yesterday and my state today) are inside of me every day. Everything happens inside the person and inside the nation.

Question: What would you tell a modern person who doesn’t see anything else in this world other than himself and his cell phone? How would you tell him about the connection between people, about different types of relationships? What kind of new life can you promise him?

Answer: It’s universal harmony, a connection between people that’s similar to a perfectly coordinated football team or even the mafia, which is linked by close-knit bonds. This connection always makes a person feel confident, happy, give him a good sense of unity and mutual inclusion in the desires of others. He can reach unity of such magnitude that from within, he will know everything that others know.

Because we are all inside one system, the knowledge and sensations of the whole world can flow between us without any limitation. Scientists are revealing that our brain is a modem connecting us to the common information repository that’s in the air.

Question: Why are children today not as happy?

Answer: It’s because they have reached a level of egoism that cannot find fulfillment. In the past, if a family had a room to live in, this was enough for them to be happy. But today every person needs a separate apartment and a car to drive around in all by himself. We are always isolating ourselves and every person is closed off inside of him.

No one feels happy, and the reason for that is our isolation. Happiness can only be felt when you feel how energy, strength, and warmth flow inside of our connection with one another.

Solitude is Egyptian slavery and it’s worthwhile to come out of it.
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From Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 3/15/15

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Lending The Desire – The Land

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus,” 25:25 – 25:27: If your brother becomes destitute and sells some of his inherited property, his redeemer who is related to him shall come forth and redeem his brother’s sale. And if a man does not have a redeemer, but he gains enough means to afford its redemption, he shall calculate the years for which the land has been sold, and return the remainder to the man to whom he sold it, and [then] he may return to his inheritance. 

The land should return to its original owners and one shouldn’t make an effort to attain it. It shouldn’t be taken back by force, but rather returned according to agreements that take all the details into account.

Basically, this isn’t about a piece of land, but about a person and his desire. It is hard to understand what renting out the desire means. Do I let my desire to someone and he works on it? What do I gain from that? How can he pay me?

For example, there are people who can correct my desire on the spiritual level of agricultural work, and there are those who own the land and can benefit from it by renting out their desires to others so that they will work and receive the crop.

In order to understand the meaning of renting out my desires to someone, we have to think about how people should relate to one another in order to attain correction together. How do they buy and sell? How do they connect and incorporate into one another in order to attain the jubilee?

Comment: If we say that nothing is mine, I aim at the jubilee anyway. I have one goal, which is to reach the Temple, Bina, and I ignore the fact that the road to it is dirty and that drunks are lying on the sidewalk, for example, since I am headed towards the goal.

Answer: No, you will not reach it if you don’t look to the sides, since reaching Bina means being incorporated in everyone and bringing them to correction on your back. So where is your attribute of bestowal? On what basis do you cultivate, arrange, and raise it? After all, it isn’t a walk towards Bina, but creating it inside you. It doesn’t exist externally to you.

Question: Does that mean that I can ascend only if I include everything inside me and process it?

Answer: Of course! Everything inside you should be organized in such a way that you are led to the attribute of Bina. This means that internally, you have reached a state that you have raised inside you and doesn’t exist on the outside in any form or place since the whole world is inside you. Therefore, you cannot ignore the drunks and the dirt and not correct them. It is very easy to do it mutually. The main thing is to attain mutuality.

The first level is the most difficult. Afterwards, everything becomes much easier and simpler, and at the same time much more difficult. It is because the higher the level a person is on, the greater his desire and the interruptions he encounters. On the one hand, he already has an inner guide book that helps him understands and find his way around, but at the same time, there is greater confusion and bigger problems.

Question: What is the meaning of renting out my land or selling my land?

Answer: It means to cling to others so that together with these people, who seem to be strangers, I can correct the land, since otherwise I cannot correct it by myself.

It is only by connecting to another person that I can correct the still nature part of my desire, which is the land, and then we can both become temporary owners of that land. In order to do so, we have to accept each other’s desires as common desires and thus cultivate the land (the earth). This means that everything is aimed at love of others, at connection with others, until we become one common whole. All the laws of the Torah aim towards this.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/13/14

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And Then You Will Hear Music

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus 25:19:” And the land will then yield its fruit and you will eat to satiety, and live upon it securely.

If we conform to the general program of nature, we will begin to live in harmony with it. Nothing will get confused in nature: You will sow the field, the rain will fall, the time will come for harvesting the crops, the sun will come out, and everything will be normal.

We need to direct the vast organism of nature so that it will influence us positively and beneficially in health, the family, the animals, the harvest, and in everything. Before us is an immense mechanism and we can direct it so the the rain falls or the sun comes out.

Everything will sound harmonious, like a well-tuned musical instrument. It is necessary to invest only a little effort, but mostly to understand how to achieve harmony. And after we understand this, we will strum on some strings and you will hear the music.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/13/14

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The Method For Discovering The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I have always felt that some kind of higher force exists that moves everything. But we don’t feel it clearly, and of course not everybody feels that it exists. Why isn’t it revealed? Is it hiding from us?

