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Question: It has been said that the Creator is suffering much more than we do because He has to conceal Himself and send sufferings to us. Does this mean that the Creator is alive? If not, then the notion “to please the Creator” doesn’t make sense.
Answer: Everything we sense is only inside us even though it seems to us that it exists outside of us.
Therefore, the Creator in Hebrew is Bore from the words “Bo – come and Re – see.” It means, “attain the Creator according to your spiritual properties.” The wisdom of Kabbalah explains how one can reveal them within oneself.
As a result, everything is explained through a person’s words and feelings, the way a person feels it rather than the way it’s sensed outside of him, by the Creator. Moreover, there is no Creator outside of the person!
Question: What do we have to correct first: ourselves or the environment?
Answer: It is a very complex question. I cannot correct myself without the environment, and I cannot correct the environment until I correct myself. And to the extent that I correct myself, I see that the environment is already corrected and I only need to be correcting myself, and this is what each of us feels.
In essence, we are in a perfect reality that has no flaws. Only inside of us there is a sensation that we feel bad, that we are flawed and divided. But when we reveal the true reality, environment, and world, then we discover an upper world instead of this one. And then we see that aside from our perception of reality, nothing else had to be corrected.
It turns out that I existed in a perfect reality all along, and it was only in my uncorrected perception that it appeared broken because I myself was broken. My properties were corrupted, and thus I judged everything according to my own flaws.
Therefore a person should understand that only he alone is corrupted and everyone else is corrected. But he can correct himself only if he connects to everyone else in the right way through teaching everyone how to unite correctly.
All other people outside him are broken parts of his own soul. Therefore, the work of our correction goes in two directions: from oneself outward and back.
And indeed, there is no vice in any person or in humanity as a whole. Only the connections between us are corrupted and only there should we focus our efforts: on the correction not of the human being himself, but of his relationship with others. If we achieve a good connection in some group, then we reveal an upper world in it and see everything in the correct form.
A person should correct his attitude to the friends and through it show them an example of how he loves them. There is no need for anything other than this example. If you succeed in this, then you will see how much you advance forward.
From the Convention In Guadalajara “One Heart For All,” “Day One” 7/17/15, “Preparatory Lesson”
Opinion (Dasha Gasanova): “The culture of smoking tobacco in the developed countries of the world is more than 500 years old. But the fight against tobacco only started in the 20th century, in parallel, the creation of monopolies in the sales of tobacco and growth in profit.
“For a long time these processes occurred simultaneously where, as the doctors warned about the dangers the manufacturers filled the pockets. Now there is no doubt that heart diseases, cancer growths and respiratory disease are directly connected to smoking tobacco.
“However, tobacco smoking was never considered as a dangerous practice for the public, in contrast to drug addiction. It is very difficult to find a junkie who is identified as a positive image in any of the various human cultures. It is long considered that to engage in drug use is despicable, inappropriate, and is pursued rigidly as a criminal offense and condemned by society.
“There is no sensible person who doubts the damage to health caused by drugs. And this is in addition to the physical feelings that a junkie has, and the people close to him who are directly harmed.
“Here it is interesting to see the transformation, the ‘somersault’ of American society and top legislative and executive leadership regarding the use of marijuana, in the direction of supporting the legalization of this habit. Where did the conservatism and continuation of the moral foundations of America’s founding fathers go?
“In the last decade, in many states within the US, the smoking of drugs pushed out the smoking of tobacco – the active fight against tobacco cleaned up the area for use of grass, all according to the law.
“The deadly consequences of the use of grass persist for decades.
“In the case of grass, both the American doctors and those marketing the marijuana, find themselves on the same side of the barricade. The doctors calmly relate to the subject of drug addiction, even when it is clear to them that it is much more difficult to be rehabilitated from grass than from tobacco.”
My Comment: According to the plans of the American elite, there is a need to euthanize most of humanity until the population naturally decreases to 1-2 billion people. There is no other “quiet” means. Thus, the decision was made on a global scale to make “soft” drugs legal and to market them. The tobacco companies were forced to keep quiet. And the same order was given to the media. The negative attitude concerning tobacco and the positive attitude towards marijuana is spreading from the US to the rest of the world.
Question: Sometimes it is absolutely clear to me that I am totally dependent on my good or bad feelings. In fact, this is the only thing that worries me, but I listen to the advice that I should ascend above that and try to justify the Creator despite everything I feel. What is my work if I see that I only care about what I feel? How should I exert myself?
