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Happiness amounts to conflict resolution. We don’t perceive it otherwise. Give a person everything, and he’ll still be miserable. One must experience qualities that are opposite to happiness. You can’t have happiness without conflicts, and conflicts—without aspiring to happiness
It is written that one must search like a bent-down old man—but search for unity, rather than evil. Only by properly aiming at unity will we feel hatred, repulsion for it. We’ll be forced to face our debility and the need to turn to the Creator—”Help us!” #Spiritualwork_ML
We see our reflection in everyone since we perceive everything in our ego. We see the world the way we depict it to ourselves. In reality, I see white light before me, the perfect quality of bestowal/#love. On this background, I draw my own qualities—my reflection outside of me.
The soul’s correction lies in uniting bestowing desires in the group.
When we truly unite, we feel the act of bestowal, the Kli and the Creator filling it.
The ten can be either permanent or random.
What matters is the struggle to unite in spite of egoism.
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Buying clothes used to be a ritual. You go to the mall with friends, spend most of the time window shopping, try something on and debate whether it is the right one, stop for a cup of coffee, and perhaps buy some clothes on the way too.
Much more than matching a garment to a physique, it was about the social ritual and the fulfillment of an emotional need.
However, tech giants such as Amazon and Alibaba have sent their long virtual tentacles to revolutionize shopping for clothes as we know it, turning it into another swiping experience. Today, you just have to snap your fingers and the clothes of your choice, at the right size and color, are already making their way to your house.
By the end of last year, more than 1,875 fashion stores in the U.S. had announced closure, and about 10,000 more stores are projected to close this year – 53% more than the number of closures during the financial crisis of 2008.
And yet, the evolution of shopping is only a superficial layer of what is happening. We, as human beings, are evolving as well.
At the core of our evolution is the engine of human desire, which drives all our choices and preferences, including what clothes we wear. In general, we can divide all our desires to two groups: bodily desires such as food, sex, and shelter, and social desires, such as status, honor and power.
So what is the nature of our desire for clothing and fashion and how is it evolving?
On the one hand, clothing belongs to our bodily desires: we need clothes to keep our bodies warm and comfortable, for which our pajamas actually do a great service. But at the same time, our clothes are also our social calling card: There were times when only kings could have custom-tailored clothes, times when grandkids inherited their grandparents’ clothes, and don’t forget professional dress codes which stayed with us to this day.
Fashion transforms and adapts itself according to the evolution of human desire, and so it reflects the desires of society as a whole. And where is our desire headed these days? It is looking for a more inner fulfillment.
That is why it is becoming increasingly challenging for advertisers to sell us the illusion of unattainable beauty. They invest billions trying to market the idea that you are a class B member of society if you haven’t purchased the latest coveted brand. But this is beginning not to work as they are losing their grip on our desire.
Many millennials, for instance, are not buying into the story anymore. They prefer to wear something plain and comfy, reject labels and brands, and mostly want their apparel to be affordable. Likewise, the aspiration to wear expensive clothes from prestigious brands is fading all over the world.
Our desire is developing to a qualitatively new level. The fulfillment we look for is less apparent and more internal, less material and more spiritual. The younger generation may not know exactly what they’re looking for, but they’re beginning to sense that it’s not in their external appearance.
Driven by the qualitative development of human desire, new social norms and values are gradually forming. What used to be respected and prestigious yesterday is losing its value today. Thus, fashion as we know it today will eventually disappear. We will no longer strain ourselves to wear clothes that prioritize social acceptance over convenience. We will gradually find that our hearts are the center of attention, and that will become the new global fashion.
Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: Israel must be the first among the nations to assume the international, altruistic communism. It must be a model demonstrating the good and beauty of this government. Because they suffer and will suffer from the tyranny of the nations more than all other nations, they are like the heart that burns before all the other organs. Hence, they are better suited to adopt the proper government first.
Baal HaSulam talks about creating a society of absolutely equal people united in one common family that exists in a state of complete mutual guarantee. This is an ideal socialist system working by the principle of “work according to one’s ability and receive according to one’s needs.”
In an altruistic society, no one will take more than he needs. At first, he will not get extra, and then he will stop taking surplus.
People will think only about the consent between all members of society and connection in such a system of interaction in which a single force—one equal, homogeneous field that will fill the entire space between them—will be revealed. This field will be revealed between them not as their derivative, but as their initial force called the Creator.
Question: Is this the ideal perception of a future person because his primordial nature is egoistic?
Answer: The method of Kabbalah is based on the correct application of egoism. It is due to mutual rejection, hatred, and other negative qualities that exist in everyone in relation to others, which we can use to restore the opposite, positive properties above them.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation,” 12/11/17
Answer: No. There is only one power of the Creator/nature, which manages everything in a single system with a single force of bestowal. The whole of creation is based on the opposite power. The goal is to manage it, change its direction, and join the Creator by correcting it.
Question: But the power of creation is also a power. Does it mean there are already two?
Answer: No. The fact is that we cannot simply divide it.
We need to understand whether egoism really exists. It seems that it does. But what for? It exists to give us the opportunity to acquire the opposite property of bestowal, love, and altruism. When we reach it, we find that egoism has never existed, it only seemed to us that it existed in order to rise to the property of bestowal and love.
But these are all empty words until the person himself will experience it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/4/18
Answer: Yes. This is already a good step.
Question: Why does the Creator give desires that harm me? How should I work with them?
Answer: There is nothing harmful in the world! You only need to balance one thing with the other. It is not necessary to restrict desires or to reject them. It is only necessary to balance them. There is no evil in the world; there is simply imbalanced goodness.
Question: Does the Creator act in our world through all people to reveal His actions?
Question: Do you feel the audience during a broadcast?
Answer: In general, yes. But it is not necessarily the same audience that is in front of me now on the screens.
Question: If a person must become like the Creator, isn’t this arrogance?
Answer: There is no arrogance here. This is a task that the higher power established from the start at the time of the creation of the desire to receive and enjoy so that it would become a desire to give pleasure.
Question: What can be done if one has a desire to bestow and give to others, but suddenly discovers that he doesn’t have anything to bestow and give?
Answer: You should not give anything to others other than your desire to bestow. Everything else is in nature is in infinite quantity and quality.
Question: What does it mean to restrict desire?
Answer: It means that you are not thinking about yourself.
Question: What is love? Is it possible to feel it in our world, after attaining and studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, outside of a group, in the ordinary life of all people?
Answer: Love is an expression of concern for others more than for oneself. That is all. It is very simple.
Question: If a person does something bad, does this mean that the Creator, not evil forces, wanted him to do this?
Answer: We cannot clarify this. To do this we must enter into a system where we can see exactly how the Creator acts through us.
Question: Does the concealment of the Creator depend on my actions, or does the Creator conceal Himself?
Answer: We conceal the Creator through our opposite characteristics.
Question: Does the concealment of the network of forces that manage us belong to one of the three reasons for the concealment of the Creator?
Answer: All three reasons for concealment work on us simultaneously, sometimes one is more, and sometimes another.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/12/17