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Baal HaSulam, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence”: Clearly, when one ponders and contemplates words of the Torah that pertain to the revelation of the Creator to our fathers, they bring the examiner more Light than when examining practical matters.
This is how Baal HaSulam recommends we read books that tell us about the relationship between a human being and the revelation. The articles, letters, The Study of the Ten Sefirot, and the Sulam commentary to The Book of Zohar, in fact everything we received from Baal HaSulam and Rabash are books that are especially for us about the revelation of the Creator to the created being. They are written in different styles but they are all about this.
Some of them explain things directly and describe the spiritual work psychologically, so to speak, like the letters and the articles. In other articles we read about the connection between the wisdom of Kabbalah and other sciences, but they are also about the revelation of the Creator to a person. We see this especially in works talking about The Book of Zohar and in The Study of the Ten Sefirot.
All these books and texts were written during the drawing of the Light. Kabbalists discovered the Light in different states and levels and wrote accordingly. There isn’t one word or one letter that was written before the writer had attained the specific state that he described in the text.
So when we read these texts, we can receive the power in them. It is by these texts that we connect to the writers, and then we can draw and enjoy the Light that Reforms, but this is only if we yearn to resemble them in their simple faith and receive everything that they have. While reading his writings, I want to be like the Kabbalist, to annul myself, to belong to him, and by that I turn on the Light that he has prepared for me.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/19/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Teaching of Kabbalah and Its Essence“
The environment—from the moment that the ape came down from the tree and became a human, it is everything This was written about in the book, The Tree of Life by the Ari, 400 years before Darwin. Beginning from that moment on, they already had become not just a band of apes but had transformed into being a kind of “society,” a society of individuals. In this, each one is a personality by himself, and in spite of it all, everyone is connected together; there are various types of unique links between them which are evolving all the time.
This was an alliance for the sake of a particular goal: defense against predatory animals, defense against other bands of apes, and so forth. Thus a social structure began to evolve more and more.
Human evolution is possible only due to the environment! There are legends about the existence of Bigfoot living somewhere in the Himalayas. But why do we describe him as a wild man with a height of two and a half meters, covered with hair and not think that he could be subtle, beautiful, and good? Because he lives alone! Perhaps he has a family, but this is still a form of existence on an animal level and not like a human society.
Therefore, if you have chosen some environment, you must become integrated within it. You must arouse yourself with jealousy all the time; this is the most effective means. It is necessary to be jealous of others, how much they have already advanced, are active, running everywhere, and internalizing the goal. If you begin to be jealous of them, then you will surely succeed.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/15/13, Shamati #64 “From Lo Lishma to Lishma”
These two forces operate on us spontaneously. We don’t know the system according to which they lead us forward by throwing us from side to side, but in the 21st century, we have reached a level that we seem to have used them up.
We feel tired, alienated, indifferent, frustrated, lacking motivation, and depressed. This is actually the most common illness of the century and it affects the whole world. Managers of every institution complain about people’s indifference; people don’t want to work; they have no motivation to do so. A person cannot do anything with himself since these two forces have grown weak in us and their sum doesn’t push us forward anymore.
So now we begin to perceive and to study a new entity, a new order, a new dimension that is also established by the action of these two forces.
The moment we begin to yearn for the center of the group, to create what we call the right Babylon, in order to become one whole, we will immediately feel how we are repulsed by it.
What is more, the repulsing force (P2) is much greater than the attracting force that we develop (P1).
If we understand that we have to reach an outcome when the one force of connection will be revealed inside us, we will have another force left, the force of prayer or the force of requesting, our desirable efforts in yearning, so that this force will be revealed in us. It is called a prayer but it is actually the power of our desire. It isn’t a prayer in the usual sense.
We want to add another force to us that will help us yearn for connection and unite us.
Naturally we get a very small force based on a certain egoistic desire, on egoistic benefit, since this is our nature. But when we try to attract a new force, we want the force of bestowal and love to reside among us so that we will lose ourselves, our animal essence, in our collective connection.
We operate according to the instructions that the Kabbalists left us about how to establish a group and the connection between us, and about how to focus on the secret force, draw it to us, and want it to be revealed between us as one whole so that we will resemble one another according to the system of mutual guarantee.
“Loving the other” means feeling the desires of the other and filling them while he fills my desires. This is the mutual incorporation in one another, the mutual connection. When we operate that way in the group we summon the influence of the upper force upon ourselves and it is revealed in the first phase, although not very clearly yet, and we feel certain new emotions and new forms of bestowal internally.
Subconsciously we begin to understand that the world is built so that it is possible to move to a totally new state, to the next level, in which we exist in a totally different manner, in mutual cooperation between us, as one whole, while our whole egoistic essence is be left below. It will not go away, but the altruistic force that connects us all will dominate it.
From the Bulgaria Convention “Dawn Of A New World” Day One 11/1/13, Lesson 1
Question: How do we distinguish between egoistic exertion and purposeful exertion?
Answer: I exert myself purposefully outside myself according to the intention and the goal. I bring my whole exertion to the center of the group like a bird that brings everything to her nest. I want everyone to enjoy this and our pleasure is in discovering how much we can delight the Creator.
Even if we don’t discover this, what’s important is that we have a chance to do something that brings Him contentment. The main thing is that we have the intention that allows us to do this and to reach this. The Creator doesn’t even have to know about us as long as we can bestow.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 09/27/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam