Thou Shalt Rise Up Before The Hoary Head

laitman_761_2The Torah, “Leviticus” 19:32: You shall rise before a venerable person and you shall respect the elderly, and you shall fear your God. I am the Lord.

The wisdom of Kabbalah regards everything that happens as a system of forces that manage the egoistic desires: the still, vegetative, animate, and human nature and the whole world, the whole universe.

If we present this schematically, we see a system that is made of 125 levels in which every internal, egoistic desire gradually must become altruistic. Then, a person will see the whole world in an opposite manner, and instead of our world, he will feel that he is in the upper world. The egoistic matter will become anti-matter.

Today, even physicists say that the black matter that we don’t feel is greater in strength and takes up greater space than all of the matter that we can see and feel in our egoistic senses.

When we ascend the levels of the spiritual ladder, every new level is always more altruistic, more corrected, and more illuminated than the previous level.

Every Partzuf—which means every structure of the soulacquires the form of a human body. The white Light makes the hair on the head lighter, and it is as if it is covered with snow like Mt. Hermon, which embodies the head of the spiritual Partzuf.

Such a state is called greatness or standing, as a person must stand before the hoary head that is revealed to him from above in order to attain it. Therefore, the commandment of, “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man,” has nothing to do with the morality of our world but refers to a spiritual correction.

In order to reach a state of “a hoary head,” which means to rise to the next level where everything is based on absolute bestowal, we must be in our greatest state, having corrected our lowest egoistic desires; while a state of smallness or sitting is characterized by the fact that we correct only the upper part of our desires, the weakest ones.

Question: Why is it that every law ends with the words, “I am the Lord?”

Answer: Because a person cannot justify these laws in our world. It is only if you aspire to the Creator in order to attain the upper force and want to resemble it that these laws are for you. These are laws of your movement toward adhering to Him.

Otherwise, there is no point in observing them. On the contrary, if you observe them in order to have a good life, you are drawing away from Him.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/16/14

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