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Question: The Creator constantly hardens Pharaoh’s heart. On one hand, he says: “Come to Me.” And on the other hand: “I will harden his heart.” Why?
Answer: Because the purpose of our egoistic development is to make sure that it is impossible to exist in egoism and to ask the Creator to free us from it.
This is the purpose of our being in the Egyptian slavery, in the slavery of egoism, to make sure that it is only to our detriment and that only the Creator can get us out of there.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 3/26/21
My Response: Moses was raised by the Pharaoh’s daughter Batya. He grew up in this environment, acquired the wisdom of the Pharaoh, and became like the Pharaoh with all his egoistic attitude to life.
Question: Does it mean that even our altruistic inclinations are based on egoism and develop from it?
Answer: Well, we see what is happening, all of humanity is developing egotistically. Only now sprouts of our mighty egoistic activities are gradually beginning to appear: the things we have done to this Earth, how pointless and only to our detriment everything is. We live this life, spoil it for each other, and die. This is our existence.
It is this recognition of the evilness of our egoistic nature that we must reveal in this generation.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 3/26/21
Those people who regardless of the attributes of their gender want to rise to the quality of the Creator, bestowal and love, are called men because they overcome their egoism, work on it, and try to reach the next, altruistic level. Our egoism, called Pharaoh, commands drowning such people, destroying them within ourselves.
Question: Does it mean that there is such a force within us that tries to destroy these aspirations to exit egoism in advance?
Answer: Of course. The egoism that controls us is our main force.
Comment: But the force of egoism is under the control of an even higher force, the Creator.
My Response: That is correct. However, in general, Pharaoh is given the opportunity to rule over a person.
Question: So under whose authority is man: the Creator or the Pharaoh?
Answer: We are under the authority of the Creator who made it so that we are under the authority of the Pharaoh.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 3/26/21
Answer: They had to reveal the need to break free of egoism over400 years, but it was fully revealed in them in 210 years.
On the other hand, 400 years is the four stages of the development of egoism that they are still going through. We are going through it also because our earthly path does not stop here. Egoism still manifests in us until we completely reverse it into its opposite.
Question: A few thousand years ago, man emerged from an animal through a natural evolutionary process. Can we also call what we must go through now an evolutionary process?
Answer: Sure. The same upper force called the Creator controls us, gradually develops egoistic properties in us on the inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human levels. Each level consists of the same four sublevels.
Question: That is, as I live these levels develop within me. For example, the animate level in me is a person who works, takes care of himself, his family, and his entire material life. Then the level of the human within human begins to develop in me. How is it manifested?
Answer: In pursuit of great desires. On Earth even today, you can see tribes, peoples, and civilizations that live in the Stone Age, on trees, and in other conditions. The difference between them is in the level of the desires that exist in them. In accordance with them, these people develop an appropriate environment around them, relationships with each other, and so on.
Question: How can one determine that someone is developing at the human level? These are not just some altruistic qualities. There are a lot of altruists around who run and help everyone.
Answer: A person usually does not realize how these desires develop. For example, we look at a child and see that he is growing, he already has some other desires that are not the same as before. As the child does not understand this, so do we not understand it.
Our desires change. A hundred years ago, we were completely different people. We look at how people lived 100, 200, 300, or 1,000 years ago, and we see that they were quite different from us in many ways. Thus, we go through the stages of the development of egoism in us.
Question: Let us say there are two people before us. In one of them, the level of human desires is developing, but not in the other. What is different between them?
Answer: The rate of development of egoism in each of them.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 3/26/21
Question: Passover celebration. It tells how the Jewish people came out of Egyptian slavery. In fact, for Kabbalists, it sounds different. We have our egoism—our nature, and here we talk about how we get out of this egoism.
Now I have the feeling that this is not a Jewish holiday but a world holiday, especially considering the events that have happened in the world.
What does Passover mean for the world? How do you feel about it?
Answer: The world feels bad. But It does not know the reason for it. It also does not know the cure for the fact that it feels bad. Like a child, it feels bad and that is all. There is no recognition of evil, that is, the cause of the suffering.
The reason for suffering is in the big, sudden increase in egoism, which sometimes freezes a little and then, suddenly grows with a jerk.
Question: So can you say that the world now feels like it is inside the Egyptian slavery, under the slavery of egoism?
Answer: It just depends on how people feel. They just feel bad.
Question: So, has the Passover celebration reached humanity yet?
Answer: I do not think it is quite right to call it a celebration. The world does not feel that its egoism is the cause of all its suffering.
This is necessary! If we begin to look closely at our egoistic nature, at how we treat each other, then we can conclude that our whole world is evil because we are so egoistic, because we wish evil to each other, we are in opposition, in contradiction, in conflict, with each other: internal, external, and so on. We are in the slavery of this egoistic force that guides us, twists us, and pushes us.
To realize the evil of our nature is the most important thing. Because after that, we can already come to an understanding of how to get rid of it.
Question: If we assume that a person begins to feel this, what are his thoughts? How does he get rid of this? Except for the inner cry: “I want to get rid of it! I do not want to be egoist!” What else does he need?
Answer: Nothing! Just demand that nature change us. Nothing else. We do not have to make any extra effort, because there is really nothing we can do. If we are inside egoism, then any of our attempts and actions will still be egoistic, and by this we will only deceive ourselves.
What we can do is get together, discuss our condition, come to the conclusion that it is simply terrible, and there is no way for us to get rid of it ourselves unless we can convince our nature to leave us alone, that we do not want to be dominated by egoism. Take away from us this alien will, this upper force, so that it does not command each of us and does not collide us with each other!
Question: Then, will the person have the feeling that he is under the rule of the Pharaoh?
Answer: Yes. In the slavery of the evil force of nature. Then he will begin to understand this story correctly. He will begin to treat it correctly, that in fact, this evil nature is created specifically, by a positive force, the Creator. Then we turn to Him personally, so that He removes this evil nature from us.
If we convince the Creator to remove this evil egoistic force from us that pushes us against each other and does not give us peace, then it will become a truly global celebration in which everyone is interconnected, in which everyone begins to treat each other correctly, with love, with awareness, with the understanding that we are one single system.
Question: What is called “the exit of the people from slavery”? The people—is it the whole world?
Answer: Absolutely the whole world.
Question: Who is the leader that leads them? The Torah says Moshe, Moses—what is it?
Answer: This is from the word “Moshech”—pulling out. It is a force that pulls people out of their egoism. This power comes from above. The power of awareness of the evil we were in, and the power of good, which we can be in.
Question: Do you think that humanity should reach out to this force?
Answer: Everyone should feel that they are shouting, that they want it. Nothing more is needed. There is no need to follow any people, leaders, deliverers, moshiach(s), and so on. Nothing needed.
Question: What is freedom then? After all, this is a celebration of freedom.
Answer: Freedom from egoism, freedom from the fact that you are always under the influence of evil, and it is your inner evil that pushes you to be evil to others. This is all a celebration of liberation. This is the spring festival.
Only egoism is the cause of our suffering. There is nothing else. There are only two forces in the world: positive and negative.
Question: Why don’t we just hit this point?
Answer: We do not want to, we put our hands and feet up, just to avoid getting close to it, because we are all egoists. Only in egoism do I feel myself and the whole world. I cannot imagine how to feel the world outside of this quality.
Question: In principle, does the wisdom of Kabbalah speak only about this—how to feel who you are, your nature, and how to get out of it?
Question: How to get people to start doing it?
Answer: If we do not want to, we will be forced to. But it is going to be all fine.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 3/22/21
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “How do you deal with all these terrible things going on in the world?“
I explain to people that suffering is not going anywhere, and things are not going to become any better or sweeter, unless we change ourselves: that we will want to correct our egoistic human nature into its opposite.
The world will improve to the extent that we rise above our egoistic nature, which by default wishes to benefit at the expense of others and nature, and enter into a new altruistic nature, where we wish to benefit others and nature more than we wish to benefit ourselves.
The more that we elevate our attitudes to each other in such a way, to unite above division, to build friendships in human society instead of letting ourselves go with the flow of remaining divided, indifferent, uncaring and even hateful of each other, then we can hope for a better future.
Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Answer: You cannot offer the Torah to egoism in a direct way. How can I offer you: “Slaughter yourself, kill yourself, cease to exist” if you are an absolute egoist? Or say: “I am offering you a way to exit egoism.”
What does it mean to exit it?—To think only about others and in no case about yourself, to annul all your needs, that is, to be above them and think only about the needs of your neighbor. How is this possible? To think about whom, about what? Naturally, you cannot imagine your future existence in this way.
Why do you need the upper force that is intended only to lift you above your desire, above your world? To lift above means not to use your egoistic desire, to become an altruist. Do you need this?
In fact, when a person goes through a certain period of preparation, he begins to see that this is the greatest quality that he really needs.
Before that, however, he does not feel any need for it. He thinks that he can own the world and achieve everything with the help of his egoism. He does not think about eternity, which is acquired precisely in the quality of bestowal, by rising above the ego. Here we need the influence of the upper light.
After all, the special power of Kabbalah and, in particular, The Book of Zohar is that when I read it, the upper light influences me and builds completely new feelings and new thoughts, which I did not have before.
This is when I begin to understand and feel those levels of the universe that I did not feel before. I have a completely different approach, different values. I begin to relate to the world in a completely different plane, to dissect it, to feel it, to analyze it, to evaluate it by other standards that I did not have before. From the outside, they look very strange.
The light gives me completely different thoughts and feelings that are above our world. Then a person may seem strange to others. He prefers to love, to bestow, and he devotes his life to such seemingly unworldly values. He begins to evaluate his actions quite differently from the others.
People from the outside may ask him: “Why do you need this? What is the use of it? What is the point?” He cannot imagine how we can still be in our little interests in life, and only in them.
From From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” 2/16/21 #9
Question: There are people who engage in studying the wisdom of Kabbalah for many years, who dedicate their lives to it, but do not manage to reach the goal of going through all the 125 levels. The end of correction seems hard to attain and even impossible and there are only two hundred and fifty years left until the end of correction.
What will happen to humanity if people do not manage to reach the end of correction during this time?
Answer: You are wrong. The fact is that the process of social development is greatly accelerated today and so is the motion forward.
For example, in the EU nothing has happened after 20 years! Although this is the most developed, most advanced and educated part of the world. It is not America, and not even Russia, it is Europe! It is an ancient, historical, cultural, and technological region where everything is concentrated: art, music, science, and education, all this is Europe!
What is America? How old is it? One hundred and fifty years ago, they still scalped people there. It only seems to us that it was a long time ago, yet in fact it is not, but we are simply developing very quickly.
What is Russia? One hundred years ago, they still plowed fields with horses and died of hunger.
Europe is still Europe! What has been happening there in the last twenty years? They have been trying to unite and that is it; now they are already falling. Liberalism and democracy are quickly destroying Europe!
They have done this in twenty years and there are still two hundred years ahead of us. So, we will manage to reach correction. I am absolutely sure of that.
Nature has prepared everything so that it is actually in the last phases that our advancement becomes qualitative and not quantitative. Now we will see how we are pushed forward each year and how we are led to break through forward.
We will manage to do it!
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 1/13/19
Question: Mount Sinai symbolizes the property of Hasadim, mercy. Mount Hermon is the property of Hochma, wisdom. Why does The Book of Zohar speak about mountains?
Answer: Mountain comes from the word “Irurim” (doubts).
When doubts and problems arise in a person, but he wants to go forward and does not know how, then a mountain appears in front of him. If he chooses to climb the mountain, i.e., to rise above his egoistic problems, properties, and doubts, then he obtains the source of light.
The Book of Zohar speaks of two mountains because there are two types of analysis of the existing reality: sweet or bitter, truth and falsehood. We analyze sweet or bitter with the help of the light of mercy (good or evil) and truth and lies with the help of the light of wisdom. It turns out that man is always between these two analyses: it may be sweet but a lie or it may be bitter but true.
Question: Are we talking about sweetness and bitterness in spirituality?
Answer: It does not matter. We need these two types of sensations in order to enable what we call the “human” to grow in us. Based on our egoism, we are not people but only animals. Perhaps in some ways a little wiser than monkeys, but I would say much more unhappy than them.
The fact is that the animalistic sign of growth, development, and existence is the choice of sweet instead of bitter. And truth or falsehood does not matter. The truth is always where sweetness is. And if it is bitter, I tell myself that this is a lie.
Our morality is built on this alone. We see what is happening in the world: what is beneficial to me, good, and sweet, that is the truth.
In this, people constantly collide with each other because everyone wants their own sweetness. Moreover, everyone wants to convince the other that he is right and to somehow lure him over to his side and win.
Therefore, the entrance to the spiritual world lies in the fact that a person rises above the analysis of “bitter-sweet” and begins to analyze himself only relative to the truth and lies and to completely stick to the truth, completely alienating himself from lies although the lie seems sweet and the truth is bitter.
In other words, you can only make a correct truth-false analysis if you also bring in the bitter-sweet analysis. And it turns out that if we correctly master these analyses, then we can build ourselves above our nature.
This is the meaning of the two mountains or two approaches: Ishmael—Esau, the property of mercy—the property of wisdom. And when the combination of these two properties occurs, the sweet will become the truth because you have corrected yourself so that both properties coincided in you. It is about the internal development of a person. Only that.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #9