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The Torah, “Leviticus” 26:23 – 26:24, 26:26: And if, through these, you will still not be chastised [to return] to Me, and if you [continue to] treat Me happenstance, then I too, will treat you as happenstance. I will again add seven punishments for your sins… When I break for you the staff of bread, and ten women will bake your bread in one oven, and they will bring back your bread by weight, and you will eat, yet not be satisfied.
The phrase, “and you will eat, yet not be satisfied,” means that no filling will satisfy us. The Light of Hassadim that must correct us and raise us to the spiritual level will be revealed in the most sophisticated and difficult forms since we are not prepared for it.
We see firsthand that these problems have been implemented for many years in our world down to the last holocaust. All this is written in a very clear and detailed manner in the system, but we are not compatible with the level we should be on, and so the system introduces corrections that are revealed in such a negative and unpleasant way.
You will eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters you will eat. I will demolish your edifices and cut down your sun idols; I will make your corpses [fall] upon the corpses of your idols, and My Spirit will reject you” (Leviticus 26:29 – 26:30).
We have come across such cases in the corporeal world, too, when in days of terrible famine, parents ate their children.
According to the prophets, there will come a time when merciful mothers will cook and eat their children. This doesn’t mean that people will go mad and start killing babies without understanding what they do. It is about a state that is forced on them by their uncorrected attributes and they will obey blindly.
This is the lowest state on the internal level that refers to the total disagreement with the Creator’s plans. This definitely can be revealed if we continue to disrespect and despise the laws of the upper nature. The Creator simply will bring us to that state.
In Charlie Chaplin’s movie, The Gold Rush, there is a scene in which, being hungry, he hallucinates that his fat friend is a big chicken and begins to chase him with a fork and knife; that is, everything happens inside a person. The Torah tells us about such states on the spiritual level, but we may certainly reach that on the corporeal level.
If you love your children and want them to have a bright future, pay attention to what the Torah says. Let’s learn to love one another.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/12/14
In the News (from Psychologies.ru): “Manfred Kets de Vries, an anthropological researcher who spent several years in the rainforests of Cameroon with a tribe of Pygmies, brought back 7 principles from their social life, which in his opinion would improve all of humanity.
My Comment: I see that everything goes back to the list of conditions for the unity of the Kabbalistic group, which contains a few additional conditions for attracting the Upper Light. But the conditions for unity are identical, for in the wisdom of Kabbalah everything happens according to the laws of nature, which the Pygmies discovered instinctively.
The wisdom of Kabbalah is the revelation of the upper system that governs us. If we reveal this system, we can receive all the answers through it. It is only through the upper world that we can learn about the lower world.
We don’t understand anything that happens to us in this world. We can read what books say, but we don’t know why they say so and from where it all stems.
Therefore, according to the wisdom of Kabbalah, a person first must do everything in his power in order to attain the upper system, the upper world, and from it, he will learn about the lower world. Then, he will understand what the structure of our world is, the still, vegetative, animate, and man’s nature, and how they all are interconnected, what man’s duty in this world is, and especially that of the nation of Israel, and so on.
The revelation of the upper system takes place on two dimensions, in two directions, that are called the general and the individual. The general dimension, as Baal HaSulam says, means that, eventually, all the people in the world, without exception, must attain the upper system, ascend to the level of recognition, of feeling, revelation, and adhesion with it, enter it, and live in it in wholeness. This means that they will attain the upper spiritual world and acquire a whole, eternal existence.
Question: But most people aren’t that smart.
Answer: You don’t have to be smart in order to reach that. The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t require any special abilities from a person, except a desire that a person receives when he begins to study this wisdom. It draws him closer and closer since he sees to what extent everything that happens to him is related to the system of the upper leadership.
He sees how it is operated and from where everything stems. This arouses his great curiosity. It is as if I were to put on special glasses now and can see how this world is managed and how the strings are pulled, how people move from one side to another as they are forced to perform certain actions and what the outcomes of their actions are. I discover everything, including myself.
