Our World Is Painted By A Magnificent Artist

infinity I see reality with the help of forces that depict the whole world to me like a movie playing  on a screen in my brain,. These pictures are three-dimensional, animated, and sensual. At least that is how I perceive them and the kind of impression they make on me. However, in actuality they are just forces or desires.

At the end of the day, I am the one that perceives everything. I perceive the inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human levels within my desire. All these forms are within me, on different levels of my desire. I perceive the inanimate nature in my inanimate desire, vegetative nature in my vegetative desire, and so on.

The Creator’s force depicts various forms within my desire, and I perceive them as my world. This force depicts the world within me, on the screen in my mind. This force that draws the world for me is the force of bestowal, the Creator’s force. I receive all the forms from Him, the Giver.

There are forms that are similar to Him and others that are opposite to Him. Altogether they constitute my world. This is why this world is so multifaceted and the reason that I see all kinds of objects within it. There is something positive and something negative in each object. Where does this come from? It’s because the Creator clothes into matter and creates all these forms within me, which are imprinted on the four levels of my matter – the desire to enjoy. In this manner He gradually teaches me the matter and the form of the matter (Haskala Homrit and Haskala Tzuratit).

This world that I see, with its multitude of forms, was given to me by the Creator. This is how He illustrates the world to me within my matter. The world that appears before me is the Creator’s form, but relative to me and according to my state. The matter is mine, and the form is His. This is why I can attain the Creator from within myself.

Even A Chunk Of Wood Knows What It Wants

Why Didn't the Monkeys Come Down from the Trees A question I received: There are different materials in nature: metal, wood, stone, and others, and they are all completely passive. As I see it, they are all inanimate. However, desire is something more active. Why then do you call them desires?

My Answer: A pencil is made of wood, and wood desires to maintain its form or structure – the connection between the atoms. If you try to do something to it, you will see that it does not wish to give in to your changes; it tries to maintain its form and resists. You need to put in lots of effort in order to break it, meaning, to break its desire to stand guard over itself and to self-preserve.

This material is a force. By measuring certain parameters of this material, you measure its force of resistance to external influences. You will need to apply additional force in order to change its qualities and state. This is called desire or matter.

Good And Evil Are Imprints Of The Creator Inside Us

What Do Villains and Prophets Have to Do With Bnei Baruch's Virtual Group A question I received: What is matter?

My Answer: Matter is desire, and this is the only thing that exists. Everything else is an imprint of the Giver in this desire. A negative imprint is the reverse side of the Giver, and it is called “the evil inclination.” A positive imprint, which we create, as though turning a glove inside out, is “the good inclination.” However, the “beginning,” the foundation of everything, is the matter, the desire.

The foundation can be either evil or good – Yetzer Ra or Yetzer Tov, where Yetzer is desire, Tov – good, and Ra – evil. The Creator created the desire, Yetzer. A reverse imprint of the Creator in the desire is Ra, evil. An imprint similar to Him is Tov, good. Our task is to feel these two possible states within us, and from them, a whole new world will form inside us.

Anything New Has To Start Start From Scratch

worthy In order to go from one form to another, one must first completely stop using the previous desires. And only after that can one decide how to use them in a new way. Rabash gives the example of an alcoholic who must first give up drinking completely, and only later will he be able to set a new norm for himself.

In spirituality, every new level is built anew, from zero. Rabbi Shimon, the author of The Book of Zohar, fell to the state of “Shimon, the merchant from the market” before he ascended to the highest level of the final, corrected state. There is a law that states: “The height of one’s ascent is equal to the depth of one’s descent.” And we will never attain success unless we adopt this attitude towards spirituality.

Therefore, one cannot drag all the baggage from the past along with him. We must always erase everything completely, and then build a new attitude from scratch. If we retain anything from the past, then it won’t be new and we won’t be successful.

In our world this is not obvious and that is why it seems as if it’s possible to build something new on an old foundation. However, the same law operates in our physical matter as well, and we still end up failing, but we don’t know why. It’s because everything has to start from the level zero, from a new attitude. There has to be a total break from everything that came before. If we don’t internalize this principle in spirituality, then time will trickle away without any purpose.

Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12.03.09

Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson
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Writings of Baal Sulam, Letter 50, 1927, pg 146
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Article: Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 50, Lesson 21
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Article “Matter and Form in the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Lesson 2
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12.02.09

Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson
Loving your neighbor as yourself means loving the spiritual desires of others, aimed at the Creator. By attaching them to me, I form my soul.
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, Letter #49, 1927, page 145
By disseminating the wisdom of Kabbalah, a person builds his spiritual Kli, in which the Creator becomes revealed.
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Article “Matter and Form in the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Lesson 1
Everything is measured by the particular qualities of my perception. If anything exists fir me, then it exists inside my sensations.
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