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Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam)

127. The Difference between Kernel, Essence, and Added Abundance

Sukkot Inter 4, September 30, 1942

It is known that the departure of the Mochin and the cessation of the Zivug occur only to the additions of the Mochin, and the core of the degree in ZON is Vav and a Nekuda (point). This means that, at its essence, Malchut has no more than a point, a black point that has no whiteness in it.

And if one accepts that point as the core, and not as something superfluous that one wishes to be rid of, but moreover, accepts it as adornment, it is called “a handsome abode in one’s heart.” This is because he does not condemn this servitude, but makes it essential to him. This is called “raising Divinity from the dust.” And when one sustains the basis as essential, one can never fall from one’s degree, since there is no departure in the essence.

And when one takes upon himself to work as a black point, where even in the greatest darkness in the world, the Holy Divinity says, “there is no place to hide from you.” Hence, “I am tied to Him in one knot,” “and it will never be detached.” Because of that, one has no cessation of Dvekut (adhesion).

And if some illumination, called “addition,” comes to him from Above, he accepts it by way of “unavoidable and unintended,” since it comes from the Emanator, without the lower one’s awakening. And this is the meaning of “I am black, but comely,” because if you can accept the blackness, you will see that I am comely.

And this is the meaning of “Whoso is thoughtless, let him turn in hither.” When he turns from all his dealings and wants to work only to benefit the Creator, and works by way of “I was as a beast before Thee,” he is then rewarded with seeing the final perfection. This is the meaning of “a heartless one, she saith to him.” This means that since he was heartless, he had to be thoughtless; otherwise he would not be able to approach.

But sometimes we encounter a state of Divinity in exile, when the point descends to the separated BYA. Then it is called “As a lily among thorns,” since it has the shape of thorns and thistles. In that state, it cannot be accepted, since it is the domination of the Klipot.

And this comes through man’s actions, as man’s actions below affect the root of one’s soul Above, in the Holy Divinity. This means that if a person below is enslaved to the will to receive, he thus makes the Klipa reign over the Kedusha Above.

This is the meaning of Tikkun Hatzot (midnight correction). We pray to raise Divinity from the dust, meaning to elevate it, to be important, as Above and below are calculations of importance. And then it is considered a black point.

In the Tikkun Hatzot he prevails and says that he wants to keep the verse of “Libni and Shimei.” Libni means Lavan (white), and not black, and Shimei means Shmi’a (hearing), meaning reasonability, which means that assuming the burden of the kingdom of Heaven is a reasonable and acceptable matter for him. And the Tikkun Hatzot is the Tikkun of the Mehitza (partition), the correction of separating the Kedusha from the Klipa, meaning to correct the bad feeling within the will to receive, and connect to the desire to bestow.

Golah (exile) has the letters of Geulah (redemption), with the difference being the Aleph. This means that we must extend the Aluf (Champion) of the world into the Golah, and then we immediately feel the Geulah. This is the meaning of “He who could guard the harmful, must compensate the harmed with the best kind that one has.” And this is the meaning of “where there is judgment below, there is no judgment Above.”

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