Question: Our mind refuses to accept the inevitability of death. When one receives information that associates him with death, something tells him that this data is unreliable. We can sometimes predict the death of others, but will almost always be wrong about predicting our own.
Experts tell us that subconsciously we ignore facts and perceive ourselves as someone who will have a lengthy existence, if not eternity. Why do we feel this way?
Answer: It is because no living being can or should understand that he is mortal at all. Everything in this world should propel us forward. We must create, execute things, and leave something after us.
Question: To acknowledge one’s mortality, to have the fear of death, does it have an effect on us?
Answer: The fear of death is the fear of nonexistence. How can I imagine a world where I no longer exist? This is a terrible rejection of egoism.
What is a world? It is I who exist, I know the world, understand it, and feel it. I am in it, in the center of it. But here, I suddenly disappear.
What remains in the world? I can only perceive it through my senses. If there is no “I,” then this is the end of it all. Our ego cannot conceive of the notion that the world can exist without it.
The only solution is to explain to people that the world is eternal, endless, and perfect. It is completely different from the way that we perceive it. In order to see it differently, we have to rise up to the level of the quality of love and bestowal.
Question: Does it mean that we will break free and rise above our egoism?
Answer: Yes. We will see it in the quality opposite egoism.
The fact that we are created in a particular quality should not limit us. We have to see the world differently, multilaterally. We will then be able to see the world and ourselves in some sort of connection.
Question: Are you saying that if I rise above my egoism, I will reach the quality of love and bestowal and see the world as eternal? Thus, I become eternal too?
Question: So, it follows that death does not exist?
Answer: Death does not exist in the quality of bestowal.
Question: Will people come to perceive themselves as eternal?
Answer: Yes, the science of Kabbalah explains this to us. We can only do it if we have the desire for it.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman,” 10/24/19