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Comment: Eldar writes: “Dear Michael Laitman, show us all how to kill egoism.”
My Response: To do this, you need to turn to the Creator and beg Him many times, for a long time, insistently and, most importantly, together with others, with your friends. Moreover, this request should be continuous, constant, and increasing all the time. Then you will achieve it.
Question: When a person has a question about wanting to kill his egoism, is this already an advancement?
Answer: Of course! This is already a great achievement! And this is the great help of the Creator from above, when a person begins to understand what he needs.
Question: Is it possible to kill egoism?
Answer: No, absolutely not. You can only correct it, complete it, and use it correctly. You cannot rid the world of the engine that really moves the world, rotates, turns, and awakens it all the time, and brings everything into motion.
That is, the negative force is the one that drives. The positive force cannot manifest itself as much as the negative one. It manifests itself only when it is required, that is, it is more passive.
Egoism is a feeling of lack. I do not have enough! I am suffocating! I need fulfillment more and more! This is why it is so full of energy.
Therefore, the Creator is proud of Himself: “I created egoism!” Look how this great force works, how every second it is in everything and all the time. There would be no life without egoism. It is because a positive force is just a positive force, and nothing more.
Question: But still, how can I take this negative force, which dictates to me that “I must be filled,” “I am not filled,” “I need to be filled more,” and turn it over and make it a positive one?
Answer: You need to ask a positive force to show you that in fact everything in the world is yours. Everything around me is me. I need to collect all these scattered, torn, broken parts, put them together in a way when they mutually complement each other. This is all mine, my treasure. This is me. I want to bring this all to a perfect state.
Question: What state do you call perfect?
Answer: When all the parts will be mutually connected and will complement each other and be filled with an absolute state of love.
Question: Is this what is called “everything is mine”?
Answer: Yes. It is “mine” because I have to bring them to this state.
Question: So, is this my responsibility?
Answer: Yes. This is my state, I have to bring it. These are my parts, and I have to put them all together. I have to make sure that they all are connected and filled. That is, I am a worker of the Creator.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 3/7/22
Answer: No. The higher a person is in his scientific achievements, the more he doubts, the more he asks all sorts of questions, he has a lot of concepts that he cannot connect with each other in any way and he is not confident in himself.
If he is confident in himself, then he is not a real researcher, not a real scientist and expert. The more a person knows, the more he doubts.
Comment: People vested with power have less doubt about the correctness of their actions even if they condemn others for the same action.
My Response: Yes, this is correct. Power destroys everything logical in us. Power is suppression, power is control.
If I have power over someone, then that person has neither freewill nor freedom of thought. It is no longer possible to ask him for advice, he is not in doubt because he is forced to obey me.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 3/22/22
My new article on Linkedin “Israel’s Defense Against Terrorism”
Terrorist attacks are not just another headline in the news, it is the shattering of people’s lives cut short, and it is the panic and chaos that rip through an area in their wake. Fear ripples through and takes up residence in the psyche of the people who live through it. For two weeks terrorists have targeted a series of brutal attacks in Israeli cities, and again just last night in a popular nightlife spot in Tel Aviv that claimed the lives of three young men.
Anxiety has overpowered people’s mindsets. Everyone walks down the street with caution, suspicion, alertness, and looks automatically for a place to escape if another terrorist motivated by Islamic fundamentalism strikes again. Every ambulance howl evokes thoughts of despair and concern.
As Israelis, there is no need to pretend like nothing is happening and act as if everything is normal. We all need to take care of ourselves and take care of each other and be vigilant. We also need to open our eyes to what is happening on a more internal level, and open our hearts to what Israel’s sages wrote: “The prime defense against calamity is love and unity. When there are love, unity, and friendship between each other in Israel, no calamity can come over them” (Maor vaShemesh – Light and Sun).
Likewise, The Book of Consciousness writes, “We are commanded at each generation to strengthen the unity among us so our enemies do not rule over us.”
