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Chapter 12: Questions and Thoughts

 

 

Is man’s origin from the ape?

Q: At what stage in creation did the ape evolve to become a man?

A: The Kabbalah calls the phenomenon you are referring to – “Malchut of the upper becomes Keter of the lower” – it is a passage from one level of creation, to the adjacent level, but not from one nature to the next. It is a mistake to think that it is possible to switch between levels of the screen in the same manner, but also between the four parts of the will to receive in creation: still, vegetative, animate and speaking. Such passages are impossible! The spiritual genes are eternal! That is why there cannot be a development from a rock to a plant, and from an ape to man. But it is certainly possible for a person to develop spiritually, meaning rise spiritually from a level of “still” to the level of “vegetative”, to the level of “animate” and to the level of “speaking”, called man. This only refers to the manners and the abilities to use the desire, the implementation of the coarseness, referring to a change in quantity, but not in quality. The Creator created the collective desire in a strict formation, and man utilizes it gradually, according to the level of his adaptation to the screen.

 

Q: How is that metamorphosis done? If it is possible, please explain the feeling it creates in the heart, not the technique of it.

A: A new situation cannot emerge before we begin to hate the previous one, and before we want something new in place of the old, with all our hearts. In fact, there is a detachment between man’s present situation and his future one. That detachment stems from an act that is ‘above reason’, meaning against the mind. Like a seed must first completely rot in the ground before a new bud grows. So is the case with our desire. The present desire must ‘rot’ entirely. We must reject it, make it ‘rot’, and only then can we even discuss the possibility that something new will come out.

 

Q: Is it true that man’s responses and his character belong to our world and do not change when one becomes a kabbalist?

A: It’s true. The Zohar says that the character is a collection of natural habits that relate to the ‘beastly body’, to beastly desires that do not change, precisely because they belong to our world, and everything in our world is considered dead, unchanging, compared to the spiritual world. That is why in Kabbalah, the birth of man is the reception of the first, minimal, screen, immediately after a person crosses the barrier from the sensation of this world only, to the sensation of the spiritual world. That is called the crossing of the Red Sea. That concludes the first phase of man’s development, after which he enters the spiritual world.

 

Q: Can a person become a kabbalist, altruist in spirituality, and yet remain an egoist in our world?

A: You contradict the definition of the term - spirituality. Spirituality can be attained only by attributes that are adapted for spirituality. Such attributes are called ‘for the Creator’, the attributes of bestowal and giving. All other intentions, such as ‘for other people’, ‘for mankind’, are actually ‘for myself’. These aims come from the desire to be rewarded indirectly, or that they stem from desires for control, power, to be respected etc. Only if a person attains complete detachment from his own nature, and that is possible only if his intentions are ‘for the Creator’, does he become free from his desires. Then he sees that through the intent ‘for the Creator’ he begins to love the entire mankind, actually wish it well. We come to that precisely because we attain the attribute of the Creator. Man begins to love people as much as the Creator does, but only out of the attributes of the Creator, and not from within his own attributes. Perhaps you have a different definition to egoism and spirituality. Perhaps spirituality is, for example, something fragile, noble, lyric and pleasant, detached from the world, ‘cultural’ and so on. But all these definitions of spirituality are completely different to ours, because they are felt and surface in another substance, different to our own nature. That is why they are sensed completely differently to the way we are accustomed. Precisely here is where Kabbalah becomes the wisdom of the hidden.

Regrettably, only those who attain spirituality can understand kabbalists. But that is precisely the source of the dispute between kabbalists and other people, between the Creator and the corrupted creatures, between those who object to Kabbalah and those who attain it. The world of the kabbalist is different – we appreciate everything in our world as good or bad, but to a kabbalist the world seems completely different, because he is above it.

A kabbalist sees everything that extends to our world, as well as the source of the agony and the reasons for everything that happens in the world. He sees what disrupts the happiness and completeness of the world. You can read by yourself and see how sharply great kabbalists write about the cause of humanity’s suffering, which is in fact, the lack of desire to study Kabbalah. Only the study of the Kabbalah attracts the light that brings happiness and bliss to our world!

I recommend that you read Introduction to the Zohar by Ba’al Hasulam.

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The Demise of a Kabbalist

Q: When a kabbalist dies, who takes his place?

A: You will never be able to understand the meaning of the connection of a kabbalist with eternity, with the Creator, his dimension of existence, but I will try and answer you. The Creator is the one who places the kabbalist in this world, and when there is a need, He replaces him and places another in his place. The Creator does not do this because the previous kabbalist didn’t do enough, or grew old, but because each soul performs only the task it is assigned, and cannot perform other tasks. The Creator places the force and then replaces it, but does not change it, because each soul can perform only a defined assignment, and from there he moves on to another act, a more sublime one. You cannot see it, but a kabbalist can. And what will be of my disciples? When I am gone, they will receive the necessary guidance from other leaders. As a whole, death in this world should be met with joy, not with grief, but that is another topic altogether.

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Kabbalah and substance

Q: It surprises me to find that great kabbalists can be victims to murder and persecutions. I always thought that Kabbalah renders unlimited power and control in the world, whereas now I think that Kabbalah has nothing to do with this world. Why is a kabbalist who rises in the spiritual world not immune to torments of this world?

A: You are beginning to think right! There is no connection between the corporeal (beastly) world and the spiritual world, as we imagine it. The body of a kabbalist is no different to that of any other person. There are no links between the body and the soul, in such a way that the soul influences the protein, corporeal substance. The Creator does not change the law of creation especially for kabbalists, and all the physical laws (laws of nature) apply to kabbalists and affect them too. He cannot fly in the air like a sorcerer, or perform other unnatural operations, and he can get sick like any other person.

The world gets it wrong because it doesn’t feel what a soul really is, and so it searches for spirituality in matter, or searches for connection with the matter. A kabbalist need not do anything external, because spirituality is in a different dimension. The link with spirituality happens through inner contact. Nothing in our world is directly connected with the upper one. The characteristics of this world are no more than signs there is no spirituality in them! Man finds spirituality through his soul, which is a part of the upper world. If he feels it – he finds a link (spiritual coupling) with the upper world, with the Creator.

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What Activates Us?

Q: What is the ego? What is around me, and what should I do with all that?

A: The one thing that was created by the Creator is called – the First Man, the collective soul, the creature, Malchut. The partzuf of Adam Harishon was created and then broken for the purpose of correction of creation, and thus mixed the attribute of the creature - to enjoy, with the attribute of the Creator – to delight. There was, in fact, a kind of blast that caused the attributes of the Creator to penetrate the attributes of the creature. The parts of man where shattered and separated. That is why in each of us there is a spark of the first man. Within that spark there are reshimot of all our future situations, from the beginning of the spiritual path until the end of correction. That is because the first man fell from the highest state, and so the documentation of the upper situations and all other states is already within us in a form of reshimot (recorded, programmed data).

That chain of reshimot perpetually evolves within each and everyone of us, but we feel only the outermost reshima, the lowest. We feel it as an order to get something, and operate accordingly. In that sense, we are no more than robots. Some people want quiet lives and others want to develop, to search for fame and fortune. Everything that distinguishes one person from another is in the reshimot, such as in the genes of inheritance, which include everything in them.

Everything that happens to man depends on the type of reshimot that are currently expressed. Therefore it is impossible to demand spirituality of a person if his outer reshimot are such that he feels, for instance, only the desire to rule. Our purpose is to prepare everything that is needed for the implementation of the spiritual desires in a person, whose reshimot of spiritual development are already active. The only possibility at our disposal is to speed up the pace of the passage from one reshima to the next, along the whole chain of reshimot, from beginning to end. We cannot change anything but the pace of correction. That is why man should think only about the present moment, on what he must correct right now, meaning what he must internally correct right now.

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Is All of Nature Inside Me?

