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Psalms 143: Answer me speedily, O LORD, my spirit faileth; hide not Thy face from me; lest I become like them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear Thy loving kindness in the morning, for in Thee do I trust; cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for unto Thee have I lifted up my soul. Deliver me from mine enemies, O LORD; with Thee have I hidden myself. Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God; let Thy good spirit lead me in an even land. For Thy name’s sake, O LORD, quicken me; in Thy righteousness bring my soul out of trouble. And in Thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that harass my soul; for I am Thy servant.
Here we see that a person is on a level of faith above reason. Future redemption has to be achieved hastily, the way it happened on the corporeal branch of the spiritual root during the exodus from Egypt. The exodus is from a state where no one has no more hope of coming out of the current state, and suddenly it happens, as if at the most unsuitable moment!
Kabbalists have always concealed the connection between the wisdom of Kabbalah and the rule “love thy friend as thyself.” They didn’t want to tell ordinary people that everything depends on love, on connection, on dedication, and going out of myself towards others, on the perception of reality that is external to a person’s desire and above his ego. They understood that it would make people reject the wisdom of Kabbalah and the correction. An egoistic person cannot hear that he is obliged to work only in order to connect with others that he naturally disregards. A person thinks only of himself and cannot think about bestowal without any benefit for himself, which means that he cannot think about anyone unless he receives a reward for it.
If we speak to people about such love, they clearly will never come close to correction. So instead of the method of correction, Kabbalists instructed people to engage in certain corporeal actions for the time being, to keep the “commandments” that they have learned since childhood. A child is taught to behave this way from a very young age, so that he will grow and think that this is the Lord’s desire.
Therefore, there are always those who oppose the wisdom of Kabbalah. They understand that they will have to reach bestowal and love of others and achieve the connection between all the parts of the shattered soul in the future, but not now. There are no clear signs yet that the time has come on the part of the upper Providence, judging by the general state of the world and nation of Israel.
Indeed, it is only in the 20th century that we discover such signs, and the most important sign is that the Kabbalists are telling us that the time has come. But the closer we approach the revelation of the truth for everyone, the explanation of what the wisdom of Kabbalah really says and how it is actually fulfilled in practice through connection, the more repulsive people find it. It’s even hard for them to remember it. A person doesn’t instinctively yearn for connection. It isn’t the first thing he thinks about when he wakes up in the middle of the night or in the morning. So we are going to see how many people will join us and how many will fall along the way. It’s because an ordinary person doesn’t find this goal attractive.
Mysticism and abstruse theories use the knowledge of the wisdom of Kabbalah for foreseeing the future, for speaking about reincarnations, and about mysterious forces which attract the ordinary person, but the revelation of the Creator is the revelation of the attribute of bestowal. A person is ready for that if he is shown that there is some egoistic benefit in it, which means that he is ready to bestow in order to receive, but this must not be shown to a person until this occurs.
A person must not be told what brings the revelation of the upper force to the created beings. Baal HaSulam says: “Every individual in this world would cut off his hands and feet seven times a day in order to feel this taste one moment in his entire lifetime.” My translation: If a person were given this feeling, he would become addicted to it and would not be able to think about anything else anymore. So how will he be able to rise above reason and ever want to attain the attribute of bestowal? If he discovers the Light of Hochma first, the Light of Hassadim will not be able to correct him. There will be an even greater shattering than before. So three factors are required for a person’s correction:
The Light that Reforms can be individual and general. The individual Light always supports and takes care of the Reshimo and gradually advances it. The general Light is evoked thanks to the Reshimot that get closer as a result of people’s actions and corrects them since the Reshimot are also shattered.
So there are three factors: the Reshimo, the Surrounding Light, and our attempts to connect, which means the unity that can be attained only through the bodies in our fictitious world. This is how we work, and the main thing is not to worry about the difficult states that we go through, especially right before the revelation. We don’t understand what advances us and what doesn’t, what is closer to spirituality and what isn’t. Usually things seem the exact opposite from what our minds and hearts perceive.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/14/14
Answer: We feel the Light in Egypt. We realize that the darkness we feel is created by the Light and that it’s bestowal from Above. We are placed in total darkness that is called the darkness in Egypt.
The darkness in Egypt isn’t just darkness that an ordinary person feels. We feel that it’s dark in Egypt because we cannot reach bestowal and we are in chains under the domination of Pharaoh. This darkness is the posterior of the Light, and it’s the Light that makes us feel the darkness.
Everything is done by the Light. It either gives us a small illumination that makes us feel satisfied with our corporeal life or begins to shine more in its posterior making us feel that our life is becoming worse and worse on the corporeal level and also in the qualitative sense, meaning that we feel the deficiency to know what we are living for and why. All this is the influence of the posterior of the Light.
Thus we advance by the constant effect of the Light. All the changes in us are a result of its influence. It doesn’t change in quantity and remains more or less the same, but it does change in quality. According to these changes, I also go through different qualitative states and constantly change.
We cannot say that there is no Light in Egypt. There is Light! But it operates through its posterior.
