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Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 8:5 – 8:8, 8:10: You shall know in your heart, that just as a man chastises his son, so does the Lord, your God, chastise you. And you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to go in His ways, and to fear Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you to a good land, a land with brooks of water, fountains and depths, that emerge in valleys and mountains, a land of wheat and barley, vines and figs and pomegranates, a land of oil producing olives and honey, …
And you will eat and be sated, and you shall bless the Lord, your God, for the good land He has given you.
This is definitely a stunning picture. I would have thought that this is a description of the Mediterranean coast of France or the Greek Islands. However, it is very hard to say this about the land of Israel. Of course, here, we have in mind something completely different. It is impossible to find the words to describe the spiritual, not the geographical, land of Israel because these are the qualities of a person who is in his highest fulfillment.
It isn’t just a beautiful literary description of some picture, but an absolutely clear, rhymed, hard scientific and technical description of the qualities of a person who functions, or I would say gushes, this way.
Here all ten Sefirot of the person’s soul are described that are directed constantly toward bestowal and love of others, and, at the same time, are filled with the state of eternity because everything is directed not toward the person, but from him outward.
Question: Is this the feeling of a particular person?
Answer: Whatever happens in the desire is a feeling, and there is nothing else apart from desire.
Question: Will we come to this feeling in any case?
Answer: It is commanded to the entire world, written down, prescribed, and is waiting. We must try to achieve it through our efforts and as soon as possible. There is nothing worse than this state we are in now, and there is nothing better than what is destined for us.
Question: However, now, the Creator seemingly is helping us. He is showing us what this world is like, and it wasn’t like that before.
Answer: It wasn’t like that before because we hadn’t developed to this yet, not because He wasn’t showing this. We develop in a consistent evolutionary way to the point where we see what is happening with our egoism. We feel the crisis and develop further.
Of course, there are still many problems ahead. If we understand what is destined for us and try to apply our efforts, intentions, and aspirations to it, and help each other, then we will be able to pass the last part of the way that actually is the hardest because there is freewill here.
We ourselves must pass it through our free choice, and if we don’t do that, we will stand still like a donkey and get hit until we get smarter and understand that we need to go by our freewill. Let’s hope that we will wake up and move forward.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/27/16
How the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) Was Destroyed
Our history proves that the people of Israel cannot exist in exile. They will not find rest like the other peoples who assimilated and dissolved among other peoples until no memory of them was left. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the goal of the existence of the people of Israel is to attain unity and bring the whole world to unity. The means for attaining this goal is the wisdom of Kabbalah. When we cast doubt upon the truth of the precept, which is the goal of our existence, we invite disasters upon ourselves that convince us to maintain the inexorable program of nature.
In the past, from the time of Abraham to the destruction of the First Temple, the more we united together, the more rapidly we developed; our growth was faster than the rest of the people. But when we wanted to insert our egoism into our development, this led to the destruction of the First Temple. This was because we wanted to use unity to become wealthy and establish control by power instead of justice, just like the other peoples.
Since the wisdom of Kabbalah prohibits its use for attaining wealth and control, some of the people rejected it and adopted the habits and customs of other peoples, enjoying life as the ego demands. As a result, the people were divided in two. Some of the people followed the egoistic kings and some of the people followed the Kabbalists. This fragmentation and division led to the destruction of the First Temple.
In the times of the Second Temple, this division became more pronounced and was also based on opposition to the Kabbalists by those people who didn’t want to unite. That part didn’t want to be freed from egoism and so the Sadducee sect was created. They were the rich, privileged, and the nobles. Their goal was satisfying their egoistic desires and they fought against the other part of the people whom they called the Pharisees. This led to the establishment of Roman rule over the people of Israel. And this resulted in the destruction of the Second Temple and the exile of the people from the land of Israel.
The Difference Between Egoism and the Principles of the Wisdom of Kabbalah
Everyday ideals are based upon human relations and therefore it is not possible to transcend human characteristics. The principle of the wisdom of Kabbalah, derived from the Creator, makes it possible to rise above human characteristics.
The basis of the human ideal is glory. Therefore all of the actions of a person are directed toward becoming famous among people. The ideal of the wisdom of Kabbalah is the unity of all peoples to attain the essential law of nature. So as long as we developed toward greater unity, we were protected by nature itself. But the moment we began to disregard development toward unity and began competing based on wealth and power, we began to feel the blows of nature.
The cause of all of our suffering is our lack of implementing the conditions the wisdom of Kabbalah indicates and teaches. If we were to implement its demands, nothing bad would happen to us.
History teaches us that we must put an end to our troubles and begin to live according to the laws we received from Abraham, according to “and you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18), because the pressure of nature to bring humanity to resemble it will not weaken. We don’t have any chance or hope of remaining in the land of Israel if we don’t seriously begin to engage with our unity. If we become involved with unity between us, we will merit becoming stronger in our land.
Based upon the article by Baal HaSulam, “Exile and Redemption”
I believe that many people feel the same way about the wisdom of Kabbalah, feeling repulsed by it although they don’t really understand what it is. Understanding this phenomenon could help us spread the wisdom of Kabbalah in the world.
Answer: If we don’t know what something tastes like, we don’t want it. But once we taste it we begin to yearn for it according to the Reshimo, the impression that is left.
The opposition to the wisdom of Kabbalah stems from the lack of a Reshimo (spiritual record), but mainly because the wisdom of Kabbalah is in opposition to our nature and it is about the correction of the ego, which is actually our whole essence. Therefore, only a person in whom the Reshimo is revealed, the impression from an earlier spiritual state, will come to study and implement the wisdom of Kabbalah.
