Question: What kind of spiritual benefit can there be from the talks, discussions, and disputes of a group of people who have begun their journey in the wisdom of Kabbalah but are not in spiritual attainment?
Answer: People need to try to find a common language, to unite, to understand how different they are, what they can do to come closer to each other, and help each other mutually. They need to talk about this a lot, to study the books of Kabbalah, and to organize common meals, as we did with my teacher Rabash.
Every week in addition to learning, we would gather in the evenings and read his articles, and sometimes we would travel to different places as a large group. In other words, this was a complete system of exercises that functioned on two levels.
One level was indeed completely physical, psychological, and amiable: we would simply get together and get to know each other. We needed to do that. It is relevant to both groups of women and groups of men.
A second level is learning about our relationships and connections, but on a deeper level we don’t yet feel, like the workings of parts of the soul, or a spiritual system, or a Partzuf; it doesn’t matter what this is called.
If ten friends achieve an inner connection, then a system is created between them called a Partzuf (spiritual body) or a Kli (vessel) composed of ten parts, ten desires, connected correctly, and a unique force called the Creator starts becoming revealed.
Ten people together feel and discover it. This is called the discovery of the upper world. The power of the Creator manages them, guides them forward, and changes them and all the circumstances that are around and within them. He teaches them. The moment they discover Him, He immediately begins to work with them.
All the transformations that happen with them are multifaceted. Even if they seem to negate and contradict each other, at the same time, they still help, integrate, and the group of ten gradually ascends. The friends feel the contradictions between them more and more, and yet, the force that connects them becomes greater and greater.
It is particularly when faced with great opposition or in parallel with them that we start discovering a general integral connecting force. Between the two forces of rejection and attraction, a spiritual sense organ, called “a soul,” is created. It begins to teach them, as it is said, “A person’s soul will teach him,” and they follow it.
In this way, everything is resolved in the connection among the people, not only in the group of ten. The more there are such groups of ten, and the more they connect with each other, the better, because the whole of humanity must reach such a connection.
That is how the upper world is revealed. It cannot be revealed in any other way. We can only make discoveries of the upper world in the connection between us, because we all emerged from system of Adam that shattered, and which we must restore.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/8/17