Answer: You need to hate your reactions to what is going on.
Question: But I tell myself that it is my nature and therefore I have no control over it.
Answer: This is a true and simple excuse, but I must summon upon myself the influence of a different nature that exists in reality, the influence of the Creator, the influence of the Light that is in the group. Then I will feel to what extent my nature, which is to receive, is opposite from that nature of bestowal, and then I will begin to get to know it.
Question: How can I awaken the second nature?
Answer: It is through the group. I spur the powers that allow me to discover the nature of bestowal by the right attitude to the group, in the relationships between the friends who are connected in mutual love and who speak about a certain advancement that I don’t understand. I look at them and don’t understand what they engage in. I keep hearing everyone talking about the group, about connection, and about frameworks that we have to build.
I don’t understand what they need all that for. It is true that Kabbalists tell us about that, but not explicitly. It is enough. We have read about that and now we can go on to something else. I don’t distinguish the internal changes yet, and the information and the scientific interpretation of things is quite enough for me. But why do I need to change myself with regard to society?
Question: So, how can I sharpen my attitude toward the group in order to be more strongly influenced by it?
Answer: This is the reason we live in this world. It is because here we can perform actions in corporeality and not in our desire. We can feel corporeal and not spiritual shame.
I enter the group, and want to be incorporated in it and to remain there. Then I am told that in order to remain in the group, I must take part in different duties, to come to the morning lesson every day, and so forth. If you don’t want to, you must leave. There are rules, and you must participate in the group together with everyone else. This obliges me to be incorporated, to be among the friends.
Then, whether I like to or not, I find myself in a workshop where everyone talks about the fact that I must see myself as small and all the others as great. This is what is accepted in our group, and I follow the others and speak in the same vein, “Guys, you know that everyone must lower his head before the friends because this is wonderful,” and they also tell me that it is wonderful!
No one does anything yet, but the Light that Reforms operates on us in the meantime and changes us. Gradually I begin to have a new insight that if I really see myself as small, I will benefit greatly. It is actually by annulling myself that I will attain the Creator. This is why it is worthwhile.
This is an incentive to advance spiritually. Perhaps it is a private egoistic incentive, but it is an effective one. Then the environment, the teacher, the study, and the workshops begin to affect me anew. The Creator sends me increasingly more advanced, finer, and more internal new states and situations, and I must sort them out time after time in order to use them correctly for my advancement. So, it turns out that the egoistic nature is not an obstacle. We all start from it.
Question: Do these changes take place in me automatically?
Answer: These changes take place according to my exertion. If I don’t exert myself, I don’t feel the changes. In fact, the changes take place all the time, but I perceive only a small part of them (one millionth) and respond to one millionth of what I perceive. When we advance in our world, we become more sensitive, sensitive to changes.
The whole spiritual world is in very high spiritual frequencies that cannot be perceived. When we ascend toward the Light, we transcend to very high frequencies that are above the attributes of our world. This is the reason that we must be prepared for rapid changes of qualitative states.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/16/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam
Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 67: When a person from Israel enhances and dignifies one’s internality, which is the Israel in that person, over the externality, which are the nations of the world in him, that is, when one dedicates the majority of one’s efforts to enhance and exalt one’s internality, to benefit one’s soul, and gives minor efforts, the mere necessity, to sustain the nations of the world in him, meaning the bodily needs, as it is written (Avot, 1), “Make your Torah permanent and your labor temporary,” by so doing, one makes the children of Israel soar upwards in the internality and externality of the world as well, and the nations of the world, which are the externality, to recognize and acknowledge the value of the Children of Israel.
If we attribute ourselves to the upper part, to GE, to the part of Israel in the nation of Israel, we have no obligation to turn to the public and to disseminate among those who belong to AHP until we ascend as high as we can by our connection and unity, until we reach actual mutual guarantee, until we receive the Light that Reforms by this unity, which will really connect us.
Then the illumination will flow from us to the AHP, since there will be a contrast in the general vessel: there will be more Light in its GE part while in its AHP part it will be the exact opposite. On the whole, the nations of the world will acknowledge the importance of the vessels of bestowal called Israel. Those who are the external part will be able to recognize the internal part and this will be the direct outcome of our internal correction.
