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The symbols of the holiday of Purim are concealment, the custom of dressing up into party costumes, and wearing masks. Where does this custom of wearing masks on Purim come from? The main character of Purim is Queen Esther, meaning the kingdom (Malchut), the system that controls the entire universe. This kingdom is called “Esther,” meaning concealment.
In fact, in our time, we see that everything is in concealment. We do not know who controls us, we are unaware that there is a program in nature controlling our lives. We are in a field where some upper force, manifested in the form of many different forces, in the form of vast network controlling the entire world, rules.
Science is only now starting to gradually discover that everything in nature is interconnected and that the world is a closed, integral system with global connections. We see only a small part of reality. Also, we are not talking about some unknown dark energy in the universe, but about a reality that is completely hidden from us that we cannot even imagine. Our entire world is a complete concealment.
The inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature is controlled by instincts, and it thus asks no questions. Yet, a person must understand what he is living for. If he does not find an answer to this question, he feels very limited, disappointed in life, and does not know what to do with himself. His animal body continues its normal life, gives birth to offspring, but a person feels miserable.
A person feels that there is a certain concealment, a system, Malchut, that controls us in a concealed way, as if the great Queen Esther. Esther does not appear as a woman, but as an entire kingdom that controls us so that we do not understand where we are going and what we are doing.
The people of Israel faced the state of Purim many times over the course of history, that is, they were under threat of destruction. This threat comes in order to awaken us, to remind us of our role so that we do not continue living like all the other 127 nations that Megillat Esther talks about.
We must reveal Esther, we must bring this concealment to revelation. All other nations with whom we live act in order to awaken us to this mission. It is impossible to awaken the people, their egoistic desire, through good, and make them think about spiritual life. Jews try to forget about their mission. They delve into corporeal values, striving for achievements in science, culture, and especially for money and power.
In order to awaken us, King Ahasuerus and his helper Haman appear. In fact, they do not understand what they are doing because there is another King above Ahasuerus who is completely concealed, but He determines everything in order to bring humanity to the attainment of the Creator. This is only possible through the Jews, because there is a secret hidden in them, the spiritual gene that allows them to do this.1
Haman is the egoistic desire that cannot be corrected but can only be destroyed. Haman and his ten sons are the evil system unsuitable for correction, which opposes the governance of the upper force, the desire to bestow and loving another as thyself. Haman cannot agree with that; therefore, we must kill this kind of inclination inside of us.2
The great egoistic desire, Haman, makes preparations to kill everybody, both Mordecai and King Ahasuerus, in order to rule the entire kingdom by himself. This enormous egoism cannot enter into any cooperation with other forces but seeks full control over everybody. Therefore, in our time, Haman is revealed everywhere: in religions, beliefs, and also in governments if they declare that they alone should rule the world.
But Megillat Esther tells us that by the order of the king, Haman gets hanged on the tree that was prepared for the Mordecai’s execution, and the city of Shushan celebrates its freedom. Thus, we come to the fact that there is no more evil in the world because we destroyed and cancelled it.
In essence, Megillat Esther tells us how humanity reveals all the evil in the world and understands that it is necessary to destroy human egoism, the desire to receive for one’s own sake. Thus, we come to the absolutely good state, to the end of correction, when there is no evil left in the world. The holiday of Purim is dedicated to this, we rejoice and drink to the state when “…he does not know the cursed Haman from the blessed Mordecai” because there is no more Haman in the world and there is no need to be afraid of egoism.3
The evil Haman is hiding within every person and within all nations because it is the egoistic desire to control others. If we can get out of this evil, move away from it, then we will get closer to the revelation of good, to the upper system that controls us. Without evil, it is impossible to reveal good or even come close to it. Evil exists precisely in order for us to feel the need for good, to guide us to goodness.
