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We are the first generation (which is also the “last generation of the egoistic world”) that must realize the wisdom of Kabbalah and make a leap into the spiritual world. If all of the hundreds of thousands of people (or, possibly several million) who study Kabbalah around the world unify, we will definitely reach the power that will allow us to break through the border between the spiritual and corporeal world, which is called the Machsom, and attain love.
Baal HaSulam “Preface to the Last Generation”: There is a fable telling about a group of people who got lost in the desert and were suffering from hunger and thirst. One of them found an abode filled with abundance and remembered his unfortunate comrades. However, he has gone so far from them that didn’t know where they were. What did he do? He started to shout loudly and blow his horn so that perhaps his poor friends would hear his calling, come to him, and also enter this abundant temple.
We are facing the same predicament: We are lost in a frightening desert with all mankind, and we finally found a big treasure filled with riches. They are Kabbalistic texts…
And now, gentlemen, here, in the treasure chest you see before you, there lies a book where all wisdom regarding a state is explained, along with all possible paths of an individual and a society that get realized in the future.
Open these books, and you shall find there all the correct arrangements of life that will be revealed in the end of days, which will give you a good lesson in how to put everything in order today.
Although Kabbalah is regarded as science and wisdom and seems to be hidden, exalted, mysterious, and possibly even frightening (however, in recent years, these myths about Kabbalah have been dissipating), we must understand that it all speaks about unity between us. If people unify, they will begin to experience here and now through greater internal mutual connection this stream of energy flowing between them.
We are already in it, as if in the fog, but don’t feel our authentic, true condition. We need to disperse this fog, come back to consciousness, and then we will find ourselves in the world full of Light and start living eternal and complete life.
We will see all the worlds and feel that we are not only above everything that occurs in this material world, but will receive new consciousness and perception. We are yet to accomplish this, and everything depends on how much effort we will make to dive deeper and feel the bond between us.
From the World Kabbalah Congress 2010 11/9/10, Lesson 1
The wisdom of Kabbalah tells us that people can fulfill themselves only by passing the pleasure on to others. The problem is that people want to receive the pleasure by keeping it within himself.
However, if the pleasure was to transfer from him to someone else, and so on, and in this way spreads among everyone, it would become a never-ending flow! In addition, then you will not only experience life during these brief moments when pleasure fills you but also when it immediately disappears and leaves you empty.
So, if we would be able to connect between us into a common, endless system, when the flow of pleasure will flow constantly through us, like through the cells of our common “body,” then we would perceive the eternal life in absolute goodness that comes from everyone.
So, what is the absolute goodness? It is the continuous, never-ending, infinite pleasure!
When you connect with others this way, and pleasure, Light, and the perception of life flow through you, you give life to the entire system, like cells in a physical organism pass the essentials to one another, and thus they guarantee the existence of the organism. However, besides the animal life of our body, the realization of the human level appears in this system. This is because every one of the cells not only passes the life energy to one another, but also the desires and the thoughts.
Pleasure by itself is something abstract like electricity, which can be used according to ones’ needs: heating, cooling, creating pressure or a vacuum, and so on. In addition, when pleasure flows between everyone in an endless system like this, then everyone fills themselves with the things that they want, the things they strive for.
However, besides the sensation of an eternal and perfect life, perception of the life of the entire system appears in this system, a perception of the Creator, His level, and His plan. This is similar to the way our body, as a result of its biological function, creates the conditions for us to feel human, which is a level higher than the body itself, the animalistic level.
From the Lecture on the Topic: “My First Convention”11/2/10
But then the second stage feels that this did not make it similar to the root. It may not be receiving anything, but it’s not bestowing either!
It only got worse because before I was attached to the Creator like an infant and I did everything that He wanted. I enjoyed infinitely, and even though I did it for my own sake, the Upper One was receiving pleasure from this!
Now, I supposedly got bigger and I do not want to receive from Him, but it turns out that I am not giving Him anything to enjoy, even the way an infant does, because He receives pleasure when I receive from Him.
So what have I done? I have gone even further away from Him! (And this is why the second stage is considered to be a stronger desire than the first stage, even though it does not receive anything.) It is as if I were neglecting Him…
An infant is closer to the mother than a grown child who feels independent and does not want to receive anything from her.
Then the second stage, Bina, decides that if it were to receive the Light from the Creator, He would really enjoy it; this is how we get ZAT de Bina.
The execution of this decision takes place in the third stage, in Zeir Anpin, who receives the Light for the sake of bestowal due to the strength of Bina. In other words, the upper determines this decision (Therefore it is considered that the head of Zeir Anpin is in Bina – ZAT de-Bina).
And then the fourth stage Malchut comes and sees how much pleasure there is… I am Zeir Anpin, who receives for the sake of bestowal, when I perceive the Creator and feel that I am just like Him!
