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My Thoughts On Twitter 2/3/20

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The function of “#Israel” is to attain such a connection between people that it will unite those who aspire to it, and then, through that #connection, to conduct the upper energy, the force that unites and holds everything together, to all the nations of the world and the other layers of #nature: animate, vegetative and still.

Man’s field of vision incorporates a dual image of the world. He must integrate it, integrating himself with others into a common whole. By correcting himself, he sees a corrected world. By integrating negative and positive qualities within himself, he rises to the next degree of the world’s perception.
From Twitter, 2/3/20

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Resist Egoism, Think About Connection

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We are still in exile, inside our egoistic desire that separates us. However, it is known that in order to implement the method of correction, we must organize ourselves in tens, as we did after the exodus from Egypt when Jethro came to Moses and started arranging the people of Israel in tens.

We do not yet feel that there is a special force in the ten, and therefore, we are disappointed in it and do not understand why we need it. However, the fact is that the Creator must be revealed in the connection between us. Ten desires (precisely desires and not people) want to discover the Creator, and for this, they display a good attitude toward each other in order to connect and become “as one man with one heart” with respect to the spiritual goal.

Between these tens and the Creator hidden between them, there is a restriction. The Creator is hiding behind the screen as if behind an opaque glass that does not let Him be seen. But He is in the middle, in the center of the ten. To the extent that the friends can connect and influence the Creator, the surrounding light, the quality of bestowal and mercy, the Creator is revealed to them.

All this occurs between them in the center of the ten. There are strict laws that help us fulfill the condition of equivalence of form. Therefore, our work is to make a common effort to create the surrounding light, as it is written: “In Your light shall we see light.”

The surrounding light, which comes from above as a result of our efforts, makes the opaque glass transparent, and we see the Creator behind it revealed in the connection between us in the ten.1

We want to connect with each other without paying attention to any differences. Of utmost importance is the aim for one common goal and feeling that with this aspiration we build “the field that the Creator has blessed” between us. Therefore, a certain field appears between us, woven from our efforts and aspirations to come closer to each other.

We do not yet see anything in this field except our attempts to build and feel the Creator. However, to the extent that we exert, we begin to feel that a new force operates in this area, the surrounding light, generated above the will to receive. Each one rejects one’s personal egoism and above it reaches out to others, and in this way, we create our common reflected light, which builds a field between us and opens up the opportunity to manifest on it the force of bestowal, unity, love, that is, the Creator.

It is as if I want to look through a window, but it is completely opaque and I cannot see anything through it. However, if I can resist my egoism and think about connection, about the benefit of the ten, and the purpose of creation, then I generate the reflected light that makes the opaque glass transparent. Then I see the Creator on the other side of it, not as a person, but as qualities that I begin to recognize.

In fact, I do not recognize the Creator; rather, I build Him, as it is written: “As though you have made Me.” I mold the Creator out of my desires for bestowal.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/11/20Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom”
1 Minute 3:05
2 Minute 19:45

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“Garbage” Food

The food waste is the third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. EU alone throws out more than 12 billion tons of food per year. In order to prevent food waste, in England, a new project has been developed: a certain time before the food has to be thrown out by restaurants and cafes, it is available for home delivery. Will such an approach give a good example and help to solve the food distribution problem in the world?

It is true, a so-called Pagpag (“garbage” food) is gaining popularity in the world. It does have a minor impact on the food-related issues, however, dealing with the consequences of the problem does not solve the root breach. We are still inclined to over-consuming and discarding the products, while a vast number of people are hungry, malnourished, etc.

What is the optimal solution?

In order to distribute food correctly, we need to learn how to consume correctly. We are required to create such of social education environment, where, even one wakes up every morning an egoist, he is pushed into the awareness that he is just a small part of a huge system and that he depends on it as well as it depends on him. This needs to be explained to a person on a daily basis, at every opportunity, through all information channels, so we all realize how we influence the world and take our responsibility on how to make it a better and happier place.

Building The Future Society, Part 9

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Baal HaSulam, Building the Future Society, Chapter 3, Item9: In other words: except for the matter of “Love thy friend as thyself,” each nation may follow its own religion and tradition, and one must not interfere with another.

If in the society of the future people will have some kind of religious or philosophical interests, they can easily engage in them.

The main thing is love your neighbor as yourself. This law is several degrees above all other laws, all kinds of conditions and artificial tricks.

The fact that people engage in meditation, imagine the spiritual and the future in the form of social cults, does not matter. The main thing is that there is a connection between everyone at the level of love. For the rest, do what you want.
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From Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/7/19

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Question: In corporeal life, is the fulfillment of our desires felt on the collision, with the disappearance of pleasure? For example, when I am thirsty I take a few sips of water and feel pleasure at the same time. Then it disappears. As far as I understand, there is a patent of continuous pleasure in Kabbalah.

