A Clean Home And A Clean Heart

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why is it customary to thoroughly clean one’s home before the Passover holiday?

Answer: A person’s thoughts and heart are called his home. The home—a person’s heart—needs to be cleansed of all the bad thoughts about other people. This is called the Passover cleaning.

Try thinking about this and imagining what we have to do to all our desires with regard to other people, society, relatives, neighbors, one’s spouse, and generally—with regard to our entire lives. How can we correct and improve them, or at least clean them of all the garbage?

Passover (Pesach) means a passage (Pasach) or transition from the egoistic state of love only for yourself—to love for the neighbor, where you consider others, even if just a little.

Question: And why is there a custom to clean everything with bleach?

Answer: Unfortunately, there is no other cleaning agent that can clean you out from the inside other than “the Light that Reforms.” If we hear, learn, and talk about the corrections that we have to perform inside of us, about the desires that we need to get rid of, this gradually cleanses us.

The force of the Light is the only means capable of cleansing us. However, it works only inasmuch as we desire to correct ourselves. And in order to desire this, we need to read about what awaits us after we unite with everyone.

Then we get rid of all the misfortunes and problems, and rise to a level of development where there is no evil or injury, but only boundless goodness.

That is how a person feels after coming out of Egypt. This is the reason why this holiday is called Passover (Pesach—a transition), when we cross the Red Sea, going from one nature to another: from the nature of reception to the nature of bestowal.

It’s similar to completely replacing the program inside a computer. Likewise, we have to replace our inner program, which will change our outlook on the world, our entire life paradigm. We start looking at the world through completely different glasses.

This allows us to see how the right connection with other people brings us goodness, and that revelation changes us. This is the meaning of coming out of Egypt.

Question: And where are we when we come out of Egypt?

Answer: We come out into new relationships, unity, bestowal. By uniting and being together, we are saved from our enemies and come out from exile to freedom.

Question: So right now my heart is dirty, loving only itself and caring only for itself. But if I clean it and start caring for others, I will see a different world around me?

Answer: Yes, this will be a world beyond the boundaries of Egypt. It will be the world that we see through our connection with each other, the quality of bestowal, or through integral glasses. Through those glasses, we start seeing the network connecting us together.

That world is called the upper world because we reveal the force that influences everyone, the network that controls all of us. We start to understand our past, present, and future, and we actually rise above time. We also know what the result of all our actions will be.

Question: How does this affect our regular, day-to-day lives?

Answer: A person knows what is happening to him and what will happen if he acts a certain way. He starts seeing all of the causes and consequences, which is called opening his eyes. He is no longer in a state of darkness and uncertainty.

Question: And how does it affect our relationships with one another?

Answer: We find out about our own intentions and others’ intentions, so our relationships become absolutely transparent, without any hard feelings or misunderstandings.
From Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 15.03.2015

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