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A person comes to the very gate leading to the spiritual world and at the last moment retreats. It is because this gate opens only if you accept the conditions of the upper. As long as you only approach it, you can stand them to some extent, but you cannot totally cut yourself off from the past and agree to take a step into the future. It is because this gate is the border between the past and the future, and so you go back.
Question: What do we lack at that moment?
Answer: There is a lack of mutual support, the force of the support of the environment. We can only evoke the Creator and force Him to act by mutual support. You cannot go through the gate without the help of the environment, without being pushed from behind and without others asking for you.
Going through the gate to the spiritual world means to connect with other vessels in order to discover together among us the reality that exists beyond that gate. We open this door between us, so it is impossible to manage without the support of others!
This support depends on the extent to which I can evoke the friends. They exist and support me only to the extent that I evoke them since they are the parts of my own soul. It only seems that they have freewill and that someone acts against me. All this is given to me so that I will correct myself and attain their support for that. In order to do that I have to subdue my ego—these are the rules of this game.
It is a theater where together with me there are also different actors on the stage: some seem like my friends and others as enemies, some love me and some hate me. With their help and by different means, I have to bring my ego to correction.
But in fact they don’t exist; they come out only so that I will perform my actions with regard to them. At one time I treat them as my friends and once as my enemies. This means that I perceive them “within reason.” Another time I work “above reason” and accept this as the Creator’s game. The whole Torah stems from the combination of these two perspectives.
From the 1st Part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/14/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam
Question: What is the spiritual root for the existence of two nations, the Jews and the Arabs, in the land of Israel?
Answer: Our common root is Abraham, our patriarch. Islam does not belong to idolatry, and even the people’s sense is close to Judaism. Muslims do not worship “statues and images” and indeed, there are many similarities between these two religions. They regard the upper force in a similar way, but in Islam it is called “Allah” and in Judaism it is called “God.” In both cases it isn’t a name but a term that refers to the upper force.
As for the current conflict, it was founded during the Turkish and British rule in this land. It was then that the authorities initiated friction and discord. This was the principle of the British diplomacy, the use of strife between two nations. Isn’t the same thing happening in Africa these days?
Question: Should I, as a student from abroad, be concerned about the way Israel is regarded in the world today?
Answer: We have to be concerned about disseminating our message. From it people will understand that they should protect this part of the world since it is important spiritually. The spiritual “root” touches the corporeal “branch” here.
Overall, while our world is at the bottom, we also have to reach the fulfillment of full redemption. Every spiritual “root” must reach its corporeal “branch.” This is what our very long history leads to, including the war of Gog and Magog (Armageddon) that is taking place now. Let’s hope that it will pass quickly and only on the spiritual level.
After all, the trend of ascent is already being revealed in the world. We have received a method and if we manage to raise the world even a little, then we will already shift all the events to the spiritual level.
From the 4th Part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/13/13, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar”
Answer: The Creator doesn’t make life difficult for you and doesn’t place any obstacles along your path. It is you who is getting confused. If you could listen to the advice that we have to correct the relationships among us and that we have to find the connection among us—and, in it, discover the spiritual world from the very first moment you started studying—then the interruptions that are constantly increasing wouldn’t seem like interruptions. Rather, each time, they would seem like the revelation of a new thickness of the upper level.
No one stopped you from accepting this advice and from fulfilling it. It wouldn’t have interrupted, but rather would have helped you rise and tighten the connection and discover its inner essence called the Light.
However, you are looking for the revelation of the Creator, not in order to bestow and not by bestowing upon others, not among the friends, but in a totally different place. So, who is responsible for the fact that you don’t succeed? You may have built different barriers that separate you from the spiritual world instead of getting close to it from the moment you arrived until today. Although you eventually can reach the right decision along this way, too, it is by feeling despair and finally discovering that we have reached a dead end and must go back to follow a different path.
As it is written (Ecclesiastes 7:29), “This is the only thing I have found, that God made human beings upright, but they have devised many schemes.” In fact, it is a very simple point, but we simply haven’t located the right place of the shattering. We want to prepare our own heart for the filling. This is everyone’s inclination.
However, we don’t want to accept the fact that the place of the filling is among us! There is a cut, an abyss, a dark empty vacuum between us, but this doesn’t worry me at all. I worry about the fact that I don’t have a filling inside me! This means that I am thinking about a totally different place instead of the place where the upper force must be revealed.
I also interpret the idea of an upper force as I see fit, which is as some enticing filling, a wonderful attainment, understanding, a pleasant feeling, but the real upper force is totally opposite from what I imagine. Being equivalent to it is in bestowing upon others, filling the other while rising above myself, without thinking about myself, annulling myself, and restricting myself. I take everything from myself and deprive myself of all the fillings only in order to pass them on to the other. It is only above myself that I look for a way to fill the others.
This is the spiritual filling that I feel in the other to the extent that I am ready to provide for him above my own desires and passions, but we don’t even think in this direction. Sometimes, we slightly touch this feeling in some powerful convention in the desert, but, afterward, we each come back to our own personal interests, and, then, everything comes to an end.
The group doesn’t support me. It doesn’t hold me focused on this one sharp point. And my ego constantly pulls me downward to the abyss. So, what can I do?
All this is because we don’t support and hold one another. The force that can save us is among us, in the connection between us, in the collective flock, and not in each of us. The force of our connection is the Light, and this is where we should demand it: in the crevices between us, in the barriers, in the walls. The Light, the Creator is hiding in there.
We can discover it only if we begin connecting with one another in a way that the gaps will disappear, and, then, right in that place, you will discover the Creator, right there where He is concealed now.
The whole point is that you hear, but you don’t fulfill the advice in the right place. It is because you cannot accept what Rabash says, “We have gathered here to establish a society for all who wish to follow the path and method of Baal HaSulam…”
We must make a decision and then carry it out constantly, but if everyone worries about himself and not about others, it will lead to nothing. If I think about how to fulfill this by myself, it won’t work. The thought must go only through others since it is a closed, analog system.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/13/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam
Several basic conditions have to exist for the correction to take place. First, despair of one’s own powers. This clarification must be within reason from my own experience. I have to know for sure that nothing will help me and not accept this just as faith and give up my own attempts.
A person has to reach the feeling of coming to a dead end. But on the other hand, a new reality is revealed in the same vessel that is called the upper force that provides the force to pull a person out of this state of hopelessness. Besides, it’s important to know why a person wants this rescue so much so that the correction will not be for an egoistic filling, but it will bring him to a state of “from the love of the created beings to the love of the Creator“.
All the changes that a person gains this way accumulate in the same deficiency. The moment he is ready for the action of the Light, which means that he accepts all the right components, the Light immediately begins to bestow upon him.
The bestowal of the Light is made of the five Lights of NRNHY or ten Sefirot. These Lights are in accordance between them, according to the first level a person has to reach. There is the right ratio between all these rays of Light, a certain range that a person has to adapt his vessel to, all his deficiencies: the root phase, phase one, two, three, and four, in such a way that each one will be opposite its own Light. They have to include all the necessary components: the feeling of deficiency, gratitude, knowing, and faith above reason.
As a result of our work, all these things have to be ready in the right incorporation between them, so that the deficiency will be suitable for the Light: five levels of deficiency opposite the five rays of the Light. This means that the Light has to be exactly opposite the vessel and then it will be able to bestow upon it.
In that case, only restriction and a Masach (screen) will be missing, which the Light will give to the vessel. Then there is a complete connection between them, into one whole, by the corrections of the restriction and the Masach, and the feeling of the first entrance of the Light into the vessel. Thus the state of a spiritual embryo is created.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/12/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam