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What can we learn from the Pharaoh?
We can learn loyalty to the Creator from Pharaoh. He performs his task meticulously, faithfully, and selflessly. A true slave of the Creator like no other. Indeed it is a power made by the Creator, opposite to the Creator, without freewill…
Exit from Egypt, from the bondage of Egoism, can only happen when one feels himself under its full control, unable to reach the Creator, the quality of love and bestowal. And only in the measure of suffering from such bondage and full striving for the quality of bestowal and connection with others, can one merit an exit to freedom.
The power of egoism in man ends (exit from Egypt) when one is convinced that he cannot descend into egoism any further, and asks the Creator exclusively, solely for deliverance from the power of egoism, Pharaoh, only to acquire the quality of bestowal.
Before one overcomes his egoism, comes out of it, egoism awakens in him stronger and stronger each time, leaving no hope for salvation. Only faith in the help of the Creator Himself brings a long-awaited salvation from egoism, when one wants to be under the Creator’s full control
Before liberation from egoism, Israel was fully immersed in the 49 steps of pure egoism. And only then did the Creator reveal Himself and rescue them. Until the attainment of full egoism, its 49 levels, they thought that freedom from it was possible by the Creator’s forces rather than Himself.
If one wishes to act for the Creator’s sake, egoism doesn’t give him energy—and one sees himself immersed in egoism. But this sensation of one’s egoism and intentions not for one’s sake is the truth!
All we can do is turn to the Creator for help since He is the one that created both egoism and the intention “for one’s sake.”
The beginning of the realization of egoism lies in yearning for unity in the group, the realization that it is only through unity that I can reveal the Creator, the will to bestow—this is against my nature and I can only be aided by attempts to unite with others, revelation of egoism, separation—and a plea to the Creator.
Everything that happens to us before we feel immersed in egoism and exit from it, from Egypt—is only in order for us to feel that the Creator governs everything, to feel the sensation of His singularity—this is exodus from exile into truth.
At first a person feels that he is enslaved by egoism, Pharaoh, and is forcefully rejected from working for the Creator. To this extent he really is ruled by egoism. But as soon as he realizes that it’s the Creator who does this to him, “Since there is no other,” he is immediately conscious of his redemption!
When one yearns for the Creator, Israel, from within evil’s, Pharaoh’s, rule, the Creator liberates him from exile in egoism and gifts him with the quality of bestowal. This personal transformation is called “the miracle of exodus from Egypt.” One must believe that the Creator liberates everyone who wishes for it in this miraculous way.
All of our work is to reveal egoism in us. To see exit from egoism’s rule as reward and to make efforts only for the sake of the Creator’s desire based on the sensation of His greatness. Our entire reward lies in fulfilling His desire. Work = reward!
Exile into Egypt, Pharaoh’s rule, means that the awareness (Daat) that one must work for the sake of the Creator, bestowal – unity, is under egoism’s rule and every person works for himself.
The spiritual body of man consists of thoughts, desires, and actions. In order for these parts of the body to perform the right actions, which one requires them to do, it is necessary to attain the quality of faith (Emuna) or awe (Yirat Shamaim).
The Upper Partzuf, the Creator, works in a way that if you talk of ways to give to creatures, He instantly hears you. To hear means to take in a raised desire and bring it higher. Above, the light is clothed in your desire and this whole “package” is brought down to the creatures.
If we don’t encounter changes on our path, it means that we are not asking for them. All spiritual advancement can happen only through realization of the previously formed needs and requests.
People’s problems are your own, but you hear about them from others. You blend in with parts of your soul. You will never hear anything that does not apply to you. You perform actions to return them to their places inside you. They seem external because of your wrong perception.
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The Creator created the creation with the desire to enjoy, which is the opposite of the Creator. All inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature acts by instinct and cannot change anything. A person, however, is given the opportunity to change his nature if he finds a way to turn to the Creator and ask for it.
If a person organizes an environment through which he can receive desires that are opposite to his original nature, then he can formulate a need for the Creator and ask for the desire to bestow. The Creator will then give him a second nature so that he can use his desire to enjoy with the intention for the sake of bestowal. This is how a person becomes similar to the Creator.
The Creator receives pleasure when we demand from Him because His desire is to bestow: the more we receive from Him, the more we bestow to Him. We can give Him nothing except our desires which require fulfillment. However, it is necessary to ask only for the sake of the Creator’s enjoyment, then it is the correct intention. If I ask because I feel bad, then this is still an egoistic request.
The correct request is to ask for what the Creator wants to bestow to us. It is like a child who wants a ball, but he knows that he will bestow more pleasure to his father if he asks for an encyclopedia. However, the father feels his son thoroughly and cannot be deceived. Therefore, the son must enter the correct environment that will change his desires so that instead of playing football, he would be more interested in studying geography.
Then he will come to his father and ask for the book from the bottom of his heart, bestowing to him immense pleasure not through the book itself, but by the fact that he changed himself following his father’s example. The person’s entire work is to ask, but to ask for the correct things every time so that the Father will enjoy our request. This is called “to make your desire like His desire.”1
It is written: “My sons defeated Me.” This means that we must influence the Creator so that He will correct us all the time, draw us, and push us forward. However, one can influence the Creator only to the extent of similarity of properties. It is impossible to reach out to Him with shouts and requests—a connection between our properties is needed. Such properties appear only under the condition that I am in the correct environment, in the ten built on similarity to the Creator. If we transfer our desires for bestowal to the Creator, we receive the power to realize them from Him. This is how we come from love of created beings to the love of the Creator.2
If we raise the correct request to the Creator, then we begin to understand His answer, to appreciate what we receive from Him. Maybe I asked for a ball, like a child, and the father gave me a book on geography. I then see how much more useful the book is for me and how I should change in order to perceive it as a gift from the Creator and not be angry that I did not receive the ball. If I work correctly in the ten, I will see that the world is changing for the better for me.3
All matter is a desire to enjoy. Each element, every atom, wants to preserve itself, its structure, its nature, and its texture. Each particle exists due to the fact that it resists its destruction. In order to split a tiny elementary particle, people build huge installations, colliders. It takes a lot of energy to split a particle and see what it consists of. This shows what a strong desire to enjoy is instilled in each particle by the Creator. In the effort to split elementary particles, we are essentially studying what the Creator has put inside creation.
The simpler the material, the stronger is its desire to enjoy. The more matter develops, the more complicated this desire becomes, and therefore, it weakens and can no longer maintain itself. That is why the heaviest elements begin to emit energy, radiation, and decompose.
The most dead, primitive particle, has the greatest strength received from the Creator. Therefore, the more developed a person is, the more doubts and problems, ups and downs, he has. However, if he freezes himself at the inanimate level, he does not worry about anything and continues today just as yesterday.4
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/8/19, Writings of Baal HaSulam, Shamati, Article 115 “Still, Vegetative, Animate, and Speaking”
1 Minute 15:00 – 1:01:00
2 Minute 1:18:00
3 Minute 1:20:00
4 Minute 1:46:25
Question: Kabbalists say that the sensation of the Creator is nothing more than the sensation of our connection with each other. Does this mean the Creator is revealed not inside of me, but in the connection between me and other people?
Answer: It is just an auxiliary tool for the Creator’s revelation. The fact is that the Creator is a bestowing, fulfilling, and developing force. He acts out of himself.
In order to feel Him, we need to develop a similar, adequate force that will bestow and fulfill. There is no such force in us. We only have the force to receive.
Therefore, the most important thing for attaining the Creator is creating the power of bestowal in ourselves, in addition to the power of receiving. At the same time, we do not change anything in ourselves, we remain as we are, we only supplement ourselves with other forces.
By developing the power of bestowal, we begin to feel everything according to the law of similarity to the Creator. As according to the law of similarity we feel what exists around us in our properties of receiving, in the same way we can feel the Creator in the properties of bestowal that we develop.
It is possible to form these properties only under certain conditions of connection between us when we gather together in groups and study Kabbalah, which explains to us how we can be interconnected. It is in this connection that we begin to build a system called the property of bestowal. Only it can catch the Creator’s property, and in it, as our new organ of sensation, we begin to feel Him.
From KabTV’s “The Essence of the Science of Kabbalah, Part 4” 11/12/18
New Life #217 – Sibling Rivalry, Part 2
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
Parents can cultivate desirable behavior in how their children relate to each other by demonstrating their attitude toward the children’s treatment of each other. The addition of a colder, more mechanical line of judgement to the line of mercy in the parents’ approach should be introduced gradually if the sibling relationship seems to be deteriorating despite having been educated. Children should discover the need for balance in relationships. In this way, they can grow up properly and realize that their lives are in their own hands. In order for a family to become integral and round as nature requires, children must learn to compromise and treat each sibling as equally valuable.
From KabTV’s “New Life #217 – Sibling Rivalry, Part 2”, 7/28/13
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