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According to the correct process of advancement, the further we advance, the more we feel helplessness, misunderstanding, insensibility, and disappointment in ourselves. We already have some kind of clue about the spiritual force that is in front of us, but we are not yet able to work with it. So, we find ourselves in a completely desperate state about which it is written: “And the children of Israel sighed from the work, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God from the work.” And this is exactly the sign that we are approaching the entrance to the spiritual world.
Here, the whole question is who will pass this test and who will not. He who holds on to his friends makes it through. And the wise and the proud who keep their distance from the environment and the group fall out. Nature’s forces allow entry to spirituality only to those who are ready to unite. Those who are not yet in such unity are those who let the forces of nature operate them. Uniting means wanting these forces, both negative and positive, to act on us and arrange everything so that we can fill our empty cells in the common Kli (vessel), in the soul of Adam HaRishon.
One who agrees to this enters the upper world. Lowering one’s pride is of utmost importance here. The main obstacle is when a person imagines oneself as an independent individual who understands and makes decisions instead of being a small cell of Adam HaRishon. Such an approach greatly weakens a person.
Everything is achieved only by the power of prayer, that is, by agreeing that all corrections are made on you and you give yourself to the group and to the Creator. Baal HaSulam, Letter No. 57: “It follows from the above that everything, small or great, is obtained only by the power of prayer. All the labor and work to which we are obliged are only to discover our lack of strength and our lowliness—that we are unfit for anything by our own strength—for then we can pour out a wholehearted prayer before Him.”
I might be unable to yet perceive spirituality with either my heart or my mind, but I know one thing: I have a shield—my ten. I cling onto this ten as a baby clings to its mother, hanging onto her like a monkey. If it were not for the group, I would fall into this corporeal life and, having fallen out of the spiritual path, turn into an ordinary person.
This shield will expand and turn into my connection with the entire soul of Adam HaRishon, where I must fulfill my role regarding all souls: to receive from them and bestow to them. This is the law for the existence of a healthy cell in a healthy body in the material world. One must also behave similarly in spirituality.
Whether you want it or not, you will come to it anyway. But if we are on the spiritual path, then we use the Kabbalists’ advice to precede the blow with medicine, to advance with acceleration by the path of light even before embarking on the path of suffering. And the Kabbalists advise us to strengthen our connection with the group, otherwise we will have to advance by blows, which will take hundreds of years and many lives. If we apply our own effort, we will achieve the goal in a few years.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/3/20, Common Outcry to the Creator (Preparation for the Convention in Desert)
1 Minute 19:00
Question: Pursuing Kabbalah, we kind of come back to a point of higher energy. To do this, we need a group of people, like-minded people, because the power of unification manifests itself only in it. Does that mean this ball of energy or the Creator has the property of unification?
Answer: The Creator is one, and in order to comprehend Him, we need to achieve unity. This can be achieved only if we strive for Him, if we somehow master Him.
Question: What exactly do we need to achieve, unity with Him or unity between us?
Answer: Properties of unity, i.e., the unity of all opposites. Therefore Kabbalists point out that the best way to achieve this is to get together in a group and try to connect in such a way that there is absolute understanding, absolute interaction, absolute fusion, unification to the point of love.
All this will be above the opposite of our properties. On one hand, we will begin to distinguish more and more between our contradictions. And on the other hand, we will have the opportunity to rise above them.
Question: Figuratively speaking, how do atoms while loving each other combine and form molecules, or how does one cell in the body love others and when combined with them form some kind of organ just like us?
Answer: Yes. This occurs in inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature; there is a coercive higher power, the Creator, who absolutely clearly controls them without requiring any approval, support, or request from a governed object.
Therefore, all levels of nature, except people, unconsciously perform the actions of the Creator. He controls us so that everyone consciously asks the Creator to correct them and connect with others. Here a person becomes a fellow traveler, an ally, and a partner to the Creator.
This is very important because to the extent that we begin to feel the problems that the Creator poses before us, we begin to ask Him to solve these problems. He solves those problems by combining a man with others, with all of nature: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human. It turns out that the Creator gives a person conditions, a person asks, and the Creator grants.