All of Israel is an amalgamation in which everyone is connected to each other, but we do not see it and certainly do not feel it. But the spiritual connection is direct: the connection of our hearts radiates favorably to the whole of society. Therefore, along with the phenomenon of terrorists who need to be uprooted, we must act with all our might to unite and be guarantors of each other.
Only if we can support each other wholeheartedly can we gain a sense of security on our streets. But as long as we prefer to live in our own bubble, caring only about our personal well-being, then this cold snowball of indifference forms between us, it rolls down a slope picking up more layers of coldness and alienation, and wraps each in an icy shroud that keeps us apart, until the next disaster forces us to briefly ward off peril.
Our Torah is all about love. It includes the greatest rule, “love your neighbor as yourself.” We must apply it in moments of peace, not just in times of terrorist attacks, but always because, like our ancient wisdom tells us, awakening to the love between us will awaken a supreme power, and it is He who will protect us from all evil.
Today, we see a huge number of people among different peoples who want to adopt the Kabbalistic methodology emerging all over the world. In this regard they are no different from the so-called native Jews, and they come to the same results.
Whether it is the root of their soul or not, no one knows because, as a result of the breakage of souls and the fall of the people of Israel, especially during the period of the First Temple, ten of the twelve tribes were lost. We do not know where they are today.
Therefore, there may be hundreds of millions of people in the world who come from the ancient Israelites since the time of the First Temple.
They live among the nations of the world and are mixed in with them. Imagine if today, after all the annihilations and catastrophes that Jewry has experienced, two tribes number fifteen million, how many would the ten tribes amount to without having undergone the annihilation nor catastrophes since the First Temple.
This is a huge number of people who in their spiritual essence belong to those souls who also must carry out corrections in the world. We just have to start, as if light a match, give a spark. After that, perhaps, interest and desire for the method of the correction of the world will flare up.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up, Reincarnation” 5/3/10
Question: Psychologists say that people who are endowed with power have pronounced tyranny, stubbornness, and mental imbalance. Scientists have found that power changes the structure of the individual and even his brain. Do you agree with this?
Answer: Absolutely agree. The fact is that we are all arranged in such a way that we are between two forces of nature (reception and bestowal, pressure and release), which must constantly be in balance.
All nature consists of two opposite forces, and in whatever way they are revealed, they must be balanced. Only in this state can we achieve correct results. We need both forces. There is no darkness without light and no light without darkness.
We must choose the golden mean in everything. If a person loses the opportunity to hold on to it and he is given permissiveness: do what you want without a limit, then we will disfigure him. He will not grow up to be what he needs to be. He must necessarily be within a framework and feel that he is given the opportunity to act in a narrow range, in the balance of two forces.
An animal has no problems in this regard. It understands what it needs and does not overeat, overdrink, or oversleep. It does whatever its body requires. The organism in the animalistic state always requires the most normal and rational things.
This is not how it is in a person. The problem is that a person is always ruled by his egoism.
Question: How does this fit with what Baal HaSulam writes: It is necessary to give freedom to the individual?
Answer: The freedom of the individual lies precisely in the fact that we do not force him, but teach him. To the extent of this learning, he gains freedom, knows how to restrict himself correctly, how to limit himself, and how make a man out of himself.
That is, freedom is a conscious restriction of one’s egoism, when a person understands how he should educate himself, meaning to be “above himself” and from “above himself” to control his animalistic nature.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 3/22/22
Our senses reveal only a part of what is around us. This part we call our world. There are still many more various objects and actions around us that we do not feel, do not understand, and do not recognize.
In fact, we exist in a vast world filled billions of times more than what we imagine today. We are connected with objects, actions, causes and consequences of everything that is happening.
However, in order to understand what we are for and where we belong, we must first reveal all this, and then, after getting acquainted with it, see ourselves in this entire picture. Then we will be able to draw some conclusions about who we are, what we are, for what, and how.
From KabTV’s “Close up. Theater of the Absurd” 7/18/10
During the time of the Roman Empire, the Jews lived according to completely different principles than the Romans. They did not have slavery. And although there was such a thing as a Jewish slave, it was written about that: when you get a slave, it’s worse than if you buy yourself a master.
