Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is the message behind Noah’s ark?“
It is written in the story of Noah’s Ark that all lived peacefully in the ark. It is because the ark represents the spiritual quality of Bina, i.e. a quality of pure bestowal, one that envelops and sustains everything within itself. By hiding in such a quality, we get saved from the flood, which represents the big ego—the desire to enjoy at the expense of others and nature, opposite to the quality of bestowal—which engulfed the ark, outside of its walls, appearing in various terrible forms: volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tsunamis, blizzards and fires.
The ark protected all who were inside it. They wanted to save it. The message is that the more we protect the ark, the more the ark will protect us, because the ark is the spiritual quality of Bina: pure bestowal. Entering such a quality is like entering a womb: it protects us from negative and harmful external influences.
The myriad problems and crises humanity experiences emerge from overblown human egoism. If we build an ark, and do not eat each other, but instead dwell peacefully in such an ark, in our small world where everything and everyone is completely interdependent, then we will be saved. Otherwise, what happened to all those who remained outside of the walls of Noah’s Ark will happen to us: our egoistic attitudes to each other will eventually drown us.
Based on the Daily Kabbalah Lesson with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on March 28, 2013. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.