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Dr. Michael LaitmanCelebration of Pesach (Passover) is a special time. We as if are wrapped in a subtle fog caused by exhaustion and coming out of our usual state. It’s a special time in the whole world, when the Surrounding Lights are doing the work according to the order deriving from the law of branch and root.

Besides, we are entering the holiday that directly pertains to us. There is no spiritual root closer and more vital to us than Passover. It’s all we want. Having come out of egoism, we repeatedly remind ourselves about the exodus from Egypt and only correct it over and over again on the entire remaining path, to the very end of correction. After all, we must completely sever ourselves from Egypt, to such an extent as to turn it into its opposite: bestowal.

At this time, we can make a leap, and that’s our task at the moment. It doesn’t matter that we are little and don’t understand everything. And it’s okay that we lack something; it will always be this way. The feeling of darkness, entanglement, confused sensations and mind, it is all necessary. We have to be distracted—this is provided in abundance. We all feel confused, stupefied, weakened and so on; everyone just wants to sleep. It is the best, optimal state for us.

But at the same time, we must exert strictly verified and precise efforts aimed at our unification. If you are falling asleep, sleep, but with a correct intention. Even in this action you should connect with the points in the hearts and then drift into sleep, while maintaining the internal connection with one another. Oneness needs to be “pressed through.” Go within, despite your drowsiness, and you will start receiving awakening from the others.

Each of us lacks mutual inclusion. If I am connected with all the others and they with me, it gives me the strength of hundreds of thousands of people. It is a result of mutual guarantee. If we don’t employ it, we won’t succeed. We must aim ourselves at realization of unity.

Tonight, all around the world, we will sit together at the festive table, and we won’t be focusing on what we eat and drink, not the Passover dinner as such. It’s all a mere tradition, but what is really important is whether we intend to rise above our egoism toward love and unification.

That is what the exodus from Egypt signifies. And the rest is only interpretations. All festive attributes are not more than signs, the symbols of a unified effort. If I pressure myself with all the others, while doing so, I pass through the entire Passover feast. It becomes revealed to me.

Therefore, we need a powerful awakening now. And we truly are capable of making a breakthrough. After all, we are witnessing how the upper force pushes us forth, constantly organizes, and tends to us. Now a push is required on our part, and I don’t see any obstacles to that. A little blur of sensations—is it really Pharaoh?

Don’t wait for it to become easy at some point. We always move against desires and thoughts. Sleep will keep falling on you, urgent business will keep distracting you, and confusion will always remain. Such is the path.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/18/2011,  Baal HaSulam’s Letter 10

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Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam’s “Commentary to the Passover Haggadah” (From the article “This Is for Yehuda”): This is why we like to remember the eating of Matza in Egypt [in the first Kabbalistic group] even today [during the evening Passover meal] since we [today], too, are as when we were enslaved abroad [the land of Israel is “Eretz Israel in Hebrew, which means “desire aimed straight at the Creator”]. Also, with this Mitzva, we aim to extend the redemption [from Pharaoh, egoism] that will happen soon in our days, Amen, just as our [spiritual] fathers ate in Egypt.

This passage talks about a group of Kabbalists that existed and functioned under the guidance of Abraham and came out of Babylon around 3700 years ago in order to connect by the ties of love among them, which is described as “love another as you love yourself.” And they learned from their own experience how hearts harden and how much tougher the power of Pharaoh (ego) who rules them becomes.

But regardless, they started overcoming this hardening even though egoism kept growing. They reached an internal state of coming out of their egoism that is called the exodus from Egypt. Instead of the egoistic ties that they used to have, they connected to each other with the ties of bestowal and love, which signifies leaving the Egyptian borders.

Therefore, all actions that we perform during the festive meal have a sole intention: to reach the same liberation from the ego. We repeat every action and ritual established by the very same group of Kabbalists, following the directions of Baal HaSulam, who in thorough detail explains each stage of the festive ritual because it reflects how strongly a person truly desires to come out of his or her personal Egypt.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/18/2011, “This Is for Judah”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam’s “Commentary to the Passover Haggadah” (From the article “This Is for Yehuda”): “That bread that our fathers ate in the land of Egypt” (The Passover Haggadah): …It follows that the Mitzva of eating a Matza was given to them while they were still enslaved, and the aim of the Mitzva was for the time of redemption since then they departed in haste.

This always occurs when we transition from state to state, leaving the degree we are presently at: in Egyptian bondage, ruled by our ego, Pharaoh, our stubborn “evil inclination” that holds us hostage and doesn’t let us rise above our jealousy, hatred, lust, and ambition.

Try as we might, we still can’t rise above these egoistic properties and bond ourselves with each other with ties that correspond to the degree following the exodus from Egypt. We are still unable to become “as one man with one heart,” achieve mutual guarantee so that the integral force of love and bestowal regarded as the Creator would become revealed.

Therefore, while we are still enslaved by Pharaoh, we need to visualize the next state, to play “make believe” with it, like children play being adults when they grow up. So do we have to play living an “adult” life, the spiritual one.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/18/2011, “This Is for Judah”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I wish to unite but still see some personal benefit in it after all. What should I do?Answer: True, you are still living in Egypt and can’t make a different kind of calculation. All the time, just think about unity that will make you feel good.

Question cont.: But I am supposed to cancel myself.

Answer: The upper Light will do it for you. You are incapable of it. Do you really have anything good that will indeed make you lower your head and love others? Are you truly interested in that?

Ultimately, we realize that there is nothing good in us. We are absolutely incapable of doing good. Everyone is a liar and a thief; everyone is a criminal because all of us are still ruled by Pharaoh. And Pharaoh is the patron of all liars, the king of all thieves, and the godfather of all wicked egoistic world. It rules in my heart and mind and pulls all the strings.

Sometimes, when I think about my previous life, I get very surprised: “Why did I do that? What made me do it?” That’s what Pharaoh’s yoke is, which controlled me so I couldn’t do anything good. If a person saw his or her life from the point of view of the upper Light, they wouldn’t find one single illuminated instant. All of them would seem absolutely horrific.

What do we do then? Despite this, we must strive to unify between us. Exerting effort while being in egoistic bondage, I gradually evoke the Light that Reforms and thereby begin to feel that the Creator can correct my situation.

But I myself cannot. When it comes to myself, I don’t wish to build a connection with others and unify with them; I forget all about it. I don’t have any real tie that links the hearts together. However, if the upper Light descends to me, it brings me this desire and endows me with the capacity for oneness.

Let the Light work on you, exert your own efforts, thanks to which the Light will influence you and you will change: All your thoughts will start aiming toward unification.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/18/2011,  Baal HaSulam’s Letter 10

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