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What is Ego? What is Shame?

From today’s daily lesson:

What is Ego?

Student: What is the ego? Can you define it?
Rav Laitman: The ego is what I feel as self-relaxation, a void, a deficiency, a desire… it’s a socket or a depression in me that’s filled. I feel the filling of that absence as pleasure.
• There’s a deficiency which is filled.
• The sensation of deficiency is called “pain.”
• The sensation of the deficiency’s filling is called “pleasure.”
There are four definitions: deficiency, fulfillment, pain/suffering, pleasure. (50:13)

What is Shame?

Rav Laitman: There is shame above the ego and shame within the ego.
“I’m ashamed. I stole, and everything was fine but now I got caught. Oh, how people will talk about me, it’ll be in the paper and all kinds of places… so I’m ashamed. Am I ashamed because I stole? No. I’m ashamed because I was caught.” –That’s shame below the Machsom (barrier).

Shame above the Machsom is from—“Am I giving? Do I love?”—and the shame is in the discovery that I’m not like this way in every way. It is shame from a lack of bestowal. (55:50)

Rav Michael Laitman, PhD in the lesson on Baal HaSulam’s article “The Revelation of Godliness (Matan Torah)” (April 29, 2007) wmv video | mp3 audio (59 min)

What is “the Machsom” (“the barrier”)?

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A Thought is an Upshot of the Desire

Baal HaSulam’s Shamati article #153 “A Thought is an Upshot of the Desire” has been added to Bnei Baruch’s website. We are posting the complete article here, as well links to related lessons and materials.

A Thought is an Upshot of the Desire

A thought is an upshot of the desire. When someone thinks about what he wants, he does not think of something undesirable. For example, a person never thinks about the day of his death. On the contrary, he will always contemplate his perpetuity, for this is his desire. Thus, one always thinks of what is desirable.

However, there is a specific function to the thought: it intensifies the desire. The desire is still; it does not have the strength to expand and take action. Yet, when one thinks and contemplates a matter, and the desire asks of the thought to provide some counsel and advice to carry out the desire, the desire thus grows, expands and performs its actual work.

It turns out that thought serves desire, and desire is the “self” of the person. Now, there is a great self, or a small self. A great self dominates the small selves.

He who is a small self has no dominion whatsoever, and the advice is to magnify the self through the diligence of the thought on the desire, since it grows to the extent that one thinks of it.

And so, “in His law doth he meditate day and night,” for by persisting in it, it grows into a great self until it becomes the actual ruler.

View a classic lesson given by Rav Michael Laitman, PhD on “A Thought is an Upshot of the Desire” (12 August, 2004): wmv video | mp3 audio | MS Word | HTML

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Let Nature Guide Us to Godliness

Essence of Life

Bnei Baruch’s latest installment in Shari Arison’s Essence of Life webzine is an article discussing altruism as Nature’s law, and humanity in relation to this law. Moreover, it introduces the method of Kabbalah as the means for humanity to consciously realize this law.

Firstly, by defining human drives as egoistic and detrimental to future development, and Nature as altruistic and beneficial to future development, a place for work is presented to humanity: to somehow learn how to become altruistic like Nature. This is the place where the method of Kabbalah enters to change “to somehow learn how to become altruistic” into a time-tested method of “how” to learn and implement altruistic relationships. As is stated in the article:

Kabbalah makes us aware of how much our environment influences our development, and offers a method for using the environment to frame altruistic human development.

The goal of the environment Kabbalists have devised is to guide a person in achieving homeostasis with Nature. As well as being the goal of Kabbalah studies, Kabbalists call this ‘the goal of Creation.’ They state that all of humanity is destined to become equal in form with the Creator, i.e. to become altruistic and function as one interconnected body in relation to the Creator.”

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Worldwide Unanimous Agreement

“When all the people in the world unanimously agree to annul and eradicate the desire to receive for themselves within them, and will have no other desire but to bestow upon their friends, all worries and harmful ones will be banished from the earth, and each will be secured a complete and healthy life. In the end, each of us will have a whole world to care for our needs.”

Baal HaSulam, in Introduction to the Book of Zohar. Featured in Kabbalah Today (issue #3, May 2007), section “Quotes of Great Kabbalists.”

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