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Convention Association, “Day Two,” Lesson 4
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The still, vegetative, and animate nature functions as intended. There’s no freewill. Plants and animals are limited in their ability to destroy the world and have no excessive demands.
They don’t need ten outfits; they don’t need food storage facilities, and they don’t need to exercise power over the forest or the jungle. Every animal has its natural boundaries, its own territory, and its own family.
But suddenly some “little tail” gets out from animal to human level. A person is different from other levels due to a developing negative force ready to destroy everything so only this force can feel good.
There isn’t any good force in a person, and there isn’t any impulse towards unity, everything is concentrated on a personal gain, personal success at the expense of others, even if it costs them their lives.
In nature, species eat each other only for food in order to sustain life. A person requires spiritual food; one is restless while others have something good. A person wants to be the only one who is all right.
One is consumed with envy, lust, vanity, hatred, lust for power, the power of negative individualistic force. It’s negative because it leads to mutual confrontation, which isn’t for the sake of sustenance, as it is with the animals.
Such force knows no limits. Everyone would want to leave a certain number of people and turn them into robots, completely under one’s control. “Otherwise, why do they exist if not for me? Let them fully obey and serve me, let them live only to praise and exalt me.”
It turns out, that at the highest level of nature a special creature comes into existence, a person of this world, with a negative force growing inside.
At lower levels the positive force acts automatically along with the negative. Vital restrictions themselves are positive. On the other hand, from generation to generation people gain greater destructive potential.
A person’s negativity is a different kind of quality: one wants to rule over others, desires the excellence and greatness for oneself for centuries to come. “Napoleon is still remembered, and I want to surpass him so I’m remembered for thousands of years.”
There are no limits to our egoism. Egoism is ready to do away with everyone, ready to destroy the entire planet and itself along with it. Such is the negative force of a disconnection.
On the other hand, the development of the universe, the earth, and nature in it indicates that we lack the positive force of connection, bestowal to others, and balance. But not just on a level of material exchange.
First of all, we must correct our attitude, our approach, our heart that is completely poisoned by egoism. It’s necessary to add a good part, to correct our way of thinking, our criteria, the way we look at things, everything that we feel, everything that causes us to respond.
My desire, my mind, and my senses need correction, addition, fulfillment, and balance. This crazy “left hard rudder” negative separation, I want to balance the “right hard rudder” with positive unity. We can’t allow the imbalance to occur in one-way or another; balance is what is necessary here. After all, the balance of two forces gives us development of life.
Question: What will happen to my desire to be the master of the world?
Answer: You will feel that the whole world is yours. The entire system will be felt, understood, and intended for your work. And now, you form the whole world, in fact, all the worlds, parallel universes, and more.
Question: Does this mean that the positive force doesn’t limit me?
Answer: On the contrary, it’s the force of the true dissemination in breadth without getting anything in return. I exit myself, my limitations, and then see the natural phenomena that weren’t previously recognized.
After all, I felt everything in my egoism, and while coming out with the help of the second force, I see what actually occurs in nature, beyond the perception of the five senses, beyond the limited range of measuring instruments. I feel nature as it is.
Unlike animals, this positive force doesn’t limit us. Instead, we are limited by the negative force that causes each of us to benefit from everyone around. I’m always close-minded in regards to the view of the world, I don’t comprehend anything outside, and I consider everything through the prism of personal gain.
Is it possible in such conditions to enjoy the beauty, to see something good, to perceive something? No. There is a constant craving towards the receiving that gnaws me, the unfortunate one. I just don’t know how to objectively look at the world.
However, according to the program of nature, we must start finding the good, positive force for the overall balance. And if we are behind, then we steadily and methodically immerse into problems due to which our lives become more unbalanced.
Question: How does the required balance of the two forces look like in a perfect condition?
Answer: I use the force of receiving in a balanced state, taking all that others give me, on the other hand, I give people all that is required of me.
Thus, all the abundance that exists in reality goes through me, and I feel really fulfilled and perfect. I attain and feel everything that is in all worlds, in parallel universes, and so on.
Everything that passes through me goes to others, and then I live an eternal life at the stage of a Man (Adam). Now I exist along with everyone else in these systems. Let my body die, but I don’t die, my mind is alive, and it still sees life through a common system. This is how eternal life is attained.
Question: Can each person obtain an eternal consciousness?
Answer: Anyone who wants to. In the end, all of us will achieve this, but in different ways: some intellectually and knowingly and some “under duress.”
In conclusion, man today is the worst animal of all. It’s no coincidence that he was created last. One must fulfill and compensate oneself. This is how a person reaches the stage of the “crown of creation.”
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 3/2/14
Question: When the innocence and fairness of Job is tested time after time though suffering, three friends approach him to express condolences. They hint that he has done something bad and that it cannot be such that blows came from nothing.
But Job does not agree with this, continuing to insist on his innocence. These friends represent the question that we often ask ourselves: Have I personally done something bad for which I receive punishment, or it is something else?
