While Losing Yourself In Others, Don’t Lose Yourself!

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How does The Zohar explain the breaking in order to achieve unity? Should we expect the breaking to be revealed between us during the upcoming convention in New Jersey, or have we sufficiently realized it and now it’s time to achieve oneness?

Answer: At the last international convention in Israel, we got a “taste” of the breaking between us, our mutual distance. It produced a fairly powerful impact, and people felt that they were unable to unite: “Please, anything but this!”

This experience should bring us to the prayer, an action where we would ask to rise above this separation. We are unable to reform it, so let the Light come and correct it so that we could rise above rejection, as it is said: “Love will cover all sins.”

Therefore, while striving to unite with the others at such conventions, each of us immediately feels rejection of others and is swallowed by egoistic calculations: “Why do I need it anyway?” Or it is the other way around: A person feels how he is engaging in the others as if losing himself in them, at which point he cannot discern his own mind and thought, his own “self,” and where his criticism of the others has gone.

Thus, in seemingly successful and unsuccessful attempts to engage in the others by nullifying oneself, dissolving in them, and losing oneself, or vice versa, by becoming aware of one’s inability to unite with them, a person discerns how he can bond without losing himself, his “I.” He unifies with all, while including in this unification all the inherent evil, with all his resistance, and at the same time, with all his good, all that he has, without annulling any good or bad.

This correct discernment is, indeed, the middle line. When a person cancels his self before the group or a big gathering of people at the convention, the key for him is not to lose his capacity to think critically and continue working with the left line, knowing why and how he works. Thus, a person deposits the Aviut (coarseness) of his desire to all others, thereby creating a powerful Kli (vessel), the desire which requires a prayer. After all, we want to be loved just as we are.

From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/10/2011, The Book of Zohar

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