Farewell To Egypt

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe have to go to a great deal of trouble in order to eventually reach “the King of Egypt died.” And afterward, “many days” begin in which we have to carry out many acts in order to reveal the correct demand within us. If we simply “scream from the lack of will to work,” that is not called “sighing from the work.”

If we don’t receive pleasure from the work, we should gradually discern: “What does it mean “the King of Egypt died?” Why are we working and for whom? We gradually discern this, until we realize there is another king and we must exit Egypt in order to be the workers of the Creator, that is, to work for bestowal.

Yet, how can I do that, if here in Egypt everything’s so simple? I’m built in such a way that I feel pleasure the moment I carry out a certain act or make an effort in thinking. The reward arrives instantaneously, within my desire. Although initially, I seemed to long for bestowal, it was with the intent of “in order to receive.” I bestow, but that is how I receive pleasure,when I identify with my egoistic desire.

However, when the King of Egypt dies, it’s great help from Above, enabling us to detach from him. Indeed, he is now dead; I am rid of him. I didn’t want that, but he has left me. My ego has detached from him.

And I don’t know what to do; I have no one to work for any more. I cry and am still. I always enjoyed him so much, and now I am left with no pleasure in life. How will I find pleasure? In what desire, thought, or intent will I be able to feel it? I begin searching.

I used to work, bestowing in order to receive, yet now I will have to look for something else, and inevitably, through beatings, I will attain bestowal in order to bestow. I think to myself: If I don’t have the vessels in which I may find pleasure, I might be able to derive pleasure from someone else.

I look at someone else: He has pleasure, whereas I have no vitality. That is why I envy him and want to join him, in order to enjoy his pleasure. Perhaps that way, at least I’ll receive some satisfaction. That is how we begin to view our surroundings. I can’t enjoy by myself any more when I work within my “Egypt” as before.

However, if I bestow unto the environment and cause them pleasure, I’ll be able to join them and enjoy along with them; even though I join with the intent of receiving something in that manner, it still is called bestowing unto the environment. That is already called Lo Lishma (not for Her name). I bestow unto them and want for them to have goodness since I’m going to identify with them and join them, so that I will find goodness within them. That’s already an advanced stage.

There are different stages of drawing near exiting Egypt. Some already realize they act in order to benefit egoism and later reach Lishma, and there are others who don’t realize it in the meantime and only act in search of pleasure. Yet, no matter what, we’re advancing.

I already have the direction: I understand that I must join the group that is exiting Egypt. Indeed, I don’t receive pleasure from the simple life. Yet, if I join them, then there, within them, in our unity, I’ll find the pleasure and reveal my unique spiritual life. That’s already a step toward salvation: There’s a purpose in detaching from egoism. After all, Egypt is already dead and that is enough. If a person feels he must bestow unto the group and reveal the collective force in it called the Creator, if he wants to be included in it so that he will also receive something, that is already called Lo Lishma (an egoistic longing for spirituality).

There are various forms and levels in each one, at different times, but it already gives the direction until we conclude the struggle, the ten beatings, which help a person detach from Egypt for good and feel the life in Egypt as darkness.

The last beating is the killing of the firstborn, which shows us that nothing will stem from this situation for us, nothing will “be born” of it. And then it’s already totally clear to a person that this state can’t bear any result. When each firstborn in Egypt dies, then he agrees to escape.

All those states the Torah tells about take place in our will to receive. Beating after beating: Either Pharoah prevails, or the Creator prevails and “Moses” sees how all this happens within him and what the values are that he gives the will to receive and the will to bestow. That is until he sees the darkness in his situation, and remains with no choice other than escaping through this darkness to the will to bestow, only to see some sign of Light ahead. And this is how he escapes from Egypt. That’s what should happen in a person who’s prepared to join the society, even if he arrives in order to find livelihood in it and egoistic fulfillment: That is already called Lo Lishma
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/5/12, Shamati #159

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A Happy Balance: “We And The World”

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You said that through advances in technology, people got more free time and that they could study science, culture, and philosophy as something not essential for life. Today, in our free time are we beginning to develop an “inner industry”?

Answer: First of all, everyone must go through educational courses: a long and pleasant study of a new world, the structure of man, his psychology, the relationships between people: parents and children, spouses, child-rearing, the structure of society, and the history of egoistic development. We need to examine global and integral systems with the example of the human body and the structure of the universe. A person should be a little more developed.