Answer: Nature does not ask whether we did or did not do something. We imagine fate as evil following evil and good following good. But the law of nature does not act according to this formula. If initially it is said that “man’s heart is evil from his youth,” he automatically finds himself in a negative account.
Question: It turns out that the friends’ advice to look for evil in oneself is wrong?
Answer: He will not find it. He will just come up with different formulas by which one should behave, but will not explore nature itself. He does not take into account that the law of “love thy neighbor as thyself” applies to him.
For example, in our world there are different laws of behavior and culture, such as how to behave in the family, in society, in nature, and etc. Where do these laws come from? Are they based on the knowledge of nature, the good? No. Typically, people come up with them according to their calculations, and we must respect them.
It turns out that we initially form relationships between ourselves in a distorted way and then do not know where bad luck comes from. How do we come up with this nonsense in that we say that the Creator gave, the Creator took, the Creator is blessed, and I have nothing to do with it? I feel I’m a saint. I accept this fate as it comes from Above and do not see my participation. How will new misfortunes not come my way?
Question: People tend to think that if misfortune happens to someone, then obviously he did something bad individually. And you describe the system, meaning look not at individual destiny, but the destiny of society.
Answer: It is difficult to consider an individual’s fate because our vision is limited. There are notorious sinners, who feel well. And if I look with my egoistic eyes, I see people enjoy by deceiving others and stealing throughout their lives. They have everything, are even respected, and after death are called righteous. The question is whether or not he can serve as an example. Of course not! One person’s individual life cannot be an example.
Question: If misfortunes come to a person one after another, in the end, he will curse the day he was born. Many people feel that death is better than such a life.
Answer: This is an escape from responsibility, from purpose, and an unwillingness to hear. It is necessary to form public opinion that will help a person hear that there is a goal and that he needs to organize his life. It is neither blind fate nor destiny. Everything is in the hands of man!
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 5/28/14
The Georgian language newspaper Menorah published the article “Who Are You, People of Israel?” with a photo and a foreword about the author and a note that the original article was published in The New York Times and has been translated and published into six languages. Links to our websites were included.
The newspaper is published in Georgia and intended for Jews; it is circulated through Jewish communities in Georgia and 30 other countries.
Question: If we want to lower prices, then why don’t consumers simply boycott the expensive food products? Why go through such a long and circuitous route through the unification of society? Thousands of years will pass until we merit that the capitalists will be ashamed because of the influence of the general atmosphere and agreement of society to establish greater equality.
Answer: I am going out according to the wisdom of Kabbalah, which explains that the world must advance towards unity and connection. And to push the world towards unification, prices of food products essential for life are rising in Israel.
So we are forced to act because of the expensive price of yogurt for children, but essentially, this yogurt is only a pretext to push us towards unity and connection between us. That is how the general law of all of creation works.
There is an old joke about how a Jew immigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union and took a portrait of Lenin in a heavy gold frame through customs. The customs officer says to him that it is forbidden to take gold out of the country. But the Jew answered, “Well, I am taking the portrait of Lenin with me!” And they let him go through. When he reached Israel, then they asked him, “What did you bring the portrait of Lenin for?” So he answered, “I brought gold.” This is to say, everything depends on the angle from which we are looking at things.
Question: Three years ago there was a campaign of social protest to reduce prices and a broad social consensus was reached. Why was this not effective?
Answer: This social consensus was not based upon connection. Connection and unity are the main things that nature is demanding of us. It is only the lack of unity that causes all our problems, including the cost of living, the intifada, illness, divorce, conflicts with children, and problems in education.
Today, it has become clear that the reason for all human problems is the lack of unity and connection in society, meaning a good connection and unity, not on a fascist basis but on a communistic basis.
Do you want to lower the cost of living? I have a plan for this: unity. If we unite, then the prices will lower.
Question: I don’t believe it! We already tried to do this three years ago, so why didn’t this work out?
Answer: There was no real unity then. Unity doesn’t mean gathering a crowd of thousands of people, going out to the public square and shouting. Unity like this is created for destruction, not for the sake of unity and love. It also creates a negative force instead of a positive one. We wanted to break the capitalists, to make a revolution, to cause a fire in the nation, but this is not the proper method.
Nature, according to its tendency, is drawn towards connection. We see that the world has become global, united in commerce and international relations. And the moment this connection is torn, conflicts and wars immediately appear. In other words, nature places us before the need to unite, and in particular, before the proper unity and connection.
Modern technology and techniques all work for the sake of connection and it is only human society that acts in the opposite way and yearns for greater and greater separation. Each one is concerned only about himself and everyone else doesn’t interest him. Everything should burn, since the main thing for him is that things will be good for himself.
Human intelligence has not developed in parallel with nature. Nature that surrounds us, the world of the still, vegetative, and animate, is more developed regarding general integrality and connection than the human society that lives within this sphere.
People are not in harmony with nature, so separation, conflict, and anger dwell among us. This is how human society exists, and in such a form, nothing is waiting for us other than total destruction. The only thing that can save both the Jewish people and all of humanity in general is the right connection and mutual cooperation. Only with this can we correct the situation.
