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Can Spiritual States Be Seen In Outer Life?

547.05Comment: 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?

Answer: Where will you see it? All our present and future life is built on egoism, there is nothing altruistic about it. The Creator is hidden. Instead of Him, only Pharaoh.

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

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Transition To A New Basis Of Existence

709Comment: The Red Sea (Yam Suf – Final Sea) is torn by the power of man’s faith when Moses raises his staff. “Staff” in Hebrew is “Mahteh” from the word “Mata” meaning below.

My Response: A person lowers his egoism and thus passes through all the obstacles. He is guided not by reason and logic, but by that he wants to bestow.

However, this is completely unrealistic for him, because bestowal, love, and connection with others are above the property of reception, personal gain, and personal salvation. This is what Nachshon’s leap into the mighty waves of the Red Sea personifies.

Question: Why is it that Nachshon (the property in man) jumps into the sea and not Moses? Usually the leader goes first.

Answer: The point is that Moses is above the property of Nachshon. Moses is a property of Bina, and therefore, it is not at all a problem for him to be in the property of bestowal and love. This is all that he is guided by when he leads the children of Israel (desires), gradually frees them from egoism, and leads them to love among themselves.

Question: What is this miracle that a person suddenly is given such an opportunity to think and care about others more than about himself? After all, in principle, this is unnatural and does not bring any reward.

Answer: It is a transition to a completely different basis of existence, when bestowal, love, and a good attitude toward others are above one’s attitude toward oneself. A person enters this state almost forever. If earlier he lived in his usual egoism, only “for his own sake,” then, after crossing this border, he begins to live only “for the sake of others.”

Question: Does a person’s worldview, his approach to life change?

Answer: Absolutely in everything. Outside the border of Egypt, our attitude toward the world completely changes. There is no longer consideration of oneself. You constantly consider others, take them into consideration. You know with certainty that whatever arises inside you must be inverted into bestowal and love.

Question: But what motivates a person? Why does he act like this?

Answer: Because this is the Creator’s property. And he wants to be closer to Him.

Question: And if it had not been the Creator’s property, then he would not have made such actions?

Answer: No. Then there would have been no reason. This is the only reason.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/2/21

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“What Is The Counting Of The Omer?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is the Counting of the Omer?

An Omer is a sheaf gathered from produce that is harvested and tied together. The spiritual meaning of “Omer” is a share (count, numbering) of levels that we attain, which are seven levels of successive connection. The connection becomes stronger and tighter on each level, and we constantly count our seven Sefirot in such a process, namely the Sefirot of Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchut.

Each of these Sefirot is made of another seven Sefirot, for instance, Hesed of Hesed, Gevura of Hesed, Tifferet of Hesed, Netzach of Hesed and so on. Seven times seven equals 49, which is where the 49 days discussed in the Torah about the Omer count come from.

During the Omer count, we undergo introspection and scrutiny of our inner qualities in how they connect to one Omer with all the rest. Such connection is different to that which helped the people of Israel escape from Egypt. The Omer count starts on the second day of Passover. It is a time when we each scrutinize in what Sefira and states we perform corrections on our desire to receive.

We connect more and more among each other, i.e., adding to our bundle of sheaves, until we eventually discover ourselves standing at the foot of Mount Sinai. The spiritual meaning of Mount Sinai is a mountain of hatred (“Sinai” from the word, “Sinah” [“hatred”]). It is when we discover the tremendous size of the ego that separates us from connecting to each other and with the Creator. We arrive at this state on the day 50 of the Omer count, i.e., during the process of correcting ourselves in order to become increasingly connected.

In other words, the more we connect, the more we discover our inborn ego blocking us from genuinely connecting. However, together with the discovery of our immensely divisive egoistic nature, we also develop a great desire to connect, which becomes expressed as the condition of “Arvut” (“mutual guarantee”). That is, we want to be connected to each other in one Omer, but we lack the strength to annul our egos. We thus agree to the Torah’s conditions and method to increasingly connect and thus gradually correct the ego, and we also do not outright eliminate the ego.

The Omer count thus represents the start of our progress toward a deep spiritual connection among each other and with the Creator—the force of love and bestowal that connects us. It describes a process that we undergo toward a more corrected future state of positive connection among each other, where on the way to such a state, we discover the vastness of our ego standing in the way of our connection. We experience several inner contradictions and paradoxes on this path, and ultimately a tiny point within us—our spiritual desire, called a “point in the heart”—lets us scale Mount Sinai, where our egoistic selves are unable to.

