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Comment: The Torah tells the story of when the evil Pharaoh came and the Egyptians were afraid of the power of the Jews. The decision was made to destroy the Jewish boys and to increasingly enslave the Jewish people even more with work, taxes, etc.
My Response: “Otherwise they will enslave us,” the Egyptians said. And they were right.
Question: Why didn’t the Jewish people, being such a huge force, rise up against them? They could have rebelled, negotiated…
Answer: This has never happened before! Jews fight only among themselves. They have never fought with any nation in their life because the struggle should be internal, not external.
Our problem is that we have to fight ourselves. We must raise ourselves to the level of bestowal, love, connection, to the level of revelation of the Creator. This is our victory, not conquering others. There is no such thing. What is the point?
The Egyptians opposed the Jews so that they would not be persuaded or subdued. The slavery in Egypt is slavery to the egoism.
The Jews lived very well, prosperously, and had absolutely everything. They were not slaves to “gnaw the ground.” Never in history have the Jews lived so well as in Egypt. When Moses began to tell them what they should achieve, they thought: “Do we need it?”
Question: What does it mean that the Jews sighed from the hard work?
Answer: This is spiritual work: so that while in egoism you can start working on developing internal altruistic actions.
Question: So they grew internally until they reached the age of forty that you mentioned earlier?
Answer: They had to reach this. And then they realized that by being among external and internal Egyptians, they would not be able to do it. They must come out of Egypt physically, and then they can come out of it internally, morally. In the end, this is what happened.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 4/12/19
Comment: All Kabbalistic sources speak of only two forces, altruistic and egoistic, but in different interpretations, through different allegorical stories, which speak of their interaction. Everything is as simple as that—two forces and that’s it.
My Response: No, it is not easy because both forces are clothed in us, and within ourselves we must figure out when, how, and to what extent each of them dominates in us.
Question: And how can all the situations from the story of the exodus from Egypt be transferred to our ordinary life? Can I see how the power of egoism destroys my inclinations to altruism, to love?
Question: But all biblical stories describe spiritual states that a person goes through. Can they be seen as manifestations of material life through external situations that surround a person?
Answer: No. After all, we have not yet gone through spiritual states. We are still in a state where Pharaoh gradually manifests, and manifests itself as evil for us. This period is called the realization of evil.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 3/26/21
Question: You tweeted: “Do not replace hatred with love, you will destroy love. It is recommended to keep all bad things and learn to cover them with good, with love. To cover means to maintain conformity, to be between them. Then you will stand on two legs and grow both of these qualities in the middle line.”
A reader asks: “It is so hard, but you have to accept it, there is no other way. The only thing that matters for me is where to cast out the accumulated evil?”
Answer: It should not be cast out. Accumulated evil must be covered with good. That is why it exists: so that the good grows all the time. The good cannot grow without reason. Only if evil grows will we raise the good above it by our efforts.
Question: How can someone come to terms with evil?
Answer: We should not come to terms with it! We should look at the world in a reasonable way. It is not easy, it is very hard, but we will otherwise not come to the correct view of the world.
The world consists of two forces: positive and negative. Therefore, we need to interact in the right way: love and hate, good and evil, minus and plus. We must find a balance between them.
Question: And what will enable this transition? It is like a balloon that inflates, inflates, and anger accumulates, accumulates. How will the transition from the state of anger and hatred to the state of love take place?
Answer: When we realize that we cannot destroy anger, hatred, and all our negative properties and impulses, but we can only balance them with positive properties so that they coexist.
Question: A reader asks about a multi-step algorithm. Suppose she is filled with anger or hatred. What should she do step-by-step in order to reach the next state?
Answer: In general, this should be done in the group, in an environment that supports this method, under the guidance of a more experienced person who can really direct you how to do it.
But the main thing is that we do not destroy negative properties. We understand that they should exist in nature as well as positive ones, and only in their proper interaction with each other can we create a convenient, necessary, comfortable and, most importantly, reliable world that will not keep falling from hatred to good and from good to hatred, without knowing what awaits us the next moment.
Question: So we need to face this state of hatred and anger?