Question: That is, all the problems and hindrances that are given to us in this life are needed in order to direct everyone to a closer state with other people?
Answer: Yes. And in this closer state between opposing people, the Creator reveals Himself.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/11/19
Question: Two forces operate in nature: the altruistic force that develops creation and the altruistic force that is responsible for the diversity of nature and our individuality, feelings, and emotions. Does the correct combination between them constitute the correct mutual relationship in a ten?
Answer: Yes. We always sense the contrast between the two forces.
Question: Should we become like the developing, altruistic force?
Answer: But it’s impossible to achieve, perceive, and appreciate it if there is no egoistic force opposite to it. Kabbalah doesn’t talk about eradicating anything in nature; it talks only about reaching balance.
Question: So it follows that these two forces are concealed from us?
Answer: Even the spiritual egoistic force is concealed from us, not to mention the altruistic one, which is in absolute concealment. Existing at the animalistic level of our world, we perceive the egoistic force a little bit, we see what it is. But still, this is not the spiritual egoistic force.
Question: How can we work in a ten if these two forces, the altruistic and the spiritual egoistic, are concealed? What does our work consist of?
Answer: These forces are concealed, but we have an opportunity to come closer to the friends, to study Kabbalah with them, to try to change our state in relation to each other, and to mutually support each other. Ultimately, we will start examining the forces that draw us closer or repel us from each other.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/20/19
New Life 1189 – The Importance Of Education For Human Development
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
The speaking or human level of development, the level of Adam, only happens through education according to the wisdom of Kabbalah. An uneducated person will behave like a wild animal and do what is good for himself at every moment without any consideration for others. Humans, in the fullest sense of the term, are those who are concerned about the benefit of others. They have a feeling of love for everyone. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches one how to resemble the Creator, the power of love and bestowal, by adhering to the principle, “And you shall love your friend as yourself.” The environment shapes human desire into the image of a good person that then acts like a compass for decision-making. Education begins with parents, even before gestation, and extends to one’s last day.
From KabTV’s “New Life 1189 – The Importance of Education for Human Development,” 12/17/19
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Baal HaSulam, Shamati 1, “There Is None Else Besides Him”: Only if that person has a true desire will he receive help from above.
True desire arises gradually, precisely due to the fact that a person falls and rises, falls and rises, becomes disappointed, and then again searches for the Creator. Only in this way does the correct striving toward the Creator hatch in a person.
Today we still do not understand what the correct aspiration means. After all, it is gradually sorted out from all previous incorrect, not quite clearly defined relations with the Creator.
Only if that person has a true desire will he receive help from above, and he will always be shown that he is at fault in the present state. Namely, he is sent thoughts and views that are against the work. See how a person is manipulated! This is in order for him to see that he is not in wholeness with the Creator.
That is, he is not ready yet, does not understand and feel what it means to reveal the Creator, to define Him as the only existing source of everything that happens inside and outside of him.
As much as he overcomes, he always sees that he is farther from holiness than others, from striving toward the Creator, from a clear rapprochement with Him. Moreover, he sees that he is a loser in comparison with others because he does not feel that he is inside them.
He sees that they are generally satisfied, calm, not reacting so sharply and seriously to their failures, and they live like that. Of course, they would like to find the Creator in their life, but if He is not there, then they can do something else because there are some other possible states, not just the continuous search for the Creator.
Therefore, he feels that he is in a lower, more unfortunate state than other people who, in general, can feel themselves in connection with the Creator, understand what is happening, and see that everything is in order. But this person feels that nothing is revealed to him, nothing is shining. What should he do?
Although he occasionally receives some excitement from the Creator, some approximations and insights, they immediately disappear, and he again falls into gray darkness, into the place of baseness
But in the end, if a person does not despair, these are exactly the states that cause him to come to realize that only the Creator can help him and reveal his real feelings, so that he can feel the Creator both inside and outside himself.
From Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 11/24/19