Between Me And The Egoistic Desire
The period before Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av) is considered to be not very good. Although Israel should be above time and the calendar, we nevertheless feel heaviness and the influence of this difficult period on us. There are growing problems in the world, climate anomalies, all kinds of conflicts. At such times, it is very important to work on the unification of society, which is the only remedy and opportunity to accelerate our development in the right direction and by the correct means.
We are holding a unity evening in these times in order to use the growing egoism and its awakening as a necessary force for advancement.1
Society begins when everyone understands that the goal of our life is to develop toward bestowing to the Creator. By doing so, we become equal to Him in qualities, begin to understand and feel Him, connect with Him, and adhere to Him. Complete adhesion with the Creator is the purpose of our development and of the development of reality. The whole reality becomes one point of adhesion between us and the Creator. This determines the fundamental principle of our society.2
We are not canceling corporeal life. Yet, the main thing for a person is to achieve his eternal soul called “the divine part from above.” The soul is the adhesion of a person with the Creator. In order to reach such adhesion, we need to work together and support each other in the group. Therefore, first of all, we need to organize the correct society that is directed as much as possible toward attaining this goal of adhesion with the Creator.3
To bestow to the Creator means to fulfill His will through adhesion with Him, through equivalence of form. As He is merciful, so I must become merciful, that is, to reach love of my neighbor. However, in order to do so, I first discover hatred, separation, and rejection from others so that I would build the opposite quality above these qualities: connection and love. This is the work of the society.
Society should help and guide me in this work. I understand that I am lazy and that every moment I try to avoid working on connection, consciously or unconsciously. Therefore, I want the society to hold me in their arms, like a mother holds her baby, carrying me in their loyal hands. I am ready to give myself to society because I have already checked myself and realized that by myself I have no strength and brains, no chance. Let society make a human being out of me.4
In this difficult time before the 9th of Av, we need to pay more attention on how egoism governs us, confuses and lowers us to the animalistic degree by all possible means: problems with the climate, in society, at work, and in the family. This time, with all its difficulties, requires more connection from us, because it is the time of receiving the Torah. We could have received the Torah, but we were unable to do so, and therefore, we received destruction—the 9th of Av. This has already happened several times.
If the evil inclination is not revealed, we have nothing to correct and nothing from which we can build our connection with the Creator. One comes to the Creator from two lines: the evil inclination and the good inclination against it. I come to the Creator with my evil nature and ask Him to give me a good nature in order to neutralize and control my egoism.
Today, we are gathering for the unity evening in order to reveal together both our evil inclination and our ability to connect and reveal the good inclination. They are revealed one against the other. 1,500 egoists who understand that the desired goal can be achieved only in the vessels of bestowal gathering together. If each one could rise a little above himself, then through this common effort we will be able to raise a prayer, to ask the Light to separate us a little from our egoistic desire.
We are glued to the egoism, but we want to rise above it a little. The Light, like water, enters between me and the egoistic desire and I begin to sail above it as if on a boat, in my group. From there, I will already be able to start rising.5
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/14/19, Preparing for Unity day
1 Minute 1:30
2 Minute 4:08
3 Minute 6:10
4 Minute 9:12
5 Minute 12:10
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