Michael Laitman, On Quora: “Does Satan exist?“
The word for “Satan” in Hebrew stems from the word for “deviation” (“soteh”), i.e., that it is a force that diverts us away from the spiritual path.
This force is the human ego, which is a desire to enjoy on account of others and nature. It exists within each and every person, and incites us at every moment with the desire to receive for personal benefit alone.
Essentially, this is a force at the basis of our entire corporeal world. It governs over us until we correct this state. Moreover, we cannot get rid of this force; we can only correct it.
Correcting this force means rising above it by drawing the opposite, creative force of nature: the force of bestowal, love and connection. Performing such a correction requires a method.
The method for undertaking this correction is called “the wisdom of Kabbalah.” It explains how and why the egoistic force appears in us, where it is leading us, and the purpose for all the suffering and pain that it gets us into. It also provides a method for how we can rise above it in order to enter into a new harmonious reality.
Based on the talk, “News with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman” on November 23, 2020. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.