Spiritual Simulator: Questions of the Day
Spiritual Simulator: Questions of the Day
The Zohar, Chapter "VaYechi (Jacob Lived)," Item 808: When Jacob was gathered, the moon illuminated and the craving of the upper sun, ZA, awakened toward her. This is so because when the sun, Jacob, awakens, another sun, ZA, awakens. ZA clings to the Nukva, and the moon—Nukva—illuminated from ZA.
All of this is talking only about a person who attains spirituality. All sorts of changes take place in a person because his will to enjoy is constantly renewed through the uncorrected qualities that are revealed and their subsequent correction, showing a person various forms in the general, unchanging, spiritual state. Everything is constant except me, and inside me – everything changes.
However, as Baal HaSulam explains in the article "Preface to the Book of Zohar," we perceive the world with the help of a "camera" which projects the picture of reality for us on a "screen" in the back of our brain. This is why it seems like everything happening inside of me exists on the outside.
It turns out that I see the surrounding reality as a projection of the inner chaos of my desires, thoughts, and the connections between them. In reality it is not chaos; it only seems this way to me because I do not know exactly in which order my inner Reshimot surface inside me.
However, when they awaken in a specific sequence, then I see the changes in the constant Upper Light. These Reshimot suddenly conceal this Light and reveal it in different manifestations, depicting it in different "colors," giving it various forms and images. Meanwhile it seems to me that all of this is happening on the outside, even though all of these Reshimot are awakening inside. That is how The Zohar describes the processes happening inside us.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/10/10, The Zohar
The Book of Zohar influences us with the Light that’s concealed inside it. If we desire to use that Light for our correction, then the only place needing to be corrected is the connection between us.
Therefore, each of us should try to imagine where exactly he needs to make corrections. However, we don’t even fully feel yet that our relationships are founded on unfounded hatred and repulsion instead of brotherly love.
This quality must transform back to love, and the power of The Book of Zohar is able to accomplish this. Then, inside the renewed connection between us, we will reveal the entire Upper World.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/17/10, The Zohar
The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Part 15, Item 139: When Mochin of Aba ve Ima enter ZA, Aba has Hochma-Bina and Hesed-Gevura, and opposite them Ima has the same. When falling to ZA, Hochma and Hesed de Aba attach to Hochma and Hesed de Ima and clothe in his NHY. And Bina and Gevura de Aba attach to Bina and Gevura de Ima in her NHY. Thus AVI regroup to MA and BON.
Initially, the Partzuf Aba has Hochma and Hesed, Bina and Gevura. The same is true for Ima. After that the process resembles genetics: Hochma and Hesed de Aba and Hochma and Hesed de Ima unite together and form MA de AVI. Bina and Gevura de Aba and Bina and Gevura de Ima unite together and form BON de AVI.
The resulting formations relate to one another like ZA and Malchut. As a result of these spiritual forces, we observe this process in our world in virtually everything: Some parts stem from the male organism, others from the female, they unite together, and make a new body.
The consequence of this process manifests in myriad phenomena and all sorts of connections on all levels: the still, vegetative, and animate. Meanwhile, The Study of the Ten Sefirot explains this process on the “human” level, the level of souls.
Moreover, ZA himself has parts of MA and BON, just as Nukva has MA and BON since there cannot exist a Partzuf that doesn’t contain both parts, MA and BON. Accordingly, there cannot be an organism which consists of only the male part (MA) or the female part (BON), but everyone must include both the male and the female components, for the Light cannot exist without the vessel (desire), nor can the vessel (desire) exist without the Light.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/12/10, Talmud Eser Sefirot
Question: The convention will host people from more than 50 countries whom I will be seeing for the first time. How can I pray for somebody who’s a stranger to me?
Answer: I don’t differentiate between friends and strangers: I see only their spiritual points. Every one of them has an egoistic desire and also a point in the heart which wishes to break through and reach the Upper world.
In outward appearance a person may be white, black, red,or yellow, but what difference does it make to me? All I care about is the point in his heart for that is what is called a soul! Whereas the body with its five senses pertains to the animate level. You can transplant its organs, remove its parts, and replace them with artificial ones, and none of this would affect the soul. The soul is what is important because we unify on the level of souls.
The point in the heart is independent of a person’s appearance. We’ll be receiving guests from all over the world: black from Africa, red from South America, white from Europe, and yellow from China. But we know that their skin color does not affect their points in the heart. Our differences extend to our corporeal qualities and mentalities, but not to spirituality.
So why should unifying with everybody be difficult? We will come together and unite, reveal the Creator between us, and the prayer of the many will elevate us to spirituality!
From the Kabbalah For Beginners, “Prayer Of The Many,” 10/11/10
Question: If a person cannot agree with the external form of the group, the way it appears to him, will he be able to build the kind of attitude where the group will raise him?
Answer: It is erroneous to think that I cannot demand an awakening from the group because it seems uncorrected to me. We are talking about different levels of creation. To my egoism the friends may seem like criminals who do not wish to unite and who are indifferent to everything.
However, on the other hand, why are they here? The Creator is holding them here from Above, even if they are incapable of anything on their own. He chose them and brought them to the group. He knows that they are ready. In His eyes they are worthy of advancing.
