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Medium published my new article “Clean Up Earth of Our Polluted Human Nature”
The United Nations recently celebrated the International Mother Earth Day as a reminder to protect the environment. Heat waves, droughts, fires and heavy rains that cause severe flooding have become more frequent in many parts of the world due to climate change, which affects the entire worldwide population.
The Earth is facing a “triple planetary crisis,” warn UN officials. Climate disruption, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste are the main areas of concern regarding the current state of the environment. This year, the Earth Day’s theme is “Invest In Our Planet,” so what would humanity’s best investment for the planet be?
We need to start by cleaning up the planet. There is no place on Earth where the air and water are clean, and that’s a real problem. In theory, tackling this issue should be our priority when it comes to taking action to improve the dismal state of our planet. But let’s not fool ourselves. Such a plan alone will solve nothing.
It will only help the international organizations to justify their own existence. They tick off “done” to raise as much money as they want, and that’s it. If we do not improve relations between us, we will not be able to achieve the great and ambitious improvement in nature that we want and need to attain globally. We will never achieve a good result through bureaucratic, mechanical measures.
There are a lot of people sitting in their comfortable offices profiting from the environmental crisis and demanding money and respect. They keep flying from one end of the world to the other on all kinds of missions to make a lot of noise with what they are “doing” and which everyone “needs to hear” as if that alone means something is happening, but in practice we see no real progress. The Earth must also be cleansed of them, of these people who engage in useless campaigns that only cause harm because they mislead the world, leading it away from the real solution.
The cleaning of the planet should start inside out. If we do not clean the planet from within, and continue with our reckless behavior and the selfish nature of our hearts as before, nothing will change for the better. The immense sums invested in environmental initiatives should be directed to spreading an educational process aimed at improving the way we relate to each other.
Humans are the most developed and influential factors of all of nature’s levels: still, vegetative, animate and human. Since we occupy the highest level in nature, positively affecting the environment, the climate, and nature in general can be achieved by reaching positive relations among us. On the contrary, by letting our divisive drives tear apart human relations, we also destroy our surrounding environment, the very nature that our lives depend on.
The more we humans are able to correct ourselves by changing our divisive attitudes toward each other into positive attitudes of mutual support, encouragement, mutual responsibility, and reciprocal concern, the more we will receive positive feedback from nature. And the more we develop without making this necessary correction, the more negative feedback we will receive from nature, as we have experienced in the form of natural disasters, pandemics.
It is of utmost importance for us to organize our thoughts, desires and qualities so that we understand that saving the environment and a shift to a better future depend solely on changing our attitudes to each other: from antagonistic egoism to positive, compassionate and cooperative relationships.
Everyone has their own program of development, according to which they are advancing. No person who was born can understand where he ended up, why he was born with such qualities, in such a family, at such a time, and in such conditions.
Then he grows and develops. As far as souls are concerned, this corporeal development leads to the question of the meaning of life, and then a person comes to the wisdom of Kabbalah, and receives the opportunity to develop further, beyond the boundaries of corporeality.
If a person declines the opportunity given to him to study the wisdom of Kabbalah, he continues his animalistic development. If he accepts the wisdom of Kabbalah, but uses it incorrectly, he will be moving in circles until he corrects his approach.
Nowadays, however, it is no longer possible for a person to develop in all possible directions, the way it was in the past. After all, back then, the development of humanity happened widely in all directions. Today it is narrowing more and more, focusing more and more precisely on the purpose of creation.
In our time there are not many people in the world who want to found some new religion or their own school of philosophy. Humanity has already gone through all these fantasies. The time has come for more practical exercises that allow us to discover methods of correcting a person in order to bring him in line with the correction of the world.
A person receives thoughts and desires all the time from above, from his purpose of creation, that is, from the point where he should be in the common soul. From there, he constantly receives all kinds of discernments in his mind and heart, in his feelings and in his reason, which each time guide him in life, that is, that return and push him to that very end point.
If he tries to use his chance and finds the right environment, he can develop quickly and successfully. If not, he will wander and get confused on the way for a long time, but in the end, he will still reach the goal.
Everyone will eventually reach the goal. The only question is how long will we have to wander, that is, how many cycles of life will it take and how much suffering, in order to eventually understand that there is no choice in this life, except to approach the purpose of creation.
We are inside a solid, correctly organized system, but it leaves us some degree of freedom and allow us to make mistakes in order to learn from them or to learn in order not to make mistakes.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/22, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar”
Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “Why We Care about Moses”
Although Passover is, well, over, there is something that humanity never gets over: its fascination with Moses. In fact, it is not only Moses, but the whole story of the enslavement of the Israelites in Egypt and their miraculous escape that has captivated the imagination of humankind for thousands of years. What is it about this story that has so enthralled us? After all, stories about slaves and the escape to freedom abound, as are stories about confrontations between leaders. But few, if any, have gained immortality the way the story of Israel’s escape from Egypt has.