We need to reveal the evil of egoism in every person, in every country, in the world, and, as wisely as Mordecai, Esther, and Ahasuerus acted against Haman, ensure that this evil force disappears from the world. This is what we need to learn from Megillat Esther and I hope that we will achieve it.4
From KabTV’s “New Life #1094 – Concealment And Revelation On Purim” 3/14/19
1 Minute 00:00
2 Minute 15:20
3 Minute 19:00
4 Minute 22:50
Subjugation means to agree with everything that comes from above and constantly to try to identify that there is no one else besides the Creator. We will then see that the Creator is good and does good; this is already the next stage. We need two corrections in order to proceed to the stage of a spiritual embryo.
The basis of all internal work is in the ten: in its construction and sensation and in the connection of the friends in the ten. We do not work with the Creator individually, personally. It would be an even greater and more serious mistake than remaining disconnected from the Creator if I were to use the ten in an egoistic manner without thinking about its connection and hoping to establish connection with the Creator by bypassing it.
However, if I understand that my connection with the Creator and His connection with me passes only through the ten, then we connect into one whole; me, the ten, and the upper force are like Israel, the Torah, and the Creator, which are one.1
To be in Lo Lishma, from which we come to Lishma, means that at any place, in any state, and in everything that you think, see, and feel, you try to locate the Creator as a source of everything that is happening. This is also called Lo Lishma because it gives a person a good feeling, comfort, and joy from the fact that he depends on the Creator and not on enemies, haters, or blind chance.
Everything that comes to a person from the inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature and from people is an influence of the Creator and no one else. Therefore, a person is happy that he is under the correct governance that seeks to bring him to final correction. He constantly holds onto the Creator like a baby clinging to his mother.
To the extent that he is able, at every moment, not to let go of the Creator as the cause of everything that happens, he feels good. This state is called “Lo Lishma” because there is still one’s own interest in it—it helps a person feel good.
Yet, if a person wants to be connected with the Creator without any personal benefit, regardless of his pleasant or unpleasant feelings, then he wants to move to the state of Lishma. In this state, he raises the greatness of the Creator so much that he stops thinking about himself at all. It does not matter to Him how he feels, the main thing is to decide that the Creator is the source of all reality and by this to bring Him contentment, without any regard for himself. This means from Lo Lishma to come to Lishma.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/12/19, Surrender (Subjugation)
1 Minute 1:40
2 Minute 7:00
Although one can work devotedly, one is unable to determine to what extent this devoted work is appropriate or not, that this hard work would be against his teacher’s view, and the view of the Creator.
Question: Is it possible to somehow see that I am working correctly?
Answer: No, because that would be your egoistic reward. If you really are engaged in bestowal, then it is absolutely unimportant for you what consequences your actions have. You just want to know whether you do them correctly.
There is nothing you can do about it. This is a serious system. If you want to be in bestowal, you must rise above yourself and exit yourself. You are given such an opportunity. If not, stay as is.
You can simply learn Kabbalah. This is a source of knowledge, it is a method that explains history, geography, and the interaction of people in the world, the present, and even the future.
I would like all people in the world to acquire the set of knowledge that can be learned from Kabbalah even without engaging in spiritual improvement, but simply studying it like any other science.
Question: A person does not have evidence that he is advancing correctly. Then what should he hold onto?
Answer: Onto nothing. Onto the air, onto the Creator.
Only in a group, when you connect with the friends, work for them, and they for you, you receive what is called Arvut (mutual guarantee), and you can hold onto it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/25/18
New Life #183 – Law and Justice
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
Education and culture are designed to bring us to balance with the laws of nature, to the safest and most comfortable state. Every person has to be a judge for himself, clarifying and correcting himself. The Jewish legal system used to operate according to one law: the law of nature or God. Integral laws aim to bring balance between the still, vegetative, animate, and speaking levels of reality. Judges must have emerged from themselves and know the rules of the integral system so they can direct others towards balance. We need an integral, social-educational system that teaches others how to criticize and correct themselves in order to build peace and truth in society.
From KabTV’s “New Life #183 – Law and Justice”, 5/19/13
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