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Question: Upon returning from Sochi there is the fear of adhering to the friends who weren’t there so as not to catch viruses of the external world from them. How can we overcome this distance and not feel elated about being in Sochi while they weren’t?
Answer: When I look at everyone with an external perspective, I see that the Sochi group is much higher, more united and enlightened than the friends who were not here.
Of course, I cannot adhere to them after Sochi. On the other hand, the Creator has given me this state! He depicts this picture for me. But in fact I have to look at the group like Rabbi Yossi Ben Kisma who, as a great Kabbalist, saw the future state of his students who were still mediocre.
The future is actually constant, which means that you can see that the whole world is corrected even now. All these states exist in the spiritual world! They are simply portrayed to us in a certain order according to our ability to perceive them. Therefore it is said: “They have eyes but they cannot see, they have ears but they cannot hear.”
I will try to look at the group before me as a higher group than the one in Sochi, since in Sochi I saw an advanced group according to my attributes, while here, I see a group that is not corrected according to the same attributes.
One judges according to his own flaws and so I have to make an effort to see them as greater than the ones in Sochi, and to adhere to them with my soul, to the same state that I reveal in them as a higher state.
Then a new opportunity will open up for me, but it will already be the next higher level, when I correct all the ego that I see in my friends through my attitude towards them. I don’t see this ego; I already see it as corrected.
From the Convention In Sochi 8/25/14, Lesson 2
Question: It is written in the Torah: “Thus, shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness, that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile My tabernacle that is in the midst of them.” What is the meaning of “My tabernacle that is in the midst of them?”
Answer: The expression “and I shall dwell among them” repeats several times in the Torah, and about the Temple it says “My tabernacle.” Why is that? It is because the corrected desire that is created by us is the Creator’s tabernacle, the vessel which we correct and which He fills with His Light.”
This is His home since the Creator is inside the filling of the corrected desires, and so it is by them that we discover Him. We find the Creator in our desires, in our yearning for connection with others according to the principle of love thy neighbor as thyself.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/5/14
Answer: In cases where you don’t know how to behave and you have no clear discernment about how to act, and even in those cases where you seem to know how to behave, you must consult with other friends. You are part of a large collective and you don’t have the right to act and behave on your own, as your mind or heart tells you.
You are a small cog in a large machine, and you must realize that according to this general mechanism, you alone cannot insert new relationships into the work. It is impossible for a person to act according to the principle, “That is what I decided, that is what I suppose, and that is what I will do.” In such a case, we will remove you from our machine. Even though our mechanism will become smaller, it will work in partnership.
From the Convention In Sochi 8/25/14, lesson 2
Answer: Hastening development depends only upon the intensity of the correcting Light, the Light that Reforms. And its intensity also depends on the quantity and quality of the demand for Light.
So you must coordinate your common intentions, common decisions, the yearning, the desires, and shared demands in such a form that among you, there will be no internal gaps.
As a result of the morning workshop, you must reach a united intention for the whole day, and after that, hold onto it throughout the day so that when you look at each other you will feel that everyone is in this. Just the way a dog feels the mood of its owner is how you must feel about the movements of your friend, his behavior, and his drive.
From the Convention In Sochi 8/25/14, lesson 2
Answer: We must have two “coverings,” which we must always be concerned about guarding.
There is my external covering. Before everyone I perform like a theatrical actor. Everything that I display to my co-workers, neighbors, and even my family is all external. And inside is my own self. This is my “Sochi,” my friends, my spirituality, my true life.
When you are in your Sochi, you can allow yourselves to be temporarily composed of one part with which you come in contact with everyone and make yourselves a single Adam (man). And after that, when you disperse, when you go out to the external world, you must immediately clothe yourselves with your “outer shirt.”
It is precisely in the opposition between these two states, these two bodies, in one person where one grows.
Comment: So then when a person returns from Sochi he will sit at home longing and suffering.
