There Is No Third Way

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 120: Afterwards, if one adds but a single commandment, the commandment of love, it is considered that he is mostly worthy and sentences everything to a scale of merit. Thus, the scale of sins becomes a scale of merits, too.

It turns out that even if one has a full scale of transgressions and sins, they all become merits. Then, one is as one who has never sinned, and is considered “complete righteous.” This is the meaning of the saying that the world and the individual are judged by the majority.

On the levels of the spiritual ladder we judge ourselves and others according to the current state and not according to what was or what will be. It says, “There is no righteous man on earth who does good and does not sin.” How can one become the righteous if he hasn’t corrected his egoistic attributes internally? Everyone begins the spiritual path from the shattering that was prepared for us in advance.

Therefore, everything depends only on what level of the ladder a person is on. That means that we evaluate this level not according to an absolute scale, but relatively: whether a person had any opportunities here and his attitude to them. Actually, I can never judge someone else because I haven’t reached his place yet. The point is not what level he is on now, but what opportunities he had and how he fulfilled them. No one knows this except for the person himself.

On the whole, everyone can be beneficial to or can harm the general vessel. We are in an integral system, and even if one person or his action is missing, the system doesn’t work. This defect is enough to prevent the connection in the system. It’s either corrected or corrupt, and there are no intermediate or approximate states in it.

Therefore, everyone must participate according to the situation he is given. This is how a person is judged, and there are no half way verdicts. It’s the same when it comes to love and hate, bestowal and receiving, sins and mistakes. There are only two values, like in a computer system: zero or one. From these two “perspectives” you can put together whatever you want, even the finest and highest states.

The schema is simple: Have you fulfilled the opportunity you were given, yes or no? The upper system works according to the same law upon which we base our numerical systems. In every situation there are only two options: There is either, “click,” a connection, or there isn’t one. Even the most complicated situations can be broken down into these elementary components.

Does that mean that the spiritual world is a numerical system and not an analog one? No. We simply can’t perceive it otherwise. A chain of corrections stems from this, which step by step leads through many degrees. We may think how is it possible to advance to integrality by a “digital,” gradual path, by climbing the steps of the ladder? But these steps are divided into very small details that make up the picture of our world. We can work with the ego only by splitting it up into small parts. When there are many such parts, an integral is formed from them.

This is exactly how we use the attributes of our world in technology. It stems from our nature. Here we can clearly see the connection between ordinary traditional science and spiritual science: They have the same approach towards this world and the spiritual one.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/21/2012, “Introduction to TES“ 

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