Spiritual Simulator: Questions of the Day
Spiritual Simulator: Questions of the Day
The Creator cannot be known without the group. On the other hand, the group without the Creator is not a group but “a gathering of scoffers.” Therefore, I, the group, and the Creator are one whole. This is described as “Israel, the Torah, and the Creator are one.”
The Torah is the force that merges us into the group if we want to unite despite the resisting force. Hence, the giving of the Torah and Arvut (mutual guarantee) are connected. After all, Arvut per se is impossible. We don’t implement but rather demand its implementation. This is the “miracle of the exodus from Egypt.” We only participate in it, where the changes per se are not performed by our efforts, but are solely a result of our desire.
Our job is to wish for it as strongly as we can. Then, the Light comes. Meanwhile, we are already making “the golden calf” like in the times of the reception of the Torah. It happens, but we don’t forget to keep crying out loud either!
We must prepare and spill out the strongest demand that we possibly can. Just demand and don’t think about what will follow. What is needed is the collective, unified demand which will allow us to receive the force of unification. Then we let our egoism rise again in the next instant since this is the program of the system. It isn’t our concern.
Our concern is to demand correction of the egoism that is given to us right now, nothing more. A person is evaluated according to the current circumstances. We only need to fill ourselves to the utmost with the awareness of necessity and readiness to attack.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/15/10, “The Arvut”
Answer: Do as Rabash instructs in his writings. Give everybody a feeling of joy, the greatness of the goal, connection between us, and be a model in work, that is, do all that we read about in the articles.
We should understand that the instructions that the Kabbalists put in the form of advice or recommendation are the strict laws of nature of which these great sages tell us as they would to little children, in a nice form. A child grows, turns into a teenager, matures, and enters adulthood where there aren’t any more compromises since the law is the law.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/15/10, "The Arvut"
Question: Can women cross the Machsom (the barrier separating us from spirituality)?
Answer: Undoubtedly! In our history, there have been many women who existed in the spiritual world. Our foremothers, prophetesses, were among us until the latest generations, and we hope that in our generation this tradition will be restored.
Question: Were these prophetesses Kabbalists?
Answer: A prophet is anyone who speaks with the Creator, and the Creator is revealed with the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah. Without being a Kabbalist, it is impossible to become a prophet and attain the level of the forefathers.
All the women that you read about in the Torah were spiritually enlightened and felt the Creator. For instance, take Batya whose name means “the Creator’s daughter” (Bet, Yod, Hey): On one hand, she was the daughter of the Pharaoh, and on the other, she raised Moshe (Moses). Where did the righteous women that raised men like Moses come from?
No matter how much we think that the world is run by men, history develops thanks to women. We study in the science of Kabbalah that the connection between the spiritual degrees, the previous and subsequent states, is accomplished through Nukva, the Malchut of each Partzuf, each rung. Therefore, the female part always gives birth to a more advanced state, and the connection is passed on from one female part to the other through the male part. It is opposite to what takes place in our world.
Question: How do women cross the Machsom? Is it like men do or in some other way? Men unify in the group, in love of friends, but women are not subject to that.
Answer: Women receive the mutual guarantee that is attained by the men as well as the force of the screen. Their unification cannot be the same as the men’s since every woman acts individually. They have a different form of unification: through the men.
It turns out that the male part cannot achieve connection between the spiritual levels without the female part while the latter cannot unify without the men’s help. Therefore, the Creator resides specifically between the male and female parts. Otherwise, we cannot reveal Him.
Moses led 600,000 men out of Egypt that were 20 to 60 years of age, and the rest were the elders, women, and children whose number was five times greater than that of men, and without whom it would have been impossible to advance. Hence, Kabbalah leads to the correction of the family unit, and it is namely a woman for whom Kabbalah guarantees a good future.
From the Kabbalah for Beginners, “Men and Women,” 10/14/10
The Zohar, Chapter “BeShalach (When Pharaoh Sent),” Items 28-29: Pharaoh rose in the land of Egypt and killed and avenged his rulers, ministers, officers, and every kind of minister…
Afterwards he called unto Moses and Aaron at night, “Since everything was through you, and bless me, too,” meaning do not kill me. Afterwards, he himself escorted them out of the land…
We don’t understand the extent to which this horrible, evil force called Pharaoh is mighty and opposite to the Creator. It is the imprint of the Creator and acts as His loyal messenger. As Pharaoh becomes revealed more and more, this revelation of evil pushes a person to come out of his ego.
This is what we are now observing in the world: On one hand we are becoming greater egoists, acting only for the sake of our own benefit without taking anyone into consideration, and on the other hand the growing egoism increasingly reveals to us that we are obligated to part with it, that this form of existence is impossible and we are approaching universal destruction.
