Holding Your Head Up

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom Rabash’s article “These are the Generations of Noah”: A person in a state of negative desires and thoughts has to make big efforts to overcome arguments of the evil inclination that nag him with well-known questions of “who?” and “what?” (“Who is the Creator that I should obey His voice?” and “What does this work give you?”) And there is no other way for a person to overcome them but by the power of faith above reason.

In other words, a person does not work according to his egoistic reason defined by his current desires. Rather, he acts according to the reason of a higher degree, which is greater bestowal.

Indeed, if I obey my desire and reason that services it, then I am called an animal that has its head (reason) and body (desires) on the same level or height. If I want to be “man,” then my head has to be above my body, that is, above my desire. This means that my reason must service a higher desire, meaning bestowal that is outside me rather than the desire currently inside me.

Today the desire of bestowal is outside of me (“today” denotes my current degree), but tomorrow (at the next degree), it will already be inside me. This is why I try to serve my neighbor with my head all the time. It is how I work for the next degree, and thanks to this I am called “man” whose head is above the body.

This is the structure of spiritual objects: GE (the upper part) of the lower Partzuf clothes AHP (the lower part) of the Upper One and makes a calculation according to the Upper One by connecting to it and trying to be similar to it. That is, I connect to the group that serves as AHP of the Upper One for me, and use my reason to serve it instead of serving my egoistic desires (AHP) that are on a lower degree.

The upper spiritual object divides into two parts: its desire and the Light in it. The desire of the Upper One is the group and the spiritual environment. In other words, it is all parts of the common soul that I have not yet connected to myself, and because of this they are external to me.

Later on, everything will unite into one desire and the Light within it, as it is written: “He and His name are one.”

From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/3/10, Article, “These are the Generations of Noah”

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