Work With Groups Of Ten: A Permanent Threshold Of Comprehension

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If the group of ten is not sufficiently connected, how is it possible to add more connection to it?

Answer: There will be more connection in a group of ten if I use it in order to nullify myself.

In general I need to use the entire world for this. For the world was created for me: the friends, the group of ten, all of humanity, all that is happening, the entire picture that is comprehended in my consciousness, which is divided into still, vegetative, animate, and human. All of my comprehension of reality is designed for me so that I will transform my comprehension of reality into one force, into the Creator, into there is none else besides Him.

Now all of my comprehension of reality is divided in my eyes into four phases of still, vegetative, animate, and speaking, and into billions of parts, only because my desire to receive was shattered. Specifically, this shattering disintegrated the world into separate parts and thereby conceals the single force. The most useful means that makes it possible for me to comprehend this force is the group.

The group should unite and make certain steps to provide everyone the opportunity to feel such a unity, what connection is. The more that people connect, we rise from level to level. Each one of the levels we first comprehend is a scattered, fragmented, broken form, and after this we bring it to the concept of a single whole.

That is how I finish the current level and can rise to the next level in which I again receive additional ego, additional desire to receive. And then I again see a confused picture of the world, which is chaotic and shattered from one end of the world to the other and again; I need to collect and gather its parts, attributing them to one force according to the principles of “Israel, Torah, and the Creator are one,” “There is none else besides Him,” “The Good who does good.”

And this is how we always advance, step after step. And in order to make this entire process easier on myself, I am found in a small group, in a group of ten. For in our group there are several hundred people and it is impossible to be connected in it with everyone; it is as if you want to be connected to the whole world. The person doesn’t comprehend more than ten real “images”; that is how we are constructed. It is no accident that in several primitive languages there is a count to ten and after that comes the comprehensive definition of “many.”

But essentially this is not primitive, but rather the result of our understanding. In fact, all that is more than ten, even if it is fifteen and even if it is a million, it makes no difference to me, because this is beyond the limits of my comprehension. For example, if we pour into a cup more than it can contain, it doesn’t matter how much more. Even if we spill a few drops or a few cubic meters, it is the same thing.

Therefore we divide our society into group of ten in which it will be easy for a person to be included in its environment, to devote himself to the friends, to prepare himself for a state where he will be devoted to the entire world, which is to say, to be devoted to the higher power, to the Creator. About this it is said, “I sit among my people”; that is how we prepare our Kelim; this is how it is expressed from their side.

But this doesn’t say at all that I intend to be closed within my group of ten, to be isolated within it and to ignore the rest. An approach like this is already  Klipa – a shell. For if I was a simple egoist before, now I want to derive benefit with my desire to receive from connection with the others, from my devotion to them. Specifically in this way do the forces “suck” juices from bestowal. In this case it is said, “The dispersion of the wicked, this is good for them and good for the world. It is good for them so that they will not be in Klipa and it is good for the world because they will not come to the whole world with their method.”
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/20/13, Talk About the Groups of Ten

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