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If you ask people in different countries whether they have hope for peace, it is hard to say what their honest answer would be. Many have completely despaired of good expectations and do not know what can help them. This applies equally to the “big and small of this world.” Despair overcomes everyone and we seemingly have forgotten basic things: Creating a family, having children, looking to the future… Humanity faces a serious problem, and apparently, it should bring people to a certain decision.
In the meantime hopes for a good tomorrow are melting, not to mention peace on Earth. Actually, the word “peace” in Hebrew (“Shalom”) is perfection (“Shlemut”).
At the beginning of the last century, as well as in the middle, at the end of the Second World War, there were high hopes for prosperity and progress, even for a breakthrough to the stars. But it all ended very quickly; today many would prefer not to think about tomorrow. Today, there is no more goal that attracts people. The human being without a purpose turns into a beast again…
We can observe firsthand how humanity is sinking, slips down in self-awareness and self-esteem, despite all the demagoguery of beautiful words. The spirit of life leaves and although various “masters of the world” are very much afraid of this trend that leaves people feeling helpless, they have nothing to give to people so they calm down and become satisfied with life.
All this can lead to big explosions. If a person has nothing to lose, he is capable of anything. He feels bad not so much because of material deprivation, but because there is nothing by what he can satisfy his human need to know the cause and purpose of existence.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/24/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam
Any attempts to establish peace before we are corrected leads to destruction. “Peace” among egoists just prevents them from correcting the situation. Only the category of truth can be worse when it is realized without proper preparation.
In general, these are the real vessels, desires, behind those categories, which are better not to reveal until we have obtained the screen (Masach). For example, if right now we begin to treat each other from the position of truth, then no one will be able to get along with anyone. In reality we are all different, everyone confronts others, everyone is able to receive only what it is good for him and reject what is bad for him, thus, on a whole, a terrible situation develops.
The spiritual laws of human society are a “deadly poison” until we turn them into the “elixir of life.” And that is why today the whole world is gradually sinking. In general, until today, only troubles pushed us forward and now we were given an opportunity to advance along the right path, the path of unity. We can already feel something in the fog, to recognize the way, to step on the path of acceleration, the Reshimot of which are slightly revealed in us. But anyway, the higher the spiritual categories are, the more powerful their destructive potential is in the event of incorrect use in the uncorrected vessels, desires.
Therefore, first we need to obtain the screen. Then in any case, “love will cover all crimes,” that is, I initially will aim at mercy and thus will be able to gradually realize the category of truth.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/24/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam
Question: There was a feeling at the convention that every second a thought, a desire, was renewed and grew, and no moment was wasted. But after that, when we need to add more to that image of the unified man that we have created, instead of multiplying it, conversely, we are losing what we have achieved. What can we do when we go out into the world, when we become confused and cannot preserve the former state because our thoughts are running in other directions?
Answer: Going into the external world, you need to be in even greater tension because it has been created as a means to increase the previously reached degree. And if that does not work—this means that you do not feel yourself within the group.
Imagine that you are a scout sent by your friends to a foreign territory in order to find out the situation there. What will you tell them when you come back? Are you going to be like those scouts who were sent to the land of Israel and upon their return said that we would not be able to cope with the people who inhabit it and we will be defeated by egoism?
This is still called the development by the path of suffering because this takes places in the conditions of descent, alienation. If you feel that you slide lower and gradually come out of holiness, it means that you have already become disconnected from the upper force. In order for you to become included in the environment, you as if lock yourself in a submarine, in order to seek the upper force with which you will achieve mutual bestowal, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.”
But being torn from this upper, internal force, you also pull yourself from the environment. Everything is connected by a chain: Israel, the Torah (group), the Creator. Since you are separated from the Creator, you also become excluded from Israel because you are no longer aimed “straight to the Creator” (Yashar-El). At the same time, your group turns from the gathering of Kabbalists into a crowd of clowns.
It is a critical point. We cannot keep ourselves in this environment because it lacks the general force of bestowal, the revelation of the Creator. We need to keep it with all our strength as much as possible. Otherwise, we will not have the motivation, the reason, to reach this environment and connect to it more and more strongly.
You need to work on this point, which is still clouded, by focusing your attention on it, and gradually it will begin to become clear. As if it were not visible and then began to emerge from the fog due to various other reasons, events, “from your actions I will know you.”
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/18/13, Writings of Rabash
In the News (from OECD): “We, the Heads of the International Labour Organisation and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, call upon the Ministers of Labour and Employment of the G20 countries to reinforce their cooperation with a view to enhancing the design and scale of their employment, labour market and social protection policies in order to achieve higher levels of productive and rewarding employment and to contribute to a strengthening of the world economy.
“Even though six years have elapsed since the start of the global financial crisis, the rate of employment growth remains weak in most G20 countries, preventing a significant decline in high levels of unemployment and under-employment.
“As reported in the background documents prepared jointly by the ILO and the OECD for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting, there is considerable diversity across countries in labour market conditions. Over the last 12 months, unemployment has dropped marginally in half of the G20 countries while it has risen in the other half. Unemployment is above 25 per cent in South Africa and Spain; 11 per cent or above in France and Italy and for the EU as a whole; above 7 per cent in Canada, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States; and below 6 per cent in Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.