I want to enjoy it both: the fulfillment that I am receiving and the equivalence with Him! I want to enjoy all the pleasures that exist in the Creator; this is called the fourth stage of development, Malchut.
A restriction (Tzimtzum Aleph) is done over this fourth stage, and we no longer receive fulfillment egoistically.
And then second restriction (Tzimtzum Bet) takes place, from ZAT de Bina to Malchut. Malchut penetrates all these desires and says: “Do not even think about reception! It is impossible to receive anything, you will not be able to!”
The fourth stage of desire penetrates the third and the second stages, and now there is a sensation in both Zeir Anpin and ZAT de Bina that any contact with reception of Light will be egoistic.
Previously, there was no feeling that the desire to receive pleasure is so opposite to the Light! But now it is there. But still this prohibition only exists because of Malchut and not because of Zeir Anpin, and especially not because of Bina.
After all, Zeir Anpin is planning on bestowing, but the question is: in which desires is he planning on doing it? Is it in the desires that he had before the fourth stage appeared or is he now planning on receiving for the sake of bestowal in the fourth stage, in Malchut?
And this confusion consequently leads to the breaking, when they were not able to understand why this is impossible. After all, if we are planning on receiving the Light for the sake of bestowal, like in the third stage of Direct Light, then this is an altruistic action.
But it turns out that the fourth stage has already penetrated these desires, and once you get to feel what Malchut is—pleasure from being equal to the Creator—you no longer can refuse it, you desire the taste. You have the fourth stage within you, and you cannot receive for the sake of bestowal!
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/25/10, Writings of Baal HaSulam
Question: What should a person do if he tries to participate in everything, but he can’t always be with the group physically?
Answer: If a person wants to be with the group but cannot do so, it isn’t his fault.
Suppose I was called to serve in the army while the group is holding a convention. There is nothing I can do about that.
When another force dominates me, which of course, is also arranged by the Creator, I cannot do anything about it, I will obey. The upper providence operates on me this way, against me.
If I obey it, I don’t lose anything if I don’t participate in the convention. But this is true only if I really have done everything to be there, but because of the circumstances I cannot, because the Creator surrounds me on all sides.
At the same time, a person has to say: “I don’t accept this, but I will still be connected to the friends as much as I can. I submit to the circumstances that You have put me in, which means that being in this state is the best thing for me.”
We must agree with the Creator! But only after very serious clarification, and not by looking for different excuses to justify myself.
From the Convention In Sochi 8/25/14, Lesson 2
Answer: There is no logical answer here because the Upper Light performs all the changes in you. Just as now you don’t love the friend, you will begin to love him under the influence of the Upper Light.
We have to ask for that. You have many questions for which there is only one answer: the Upper Light and its effect. This is the whole method: “I have created the evil inclination; I have created the Torah as a spice,” in order to correct the evil inclination.
The Torah is called Light, which fills all of creation each time you can produce the amount of Light that you think is essential for the revealed correction of your ego. There is nothing but that. There is no other remedy but the Upper Light.
When I speak about the effect of the Upper Light, I mean that as a result of our efforts, our intensive search, and the different events we go through, we suddenly begin to feel mutually, we begin to feel that the Light is near. You receive feelings that you never had before and thus you feel that it is the result of the influence of the Upper Light.
From the Convention In Sochi 8/25/14, Lesson 2
Question: In what way can unity and connection, about which you are always talking to the people of Israel, protect us from the enemies? In what way will it be different from every other unity if there is also unity among the people of Hamas?
Answer: The power of unity in Hamas is as in the Mafia that bands together for a common goal, a struggle with a common enemy, to jointly strike and kill it, to steal from it. This is an egoistic and limited power.
Here the second force is not present, only the ego is at work, but it becomes more uncompromising and unlimited. In this way a powerful and harmful unity is created.
Question: Who does it harm?
Answer: It harms everyone because it is evil in its nature.
But if the people of Israel connect with the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah, then it will generate the power of connection and unity from nature that is hidden within it. So it is impossible to get along here without the wisdom of Kabbalah.
This power is instinctively found in the still, vegetative and animate nature. Without it, the atoms, the molecules, living organisms, and the human body would not evolve.
But among us humans in human society, this power of connection doesn’t work. Therefore, all of humanity is searching for it. The example of this is the failed European union. They have not succeeded in creating a united Europe.
Everything is beginning to break down again on the threshold of World War III. In such conditions, anti-Semitism has grown more and more because the Jews have the key to connection; it is possible to attain unity with the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah.
The difference is in this, that we generate the power of connection and unity from nature, not through expanding our ego. This is not a unity of egoists who bring one big egoism; rather, it is something else entirely. We are united to discover the power of love among us. This power doesn’t harm anyone; it is not directed against someone. On the contrary, it wants to bring good to the entire world.
