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I am going to the convention in St. Petersburg not to listen to the teacher and friends, to chat in a friendly company, to participate in festive meals, to watch the cultural program, etc. No, I have studied a long time now and the convention is a test for me.
There is a deep inspection before us: Who are we? What can we do? We are anxious with the feeling of awe, not jokingly, but in all seriousness. But we are not self-absorbed, we do not walk with gloomy faces, but as usual, we combine the two aspects: joy and seriousness.
I repeat: the convention is a test, not just a meeting. The essence of our gathering is work by means of which we check ourselves: Whether our unity is true and sufficient to get a “passing grade.”
This should not discourage anyone. We are seeking the opportunity to shake and motivate ourselves to the correct unification.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/4/13, “From Hatred to Love by the Light that Reforms”
Ramchal “Da’at Tevunot (Knowing the Reasons)”: The reality of man is built with an infinitely profound wisdom. The Creator has made many great creatures and all of them perform their functions. Nothing is in vain and everything is based on a single foundation: on what the Creator desires from man’s work, that he corrects all the deficiencies of creation and raises himself degree after degree until he cleaves to the holiness of the Creator. And everything has to endure great transformations to achieve universal perfection.
The purpose of creation is achieved through a very long, deep, and intricate process, not simple or easy, and it depends upon how the person manages to organize support for recognizing the goal for himself.
If he joins a group, becomes included in it, if he bows his head, then he hears the message that comes from the friends and tries to connect with them and the teacher, and he moves forward. Until he completes all these corrections, he obviously will not reach the purpose of creation.
This goal is achieved on all 125 degrees of advancement. Each of them contains all the really important ones and those who do good, and the only difference is to what extent a person perceives it.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/3/13, “There’s None Else Besides Him”
Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 39: Now we have shown that the Creator’s desired goal for the Creation He had created is to bestow upon His creatures, so they would know His truthfulness and greatness, and receive all the delight and pleasure He had prepared for them.
So there is something good that He has prepared for us and we have to develop in order to be ready to receive this pleasure.
At the moment we don’t feel it as pleasure, but rather the opposite, as the greatest sufferings and terrible darkness.
It is because the Creator has prepared the pleasure of bestowal for us, to be in the same state He is. The Creator enjoys bestowal and so we have to reach the recognition of evil of our own current state and the recognition of the goodness of the attribute of bestowal, of the desire to bestow. So all we have to do is to be equipped with a desire to bestow and to feel the pleasure of bestowal in it.
By discovering these things we begin to appreciate the greatness of the attribute of bestowal, the attribute of love, as much as it is within our power. We understand how sublime, great, and special it is and accordingly, we begin to value the Creator whose attribute it is.
It says: “We know you from your actions.” This is the way it works and the second phase doesn’t arrive until the first phase is fulfilled. By fulfilling the actions of bestowal by ourselves, we discover and get to know them and by that we get to know the Creator. It is only through this extent that we can respect Him, “to know His truthfulness and His greatness.”
This is the goal of creation.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/4/13, “There is None Else Besides Him”
Answer: “Friend – Chaver” is from the word “connection – chibur”. I don’t mean friends that connect in order to go out for a good time together at some sports club or a pub. In a Kabbalistic group someone is called a friend if he is someone with whom I connect in order to create a shared deficiency for mutual bestowal between us. From this I will learn what the characteristic of bestowal is.
After we know what the characteristic of bestowal is, we can expand our common Kli, vessel, and deepen it, seek the higher power within the characteristic of mutual bestowal that we have discovered. This advancement links us together with each other, soul to soul! We discover that we belong to a single system and that our souls are close to each other. This is a connection of the parts of a single soul, and therefore we are found together; for this reason the upper Light gathered us into a group.
I don’t look at faces, whom do I like and whom I don’t, according to which I will distance myself or approach someone. I accept everyone! If he has come, he is apparently part of the puzzle that is closest to us. Without him we cannot finish the puzzle. And with every friend who arrives, we assemble more and more of this puzzle, the structure of the collective soul.
This is what is called a friend, someone with whom we connect our souls and complete the collective soul between us. After we nullify our ego that separates us and disturbs us from sticking the parts of our puzzle together, we can adhere to each other. This is what is called a true friend.
Certainly we go through ascents and descents by mutually helping each other. I understand the friend, feel when he falls and needs help, and also when I fall, I need his help and support. Everything is permissible except for cynicism toward the group and the spiritual path. If some kind of mood or cynicism falls on him, this is already a problem. But difficulties on the way are unavoidable and we overcome them together; therefore we are called friends.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/3/13, Writings of Rabash
The Creator is the force of nature, the attribute of bestowal called Light. This is the Light of Hochma that created life and revives, it is the Light of warmth.
The “thick darkness” is an allegory for the concealment of the Light. There is a Masach (screen) that conceals the Light of Ein Sof (Infinity) like a veil, a cloud, as if it is in a kind of a capsule. A person doesn’t perceive or feel that it exists! But when he begins to form a Masach, he gradually removes the layers of the cloud of concealment accordingly.
In other words, there are five levels of desire in me. If I acquire a Masach on top of my first finest desire, I remove the finest layer of concealment (which is also made of five parts) and seem to partly enter this cloud.
When I continue to work, I focus the anti-egoistic Masach more accurately on me and advance in this cloud. To the extent that I can dress in the altruistic intention and in love of others, I enter the cloud. Thus, I attain a state in which I discover the Light, the attribute of bestowal directly in me. Gradually I become free of my ego and a person of Light.
Question: Why isn’t this last phase described in any of the books?
Answer: No one has attained the phase of the end of correction yet, it will happen only in the general end of correction. So there are still more presents and great revelations ahead.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/4/13