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Answer: It isn’t the work that connects us at all but the desire to connect and to meet inside the Creator. It’s because the connection between us (when we are at the top of the pyramid of humanity) delights the Creator.
But this pyramid can rise to the Creator if we collect all the parts of creation: the still nature, the vegetative, the animate, and the speaking. This is actually what our intention should be and this is the picture we should keep in mind.
This means that the Creator has to be our goal and our, focus and together we connect inside Him. All the other parts which are already corrected, the Kabbalists of all the previous generations, also join us.
Our intention should be to delight the Creator. This is our ultimate goal and the reason for all the actions that we perform now. The goal of our life is to attain this goal and we dedicate our whole life to it. In order to attain this goal, we use all the necessary means: the public and dissemination. Through them we hope to attain the goal and we are ready to do everything: to love others, to bring together, and to correct the shattered souls.
But this is already the outcome. If we make it our goal, the result will be communism, socialism like in Russia, or national socialism like in Germany. So we must first focus on the Creator, since without Him we don’t need anything; we hate everyone and are repulsed by everyone. We shouldn’t delude ourselves, we are not gentle souls or altruists, but rather the greatest egoists there are who don’t care about anything. Only the goal to delight the Creator compels us to turn to the public and to worry about them.
We don’t need to hide this. There is no need, of course, to publicize this since people won’t understand it, but there is no need to hide it, since we are not altruists or gentle souls and we don’t offer to improve people’s lives because we were given this desire, this craving. They should know that we don’t care about them just as they don’t care about us and about anyone else. But there is no choice; the general system, nature, compels us. We have to rely on some rational basis and not on vague noble fantasies.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/28/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam
Answer: When I push my ego, my “self,” away from myself, and want to participate in a group with all my intention, then I attain my correct state. If each one of us does the same thing, then we begin to create what is called a “group.”
When disseminating the integral method, 99% of humanity will begin to feel this soul through you. Everything that is found above you is the group, including the Kabbalists from previous generations and all who are truly higher than you. And all that is found below you is 99% of humanity. And you become the conduit, the conductor, between the higher and lower level.
Answer: They are connected to you, become a part of the general world system, yet not consciously, like little children. And slowly, to the degree of their participation in this, they reach the awareness, the feeling of the collective soul.
From the Stockholm Convention “Joy In Unity” Day One 8/30/13, Lesson 2
Question: How is it possible to get the feeling that through cooperation with another person I am giving the Creator satisfaction?
Answer: For this we need to imagine that behind every friend, behind the group, is found the Creator, that “there is none else besides Him,” and that all of our relationships are in fact with Him and not with anyone else, and only the picture of the world confuses me.
People are sitting in front of me now. I need to feel in this that I am linked with them; I am linked with the Creator. The more that I behave in regard to them in a cleaner and more direct form, the more strongly I nullify myself in regard to them, the more strongly I nullify myself in regard to the Creator. On the other hand, the more that I try to bestow to them correctly, to bring them to that state, then I will be more like the Creator. That is to say, I need to relate to them either as being greater than I (upper) or as smaller than I (lower), and I am myself always found in the middle, between these and those.
A person doesn’t need to profit at the expense of others. Everything must be measured and weighed precisely according to the amount that each one is prepared to give to someone and to take from him, for ultimately all need absolutely to reach mutual connection and wholeness.
Therefore, all the laws that speak about relationships between people are based on the connection to one, complete spiritual matter, which means, a mutual harmonious whole. Suppose that you are working for me as a gardener and I work for you as a carpenter, there must be absolutely equal compensation. And it was said precisely, “Go and make a living from each other,” that is mutual. Therefore, all of us were created with different characteristics.
Thus, I cannot profit from you and you cannot profit from me. Rather, we can only exchange our production. From this are derived all the rest of the main laws that we will get in the future, we and all humanity. These are laws of absolute equality, equal allocation and wages, an equal standard of living where there are no differences between people—rich or poor, lucky or unlucky, and so forth.
Question: However, the sentence, “If you lend money to one of my people,” is liable to arouse a negative attitude about Jews.
Answer: This is speaking about spiritual concepts, about spiritual laws.
The Torah doesn’t talk about relationships among people in our world, rather only about the manner in which people yearn for equivalence of form with the Creator through the link between them, creating a general mutual characteristic similar to the characteristic of bestowal of the Creator and discovering Him within this internal characteristic. Therefore, it says, “my people,” meaning every person who yearns for this goal without any connection to his origin.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/27/13
A person is a whole world and it is as if the world is reflected in him. If we speak about a person’s inner world, then a “sorceress” is nothing but his own attribute. Each of us wants to believe in something, we drag something behind us from our childhood and even certain gloomy tendencies, concepts, and beliefs from the depths of earlier times.