If we are searching for this power, then we find it, just as Abraham found it for his group of students that were gathered by him from among the Babylonians and became the people of Israel. In this manner, the same “collection of refugees” that we have today in our nation will become the people of Israel.
There is unifying force, which is directed against the rest of the world when some group wants to take control of the world: for example, to establish Islam everywhere. This force is harmful to everyone who is not part of this criminal alliance. And there is a positive unifying force power that is for the good of the world. After all, we want to find this power and transfer it for the benefit of all of humanity.
Question: Why do you think that the positive power of unity that we are creating in Israel can be victorious over the negative power of unity that links the entire Islamic world?
Answer: The power of unity that we are generating from our connection with the help of the method of Kabbalah is the higher power. Through it, we rise to the next level, which is above our earthly life. Plus and minus, egoism and love, balance each other, and within their relationship we feel a new life, a spiritual life.
In this way we acquire an immense spiritual force that is incomparable in its intensity to the egoistic force of our enemies.
Question: There is no spiritual force in their unity?
Answer: That is a power of hatred towards everything else. There cannot be anything spiritual in it.
From Kab TV’s “A New Life” 8/27/14
The Torah, “Leviticus” (Acharei), 16:1-16:2: And the Lord spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons, when they drew near before the Lord, and they died. And the Lord said to Moses: “Speak to your brother Aaron, that he should not come at all times into the Holy, within the dividing curtain, in front of the cover that is upon the ark, so that he should not die, for I appear over the ark cover in a cloud.”
“When they drew near before the Lord, and they died” means that their attributes and actions were equal to the level of the Creator, and when they saw that they could not use them, they annulled them.
“That he should not come at all times into the Holy” means that not at any state. Time is a state; in spirituality there is no time. There are no heavenly bodies, like in the corporeal world, that determine day and night and years. Therefore, this expression refers to the fact that one can get close to the Creator only when he is in an accurate equivalence of form with Him.
Question: What is the meaning of “curtain” and the “cloud?”
Answer: The ark itself is the attribute of Bina that is total bestowal. Above it, there is only the attribute of love. The appearance of the Creator takes place in the attribute of bestowal. It creates the attribute of concealment by itself since, if I want to bestow, it means that I don’t want to receive anything, not even the outcome of my actions.
Thus, if I really work in order to bestow, it makes no difference what I receive for my bestowal. I only want to bestow, without getting anything in return.
In the end it turns out that nothing remains but to work in concealment. When I conceal myself, the Creator comes close to me. If I discover my attributes by wanting to receive something as a result, He draws away from me. Everything is exactly according to the formula of equivalence of form. He is complete bestowal and I am complete reception. To the extent that I can establish the attribute of bestowal inside me as well, we get closer.
So, getting close to the screen (Masach) that conceals everything is possible only when you constantly establish the attribute of bestowal inside you and become more and more similar to the general attribute of love and bestowal, to the Creator. Therefore, it is written, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” which is equal to the concept “I am the Creator, HaVaYaH.”
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/6/14
Question: What can I do if the fear of losing my individuality doesn’t allow me to connect and unite with the friends?
Answer: Individuality is a natural state of the ego. All of its existence, all of its power, is in this.
However, when I am involved with spiritual work, I don’t lose my individuality. On the contrary, I multiply it by the intensity of the group with which I am connected. This is because I discover myself by way of the group. I take from the group, dissolving into it.
The idea is that the desire to receive doesn’t disappear anywhere. It is elevated all the time, and I only correct it for the right usage. It grows and grows all the time, as it is written, “Everyone who is greater than his friend, his inclination is greater” (Talmud Babyli, Sukkah 52a).
So, the wisdom of Kabbalah is called the method of reception. I work with the same ego only this time it is a naked desire that is not designed for egoistic usage. So, I don’t nullify myself but only the ego, the intention to receive for myself, and the desire itself remains. I begin to use it correctly. I understand that I could not use it at all before this.
Think about how much can we use our ego in regard to the world? Suppose that I want people to disappear and the world to exist only for me. I want the sun to shine only from six until seven in the morning, and after that it would be evening all the time because I love the evening, it’s quiet and tranquil. What an ego.
So, to what degree can I fully use the ego in my life? A tiny fraction, one billionth of a percent. I don’t know how much and what I can change egoistically. In fact, it is nothing.
However, here, I have been given an unlimited possibility of using those desires, not in an egoistic style, but in an altruistic style with its full intensity plus the intensity of all of humanity, something that multiplies my desire many times, and so I become equal to the Creator because, in relation to me, all of humanity is the intensity of the Creator.
From the Convention In Sochi 8/25/14, Lesson 2
Writings of Baal HaSulam “Igrot,” Letter 5
Writings of Baal HaSulam “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 105
Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Love for the Creator & Love for the Created Beings,” “And to Cleave Onto Him”