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Answer: In the old days, people did not give much importance to appearance. However, in today’s world, it has become very important because we are developing in our egoism and it increasingly binds us to the physical, material life.
Our ego wants to become similar in this material life to the spiritual world. Egoism is developing so much that it promises to provide us with the best life, to extend it endlessly to give us enjoyment and to look attractive, young, and strong in the eyes of others.
The general process of evolution, according to the program inherent in us, leads us so that we rise to the new degree of development, the spiritual one, and begin to live in the form of forces, spiritual qualities, not physical bodies, experiencing life only through the body.
To move to a higher level of existence, we first must make sure that we do not expect anything good from our bodily life. It can be neither eternal nor happy, and all its acquisitions are worthless.
Therefore, we must go through all kinds of states—the pursuit of wealth, honor, power, knowledge, and external beauty—to disclose the complete insignificance of these desires, that they bring no fulfillment. It is impossible to reach full and eternal contentment with life through them.
This is a time when we seemingly chase eternal life. In other words, we are trying to keep eternal youth. But as a result of this race and much wasted effort, we are to understand that this goal has no real value.
It is impossible to achieve either eternal life or true inner fulfillment in this way. The desire to look young and beautiful is given to us so that having been disappointed in it we would choose a higher goal.
This higher goal is really eternal. By reaching it we begin to live not in our physical bodies but in desires, aspirations, and intentions.
The desire to preserve eternal youth is just a certain stage of our development. After that, there will be the fashion to freeze one’s bodies, hoping to revive them in the future when more advanced technologies will emerge. But even in this approach we are destined to become disillusioned and realize that this is not the solution.
All of these efforts are intended to lead us to the fact that there is no choice; we must rise to the next level of existence, that is, to make the transition from life in the body to life within the soul. All our life is pushing us toward this goal.
All our life values—food, sex, family, money, honor, knowledge ,and all the fulfillments of this world—are designed to disappoint us and aim us to the only direction, which is to lead us from existence in the physical body to life in the soul.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 2/6/15
I am sure that all of our efforts in dissemination under the conditions of the growing external threat will spur the Israeli nation to find out what nature demands of us and why the entire world regards the Jews in such a negative manner.
People will feel that what’s important isn’t merely to escape their problems but to know the reason for them. But only the wisdom of Kabbalah can explain the reason for all the evil, and it also can provide the means for its correction.
There is no other method to overcome evil except the internal connection and unity of the Israeli nation. A person shouldn’t simply hear that, but should feel it in his heart. We must spread this message to every individual and to the entire nation, uniting everyone together. Then, all the sanctions and boycotting of Israel will come to an end, otherwise the whole world will engage in just that.
People will not be able to understand why everyone picks on us and focuses on us, although there are so many other problems in Japan, in China, conflicts between India and Pakistan, between Russia and the Ukraine, Europe is falling apart and cannot sustain the common European market, and there is a terrible crisis in the US. The entire world will be in a crisis, but at the same time, everyone will focus on Israel and blame it. Infinite conventions, assemblies and congresses all over the world will deal only with the issue of Israel as if it were the greatest problem for everyone.
Indeed, the upper forces and the upper providence focus all the nations in the world in this direction against Israel, and soon they will not let us breathe. It will not be a mere boycott anymore, but a real blockade. And this can only be opposed by the connection and unity between us.
The moment the nation of Israel connects and unites, everything suddenly will quiet down. The moment we cease to unite and disconnect, the problems immediately will restart. This is how our world advances, by continuous ascents and descents from one level to the next, until we attain the correction.
This process is described in allegorical language by the prophets as wars in which one side is winning and then the other, but eventually the outcome depends only on the connection of the Jewish people in the land of Israel that will bring about a change in the entire world. Thanks to that, the Jewish people will be the first to get close to the upper force, and then the entire world will follow them.
All of this will unfold right before our very eyes. Therefore, it is so important to disseminate the method of correction among the Jews in America, all over the world, and especially in Israel. Everyone must know why and how everything happens.
The major work will take place in Israel in order to connect and unite the nation and explain our special role to the people. This connection is the remedy for all the problems in Israel and in the entire world. The only problem is that we are distant from the Creator, from the upper force that created us. By connecting, we get closer to Him so we should do anything that is in our power!
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/10/15, Writing of Baal HaSulam
A Hebrew is one who crosses the border of the egoism, of hatred, mutual rejection, and enters into the highest altruistic connection with people who have risen above their egos.
This is what Abraham taught his disciples. He explained to them how to rise above the ego and use it to continue to ascend, because it is only thanks to the ever-ascending ego that we can build our state above it and thus climb step-by-step until we begin to feel the hidden altruistic forces of nature.
The egoistic force is in us, whereas we need to discover and develop the altruistic force within us. Then we begin to work in balancing them with each other. When we cultivate altruism together with the growing ego, we constantly advance, as if on two legs, and then we can explore the surrounding expanse.
Thus was born the wisdom of Kabbalah, telling the story of the world order, based on the interaction of two opposing forces. A person using these two forces becomes the third line. This is the wisdom of the Jewish people. Such techniques are found with no one else.
To be continued.
From KabTV’s “About Our Life” 6/4/15
As it is written in The Book of Zohar: When a Cohen stood up below, he spread his hands, all the sacred Sefirot above were awakened and corrected to be blessed and receive Light from the depth of the well of Bina that constantly comes down to them. And the blessings don’t stop; they come down and turn into sources for all the worlds.
A Cohen (priest) is the upper part of the spiritual structure called a Partzuf. When he stands up and spreads his hands, his blessing comes down from above to Malchut. In this way, she is awakened below, and then all the characteristics of Malchut ascend from below to above with bestowal and love. They ascend to the upper worlds.
All of the Sefirot from Bina to Malchut are called a “well.” The more that Malchut is connected to Bina, this well is alive and flowing. Otherwise, it is just a pit without any water. If the well is full of water, but it is covered with a stone, it means you must carry out particular conditions to open it and draw water from it.
In the Torah, the meeting of the patriarchs with their future wives almost always happened next to a well. If the woman accepted water from the hands of the man, this meant that she was appropriate for him because water is the connection between Malchut and Bina. In this way, by means of the upper and lower waters, mutual interaction took place between them.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/28/15