Work with the Light and the screen (Zivug de Hakaa) is a kind of action where a person carefully calculates all of his or her impressions, feelings, love and hate, and decides how to use it all, reducing and, at the same time, developing his or her feelings. It is said: “The greater a person is, the greater his egoism is,” meaning the stronger his feelings are.
He is great by his level at which he can balance the left and the right lines, mind and senses, and put them together in the middle line, unifying them in bestowal.
Therefore, there are two states in the spiritual work: love and fear, which are joined together in it. Love means that a person discovers an opportunity to cleave to the upper one and as a result, to understand and feel the Creator’s ways, all of them. The key is to understand!
And before that, a person works, rising above his feelings and working with the mind, all the while attaining the mind of the upper one. This way he keeps moving along two lines, as if walking on two legs.
In our world, mind and feelings are always in conflict and compel us to make mistakes. However, in the spiritual world, they assist us and join together for one goal, and thus one becomes perfect.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/8/2011, Shamati #45
Opinion (Dr. Johan Galtung, a Norwegian sociologist and mathematician, Professor of Peace Studies, the founder of TRANSCEND, a Development and Peace Network):
Five global trends are unfolding in the global space between states and regions: the fall of the USA, the decline of the West, the weakening of states and strengthening of the regions, the rise of the underdeveloped, and the growth of China.
Five social trends are unfolding in the social space between groups of people: the strengthening of nations, the strengthening of civil society, the growth of youth activity, the increasing role of women, the worsening of inequality, and riots. (From Prof. Galtung’s report at St. Gallen’s Symposium, May 2011).
My Comment: These and other trends are the result of development of our egoistic desire, which is becoming more interconnected, up to the point of turning into one whole. And this inner connection between our desires is indeed a global, integral, and interconnected mutual guarantee, the modern world.
If we combine all these trends and present their form of mutual bestowal, we will obtain the formula of our good development. Otherwise, these trends will tear humanity into parts of a new world war.
In the News (from ScienceDaily.com): “’Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas.’ Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.…
“An important aspect of the finding is that the percent of committed opinion holders required to shift majority opinion does not change significantly regardless of the type of network in which the opinion holders are working. In other words, the percentage of committed opinion holders required to influence a society remains at approximately 10 percent, regardless of how or where that opinion starts and spreads in the society.”
My Comment: Kabbalah says that society is like a vessel (spiritual Kli), consisting of 10 parts (Sefirot). Thus, the tenth part of society becomes its unit, and less than 10 percent is not considered a part of it.
If this part acquires a single desire, it becomes the main part of the structure (Malchut), which absorbs in itself all the properties of the other parts (the first 9 Sefirot), not connected between themselves, attracting and using them for its fulfillment.
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Unity of the Friends
Exert in unity of friends as much as you can for it can compensate for all deficiencies.
– Baal HaSulam, A Sage’s Fruit, Vol. 1, “Letter no. 10”
I hereby instruct you to begin to love one another as yourselves, share your friend’s sorrows and rejoice at your friend’s delights as much as possible.
– Baal HaSulam, A Sage’s Fruit, Vol. 1, “Letter no. 49
The delay in revelation of the Creator in a corrected desire happens because of laziness in exerting effort in unity of friends since it is sufficient to complement for your every deficiency.
– Baal HaSulam, A Sage’s Fruit, Vol. 1, “Letter no. 13”