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Michael Laitman, PhD

Small Village, Global Ego

Throughout the history of humanity, there was only one period in which the wisdom of Kabbalah was available to all. It was in ancient Babylon, a city that functioned like a small village, where every individual could influence the lives of everyone else. Society in Babylon existed as a single system, hence the need for the wisdom of Kabbalah, which teaches how to implement the law of “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Abraham the Patriarch, a native of Babylon, called for the implementation of this law, but only a few listened to him. Only those in whom the point in the heart had revealed followed him and employed the wisdom of Kabbalah. Reflecting their deepest desire, they called themselves “Israel,” from the words, Yashar El (straight to God), meaning directly to the quality of the Creator.

All the others in Babylon preferred not to unite, but to remain distant from each other. They scattered over the face of the Earth, and generation by generation they pursued the drives that the ego naturally aroused in them.

Abraham’s group grew and developed to the size of a nation: the nation of Israel. But 2,000 years ago, a huge ego suddenly appeared within us and we fell from the degree of love of others to unfounded hatred. We lost the feeling of life as a unified system, the encompassing feeling of love disappeared, and the Creator was concealed from us. Only a few with unique qualities were drawn to revealing the Creator, engaged with the wisdom, and developed it from generation to generation, waiting for the time when all would need it.

Recently, the circle began to close and the two routes that separated in Babylon are merging. Again, the world is becoming a small village, and again, we are egoists. But now there is nowhere to run. We have become so interdependent that we are compelled to implement the law, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches how to attain the love of others in order to survive. Today, it is being revealed to everyone once more to teach us how to thrive in the new world.

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