Don’t Look Back

Dr. Michael Laitman A question I received: You always warn us that we should not look back, like Lot’s wife who looked back at Sodom and turned into a pillar of salt. By this do you mean that when we are very inspired after a Congress or a dissemination activity, we shouldn’t think about it, but aspire ahead, to the next degree?

My Answer: Not looking back means not wishing to be in former states. However, this does not mean that a person should cut off the past, as though it did not exist. We should learn from yesterday in order to continue in a better state today, but a person should desire to be in a state of tomorrow rather than of yesterday. This is the meaning of “don’t look back.”

However, this does not have anything to do with Sodom. Sodom is when a person truly wishes to return to the previous degree, which had already been revealed as a faulty state. We cannot return to it anymore. If I have decided that my previous state was imperfect and unfit for correction, for advancement to the goal, to bestowal, then I have no choice – I need to do away with it and move on.

There are people who look back; they wish to remain in past states, to be “little.” Since this goes against development, it is forbidden for us to act in this manner. Instead, we need to always look to move to the future. The means for this is the group. If I try to attune to the group even slightly, I will always receive my future state from it, regardless of what state the group or I am in. Therefore, we always have an opportunity to go forward instead of going back.

One Comment

  1. How is it possible for the light to go back? We can look back, but the light won’t. So why shouldn’t we personally insist not to look back?

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