Answer: That is what is written, “…a God who conceals….” (Isaiah 45:15). But the problem is that we must be adapted to the discovery of this higher force, the Creator.

Of all the forms in nature in which we live, we perceive only a small fraction, a minute fragment of all of nature, depending on how much enters our five senses; seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. By expanding the range of absorption of these five senses, with the help of all kinds of different instruments, we feel a bit more, we see greater distances, hear other frequency ranges, via the radio, etc.

To perceive the higher force, the Creator, we also need to expand our perceptive apparatus; otherwise we don’t identify this force. Likewise, around us exists a multitude of natural phenomena that we cannot recognize.

So there is a method called the Wisdom of Kabbalah (Kabbalah is from the word “reception”), which helps us to receive, to discover, the higher force. And therefore, it is also called the secret wisdom because everything that was hidden before our involvement with this method becomes revealed.

So when a person is involved with the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah, it expands his senses in the right direction towards discovering the Creator, discovering the higher force. The person begins to feel it and then all of his questions are resolved. He understands why he is alive, how to live in the right way, what it is possible to achieve in this life, and his life begins to be happier, because he no longer lives like a poor blind person dwelling in total darkness.
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From Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 1/8/15

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Anti-Life Is Victory Over Death

laitman_569_01Today a person perceives life only as reception, absorption, consumption, acquisition, and attainment for himself. That is how he goes around until he gets tired of this life, retires, spends a few years in lines at health clinics, and finally dies.

But there is a possibility of raising ourselves to another level of existence: to conduct life through bestowal and not consumption. And this is not through benevolence and charity, where you help the poor monetarily, rather it is life beyond our ego. Life outside of the ego gives a feeling of anti-life, anti-death, anti-world, as it is said, “I saw an upside-down world” (Baba Batra 10b).

There exists another form of life parallel to our world. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to attain the new form of life. This is an upside down life, not within the ego, which swallows and absorbs everything into it, not within the desire to receive and enjoy, but within the desire to bestow, to love.

This is not the same egoistic love that is familiar to us in this world. Love is when I go outside of myself and am included in the desires of others and then I live within these desires without taking myself into account. A lifestyle like this is not limited by the intensity of pleasure that you can get.

This is not pleasure within the physical body, which cannot eat and drink without limit. In bestowal I am not limited by anything because I go out to others. I am not limited by the life of this biological body, but I am outside of it and that is where I feel my life.

My body remains, but it lives next to me, like a domesticated animal that lives by the side of a human. My inner part that goes out of me and is included in others is called Adam (Man). And that part of me, the biological, beastly body that remains, lives as usual. It lives out its allotted time, going to doctors until it is taken to the cemetery.

Question: But a person struggling with everyday physical problems is not interested in lofty concepts like life outside of the body?

Answer: Every person is concerned about the same questions of life and death. But even normal life is impossible to arrange today without being included in the right network, without balancing our reception and bestowal, and without connecting with each other with the right mutual connections. The wisdom of Kabbalah compels us to organize our lives this way.
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From Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 3/8/15

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Like A Bundle Of Reeds—Plurally Speaking, Part 5

Like a Bundle of ReedsLike A Bundle of Reeds, Why Unity and Mutual Guarantee Are Today’s Call of the Hour, Michael Laitman, Ph.D.

Chapter 9: Plurally Speaking
Affecting Social Cohesion Through the Social Environment

The Warrior’s Legacy Left for His Progeny

Today, enough people understand that the only way to avert a global catastrophe is to unite. It may be called by other terms, such as “collaboration,” “coordination,” or “consideration,” but whatever the term, it is fair to say that we already understand that we are interdependent and interconnected. This reality creates a situation where we are de facto united in all our global systems. However, to the extent that we are connected, we are also emotionally alienated and resentful about the situation.

One way to resolve this contrast is to try to “de-globalize” ourselves. While there is no doubt that breaking down the supply chain from developing countries and producing everything inland would cause massive economic and financial challenges, some may say it is worth the price. Perhaps, but worth it or not, no one denies that isolationism will have a hefty price tag. Moreover, in the eyes of some, this notion is completely unrealistic. Economist Mark Vitner, for one, described attempting to untie the global interconnectedness as “trying to unscramble scrambled eggs. It just can’t be done that easily.”[i]

The contrary option to de-globalization is to embrace globalization, expand it, coordinate it, perfect it, and at the same time learn to like each other so that everyone benefits from the prosperity. All we need in order to achieve it is the method by which we shift our thought patterns from me (focusing on myself), to we (focusing on all the people), to one (focusing on society as a single entity).

Today, nearly 4,000 years after Abraham’s escape from Babylon, the world is ready to listen. We have all suffered enough, and we have all grown too smart to think that we can make it on our own, that we can show Mother Nature, or God, that we don’t need her because we are stronger and wiser.

[i] Associated Press, “Recession will likely be longest in postwar era,” MSNBC (March, 2009), http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29582828/wid/1/page/2/

Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 03.30.15

Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” Article 16

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, “Excerpt Items for Passover,” “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Majestic in Power,” Item 287

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Writings of Baal HaSulam“This Is for Judah” 

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Writings of ARIShaar HaKavanot,” Pesach 

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