Q: I was always amazed by the versatility of the types of birds, plants, fish etc. Finally, in one of your lectures, I received an answer to that question. It is all a result of the reciprocal penetration between the sefirot and the cooperation between them in the spiritual world. My question is: does man include everything within him, and how is it reflected in me? Is it in the versatility of my emotions?

A: What happens in one body, in one soul in the spiritual world, is divided to many bodies in our world. For example, inside man there is a Pharaoh, Moses, birds, fish, everything around us and anything we can possibly imagine is within us. It exists in us in the form of spiritual forces, desires. Each of these inner attributes exists outside us, as a separate body, a different species and as a different attribute (in fact, it would be more correct to say that I am the one who divides, through my emotions, the force that surrounds me into bodies, attributes and various forces). That is what we call our world. But the spiritual commandment of “Love thy neighbour as thyself”, for example, is obvious, because both the other and I are one spiritual body. That is why the good attitude of one particle of the collective body toward another is obvious. And so it is with all other things that are separated in our world. All our problems stem from the fact that we feel the parts of the universe as disconnected and independent on one another. But since inside man there are all the forces and the attributes of our world, it is said in the Torah, that he who corrects himself – corrects the entire world. It is more accurate to say that when a person corrects himself, and begins to relate to the whole world as he does to his own body, he thus corrects within him and outside him.

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Is There Another Kabbalah?

Q: Lately, there have begun to appear various study groups for Kabbalah. Is it worthwhile checking them out?

A: It is always worthwhile to see at least once who studies and how they study Kabbalah. It will also help you to get to know yourself. That is why I would advise you to go and see, even if just once, and afterwards make up your mind.

It is inadvisable to hide from yourself the deductions regarding what you will discover. In Kabbalah you hide nothing from yourself, otherwise you will get used to lying to yourself. That will make you deviate from your inner struggle with yourself. You will begin to camouflage the deficits, not pay attention to them and perhaps even erase them.

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An Eye for an Eye

Q: When you or someone close to you is hurt, should you be as merciful as the Creator, as He who does not take revenge in the children of Israel, or should you go by way of an “eye for an eye”?

A: Those who aspire to resemble the Creator are called the “children of Israel”. The Torah calls us to resemble them, and only them. The Torah speaks of a person who has inside him the attributes of the whole world: the gentiles – who want nothing but to receive for themselves, and Israel – who want to give ‘for the contentment of the Creator’.

The Kabbalah calls you – a person who feels those things within you – to evolve in such a way, that all your desires will aspire for the desire of Israel. If you begin to judge by your own judgment, and not as Kabbalah explains, you will become like all the people in our world and understand according to the level of your own development, according to your selfishness, and not by the upper knowledge.

In the latter case there is no measurement: each does as he pleases. From that you can understand that to be a judge means to come to a special degree of spiritual development. Meaning, first you must attain the upper light, the sensation of the Creator, His attributes, and then, by that scale, which is well founded and solid, you can judge and rule, as it says: “A judge has no more than that which his eyes see”.

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Sharing Emotions

Q: Is it good to share what I feel with others?

A: You must not share your relationship with the Creator and how you feel about Him with anyone. But that does not apply to the knowledge you have acquired in the wisdom of Kabbalah. When you discover your feelings to an uncorrected person (and not the knowledge, which can be conveyed), you allow, even if against your will, his uncorrected thoughts and aims to penetrate your soul, although he’s not aware of it and wishes you no harm. His lack of correction is joined with yours and harms both of you.

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The corporeal Development and its Purpose

Q: Does the physical activity of a person, especially the industrial one, makes the spiritual light be of lower quality?

A: There is no direct and solid correlation between the spiritual lights and the corporeal bodies and forces. It becomes clear only above the barrier. The essence of the physical activity of man is about a detailed analysis of man’s attitude toward the Creator, and his connection with Him. The connection is only possible through corporeal dresses. Even at the end of correction we will still need the ties and dresses of our world in order to feel the perfection at its fullest.