This actually has no part in the world. According to Kabbalah, the world is absolutely corporeal, and even the spirituality of the world is corporeal just like the whole world. We have to regard it in a totally realistic manner. Whatever we attain is what we can work with. So we have to take into account only the laws, the attributes, that we discover.
Kabbalists discover even deeper attributes than scientists do. They work with these attributes and perform experiments, tests, retests, analysis, and synthesis. All this knowledge is accumulated from one generation to another; every generation examines it and advances, discovering nature even more deeply.
So there is no room for any religions or mistakes, since the attitude towards the world has to be according to this important law and study, which is “a judge has only what his eyes can see,” which means that there are no others means of attainment. So we mustn’t speak about different religions and beliefs.
According to Kabbalah “belief” refers to the attribute of bestowal, when a person makes an effort and rises above his egoistic attribute of receiving and reaches the attribute of bestowal. So a “sorceress” is a person who believes in unnatural phenomena which are totally unrealistic. We speak about a reality that repeats and which can be studied by different people in different times, which makes it a scientific phenomenon only, which can be proven, which means that it’s a fact. We don’t rely on anything but facts!
Question: What if someone asks you to prove and to show him.
Answer: It’s impossible to prove or to show anything. If I don’t see well and I don’t have glasses and you tell me that there is a cupboard over there, can I believe you? After all, I cannot prove it.
This means that I have to acquire certain attributes by which I can prove or contradict what you say. In that case, I hear things that actually don’t exist for me. So for every person the world exists only to the extent that he attains it.
Question: Does this mean that you tell and explain to a person that he has to check everything out by himself and not believe you?
Answer: No. I don’t impose this picture on him! I don’t tell a person what he has to reach, since now he will not be able to see it anyway since he doesn’t know what a cupboard is if he has never seen one. I explain how to attain and expand the boundaries of his attainment.
Only those who engage in Kabbalah, whose name comes from the word “receive,” expand and receive more and more knowledge. It only speaks about developing new means of attainment in a person by which he already attains everything by himself.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/27/13
In the News (from Nature International Weekly Journal of Science): “Social scientists reveal genetic patterns in social networks. Researchers have found genetic patterns in groups of friends, but not everyone is convinced. Groups of friends show patterns of genetic similarity, according to a study published today in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“The findings are based on patterns of variation in two out of six genes sampled among friends and strangers. But the claim is a hard sell for some geneticists, who say that the researchers have not analysed enough genes to rule out alternative explanations. …
“’When people choose friends with similar genotypes, an individual’s fitness — or survival until reproduction — not only reflects their own genes but also the genes of the friends they’ve chosen,’ says Nicholas Christakis, a social scientist at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an author on the study. In other words, there might be an evolutionary benefit to having friends with compatible genes, even if you don’t have any offspring with them. For example, if people who are naturally less susceptible to bacterial infection hang around together, their collective health as a group multiplies because the bacteria have no vulnerable hosts.”
My Comment: Of course, everything is commanded by nature, and all the “human” in us is no more than its programs that govern us “from above,” such as GPS that would drive cars without a driver. The entire egoism; i.e., all matter of our world is completely controlled by nature or the Creator.
Only if a person wants to accelerate his spiritual development, that is, go against his egoism, in unity of the group, his actions in this are independent. Therefore, he is responsible only for them—how well he used the opportunity of his independent spiritual (anti-egoistic) development.
You already need to search for better systems by yourselves to remind each other that all of our activities are performed only for the sake of the Creator. But you need to begin to feel that from within the material as if the air suddenly turned thick and you can “realize” the forces that operate within it, the “filling” that fills the spaces between you.
We are within the creation and the only difference is the extent of the realization of the connection between its parts that you now see and feel. In all of this picture, which is grasped by us through the five senses, only one addition is missing, and that is the connection between all of its parts, the connecting field that unites everything and transfers any emotional and intellectual information.
This field that is revealed in the connection between us is called the upper world, which connects all the particles that are felt by us. And the Creator is the general Light. The Light of NRNHY (Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Haya, Yechida), which we discover, which is like an electric current flowing in the network. But the program that is revealed to us is already the Creator.
There are all kinds of signals, “electrical currents,” that flow between the parts, all kinds of individual processes, which in the meantime, all belong to the system itself, to the Light of NRNHY. And the component which connects them: The general thought that transmits this program, which maintains all of this hardware and manages it, is the Creator.