There was a time when this didn’t succeed for us, but this is because we didn’t yearn for unity and connection. We went out together against someone, but not for the sake of the unity that we must reach according to the program of nature.
Human society seems like a cancerous tumor on the body of the rest of nature. It is completely mangled, like a rotting, disintegrating body. And that is what we must bring to unity so that everything will work out wonderfully.
The problem is specifically in this, whereas the inflated price of yogurt is only the result. If we want this result to disappear and the price of yogurt to be a few pennies instead of a few dollars, this is absolutely possible, and we only need to reach unity for this to happen. Nature demands only this one thing from us.
Now, along with this yogurt, health, separation in the family, children’s education, and housing are problems in Israel and are worse here than in any other place in the world. This is because this is the central place where balance must be restored first.
And the whole world, which is suffering from imbalance, blames us for not having stabilized the balance. They cannot express this clearly, so they just blame the Jews for all of their troubles.
So unity and connection within society are the only methods for resolving all of our problems. And this doesn’t just affect the price of yogurt but everything in general, including typhoons, tsunamis, the intifada, and social and natural disasters. Everything depends only on balance, and in particular, balance in Israel.
For each person, it is possible to reach the good life all over the world only through connection and unity of the people of Israel. We are instructed to carry out the major operation, which determines the fate of the world. We began with the price of yogurt and we will finish with bringing the whole world into balance.
From a Talk 4/13/14
Regarding Terror, Rising Prices And The Unification Of Society, Part 3
Regarding Terror, Rising Prices And The Unification Of Society, Part 2
Regarding Terror, Rising Prices And The Unification Of Society, Part 1
Question: It says that “everything is in the hands of Heaven except for the fear of Heaven.” But if the fear of Heaven is not in my hands, how can I attain it?
Answer: You can attain the fear only from Above. No one says that you have to be a complete righteous, God’s servant. What you feel at the moment is what you are. The question is how you draw the Light that Reforms unto yourself so that it will correct you.
All the changes take place only in the egoistic Reshimot (spiritual genes), which are constantly awakened in us according to the plan of creation and lead us along the path of in its time. But if we draw the Light from Above, which is called I will hasten it, we will hasten our development and receive both the powers and the fear from Above.
First, a person is filled with corporeal fear, that he should feel good in this world. Then he worries about the next world and asks what is the point in his life and thus arrives at the wisdom of Kabbalah with this question. Eventually he reaches the fear that he doesn’t have a desire to bestow unto the Creator.
He has to be incorporated in the right environment and draw the Light that Reforms so that it will give him spiritual fear, the fear of not attaining bestowal. This is already a problem since he has no natural desire for bestowal.
This is why we need an environment that will convince us that bestowal is a good thing. If I see that everyone values bestowal, I will also begin to value it and will acquire the desire for something that I never wanted, a desire for the spiritual world, for bestowal.
This is called making an effort, asking for something I have no natural deficiency for. After all, a deficiency for bestowal belongs to the essence of the Creator. We turn to every person with this idea since they all have to reach the state “and my home will be called a house of prayer for all the nations.”
Therefore, we have to publicize the wisdom of Kabbalah so that everyone will hear the message of connection. According to Baal HaSulam, only this is called genuine “religion,” connecting man with the Creator. All the religions in the world were invented by people and are therefore not truly universal and have no real connection to the spiritual world.
Everyone already understands that the world is in a state of crisis, which will only get worse until we begin to correct ourselves. But we have to explain that this situation is predetermined for us by the plan of creation in order to force us all to connect.
Everyone has a chance to be impressed by the right environment and to receive the deficiency for a mutual connection from it. Our reality forces us to do so. If we don’t agree, nature will teach us to do so by blows and wars. We only need to understand that we must reach connection. If we want to, we will receive all the powers to connect the forces of nature.
Since the wisdom of Kabbalah was established starting with Adam and Abraham, it is aimed only at the connection between people. But it was impossible to publicize this to the world before because the world wasn’t developed enough. Kabbalists turned to those who followed Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to people who were ready internally, who were refined and developed spiritually and thus heard that call. But others didn’t hear it, and it was necessary to perform many other actions so that humanity would be sensitive enough to accept the message of the general connection.
Today, however, it is possible to shout it out all over the world through one great loudspeaker. It is necessary for our groups to do this all over the world appealing to all. If we don’t want to advance by the blows, then this is the only method.
Nature obliges us to develop by force, so let’s want to advance so we won’t have to run away from the blows but to find the good force by ourselves, which will draw us towards connection in the quick and easy way. This is the whole wisdom and the whole Torah.
The only problem is that a person is immersed inside himself and adhered to his own heart. He cannot distinguish himself from it in order to manage his heart and his desire, but is inside his egoistic heart and follows it.
Therefore he needs an environment, an environment that will enable him to look at himself from the outside and start working on himself like on a stranger that is external to his desire. Therefore, the more a person is adhered to the environment, the more he can draw the Light that Reforms and thus advance.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/17/14, Writings of Rabash