Cohens, Levites, Israel

557Zohar for All, VaYera: “You shall multiply the nation, you shall increase their gladness” are the priests. “They will be glad in Your presence as with the gladness of harvest” are Israel, whom the Creator blesses with the crop of the field and they give tithing from everything. “As they rejoice when they divide the spoil” are the Levites, who receive a tithing from the barn.

The Creator is the quality of bestowal and love. To reach love of your neighbor is the main commandment, the basis of the entire Torah, of everything we need to come to. If we reach this quality, we will become similar to the Creator. This is the purpose of our development.

Why do we exist now, here, in this world? This is in order for us to create a condition where the quality of bestowal and love, called the Creator, is revealed between us by returning to this world until we reach the quality to bestow to our neighbor.

On the way to acquiring this quality, we have several forces that we can somehow vary, control, and eventually form in ourselves. There are only two forces: the right force is the force of bestowal, the force of the Creator, which we can attract if we want to correct the left line, the force of egoism that exists in us. These two opposing forces are represented by Cohen (priest) and Levy.

The third force, the middle line, we create ourselves by combining the right and the left ones to form from ourselves similarity to the Creator, which is called “Israel” (“Yashar El,” “straight to the Creator”), meaning the one who is aiming to similarity to the Creator. This is our task.

Therefore, it is said: take all that you can from the Cohen, from the right force that shines some kind of light upon you, and take all that you can from the left line, from your egoism.

With the help of the right line we need to explore the left one. To separate the tithe from it, the part that you are not able to correct, because it is your egoism and it is too big. Therefore, you can correct ninety percent of it, but you cannot correct the remaining ten percent.

That is, the correction of this part is that you simply separate it without working on yourself. Close your eyes, tear it away from yourself, and that’s it. In this way it corrects itself. You can correct the other ninety percent in the right line because its force can handle ninety percent of the left line.

When you correctly combine them with each other, connecting all your egoistic qualities to the intention in order to bestow with the right line, you build a middle line, which is called “Israel—straight to the Creator,” similarly to the Creator.

Question: What does it mean “You shall multiply the nation”?

Answer: It means to lift yourself up by your work. When you build the middle line, you are always lifting yourself up on it, as if on an elevator, in greater and greater similarity to the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #6

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Brownian Motion

538Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World”: Everything in reality, good or bad, and even the most harmful in the world, has a right to exist and must not be destroyed and eradicated from the world. We must only mend and reform it because any observation of the work of creation is enough to teach us about the greatness and perfection of its Operator and Creator. 

Question: Terrible things have happened throughout history: monstrous murders, the genocide of entire nations. Can you explain how the worst states help advance humanity toward a higher goal?

Answer: The fact is that we consist of one very vivid desire to enjoy. We want to feel good. And when we feel bad, it pushes us to the next, as it seems to us, better state. In it, we feel like we are coming out of the past for a while, but we still feel that it is bad in it. It also pushes us to the next state. And so we move constantly.

This is our destiny, our fate, our history, our development, and everything that happens.

How can we not move like that by chance, along Brownian motion, from this “bad” to another “bad,” a third, and so on? How can we see our path in advance so that we can move from bad to good, and from good to even better?

This does not happen. There are better periods, worse periods, but in principle, nothing radically better happens.

So we have a problem: what is happening to us and to nature? We see how intelligent nature has created physical bodies, minds, qualities, feelings, and everything else, that is, a huge super-organism in which we are small, but very nasty bugs.

Question: Is all this for us to realize the evil of our egoistic nature?

Answer: Not only. Obviously, through this awareness we can come to change ourselves, and in accordance with this, to change the whole of nature. After all, on the one hand, we are the most egoistic beings in this world, and on the other hand, we are the most active, strong, and powerful.

So we need to figure out what we can do with our great potential and our great evil egoism.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 5/13/19

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