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Question: How does the ego feel the plagues of Egypt?
Answer: The Egyptian plagues are felt once the ego is built in the form of Egypt and Pharaoh,which is opposite from the nation of Israel and Moses, is created in a person. These blows are needed to tear us away from the ego and to prepare us to break away from it.
Question: I don’t understand how we can ascend above the ego and love it at the same time. We are used to suppressing our ego, to eradicating it in every possible way, so what does it mean to ascend above it?
Answer: It means that you should focus your desires on filling others and receiving pleasure from that.
Question: How can I understand that the ego is evil if the groups don’t talk about it and try to blur it by playing games of love?
Answer: We should talk about it!
In the News (sciencedaily.com): “Scientists have discovered how parts of organs grow differently when body size changes.
“…The study entitled, ‘Differential scaling within an insect compound eye,’ reveals how different parts of a single organ in the body can change sizes at different rates. …
“Dr Jeremy Niven, of the University of Sussex said: ‘Scientists have been trying to understand how organs reach the right size in our bodies since the beginning of the last century.
“’Scaling within organs still remains poorly understood — but our results show for the first time that when the size of our bodies change, the different regions and cells within our organs respond in more diverse ways than previously thought.’”
My Comment: According to Kabbalah, every cell in our body has its own mind. The smallest part of the body contains a microcosm. The part and the whole are equal. This is based on the absolutely closed integral connection of all the parts of the universe into one perfect whole. All discoveries are discoveries of the reality with regard to us.
Research (The Washington Post): “Hell might actually be other people — at least if you’re really smart.
“That’s the implication of fascinating new research published last month in the British Journal of Psychology. Evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management University dig in to the question of what makes a life well-lived. While traditionally the domain of priests, philosophers and novelists, in recent years survey researchers, economists, biologists and scientists have been tackling that question. …
“They use what they call ‘the savanna theory of happiness’ to explain two main findings from an analysis of a large national survey (15,000 respondents) of adults aged 18 to 28.
“First, they find that people who live in more densely populated areas tend to report less satisfaction with their life overall. ‘The higher the population density of the immediate environment, the less happy’ the survey respondents said they were. Second, they find that the more social interactions with close friends a person has, the greater their self-reported happiness.
“But there was one big exception. For more intelligent people, these correlations were diminished or even reversed.
“’The effect of population density on life satisfaction was therefore more than twice as large for low-IQ individuals than for high-IQ individuals,’ they found. And ‘more intelligent individuals were actually less satisfied with life if they socialized with their friends more frequently.’
“Let me repeat that last one: When smart people spend more time with their friends, it makes them less happy.”
Question: How is it possible to unite people who have a high IQ?
Answer: People with a high IQ cannot be combined because they are united only in their respective fields and only in their narrow interests.
But a common platform can appear among different people with different levels of IQ, through the knowledge of the possibility of establishing a new level of perception, with the union of a higher purpose—and the rise to the next level of perception of nature and life.
New Life #716 – The Children Of Israel In Egypt, Part 2
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
After being raised in the house of Pharaoh, Moses, who represents the force of love, goes out and sees terrible things. The children of Israel and the Egyptians represent different approaches to life, pure egoism in contrast to connection and love.
Today people find like distasteful, and if we don’t advance on our own, the force of nature that manages the world might embitter our lives. Today, just as in the past, we must break away from the current method of life and move on to a new method. This is the reason that Moses married Tzipora, Jethro’s daughter, since she represents an additional desire, a desire that is made of receiving and giving. Moses receives an additional desire in order to advance because Moses is a weak force that is not enough to face the big ego, but the Creator is with him.
This is the preparation Moses needs in order to deal with the Egyptians, with Pharaoh, with the children of Israel, and with the Creator. This is how the Creator prepares the children of Israel for redemption.
From KabTV’s “New Life #716 – The Children Of Israel In Egypt, Part 2,” 4/14/16
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On the borderline between the egoism and the altruism there lies a barrier of water. Water has two qualities: on the one hand, the quality of the so-called Gevurot, meaning strict laws, harsh forces, and on the other hand, the forces of mercy and love.
Water that consists of these two forces represents a borderline that divides Egypt (an egoistic world) and an altruistic world. Therefore, it is necessary to pass, meaning to break through the part of the water representing harsh force that protects Egypt and doesn’t let to exit it.
If a person can pass this wall of water, he enters the amniotic fluid that starts developing him like a fetus in the mother’s womb. But he has to hate the ego so much that he would be able to get rid of it. And then the waters will part.
Answer: The Torah speaks about a person like about an object that includes in itself the entire world. Everything is within the person.
The Egyptians in us are egoistic forces; the people of Israel are altruistic forces or forces that want to be altruistic, but are under command of Egyptians (egoism). The Pharaoh represents the entire ego in which we exist.
The Creator is the upper force that controls the Pharaoh, Moses, and all others. His task is to bring the entire creation to the equivalence of form with Him, to altruism. But this requires the recognition of the ego as an evil and the exit from it.
Moses is a force representing part of the Creator that exists inside the person and pulls him toward the revelation and attainment of the upper spiritual qualities. Between these forces occur interactions when a person feels inside himself which of his desires are egoistic, which are altruistic, which of them require a connection with the Creator and which cling to the Pharaoh.
This way he sorts them internally and as a result of this work he understands what actually drives him. He sees that he is completely under control of the Pharaoh. Wherever he turns, everywhere he discovers the Pharaoh hidden within him.
It seems to him that he already works for the sake of bestowal and love of others, that he is above all earthly egoistic desires, but he still continues revealing them within himself. In the end, he doesn’t just despair but is convinced that the Pharaoh possesses him 100%.
But at the same time a special point called Moses that resists the Pharaoh is emerges within him. It starts a fight with the Pharaoh and dooms itself to the ten plagues of Egypt that have to pass over the ego. This way a person starts to understand that he can get rid of the ego. But how can he do it? It is not clear yet.
With this feeling he enters a dark night where, on one hand, he cannot see and understand how the redemption happens, but on the other hand, he passionately desires it. This night is called the night of exiting Egypt and we celebrate it on Passover.