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Answer: You see suffering immediately leads to questioning the meaning of life. Otherwise, you would have kept on making money and having fun, settling for little, and letting life go by so that eventually you would have nothing left.
Suffering pushes you to use this life to reach the next level of wholeness and eternity and to ascend above death. Such an aspiration to attain the meaning of life is a very big present. The sufferings are necessary because otherwise you wouldn’t ask what this life is for.
Question: Couldn’t the Creator have invented a way that we would look for the meaning of life without suffering?
Answer: No, a person is merely a desire to receive and enjoy, and if he keeps receiving pleasure and fulfillment, he never would ask about the essence of his existence. Only deficiency, troubles, and sufferings can make a person ask questions about the meaning of life. This is how the world is arranged.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/27/15
Answer: No, only desire does.
But there is a difference in the attitude and in the way of climbing the spiritual ladder that stems from a person’s attributes and especially from whether it is a man or a woman.
Just as men and women in our world differ in their perception of reality and in their advancement and in their actions, they also differ when it comes to the wisdom of Kabbalah.
Question: What is the role of women in the wisdom of Kabbalah?
Answer: It is the same as the men’s role. There is no difference! There are simply personal differences between men and women, just like in our world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/27/15
Answer: I have never seen that wealth leads to unity. Prosperity does decrease the mutual hatred a little, but very relatively because everyone’s ego still obliges envy of others.
Even if everyone had an income of a million dollars a month, it would not help us love one another. Everyone simply would build a higher fence around his assets.
Nowhere in the world has equality led to unity. Equality is actually a notion that is impossible to reach because an egoistic person always will think that others have received more. Equality is possible only when everyone’s property is taken away, and they are put behind bars and given 400 grams of bread a day. Then, we would feel that we are equal.
All of these ideas are based on not knowing our egoistic nature, and being well off doesn’t guarantee good social relations. You can visit the most exclusive part of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, where the richest people live in order to find out what the mutual relations between them are like.
Question: So, what can unite the people?
Answer: The force of unity exists in nature on all of its levels. In the still, vegetative, animate, and speaking, there are two active forces operating: positive and the negative.
It is only on the human level that there is nothing but minus. Where is our plus? When can we perform any good deeds, not “good” deeds by which we hope to gain something, but deeds that lead to no self-benefit?
There is no such battery with two poles in a person with plus and minus. A person is managed by one negative force. This is the uniqueness of man since the rest of nature, his own body, and the entire world that surrounds him are managed in a balanced way by plus and minus.
We must generate the positive force from nature so that it will balance human nature. Otherwise, it is impossible to do anything. The human ego is the one source of all of the evil in the world. It is not only the wisdom of Kabbalah that claims that, but also ecologists and economists.
So, where can we find the positive good force in order to balance our ego? If we don’t find it, we are doomed because we are advancing toward self-destruction. But there is a method, the wisdom of Kabbalah, that can provide us with the positive force that will balance the evil force. The entire world needs it very much, every government and every nation.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/5/15, Lesson on the Topic “The Answer to Terrorism — Strengthening the Foundations of the Nation”
The Torah, Numbers 18:1 – 18:3: The Lord said to Aaron: You, your sons and your father’s house shall bear the iniquity associated with the Sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear the iniquity associated with your kehunah.
Also your brethren, the tribe of Levi, your father’s tribe, draw close to you, and they shall join you and minister to you, and you and your sons with you, before the Tent of Testimony.
They shall keep your charge and the charge of the Tent, and they shall not approach the holy vessels or the altar, so that neither they nor you will die.
Question: What does it mean that Aaron and his sons should not come near the holy vessels?
Answer: It means that when you discover sources of the Upper Light that are too great you can receive them for yourself and not with the intention of in order to bestow unto the whole society, and so you should be very careful!
Question: However, other relatives and the entire tribe of Levi join them here.
Answer: We are not speaking about an individual soul but about the general collection of souls. In the spiritual world, there is no concept of “alone” like in our world. The people who gather into one whole and come out as one are a force with a certain power in spirituality.
At the same time, the Levites are distinguished from the general mass by being able to connect among them more strongly than the others; the priests can connect to an even greater extent.
There are three levels according to the intensity of the connection—a priest, a Levite and Israel, and every person reaches one of the three levels accordingly.
Question: Is it every person or every Jew?
Answer: First, it is only those who participate in the spiritual ascent. They are called Jews, stemming from the Hebrew word “Yichud” – unity and connection.
Then, there are no limitations since we all came out of Babylon, and as a result there is no difference between a Jew and a non-Jew, and tomorrow they can exchange places. Everything depends only on the person.
Rabbi Akiva, who wasn’t a Jew by origin, became the greatest teacher of the Israeli nation. The whole Torah and everything we know today, both about the corporeal world and about the spiritual world, went through him.
Question: Can we say that everyone eventually will become priests?
Answer: Yes, it is written, “and ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.” This doesn’t refer only to the nation of Israel but to anyone who reaches this level. Everyone must attain the highest level and merge into one whole.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/3/15
The Torah, Numbers 17:24 – 17:26: Moses took out all the staffs from before the Lord, to the children of Israel; they saw and they took, each man his staff. The Lord said to Moses: Put Aaron’s staff back in front of the Testimony as a keepsake [and] a sign for rebellious ones. Then their complaints against Me will end and they will not die.
Moses did so. He did just as the Lord had commanded him.
Inspecting the rod is the adaptation to the attributes of the general soul, without which it is impossible to advance.
The spiritual movement is based first on the scrutiny of what is going on and then on its correct implementation. This is the reason that it is written, “they saw” “and they took,” which means that they agreed and continued.
The Torah, Numbers 17:27 – 17:28: The children of Israel spoke to Moses saying, “Behold, we are dying, we will perish, we are all lost! Whoever comes the closest to the Mishkan of the Lord dies! Have we been consigned to die?”
The fact is that a person doesn’t see how these desires are going to be revealed in the corrected state since now they are revealed in the opposite form against unity.
We don’t understand that none of the desires and attributes that exist in us were created in vain. They all undergo correction, and the problem is only in the sequence in which they appear.
This is the reason we must scrutinize the sequence according to which everything is arranged and why it is so complicated. This is because the entire point is not that it is you today and me tomorrow, but that the sequence reveals to us the general schema, the structure of the general soul and how we are connected to one another.
This invokes the knowledge and attainment in us, and the feeling that we are part of the general schema, and we begin to understand how it operates. This means that we can influence it by many parameters and see how it changes.
The scrutiny of who I am, and then you, and then another, and so forth, symbolizes this sequence. This is how the main thought is revealed, the thought of the Creator, the basis of the attainment of the upper world. It is not the personal correction of some small part, desire, or attribute, but the mutual connection. This is the reason that everything isn’t that simple.
Let’s suppose that we have a million components of a certain device: capacitors, resistors, transistors, etc. But how can we put them together in such a scheme that they would form a perpetual engine? This is the most important thing, the mutual connection.
Therefore, all of the conflicts that the children of Israel have are actually about their adhesion. What does is meant by “correct me?” Find out where your place is in the general schema so that you will know what you should look like in order to be together with others.
The correction cannot be of a certain person or a certain attribute, but one that is the sum of the whole soul because at the end of the mutual integral action it is totally connected to everyone.
The essential parts now are chosen out of the entire pile that is the general soul after the shattering. These parts will move to the side, and others will follow them. These will move partially forward, and so on, and thus gradually the soul is put together, a huge number of desires, attributes, and intentions.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/27/15