Question: It seems that the autumn holidays, which are called Jewish holidays, are actually worldwide holidays. Especially now during the coronavirus, I am starting to understand this more and more.
Rosh Hashanah (the beginning of the year) symbolizes the discovery of the law of love and bestowal. This is the starting point of humanity, and this is where the counting of time begins. Why is this not a world holiday? Why do we call autumn holidays Jewish?
Answer: These holidays do not apply specifically to Jews. These are cosmic holidays that refer to the upper force that governs our world as it enters new stages of its influence over us.
Question: What does this new year require of us?
Answer: We must change, conform to nature, and not destroy each other. We must stop being controlled by our egoism like small animals. Can you imagine if the animal world had such egoism as we do? They would have consumed us and themselves; everything would have been devoured. And so only humans have it. The human being is gradually consuming everything. We have already reached a dead end! We must realize that our egoism is evil!
This year is a turning point. I hope that it will be such that we realize our evil nature and wish to change it.
Question: Is this your wish for all of humanity? Is it to realize its evil nature?
Answer: Yes, this is my wish for the new year.
Question: Is not the usual wish for everything to be fine, for there to be enough of everything at home, for everyone to be healthy?
Answer: No, no need to wish for that because it will not happen anyway. What is the point of all sorts of impossible dreams, suffering, and so on?
Question: Do you think it will be bad?
Answer: It will be bad, but the main thing is for us to quickly realize the cause of this evil in us. Exclusively in us! In addition to finding the cause, to have ability to correct it and transform it to the opposite. Humanity does not need anything else.
Question: Do you think this is feasible to execute this year?
Answer: If we do not, this realization will come through great unprecedented suffering! It is better to do it quickly. Because when a period of suffering comes, you cannot stop it. It comes for many years and with it brings such destruction and cataclysms, both ecological and societal, with pandemics and so on; it would be simply terrible.
Question: Let us say I heard you, and even the threat that the suffering could be great, what do I do now?
Answer: Tell everyone how we can avoid it, how to prevent it from happening. This can only be done through good connections between us. Just like people cling together like little animals in times of great suffering, that is what we have to do now.
Question: Warm, kind thoughts, getting closer to each other, connection, and unity, this what it should be?
Answer: Yes. If not for the good, then to avoid the bad, but we have to do it.
Question: The next holiday is Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). What does it mean for the world?
Answer: For the world, the Day of Atonement is a manifestation of a great evil inside it, which makes us feel completely powerless. There is nothing we can do but ask for the upper force to help us understand, to help us cope with our inner egoism.
After all, there is nothing external. Everything that exists in the world is only an echo of what is happening inside us.
Question: So, am I already revealing the evil inside me? Do I reveal that this is the most terrible thing possible? What do I ask for?
Answer: I renounce it, I do not wish to use it. This is the meaning of the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). That is, I do not use any of my egoistic desires. None! I make a restriction on them. Externally it is defined as the five prohibitions.
Question: What would I achieve if I were to do this?
Answer: You would have stopped working with your egoism. Then you can start building your attitude toward the world only from the angle of goodness and connection. This is characterized by the fact that you are building a hut.
Question: So, we come to the third autumn holiday of Sukkot. What is the construction of a hut called a Sukkah?
Answer: This is called “Sukkat Shalom“—hut of peace. It represents the screen, that is, the anti-egoistic force that covers all of us, all of humanity. This is what we need to build.
We can hide under this force. We can gather together, and in this way we want to live.
This is all that we need to do for the new year. If we pass through these states, we are ready for the new development which is the new year. This development is toward the complete unification of all mankind under such a world blanket.
Question: If this happens, should we not be afraid of the virus and all that?
Answer: The virus will disappear as soon as we wish to start moving in this direction.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 9/14/20