Therefore, if we connect and unite, even those who are against, who have nothing to do with this work, also receive an illumination from it by which it becomes clear to them that we have the Light while they are in the dark.
“And if, God forbid, it is to the contrary, and an individual from Israel enhances and appreciates one’s externality, which is the nations of the world in him, more than the inner Israel in him, as it is written (Deuteronomy 28:43), ‘The stranger that is in the midst of thee shall mount up above thee higher and higher; and thou shalt come down lower and lower,’ meaning the externality in that person rises and soars, and you yourself, the internality, the Israel in you, plunges down? With these actions, one causes the externality of the world in general, the nations of the world, to soar ever higher and overcome Israel, degrading them to the ground, and the children of Israel, the internality in the world, to plunge deep down.”
The nations of the world grow stronger when the part of Israel doesn’t function properly in the vessel. Then the darkness becomes thick, the children of Israel fall from their level, and the externality in them overcomes the internality until the destructive forces totally smash and humiliate them…
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/28/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam
The upper system of governance acts in accordance with concrete, rigid laws that have numerous parameters and define our calendar.
The Christian calendar is based on solar cycles; as for the Muslim calendar, it is linked to lunar rotation. Judaism takes both solar and lunar circulation into consideration.
This is why the Jewish calendar is permanent. In other words, throughout all of history, starting with the first man Adam, who lived several thousand years ago, and up to today, any event that ever took place on the face of Earth can be predicted and calculated: Pesach (Passover), Shavuot, Sukkot, etc. It’s possible to tell what year, month, or week these holidays will take place in the future.
All sunrises and sunsets can be clearly calculated as well as in what proportion days and nights will be split into hours of light (day) and night (dark).
The Jewish calendar is very precise. It is built on astronomical formulas and embraces the entirety of nature. It is possible due to the wisdom of Kabbalah.
There are special dates in the calendar, i.e., favorable and unfavorable times that are outlined by either enhancement of egoism or the prevailing of the energy of love. These two forces, the right and left, usually are balanced out and constitute the middle line.
Due to this state of affairs, there exists an unfavorable period that starts on the 17th of the month of Tammuz and lasts until the 9th of Av. This period has been considered negative for thousands of years throughout all generations. For the duration of this period, it is common to mourn since the upper force of bestowal and love conceals itself in this world.
Various disasters happen to the people of Israel because they are connected with the higher power. On the contrary, the nations of the world that are interlaced with the evil force of egoism are especially successful during this period.
Question: It looks fatal and inevitable, is that so?
Answer: Yes, it’s inevitable because spiritual and material roots are connected. The spiritual system that governs this world moves the sun, the moon and the Earth. It rotates the entire universe.
Accordingly, the force of the upper governance influences not only astronomic objects of the Universe that are yet at a still developmental level, but also impacts the vegetative and animate levels.
We see that each plant goes through yearly cycles of flourishing and wilting. Animals as well are subject to yearly cycles; they multiply during certain periods of the year since they are connected with the governing system. Only humans are not subject to the influence of the cycles since they are not limited by inanimate, vegetative, or animate stages of nature.
Humans depend on inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature because this is where they get their nourishment. However, they do not conform to laws of nature the way plants and animals do. Yet, humans also go through good and bad periods because they are governed by nature at the speaking level.
If we rise above our nature, bad periods transform into the most benevolent ones and become immeasurably better than our happiest times. It all depends solely on us human beings. To make this happen, we are granted the wisdom of Kabbalah.
It means that the period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av is very harsh for the people of Israel since evil is activated strongly during this period. The only reason for the emerging of the evil is to make it transform into the good. So far, we are not ready for that, nor do we have energy for such transformation.
Our unity has not yet reached a degree at which we attract a benevolent power of the upper governance that acts in this world and helps us unite even more and pour out the force of unity into this world, thus changing for the better.
Question: Does it mean that human relationships define the destiny of the entire universe?
Answer: The Creator is nature. The upper force of nature called “the Creator” influences us from above, that is, from outside to inside us. We have an ability to rearrange this situation, make it opposite, thus impacting it by acting from the inside out, from bottom up. By doing so, we change reality. This is our job.
To be continued…
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/5/15
Preparation for the Lesson
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Lesson on the Topic: “European Convention,” Lesson #3
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Writings of Rabash “Rungs of the Ladder,” “What Is the Foundation on Which Kedusha (Holiness) Is Built”
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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 89
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