Baal HaSulam On Human Nature

Baal HaSulamBaal HaSulam. “Peace in the World“:
The nature of each and every individual is to exploit the lives of all other people in the world for his own benefit. And all that he gives to another is only out of necessity, in order to use the other even more cunningly, so that his friend will not feel it and will give in to him.

Baal HaSulam. “A Speech in Celebration of the Conclusion of The Zohar“:
How can man achieve complete equivalence of form with the Creator, so all his actions will be to give to others, if man’s very essence is only to receive for oneself? By nature, we are unable to do even the smallest thing to benefit others. When we give to others, we are compelled to expect that in the end, we will receive a worthwhile reward for it. And if one feels satisfied with his present state, he is unable to make even the smallest movement. Thus, how can one’s every action be only to bestow upon others and not at all for oneself?

Baal HaSulam. “Introduction to the Book of Zohar,” item 20:
Our essence is as the essence of all the parts of creation, which is no more and no less than the will to receive.

“Teacher And Student” Is A Connection Between Two Spiritual Levels

The Reshimot Surfacing Today Demand Spiritual Ascent of All HumanityA question I received: Regardless of everything you’ve said about the need for a Teacher in order to attain Kabbalah, I still have a very precise feeling that it isn’t right to settle for intervention from another person, an intermediary between myself and nature. I don’t want to attain it through someone else.

My Answer: You are like a child who decided to be in charge of his own education. If the Creator reveals Himself to you like He did to several special souls such as Adam, Abraham, and Moses, then perhaps you don’t need anything else – not even Kabbalistic books. However, if you’re one of the rest of the souls, then it’s useless to search on your own, because this is how the system itself is built.

“The teacher – student relationship” isn’t something we invented. It isn’t talking about people, but about a connection between the Upper Level and the lower level. We’re only using the quality and interconnection of the system of the souls. There is no other way to have a spiritual birth.

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The Peace Of Every Person Depends On Everyone

What Is Sin In Kabbalah?The unity of the society is the source of its well being
Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom”:
The unity of society is the source of happiness and well being, whereas the separation between people is the source of all evils. All success and well being depend only on people’s closeness and unity in a global community.

The whole world is regarded as one big society
Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World”:
In our generation, when each person depends on the world to provide his necessities, every person depends on the whole world as a small wheel in a machine. Therefore we can no longer speak of the well-being and security of one country or one nation, but only of the whole world, because the benefit or harm of each and every person in the world depends and is measured by the benefit of all the people in the whole world.

That’s because in our time, the well being of every person in the world depends on, and is measured by, the well being of all the people in the world. It’s because today we have come to a state where the whole world is regarded as one society. Today every person in the world is “nourished” by the whole world, and hence every person is obligated to take care of the well being of the whole world.

The peace of every person depends on everyone
Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World”:
Good and evil are evaluated only according to the benefit one’s actions bring to the public. This shows us the place that needs correction, and that is for each and every individual to understand that his personal benefit and the benefit of the society are one and same. This is how the world will attain its full correction.

There Are No Images In The Spiritual World

imagesA question I received: How do followers of Kabbalah explain the origin and usage of Kabbalsitic amulets and cameos with names of angels or demons, such as Lilith for protecting babies, Ashmodai for protecting a warrior, Velzevul and many others? (References: Hebrew Amulets p. 20, 51, 125; Jewish Tradition In Art p. 20). I always thought that it was harmful to have “relationships” with these creatures through their names, such as by placing their names (Lilith, for example) next to unprotected children. A name is an essence, and when a demon sees its name written he or she allegedly can’t harm the person who’s “protected.” But how correct is this assumption, and what is it based on? I think that it’s the opposite, that when a person uses these “methods,” he falls under their power.

My Answer: You have to air out your head completely. In the spiritual world there are only forces. They can be good – altruistic (the force of bestowal and love) or evil – egoistic. However, there are no images there! And there are none in our world either.

In general, there is no difference between our world and the spiritual world. Everything depends on a person and what kind of forces he discerns. Cameos, talismans, lucky charms, and other uses of names don’t have any power besides a person’s psychological belief in them. All of this was invented by ignorant people who took the names of the forces from Kabbalah. This is also how the religions originated.

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