This is the meaning of the phrase, “Pharaoh brought the sons of Israel closer to the Creator.” In this way the negative force is carrying out its function in order to push us closer to spirituality.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/19/10, The Zohar
Spirituality is perfection; it knows no change. But I see changes in it. The Creator seems to me distant, near, and different. If I discern everything correctly, then I don’t just study the external side of the events, but rather, I recognize in everything the “Good Who does good,” realizing that “There is none else beside Him” and everything is occurring solely within me.
However, if everything changes in me, I have to perceive these modifications as beneficial to me and understand that in spite of and based specifically on them, I have to be able to hold on to my unfailing attitude to the Creator. Then, it turns out that all my inner changes build within me the image of the Creator and do so inversively, from opposition to myself.
Reshimot (spiritual genes, records) will be constantly changing in me, but above them, by faith above reason, I wish to make a decision that “the Creator is good, does good for the bad and for the good” and that “there is none else beside Him.” It follows that all the changes occurring in me, on the background of my conviction that “there is none else beside Him, the Good Who does good,” paint in me the image of the Creator. In this case, my attitude to this reality is correct. If I recognize the unchanging attitude of the Creator (the Good Who does good) in my every inner change, I thereby correct these changes, completing them.
Yet, unlike the “common people,” I do not annul these transformations as if they don’t exist. Quite the opposite: By accepting and working with them, from all these contradictory forms and changes absent in the Creator, I get to know and understand Him.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/17/10, The Zohar
Every person, even a total beginner, can participate in the Convention and join it. We have to understand that there is general work and individual work, and the difference between them is vast.
Individual work in spirituality is very difficult. However, if the same work is carried out jointly in a society, it becomes very easy. Imagine that you had to move a rock weighing a ton; you wouldn’t be able to move it an inch no matter how hard you tried. But if you bring twenty people and each of them takes 50 pounds upon himself then you would be able to move it. And if you bring twenty more people, it would be even easier for every person.
However, in spirituality everything is moved by the power of the Light! We attract the Light through our connection with each other so it would move the rock.
This is a completely different approach! It requires the right connection among us, and then a “cliff” will move on its own by us simply glancing at it.
The Creator is present inside of us, and if we want to unite, the Light is already present inside us! If 6,000 people get together wishing to unite, they contain the Light and this Light works.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/18/10, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence”
Answer: The Convention is a great gathering of people. There are thousands of participants who will attend physically, and hundreds of thousands more surrounding us all over the world. All these people create an environment for you which values the quality of bestowal and love, and understands that this is the future of the world and without it the world has no future.
The world is becoming revealed to us today as integral and interconnected into a single system. Yet, if every element of the system tries to “pull the blanket over itself,” the system disintegrates.
Therefore, being in conditions of a global crisis, we have to understand that the world’s correction lies in a harmonious connection between people. When we attain such a powerful unity among people who realize this, every person gains the opportunity to absorb the common feeling and receive enough forces to acquire the quality of bestowal. We should only make the effort, try to bow down our heads before the environment, and become inspired by it.
The environment’s influence can be so powerful that a person will feel the common quality of bestowal that lies in our interconnection. Then we will reveal this quality, which is normally invisible to our egoism. When we all try to merge into one whole, we generate such a great force that we can accomplish this revelation.
We are studying the works of Kabbalists, meaning people who have already attained the quality of bestowal and who describe it to us. We are studying precisely the sections that relate to this quality’s influence on us. The study and the general aspiration will enable us to connect to this force.
Thus, the Convention holds an enormous effect and benefit for a person’s spiritual development.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/19/10, “He Who Strengthens His Heart”
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Answer: By exercising your free will you can change your destiny any way you want, turn it in any direction, a full 360 degrees. But you can only do it if you know for sure where you need to influence your fate, meaning which tiny hole you need to use to affect all the worlds, all the way to the World of Infinity. You have an opportunity to do this, but it is very narrow.
It is specifically this opportunity that we need to clarify. And after we clarify it, we discover that we want to act specifically in this direction.
There is an entire world around me, which connects with another, perfect world through a thin straw. I am at the bottom with my properties and strengths, my freedom of will is in the straw, and the perfect world is above.
Please go ahead, enter the perfect world! You only need to find the tiny opening, the point of your freedom, among all the directions toward which your desire throws you. And once you discover the opening, how can you concentrate all your strengths into one action in order to go through it into the Upper World?
This is what the entire wisdom of Kabbalah is about! Instead of scattering your forces in all directions where you lack the freedom of will and where everything is predetermined, you find this path of your free choice, gather your strength, and then you reach the spiritual world.
Then you understand that fulfilling the condition of the mutual guarantee, love for the created beings, is exactly the same as meeting the condition of advancement into the Upper World. This is because mutual guarantee is another definition of the same formula that directs you to the exit out of this world, into the passage, and birth in the Upper World.
Naturally, we change our destiny this way. After all, you acquire the free point that Archimedes spoke about when he said: “Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth.”
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/12/10, “The Love for the Creator and Love for the Created Beings”