Question: The Chinese wisdom talks about two forces, the Yin and the Yang, which represent the negative and positive, or the female and male beginnings. Is this somehow connected to Kabbalistic concepts? Where did these notions come from?
Answer: This is open to everyone. Our world consists of two opposite forces, manifesting in all areas and on all levels. Their balance defines the state of the matter, and the level defines its essence, expressed in the still, vegetative, animate, or human nature. Everything depends on the correlation of the opposite forces in the system and their interconnection. In the still matter, their balance is unchangeable, in the vegetative one, it obtains dynamics and begins to change, and on the animate and human levels, this dynamic increases.
What the Chinese sages discovered thousands of years ago is true. Throughout history, it has also been discovered in other parts of the world. However, this has no relationship to spirituality. This is about the phenomena of our world, accessible by experiments with the help of traditional science that is based on the intention for the sake of receiving.
On the other hand, the spiritual is the intention for the sake of bestowal. It is completely detached from our calculations, from the nature of our world. Here, the science of Kabbalah plays the role of the means, an instrument, a “device,” allowing a person to raise from the reality of receiving to the reality of bestowal. Kabbalah explains how to pass this border between receiving and bestowal, and further on, the soul of a person teaches him, since he already knows what it is about.
There is no other methodology, capable of implementing this transformation, this inversion in a person to cross him over the Rubicon. By myself, I cannot destroy my natural egoism inside of me, but Kabbalah offers me the opportunity to summon the external force, which will change me for bestowal in order for me to place my neighbor higher than myself and by that means to be giving him pleasure.
Today, the neighbor does not matter to me, to say the least, not even talking about hate or the selfish use of him. In reality, it is hate that turns into love, and the more of it, the more love it is able to splash out. However, besides Kabbalah, there is no other means in the world with the help of which we can summon that force from above, which will change our view of things.
“Let’s help each other,” the enthusiastic benefactors suggest, and we must really beware of that so that we would not be placed in the same line as them. As opposed to them, we are not utopians. On the contrary, we say that human nature is bad. At the roundtables we experience the need for unity for a moment and immediately we discover that we cannot and do not even want that.
Then we arrive at the two extremes. On the one hand, it is worth it for us to unite, but on the other hand, we are not capable of doing that. So what to do? This is the real question, and one has yet to arrive at this question.
We explain it little by little, to the extent that people are able to receive it and to bear it. We are not saying that it is impossible to unite by our own means until they see it themselves. We will later have to bring in some changes into our practice, into the joint events, seminars, roundtables, the education system, and integral education and upbringing. Gradually, we will develop the methodology.
In any case, there is no other path for the world, and there cannot be any. However deeply Yin and Yang may be known, it will not give us the solution. However, they can entirely be used as a starting point for our dissemination in China.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/15/12, The Study of the Ten Sefirot