But all of this is revealed in this world. Thus, it is said that the wisdom of Kabbalah is the system of revealing the Creator to the creatures of this world, among those parts that we now come in contact with. The physical body dies, and if you aren’t included in this system, then there is nothing left of you except Reshimot (information genes) that weren’t realized. Take that into consideration.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/26/13
Baal HaSulam, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy”: If there is any definition that can tell spiritual from corporeal, it belongs only to those who have attained a spiritual thing and felt it. These are the genuine Kabbalists; thus, it is the wisdom of Kabbalah that we need.
This material world is completely detached from spirituality. Kabbalists explain to us that our material world is simply an outcome of our imagination. After we wake up, we’ll see that we “were as dreamers.” This dream and our existence in it seems real; however, at its core it is imaginary and illusive.
But we are unable to make the distinction. There is a reality and there are five sensors through which we can investigate the reality. Our exploration of this realm is called “science,” a complex of dependable knowledge that we use as guidance. With the help of science, people produce medications, build houses, etc., thus make our lives better. The set of knowledge that we call “science” is very reliable, trustworthy, and tested. This explains why science makes us more confident and satisfies us.
However, we keep thinking about “life after death.” We don’t know what it is. Physically, one dies together with one’s body, and yet it’s not a secret that on top of it there is a certain part in us, a spiritual component. There are no solid proofs of this fact; moreover, the wisdom of Kabbalah states that there is no spiritual constituent in us whatsoever. The one who hasn’t attained spirituality stays at an “animate,” physical level for one’s entire life. It’s not an accident that Baal HaSulam once said that he didn’t care where his “sack of bones” would be buried. However, we do have a chance to alter our nature in a way that in addition to our “animal” existence we also disclose life in another dimension, a spiritual reality.
It is very straightforward: whatever one manages to attain is all one actually has. Fantasizing won’t help; nothing from this world can be related to spirituality. Spirituality exists independently and if we are not yet there, we just cannot deliberate on it. Therefore, scientists do not explore this topic since they don’t have relevant “tools” for it.
And yet, there is a special approach to life that is called “philosophy.” It speculates on topics that are impossible to explore using traditional scientific methods. As a result, philosophers come up with various opinions about the spiritual world as if they sense, understand, or have access to it. No doubt that it’s clearly a wrong, unscientific approach that has nothing to do with science or common sense. It’s all about fantasizing; so, it’s not an accident that nowadays the word “philosophy” became derogatory. Those who are detached from reality are called “philosophers.” And rightly so.
That’s why Baal HaSulam was strongly against the philosophical approach. Previously, when it was impossible to reveal the wisdom of Kabbalah to the masses, philosophers could talk profusely about their views. Today, the wisdom of Kabbalah spreads out into the world, whereas philosophers continue to discuss things that they do not have any contact with, thus confusing people even more.
Baal HaSulam explains that philosophical constructions have no basis and that you can’t listen to philosophers since they mystify and puzzle themselves and others, thus depriving humanity of a chance to speed up their progress in attaining the goal of creation. After all, doesn’t the goal of creation come before and stay above all other things? If we don’t hurry up, if we let philosophers confuse us even more, we’ll be triggering additional afflictions. This is what concerned Baal HaSulam.
By the way, a curious question arises: How can sober, thinking people fantasize about something they haven’t yet attained, have no proofs of, and is something they have never tested or analyzed? This mystery of philosophy still has no answer.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/2/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam
The attainment of the upper world is only by the connection of two parts: the male and the female. The male part is the means, the intention of in order to bestow, and the female part is the desire to receive. They have to connect on certain levels in a certain combination between them. It isn’t that just any male part can take any female part, but there are actually certain conditions of how they should connect and combinations and to what extent they are compatible.
The male part especially cannot match the beastly part and the beastly part cannot match the female part. It’s impossible since the difference between the levels is so big that it will lead to nothing. It’s just like the differences between the Reshimot (spiritual genes), it cannot be. In other words, what cannot advance spiritually must be executed, since such a connection between people and beasts is unnatural.
Question: What brings a person to lie with a beast?
Answer: In our world it is a hormonal imbalance or a deviation. Sometimes it’s even typical of certain cultures.
From a spiritual perspective, in one’s internality; it’s the connection with the beastly part of Malchut that is not ready yet, which is on the third level of development. We consist of the still nature, the vegetative, the animate, and man. The male line and the female line have to connect on the male level and not on the level of man with the animate level or the female level with the animate level. This type of connection will not lead to any spiritual advancement. It is the wrong vessel.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/27/13