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Convention of Unity, Day One, Lesson 1
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Convention of Unity, Day One, Workshop 1
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Question: Today people already understand that things will only be getting worse in the world. But Kabbalah is still far from the masses. How can we cover this distance? And why is it there?
Answer: It is there in order to provide us and mankind with an opportunity to make an effort. This separation allows us and the external society to do mutual work in regard to one another. The distance was created with a purpose, for you to invest your knowledge, comprehension, understanding and to think about what is getting in the way of continuing the natural process.
Once apes descended from the trees and with time became primitive people. This was followed by the era of slavery, the Middle Ages, and the period of capitalism. And today, when this development has concluded in a collapse, people could come to the realization of the need for good unity. So why does development not continue automatically?
Because then the human would never appear. It would be the same primate that came down from the trees, driven by its egoism. We do not realize that we are completely under the control of our self-love. If I were shown the system in which we all exist, I would see that I do not do anything on my own. In this situation, the creature will not emerge. Take anyone through the filter of independence, and nothing will be left of him – nothing but the upper force, which was there initially.
“How do you make a human?”: That is the question. A human can be made only by providing him with darkness, a little knowledge, and a little strength to give him an opportunity to find a way to prevail over his nature and build something opposite to him out of the darkness without much knowledge or understanding. Then he will want to take the necessary parts from the Creator, and submit himself willingly to the environment, which will obligate him to do it. And he will be able to acquire a supernatural form through this mutual work, a form that is above his nature. And this form is called a “Human” (Adam), a form that he has created without the use of the Reshimot (informational genes), which were left in him from the times he was a primate.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/19/12, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot”
Question: Is it possible for someone who was born in sin not to sin?
Answer: Of course not. All of us have been born in sin and we can’t avoid sinning. No one expects us to be angels. What is expected of us is to realize this and understand what a sin really is.
A sin is any desire directed against connecting with others, against correcting the breaking. The common soul broke and now every one exists in a broken system alone with his egoism. I want to use this egoism to somehow use others, but this is not bad, it’s a natural desire.
Real egoism, which we need to resist and against which we need to work, only manifests when I really try to connect with others, and a resistance arises in me, a lack of desire to be connected with them. Regular people, who operate in this world in a customary manner, are not called egoists. They’re not trying to unite into a single system.
Egoism only manifests under the condition that a person is planning to connect with the intention of correcting the breaking, meaning uniting with the purpose of revealing the Creator. And it’s possible that I don’t even want this. But if I still make an effort then the evil in me or the power of the breaking becomes revealed to me. This is true egoism.
But a regular person, who doesn’t work with this, doesn’t have egoism! First, the power of the breaking that operates between us needs to be discovered. Then we’ll be able to correct it and turn it into the power of unity. This will be the recognition of evil, the prayer will be born out of it and the correction, the goodness, will come.
This entire process only happens to those who try to connect with the purpose to correct the breaking and to reveal the Creator for the sake of pleasing Him by so doing. It needs to be absolutely clear to us that all this only happens with this intention. Then we connect to the chain of actions that help us reveal the evil, we ask for help and receive the strength to perform the correction, and we reach the revelation.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/14/12, Writings of Rabash
Answer: We should understand that even if I can’t wake up internally I can still act it externally, and thus I awaken the friends internally. If we speak about the Creator’s greatness, we will be ignited and awaken ourselves. That’s the way it is in every action. It would be enough to hire foreign actors to act before us their awe and excitement regarding the spiritual goal so that we would be impressed by it.
There is a story about a Kabbalist who lived in a remote village in Europe, who used to invite Klezmer street musicians to play for him. His wife used to yell at him for giving them the last pennies since they wouldn’t have enough for food, and he would answer he had to do it to revive his soul.
The wife wondered how he could be impressed by them. After all, he was such a great man, a respected Rabbi, and they were just drunk vagrants who would use the money to buy vodka and to get drunk. But he answered that it didn’t matter. They played for the money since they wanted to drink and he listened since he wanted to be spurred to the spiritual work.
So you too have to find friends who will play before you, even if it is for their self-benefit, as long as you will be impressed.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/14/12, Writings of Rabash
In the News (from CounterCurrents.org): “In a 2011 paper, researchers at the Complex Systems Institute unveiled a model that accurately explained why the waves of unrest that swept the world in 2008 and 2011 crashed when they did. The number one determinant was soaring food prices. Their model identified a precise threshold for global food prices that, if breached, would lead to worldwide unrest….
“Even before the extreme weather scrambled food prices this year, their 2011 report predicted that the next great breach would occur in August 2013, and that the risk of more worldwide rioting would follow. So, if trends hold, these complex systems theorists say we’re less than one year and counting from a fireball of global unrest.”
My Comment: Perhaps then, they will hear about the necessity of integral education that carries the knowledge of how to unite not to wreck everything, but to create a new world order in mutual connection with the purpose of achieving equal standards and to rise in the perception of the upper world of the “Human” level. Nature compels us to this.
Answer: It is a connection that is created above the feeling of separation, since we achieve it by ourselves and this achievement is based on the contrast between two opposite states. Above the resistance between them, we discover our achievement.
It is like a resistor in an electric circuit that resists the connection between two points by creating a resistance between them. However, if we connect this network to two poles, we create a potential difference, and then by this resistance we can clarify what the difference is: By clarifying the gap and the relations between them we can understand what is on one pole and what is on the other. All this is clarified by the resistor, by the resisting force.
The system of life is built on this basis—on the connection of opposite particles. These particles connect into atoms and the atoms into molecules and everything connects on the basis of opposites, a plus with a minus.
Different materials are created thanks to the different connections between the positive and negative particles. Such internal opposite qualities are typical of every material, of all the elements on the periodic table. Later this connection between the plus and the minus becomes increasingly varied and complex. Different qualities appear in it, which turn these creations into living cells.
It isn’t a static system anymore in which the plus and the minus are connected in a stable relationship to one another, but a system in which this relationship begins to change and thus the element of life is created.
The lower can already exist not simply adhering to the upper the way it was in the world of Ein Sof (Infinity), or separated from Him, like after the descent of the worlds to this world, but also in starting to perform independent movements with regard to the upper. This is already a change from the level of the still level of nature into the level of the vegetative and then into the animate level and finally into the level of the speaking. This is how the ascent up the levels occurs.
This is how life is created in this world and this is also what happens in the spiritual world as a person advances and annuls the partition that separates him from the Creator.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/13/12, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar”
Question: During the work in the integral group, we found a text that was arranged in a special way. It described what a group is and what “we” is, all the levels, etc. It is amazing that around this text there began a creation of some kind of field, to be specific, some kind of shared feeling. What is your opinion of the work with the text?
Answer: I think that this is the most important thing! When a group assembles, a text should always be presented to it.
These texts can be repeated. With time, the group goes through all kinds of states, and each time even the previous text will be grasped differently, in a new way. Since, after all, we all change, and thus the entire group is different each time, and it will discover within its combination, all kinds of aspects of unity, connection, integration, etc.
This is creative work. The people in the group will feel the direction they were brought to and attracted to, yesterday and today. According to the situation of each one of them, they will feel a general, shared desire, an over-all attribute of mutual attraction, bestowal and love, an ascending of the ego which usually separates people, which positions each one in a certain relation to others. And here they must rise above this state in spite of their ego.
Question: During one and a half hours we were able to go through only two paragraphs of the article, because it’s actually possible to hold a one-hour discussion on each word.
Answer: That’s really so. Suddenly one word invites a full variety of sensations! This happens since it is specifically this shared field, which creates an unusual abundance of variation.
Question: What do you think? Is it worthwhile in the beginning to read the entire article and then to divide it into paragraphs and discuss them?
Answer: No. There is no need to load people with this information, since it is sensory, mental, and it will be difficult for people to deal with this bulk.
Whereas, if they listen to one or two sentences in a relaxed manner, then suddenly they begin to see in the text: ‘’How do we implement it? What is it for? Why? For what reason?’’ And even if some phrases that you haven’t read yet, explain previous ones, it’s not important if you get stuck in them, since in this way you will understand the importance more, by getting confused in presenting them.
From a Talk on Integral Upbringing 3/4/12
From Baal HaSulam’s letter (No. 52): Call upon Him while He is near. Know that the fact that you are calling upon the Creator means that He is near. It means that now you have an opportunity; if you pay attention, you will feel that the Creator is near you, and this is the sign of the Creator’s nearness.
If a desire emerges in a person, it means that the Creator passed it to him. Desires can be felt as gratitude, requests, complaints, or dissatisfactions. Whatever a person feels, it always comes from the Creator. One has to realize that he is not generating his desires on his own. The words that a person uses to address the Creator internally in his heart are also sent to him by the Creator. One never performs any independent actions. The Light elicits desires and fully defines their reaction towards It.
One thinks that the Creator answers one’s prayers; however, it’s only a reaction of the Light to a newly made desire with which one works in order to trigger the Light’s reaction. So, it goes step by step according to the plan of creation; it’s a process that we all have to go through.
The only thing that a person has to do on top of everything that happens to him is to realize and admit that he has been involved in the Creator’s work, in a process that the Light performs on him and on his vessel/desire. A person’s role in the process is to understand that it’s the Creator who makes those actions upon him. Man has to accept everything that is going on with him, reconcile with it, and start wishing to be involved in the process to the extent that he prepares for everything that will happen to him next. Then, it will mean that he is in cohesion with the Creator.
From a Lesson on 8/23/12, Writings of Baal HaSulam
Question: In the process of integral education, can we organize some joint activities for men and women such as on the holidays, for example?
Answer: I think that a society that aspires toward integration will discover a greater separation between the sexes. We see that nature doesn’t agree with any intermingling.
In nature, there exists a precise subordination, a hierarchy, a separation in accordance with functions and the way that men and women realize themselves. It’s precisely the correct alignment of these two opposites that will create and give birth to a new, harmonious society.
From a Talk on Integral Education 3/4/12