There is a good reason for this. The story of Israel’s entry into Egypt, their lives there, and their escape, captivates us not so much because of the story itself, but because of what it means for each of us. The annals of the Hebrews in Egypt describe the process of liberation from egoism and attaining the quality of altruism, or love of others.
There is a reason why Rabbi Akiva explains that the great rule of the Torah is “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and why the great sage Hillel said to a man who asked him to summarize the Torah in one sentence, “That which you hate, do not do to your neighbor.”
Granted, not everyone wants to become an altruist. In fact, few do. However, as humanity evolves, it is becoming increasingly interdependent. The more we recognize that the actions of each of us affect the lives of all of us, the closer we come to realize that we have no choice but to change our most fundamental trait: selfishness, which in this day and age has become what many pundits call a “narcissism epidemic.”
The realization is already underway. The widely used phrase “An infection anywhere is an infection everywhere,” shows that we acknowledge that we all influence each other.
However, how can we care about others when we are so preoccupied with ourselves? This is precisely what the story of the Israelites in Egypt tells us. And it moves us because deep down, we all have an inner Moses that understands that the solution to our problems is in unity, in breaking free from the ego, and it is only a matter of time before we accept the inevitability of the transformation.
In the story, Pharaoh represents the evil inclination, the ego. The Egyptians are also egoistic desires and thoughts, but they are not as obstinate and self-absorbed as Pharaoh. The Israelites are those thoughts and desires within us that are willing to follow Moses toward altruism.
It is not an easy battle, and the lure of Egypt is too strong for the Israelites to triumph. Likewise, we, too, are very weak when it comes to resisting our egos. Just look at the “Me! Me! Me!” culture we have built, as a great NPR essay described it, and you will understand how immersed we are in ourselves.
But sooner or later, we will have to come out of Egypt. The ego-empire is already falling; the civilization we have built is crumbling under pollution, exploitation, and belligerence. It is driving us out of ourselves and into each other’s arms. It is giving us the choice to embrace each other and be saved, or kill each other and ourselves in the process.
Eventually, we will choose the former. The only question is how long it will take before we understand that we have no choice but to run away from Egypt and build a new nation, made of all of humanity, where people care for one another and unite like the people of Israel did at the foot of Mt. Sinai: “as one man with one heart.”
Comment: You often say that Pharaoh exists only in a group of people who are trying to connect with each other in order to reveal the upper force of nature, the Creator. Then this egoistic force manifests there.
My Response: No, our egoism is revealed at all levels, regardless of where we are, how and with whom we contact. Egoism is our nature. Yet, if we want to understand, emphasize, and start working with it; if we want to change ourselves and change it, then we are already dealing with such qualities of nature called “Pharaoh.”
Simple social disintegration, the usual everyday egoism between people, is not Pharaoh. After all, he is revealed in the conscious work of a person in relation to other people.
All the characters described in the Torah are revealed when we try to purposefully change ourselves. If a person wants to direct himself to the Creator, then he begins to see the force that prevents him from doing this, and this is already Pharaoh.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/14/22
Question: Who is Pharaoh and what is special about him?
Answer: There is only one force in the world, the property of the Creator.
Love, connection, rejoicing in others, and so on, all this we can define in relation to us as the property of the Creator. Without any relation to us, we cannot understand or determine who or what He is; we cannot even say that something exists in nature at all.
There is an opposite property to the Creator, the property of Pharaoh, the property of our egoism.
In other words, there are, so to say, only two forces: positive and negative. The negative force is the Pharaoh, the positive force is the Creator, and they manifest themselves this way with respect to man.
Question: What is the difference between the manifestation of the force called Pharaoh and the forces of “snakes,” Amalek, or Haman?
Answer: Overall, it is the same negative, egoistic force of nature, only it embodies different actions and therefore has different names.
In nature, there are plus and minus that exist in parallel, and, depending on their manifestations, they are called differently.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/14/22
There are situations in a person’s life when life itself seems to tell him that there is a certain program that determines everything and that he has no control over it.
Each of us can remember such perceived incidents. Sometimes we even know in advance what will happen and suddenly a greater vision opens up to us. It is natural. We are all a little bit like Wolf Messing in some way.
The question is: Where does this lead us? As a rule, this leads nowhere. A person simply continues to live; he was only shown some small fragment of the future and he does not know what to do with it.
In principle, for a person it does not fundamentally solve anything. It is just that a fragment of the future is revealed from the general system of our corporeality, but concealed from us are the spiritual relationships by which we are rigidly connected with each other.
