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Answer: Spiritual progress is indicated by the extent to which a person feels that he can attain the spiritual state only through unity. This means that he begins imagining the spiritual world correctly and understanding that spirituality is the quality of bestowal, which we attain only through practical unification in the group until we totally lose ourselves.
This happens by a person’s own desire, which the Light helps him realize. He assesses himself by how many disturbances he receives while doing this and by accepting them the right away, as help from the opposite side.
He perceives all of these disturbances and resistance as constituent parts of the same system of connection. And when every disturbance connects correctly to support this connection, it operates precisely to strengthen it.
Nothing was created in vain. Any force of resistance or contradicting force in the common system has to occupy its place and assist the unity. The forces can be “for” or “against” in all possible forms and directions, but the system is built so everyone unites in this complex, multifaceted construction. Every element in it acts in its own direction, but they all complete one another, and the system exists precisely by virtue of that.
If we take any complex geometric pattern or construction, we will see many lines in it that extend in different directions, as well as unifications of all sorts of forms. And precisely the size, might, and diversity of these connections creates the rich system.
If there are several systems that are opposite to one another and complete one another, they create the right balance, which is Malchut of the world of Infinity. The more flexible the system, the more highly organized it is. And flexibility is attained by virtue of the multitude and diversity of forces. The sharper the polarity of these forces, the greater might they achieve.
The more different connections there are between the elements, the more complex and sensitive the system is, and the more it opens itself up and is able to accept and process the entire upper Light with its infinite diversity of forms.
The entire diversity of our qualities and desires was created by the Light, by its 613 Lights. Therefore, nothing that exists is extraneous. We must only place every quality, thought, and desire that does not match it in the right place, which the Light had initially intended for it.
Then we will reveal an extraordinarily rich, flexible, and highly organized system that includes such a great number of connections that separate connections disappear and everything turns into one, infinitely connected whole.
This mutual connection becomes so tight and multidimensional that it goes from being discrete to analog. All three lines, Sefirot HBD-HGT-NHY existing in the system, merge into one.
These separate, discrete forms of unification turn into one monolithic whole, which does not divide into parts and does not consist of elements, but becomes one, simple, infinite Light.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/14/11, Shamati
Question: At the December convention, will it be possible to make a huge leap in the inner worlds?
Answer: We do not make a leap at the convention, but we go from our lowest state, which does not even have a name and does not belong to the spiritual ladder, to the first degree on it. This is not a leap.
We have to understand the difference between our preliminary work, which takes place before we step onto the ladder of the spiritual degrees, and work on these degrees. The preliminary work is very group-oriented. I include myself in others, they influence me and I influence them. I don’t have my own spiritual individuality yet. I don’t exist as a spiritual individual yet.
Therefore, if I include myself into thousands of people who are around me, I receive their opinions, desires and forces, and like in our world I use the capabilities that society has, which enables me to reduce my path a great deal. It’s analogous to taking an uneducated person from the jungle and teaching him to be a prince, like in the musical My Fair Lady.
We can all receive support from the common brain and the common heart, from our inclusion in one another. When I become included in the general field that others create and in which all Kabbalists of past generations take part, all souls, the entire common soul, then I receive the forces enabling me to make the leap.
It turns out that others worked for 20 years to attain the spiritual level while I came just a couple of years ago (or maybe 3 or 4 years ago, since every person requires a minimal time period), yet everything depends on my desire. I can become included in this common unity and ascend together with everyone.
There is a saying that goes, “Ask Me and I will render,” which means we can receive the spiritual state in advance and pay for it afterwards. This is possible.
But when a person already starts rising up the spiritual levels, a more individual development occurs there. Even though it also presupposes mutual inclusion with others, there a person starts consciously working with the Light and discerning desires.
Therefore, those who do not have spiritual attainment yet can adhere to society the way a small child holds on to an adult. Everything depends on a person’s efforts: He has the opportunity to participate in the convention and enter spirituality by virtue of the whole system.
Similarly, we also don’t repeat the corrections that the great people of the past generations completed. We are like little children they lift in their arms, allowing us to rise even higher. We are standing upon the platform they created.
And the same thing will happen with the beginners who join us at the convention: They will receive the same kind of support from us, from their “previous generations.”
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/13/11, Talmud Eser Sefirot
In the News (from Info Wars): “A prominent UN agency has issued a warning that the globe is hurtling toward a long recession, a 40 million worldwide job shortage and an increase in large scale social unrest.
“Outlining that the globe faces a ‘new and deeper jobs recession,’ the report, titled World of Work Report 2011: Making Markets Work for Jobs, warns that job creation is slowing and worldwide unemployment stands at a record of more than 200m.
“The upshot of such massive shortages in employment will, according to the ILO, result in greater social unrest in 45 different countries.
“‘This is especially the case in advanced economies, notably the EU, the Arab region and to a lesser extent, Asia,’ it [the report] said.
“The report pinpoints the greatest risk of social unrest to Greece, Portugal, Spain, Estonia, France, Slovenia, and Ireland.
“Without counter-measures, the crisis will likely unleash a recession that could last a decade or more, the report adds.”
My Comment: Obviously, “the bosses” do not understand the plan and course of nature to bring humanity into similarity and balance with it. This means establishing a balance between receiving and giving, like in any balanced system. We have put the system of nature out of balance and now must bring it into full harmony by our own conscious efforts. Thus, we will understand the plan of nature and rise to the next stage of our development (evolution).
In the News: (from utro.ru): “An intergovernmental group of experts on climate change explained how global warming threatens humanity. According to the report…in the near future, our civilization will face devastating rains and severe droughts. The impact of the climate will be so strong that many regions will become uninhabitable, and after extreme weather, a social explosion is inevitable. The climate change will affect primarily the middle latitudes: Europe, China, and North America.”
Opinion: (Christine Lagarde, the IMF Chief): “Ms Lagarde said the ongoing debt crisis in Europe has resulted in an uncertain outlook for the global economy.
“The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has warned that the global economy is at risk of being plunged into a ‘lost decade.’
“‘Our sense is that if we do not act boldly and if we do not act together, the economy around the world runs the risk of downward spiral of uncertainty, financial instability and potential collapse of global demand,’ she said.”
My Comment: The downfall of the egoistic economy will happen anyway, and it will continue until we establish an integral global economic community built on the basis of global mutual guarantee, like cogwheels in a single mechanism, in order to bring our civilization to balance with nature. It entails reasonable consumption where: everyone gets only what’s necessary for healthy existence with the excess being distributed to the needy, we perform only necessary work, no one accumulates and stores the surplus, and citizens dedicate all their free time to the creation of the correct environment, whose influence will create from us, egoists, an integral altruistic society similar to Nature.
Until we consciously achieve this state, Nature will bring suffering (crises and wars) upon us—the revelation of our lack of balance with Nature. No revival of the systems of our society will take place in the future: We are heading downwards until we understand the need for personal and social correction.
In the News (from expert.ru): “In Spain, the unemployment rate is the highest among developed countries, more than double the European average of 9.3%. Even in Greece, it is 17.6%. Unemployment among young Spaniards is 45.8% and is not expected to decline; many people are ending a three year period of unemployment benefits.
“The fund for long-term unemployed is melting; a family with two children receives 1400 euro per month. As unemployment increases, social tension is growing: It gave birth to Spain’s protest movement ‘los indignados’ (the indignant).”
My Comment: There is no other choice but to organize education and upbringing to prepare the masses for interacting in the new world, with cooperation and balance in society and with nature. This will produce positive forces, which will gradually bring the whole society into balance. Otherwise, the growing social tension will lead to a civil war again….
Opinion: (Lang Xianping, international economist, professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong): “Lang Xianping, a famous Chinese economist, exposed ‘the inside information of Chinese economy’ in his speech on 22nd October. Based on his own data, China’s GDP has not only not increased, but has shrunk by 10%. He even predicted that China will go the same way as Japan in terms of economic development since the government is already deep in debt – maybe even by 36 billion – and doomed to go bankrupt.
“In his speech he said, ‘Only in China do we see such a terrifying investment market. Our stock market has been in continuous decline, yet other markets, such as the real state, automobile, luxury, and antique markets have been expanding rapidly. Our nation is sick, deeply sick.’
“He pointed out, ‘The data published by the National Statistics Bureau is all fabricated. Economic growth of 9.1% is not true, and inflation rates of 6.2% are not true either: They’re at least 16%. All the policies that the government is releasing are to “heal” the “sick” economy, but actually they’re no use whatsoever. China’s economic situation is treacherous!’ He added: ‘China is already headed for a recession. From early July, Chinese manufacturing PMI was the lowest in the world.’
“According to him, China is going to become the poorest country in the world. There are three serious mistakes in our policies, and one of them is the high taxes and dues. The direct taxes and indirect taxes paid by entrepreneurs last year took up 70% of Chinese PBT, and individual income tax took up 81.6% of average income tax. We have the highest tax in the history of man.
“‘Overcapacity in China has a long history, and has been alleviated by high worldwide debt,’ he said. ‘However, if Americans can no longer afford it due to the economic crisis, our overcapacity will become a nightmare. Our consumption capacity can only absorb 30%, which will lead to too many surplus products and force many businesses to go out of business. If the global financial system collapses, many countries will no longer be able to develop in an indebted way – hence, our surpluses will become a huge problem.’”
The power of the Light that Reforms enables a person to enjoy bestowal. Then he finally understands what it means to return to the source of the Light, to goodness.
Everything that a person enjoyed in his egoistic desire now brings him pain, and everything he suffered from in his egoism now brings him pleasure. Everything is inverted, as it says: “I saw a reverse world.”
Everything has turned upside down because there is nothing but the two influences: either reception or bestowal. There is nothing but these two sensations: One or the other, where when one increases, the other decreases or vice versa.
So we have to understand that our advancement is possible only thanks to the upper Light that will let us feel that bestowal is good and receiving for oneself is bad. Only then will we be able to advance and not before.
Just as now I work in order to fill my desire to receive, I will work in order to fill my desire to bestow. But when we operate for bestowal, we work in the general vessel, in Malchut of Infinity, in the collective soul.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/13/2011, Writings of Rabash
Question: I understood that there are laws and forces in our world. What law or force prevents me from attaining bestowal and why? How can I change this in myself?
Answer: Your egoism prevents you from this on purpose. It can be tamed only by an external force, which acts only when you study, communicate with similar people, and teach others because the force of correction is hidden in the connection between us.
Question: If the 99% of humanity can’t change anything themselves, what exactly are we trying to change in them with our circulation efforts?
Answer: We, the 1%, should correct ourselves through uniting in the group and by the force of our unity (Arvut) unite all those 99% who are outside the group. See “The Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Items 70-71.
Question: Can a man or a woman who studies and disseminates Kabbalah and is in our environment be depressed? If so, what is the reason?
Can people who have a genetic and hereditary susceptibility to depression or mania study Kabbalah?
Answer: In our time, depression is the most common phenomenon, and the cure for it is greater involvement in group activities.
Question: I have three teenagers at home, and they absolutely refuse to listen to the wisdom of Kabbalah. How and when can I talk to them about this topic?
Answer: Do not talk to them about Kabbalah until they grow up and desire to hear about it themselves.