A question I received: Your goals are beautiful: Happiness, freedom, consciousness of the people and harmony in the world. Am I right?
My Answer: Yes, you are,
Question cont’d: Your methods for reaching these goals are very effective: You use people’s ego to make them free from their ego and illusions. Am I right?
My Answer: Yes, you are.
Question cont’d: The consequences are exactly what you want them to be: People are attracted, the circle of your followers grows, and your power and influence grow too. Am I right?
My Answer: Yes, you are.
Question cont’d: Don’t you think that for the sake of creating more power sooner, you might have become slightly distracted from the true goal? Don’t you think that your followers are somewhat distracted too?
My Answer: Even if you were right, we still don’t move on our own. We are moved by the Light, and therefore we can never tell ahead of time what it is “to be distracted” and what it is “to go straight,” because we are move in a desert! See Baal HaSulam’s letter, “The Path to the Creator’s Hall, page 63.”
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My Answer: What should you bestow? Whatever your friend desires! When? Immediately. (After all, when you love someone, you want to fulfill them right away.) To whom? To everybody!
If you come out of yourself, then the distinctions between whom to bestow to disappear. Whether it’s a friend, the Creator or all humankind, outside of your egoism they are all one.
Baal HaSulam writes the following in Item 15 of the article, “The Revelation of Godliness”:
“It is because indeed, with respect to a person who is still within the nature of creation, there is no difference between the love of God and the love of his fellow person. This is because anything that is not him is unreal to him…
Hence, he defined it for him as love of his friend because its aim is nearer and is revealed faster, since it is fool-proof and is demanding.”
It follows that testing how much you love your friend is a sure way to avoid mistakes on the path to revealing the Creator.
A steam engine is a very vivid image, though unfortunately, they aren’t around anymore. It makes a lot of noise, its valves are knocking and letting out steam, its pistons are moving, and this entire noisy machine is built in order to spin a wheel. That is the great invention that served as a basis for all of mankind’s achievements: an engine that spins a wheel to which you can connect other things. You can use the motion to create an automobile, a ship, a plane, a factory production line, or anything else you like.
All human production is built on this kind of motion. It’s only in recent times that people have shifted to electronic devices, which are based on the motion of electrons instead of mechanical parts. But at the beginning of the industrial era, everything relied on steam engines.
If you are attached to the spinning wheel by a drive belt, you are able to move. Similarly, our entire task is to attach to this wheel and cling to the belt! Our soul receives everything from the Creator, including nourishment, development and change of states. But our ability to attach to Him determines how quickly all of this will happen to us.
It’s like driving a car with a hand operated stick shift which you constantly have to shift in order to change the level of your connection with the engine: you can choose a small rate, a faster one, or faster yet. That is how we connect to the Creator along 125 levels of spiritual ascent, determining the speed with which we are able to stay connected with Him, in unity and ever increasing equivalence of form. We move the stick shift higher and higher, until reaching the 125th level. That is how we change and come closer and closer to the Source.
When we teach a baby to walk, we stand him on his feet and encourage him to take a step, then another, and so on. But with regard to our spiritual development, we are unable to take even one step on our own. The Creator places us on our feet and holds us up so we would be able to walk, but we get scared and don’t understand anything. We are left simply unable to take even one step forward!
And that is for the reason that every step forward in spirituality goes against our nature, and therefore we don’t understand how to take it. There are no efforts that can help in this regard. The only thing left to do is to ask the Creator to show us how to do it and to give us the mind and strength to act as He does.
So, all we have to do is ask Him! The Creator doesn’t need us to carry out any actions on our own. What He needs is for us to understand that we have to learn from Him about how to become similar to Him. He wants us to ask Him for help because then we will have a connection with Him.
Throughout the entire path that we have to transverse, we are never able to take even one step forward on our own. That’s because every step takes us higher, into a new world, and that is something we don’t have a desire for; and we also lack the necessary screen and Light.
We only discover new states and find ourselves facing a dilemma: run back where we came from, to our earthly lives, or ask the Creator to take us forward? Everything else we need to advance has already been prepared from Above – everything besides your request!
But it’s really not so easy getting to that point of making that request. It seems simple, but this is where everyone gets stuck.
My Answer: All astronomic phenomena are derivatives of the created desire on the still level. That’s precisely why they exist on such a giant scale. Even the vegetative level of nature, which follows right after the still, is incomparable to the vastness of the universe.
The still level of matter and desire require quantitative might as compared with the higher, vegetative level. This disparity only underlines the qualitative difference between the two degrees of nature, the still and the vegetative.
As far as the black holes go, they are just like our ego – a desire to enjoy that wants to consume the whole world. We are yet to see that the entire picture of the universe is formed within us. That will be the meeting point between physics and Kabbalah.
We are living in an age when one way or another, everyone must reveal the Creator and rise above their egoism. This is a collective process where everyone will have to rise above their egoism and no one will be able to remain in the egoistic state.
Our world is no longer divided into separate nations because the awakening is happening globally. Initially this will happen through suffering, and later on – by our voluntary aspiration upward. It’s a wave-like movement that will eventually absorb every one of us. While the process of awakening unfolds, the waves collide due to interference, bringing about side effects.
Changes will occur suddenly and rapidly. The world today is like a volcano that is ready to erupt at any moment. Under these conditions, moments of silence should only alert us even more.
Finding the most attractive way to explain to people what is happening will help humankind to make the transition from the egoistic way of existence to global relationships and connections. That is why disseminating Kabbalah is so important. It is our duty, because that is the only way the world can avoid years of suffering, much like labor pains.
If we gain awareness of the current situation, we will be able to change our attitude to what is happening. We will then discover that the Creator is already with us and is showing us that our world is merely the opposite side of the spiritual world. But the transition to the spiritual world depends entirely on our decision to alter our egoistic mind-set to its opposite.
Our time is the era of liberation from egoism, an age when the Creator is being revealed to us. We have to act as if that revelation could happen at any given moment, because no matter how far ahead we plan this event, the spiritual act always happens spontaneously.
The moment before the exodus from Egypt, no one thought it was possible. The Creator suddenly said: “It will happen tonight!” And you will be immediately submerged into the darkness and have to run.
The “Egyptian darkness” is a qualitative concept that symbolizes the absence of the Creator; it has nothing to do with physical suffering. Physical pain and suffering serve only as a precursor to awaken us from our egoistic struggle and competition, and elevate our thoughts above our material lives.
But can suffering really awaken the human being in us and cause us to understand what is happening to us and where fate is leading us? The fact is that we need Kabbalah in order to reach this realization. Without it, we will continue to suffer for decades before we understand the true reason and purpose for our troubles. This is why the dissemination of Kabbalah is so important.