Answer: We can use the coming convention in Saint Petersburg. We need to gather everyone into a single whole. Why do we think that people are longing and falling? There are no descents! There is only ascent now, and that is all: rant and rave! What has already been, already was. They descended; so they descended. This was because the external environment influenced everyone. But now it is necessary to very quickly cheer up and begin to work.
We can use this immense power! People are ready to unite, and they understand you! So you must begin to connect and unite them, to prepare them and draw them to the convention.
From the Convention In Sochi 8/25/14, lesson 2
The Torah, “Leviticus,” 15:31-33: Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile My tabernacle that is in the midst of them. This is the law of him that hath an issue, and of him from whom the flow of seed goeth out, so that he is unclean thereby; and of her that is sick with her impurity, and of them that have an issue, whether it be a man, or a woman; and of him that lieth with her that is unclean.
These laws must be observed since otherwise you may be infected by the impure desires. It isn’t that they exist in you or that you haven’t discovered them, but as long as you use them, you spread this infection inside you, and then it is more difficult to examine the next desires and to distinguish between the pure desires and the impure ones, which means those that are aimed at the benefit of others and those that are aimed at your own benefit and at harming others. Therefore, we should accurately differentiate our desires, separate and correct them, and use them in order to ascend. If a person doesn’t do it properly, he will not be able to ascend spiritually.
All the actions that are described in the Torah and on which levels you perform them are accordingly essential. They are general, since they reoccur on every level but in a slightly different format: narrower, more internal, more refined.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/05/14
The Jewish people have existed for 4000 years. They emerged from ancient Babylon thanks to Abraham who gathered around him chosen from all of the Babylonians. After that, this group underwent the Egyptian exile, the wandering in the wilderness, the events at Mount Sinai, and returned to the land of Israel and built the first and second Temples.
In the first two thousand years, from the exit of Babylon until the destruction of the second Temple, we lived as a spiritual people according to the laws of “Love your neighbor as yourself,” in mutual guarantee and in unity, like one big family. This is the form in which the people of Israel must live. Only in this form can it exist in security, and nobody can enslave it.
“Love for Israel” is not an abstract concept. Rather it indicates that each one loves his people and is linked with it. But the loss of this power of unity between us was symbolized by the destruction of the Temple. We fell from brotherly love to unfounded hatred towards each other, and so we were thrown out of this land into exile for 2,000 years.
In the last two thousand years we have not been a people. After all, the people of Israel are the same Babylonians who connected on the basis of the teachings of Abraham, meaning the law of brotherly love, unity, and connection. So today we are not a people. I very much hope that the latest war will finally force us to understand that only the return to “love of Israel,” that is, “Love your neighbor as yourself” will return us to the corrected state.
And without this, we cannot exist. Meanwhile our nation exists in such a form that is not appropriate for it, that we seemingly think is right. But this is only a temporary reprieve that was given to us from above for a particular time so that we would build ourselves as a people and return to brotherly love.
In the latest campaign, “Protective Edge” in August 2014, we saw that the people are beginning to understand it is necessary to unite and to be afraid of losing the unity that was attained at the end of the military operation.
This time a change is happening among the people. A unique inner impression has remained that specifically this unity is vital to us. So today I have hope that we will not let this spark that has been ignited in us to go out. The nation returns to daily life, each one to his personal problems. But even if this is so, we haven’t lost this yearning to unite that was born in us during the war. So we can approach the concept of the “people of Israel.”
If we begin to approach each other, then we will truly create a protective dome above us and attain the secure existence of the people of Israel in the land of Israel. Everything depends only on our connection between us. This is because we are a people created from a group that was gathered from representatives of all of the Babylonians on the basis of unification and love.
Specifically thanks to this message, they followed Abraham. So if today we can be, at least in some way, similar to that spiritual group that existed 4,000 years ago, we will merit a completely good, secure, and stable life in this land.
