A question I received: We have a lot of sites that already provide information about us. But you recently mentioned that now we are entering a completely new stage at which our potential Internet user not only gets information, but also “absorbs” the atmosphere that is present in our organization.
My Answer: Our goal is to transform our studies of nature around us into a game, into something similar to Tamagotchi. People went crazy about this game! They worried about “not feeding” their “pet” on time, or about “not putting it to bed.” People were troubled and went wild. This “egoist” (Tamagotchi) “demanded” more and more from them.
We have to invent a similar game that will convert my environment into my pain, turn it into “my baby.” I have to depend on it, love it, and take care of it because it is the most important thing in the world to me. It’s like a child is to his mother. No one exists in this world for a mother except for her baby. She was created like that by nature. Our task is to attain a similar state on our own.
However, we are unable to achieve this level by ourselves. We have to get into a state where we wish to reach this level, but also realize that we are unable to do so alone. This will necessitate the attraction of the Upper Light, which in turn will correct us.
We should reach this state by playing a game, which, in itself, does not really attract the Upper Light. The Upper Light is attracted by our desire. The connection between us has to be “shaped” into a game that inspires us and provides us with a sense of importance and necessity of spirituality. Other people participating in the game should attract, alert, and pull us up; we should be experiencing jealousy, anger, and greediness with regard to what we are still lacking and that others have already acquired (the aspiration to the Upper Level).
We have to create a regular system that has nothing to do with spirituality. It should be some sort of a “logical, psychological structure” similar to the Tamagotchi or the many other games that could be found on social networks. Of course, it should be an “intelligent” system that can regulate itself, survey its users, and know who they are. It’s our obligation to work on it.
In general, it’s a model for the future of society that is already available for us to communicate through. But there is a big problem. How do we attract and involve people in it?
People from our world group are extremely busy. They work, study at night, and don’t get enough sleep. Where will they find time to hang around on our site? When do we create an integral and harmonious future society? Where do we find time to work on it? Does a regular person have enough time to visit the site? Or do we obligate them to visit it for a couple of minutes a day? Will it be enough and useful?
We don’t have time to deal with it. Maybe we have to include our morning lessons (the core method of communication between us) into this system? Or do we somehow “filter” our work, our life, and the connections between us through this system? So far, it is not clear how we can achieve this goal because we all are way too busy.
People outside of our groups (the general population) do have a chance to use the system. But even when it comes to non-Bnei Baruch members, I am not quite sure how to involve everyone into our system of communication. That is the question: HOW?
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The spiritual path is not simple, and it consists of many ascents and descents. It is not a smooth, paved road; it has one pothole after another. Until you move forward, you will be jumping in place for a long time as you deal with various problems and obstacles. At every step along the way some complications and mishaps occur: first a flat tire, next a dead engine, then you’re out of gas, next you fall asleep behind the wheel, and so on. But what can we do? Such is our path.
Suddenly your donkey (the Hebrew word “donkey,” "Hamor," is from the word "Homer," matter, egoistic material) stands in the middle of the road and blocks the path. You will need to move it out of the way. But how do you move a donkey? You smack it, but it doesn’t move. You lure it with a carrot, but it still doesn’t follow; it needs stronger bait. Until you hoist your donkey onto your back and carry it out of the way, or punch it in its teeth as Kabbalists advise, you will not move ahead.
In this manner, new problems constantly arise until the tree of life falls across your path. Then you will need to pull over and go around it, at which point, a cloud will descend onto the road, creating a thick fog, making you unable to see where you’re going or whether or not there is even a path in front of you.
This type of work is special. It is very difficult and chosen only for the person who wants to attain the level of a human being, for one who truly wants to be human. It is the path selected for chosen people.
From the Evening Zohar Lesson 6/14/10
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The Upper One is in a constant state of perfection, it needs nothing but bestowal. It is not something that senses or changes its mood. Rather, it is a system, an unchanging law that has been set in place. To the extent that you align yourself with this law, it influences you positively.
