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Evolutionary Biology Of Love

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Alexander Markov, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Senior Research Professor at the Paleontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences): “From where did the human being acquire ability for a long-term romantic love with the formation of permanent couples? The same systems of regulation work both in humans and animals – neural networks that control sexual and social behavior.

“Neurobiological studies show that love is something more than a basic emotion. It is associated with higher cognitive functions. Romantic love includes activity of the parts of the cortex, responsible for social cognition (the work with information about other people) and perception (image) of oneself. Conclusion: love is based on a desire to extend the internal image of oneself by including the other person in this image.”

My Comment: Everything is created only for expansion of feeling and inclusion of feelings between all those who fill the world. In the human being, love is necessary as a means of communication and mutual inclusion, which leads to both greater positive and negative interactions and further to an understanding of the need to unite completely to fulfill the purpose of creation.

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The Principle Of The Spiritual Ascent

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 32:16-32:18: Now the tablets were God’s work, and the inscription was God’s inscription, engraved on the tablets. When Joshua heard voice of the people in their shouting, he said to Moses: “There is a voice of battle in the camp!” But [Moses] said: “[It is] neither a voice shouting victory, nor a voice shouting defeat; a voice of blasphemy I hear.”

When Moses climbed down from Mt. Sinai, he thought that the nation of Israel would fight both among themselves and within themselves. Instead, he heard cries of joy that indicate full mutual consent. Moses is the only one who was against everyone else since even Aaron agreed with the people’s desire to make a golden calf. But this state had to be revealed, it was necessary.

The attribute of Joshua in a person is a certain tool that is close to Moses like a loyal assistant, a servant, who totally annuls himself before him. Moses is the head and Joshua is the body and additional executive functions.

Everything that Joshua receives from Moses is totally opposite from his understanding, his knowledge, and his perspective. So he doesn’t just annul himself before Moses, but receives everything as an axiom. His mind rejects his actions but because he operates according to the desires of Moses, it’s as if his mind is rebuilt, and goes through a process of reprogramming.

The correction of the body is from the top down, as it says, “the hearts are drawn after the actions and the thoughts are drawn after the hearts.” Therefore we say, “we shall do and we shall hear.” This is our way, we have to annul ourselves before the upper level, do everything it dictates to us, and then we will begin to understand it. This is the principle of our continuous ascent.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/9/13

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Moses And Aaron, Faith And Knowledge

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 32:1: When the people saw that Moses was late in coming down from the mountain, the people gathered against Aaron, and they said to him: “Come on! Make us gods that will go before us, because this man Moses, who brought us up from the land of Egypt we don’t know what has become of him.”

It refers to a psychologically, philosophically dramatic situation that touches the deepest characteristics of a person. And this state returns on every level.

If I go forward correctly, then at every moment I experience a state like this where I seemingly understand where I am, my direction, locking myself onto the right goal, on the “Moses” in me. I made the right step and at the end of this step “Moses” suddenly disappears because I merge with him and he disappears within me.

How is it possible to go on? After all, I have no other signpost. How is it possible to get out of this unstable condition where I took the first step forward and I don’t know how to advance further? And so the next phase appears in me, Aaron.

Moses is faith, Aaron is knowledge, knowing. And I turn to the Aaron in me because I cannot turn to the property of bestowal and not to the property of love that has suddenly disappeared in me. In spiritual advancement all of our inner characteristics are changing all the time. They rise, descend, disappear, and pass through the point of bifurcation (splitting).

The state of ascent symbolizes the beginning of the next level, the birth, but like every embryo, I don’t know and don’t understand anything. I made very great efforts in order to be born, I developed a new level in my intrauterine process, and now that I have been born I don’t know anything.

So calmness is required here, the next relaxation where I surrender myself into someone’s invisible hands. I felt great pressure, anxiety, warmth, the fluid that surrounded me within the womb of the mother, which is the property of bestowal and love, and I didn’t think about anything besides belonging to this higher level. But now I must search for her. For the embryo is like a blind newborn kitten, constantly searching for something to bury itself in.

When the person loses this signpost, he doesn’t know what to do. He badly needs confidence, and it has to be his own, inner confidence, the acquisition of his anchor, his basis. Therefore he tries to find somewhere the basis that he lacks, and to hold onto it. And this is the “golden calf.” The “golden calf” embodies the knowledge that controls me and I agree with its control. For now I have tools in my hands, a healthy common sense, according to which I advance.

But advancement is based upon this, that all the time emptiness is created within me. I don’t know anything, I doubt, feel lost, make some kind of step, as though in the air, and only thanks to this am I ready to give this step to the Creator and not rely upon any solid and logical basis. The next degree distinguishes itself from the present degree by its height, and the height of the degree is faith.

It follows that our foot looks for ground, and that ground is faith. That is, I must “lift my foot” to a new faith, to bestowal and love, while in the meantime there is seemingly no reciprocity, no knowledge. And if I am completely ready to nullify myself, I will already be able to rise to a new level and acquire knowledge there.

After this I must raise the other foot, really hanging in the air, and advance without any proof and certainty, understanding, or clarity. This is a continuous process of attaining the Light in the four levels of HaVaYaH, the four-letter name of the Creator within us. That is how the ascent on the 125 levels of the spiritual ladder is carried out by “faith above reason.”
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/9/13

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The Descent From Mt. Sinai

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 32:12, 32:15: Why should the Egyptians say: “He brought them out with evil [intent] to kill them in the mountains and to annihilate them from upon the face of the earth? Retreat from the heat of Your anger and reconsider the evil [intended] for Your people.”

“Now Moses turned and went down from the mountain…”

“Descending the mount” symbolizes distancing oneself from the Creator, while “ascending the mount” is to go above all your doubts. “Mount” is from the word “doubts.” This means that from the same place that is the summit of man’s reflections, from there he finds the Creator.

Each level determines the inner state of a person. Thus the descent of Moses from the mount symbolizes that he acquired confidence, force, and knowledge. Yet, there remained spiritual potential in him, and with this force he went down to the nation of Israel.

…[bearing] the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, tablets inscribed from both their sides; on one side and on the other side they were inscribed (“Exodus” 32:15).

The two sides of the tablets of the Ten Commandments symbolize the face (Panim) and the backside (Achoraim) of the face. Thus it is written on two sides which means that they are completely identical, both from the side of the Light and from the side of darkness. This means that the nature of man, his desire, acquired the attribute of the Light, therefore both sides are identical.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/9/13

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