This is the reason that people find the wisdom of Kabbalah so attractive, as it is connected to the root of his soul. This is the reason that all of humanity will have to discover the upper system and live in it, as it is written, “…for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them,” and “…for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
Thus, everything that relates to the general evolution will be at the end of our evolution. During the 6,000 years of human evolution, all the people on this planet will have to attain the revelation of the upper system. Now we are living in the year 5775, which means that, in the next 225 years, we must reach the state in which every person will attain, know, and discover the whole upper system and will enter it with his whole body and soul, with all his senses.
However, there is also individual development. By this, we refer to the fact that, before all of humanity attains this, there are special people who suddenly discover that they must reveal the upper system. These people come to study the wisdom of Kabbalah and reveal the whole, concealed reality, and then they live in two worlds.
From Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 2/15/15
Question: On [Israeli] Independence Day, we conduct military parades and talk about the military “might” that makes it possible for us to be an independent nation. Would you say that this is not the main thing?
Answer: Certainly, we don’t determine anything through military might. These are all children’s games. However, as long as we don’t become stronger on a spiritual level, then we need to be strong on the earthly level.
If we had a strong inner connection between us, no one could ever harm us. Everything depends on the degree of unity between us. Baal HaSulam writes in “Introduction to The Book of Zohar” that only unity between us determines the degree of our security. Our independence depends on that.
Question: Does the nation need to be strong to protect its borders?
Answer: Power of this type indicates the weakness of the nation. If we were strong in our inner unity, then we would have no need for an army at all because we would have no enemies.
So, independence can be through freedom from my “self.” To the degree that I can rise above it through connection with others according to the principle, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” to this degree, I am freed from all kinds of troubles, wars, terror, and everything else.
We need to act through the greatest and strongest weapon in the world, unity, which is what everyone expects from us, and, as long as it doesn’t exist, the entire world is against us, and this will only get worse because everyone is required for unity, and they see their enemy in us.
Subconsciously or consciously, everyone in the world will want the annihilation of our nation and people because our people are not carrying out their task, their mission, and in everyone’s eyes we seem as the bearer of evil, instead of good.
So, Independence Day must be a day of re-examination of the entire concept of our existence. It must be a day for exploration of our task, our mission, our destiny, our purpose, and then we can talk about having found a way to become independent.
From KabTV’s “A Talk About the Independence Day” 4/2/15
The Torah, “Leviticus” 25:29: And when a man sells a residential house in a walled city, its redemption may take place until the completion of the year of its sale. Its [period of] redemption shall be a full year.
If I sell my house, I have the right to buy it back during the first year that follows. A year represents an unbroken sequence of my desires and attributes with which I begin the cycle of my correction and with which I end it.
Every settlement is considered a city if it is surrounded by a wall. Otherwise, it is not a city. We cannot, for example, call Moscow a city, while the Kremlin that is in Moscow and surrounded by a wall is considered a city.
There are six such cities in Israel like Jerusalem, Tiberias, Akko, and Jaffa. From a spiritual perspective, the world of Atzilut is called a city and a wall, its Parsa that surrounds it and guards it from enemies.
This means that a person takes all the corrected attributes that are in him and connects them so they can work inside him like a system, and so he builds the protection around it. The right system already resembles the Creator to some extent. The Upper Light illuminates inside it, and it has the Creator’s attribute, the attribute of mutual love and bestowal.
I protect it by a wall, and everything that is outside that wall are my desires which are uncorrected yet—nomads and robbers, wild animals, and so on. Moreover, this territory doesn’t begin right from the wall. At a distance of 70 steps (cubits) from the wall there is still a safety belt that belongs to the city. Then, there are another 2,000 steps (cubits) of fields and gardens that also belong to the city.