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How to Persuade to Study Kabbalah?

Q: I read the Torah, the Zohar and your books. I feel that I’m beginning to understand that these books plant seeds in me. I want to carry that light on to others. But people nowadays do not relate to Torah and Kabbalah. How can I persuade them that this is the only real Torah?

A: The Kabbalah strictly forbids any convincing, but allows only showing, guiding and explaining. It depends on man’s desire to listen. There cannot be any coercion; otherwise you are performing the most anti-spiritual act there is! Coercion has no room in the spiritual world. Even in the corporeal world, the origin of coercion is not in purity, in holiness, but stems from the shells.

Beginning students are overwhelmed with emotions and want to share those feelings with others and excite them too. But the expression of emotions must be passive only: the distribution of flyers, books and tapes, not by coercion. Otherwise you will only harm yourself.

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What should I Remember?

Q: What is the most important thing that a person should keep in mind throughout his life?

A: That there is only the Creator, and that there is no other. Read, “There is None Else But Him”.

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When Things Close In

Q: What do I do when everyone around me push me to the corner… “What do you all want from me?”

A: That’s wonderful – now you feel your present situation as intolerable, and you are willing to leave it at once. The Creator Himself puts you in those circumstances because He wants to bring you closer to Him. All you have to do is shout: “What do you (the Creator) want from me?” And address that shout to Him, because He is the source of everything. But in order to direct the cry correctly, to be aimed at the source of life, at the Creator, and not at blind faith, for that you need Kabbalah. Otherwise your cry is like a cry in the desert. Like in a desert, that is how a person feels the world. It is a situation where there is nothing to satisfy our petty desires with. The cry should be accompanied by a longing for the Creator, and not just to have everything alright again. This world was created precisely for pain! If you want out of that situation, get out of this world. That is what Kabbalah offers you: read a lot and you will get it.

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Shortened Exile

Q: Ba’al Hasulam writes about a premature spiritual birth. How does it happen and can it be prevented?

A: The exile in Egypt was supposed to last 400 years, corresponding to the four degrees of the development of each desire, but instead it lasted only 210 years. As a result of that, Israel had to experience three more exiles: Persia and Media, Babylon and our exile, the current and last exile. An early exit from exile, from pregnancy is called abortion. But it happens in the general development of the souls, through their evolution from above downward, meaning even before they are born as creatures, and that is why we don’t ascribe it to the creature, but to the development of the creature within the Creator, when he has still not developed enough for an independent existence outside the Creator – meaning when the creature does not feel himself as equal, independent and free to choose his actions. We begin our existence as creatures after the breaking of the “First Man”, and only through the process of the evolution from down upward. We have to go through the degrees of our development according to the evolution of the soul – vessel, Malchut, man. We must do it according to the development that was from up downward – but the return is on an opposite path: from down upward – meaning toward the Creator.

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Was the Exit from Egypt Premature?

Q: The books of Kabbalah maintain that the exit from Egypt was done prematurely, and there were farfetched historical consequences to it. Did the premature liberation prevent a possibility to attain spiritual attributes in due time, and if so, is it like a child who was supposed to be born, and there were preparations made for the labour, but everything was ruined because the child was born prematurely and died at birth?

A: Theoretically, that situation exists during the creation of the worlds from up downward. Ba’al Hasulam describes it as a dead infant, because the liberation (the process of birth) happened not in due time, but prematurely. Meaning, a person was not quite ready to take upon himself the spiritual attributes of giving and bestowal. Although he was given forces of bestowal from above, he himself was still not in a state where he could accept them. A dead infant could not acquire spiritual attributes, although everything was ready for him. That is why there had to be three more exiles. But when the souls rise there is only evolution toward a greater correction, from below upward, to the degree of the Creator.

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A Mitzvah in Kabbalah

Q: I am not a religious man, but I am still interested to know if there is such a concept as mitzvah in Kabbalah as well?

A: Man’s soul is comprised of 613 desires. The correction of each of those desires ‘for the Creator’ is called “mitzvah”, a “spiritual mitzvah”. All the spiritual mitzvot, without exception, are laws that operate only in the spiritual world, not in ours. In our world there are only corporeal laws, the laws of nature ‘for myself’. The whole point in the spiritual existence is in the correction of a certain desire – to become a desire with an aim ‘for the Creator’. But in our world, a world of will to receive for ourselves alone, the aim ‘for the Creator’ is absent. Instead, there is work only on the body, and not inside the will.

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Does the Creator Exist?

Q: Before one begins to study Kabbalah, one must answer the question: “Does the Creator exist?” Otherwise, how is it possible to search for contact and unification with someone who does not exist?

A: Does the Creator exist? The Kabbalah is studied precisely in order to find out, meaning to feel, to see the Creator. You too will find Him, notice Him, see Him and feel Him. Only then will you be able to say whether or not the Creator exists. It is only possible according to the measure of equivalence of form with the Creator. If you could feel the Creator right now, you’d be a kabbalist.

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Does the Creator Have a Body?

Q: Prophets, who can contact the Creator say that He doesn’t have a body, or size or image. Thus, they shatter all the common concepts about the Creator. Yet, idioms such as “the hand of the Creator”, “under the foot of the Creator” are abundant. How do you explain it?

A: Not only does the Creator not have a body, but the creature too, has no body. A creature is not a corporeal, physical, biological body, but pure desires. The desire to be filled with the light of the Creator exists in each of us, and it is called a “soul”. The soul of man is divided to parts that are called by names of the body, but there is no connection between those parts of the soul that are called by names of organs of our corporeal body. Kabbalists have found a way to express in words of this world what cannot be expressed in the spiritual world. They take words from this world and express through them the spiritual powers, which are the roots of those objects.

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Contacting Souls of Righteous

Q: After listening to the songs of Rabbi Baruch I would very much like to talk to him. You said that in time we would be able to talk to the souls of the righteous. Do I have to turn my requests only to the Creator, or can I ask for favoritism from a righteous one as well?

A: The songs and the melodies are also Kabbalah, but in a different language, one we can all understand. It permeates a person even if he understands nothing yet, and begins to ‘act’ on him from within. I recommend that you listen to the music more frequently, even in situations that are unsuitable and when you are not in the mood for music. It will accelerate the process of changing the situations and lead to faster advancement. You can listen to it while driving. We are interested in spreading knowledge about Kabbalah and allow you to copy it in any form you choose, just please do not alter it.

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An Answer for a Scientist

Q: In my profession I have a PhD in science. You say that Kabbalah is a science. Is it possible to come to the spiritual world using scientific tools?

A: It is an honor for me to discover the scientist in you, because the wisdom of Kabbalah is a science, and that makes it easier for us to understand one another. Everything that a person discovers in this world through scientific methods is not spiritual, because by definition, spiritual is something that one can feel only in spiritual attributes – of giving – called “screen”. That screen is a vessel for the understanding of the other world, and that understanding can only be acquired  through the system of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Our body has impressive secret abilities, sophisticated ones, but they are all corporeal! Through training we can develop those abilities. Animals have those abilities as well; it is all in our world, but we cannot actually feel them. Only when you acquire a screen do you begin to feel spirituality, but those sensations cannot be conveyed to one who does not have a screen. I would not want you to regard my answer as mere excuses, because they don’t actually answer the question, but regrettably, it is impossible to convey the idea in such a dialog (without knowledge of terms and definitions in Kabbalah), regardless of how educated the listener is.

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Art and Spirituality

Q: It is hard to believe that the greatest artists are ordinary people. I think they were ‘marked’ by the Creator and have attained divine goodness.

A: There are many people in our world who have special talents – for better or for worse, beginning with the most wicked, scientists, musicians and politicians, and ending with philosophers, religious figures and scholars. However, that fact does not testify to their attainment of the upper world. The proof of that is pretty simple: despite their genius, they remain with their uncorrected desires, and in that area, they are often worse off than common people.

Those people have a mission of their own, which is sometimes corporeal and not spiritual. The fact that we feel their creation and achievements as something sublime, stems from the fact that we can only appreciate that kind of human attainment and produce in our uncorrected attributes.

A kabbalist is a person, who, in all his senses, not in his dreams, but rather openly and vividly, lives in the palace of the Creator, just as we live in our world. He can study the acts of the Creator, move and thrive in spiritual worlds.

If you acquire spiritual attributes, you will feel the Creator and notice the change in your priorities. But before that happens, do not fear that while you grow you will stop admiring art. Just like a child that has grown, you will learn and attain the meaning of true wholeness through your new spiritual attributes.

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The Mentally Ill

Q: Who are the mentally ill and what is their part in the world?

A: It is one of the many corrections that souls have to go through. But not all of them experience that situation, because there is a reciprocal connection among souls - some of them perform this correction for the all other souls, just as in our world a person needs all the trades, although he doesn’t have to learn all the trades in order to enjoy their benefits. There is an extensive system of interrelations and reciprocal connections between people, which is a result of the occurrences on the spiritual level. That phenomenon is called “the inclusion of the souls” – a reciprocal bonding and connection between souls.

 

Q: What makes people who believe in the existence of the Creator relate to mentally ill people or autistics as ‘men of God’, as though they are in a different world, as though the Creator speaks through them. Is there any truth to that?

A: The mentally ill do not attain the Creator. They are miserable people who cannot even attain this world, much less the spiritual world. At some point we will find out why the Creator needs them and for what. Some do indeed regard mentally ill people as spiritual, as higher – ‘men of God’. Those who think that, are actually yearning for the ‘switching off’ of the mind and skepticism, they actually want fanaticism. But the path to the Creator is not ‘under their mind’ as the masses live without examining the validity of their path, meaning they live without attaining the Creator.

The path to the Creator is built in such a way that each lower degree cannot grasp the reason of the upper degree or understand it. That is why we need the help of the Creator. Only when He is revealed to man, and he can feel Him, can he act against his mind, and thus rise.

When one negates one’s present mind, one receives the next spiritual degree – the higher one – that has greater wisdom. That is why kabbalists go against the mind and above it, and become wiser, whereas those who go against the mind and below it, grow more foolish and more extreme. When a person rises, the mind grows, that is why kabbalists respect the wiser, whereas the masses respect the ignorant. That is why all religions, which go below reason, without exception bow their heads before torments. They are unaware that the Creator is the one who sends those torments, and precisely in order to get us going, and not so that we blindly obey and place the torment as a goal. That is how the forces of impurity speak in man, they call upon him to suffer and respect the situation.

Now you can see how different the divine Kabbalah is to manmade religions.

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Pleasure Hunt

Q: The Japanese have the Tea Ceremony, which is meticulously studied in various religious schools, and is very similar to Ba’al Hasulam’s story “The Dining Table”.

A: I personally do not know the Tea Ceremony. The Creator created a desire to enjoy. A spark of light fell into that desire, which revives it. The spark awakens in it a yearning to be filled with all the light and not just with a small part of it. Therefore, movements that creation makes, in all its levels, starting from the still, through the vegetative, animate and speaking, beginning in atoms and the combinations of organic molecules, and ending with the movements of the body and mind, all that is no more than a pleasure hunt.

When we study the connections that form between the host and the guest, we can discover enormous layers of “desire to receive” in our inner structure. Apart from this relationship, which the creature attains the giving Creator at all levels, there is no other relationship in the universe. It is revealed in the reciprocal relation between the poles, in electric and magnetic fields, and forms the basis of every connection between components of both the corporeal and the spiritual worlds, as well as the basis for the existence of corporeal and spiritual substance.

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Correction Through Illness

Q: What is insanity? What are the insane punished for?

