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Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam)

62. Descends and Incites, Ascends and Complains

I heard on Adar Aleph 19, February 29, 1948

Descends and incites, ascends and complains. One must always examine oneself, if one’s Torah and work do not descend to the abyss. This is because one’s greatness is measured by one’s measure of Dvekut (Adhesion) with the Creator, meaning on one’s measure of annulment before the Creator.

In other words, one’s self-love does not merit reference, but one wishes to annul one’s self completely. This is because in one who works in order to receive, the measure of one’s work is the measure of the greatness of one’s self. At that time one becomes a being, an object, and a separate authority. In that state it is difficult for one to annul before the Creator.

However, when one works in order to bestow, and when one completes one’s work, meaning that he has corrected one’s entire vessels of reception for oneself from what he has from the root of his soul, then he has nothing more to do in the world. It follows that one should think and concentrate on that point only.

The sign that one is walking on the path of truth if one is in the form of “descending and inciting,” meaning that one’s entire work is in a state of descent. In that state one is in the authority of the Sitra Achra (Other Side), and then he ascends and complains, meaning one feels oneself in a state of ascent, and complains about others. Yet, one who works in purity always complains about oneself, and sees others in a better degree than he feels himself.

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