The idea of a major obstacle in the form of the ego that stands in our way to positively connect was also expressed in the story about the Tower of Babel. However, with Mount Sinai, it assumes a completely different form, and exists on a whole new level. Specifically, it is in that we have passed through the states of Babylon and the exodus from Egypt, and we start understanding that if we rise above the ego, then at its peak, we will discover the Creator in our connection.

Spirituality is attained through opposite states residing in the same place. We aim at increasing our positive connection to each other, and discover a massive ego in the process, i.e., pride, arrogance, and our failure to control such states, and we also agree to lower our heads and accept the need to correct our ego in order to genuinely connect and discover the Creator—the force of love and bestowal dwelling in our connection.

Based on “Secrets of the Eternal Book” on May 28, 2014. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

Good And Evil Waters

608.03Question: Why is the sea that the children of Israel cross called the Final Sea (Yam Suf)? What does water represent?

Answer: Water represents life. This is the quality of Bina, the quality of bestowal and love. A person is born in water, everything emerges in water, this is the basis of life.

However, there are good waters and evil waters. When the water is not free from egoism, it is evil water, evil waves—for example, the Dead Sea or the sea that swallows those who enter it.

The sea that the children of Israel cross is called the Final Sea because there they completely leave egoism and cross the border between the quality of reception and the quality of bestowal.

Question: Is this boundary symbolized by the Machsom, the nominal barrier between egoism and altruism?

Answer: Yes, this is absolutely correct.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/2/21

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In Front Of The Raging Sea

608.02Question: Once the sons of Israel received Pharaoh’s permission to leave Egypt, they left it in a hurry. Pharaoh, however, began to regret that he had let the people go and sent his army in pursuit of them.

What does it mean in the inner work of a person that Pharaoh regretted it, and why?

Answer: The fact is that a person running away from his egoism must exit it once and for all. The feeling of the boundary that one crosses is the state of the passage through the Red Sea.

The sons of Israel feel at this moment the strongest upsurge of egoism, which is forcing them to turn back and return to Egypt, to egoistic slavery, and, as before, to succumb to their ego.

They do not know what to do. On one hand, they are eager to go there, on the other hand, they are eager to stay here. In this state, they stand in front of the what is called the raging sea because all this happens inside a person.

Question: Inside one person or inside a group of people?

Answer: Inside each person in the group of people trying to rise above their egoism in order to connect and in the connection with each other to cross the egoistic barrier.

Question: Thus, as the Torah tells us allegorically, in front of them is the sea, behind them the chariot of Pharaoh, and the Creator says to Moses, “Lift up your staff.” Moses raises the staff, the sea parts, the waters divide in two. What does this mean?

Answer: This is the same technique as when a person advances with the help of a staff.

The staff means to go by faith above reason. The staff in Hebrew is “Mate” (lower), meaning lower than your opinion, your reason, your egoism. You have to lower your egoism so much that you ignore what it tells you and go above it. This technique helps a person pass through the Red Sea.

As soon as the sons of Israel crossed to the other side, the sea returned to its normal state and swallowed all the Egyptians. This means that this condition kills those who do not want to move by faith above reason in the quality of bestowal, connection, above their egoism. That is, you will have no spiritual attainment, no crossing the Red Sea. You will not be able to cross it and find an external quality that is higher than your egoism. Therefore, all our egoistic desires are drowned in the sea.

The parting of the sea symbolizes the separation between egoistic and altruistic desires. Part of them, the altruistic desires, come out of the sea, and another part, the “Egyptians,” perish.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/2/21

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A Slave To Pharaoh

200.01Question: A person in Egyptian slavery initially enjoys being in it. We agree to work for Pharaoh (egoism) and we like working for him. This period is called seven years of satiation. Then, at some point, Pharaoh changes. What happens?

Answer: When Pharaoh changes, although we still exist in the same egoism, we realize that Pharaoh does not treat us kindly and does not wish us well. It turns out that we worked for him all the time not for ourselves, and nothing good remains for us from this.

Question: In the Torah, this work is called Avodat Perech (hard work). What does it mean?

Answer: There are many explanations for this concept. In particular, we never receive any fulfillment from this work. We never achieve something that would be worth so much effort.

Question: This is how your teacher Rabash explains this: “That is, the body agrees more to do the holy work with the intention to receive, and there is no need…. to aim to bestow.” Does it mean go, work for Pharaoh, and then everything will be fine?

Answer: Yes, but as time passes, it is no longer possible to continue working for him because you see how Pharaoh himself reveals to you that being in this slavery is pointless. You receive nothing from it. Therefore, a person has no strength to continue working for the Pharaoh.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 3/26/21

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Passover From The Point Of View Of Modern Realities, Part 3

568.01Question: In the story of the exodus from Egypt, there are several heroines who one way or another contributed to the liberation of the people. One of them is Batya, an Egyptian, the daughter of Pharaoh.