After that, there is the territory of my impure desires, and it is undesirable to go out there. Therefore, the law of buying and selling is meant to keep the impure desires from penetrating the city. I don’t only guard the city that is inside me, but also arrange it. I constantly think about how to fortify it.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/8/14
Answer: First of all, I have to feel my state, to understand that my nature will not allow me to do anything. The ego can easily kill me and control me. There is no mercy from it—this is my most bitter enemy, like Haman and Pharaoh.
We need to decide that our desire to enjoy does not fit our life at all, that it is not acceptable in any thought, aspiration, or action, that we cannot use it in any form and not even in the smallest amount. It is preferable not to do anything! Because any movement that happens is only in the direction of the ego, and this is what I cannot allow. Even more, I need to understand that I cannot hide from it. I yearn to live in the quality of bestowal! I understand that this attraction also derives from the desire to receive, because for the time being I am in Egypt, but I want to rise above it.
I am in darkness, recognizing my complete powerlessness and not seeing who can help me if not the Light that will come from above, which I have no connection and relation to, and I don’t have any possibility to awaken it. If this force will come to my help, this will really be a miracle that I did not hope would happen.
I am willing to continue to stay in Egypt as much as needed. The sensation of the exile in Egypt, of darkness, is preferable to me than to see Egypt in the time of seven years of satiety. I very much appreciate spirituality that I feel now from the opposite side. From within darkness, from inside the opposite form, I can imagine the Light—what is called “sanctity.”
These states are completely opposite each other. Two lines are revealed. We invest tremendous efforts to connect, to bestow, and to be in the “right line.” Opposite to this is revealed that we are not able to do it, and then we fall and do not achieve any results. Anything we succeeded in yesterday crumbles today, and what we do today will disintegrate the next day.
We go out to dissemination, try to succeed in any way possible, prepare conventions, and where have we arrived? There is nothing to show. A person studies for 10 years, but it looks as if he started only yesterday. How could it be? All the results pass in a moment, like water into sand, and nothing is left. It means that we are in slavery and don’t receive anything from our efforts. Even though we are the most successful, we are nearing the Creator, we believe the sages that told us to progress above mind and feeling; that’s all we have and we are willing to work like that.
These two lines need to be revealed clearly and we have to yearn to the right—to connection, to dissemination, to invest all forces in this and not to calculate from our inner state.
It is similar to a mother with small children who is sick, and although she feels bad, she must get up and take of them. She does not care how much she will suffer because the children are most important to her. That’s also how we need to act; the main thing is the work and it is not important what we feel inside.
The main reason for all the complaints is that people cannot agree with the work that happens in darkness. Also when the Creator will be revealed, our work in darkness will continue. It means that I agree with the darkness and relate to it as a great condition to continue my work. Therefore darkness becomes Light for me.
I obtain a screen and want that the force of restriction will control me and will give me the possibility to work above the restriction (Tzimtzum) and the screen, and to raise the Returning Light from a completely dark state of the desire to receive. From this I build my desire to bestow. I take all the empty vessels from Egypt and leave only the egoistic approach of Pharaoh there.
But the desires to receive remain in darkness and I take care that the darkness of Egypt stays there. From this state, from the darkness in all my desires, only one desire, which is mine, the desire to bestow, must exit and grow. This is called the “exit of the children of Israel from Egypt.”
And the huge desires for pleasure remain in the darkness of Egypt, and I build the new degree above them in faith above reason.
I want that the darkness will stay, and that the desires to receive will never be fulfilled in their regular form. This is how I build a new attitude to the world and to the Creator—above my inner desire. Inside me I am dead, sick, it does not matter how I feel; above this I build the form of bestowal. Like a mother that takes care of her baby and does everything he needs even though she doesn’t feel well.
We need to understand what actually our exit from Egypt is —ascent from a state called “Egypt.”
This is our new approach to the desire to receive and the possibility to bestow.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/9/14, Shamati #54