Answer: In Kabbalah there is indeed a means that allows one to enjoy continuously more and more. In our world, any pleasures on the inanimate, vegetative and animate degrees extinguish our desires. Both desire and pleasure disappear—I feel twice as empty, i.e., I practically kill myself.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, I must receive pleasure in a form that does not extinguish my desire. Then I will feel this pleasure for eternity. The more I have pleasure and desire for it—even more pleasure, even more desire—I will constantly feel more and more fulfilled. Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah is called the science of receiving.

Question: That is, there should be some kind of a barrier, resistance, so that pleasure will not extinguish the desire. What is it?

Answer: This is an ascent above our egoistic desire when I break away from it and use it for its intended purpose, regardless of my feelings, to fill it with pleasure. Moreover, the pleasure that I experience must be felt by me not for my own sake, but for the sake of others or for the sake of the Creator.

Question: Does it mean that another person can become this resistance?

Answer: Yes. If I do it for the other person, then I isolate myself. I separate my desire from fulfillment because I do it for the sake of the other. Then my desire does not disappear. It is not extinguished by pleasure because the pleasure relates to the other. In this state, I can enjoy continuously and indefinitely.

Question: So, we have a scheme here: I, another person, and pleasure. Is one person enough or should there be a group of people or even all of humanity?

Answer: It does not matter. Of utmost importance is that it is outside of me. I can then truly enjoy continuously and increasingly.

Question: How does this relate to the Creator? Where is the Creator in this?

Answer: The Creator is the cause of all this, and by His constant positive and negative influences on us, He teaches us how to build an instrument in which we will receive continuous, ever-increasing pleasure.

Question: Why is it not “I, the Creator, and pleasure,” but “I, another person, and pleasure”?

Answer: It does not matter whether it is the Creator or another person. Simply, the Creator here acts as a third person who replaces absolutely everyone. By aiming yourself to fulfill others in order to fulfill the Creator with it, you are as if completely detached from yourself.

Question: Does it mean that if I want to receive pleasure, I just need to find some stranger and do something good for him?

Answer: No. This is not how things happen. After all, in this way you begin to perceive this person like yourself, he becomes close to you. To give to another or to give to yourself—there is a danger that you will associate this with yourself, and in the end you will begin to fulfill him egoistically.

Comment: If this is, let’s say, my child, I can understand.

My Response: Even if this is not your child but a stranger. Therefore, everything should be related to the ten, through the group to the Creator in order to place this on a very serious degree.

Question: How is the Creator revealed here? Is it like fuel that gives me an opportunity to do something?

Answer: The Creator here is revealed as a goal, as an address to which my action is directed. I do it for His sake. Through the group of people to the Creator. I then have an absolutely clear intention for bestowal.

Question: How do I know what the Creator needs?

Answer: It does not matter. If I arrange my actions in such a way, I break away from my egoism. There is no Creator. I just need such an arrangement in order to exit myself and reach absolute and constant pleasure.

Question: What do I need to do for the sake of the others? Do I need to give them something?

Answer: You will begin to receive the understanding of what they are lacking and see opportunities to fulfill them through you, that is, to treat them in such a way that the upper light passes through you and fulfills them.

Question: Is there is a danger here that we might find ourselves in illusion?

Answer: You cannot be in illusion because this is disconnected from your egoism. Egoism cannot play with you here. This is very real, so much so that it takes years until we come to this state.

Question: But how do I know what others need? Let’s say, I have a few friends, so in the case that they ask, should I try to do something for them?

Answer: They need the same thing you need. Exactly the same thing.

Comment: Suppose, I need to find the meaning of life.

My Response: And they need the same. They are together with you in the same group.

Question: If I help them find the meaning of life, to reveal the Creator and they understand that, and I take care of that, is this called that I bestow to them?

Answer: Yes. You mutually help each other. Therefore, this common work brings you to one single desire, to one single intention. You are already considered connected with each other so much that you do not feel where you are and where the other is.

You have common desires, common intentions and in them you reveal the intention for the Creator from the entire group.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/14/19

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The Teacher Student Link

945Question: Suppose I chose a teacher and after two or three years I see that I have nothing to learn from him, and even know more than him. Such things happen in our world in music, sports, etc. Does it happen in Kabbalah?

Answer: Yes, the same can happen here. It is quite possible that it is worth changing teachers. But here you need to understand to whom you are changing. Either you change your teacher because you don’t want to apply more effort or because you have an urgent need for it because you cannot advance with the old teacher.

Question: Is there any particular connection between teacher and student?

Answer: The teacher is a conductor of the higher energy, higher light, and higher knowledge to the student. Therefore, it is important for us that the student is connected to his teacher because this connection does not vanish.

Remark: Earlier the groups were very small, and therefore a close relationship between the teacher and the student really existed. Today, you have millions of students and naturally, you know only a small amount of them.

My Comment: It does not matter who I know, it is important which of them considers oneself to be my student, one’s attitude toward me. To this extent, the student rushes with his or her inner movement toward me, and through me one receives contact with a higher power.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/4/19

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 2/3/20

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic “Common Outcry to the Creator” (Preparation for the Convention in Desert)

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,”  Item 104

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Gatehouse of Intentions,”  Item 16

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