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Question: The text of The Book of Zohar, which we read in class, describes plenty of states. How can we sort them out?
Answer: You don’t need to sort them out; there is no need to memorize anything. If while reading you are a little bit connected, tuned in to the right frequency, that is enough. Think only about the Reforming Light that comes from the center of the group so that you could bring pleasure to the Creator. This is all you need to know.
Question: And yet, how do the states appear on the way? Are they generated by my desire, a vessel?
Answer: No. I create nothing; I only see that every second, as a guest, I have the most effective opportunity to please the Host. I continually aspire to this, “keeping my nose to the wind,” and looking for this opportunity: How can I implement it in intention, thought, and action?
In that case, it is just the chances used by me. I myself cannot figure out all the options because every time I see a new world before me faced with new conditions. Nothing is repeated and we know nothing in advance. Our path is endless changes, ongoing surprises. The ten Sefirot are the same, but each time they come up with new Reshimot.
It turns out that I choose nothing and happily accept every state as an opportunity to perform bestowal. Everything is useful, ascents and descents, the right and the left lines, any interactions and connections, on this undulating path. No matter what changes it prepares for me, it’s better because they allow me to figure out how true my intentions are, whether I can maintain and even strengthen adhesion on any peak and valley, in any turn.
My work in fact is very simple: to grab like a “bulldog” and not let go. Hold the intention only on being “focused” on the Host, constantly adapting your environment, your states, to this. And even if I am experiencing ups and downs, I use these “bumps” to hold on even stronger.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/17/13, The Zohar
Question: Sometimes we feel totally down. Is it possible with the help of our mutual guarantee to always keep us from falling below a certain threshold?
Answer: We can help one another in some way, but still it depends on the state of a person. I may read some article and be impressed to tears and a cat resting next to me will be dozing or looking at me without any understanding of what is happening to me. In a similar way we go through the same states: one time as a crying human being and another as a cat without any understanding.
We have to justify all these states and accept them as necessary ones. The only question is our attitude toward them and how we use them. Therefore, one can experience any descents. We only have to use every way to prepare ourselves for them in order to not fall into a completely dead state. We still have to manage to carry on at least in something and at the same time try to come out from this fall. We have to build a safety belt that will not allow us to fall below a certain level.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/13/13, Shamati #33 “The Lots on Yom Kippurim and Haman”
The Torah, “Exodus”, Truma, 25:8-25:9: “And they shall make Me a sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst. According to all that I show you, the pattern of the Mishkan and the pattern of all its vessels, and so shall you do.”
A sanctuary is an ardent egoistic desire that is corrected in such a way that it can already work oppositely from itself in order to bestow upon the Creator, when the Creator is more important for it than itself. This determines its level.
A “sanctuary” exists in every person. It is actually in this innermost egoistic grain, in the fourth part of the ego, that the holy of holies is established, the great egoistic desire. So the great priest who can enter the sanctuary is the greatest egoist.
Before the destruction of the Temple in the sanctuary, people used to buy a place in the Temple for great sums of money. The great priest used to sell this place since he couldn’t overcome his ego, although he knew that he would die on Yom Kippur because of that. This just comes to show us how great his ego was.
This means that the holy of holies is the place inside a person in which the Creator is revealed. It is the greatest egoistic desire that is corrected and becomes in order to bestow. It is in an amazing and incomprehensible ego and at the same time also the attribute of bestowal and love in contrast to the ego.
This means that there is a tiny white point in the dark center of the ego which illuminates the darkness. There are also different “structures” around it: a courtyard, a tent (sanctuary), hoops, etc.
There are many drawings of this subject that were made according to the pattern of the upper worlds. Attributes such as south, east, north, and west are created in our world according to the attributes of the upper worlds, as this structure indicates. A person who can read the drawing and translate it to his own attributes can imagine how to combine his forces, attributes, and intentions in order to attain a state called the revelation of the Creator, which means the place for the revelation of the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/27/13
Question: (The Torah, “Exodus,” Truma, 25:10) It says: “They shall make an ark of acacia-wood; two and a half cubits its length…” How can such drawings be so accurate? What is the gold that the crown of gold outside the temple was made of?
Answer: It is talking about the ten main Sefirot each with its own ten Sefirot and then another ten Sefirot in each, etc. It is about how they are divided into certain attributes and discernments and the combination of the connections between them.
There is the still, vegetative, and animate nature, and man—the parts that participate in resembling the Creator. Each part has to be made of its main attributes. A priest, for example has to be married. Certain types of animals have to be kosher, which means that they should have cloven (split) hooves and ruminate.
Why is the ark made of acacia wood or cedar of Lebanon, and why is it covered with gold, silver, and copper? Because those particular materials exist in nature in their natural form in nature; they do not need to be made artificially.
They are used in a particular combination, creating one form or another. It is because you don’t just take a certain attribute, but rather have to change it and to give it a certain form by your action. A greedy irritable person, for example, becomes generous and kind. This means that we should gather all the attributes correctly, since each one should be combined in a certain way with other attributes. Thus the place for the revelation of the Creator is built.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/29/13
Answer: The unity of society is not necessarily communism in the form that was presented in the Soviet Union. On the other hand, much of what was at the basis (not the implementation) of the Soviet Union were good ideas and wonderful goals. But they fell into the hands of lowly officials, and with this everything fell to either Stalin or to the bureaucracy, or to the destroyers or enemies of the people.
But in principle, the concept was correct. The fact is that entire idea was not properly implemented, and although much was said about education, the work of education itself was not carried out.
So when the party leaders, all of the elite, the millions who were found in control, didn’t set an example, then certainly nothing worked. In an identical manner we command children: We don’t want to do something ourselves, but we demand it of them. But the children understand that while we demand this, we lie and play about it, so they won’t do anything, and if they do, it is only for the sake of appearing they do and not really correcting themselves.
The same thing happened in Russia. But nevertheless, we just have to show that the solidarity and unity were not for Russia; everything remained just talk. And most importantly, nothing was realized there through the upper force.
By the “Upper force” we mean the power of unity between people. If tens, hundreds, thousands of people, all the people, as is written in the Torah, were to unite, then we would create or naturally discover within us this great and singular power; and it would correct everything. For all that happens with us in our world, personally and all together, on all levels, is all a lack of conformity with the unified power of nature.
Nature approaches us and shows us its integrality, unity, and interdependence. And we, on the contrary, run away from this, separate, detach, move away, hide behind our computers, and don’t want to know anything. As a results, we have to understand that nature will push and squeeze us until we agree to this.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/25/13, Question and Answers with Dr. Laitman