Question: If it is necessary to dedicate all of one’s life to spiritual development and leave “other business” aside, when is there time left for living? Why has the Creator made everything so complicated?
Answer: And what is a person living for? When we begin to study the method of the wisdom of Kabbalah, we begin to live it, feel what forces it is speaking about, how it is possible to discover and feel them, and how the world system is managed.
The wisdom of Kabbalah is the foundation for all human culture, all religions, and all knowledge because it speaks about the higher system of management. Everything that exists in our world is a result of this system. Through studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is possible to get hold of it.
There is no prohibition on earthly pleasures in the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is possible to quietly go fishing, watch a soccer game, be involved with sports, and care for a family, and so on. There is no need to give up any worldly pursuits, except for the consumption of hard drugs because they detach a person from reality and from comprehending the higher management.
The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t prohibit anything. This is not a monastery, not suffering, or self-restriction. It only speaks about adding special higher pleasures to our lives.
Nonetheless, we know that for every pleasure, for every fulfillment, for all knowledge, we must pay with our effort and time. It is the same thing here.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/17/16
All of the destructions are a preparation for correction. The first destruction, the very first sin of Adam was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Later, as a result of this fundamental sin, there were many separations from generation to generation.
In every generation, more and more divisions were revealed until in ancient Babylon, it was revealed so strongly that it separated the people of Israel from the nations of the world. This does not speak about people, but about two methods of correction. One method says: “We will go the way nature shows us. The Creator created us with the desire to enjoy and succeed in life, and we will fulfill this desire.”
The second method says: “The Creator created a desire to enjoy not in order for us to succeed in life. Nothing good will happen if I follow my egoistic desire. After all, life will end one day. I must use my desire to enjoy in order to rise above it. If I make the correct effort to act against the desire to enjoy, then from above I receive the highest force of nature. It is a miracle. It is enough to do some work on my egoism by resisting it and trying to unite with others, and a great Light will come to us and help us connect above our egoism. In this way, we begin to reveal the Creator.”
So, there are two methods. Either we work on the egoism and with its help we will organize ourselves and the world, or we want, due to desire to receive pleasure, to organize the higher level, using egoism only as means.
Question: If any destruction is a preparation for correction, then which division better prepares the world for correction, an American model or a European one? Which continent is closer to the realization of its evil and to correction?
Answer: America is an initial stage with a touch of egoism. It once brought people of different nationalities from different countries together, people who had nothing and began from scratch to build the country according to a single principle—the power of money.
And consequently American culture is close to all the world; it is possible to export it anywhere. After all, people everywhere understand what money is. Whereas in Europe it was different. Europe is proud of its individual, special culture, which it tried to introduce in all of its colonies.
The lack of unity was revealed much faster in Europe. In it, there are conflicts between countries, governments, including territorial claims. According to the program of creation, they must discover that the American project that translates everything to money can’t be realized, especially in Europe where it is necessary to weigh the many parameters that do not have a cash equivalent.
As a result, it will lead them to understand that they are going through suffering. Any program that they offer now will result in great suffering.
Question: At what point will the group of Abraham and the group of Nimrod meet again and unite?
Answer: The group of Nimrod, beginning from ancient Babylon and onward, acted only according to one principle: the power of money. This approach is ingrained in every nation to the present day with small differences according to the national character of each one.
The group of Abraham began to connect between themselves not on the basis of money, but on the principle of unity. So, in their attitudes, money did not dominate, but mutual bestowal did. It means that to unite, the efforts can come from the pocket or from the heart.
This group managed to build the Temple and reach unity, but then it shattered. Now, the group of Abraham finished mixing with the group of Nimrod. Nowadays, Jews, especially in America and Europe, want to connect to the group of Nimrod as much as possible, but they will discover that it does not work.
They really would like to dissolve in all of humanity and adopt its customs, but they will not succeed. After all, humanity doesn’t want them. It despises and hates the Jews and pushes them away. The Jews don’t realize how much they are hated by all the nations of the world.
These two groups can begin to work together only on condition that, as a result of the work of Abraham’s group, that is, the Kabbalists, the Upper Light will be shed on Nimrod’s group and enable them to understand that they must join Abraham’s group, the method of connection. This method will be spread between all nations. Only in this form will it be possible to make the correction.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/8/16, Writings of Baal HaSulam
New Life #347 – The Vision Of World Peace
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
There is a vision for peace throughout all of our lives. What is true peace; why is it difficult to reach it, and how do we clothe ourselves in it as a natural law through Integral Education?
We are social creatures: we require others for enjoyment. Human nature is egoistic. “Peace” means the creation of a special bond with someone else until he and I become one. To feel what the other is missing, we must develop a new “sense”—a desire to please others.
-A mother feels her child naturally. We need to develop this capability ourselves in relation to others.
We take in the surrounding reality through five senses. We take in others through the sense of giving.
Humanity is divided into those who seek peace and those who are more aggressive, but all are egoistic. This requires correction. The dream of peace is worldwide; now, all illusions are shattered. Capitalism is bankrupt. The world is in a multidisciplinary crisis that arises from the full exhaustion of human egoism.
Nature shows that everything is connected; all of us depend upon each other. We must learn to love and be conciliatory.
Through Integral Education all inhabitants of the world will reach peace and love; they will feel like one person with one heart.
From KabTV’s “New Life #347 – The Vision Of World Peace,” 4/10/14
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