When we are taught by the blows, it’s the same Light that operates, but we cannot understand, feel, or be impressed by the Light of love and bestowal since it will only spoil us like a spoiled child. A child only understands by punishments, and we have to teach him this way because he is under a foreign domination and we cannot take him out of there by simply treating him nicely.
When we receive blows, we don’t feel where they come from. But later, the pain is gradually conveyed to the mind.
Question: How can I constantly remember that it’s the Light that operates?
Answer: It depends on your efforts. If between the blows, when you are conscious you understand that you can properly act in the group, in the study, and dissemination, the Light that shines on you at a certain moment also illuminates the previous state when you were in the dark. Thus, being in one state, I learn about another state and reach the middle line.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/13/14, Writing of Rabash
Question: What does it mean to work like a partner with the Light?
Answer: It means that I summon the actions of the Light. In order to come out of Egypt, I have to feel that I am in an unbearable state, and at the same time I also have to know what the next state that I want to reach is.
The pain I feel in my current state cannot be real if I don’t know what I want instead. If something hurts, then I know that there is a state that is painless and which can even be pleasant compared to the point I feel now. This means that I lack states where there is no pain or states that are even pleasant.
“As the advantage of the Light from the darkness,” one is created by the other. If I am in Egypt I already have to feel a certain illumination from the life outside Egypt. So those who are in Egypt need to have a spiritual root that allows them to feel that they are in Egypt and to yearn to leave it.
Otherwise Egypt would seem like a wonderful place. It may not be so wonderful, but they may not yearn to leave it, as can be seen in the rest of humanity. A person needs to have a spiritual root so that he feels that he comes from the Light, that he is in an unbearable state now as he advances towards the Light, and that he must return to it. This mechanism has to operate in his subconscious, and it is called the root of the soul.
This root is found in the souls that belong to GE, or as a result of the mutual incorporation. Eventually, all of humanity will feel this way, but it will be revealed gradually.
Being in the state of Egypt doesn’t necessarily mean being close to the exodus. The exile in Egypt lasted 400 years, which means that it included many changes. The state we exit when we leave Egypt is a state we cannot bear any more. I know that if I stay here, I will die, and I am dying to reach the form of bestowal.
I want to be under the influence of the Light and cannot remain under the domination of my egoistic desire to receive any longer. These two discernments have to be felt simultaneously, and we ask the Light to create them in us.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/13/14, Writing of Rabash
Question: After the convention in Israel, egoism ripped us apart: We could not come to events, only five people were left from the entire group. Is it worthwhile to begin to disseminate in such conditions? How is it possible to strengthen the group and the inner work?
Answer: There are two levels of advancement. One of them is characterized by your attempts and efforts to do something with the understanding that all this is not you, that the hatred that flared up between you is truly senseless hatred and a result of the shattering of the soul.
The appearance of hatred is necessary in order to correct it and to reveal the Creator in the corrected and united state. And what is revealed in these harsh discoveries is indeed wonderful! You clearly see how much you disintegrate.
And if you begin to connect above this fragmentation, at least a little, then the condition for discovering the Creator will appear in you, which is revealed only where the breaking happened, and now the connection.
You must enter the common prayer, to a state where you turn to the Creator with a request. You are not ready to connect by yourselves. So you must ask for Him to gather and connect you.
Take an ordinary prayer book that everyone uses. The members of the Great Assembly, each one of whom was a great Kabbalist, arranged it about 2200 years ago. The Siddur (prayer book) comes from the word “Seder” (order). All of the texts cited in the prayer book are sequential requests of a person to the Creator so that the Creator will correct him in a group.
In principle, all of these are common prayers. Only about five percent are personal prayers. They are read in the morning, when a person wakes up and personally turns to the Creator, for he is still alone, there is no connection at all with anyone or anything, he only begins to recover gradually. That is how the text is structured.
And then he comes in contact with others if he leaves home and goes to a place of general gathering, for general prayer. Essentially he reaches a state where he begins to feel the others, the group, and reaches a general shared prayer. This general shared prayer is a request for connection.
All of our requests are derived from the collective vessel. In all of the prayers it is written: “We, we, we,” it never says “I,” except at the beginning of the prayers during the morning when one wakes up and seemingly warms himself up and recovers from sleep.
So the feeling of the breaking that passes over you needs to be in your consciousness as something very important and necessary, as something very right and good. In other words, the feeling of hatred, the inability not only to gather and to talk, but even to come to the group—“I will stay at home, I cannot be together with you!”—is feeling the shattered vessel, the shattered soul. And if you gather in spite of all your feelings and thoughts, then through rising above them, you make a correction in which the Creator is revealed. So what stands before you now is an absolutely clear action; what remains for you is to realize it.
You can try by yourselves. If it turns out, good, and if not, then invite some other group to come and be your guests. It’s worthwhile spending money to get together. They cannot get along between them and you cannot get along between you. Therefore gather together and begin to arrange workshops, discussions, make a shared meal, and sing some songs. Organize these yourselves without involving the central group; you can even not see our lessons for a few days to deal only with each other.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/28/14, Question and Answers with Dr. Laitman