Answer: Face it in the right way, appreciate it correctly, understand that no one is to blame, that it is our nature that develops us in this way, and we must balance it with good forces. And in order to find these good forces in nature, we must make efforts.
For this, we need a support group that will set us an example and support us. And when everyone supports his friend, we will be able to clearly and faithfully set ourselves up for the correct interaction, the correct balance between love and hatred.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/3/19
Answer: It is very simple.
On the whole, we need to reach a world in which a wolf dwells with a lamb in peace, and a little child leads them, and so on. The prophecy in the Bible is true.
The goal of our development is to attain a state in which all the parts of creation find their place, the right mutual cooperation with all the other parts, and thus the whole world reaches a state of balance. This is the real state of the world, which is good and right and most stable, that we will need to attain.
In order to yearn for this state, we need to yearn for unity between us. Thus we will impact all the lowest states of the world, by our yearning for unity. We simply need to act correctly. To act correctly means to constantly aim at greater mutual cooperation between as many parts of the system as possible, in order to reach its balance.
Question: How is the major force that operates in this whole process expressed?
Answer: The major force that operates is the general force that manages the whole universe, all of creation, and which sustains it in a balanced state. It is the good force that overcomes the evil force, but by mutual cooperation with us, so that the good force sustains the whole system in a state of balance.
Question: How can we reach the level of this force of providence?
Answer: It is only by our efforts to be together, to be connected in good relations.
Question: Scientists say that philosophers think in terms of the interaction of time and system dynamics. They understand the whole system and how everything is divided in time, and they understand that it is still necessary to add interaction. This is similar to acrobats in a circus who stand on each other’s shoulders in order to attain a certain formation and reach the top. Do we need the same cooperation there is between acrobats, who feel each other, support each other, and thus keep their balance?
Answer: Acrobats pay constant attention to any diversion from balance and behave like a surveillance system in order to keep their balance. Here, however, it is on a higher level. I don’t need to work in a surveillance system and to constantly get rid of the disturbances in order to keep balance. Instead, I need to constantly yearn for greater balance. Only then will I be totally sure that my pyramid will not collapse.
Question: What is the greatest balance?
Answer: An even greater balance is an increase in the level of balance, an increase in its strength. Here, more and more data must be taken into account in order to include it in the equilibrium formula and to balance again and again.
In order for both negative and positive forces to manifest themselves even more, they were divided even more into many parts, and all of them together determined the conditions that the formula should integrate and balance.
Question: What data is there in this formula other than the positive force and the negative force?
Answer: No other data. There is only the balance between them. Everything is very simple.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 2/3/19
All nature—still, vegetative, and animate —develops according to its own laws. We humans are also part of animate nature. But there is another part in us, which is called “human.”
It is interesting that the constantly growing egoism in us is the human component that drives us toward development. But we are misusing it.
That is, our body is an animal, and our spiritual component, the human in us (in this animal there is something else called a man), does not develop according to natural laws. It is given to us so that we ourselves develop it correctly, but we cannot manage it.
First of all, we must reach the realization of evil, that by natural egoistic development we cannot bring ourselves to a right life, to a good, kind state. When we put ourselves on the brink of disappearance, extermination, destruction, then humanity will come to its senses. This is stated in Kabbalah, and this should be decided in the coming years.
Question: What if people don’t listen?
Answer: They will listen, they will make you suffer. After all, our nature is the desire to enjoy. Therefore, if we experience suffering, we are ready to do everything to get rid of it. And now we are stuffing ourselves with bumps, we are introducing ourselves into suffering, which ultimately will unite in such huge, unbearable sensations that we will be ready to change everything.
Question: But what way out does a person have today?
Answer: Find out what is happening to us. This is revealed by the wisdom of Kabbalah. It tells about the history of our development, starting with the higher forces of nature, how the network of forces in the universe was created, and then gradually the universe and everything in it was formed, and where this should lead us.
The wisdom of Kabbalah has nothing to do with religion. All religions are only 2,000 years old. And Kabbalah originated in ancient Babylon. The first Kabbalistic books date from this period.
Today Kabbalah is becoming so popular and in demand because by studying it we begin to understand the origins of our nature, our life, and our development.
From KabTV’s “Close-up” 8/11/09