“Across all G20 countries, the total number of unemployed reached 93 million in early 2013, some 30 per cent of which on average have been unemployed for over one year. …
“The employment situation in G20 countries would improve considerably with a more supportive external environment dependent on what G20 countries do for their own economy. This requires the collective effort of all countries working towards the shared objective of strong, sustainable and balanced growth.”
My Comment: The desire to reduce the number of unemployed and public anger and pressure is clear, but these efforts will lead to nothing because no one needs overproduction and the environment does not put up with it. It is necessary to rebuild the entire attitude towards work, labor, home economics, etc., which is possible only with an overall re-education of the human being.
It is not a difficult task, not too complicated, costly, or burdensome at all. But its effect is noticed immediately and clearly. The only problem is the psychological barrier that must be overcome by those, on whom the decision to introduce universal “Integral Education and Upbringing depends.
Question: How can we correctly picture the need for the Creator’s presence in the void that was formed between us?
Answer: It is essential that He should control that void. Keep on exploring the empty space and enter it more deeply. If the Creator doesn’t control this void, we will undoubtedly escape any connection with the friends, any form of bestowal.
This is the whole difference between the ten Sefirot of the lower level and the upper level. What used to be the cause on the lower level becomes the means on the upper level. In the previous state we felt connection and unity with the friends, but now we don’t feel that, and so we need the Creator to connect us. On the next upper level, the opposite will happen: Here I need the Creator in order to remain connected so that He will keep the state of the convention for me, and later all the convention and the whole empty state that was created will only be designated for revealing the Creator.
This is a qualitative difference between the levels, when Malchut of the upper becomes Keter of the lower. It is a change of the cause and the effect, which means that the reason that I do it changes. It is like a child who uses his parents when he is young and when he grows, he uses himself in order to help them. Another example is the guest and the host, when the host tries to do everything for me and serves me different refreshments, and if I, the guest, rise to an upper level, I repay the host for all his kindness. The cause and the effect change places.
This is why we feel empty now after the pleasant state we felt during the convention. There we felt the connection with the friends and it was nice and pleasant. Now this feeling is gone and we want to return to the same feeling. But what can help us here when we cannot bring it back and this feeling cools down and disappears. Only the Creator can preserve it, but where is He? We must feel His presence.
Then we begin to understand that it isn’t about drawing the Creator into our state so that He can correct it, but rather about using this state of the revelation of the Creator in order to bring Him contentment. We don’t wait for Him to bring us contentment anymore but rather use this emptiness in order to ask the Creator to reveal Himself so that we will be able to bring Him contentment.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/19/13
Here are some pictures from the Convention in St. Petersburg, July 12-14, 2013.
You can value yourself only according to the extent that your heart worries about others: your group, our global society, and the whole world too. You may not attain it all at once, but in stages, yet eventually it should all become the most important thing for you.
At first you will see that the group is the most important thing for you, and then our whole global society and finally the whole world. But then everything will turn the other way around: the world will become the most important thing and the global society, the group, and yourself will only be the means for conveying the Upper Light to the whole world.
So you can value your advancement according to how important you consider everyone else and worry that everyone should know and discover the Creator. It turns out that a prayer is the indication of where a person is.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/16/13
Baal HaSulam, “The Love of the Creator and the Love of the Created Being”: By that the creature develops in the degrees of the above sublimity until one loses any form of self-love and self-reception. In that state, one’s every attribute is either to bestow or to receive in order to bestow. Our sages said about that, ‘The Mitzvot were only given in order to cleanse people with,’ and then one cleaves to one’s root, as it says, ‘and to cleave onto Him.’
Why are we here in this world, the worst of all possible worlds, at the step below which there is nothing? Only for one reason, to learn to bestow and go through all the stages on the way until we reach full adaptation to the Creator, which is called “to cleave onto Him.”
This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah tells us. It corrects the evil inclination that was initially given to us and which develops in us. This means that we have to learn how to correctly use the method which has the Light that Reforms and learn to do the right actions in order to provoke this Light, since it corrects us and thus we advance.
Actually these are all the actions we have to perform, actions of bestowal by which we always provoke the greatest Light that Reforms upon ourselves. It already knows which desire needs to be corrected and what the phases of correction are. We don’t have to do its job since in the meantime we cannot even speak about it. Let it correct us since it is its business and we just have to give it a chance. This is what it depends on, and giving it a chance is our responsibility.
So there is nothing else we can do but actions by which we bring contentment to the other and help him. Why? This is the commandment of the upper. I don’t care about the other at all and I don’t want to get to know him; I don’t feel him at all. But there is an upper force and it obliges me to do so and explains to me that it is by such actions that I can bring it contentment. Thus I turn to the other.
It is therefore clear that if I help the other without the intention of bringing the Creator contentment, these are false actions that lead me to the opposite result, to destruction. It is because the Creator has created everything for so that we will reach Him. The nice urges to do something for the sake of humanity, like communism in Russia or the Kibbutzim movement, only lead to destruction.
I have to fulfill the principle of “Israel, the Torah, and the Creator are one” in all my actions. “Israel” is me, the “Torah” is the right connection between me and all of humanity starting from the people who are closest to me to the most distant, the connection that the Light that Reforms has established. The Creator is what is revealed as what encompasses this network.
The fulfillment is in the relations between people. The Light that Reforms carries it out and I evoke it, and everything is in order to allow the Creator to be revealed, since this is what brings Him contentment. So we mustn’t avoid the general, humanity, and especially the group, my group of ten…
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/2/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam