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Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam)

223. Clothing, Bag, Lie, Almond

I heard

“None might enter within the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth.” This means that when one awakens oneself to how one is remote from the Creator and filled with transgressions, sins, and crimes, one cannot be attached to the Creator or receive any salvation from the Creator. This is because he has a clothing of a sackcloth and cannot enter the King’s palace.

Hence, it is necessary that one will see one’s true state, as it is, without covering. On the contrary, the whole purpose of the Klipot (shells) is to cover, but if one has been rewarded from Above, one can discover and see one’s true state. However, one should know that this is not perfection, but necessity. And a time of bitterness is called Dalet (the Hebrew letter). When it is added by a Sack (the Hebrew and English words are the same here), they form Shaked (almond), which rushes salvation.

Yet, when one makes the bitterness in the work by himself, that is, when one can make the self-scrutiny, one is glad that at least he sees the truth. This is considered making this the Rosh (head), that is, important. And this is called Reish (the Hebrew letter), and joined with the Sack it creates Sheker (lie). However, this work should be with tremor and fear, and he should immediately strengthen himself with complete faith that everything will be corrected.

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