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In Harmony Between Good And Evil

laitman_557Question: Everyone is very familiar with opposite concepts such as light and darkness, love and hate, and other theories regarding human existence. Are these pluses and minuses really necessary?

Answer: The point is that we exist only in a minus, in the negative force, as it is written, “I have created the evil inclination; I have created the Torah as a spice.” The Torah is a special Light that is opposite from the ego, which we can draw and thus balance egoism.

Unfortunately, we don’t do that and this is the reason that our world exists only under the influence of the negative egoistic force. We have to complement our nature by discovering the other positive force that isn’t part of our world.

Our world advances only by the force of the ego, while we have to draw the positive force that balances it with the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah. Then in the balance and harmony between the two forces we will begin to feel the upper world, which means the next level of recognition and attainment of our existence. This is how we can reach a state that is beyond our body, which is called existence in the soul. Our body, on the other hand, is a form of existence in our egoistic attribute only.
From an Interview on RTN, New York, 21/7/15

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Social Relationships Shape The Person

Laitman_115_06Humans began to develop from the animate level, not because they began to walk on two legs hundreds of thousands of years ago, but because they began to develop social relationships. These were relationships not only within their pack, family or tribe, where they felt that everyone was as close to them as they felt themselves. They truly began to feel others and developed a connection with them.

Something like this doesn’t exist among animals. They live in families and packs, but there is no connection between the different packs. And humans developed beyond familial connections. This connection is egoistic, natural, and through this connection it is possible to exploit others as much as possible; I exploit you and you exploit me. Everything depends on the benefit that I can derive from the connection. You could catch a person and eat him, turn him into a slave, take his property from him and kill him if he resisted, or you could make an alliance with him. All of the egoistic relationships have existed until today. There is no difference between what was thousands of years ago and what exists today, this is the same form of behavior—to exploit others maximally for my benefit or for the benefit of my tribe, people, or nation.

That is how it always was and that is how it is today too. But now we have reached a very interesting point in history that has not yet been discovered. It arouses intense pressure and pain and tragic situations whose purpose is to awaken this point.

All of the families, tribes, packs, nations, and peoples who were formerly separate are suddenly beginning to feel that they are connected with each other and depend on each other. And this dependence obligates them to behave differently. On the one hand, from an egoistic point of view, I would want to exploit everyone. But on the other hand, I understand that I depend on them and need everyone.

In the meantime, this is only the beginning of development. But ultimately we will reach a situation in which a person will be forced to accept everyone as one family, meaning that he will see how much he depends on them, even though the ego won’t disappear, as happens in a real family.

We don’t feel an egoistic intention regarding people who are close to us; on the contrary, we want to do everything for their benefit. We behave with them nicely and well, for we feel that they are close parts of us as if we were one body.

So what do we do if, on the one hand, the mind tells us that strangers are close to us and we depend on them one hundred percent, and on the other hand, the ego still doesn’t disappear, as happens in a family? We find ourselves between two opposing forces. One force commands me to love others! And the second force turns around and says that I hate others! What can be done when there is a split like this?

In the framework of our world there is nothing be done and this is a great tragedy! Sometimes this happens in a family, and then there is nothing to fix. This is an unsolvable conflict like the commands that Abraham received from the Creator: “Through Isaac your seed shall be called and now you should bring him up for a sacrifice: And God said to Abraham, Be not displeased concerning your handmaid; whatever Sarah tells you, hearken to her voice, for in Isaac will be called your seed.” (Genesis 21:12).

“And He said, Please take your son, your only one, whom you love, yea, Isaac, and go away to the land of Moriah and bring him up there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains, of which I will tell you.” (Genesis 22:2).

If this happens in a family, it is not terrible, it is possible to get along and settle the conflict. But what is to be done if our natural development brings us to a conflict like this, where our life or death depends on the ability to get close to others so much that we become one body, like one person with one heart?

Our entire society, our entire civilization of seven billion will have to reach this discovery. The ego is disturbing me and doesn’t make it possible for me to approach others, and on the other hand, I depend on them one hundred percent.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/25/14

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An Expert For The Next Stage Of The Crisis

laitman_263Opinion (David Corovich, Physicist, Ecologist): “The Eurozone is on the way to a deep depression. During the course of the coming economic shock, infection could spread faster in the global supply chains, triggering a global economic crisis.

“Our mutual dependence means that we all find ourselves in this together. The financial upheaval can spread around the world in a number of seconds. In the great modern cities there are inventories of food for three days.

“When the economy sinks, the ability to take care of old debts disappears, and debtors become devoid of the ability to repay the debts. The growing complexity pushes the system further and further away from balance. Tens of billions of mutual connections in the supply chain are too complex for someone to understand them fully.

“The political decisions are based upon models for obsolete stable economic conditions. The economic crisis causes a fragmentation in society. Spreading fears and the growth of nationalism are signs of the economic crisis.

“Expanding large-scale manufacture in the large areas of production like the United States and India will only exacerbate the situation. The coming crisis will be immense, the world cannot prepare for it. The growing tension in the global economy makes it less and less flexible.”

My Comment: This is why we cannot wait for better conditions for disseminating the method of correction of the world; we need to invest all our efforts so that the true reasons for the crisis and the way out of it will be known to everyone.

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Ascent In Forty Steps

laitman_740_03The Torah, “Exodus” 34:27 – 34:28: The Lord said to Moses: Inscribe these words for yourself, for according to these words I have formed a covenant with you and with Israel. He was there with the Lord for forty days and forty nights; he ate no bread and drank no water, and He inscribed upon the tablets the words of the Covenant, the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 34:27 – 28)

This speaks about the ascent of Malchut to Bina.

“Forty” is a stage in which a person goes completely out of his egoistic state, rises above it in forty steps (the level of Bina, bestowal) and achieves the characteristic of “Moses.”

The Torah gives a person the method for his elevation to the level of “Adam” where he is released from all of his egoistic characteristics. But this doesn’t mean that he becomes an ascetic, fasts, stops being involved in regular things, stops working, and has no family, no! Simply within himself he only begins to go deeper into an intention for the sake of bestowal.

In everything else he manages a normal way of life: He works, takes care of his family, and communicates with the whole world. But all of this is now built only in the direction of approaching the characteristic of bestowal.

All the necessities remain, and everything that is unnecessary is gradually sifted out and the person moves on by rising to a level where one pure intention remains for him—to reach the characteristic of bestowal, which is called “ascent in forty steps.”

“…forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water,” this signifies that the person is only involved with bestowal and attains it when he already enters into contact with the Creator on the level of Bina.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/30/13

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