New Life #483 – Secret Alliance With The Higher Power
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
Question: What kind of a connection is there between the meaning of our existence and attaining the higher power?
Answer: This is the most primal force of nature. It is higher specifically because it manages everything; that is, it is the force of bestowal and love, spreading around it everything that exists within it: energy and fulfillments. It intentionally created the force of reception in order to fill it and bring it to a special level of existence.
The force of bestowal is perfect because it doesn’t need anyone. The force of reception that was created by it is limited and poor because it always lacks something and is not able to attain what it lacks by itself.
Comment: People are used to imagining the higher power, the Creator, as some kind of personality with which we make an alliance and now accompanies us. It is difficult to perceive it simply in the form of a force, as something lifeless.
Answer: Is it really difficult to imagine this? Even in our physical world there are many different forces that are unknown to us. So why is it so difficult for us to grasp the existence of an upper force? On the contrary, other than forces, nothing else exists.
All I see around me are forces that are shaped within my perception, in the form of physical images that seem to exist: inanimate, vegetative, animate and human nature. But in principle, these are all appearances of the same force.
Question: How can we develop a relationship with this force?
Answer: This is the upper force. When we create a relationship with someone, the forces are used to zoom in or connect, to get closer, to create contact. In reality there is only one force and nothing more besides it. Today, even physics, a purely materialistic science, has come to this conclusion.
Upon more in-depth investigation, the matter that we see disappears; it exists only in our perception. The whole world we feel is the product of our imagination. There are only forces affecting our brains, drawing a picture that seems to be standing in front of us. But all of this is the result of the work of forces, like the display on a computer screen.
Question: And each one of us is also a force?
Answer: A person is just a receptive force. But this force is composed of various receptive forces that are linked together in some kind of relationship. Therefore, all people are separate from each other. The receptive force is the force of the desire to receive.
A person is a desire to receive. But he has many desires for various fulfillments that are woven together. Each one has its own special combination typical of men or women, children or adults. But in fact there is only a desire to receive pleasure from all kinds of sources possible.
Question: So what are we referring to when we talk about the Jewish people having a connection with the upper force?
Answer: Abraham taught people how to achieve the goal of life, the general program of nature, if they have such a desire for it. It is possible if a person obtains the force of bestowal that is found above us. And it is possible to attain it on condition that we build relationships between us that are similar to the force of bestowal. For this, we need to reach love for others as we love ourselves, mutual love.
To the degree that we begin to discover these forces of love, unity and mutual cooperation between us, within them we discover the power of bestowal.
Question: If we create relationships of love and reciprocity between us, then do we discover the same upper force within them with which they say the Jewish people made an alliance? What is this higher power?
Answer: This is the upper force of love and bestowal, a desire to do good for others through our force of love. People who have a connection with the upper force are called the “Jewish people,” Jews, because they understand that they are obliged to be united among themselves and between them and the upper force.
The force of reception is given to us from birth. It is particularly very great among these people, so they are called a “stiff-necked people” (Exodus 34:9). But we understand that it is required only so that with its help we will discover the force of bestowal. The force of egoism burns within us and keeps us apart from each other. In this way it forces us to search for the force of bestowal and connection.
From KabTV’s “New Life #483 – Secret Alliance With The Higher power, Part 2,” 12/25/14
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