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“
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