Rabash, Shlavei HaSulam (Steps of the Ladder), 1986, “Come unto Pharaoh – 2”: Also, we were given the Mitzva [commandment/good deed] of “love thy friend as thyself,” and Rabbi Akiva said, “This is the great rule of the Torah” (Beresheet Rabba, Parasha 24). In other words, by working in love of friends, a person accustoms himself to exit self-love and achieve love of others.
At first it is hard for a person to agree with the idea of working in a group. It is hard for him to tie it to his spiritual advancement and the understanding of the Creator, which is the general force operating in reality, in the whole universe, the stars, the galaxies, and other phenomena studied by scientists like physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, etc. There are immense forces operating in our reality. What does that have to do with good mutual relations with other people? Why do I have to live with them in agreement and in love?
It takes a long time to accept this. We agree and accept this burden just like “Upper grace.” Until then, by reading about love, we wait impatiently for someone to explain to us how to reach the hidden forces so that we will be able to understand what is going on and will be able to attain greatness.
A person is attracted to control, but here he is told otherwise: “You should be good and love others, and serve them, they are great and you are small…”; It doesn’t fit his self-image at all. A person wants greatness, control, attainment, passion, and respect; he feels envy; he develops his selfhood and his independence. But the “good ego” pushes him forward in order to arrange his life in the best possible way. “Let me understand how this is done. Show me something,” in response he hears: “Annul your mind, abandon all your expectations and aspirations, and start working in the group.”
We are not prepared for this; we have no clue about it and no need for it. Today when we speak about the love of others and the friends, we probably don’t understand it or we accept the words of the Kabbalists out of a habit. But in fact, it is a great process, which every person in the world should go through one way or the other, before he hears about the message of love, unity, and bestowal. Many are attracted more easily to that, being much more egoistic than we are.
We, on the other hand, do not emphasize enough what belongs to perception, habit, and adaptability. People gradually get used to the thought of bestowal, love, and connection since they don’t see an egoistic benefit in it any more, but a tool that leads to something much more sublime. In the past a person heard explanations about love and at the same time went on with his daily dealings, and one didn’t interfere with the other. But now it isn’t only about a person’s moral improvement, but also about the correction of the world.
We still don’t understand that our “slogans” are quite easy to digest, but they are actually aimed at the economists, the businessmen, the politicians, etc. because the bottom line of what we are saying is: “You are behaving badly, you are destroying the world, while its correction should be of a different nature. You don’t understand what needs to be done. In the meantime everything has to be turned 180 degrees, and we should look at the world through connection and love. Then you will see the correct system and understand how to run the world in goodness and by the dominion of love.”
This is a delicate moment, which is about to clash in the future. On the whole there is a Gog and Magog war going on here. We are talking about an approach to managing life without settling for the modern education system to which everyone agrees. But when it comes to something bigger, like high officials who are in charge of important funds, who are in control, they feel that we are bringing them a totally different system.
These aren’t just some comforting changes that we offer the people and which answer their needs, it is a condemnation of the way they operate.
So we should be gentle, soften our message, and be very careful so that our message will not seem threatening. We speak about love and this satisfies everyone, but they are not aware that they have to change themselves and their managing system yet.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/17/12, Writings of Rabash