But all this is studied in a soft, gentle form, without any examinations, but through discussions, empathy, and communication within the group. This is not a class where you come in, learn, and go home as soon as possible. You are in this atmosphere because you need to know yourself and the world in which you live, just as we teach children. After all, what do we want from them? We want them to know the world in which they exist, and to learn to put to good use everything that surrounds them.

Adults should learn the same things now because they have not been taught that! “I and the world” is the essence of the study. They also should learn how this “I and the world” turns into “We and the world,” and then this “We and the world” turns into one big whole, into an integral system.

This is what we teach people because the general law of nature is balance. Inside this state of equilibrium, we feel most comfortable. Everything tends to equilibrium. That’s why it’s necessary to show people the laws existing at all levels in physics, chemistry, biology, and zoology, to see that this is true. And then it’s clear that human society is also obliged to be organized on the same principle.

This is not mysticism, but a serious science. We do so, not because some Lenin or Trotsky decided to implement such an idea, but because the nature of the global crisis compels us to do it. And we do so not because we are communists embodying the ideas of Marx, but because we have learned this from modern life, and we see that in fact, he was right.

Marx was right in what he said about the crisis. He did not really delve into how to realize this in practice. But in order to implement this, we address all the professionals that exist in our world. And whom can we trust if not scientists? We build everything on their recommendations.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” Episode 6, 1/3/12

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Deficiency And Fulfillment

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why do we search for the spiritual world through the eyes of the corporeal world?

Answer: This is the way we are built; these are our desires. We can fulfill them only through the means that have been given to us: hands, legs, the five senses, and the brain.

My calculation is rather simple: to fulfill myself as much as possible with the desired pleasures and constantly to remain fulfilled 100% of the time. But the moment that I approach the upper line of fulfillment, the pleasure disappears, and I need to descend a little. For example, before a meal, I must be hungry in order for it to give me pleasure.

We need to be concerned to create the Kli (vessel) and the fulfillment that is suited to it. Nevertheless, the fulfillment doesn’t need to extinguish the deficiency, but rather to accompany it. It is best when the fulfillment and the deficiency go hand in hand; the more I receive, the more I want; I still receive and I still desire, again and again.

Here the question arises: What do I feel—eternal pleasure or eternal deficiency, or maybe once this way and once that?

In our world the only possibility to enjoy both the deficiency and the fulfillment is if they are directed to a third party. Then both of them are desirable and exist within me. Not alternately, but at the same time, together. About this it is said, “Love covers all transgressions.”

If they exist side by side, then from within their combination the middle line is created, and I constantly enjoy myself, without end, without any transition between the deficiency and the fulfillment. And thus I reach the form of Infinity, and I don’t need to replace the periods of deficiency and fulfillment.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/6/12, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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Observing Oneself

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How does one find a balance between the corporeal desires and the desire for the Creator?

Answer: I have a point in the heart from which I observe all that is happening. First and foremost, I sense my body. I can even look at it from this point in the heart; I can observe its organs and parts. From this point in the heart I can observe my body and the systems that operate within it.

The Creator gave me this bodily sensation; it is the system closest to me. However, I do not belong to this system, I simply observe it from the inner point in the heart, where my “I” dwells.

Besides my body, I also have people that are close to me, such as family. There are also more extended influences, such as all of nature. These are all things that influence my point in the heart, the point which tries to analyze and identify itself: “Who am I?”

From the point of my “I” (Aleph-Nun-Yod), I have to go to the point of “No” (Aleph-Yod-Nun), which is above myself. On one hand I want to take over the world, destroy my enemies, and control everyone. This is what my egoistic point wants.

However, I work on nullifying myself so that I can exist from this point and begin to sense the upper force, which exists outside of me.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/7/12, Writings of Rabash

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Shamati #16What Is the Day of the Lord and the Night of the Lord in the Work
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The Book of Zohar – Selected Chapter “Beresheet (Genesis),” “A Prayer for the Poor,” Item 198, Lesson 58
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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 6, “Ohr Pnimi,” (Starting with: “The Daat de Nekudim”), Item 26, Lesson 20
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Introduction to the Study of Ten Sefirot,” Item 87, Lesson 39
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