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In the News (from the Jerusalem Post): “Executive director of the Kings Bay Y in Brooklyn, was attacked by a pro-Palestinian protester following the exhibition basketball game between the NBA’s Nets and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
“Petlakh said he required eight stitches and his nose was broken after being punched on Wednesday while exiting the Barclays Center arena following the Nets’ 111-94 victory.
“Fans verbally sparred inside the arena as the game was ending when pro-Palestinian protesters began shouting slogans and a pro-Israel fan grabbed a Palestinian flag from one of the protesters, according to Petlakh.
“As the crowds spilled out of the arena and onto the street, one of the protesters took a swing at Petlakh, who was with his 14 and 10-year-old sons. The assailant ran away and Petlakh sought medical care. He reported the incident to the police, who are investigating the attack as a hate crime.”
My Comment: I can only say one thing and that is that one hundred years later history repeats itself. Before WWII, Baal HaSulam warned of impending tragedy and offered the only means: uniting the Jewish people for the revelation of the Creator and attracting the whole of humanity to this action.
We lack only one thing, which is a need, in every state, to reveal that “There is none else besides the Creator.” At first, this statement is completely abstract because I only read about it in a book.
But later, it becomes closer and closer to me and I see that “There is none else besides Him” in everything that happens around me, in all the people I meet and in all events. The Creator is concealed behind all of that, Him and no one else.
“There is none else besides Him” in my thoughts means that it is He who put these thoughts into me, and I am only sensing them. And when it comes to how I perceive and react to these thoughts, here too “There is none else besides Him.”
Do I make the decision about how to react? Is there anything in my reaction that is from my own self, or is there only “None else besides Him?” By delving into these questions deeper and deeper, I come to adherence with Him.
If there is actually “None else besides Him” in any state, any place, any thought, or in any of my supposed decisions or actions, it means that everything is determined by the Creator. In essence, I am simply discovering that He decides everything, and I only have one point from which I can establish that everywhere, in everything, the Creator is the one operating. This is how I reveal that I am completely adhered to Him.
Striving to constantly hold on to “None Else Besides Him” and to discover the Creator in each of our thoughts and desires, in heart and mind, brings us to adhesion with the Creator. Nothing more is required of us, this is the most important. We simply need to train ourselves to this attitude in all of our daily life.
How should one work with concealment, with the fact that there is me, there is the upper force, and concealment between us? How should I relate to this concealment?
In essence, concealment stems from my own desires that are intended for revealing the Creator. If they were not meant for revealing the Creator, then I would not sense concealment within them. Generally, I would not even feel them as relating to the Creator.
There are a great many desires, which at the moment, lay dormant inside of me, without manifesting themselves in any way. But in those desires where I consciously feel the Creator’s concealment, I have the possibility of revealing Him first and foremost, on the condition of working with them correctly. This concealment is the state that precedes revelation.
It follows that the main concealment occurs on the very principle of “None else besides Him,” forcing me to attribute actions to myself or to others. Accordingly, I divide reality into my own self and the world around me.
However, if I attributed all the actions that are in my mind, reason, and the surrounding still, vegetative, animate, and human world to the Creator, then I would feel the corrected Shechina (divinity). Only the point from which I see that everything is done by the Creator is called the point of restriction, the point of my “I.”
Without this point, there is no creature, but everything else, except it, belongs to the Creator. And if inside of me I see “None else besides Him,” and all around me “None else besides Him,” then I reveal that indeed “There is none else besides Him.” It is not difficult at all. We simply need to strengthen each other in this intention. If you agree, then let’s sign the contract of mutual guarantee. There is no need for anything else.
This principle of “There is none else besides Him” is the only thing that you need to implement. We perform many actions in this world, but all of that is simply in order to help us hold on in this intention of “None else besides Him” through any activity. There is nothing else that we need to do besides that.
From the Workshop on 10/6/2014
Answer: Kiss this state the way one kisses the stick that hits him.
In fact, it is a wonderful revelation, but a person perceives it like an unpleasant state since, with it, you fall into a silent, dull despair.
Moreover, the concept of the Creator is somehow blurred. You seem to hear what is said about Him, but do not feel anything. Right now, it is some abstract notion to you, not properties and forces. You cannot attach Him to anything because the Pharaoh (ego) fills your common heart.
Nevertheless, there is a small point from which you determine that you are under the influence of Pharaoh, and this actually is the very state of despair from which, seemingly, there is no way out. It is better to forget, erase everything, press some button inside yourself, and end up in a land far, far away.
Such states will keep taking hold of you over and over. This continues beyond the exodus from Egypt because you need to attach all these egoistic desires to yourself during the forty years of wandering in the desert and the ascent to Bina, and in conquering the land of Israel, which is the work with the vessels (Kelim) of reception. You will always have these descents, and each time they will be deeper and deeper.
What can we do? In such cases we immediately begin to read from our sources. If possible, one should immediately run to the group. It is the most effective thing possible. One can engage in any form of dissemination, but the best of all is physical contact. If you are alone and there are no other options, then try to listen or read, but do it very clearly and intensely. We need to plow our egoism.