We feel that lately the whole world has begun to relate to Israel in a very hostile way : All nations without exception. This is simply a plague that has spread everywhere. It will stop only if the people of Israel will unite and show the whole world a new form of life, a new people, a new nation, that exists on the basis of the unification of all of its citizens, instead of existing for the sake of its ego with constant competition and hostility.
The world expects a good example from us and is not getting it. And so it blames the Jewish people for all of its problems. Blame directed towards Israel is acknowledgment of their dependence upon it. The nations of the world understand that their lives depend upon Israel that has not carried out its role, its mission. The world is waiting for the people of Israel to become an example of new relationships between people and the good life.
From Kab TV’s “A New Life” 8/27/14
From the book: The Essential Secret of the Jews, M. Brushtein.
How The Earth Was Cooling Down
As we can see, the characteristic of matter is to unite. It bonds at the earliest opportunity and even in spite of possibilities. For example, contrary to the physicist Ludwig Boltzmann. (Ludwig Boltzmann (1844-1906), an Austrian physicist, one of the founders of molecular-kinetic theory and statistical physics):
“All natural processes are lead to an increase in disorder, or entropy.” (“Sinergetika: Lectures for Biologists”).
As we know, as a result of processes that began after the Big Bang, there emerged an array of different objects, including our native land. It’s interesting, how this planetary process happened.
“The major hypothesis of the origin of the Earth can be reduced to the hypotheses of the “hot” formation that suggests a relationship of the matter of the planet and the sun and similarity of their development (Laplace, Fesenko, Hoyle) and the “cold” origin by accumulating particles, captured by the gravitational field of the Sun (Schmidt).” (Academic Dictionary).
Apparently, the theme of the origin of the Earth is still in development. In any case, it is difficult to imagine that anyone will ever be able to say with certainty how it happened, since we are talking about events that happened billions of years ago.
Meanwhile, Kabbalists, although unclear on what basis, believe that time is not a hindrance and describe those primordial times in detail:
“Let us take planet Earth as an example: first, it was but a ball of fog-like gas. Through the gravity inside it, it concentrated the atoms in it, over a period of time, into a closer circle. As a result, the ball of gas was turned into a liquid ball of fire.
“Over eons of terrible wars between the two forces in Earth, the positive and the negative, the chilling force in it was finally triumphant over the force of liquid fire, and cooled a thin crust around the Earth and hardened there.
“However, the planet had not yet grown still from the war between the forces, and after some time the liquid force of fire overpowered and erupted in a great noise from the bowels of the Earth, rising and shattering the cold hard crust to pieces, turning the planet into a liquid ball of fire once again. Then an era of new wars began until the cool force overpowered the force of fire once more, and a second crust was chilled around the ball, harder, thicker and more durable against the outbreak of the fluids from amidst the ball.
“This time it lasted longer, but at last, the liquid forces overpowered once again and erupted from the bowels of the Earth, breaking the crust in pieces. Once more, everything was ruined and became a liquid ball.
“Thus, the eons interchanged, and every time the cooling force was victorious, the crust it made was thicker. Finally, the positive forces overpowered the negative forces and they came into complete harmony: The liquids took their place in the abdomen of the Earth, and the cold crust became thick enough around them to enable the creation of organic life as it is today.
“All organic bodies develop by the same order. From the moment they are planted to the end of the ripening, they undergo several hundred situations due to the two forces, the positive and the negative, and their war against each other, as described regarding the Earth. These wars yield the ripening of the fruit.” (Baal HaSulam “The Solution”).
How can we relate to this description? As you wish. In my opinion, the description is quite interesting and imaginative. And who knows whether it was so or not.
Shamati #138 “About Fear that Sometimes Comes Upon a Person”
Writings of Rabash “Dargot HaSulam,” Article 31
The Book of Zohar — Introduction: “The Third Commandment,” Item 204
Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 3, Part 9, “Histaklut Pnimit,” Item 13
Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of Religion and Its Purpose”