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Baal HaSulam, Shamati, “What is the Acronym of Elul in the Work”: Yet, there is a condition to that: It is impossible to obtain disclosure before one receives the discernment of Achoraim (Posterior), discerned as concealment of the Face, and to say that it is as important to him as the disclosure of the Face…
It means that when one comes to a state where one has no support, one’s state becomes black, which is the lowest discernment in the upper world, and that becomes the Keter to the lower one, as the vessel of Keter is a vessel of bestowal.
The lowest discernment in the upper is Malchut, which has nothing of its own, meaning that she does not have anything. And only in this manner is it called Malchut. It means that if one assumes the Kingdom of Heaven—which is in a state of not having anything—gladly, afterwards, it becomes Keter, which is a vessel of bestowal and the purest Kli. In other words, the reception of Malchut in a state of darkness subsequently becomes a Kli of Keter, which is a vessel of bestowal.
We have to work hard and do everything that we can, as it says: “Do everything that is in your power” until we reach a state that the Creator’s “posterior” and the Creator’s “face” become equally important. This means that you will see the Creator’s work on you both in the concealment and in the revelation. If you want to work in order to bring the Creator contentment and not for your sake, then you receive both the concealment (the “posterior”) and the revelation (the “face”) gladly.
You will see no difference between the Light and the darkness, the difference between them is only felt in the corrupt desire to receive, but in the corrected desire, they are equal. Thus all your reflections regarding the good Providence disappear. All the states of the concealment of the Creator’s face become equally important and desirable to you, just like His revelation.
Then you reach a state where there is no more concealment. Since everything is determined by your perception, according to the person who receives. In the meantime, you conceal the Creator’s actions as the good and the benevolent from yourself by your desire to receive, and instead of the good, you see everything as black and evil. When you correct yourself, you discover that everything was good and corrected before and the only thing that had to change was your perception.
Thus you come to understand that it is your Malchut with all its thickness that reaches the great bestowal of Keter by turning its force of receiving (the thickness) into bestowal (purity). It isn’t just a change from receiving to bestowal, from receiving evil to receiving goodness. You, with all your egoistic material, will participate in the disclosure of the goodness by purifying it in order to feel the Light and bestowal as good in it, and instead of the ego, to change it to bestowal.
By that you make your contribution, participate, and build the revelation by yourself. It is by the thickness of your desire to receive that you increase the Creator’s bestowal by increasing it from the small spark of the Light and from a small point of desire to the size of Ein Sof.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/8/13
Baal HaSulam, “600,000 Souls”: It is said that there are 600,000 souls, and each soul divides into several sparks. We must understand how it is possible for the spiritual to divide, since initially, only one soul was created, the soul of Adam HaRishon.
The spiritual world is like a holographic picture in which each part includes the whole picture, but in a minimized form. It is like looking at someone from a distance or close up—this is the difference between the part and the whole.
This means that although the general soul seems to be divided into many souls, into many people, it is one and exists in everyone but in different “dimensions.”
The question is why do the different dimensions create such different perceptions for different people.
In fact you and I are one and the same. We are simply looking at one soul from different distances. The spiritual picture is not really divided; it only seems closer or further away to us.
If, for example, I see the world of Assiya, I actually see the world of Ein Sof (Infinity), but in the dimensions of the world of Assiya. The difference is only to what extent I can discern the world of Ein Sof in my vessels, in my current desires.
Accordingly, if there are only seven billion people living in the world, it is because this is how the general soul is divided in our eyes today. In each of them there is a spark of that soul, but in itself it is one. The sparks are hidden until the time comes. They are immersed in our ego and are more like black points. They are the posterior of the soul, its embryo that is “dressed” in the desire to receive that wakes up one day.
Today about a million people in the world are connected to this awakening in one way or another. In the previous generations sometimes just a few came together. This is the structure of reality and that’s the way it should be. Everyone returns to the general circle according to the root of his individual soul until we unite and erase all the differences between us.
After all, in a whole body all the cells are equally important—just like an indivisible holographic structure. Every part is equal to the whole, since without it the whole will disappear.
But on the way to the end of correction everything is built in the form of a pyramid; everyone follows the “shepherd”; this is the order of the correction of the souls. That’s also the way it was with the Jewish people when they were on the spiritual levels: There was a king, there was the great priest, there was the Sanhedrin…
Today it is a bit different: Our bestowal flows into the general network of connections that is spread in one soul and hastens the development of the world, without its knowing for the time being. Later, as new troubles and problems come along, when the confusion grows, people will look for and understand that it isn’t in the power of religion nor in the power of politics to help them.
Humanity will face the threat of a general global annihilation and will cry out for help. Then people will hear the message of Kabbalists. But these will be very difficult situations and we have to be ready for them. After all, we can soften these moments, so that they will appear for only a moment, like the parting of the Red Sea, and will be solved immediately.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/7/13, “600,000 Souls”
Question: Do women have to meet physically during their preparation for the Congress?
Answer: I don’t think it is so significant, although, women should stay in touch with each other.
I strongly advise them to hold workshops about the unity among women. Have them sit in a circle of 5-10 people (as we usually do) and let them discuss questions like, “How can we unite? What do we do for that? What are the ways of rising above our egoism and our usual calculations? Can we fight our desire to be distanced from others and just be within ourselves, and so on?” Can we in fact break the shell that exists in each of us, and unite with each other?
It is an extremely complicated psychological problem. In fact, it is a spiritual dilemma.
Men also face the same problem; however, in their case it is a little simpler, since men are able to hug each other with less effort and for them it is much easier to unite. Even in this material world men have lots of activities that bring them closer together, like going to restaurants, etc. They don’t mind spending time together at all. For women, it is considerably harder. We have to think about this before the congress.
From the Virtual Lesson 1/6/13