But if you don’t abide by it, if you are not similar to it, it acts upon you negatively. Our initial and ultimate states in creation are predetermined, and they have to become completely realized regardless of whether you are going along with or resist it, understand it or not.
The lower one (you) has only one good opportunity: to participate in this process consciously and pass the desire for it to the Upper One. This desire is what we need to reach; we need nothing but the desire! We also need to know how to “raise” this desire in order to pass it to the Upper One. The Upper One is in a state of perfection; it is always ready to give everything required to the lower one.
The lower one is a collection of all the souls, while the Upper One is one: one Light, one Thought of Creation, or one Force. If the lower one wishes to resemble the Upper One (meaning it is willing to unite and become as one), it is able to raise its desire to the Upper One. The Upper One hears no other requests but this one. This is what is called a prayer, MAN, that is, a desire to become a single whole.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/23/10, “Preface to the Sulam Commentary”
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Let us remind each other of and get inspired by the greatness of the spiritual goal and the environment that aspires to it; let us appreciate the unique opportunity for free choice that we have been presented with. How many people in the world can act freely? If everybody is blindly following the commands of their nature, then nobody truly “acts.” If I’m completely governed from Above, then “I” don’t exist, as it is said, “I came and there is no one.”
There are billions of people in the world, but they don’t exist, as it were, since none of them are free in their actions. Without a person with free will there are no worlds; there is nothing but the World of Infinity. With regards to the Creator, nothing else exists. Only a person who carries out a free action does. Imagine this picture of the world: total emptiness. Only a few desires that arose and are capable of performing free actions protrude into it.
You, too, have an opportunity to acquire freedom and become Human. May we recognize the greatness of this unique opportunity.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/23/10, Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot
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Dear Friends, please ask questions about these passages from the great Kabbalists. I promise to answer them. Commentaries in brackets are mine.
What Is the Purpose of Creation?
…what was the purpose for which the Creator created this lot? Indeed, it is to elevate him to a Higher and more important degree, to feel his God like the human sensation, which is already given to him. And as one knows and feels one’s friend’s wishes, so will he learn the words of the Creator….
– Baal HaSulam, Article "The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence"
…the aim of the Creator from the time He created His Creation is to reveal His Godliness to others. This is because the revelation of His Godliness reaches the creature as pleasant bounty that is ever growing until it reaches the desired measure.
And by that, the lowly rise with true recognition and become a chariot to Him, and cleave unto Him, until they reach their final completion: “Neither has the eye seen a God beside thee”….
– Baal HaSulam, Article "Matan Torah (The Giving of the Torah)," Item 6
Man is created to raise the heavens… [from himself, the lower central point, to fill the empty restricted space by the property of bestowal, the Light, thus raising its boundary to the World of Infinity].
– Rabbi Menahem Mendl of Kotzk
…the purpose of creation is invaluable because a tiny spark such as a person’s soul can rise in its attainment higher than the ministering angels [the forces of bestowal that have no independent will, like animals in our world]….
– Baal HaSulam, Article "The Handmaid That is Heir to Her Mistress"
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Question: Can a Kabbalist determine who’s going to cross the Machsom (barrier to spirituality) and who is not? Can this be determined based on a student’s body language or by “seeing” his desire?
My Answer: Everyone is ready to cross the Machsom and has freedom of will in this regard: either to cross on their own and quickly or under pressure and slowly.
Question: What is self-discipline according to Kabbalah?
My Answer: To aim every single minute of one’s time toward drawing closer to the Creator in one’s properties.
Question: You mentioned that doubt (temptation) follows a person around because of unfulfilled desire. What if one is constantly haunted by a partner’s romantic past and their own lack of one? What does this mean and is it possible to resolve?
My Answer: The studies will put everything into balance and provide the right attitude to the eternal spirituality and the transient corporeality.
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Rav Yehuda Ashlag, “Preface to the Sulam Commentary,” Item 22
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Rav Yehuda Ashlag, Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot, Item 76
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