When it was announced that all boys must be killed, Moses’s mother sent him down the river. Batya knew that it was a Jewish boy, but she still felt sorry for him. What happens in a person or between people when what is forbidden, and it is clear that this will be followed by punishment, is suddenly given a thin corridor of salvation?

Answer: This is always the case. If you completely despair from the previous states and no longer see in them any breakthrough forward, no opportunity to continue your spiritual path, then a new force appears—from above. It is precisely from above, because it comes from Pharaoh.

Pharaoh is a huge egoistic desire of man to rule, to enjoy, to enrich himself.

But he also had a daughter, Batya. Batya means “daughter of the Creator” (Bet-Yod-Hey). And there is a very interesting continuation of the spiritual development of humanity through her: she rescues this baby floating on the river and nurses him.

She nurses Moses with the help of his own mother because she offered herself as a nanny. Until recent times it was customary for a outside woman to nurse a child.

Moses grew up in the royal palace, in the royal family, and received the highest education and upbringing at that time. He was called the adopted son of Pharaoh. He was sitting on Pharaoh’s lap, playing with his beard. Pharaoh’s priests predicted that this was not good and that he would inherit the throne. But his adopted grandfather loved him. And Batya, of course, was very pleased. That is how Moses grew up.

Question: From the point of view of our time, what does it mean that this boy was playing with his opponent and that he liked it?

Answer: Pharaoh is not yet an opponent. Moses is still young and grows at the expense of the Pharaoh. Our altruistic nature develops at first precisely at the expense of egoism. It plays with the egoism, the egoism cultivates it, and then it becomes the opponent of egoism.

At first, all our good, altruistic actions, which will manifest in us, are born inside a small, egoistic person. Small not by age but by his development. And they continue to develop until a certain period, until the fortieth anniversary.

40 years is the level of Bina. Therefore, until the age of 40, Moses lived and was brought up in Pharaoh’s palace. And only then did he begin to understand that he could not continue to act like this, that he had to get out of there. Hating the Egyptians for subjugating his people, he suddenly discovered his connection with the people. And not just with the people, but with the mission that the people should carry.

Jews are gathered from all the nations of the world in order to lead them to the revelation of the Creator, to the quality of bestowal, love. And Moses felt it.

From his fortieth birthday onward, we no longer hear about his foster mother Batya. And he begins to treat Pharaoh in a different way—to torment his adopted grandfather.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 4/12/19

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The Parting Of The Red Sea

631.3Question: The parting of the Red Sea is one of the miracles, a supernatural phenomenon, that has been debated for more than 3,000 years: did it actually happen? How would you comment on this?

Answer: I would say that any phenomenon that can spiritually occur to any person during his special spiritual development must happen once in our corporeal world in its physical manifestation.
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232.09Question: Why did Pharaoh while he wanted the Jews to stay in Egypt, order the boys to be thrown into the Nile but not girls? What is this power of boys? Why were they killed and not the girls?

Answer: Women are always passive, they can obey, this is their nature. “So, nothing will happen to them if they are left without their men. We will use them to our advantage and that’s it”—to use crude human language.

But, in principle, it is not about this but about the fact that in every person there is a female and a male source. If one kills his male nature, i.e., the intention to bestow, connect, and unite with the Creator, then all his actions become feminine, small, for their own sake, at the level of our world, and they do not affect anything but destroy the nation.
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560Comment: Let’s look at Passover from the point of view of modern realities.

When the Jews descended into Egypt, there was a flourishing not only for the people of Israel but also for Egypt. And suddenly, this power, this large number of Jews started to frighten the Egyptians.

My Response: It is not about the large number but about Jewish control over Egypt.

Pharaoh was not stupid. He quickly realized that he had a serious force in his hands and he put Jews above all the overseers, commanders, etc. It was then that they built the pyramids and everything, and Egypt became very rich. So, later on, the Pharaoh did not want to let them leave Egypt.

But they quickly realized that they had nothing to do in Egypt, that they could live on their own, and they started to slowly get ready for the journey. And that is when problems arose.

This suits modern realities very well. We saw in the example of European and other countries that when Jews came to a country from places they were expelled from, the country that expelled experienced declines in its economy, culture, etc., and the country they came to rose and flourished.

Of course, this caused great damage to those countries that refused them. We can also see this in the case of Egypt, which has not recovered since then. Egypt, when it was a great culture, built its pyramids and to this day “sells” them.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 4/12/19

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