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The Arvut (mutual guarantee) is a special connection, the correct connection between broken desires in one man with one heart. It turns out as not just one person, but as if one, as if in one desire. A deep difference remains inside between one and another, the polar oppositeness and hatred do not disappear, but are covered with love. We are building a bridge of love laid over the abyss of hatred. Hatred, combined with love, gives us an understanding and sense of what is called the Creator: a special state, a unique quality, that arises from a combination of incompatible opposites.
Out of the two extremes that deny one another, a force not from this world is born, the light that reforms, which builds a connection between us that lets us understand what the Creator is. As a result of the confrontation of the two forces, love and hate, and their union, a middle line arises, called the Creator.1
The Arvut is the sensation of the shared network we are in. At first, it seems to us that there is no connection between us. But this general system gradually emerges: spiritual steps and worlds. Although we do not feel it now, it exists, and we want to reveal it. As long as I am included in this general system, I can use it and feel confident.
First, I must make an effort to bring the light and unite our ten in a spiritual Partzuf. The light unites us into one creation, into Malchut. Before that, we are not a creation because Malchut is ten points connected together ready to work together. Only together can they meet the Creator.
The general network is the common soul of Adam HaRishon; we are all parts of it. Each person is a particle in this common desire. In fact, we are all connected by mutual guarantee, merged into one soul, filled with the Creator.
Scientists, biologists, say that there is a universal connection in nature: all plants are connected to each other by an invisible underground network, all fish in the ocean and all birds feel each other. We begin to reveal that the world acts as a single system in which we are located and unconsciously comply with its laws. We need to join it consciously, by our own choice, intentionally participating in its control. For this, we are given special human qualities: imagination, thought, desire, and sensitivity.
This whole system is broken, completely mixed up, and it is revealed to us at its lowest level called “this world.” We need to begin to disassemble and connect this system together, thus, we will reach the level of the Creator, and build Him.2
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/8/19, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”
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Question: Throughout the entire history of humanity, people were looking for the meaning of life. In ancient Greece and ancient Rome, they believed that the goal of all human actions was the search for happiness, although everyone understood happiness in one’s own way.
Cynics were content with little: to avoid evil.
The life ideals of stoics were equanimity, calmness in relation to external and internal irritating factors. Most of the Eastern methodologies also followed the same principle.
In medieval Europe and in India, the idea of the meaning of life was associated with respecting ancestors and following religious ideals. If we look at later religious approaches and theories, it is clear that the meaning of life is to know God.
Of course, everyone understood God in their own way. Yet, righteous living, keeping the commandments, and loving God was the essence of their existence.
According to Buddha’s teaching, the meaning and ultimate purpose of life is to end suffering. The absence of suffering is already, in principle, pleasure. Naturally, to stop suffering means to stop using your egoism, your will to receive.
According to Confucius, the main goal of human existence was to create an ideal society in which a person is a “cog” and thus, is in harmony.
According to a survey of modern people, 26% believe that this world is meaningless, 32% that the meaning of life is in love, 22% in getting to know the world and transferring this knowledge to others, 8% in achieving complete contact with God.
What is the meaning of life from the point of view of Kabbalah?
Answer: There is a purpose of creation, initially embedded in the creation of a person and the world in which he was created. It consists in the fact that through our development in this world, in the environment in which we are placed among the inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature and human society, we could reveal the Creator who controls that. The meaning of life is in attaining the Creator during our corporeal life.
Question: How does this differ from other methods that also profess the attainment of the Creator, love for Him, and following His commandments?
Answer: In Kabbalah, we mean an absolutely explicit revelation of the Creator in everything that surrounds us when we attain Him as we attain any other absolutely explicit part of nature.
Question: Where is this attained? Do I see Him, feel Him, and hear Him?
Answer: This is attained in everything that happens within me and around me: I begin to reveal the upper governing force, which is in all actions, properties, and phenomena. The manifestation of the upper force gives me the idea that I am in a completely new world: a world in which there is the one who controls it.
The upper force of governance is manifested in absolutely all properties, changes, in nature, in me, in my mind and feelings, in everything that happens to each of the inhabitants of this world. Moreover, it manifests itself through them and thus reveals its goal: how to lead countless creations on different levels—inanimate, vegetative, animal, and human—to absolute harmony, to connection with each other, to complete integral interaction.
This perception of the single force, goal, and plan, when all actions are connected into one and everything comes down to a single state that we should reach according to the upper thought, is called “the Creator.”
We come to a state when we clearly see, feel, and perceive that there is nothing besides the Creator. There is only this force that created us specifically in order to demonstrate its singularity, its greatness, its strength, and its universality to us.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/14/19
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “How can I make miracles happen in my life?“
There is nothing simpler than making a miracle.
If people feel rejection, hatred, and remoteness from each other and they start connecting above such negative sensations, as it is written, “love will cover all transgressions,” then through this battle they each wage upon their egos, they attract a positive influence from nature.
This positive influence is known in the wisdom of Kabbalah as “the light.” They feel that they draw the light precisely from the darkness that they previously felt.
Such connection above mutual rejection and hatred is a miracle. When it happens, we feel a new illumination, perfection, warmth and harmony fill our lives.
Why is it that when we connect above our divisions, a miracle happens?
It is because, by doing so, we resemble the light—nature’s quality of love and bestowal—and our connection brings its influence closer to us.
If we decide that we’ve had enough of wars, conflicts, and hatred, and try to be good to each other, then we’ll immediately feel how the world changes and starts filling up with a special illumination.
We already live completely encased by the light, but we feel it as darkness.
It is because our self-centered egoistic nature is opposite to the bestowing and loving nature of the light.
Therefore, by making efforts to become as loving and giving as the light itself, while being opposite to it, we attract the light’s positive influence, and it performs this miracle of connecting us above our instinctive rejection to each other.
When such a miracle happens, we will start feeling a whole new sense of happiness, confidence, warmth, support, and harmony, i.e., everything positive in life.
Question: The purpose of creation is to become like the general power of nature, the Creator, in terms of properties. His property is to bestow.
Baal HaSulam writes in his article “Love for the Creator and Love for the Created Beings” that one cannot just jump over and acquire the property of the Creator because one can deceive oneself.
To make sure that I indeed achieve this property, an image of our world was created with all kinds of creations: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and most importantly, human. I must correct my attitude toward people.
Therefore, as it is written in all the original sources, the basic law is “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” What does it mean? Everyone understands this in their own way.
Answer: “Love thy neighbor as thyself” is the goal that a person must achieve if one works on one’s correction. This goal is a very distant one, but in the beginning there are other preliminary stages of correction.
“Love thy neighbor as thyself” means that just as today I love myself and I instinctively, consciously, and subconsciously put myself at the head of the whole world and only through myself do I perceive this world, and only from myself onward do I look at the world, and only for my dear own self do I work and do everything, so I must change myself for the whole world, work for the improvement of the world only, and only feel pain for it as if it were my beloved little child.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/7/19