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Hoshana is like a plea for salvation. A person asks the Creator to save him, and in order to reach this state he must go through many stages. When a person comes to study the wisdom of Kabbalah, at first he does not know what he is looking for. Gradually, as a result of his studies, he receives new values in life and then begins to understand what to ask, whom to ask, and from what he wants to be saved. He has to go through quite a complicated internal scrutiny in order to stop asking for the resolution of his life’s problems and salvation from minor or more serious adversities.
A person does not understand to whom to turn: What is this upper force, the Creator, and another nature? He knows only his corporeal life, this world. Someone, on the contrary, imagines that the Creator punishes him for wrongdoings and asks for indulgence. It takes time for a person to understand whom to ask and for what, and only after he despairs to understand his life and destiny, and to open up the heavens with his own forces.
Sometimes a dark cloud suddenly descends on him, and then, on the contrary, everything becomes clear, transparent, understandable, pleasant, and light, and then again, an incredible weight falls on him, a dullness in the head and in the heart.
We endure many such states until we decide that we are fully controlled from above, because we are creatures that are under control of the upper governance. The general force rules over each one individually and over everybody together, doing with us everything it wants. A person despairs to change something, losing any hope of influencing the upper force.
It takes a long time before he finally believes the Kabbalists that we can change our fate. However, it is impossible to appeal to the upper force alone, because it hears only a perfect appeal, that is, a common prayer, from ten people together. Also, perhaps ten people have gathered, but everyone asks for something of his own. How do we know the hidden aspirations of someone else’s heart about which even a person himself might not know?
Yet we need one desire for all ten people, one common heart, and then the Creator will gradually perform an act of correction so that we understand what we want, what we should want and advance to the state “I am for my beloved, and my beloved is for me.”
In essence, this is our entire work, the reason we entered into the state called “this world,” into this complete concealment and imaginary reality as Kabbalists explain.
We imagine ourselves in some world, on the Earth, which is divided into different nations and exists in the massive universe. All this is an illusion. In reality, only the upper world exists. Yet where is it? After all, we do not feel it. We do not have these organs of perception, which can feel that corporeality is an illusion and spirituality does exist. We still need to come to this in order to see that our present “reality” is just a screen concealing the truth and to reveal this true world in our new sensors. This all depends on our correction.
Instead of sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste, we will reveal new organs of perception: Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut. Rising above our will to receive in bestowal above reception, in faith above reason, we will reveal the true reality.
We will feel ourselves existing in two worlds simultaneously: in this world, in the imaginary reality, and also in the true reality, in the spiritual world. One world is depicted in the desires to receive and the second one in the desires to bestow.
The path is open before us. There is no doubt that we are advancing and the Creator, all the forces of nature, lead and accompany us, organize, gather together, protect, and filter us. It is necessary to accelerate their influence on us, because Israel, that is, people seeking to reveal the Creator, have the strength to accelerate time. If we work as a transitory channel between the Creator and all of humanity, then we will merit the care of the Creator and accelerate our development.
The night Hoshana Rabbah is a common, big, perfect request with all the forces and with all the required corrections. The returning Light comes to us through the thatch of the Sukkah and corrects the will to receive that is placed under the screen (Masach). This is how we together will merit to become one union. The main thing is not to forget that the ultimate goal is to correct the world and bring it to the Creator so that He would enjoy His creatures. Let’s try and succeed. Amen.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/29/18, Lesson on the topic of “Hoshana Rabbah“
1 Minute 0.50
Soon, we will have a congress. Let’s get ready to join together in a single impulse. This is a huge force! Imagine how much effort is being expended now in all countries of the world where there are at least a few of our friends! And we have friends all over the world, in almost every country.
Let us make this congress as impressive as possible, from the bottom of our hearts, so that it gives us a big push.
We have already passed so many different preliminary stages that I think we will be able to find ourselves in a network of altruistic forces, above our egoism, and will begin to feel, at least a little, the smallest spiritual qualities between us, not in each of us.
Suddenly, you will see how certain spiritual qualities, movements in relation to friends appear in you—what you desire for them, and what you feel from them. Also, between you, there appears a network of communication in which the Creator is revealed.
You can do this. This is what the congress is intended for.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/22/18
We need to understand, remember, and live the state that the Creator is the first, and if we turn to Him, then this appeal is also organized by Him, the desire came from Him. All of our desires are awakened by Him and we only need to feel it and listen attentively with bated breath so as not to miss any movement He made in our mind and heart, to feel how He works in our mind and heart. The Creator works in my mind and heart because He is the first.
It is necessary to increase our sensitivity such that I can constantly latch onto the fact that even before I thought or felt something, this thought came from the Creator as a result of His work. I suddenly woke up because He awakened me, and all the thoughts and desires that I feel afterward were sent by the Creator.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/29/18, Lesson on the Topic “Hoshana Rabbah”
1 Minute 1:49:50
Answer: You should feel that when you get close to each other’s hearts, a feeling arises between you that lifts you up above your ordinary egoism.
At the same time, thoughts and other various disturbances that hinder you immediately appear. However, you must understand that all this acts in parallel. One rises while the other descends, and so you alternately dance like on waves, all the while creating these waves: rising, descending, approaching, and distancing.
Getting closer to each other is at your expense, and distancing is given to you on purpose. This is how you begin to generate a special spiritual energy that gradually causes the urges that lead to the revelation of the Creator.
In addition, I recommend reading my tweets on Twitter: old, new—no matter which ones. I put a certain feeling in each of them. It should “pick you up,” turn something inside of you. Do not skip this. Twitter and lessons—especially those that we have every day in the morning—are necessary. Try to stay with us.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/29/18
New Life 1050 – Inner Consciousness, Part 1
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to attain a true and complete consciousness and experience a higher reality. A person normally lives within himself, within a field of pleasure and suffering, and what he imagines about himself and about the world is completely incorrect. When the desire for pleasure becomes aware of the higher power that produced and developed it, a spiritual consciousness begins to develop. The developing consciousness is built from emotion and intellect or heart and mind since these complement and influence each other. The more desire I have, the more intelligence I will have. A child who doesn’t want anything will not develop intellectually. Research on consciousness can only be accomplished by changing desire in a positive or negative direction.
From KabTV’s “New Life 1050 – Inner Consciousness, Part 1,” 8/21/18
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