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Baal HaSulam, Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot, Section 8: Indeed, that Godly man, our Rav Isaac Luria, troubled and provided us the fullest measure. He did wondrously more than his predecessors, and if I had a tongue that praises, I would praise that day when his wisdom appeared almost as the day when the Torah was given to Israel….There are not enough words to measure his holy work in our favor. The doors of attainment were locked and bolted, and he came and opened them for us….You find a thirtyeight-year-old who surpassed with his wisdom all his predecessors through the genius and through all times. All the elders of the land, the gallant shepherds, friends and disciples of the Godly sage, the Ramak, stood before him as disciples before the Rav….All the sages of the generations following them to this day, none missing, have abandoned all the books and compositions that precede him, the Kabbalah of the Ramak, the Kabbalah of The First and the Kabbalah of The Genius, blessed be the memory of them all. They have attached their spiritual life entirely and solely to the Holy Wisdom.
Baal HaSulam knew how it is necessary to bless and to honor the Ari who revealed the wisdom of Kabbalah to us. Thanks to him, we have the possibility of rising from the beastly level to reach the level of the Adam (man), the one similar to the Creator. If not for the Ari, we really would have lacked the means. It was he who saved us from a mere beastly existence of only life and death.
There is no Kabbalist closer to us who has helped us so much, of all who were before and after him. All the books that were written before him were only a preparation for its disclosure. Everything that was done after him is derived from his revelation. Therefore the Ari truly symbolizes the beginning of the era of salvation.
The Ari made the greatest revelation that was possible to make. He rose from within the exile and developed a new way for correction of the world, meaning he began the process of correction. The exile ended together with the Ari and the period of correction began.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/17/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam
The Torah, “Exodus” (VaYakhel) 35:20-35:21: The entire community departed from before Moses. Every man whose heart uplifted him came, and everyone whose spirit inspired him to generosity brought the offering of the Lord for the work of the Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.
We have nothing but the ego! We need to tear something off it and bring it to what we call “the collective pot.” This is of the common vessel (Kli), which we call the Temple or the Tabernacle. These are not corporeal figures but what we create between us. We create the center of the group where we put all of our yearnings, efforts, and desires that are above the ego. Everything that we collect together is the willingness of our heart, which we should do.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/10/13
Question: How can we help others with our intention?
Answer: Nothing can help a person other than a prayer for him. It is said, “A prisoner cannot release himself from prison.” One cannot help oneself in spiritual attainment in any way; one can only help oneself in corporeality. And in spirituality, only others can help me.
Everything that I want to attain in spirituality, from zero to infinity, is possible only on condition that others will want to give this to me, will help me to get this, and will fulfill me. How can I make them help me? They will help me if I will make efforts to help them.
So we must think only about being included in the desires of the other and the correction of the other. Only in this way can I obligate the system to take care of me, and this desire will no longer be an egoistic desire.
I must gather and collect the desires from everyone because this work is called Yesod. My vessel is the desires of the other that I intend to fulfill, and I perceive them as closer than my own desires. I work on the desires, but because they initially seemed foreign to me, those of the other, they are called intentions.
What is the difference between intention and desire? The desire belongs to me; within me I feel a desire for me to enjoy myself. I don’t feel the desire of the other and so work on the desire of the other is called intention. It turns out that I am always working on intentions! This means that if I reduce my desire, penetrate the desire of the other, and work with his desire by placing his desire above my desire, it means that I am working with intentions.
In this manner I am building the head (Rosh) of the spiritual Partzuf. Instead of my desire, I take the desire of the other and work with it like my desire. And this is called working with an intention.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/24/14
Question: How can we hold on to the feeling of the morning lesson all day long? I leave the lesson and shortly afterward I notice that I am a completely different person. Why can’t I keep relating to everything that happens in the morning lesson?
Answer: The first reason is the lack of connection between you. The group lacks the general force that unites everyone and can provide support and the right infrastructure for everyone.
A person who leaves the group and engages in his business has to feel that he is connected to the group by a cord. He has to feel that the friends think about him and that he thinks about them because they have committed to support him and he has committed to support them. This is the beginning of the connection in the group, a union that later turns into mutual guarantee, and we have to make sure that it is so.
Why can’t you feel that you are in the group all day long? It is like wearing certain clothes before going out. You should dress in the group and go out! You have to do it, because without it you have no chance of succeeding. If you don’t dress in the group, the day will go by idly.
Let’s sign an agreement between us, and you will sign it and think about us. Let’s see how it will compel you. If you stop thinking about us, you will be causing great harm to yourself and to us, so you will be afraid, fearful, and worried as to how you can hold on to these thoughts. It is easy to tie one’s hands and feet, but how can you tie your thoughts to the group so that they will stick to the group?
How can I control my thoughts? After all, it is clear that you will forget! How can I make this thought obsessive? How can I keep myself from becoming someone else the moment I leave the group and go into the outside world?
There is no way you can remain connected to the group if the group doesn’t provide you with the power to do so. So you must come to the group and say: “Friends, I am ready to do anything that you ask, I am ready to pay you, to serve you, just help me not forget about you please!” Start asking for this!I promise you that the day you begin to worry about the friends, you will feel that you enter the group.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/24/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam