The Deception Of The Impure Forces

Dr. Michael Laitman The Zohar, Chapter “BeHukotai (In My Statutes),” Item 5: …and the awakening of the act above depends on the words of the mouth. As we need to evoke the higher holiness with deeds and words, those who come from the side of impurity should awaken their side with deeds and with words.”

Item 6: And although Balaam was the greatest of all the wizards in the world, Balak was a greater wizard than him, since in magic, Balak was greater than the sages….

What does it mean “to awaken impure forces with our deeds and words”? Isn’t it better to keep silent, inactive and not to awaken the “sleeping dog”? No! Our advancement finds its path between our actions and words that in turns appeal to impurity and sacredness.

The “magic” means using the power of the Creator for the sake of confusing people and showing them their true evil nature. Those are the forces that are hidden within us and without which we won’t be able to reveal our egoism.

Angels of evil who work within us are: Balaam, Balak, Azazel, Aman, and others. These names imply the forces of the shattering of the soul; they represent its separated parts, not some “outside powers” since the only power that ever works outside of us is the Creator.

Before shattering, all souls were interconnected within one whole, harmonious system and were merged with “the One, the Single, and the Only.” After shattering, these parts obtained a new type of connection that brought them certain “benefits” and at the same time prompted them to “kill” each other.

Similarly, one nation becomes allies with another only to conquer “the third party.” This force is called “impure” because on one hand, it is a miraculous power of unity that comes to us directly from the Creator, on the other hand, we use it with a wrong egoistic intention – to harm others.

If we knew how to use this power, we would be able to thrive for a short period of time, but it is obvious that this prosperity will come to its end shortly. All evil people and dictators begin with encouraging people to unite, to help each other, and to build socialism because an evil force cannot attain power over a human being if it doesn’t hide itself behind a “good” mask.

The evil force “buys” a person by presenting with him “a partial truth” that serves as a cover for a big lie. It seems to us from the outside that we are getting a great “offer,” but in fact this “offer” is a well concealed lie with the purpose of deceiving and using us.

Building An Instrument To Tune Into The Light

Dr. Michael Laitman Before creation reaches a state of fulfillment, there is a prerequisite process of obtaining a desire to get fulfilled. Everyday examples of this preparation for the anticipation of fulfillment are animals’ mating rituals or our “saving our appetite” for a special meal. The preparatory stage that creates a desire to get fulfilled is always more important that the fulfillment itself because it defines the measure and kind of pleasure we eventually experience.

In spirituality, everything depends on the desire since the Light (Pleasure) is everlastingly unlimited and absolutely tranquil. It completely fills the space around us at each given moment. What we lack is a desire to receive It and the tools to perceive It.

However, a desire to get the Light is being built in us gradually by adding “spices”: “pepper,” “salt,” “mustard,” and other “seasonings” that stimulate our appetite. It’s similar to a game of “flirting,” that the Creator plays with us by repeatedly letting us taste the pleasure and then taking it away from us. This “game” builds and refines our right attitude towards our future fulfillment.

The Torah is called “a spice” (Torah Tavlin) because it reveals to us the desire, teaches us how to grow it, and then how to correctly fulfill it. Specifically, it leads us toward the right pleasures and fulfillments that await us in the future. At present, we are trying to shape the correct desire with the help of the Torah; without it we won’t be able to sense the Light even though it is all around us.

We don’t have desires that target and help us to reveal the Light yet. It is like a radio that needs to tune into a certain frequency (wavelength) in order to receive the transmitted signal. The radio has to create a wavelength that sufficiently matches the one that exists outside of it, in order to attract the outside wave.

Due to our studies, we receive a small “taste of spiritual flavors” and attract the Light that elevates us, and then it lets us fall. Sometimes it feels good and other times not so good. However, this is how we build a vessel for the Light, a tool for its perception. In other words, we create “a wave” that is similar to the Light that exists outside of us; it is only then that we become able to attain It.

As soon as the “instrument” is ready, it starts to receive the Light. There is no secret to this. It seems a mystery to us only because we don’t see it and our desire is not ready for it yet. This is our only problem. There is nothing that is hidden outside of us; the concealment is within us.