Purifying Our Desires

laitman_560The Torah, “Leviticus” (Metzora), 14:1 – 14:4: And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying: This shall be the ritual for a leper at the time that he is to be cleansed. 

When it was been reported to the priest, the priest shall go outside the camp. If the priest sees that the leper has been healed of his scaly affection, the priest shall order two live clean birds, cedar wood, crimson stuff, and hyssop to be brought for him who is to be cleansed. 

Question: After Moses brings his people to the Creator, every chapter begins with the words “and the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying.” Why is that so?

Answer: It is because the level of Moses is an intermediate level through which every person discovers the Creator. This is the only way he can reach a connection with the upper force, with the Creator (Keter), that is dressed in the attribute of Moses, which is the complete attribute of Bina, complete bestowal. After the level of bestowal there is the next more sublime level that is love.

Question: It says that the leper (tzara’ath) was brought to the priest. What is the meaning of “the priest shall go outside the camp?”

Answer: A priest and Moses are the same level that has sublevels. Moses is the uppermost attribute in Bina.

When a person rises up to the level of a Cohen, priest, (Bina) he has to examine all his desires, intentions, and goals and check to see if after the days of purification he left any leprosy (flaws).

A flaw is a desire or a thought that operates for its own self. The moment such a thought is revealed, it indicates that a person isn’t pure yet. Therefore, there should be seven additional days of correction. If we don’t discover a flaw a person is considered pure, which means that he is actually on the level of Bina, in the attribute of bestowal, but has not fulfilled it yet!

How can he prepare himself for its fulfillment? He has to take all his desires and not simply restrict them of the egoistic filling, but act against the intention for himself that he had before. He is supposed to focus his intention on the benefit of others.

The beginning of the fulfillment of the desire for the sake of others is called “Eid,” a sacrifice, stemming from the Hebrew word “approximation.”

Usually a certain desire from the states of the still, vegetative, animate, and human nature are used for the correction. The Torah tells us about it allegorically and explains that “two live clean birds, cedar wood, crimson stuff, and hyssop to be brought for him who is to be cleansed.” The birds are the desire on the animate level in a person, the cedar strip and crimson are the desires on the level of the vegetative.

These are special internal attributes that exist in our world in their corporeal form and are therefore not described in the language of the roots but in the language of the branches of our world.

However, when Kabbalists read the Torah they understand which desires and intentions are referred to and what a person can use to start working for the sake of the society and through it for the sake of the upper force, for the Creator.

Society and the Creator are actually the same, but working for the society is working for someone that I can see and feel. When I do so, I discover a level that is totally different from everything else in which I simply work in order to bestow, not even for someone or something but externally to myself, for the Creator.

I begin to discover a totally new attribute of the spiritual world, which surrounds me and I am inside it.

Question: In other words, it is about an evident phase, like when I see you, for example, and want to fill you.

Answer: No. If you want to fill me, you have to first find out what I want. You have to be incorporated in my desires and begin to create something by which you will be able to fill me. When you fill me, you will feel the upper force in this action.

At the same time, you don’t need my response, not in the form of a smile or a kind word, since if there is a response it is already an egoistic filling. I don’t even have to know about it.

This is the work of a Kabbalist that no one knows about. Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah is called the concealed wisdom. The actual action of the Kabbalist is not expressed physically but in feelings, in improving the situation and the atmosphere in the world, in people getting closer to one another, etc.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/25/14

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