After all, if the master has one pillow, he must give it to the slave. A slave is practically a guest in the house, which is very difficult to support because you need to constantly provide everything for him. If he is released, he must leave with his wife and children. That is, there has never been enslavement among the Jewish people.
We see this today. There are even jokes about the Israeli army, when a soldier can easily turn to a general: “Hello! How are you?” or something like that, because equality is in the blood of the people.
In addition, the attitude toward a woman, her position, and role, everything that exists today is completely different from what it was before. For all peoples, except for the Jews, it was absolute suppression. A woman was not considered a person at all.
And the Jews had very strict laws in this regard. When you marry a girl, you give her a wedding document, in which you undertake to support her.
As for Jewish children, there was not a single boy who did not start learning the alphabet and arithmetic from the age of three. Everyone without exception was extremely literate. We are talking about people who lived three to four thousand years ago!
There was none of this in Rome. At most, those who wanted to succeed went into sports. Although this was also not available to everyone. And those boys who were not well built or had physical defects were killed without any remorse.
Therefore, in all vitally important articles, we have a completely different approach of the two nations to life in general, the interpretation of existence, and life values.
From KabTV’s “Close up. Formula of the Creator” 7/18/10
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is justice?“
Justice is when absolutely everybody feels good.
Such a state requires each of us not taking our own individual selves into consideration, but that we each accept everybody and create such conditions that everybody approves of.
Based on KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on March 7, 2022.
Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “World Jewry Will Be with Us When We Are with Us”
Last week, Tzedek Chicago Synagogue officially designated itself “anti-Zionist.” In its statement, the synagogue decried the establishment of Israel as an “injustice against the Palestinian people.” The synagogue also posted on its twitter account that “Members of Tzedek Chicago voted to affirm anti-Zionism as a core value of our congregation.” Several major Israeli newspapers in English reported on the statement, which seems to have made an impact. As I see it, the synagogue’s position is a direct result of our own behavior in Israel. As long as we are disunited and cater to our enemies, Jews abroad will disassociate themselves from us and cater to our enemies, as well.
Over the years, I have seen Jewish groups from many denominations—from Orthodox to Reform—opposing the State of Israel, and to be honest, I do not see much of a difference between them. Indeed, Tzedek Chicago, too, states that “Since the founding of the Zionist movement in the 19th century, there has always been active Jewish opposition to Zionism.”
It would be convenient to blame anti-Zionists for their antagonism to the State of Israel, but we would be wrong to do so. People’s feelings toward the Jewish state are not determined by them, but by the Jewish state itself. When Jews in Israel are united and understand what Zionism means, the resistance to Israel subsides and even turns to sympathy. But when the Jews in Israel object to their own country, when they denigrate and vilify each other and glorify Jew-haters, the world hates the Jews, and the Jews hate the Jewish state.
Unless the Jewish public in Israel strives for unity instead of division, American Jewry, and the whole world with it, will demand the cancelation and eradication of the State of Israel. It is already what the world, and much of world Jewry wants, but they are still not acting on their wish. If Israel continues to exhibit internal disintegration, the world will become more vociferous in its demands and more assertive in its actions to revoke the Jewish state.
We perceive anti-Zionists as being against the State of Israel, and this is also how they feel. In truth, however, Zionism is a spiritual movement, an aspiration to restore the core value of Judaism: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If we do not focus on our core values and pay attention only to our physical presence in the Land of Israel, we have no right to complain that no one supports our presence here. If we did focus on it, everyone would support our work here and wish for our success.
Therefore, if we want to unite and live in mutual responsibility, follow King Solomon’s motto, “Hate stirs strife, and love will cover all crimes” (Prov. 10:12), and strive to love our neighbors as ourselves, the whole world will be happy we are here, including Tzedek Chicago. If, alternatively, we find any excuse to disparage and slander one another, the entire world will turn against us.