We are in a network of connection that functions in an absolutely rigid and constant manner. Each of us has absolutely no freedom to do anything within it. In this network, everyone goes through all sorts of sensations of himself, which are perceived as in this world, or that world, and so on. But nevertheless, we are always in the same system of interconnection of souls, of our “I”s.
If this system opens up a little, then we can perhaps see the relationship between the two layers, between the layer that should happen and the level at which we each are today. It seems to be an accidental phenomenon, since the person did not see anything in advance.
Of course there is nothing accidental in our life. Everything is absolutely determined.
But what did this lead to? Perhaps one began to behave differently or more correctly, more sensitively, and became warmer toward people. Or in one’s profession he made some changes for good. But in principle, he did not change anything fundamentally.
As a result, we see that throughout the history of humanity all prophetic dreams, insights, slanders, and predictions of clairvoyants do not lead us to anything. There were always a lot of them and they exist now and they will in the future.
Only if we reveal to a person a clear methodology for attaining the entire system of the universe, our connection with each other, the course of life, and the future goal, when this is revealed to us and we are given the opportunity to explore, to confirm, and most importantly, to control our destiny, then we can already say that a person has really been given some kind of tool to control it.
Otherwise, the future should not be revealed. That is why Kabbalists never talk about it. They believe that it is harmful to humanity.
There is a rule: do not place obstacles before a blind man. That is, only to the extent that a person can correctly understand the future, that it can be brought closer to himself to work correctly on its implementation, then it can be revealed to a person, and he will begin to correct it.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Dissenting Opinion” 8/29/10
Question: Rabbi Nachman writes that while studying The Book of Zohar, he cried a lot until he was rewarded with understanding it. What is this state of “crying”?
Answer: Crying represents the state of smallness (Katnut), when a person regrets that he cannot understand and see more in order to make an even greater effort in coming closer to the Creator.
Question: In addition, he writes: “Although they (the disciples of Rashbi) were in connection and union with each other, this connection was temporary and was called the union of the first pillar, that is, a single connection. And then Rabbi Shimon wanted to connect them with a double connection, so that this connection is strong and solid.” What are these two types of connection?
Answer: We are talking about the connection between people studying the Torah, which speaks only of uniting them into one single system, a single ten, a single soul.
The fact is that there is a connection directed only to bestowing desires, the so-called connection of smallness, a state of smallness (Katnut). And there is a connection that includes a state of greatness (Gadlut), strong egoistic desires of a person in a corrected state.
It is written in Zohar for All with Baal HaSulam’s commentaries: All those friends who do not love each other depart the world before their time. All those friends who do not love each other depart the world before their time (Zohar for All, Ki Tissa 54). All the friends in Rashbi’s time had love of soul and love of spirit among them. Love of soul means love at the level of smallness (state of smallness). And love of spirit is love at the level of greatness (state of greatness).
This is why in his generation, the secrets of Torah were revealed. Rabbi Shimon would say, “All the friends who do not love each other cause themselves to stray from the right path,” because they have not developed themselves to the state of great love when the desires to receive also work for bestowal.
Moreover, they put a blemish in the Torah, since there is love, brotherhood, and truth in the Torah.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 2/15/22
Answer: The fact is that we are in contact with the common field surrounding us, which is intelligent and sentient, and we fill it with our mind and feelings. As a result, the same problems are felt at lower levels: animate, vegetative, and inanimate.
Therefore, at the animate level, our body—as an animal—receives all negative influences from this field, reacts to them, and begins to get sick and suffer. It is the same for the vegetative and inanimate world. We see what is happening.
Question: Is this the reason that even animals have cancer today?
Answer: All of this is a result of our thoughts. All of it! This is the problem.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up, The Philadelphia Experiment” 10/24/10
Answer: Why should you believe me? So what if I say,”Of course, I know; of course, I see; of course, I feel; of course, it is in me; of course, I am in Him.” What is the point of saying that? It is still empty words for you.
I am passing on the knowledge of this system to you gradually to the extent that you can adapt it inside you and begin to implement it in some way. Some of you are implementing it and some of you are not yet. But as long as you are able to absorb it into yourself and at least partially comprehend, understand, and realize it, we are moving forward. Of course, I would like to go faster.
But what can you do!
Comment: When you explain, you kind of give us hope.
My Response: I do not give you any hope. I convey what I feel. And if you do not implement it, then you will not have any hope. You can feel it only to the extent that you have the appropriate tools.
Comment: You clearly convey to us those feelings that you yourself perceive; although, when we talk to each other, we speak more in your words.
My Response: Naturally, it is similar to when children hear something from adults, they repeat their words after them.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. First Aid in Descents” 2/16/14