And since the Creator gave preference to them in particular, I must accept this. I value the friends for the fact that they are chosen by the Creator rather than for their personal qualities. How dear can they become to me? They can become as dear as my own children. I experience natural, “animal” love for my children, without any connection to their merits. It is the same with the friends: If the Creator chose them, I can develop the same kind of attitude to them as well.
Then the next stage comes, the group becomes stronger, and I begin to “sell” the importance to the friends. Then together, in a mutual guarantee, we can work on mutual realization of each other’s importance. Now I understand: The friends influence me, and for this reason they are 100% important in my spiritual fate. I assign them the uppermost importance, like to a judge who can sentence me to a lifetime in prison.
I no longer despise or curse the friends. They may be unpleasant in my eyes, but they are important nonetheless, and this is already a completely different attitude. After all, I have no choice. The Creator placed the group in front of me. If I manage to get along with it, the Upper World will be revealed to me, and if not, I will be sentenced to life in this world.
Now you decide how you treat a judge. He could be a chief mobster who is set out against you, hiding under a judge’s gown. But I cannot raise a finger to him. Proceeding by faith above reason, I need to justify my friends who are chosen by the Creator. And who knows, they may be completely unlike how my egoism presents them.
If I exert effort, and I am willing to selflessly flow into the group, I will feel that I acquire a special Kli which will allow me to demand a mutual guarantee. Thus, by turning to the friends with a demand, suddenly I will see that, in essence, I am appealing to my own desires which seemed foreign to me. My whole work will turn inward, until my friends and I become one whole.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/13/10, “Hezekiah Turned His Face to the Wall”
Question: What is a thought?
Answer: A thought is the awareness of what I am feeling, what the reasons, purpose, and consequences of my feeling are. A thought is what exists inside the desire, in the sensation within the desire. A thought without a desire is a philosophy; it is groundless. There is matter and the form that the matter takes. There is a perception of the form and the thought of “why the matter feels this way.”
Question: Do all of us need to be “like one man in one opinion or thought”?
Answer: We need to reach a state where our desires will become mutual, common, and integral so there will not be a difference in our thoughts, desires, and the Lights which permeate through us as one Light. At the same time, however, everyone will also feel their separate lives, just like an organ inside a body: A heart operates differently than the lungs, but they share a common life inside one body, above the impressions and sensations of every organ. And this higher life that they all live is called Elokut (a spiritual life).
Each organ has a separate life, each participates within the general system of the body, and there is also the mutual life of the entire body. Everything is interconnected, and nothing cancels out the other, nothing disappears, not hatred or love, as nothing disappears in spirituality.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/13/10, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence”
The attribute of mercy (Hesed) accompanying the entire process of evolution is attained from all the bitter, opposite states experienced by the created being. These states are exactly what compel us to rise above ourselves and embrace mercy and judgment, bestowal and reception.
The creature is an accumulation of an infinite range of shades that lie between reception and bestowal; with their help the creature reveals the Upper force that preceded and created it. To be a creature independent from and similar to the Creator, to attain Him in full, it must contain its own system and that of the Creator, in a way that both of these systems completely coincide with each other.
The creature is a complex mechanism, but its complexity is the result of its imperfection. Perfection lies in simplicity. The Upper Light is simple; it is the pure quality of bestowal. However, the creature itself cannot be equal to the Creator except in its outer form, while within, it remains the desire to be filled.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/12/10, “The Matter of Mercy”
Question: 7,500 people will gather at the Convention and I want to reveal the connection between us. How should I work during the three days of the Convention?
Answer: This is very simple. We are talking about a place that has great power in the spiritual sense. When you come there you will feel the great force of its influence on you and you will unwillingly enter this flow. Nothing will be left of yourself because you will naturally be drawn inside by the influence of such a great and powerful environment.
Every person who comes to the Convention with a positive outlook will dissolve in the general aspiration. This is human nature. Nevertheless, how much does a person work inside? Does he use the mind and the feeling not just to hold on to the general flow, which is swift and even disorienting? Does he draw conclusions and make assessments? Does he add his own inspiration? Does he “paddle” on his own or give himself over to the flow entirely?
This is very important and in this regard everything depends on the preparation.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/17/10, “And You Knew This Day and Return to Thine Heart”
Bestowal and reception are the only two qualities in the world. We use different terms to describe the quality of bestowal: the quality of faith, mercy, goodness, love, Shechina (divinity), the Creator, and so on. All of these terms describe the force of bestowal, the force of the Creator.
The qualities of reception, although they are negative and contrary to bestowal, were created by mercy (Hesed), a benevolent force of bestowal. “The end of the action is in its initial thought” means that everything is prepared precisely this way in order to bring the creature to independence. Then, situated between the two forces, it will always be able to assert its independence by using them according to its own choice.
Within the opposition of these two properties, the created being reveals a third line: itself. Each time, it searches for an opportunity to bestow to the Creator through the proper implementation of receiving and bestowing desires. Neither of them belongs to the creature, and with their help it brings bestowal out of itself and to the Creator. Thus the creature determines its independence, its status, precisely because all of the forces and goals are outside, while it merely decides what to use them for.
These conditions are prepared for us in advance. The “speaking” degree that arises from the combination of qualities and actions by which we become equivalent to the Creator when we construct ourselves into His image manifests specifically under these circumstances.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/12/10, “The Matter of Mercy”