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Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (RABASH) was the closest to us link in the chain of the great Kabbalists, through which the upper force reveals itself to the world and passes the Torah to us. He is our upper degree and the only spiritual Partzuf on which we depend, and therefore our study is mainly based on his articles. Rabash did everything to prepare the foundation for the future generation that will come.
Although it wasn’t simple, he found strength to fully annul himself before his great father and teacher Baal HaSulam, without making any calculations for himself. Thanks to this he attained all the spiritual degrees. We are yet to see from his works how high he had climbed. His works are written in a very warm style, with the great care about the reader, a student.
He had a very wide, warm heart full of love. However, if we were able to comprehend the depth of his works, we would see that he was at the state of GAR of the world of Atzilut and even higher, which is hard to imagine.
Rabash paved the way for us by writing articles and setting customs that we try to keep. He gave us the form in which the Kabbalistic group should exist, and we continue this way.
Baal HaSulam was like the ARI, creating a methodology for spiritual ascent, and Rabash brought it to the practical implementation, and in this he was like the Baal Shem Tov. I have never seen such a detailed description of the order of spiritual work in any other Kabbalistic writing: how a person should organize himself in his immediate environment, in the wider one, in the system of the worlds, and in the relationship with the Creator.
All these systems that a person has to go through in order to reach adhesion with the upper force are explained in such a systematic form only in the articles of Rabash, and nowhere else. A person can take these articles and follow them because they will build the right attitude and concepts in him.
There are no other books like these. We don’t just receive commentary in the articles of Rabash, but precise instructions for what we have to do, what reaction to expect, and how to advance further. He explains to us the entire process we need to complete, the reaction we receive to it, and the internal states that our soul goes through.
I have read these articles many times, and of course I will continue reading them, and I can attest that they are concealed and not revealed. After a few years of study you will start to reveal an immense depth in them. You will suddenly see that Rabash writes about things you haven’t noticed, understood, and felt previously. These articles aren’t simple, but are very multilayered, and they become revealed in accordance to the reader’s readiness. They provide such support and assistance to the beginners on the spiritual path that we can’t receive even from the works of Baal HaSulam.
Baal HaSulam is a Kabbalist of great height, scientist, and researcher, and Rabash is a spiritual mentor, soft and loving, who takes your hand and leads you through all the states. Only when we grow spiritually will we be able to fully appreciate his significance.
From the lesson “For Rabash’s Memorial Day” 10/6/2016
Orphan, widow, and stranger are exactly the desires that seem to us unworthy of attention, something extraneous, absolutely not conspicuous, unnecessary, and unimportant.
Whatever seems important to your egoism is not important to the Creator. On the contrary, what doesn’t matter at all to your egoism, is even despised and rejected by it, are these qualities with which you can be connected to the Creator.
If you want to partner with the Creator, you must pay attention exactly to such qualities and correct them. There you certainly will see your work with the Creator.
The Creator is in everything that lies beyond your field of interest. Will you find your desires there? They aren’t there! Hence, we don’t feel the upper world, since it is in those desires that can appear within us, but they won’t be directed toward us, but from us outward.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/1/16
Torah, Deuteronomy, 10:06 – 10:07: The children of Israel journeyed from the wells of B’nei Ya’akan to Moserah; there Aaron died, and there he was buried; and Eleazar his son served as Kohen in his stead. From there, they journeyed to Gudgodah, and from Gudgodah to Yotvath, a land with streams of water.
Death in the spiritual world isn’t a punishment or something terrible. When the son comes to replace the father it means the rise, for example of Aaron, to the next level.
It means he dies in his last guise, in his past performance of some actions, because he can’t rise to the next level without leaving his previous form. Then he obtains a new form that is called his son. But in principle, all souls are immortal.
They don’t lose anything; they only gain all the time. In other words, it is about a desire that transforms under different names until it comes to its final corrected state.
From KabTV program “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/16/16
Question: In one of the “Secrets of the Eternal Book” programs, you said that the meaning of the commandment “you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife” refers to not wanting the desire of another and not using it for your own sake. Did I understand it correctly?
Answer: You should always understand what your personal desire is, that it, like you, is ready so together with it you can create the correct new Partzuf, a spiritual body.
Question: Does this means that there are others who have their own desire to receive (their wife), and that I am forbidden to use another’s desire for my own sake?
Answer: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah the word “forbidden” means impossible.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/24/16
The wisdom of Kabbalah says that the future form of humanity that all of us must create together is as one man in one heart. By connecting together, we discover a new entity within us. Kabbalists of the past revealed it, but not completely, only partially. They connected between themselves in tens, hundreds, and thousands.
Modern students do the same, generating within their group a state that allows them to sense how to join the degree of unity that turns into a new entity at the upper degree.
This degree, where we become as one, is of higher quality than our present degree. After all, there we discover what force created and develops us. We begin to control this force; it becomes ours. Thus, we penetrate into the entire nature of our universe: the still, vegetative, animate, and human.
To do this, we don’t need to fly to distant stars because we penetrate into all creatures. This external world becomes our internal world. We will see that all of this boundless space with an infinite number of galaxies, stars, and planets is within us.
This will elevate us to a different level of existence. Everything that was at the previous degree already is included within us, and we reach a higher level called the Creator, or nature.
So Kabbalah perceives our entire universe and the force that acts in it. Of course, this has nothing to do with religion; it is a true science.
Question: Humans can do many things that animals can’t. What will this future degree, “One,” be able to do that today’s humanity can’t?
Answer: We will be able to rise above all matter—still, vegetative, animate, human—above time, movement and space, and above all existing limitations of this material world.
A person rises above the animal body in which he exists now, as well as above his present human level, meaning his desires and thoughts. We exit the three-dimensional space in which we perceive reality now and all of the limitations of time, and rise to a new level.
Imagine if we were not inside this animal body that also includes the vegetative and still levels within it, but only existed on the human level, that is, in our thoughts and desires; how much freer would we be? This degree we exist on today is a transition between the still, vegetative, and animate levels and the human level.
Everything that we have today is just a preparation in order to rise to the human level called Adam, meaning similar (Edameh) to the upper nature, the next degree. So far, this degree is hidden from us because it is a completely different dimension.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 8/30/16
Answer: It does not require much time since spirituality isn’t measured by years but actually depends only on our desire. We can “wait for the eggs to hatch” like chickens and not attain anything, or we can jump and leap above all these actions in a minute. It all depends on our desire.
The desire develops between us to the degree that we show each other what we want and spur different feelings such as hate, envy, and competition in each other. These are very useful.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/8/16
In the News (Sputnik News): “France has opposed the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal between the European Union and the United States. French officials insist that the deal will be beneficial for the US economy while ruining businesses across Europe.
“The TTIP deal establishing a free-trade zone between Europe and the US will not be signed in 2016, Harlem Desir, Secretary of State for European Affairs in the French government, said in an interview with France-Info.
“‘The conditions for this deal have not been agreed yet. And taking into account the current situation, I can say, they will not be agreed until the end of the year. In particular, France sees as insignificant Washington’s proposals on the access to the US market for European products. The proposals would offer no benefits for the European economy,’ Desir said. …
“Initially, the TTIP deal was seen as Europe’s response to its inability to overcome economic depression. Its strategic goals were to increase trade between the US and the EU and to give fresh impetus to economic growth in the ‘Trans-Atlantic civilization.’
“In theory, such an agreement would presume elimination of mutual tariff and non-tariff barriers to ease access to the markets. Currently, average customs tariffs between the US and the EU are three to four percent and the removal of customs barriers would not increase trade. …
“The document has been criticized as being designed to open the doors to other markets for US transnational corporations.
“If the EU signs the deal nearly 600,000 Europeans will lose their jobs, European goods will not be able to enter the US market, exports will decrease and EU countries will lose income, Jeronim Capaldo, a research fellow at the Tufts University, wrote.
“As a result, he warned, the EU will suffer a drop in GDP. Germany, Europe’s strongest economy, may lose up to 1.4 percent of its GDP. …
“The deal will have negative impact on the entire European farming industry and may also affect the European engineering industry, Anna Kokoreva, senior analyst at Alpari, said.