From the Convention In St. Petersburg “Day Two” 9/20/14, lesson 3
Answer: By being among us and taking part in the holiday lessons, activities, and meals, one can sense this taste a little bit. However, in order to experience the true feeling of this holiday, an enormous preparation is required. As it is written, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
One can taste, see, and feel the upper Light, or the Creator, the overall force of all of Creation only after the work of preparation in which a person forms a special, altruistic organ of perception within himself.
To perceive any natural phenomenon, a specialized suitable instrument, a detector, is required. The Creator is a force of love and bestowal. If, inside of me, there also would be even a little bit of bestowal and love for my neighbor, then I would be able to feel the Creator and to reveal Him.
However, if there is no love within me, it means that the Creator is concealed. It isn’t Him concealing Himself from me, but I conceal myself from Him since, as it is written, “The whole earth is full of His glory.” This force fills all of reality, except for me. I do not have the power of love and bestowal, and therefore I am unable to feel that such a force exists around me.
I am like a radio receiver that does not have the required wavelength range, and therefore I cannot catch His wave and do not know whether He exists or not. For me, it is as if He does not exist.
This is what the entire work of changing oneself and correcting one’s attitude toward others is dedicated to, and with it I tune myself like a radio receiver to the Creator’s wavelength, the wave of love and bestowal.
This is why the wisdom of Kabbalah has this name. It is the science of receiving (Kabbalah), receiving the Creator’s signal. A person cannot reach this instantaneously. He needs to study in order to first feel what properties he has right now and what he needs to change in himself in order to reach the state of revelation.
The correct process is, as it is written, “From the love of the creatures to the love of the Creator.” We exist in the world full of rocks, plants, animals, and people so that we can exercise our correct attitude to them so as to develop inside oneself the sensitivity to that wavelength on which connection with the Creator is realized.
Question: Why is it that, during a holiday, a special feeling appears and is experienced by many people?
Answer: During the holiday, there is a small, general light, spreading between everyone. It happens because many people are awaiting the holiday. Their desire acts in the world and generates this illumination. However, it is still very far from the action of the upper Light that Kabbalah is talking about.
From KabTv’s: “New Life” 10/2/14
Question: What does it mean to be Moses with respect to the friends in the ten?
Answer: Moses (Moshe in Hebrew) is the one common point of the entire ten. You collect your points together and feel as one single point. This is your Moses which draws you out of egoism. The concept of Moshiach, that is, one who draws, pulls out, comes from the verb “Lishmoh,” to pull, to draw out.
Question: If one of the friends is in a descent, does it mean that the others are Moese for him?
Answer: They pull him out, yes. But this action is not called Moses.
Moses is specifically the sum of all aspirations of the points in the heart aimed at attaining the Creator. In other words, they are aimed so the property of bestowal and love will start to develop inside this point. But it is merely a point, and only to the extent that you begin to attach egoism to yourself, like AHP to Galgalta ve Eynaim, will you begin to grow.
From the Convention In St. Petersburg “Day Two” 9/20/14, lesson 3
In the News (from Vzglyad): “International Labor Organization of the UN supports the transition to a four-day work week.”
My Comment: If it were possible to convert the whole world to the minimal work week while providing people with all necessities for a normal existence and occupying their free time with studies of Integral Education and Upbringing, we would immediately experience total harmony, tranquility, health, and peace.
But the shortening of the work week currently takes place randomly without realizing natural trends, and so, humanity will learn from its own mistakes.
Question: A strange feeling of pride for the group of ten is appearing within me. Previously, I thought that I was better than anyone. And now something appears in me that has made it possible for me to feel this group of ten. This amazed me. What is this?
Answer: We begin to feel that the group of ten is like a body in which we truly feel the upper world, specifically within it a new life is revealed, new characteristics and connections that will be called the world of Infinity.
Everything is latent within the group of ten in its structure within its revealed characteristics. We don’t need to run to some place and look for something somewhere anymore. Everything is only within it! Within it are found good and evil, we and the Creator. Within it we discover the whole world; through it we can see the world correctly. Everything is in the group of ten.
From the Convention In St. Petersburg “Day Two” 9/20/14, Lesson 3
Question: How can I transfer criticism that is directed to different parts of the world to love and care for these parts?
Answer: What criticism could be in relation to the world? The Creator does everything! Who can you criticize? People? They are all run by the Upper Light that works in them. Do they have any freewill? Do they control their own destiny?
Look at what is happening around us. Every day we hear news and watch the latest news. You can see what the Creator does to people to teach them to finally discern that nothing depends on them.
He wants to bring them to the realization of the evil of their own nature so that they would begin to understand that something must be done with this, that they are not in control of themselves, and they should turn to the upper source.
We cannot say whether any person in the world is good or bad. They are puppets controlled by the Light and have just a small animal desire, and a micro-dose of the Light in all Its metamorphoses directs them to perform various actions.
How can you blame or approve of them? There is not a single movement in a person that is not controlled by the Light, and only to the extent that he wishes to associate himself with the Light does he begin to feel that the Light controls him.
Our highest purpose is to try to acquire the properties that will allow us to predict the plan of the Creator and do our actions independently. They will be correct, corresponding to those that the Light wants to make them.
I will perform them as if going forward before the Light. However, still these actions will be fully consistent with the program of development for creation until its full correction.
From the Convention In St. Petersburg “Day One” 9/19/14, Lesson 2