A: Insanity is a hindrance to health, to the point were man’s self-awareness and freedom of choice are denied, and he becomes an absolute performer of the will of nature – the will of the Creator. No one has complete and objective freedom of choice, even we think that there are many degrees of freedom in the choice of every act. If we examine the behavior of normal people from the side, it will not be clear to us in what they are normal.

The correction is the existence of mentally ill people is in that the collective soul, the Malchut, called the First Man, there is a part that must be corrected in such unconscious states. That part of Malchut exists in each of us. In our world, each trait of the collective soul is in a separate individual, but in the collective soul, the soul of the first man, all the parts merge and complete one another. That is why the mentally ill correct something for us, and we correct something for them.

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Vegetarianism

Q: I have recently stopped eating meat and fish, because I think that living creatures (with a nervous system and a sensation of pain) shouldn’t have to suffer just so as to serve as my food. But Judaism permits eating fish and animals and does not see anything negative about it (at least it does not forbid it). Is there a profound meaning to eating meat that is hidden from me?

A: The whole of nature, including all the upper and lower worlds were created for man, and rise along with him. That is why he must use everything for himself: to extinguish pests, to grow and slaughter domestic animals, to sow and to reap, to cultivate the good and extinguish the bad. Thus, nature is included within man. Then, if man rises, he raises nature along with him.

The purpose of creation is that man will enjoy his surroundings in the most correct way. He cannot act as he pleases – isolation, denial of pleasure, fasting and restrictions are against the mind of the Torah. If you continue to study correctly, you will understand what you must do, although there is not a single word about vegetarianism. Such is the virtue of the Kabbalah: the very study builds in the student the right outlook on life.

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Keeping fit

Q: If someone does things in order to strengthen his body so that it will be fit for the spiritual work, do these acts become spiritual acts, if that is the purpose that he keeps fit?

A: During the twelve years that I served as personal secretary and assistant to Rabbi Baruch Ashlag, I regularly went swimming with him, or to walks in the park or went with him to a gymnasium. And we are talking about someone who was between the ages of 75 and 86! He made great efforts to keep his physical fitness, so that he could lead and accompany dozens of young students. Moreover, we took voice lessons so that he could talk for hours nonstop, without fatigue or hoarseness. Something that is needed for the spiritual work, is considered part of it.

I hope that you can discern what your motivation is for your choice of physical activity, so as not to portray the desired as the actual. You can do what you like in your physical activities, but under no circumstances, deal with meditations and thoughts.

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Happiness

Q: What is happiness?

A: Happiness is the sensation of the fulfillment of the inner capabilities of man. It is fully clarified only when a person realizes precisely what and how he should fulfill, what is his goal, how eternal it is and independent, and to what extent is it the one meaningful thing in the world that is now being realized. In other words, happiness is the sensation of nearing the Creator, because that is the purpose of creation – a sensation of advancement toward a never-ending wholeness.

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Love

Q: What is love?

A: Love is a result of equivalence of inner traits, meaning attributes. In Kabbalah there is only one law – the law of equivalence of form, attributes and desires. If two spiritual objects are equal in attributes, they unite. That does not mean that from two they now become one, but that they are like one. Everything that happens to one, enriches the other, immediately felt in him. That mutual feeling, that two separate objects equally feel in the senses between them, that there is absolute equality between them (be it two people, or the Creator and a person) – is called love. Love is the sensation of equivalence of spiritual attributes. Distancing in attributes and desires distances people from one another, even to the extent of hate.

Nearing of desires, thoughts and attributes (which is actually the same, because the attributes determine the thoughts and the desires), makes them draw near, love and understand one another.

Kabbalah states that the greatest pleasure in the world is the sensation of equivalence of form with the Creator.

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Fantasy

Q: What is a fantasy in Kabbalah?

A: Fantasy is a combination of knowledge that stems from current inner light, and a certain speculation that stems from the future external light i.e. the surrounding light. Only a kabbalist can fantasize and no one else, because pictures of creation can only be formed from the light and vessel.

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Translation: C. Ratz

Proofreading: J. Kersen

 

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