Traps Set By Egoism

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Where is the group in the events of Purim, in the story of Haman and Amalek?

Answer: You find your Mordechai, your Haman, and everyone who prevents you from connecting to the group and through it pleasing the Creator—in the group.

First of all, it is necessary to find the direction to the North, to find out, do you have this very internal attitude with which you strive to please the Creator? Did you discover this point in you, the weakest and very delicate inner desire? Do you have it?

But if you do not have it, it is not terrible, it will still come; it will be revealed through the Reforming Light, and eventually you will begin to feel like you somehow pertain to the Creator. And above all we need to find this aspiration in us that determines the main direction, and this can only be done with the help of the group.

For this reason, everything we do in the group, with our friends, all our gatherings, everything must be done with the purpose to at least come closer to pleasing the Creator. And when we do not act with this purpose, we will be nothing but “a gathering of fools.”

This is because the fact of unity in a group does not yet mean anything. It is a fact that when different groups like the army or a football team are being trained, they go through special psychological training which prepare a person to give his life for his group. He begins to feel that the group is above him. And then he operates through a simple calculation, he compares himself to the group and sees that it has a greater value, and thus he is willing to kill himself.

This is false altruism, which allows a person to sacrifice himself simply because he has developed a new scale of priorities, which determines what he deems to be more or less important. But this has nothing to do with bestowal; it is just a result of a psychological manipulation.

And this is a dangerous trap because many believe that they are on the path of bestowal when in reality they are participating in a gathering of dissemblers—a group, which instills the value of bestowal to the group. Essentially, this is even greater egoism because it is a common group ego, which pulls you forward. It is above a person but does not lead in the direction of the Creator. And this is a mistake many people make. All religions have developed as a result of this kind of mistake made sometimes in the very beginning.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/8/12, Writings of Rabash

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