My Comment: This is meaningless because the EU is declining and disintegrating, being swallowed by masses of Muslims. But they will come to an agreement with them and together wage war against the Jews as the wisdom of Kabbalah says. Yet there is another option, the unity of all of humanity not against anyone but uniting in order to reveal the next level of humanity.
The fulfillment of this option depends on the Jews and on the example of unity they will give the world. Why? Because the Jews are the part of humanity which 3,500 years ago decided to unite in ancient Babylon in the state of crisis.
The method of unity is the wisdom of Kabblah and they have it. The Jews have to first implement it themselves and show the way to unity to the whole world. This is the way the world can be saved from annihilation. This is the mission of the Jews and the reason that the other nations hate them.
In the News (cursorinfo): “‘The Middle East has plunged into chaos, Europe is falling apart, the political situation in the US is poor. The only stable place in the world – the State of Israel’ – so wrote to me last week, one of the most experienced and well-known employees of the State Department in Washington, a renowned expert on the Middle East. …
“Stability, of course, is a quite relative concept. However, an American observer, came to a similar conclusion; see the following picture: despite all the problems of the coalition government in Jerusalem, despite the lamentations of the parliamentary opposition, Israel has successfully overcome challenges in his way. At least it has a flourishing foreign policy. …
“Strengthening relations with India, China, Japan and other Central Asian countries is a major foreign policy achievement of Israeli diplomacy. In addition, Israel is developing its relations with the countries with which it does not have formal diplomatic relations – in areas such as the fight against terror, modern technology, science and economics. An important aspect of the present government’s foreign policy doctrine is a correlation between the interests of Israel and the events occurring in the world around us. For example, the Iranian threat and the threat posed by the Islamic State of Israel brings together a number of Arab states. Unlike past years, when various processes in the Middle East took place as a result of the intervention of the United States, now we are talking about the coordination of interests between the regional players.
“The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is no longer the main theme that occupies the leaders of Sunni Arab states. But they can not completely ignore the problem.Therefore, one should not expect that formal diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia will be concluded soon. However, Israel may use informal relations with these countries in order to promote a solution to the Palestinian problem.
“As for Europe, it is hoped that the aggravation of the internal problems of the continent, at least to some degree make more moderate insistence of the EU to promote the use of meaningless initiatives, such as the one that the French government pushed. Unfortunately, Europe does not understand the real problems of the Middle East, which are a threat not only to the region but also to itself.”
My Comment: Unfortunately this situation will soon be over and no one will buy any products made in Israel anymore. If the Jews do not begin to engage in their own unity, demonstrating an example of an integral society for the whole world, the world will bare its teeth to them!
New Life #772 – Selichot Between A Person And The Place
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
God, the Creator, HaVaYaH, the place, all these names refer to the upper force that created the desire to receive. The Creator fills the desire to receive to the degree that the desire to receive resembles the Creator who bestows. The Creator resides in the ties of bestowal between people who connect to each other. This is the place.
It says that it is useless to ask the Creator for forgiveness if you have not corrected your relations with others. Therefore, Selichot (prayers of forgiveness) should come from the connection between people into one group. This is where the Creator is revealed. The personal reckoning is to what degree I am connected to everyone in good relations. There is no account of myself.
The detachment from the Creator during the 2,000 years of exile distorted our true perception of soul searching. Everything a person does is written in the book; we are all closed in one network and every motion we make is recorded in the network. You affect the network, so you have to constantly make sure that the network is connected and not disconnected. Not knowing your duty doesn’t exclude you from punishment. If you haven’t tightened the connections in the network, it is as if you caused disconnection.
Forgiveness, remorse for the past, and receiving in the future are all included in a person’s soul searching, and thus he corrects his attitude toward the network; no one can perform this correction for him. Forgiveness between a person and his friend is turning to someone at a certain point, clarifying, and correcting the attitude toward him.
Forgiveness between a person and the place is a person’s attitude to the whole integral system; clarifying and correcting his general attitude to the system. Asking the Creator for forgiveness is asking everyone together for forgiveness. “I reside among my people.”
From KabTV’s “New Life #772 – Selichot Between A Person And The Place,” 9/27/16
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