When The Dawn Comes
The Zohar, Chapter VaYeshev (And Jacob Sat), Item 114: There is not a person in the world who does not
taste the taste of death at night, and the spirit of impurity is over the body.
Because the holy soul has parted from man, the spirit of impurity is over that
body and it is defiled.
This means that a
person had a screen, the Light of Unity, the Light of Adhesion, and the quality
of bestowal reigned inside him. But then everything disappeared. The Partzuf was emptied; all the Light came out of it. This could happen for an external
reason or an inner reason, such as when a person's inner will to enjoy grows
and new Reshimot begin to surface in him.
That is when a new,
uncorrected desire awakens in him and reigns over him. A person submits to it,
and guided by this desire begins to think about his life, about
self-gratification and how to fulfill this desire.
Only if he prepared
ahead of time for this darkness, for the night, the state when his desires rule
over him, is he able to gather all the forces that enable him to view the
darkness as a means to ascend to a new level. Then he makes a true request
upward, to Abba ve Ima, asking them to take care of him (this is called
"adhesion at midnight").
onward, he begins the corrections. A person begins to correct the entire
additional desire to enjoy, which he had received and in which he felt the
taste of death. But now he sweetens it.
This means that a
person advances toward the morning, when he receives from Above the Light that
Reforms, the first quality of bestowal. And then the dawn comes. A person
begins to feel Light in his state, since he has acquired a screen over his
previous desire to enjoy and he is now in the quality of bestowal.
This is why it had
been necessary for him to experience the taste of death.
The Mirror Of Our Desires
Question from a
I look in the mirror, I see my own image and it's clear that I can't
communicate or work with it. But when we look at our reality, we essentially
see ourselves, or images of our desire.
Dr. Laitman's Answer: This is why Baal
HaSulam says that a person's desire is divided into two parts-the part that is perceived
within, and the other part that seems to be outside. In one part, a person
perceives himself, and in the other he perceives the world. This false,
opposite form of perception was created on purpose, so we would transfer the
part that is outside into our "inner" perception.
The fact is that
everything on the outside, as well as myself, is actually perceived inside of
me. There is nothing besides one, single desire, one world.
We are not supposed
to correct our corporeal reality or the sensation of this division into
"myself" and "this world," which is reality on its lowest level. Rather, we
have to unite both parts of the desire by ascending up the steps of the
spiritual ladder. The reality we are in now is the last, lowest level of
reality, and it does not change when we ascend spiritually. It will change and
disappear only at the End of Correction, when this world enters the general
correction, the unified sensation inside a unified desire-the World of
Until then, the
picture of our world does not change. The Light does influences it; however, it
influences Malchut, the desire, in order to unite both of its parts-the
inner and the outer, into one. The Light influences all the other desires as
well-our spiritual desires, where we have freedom of will. These are the
desires we work with and have to correct. But in our world there is nothing to
correct. We only have to correct the connection between the souls. That is
where our desire unites into one, and in it, we reveal the Creator.
The layer of
desire, where I perceive myself and the world around me, remains until the End
of Correction. Even the greatest Kabbalist who ascends to the last, 125th level and attains the general Final Correction will still perceive this world
the same way as you. He will have to go to a doctor to heal his body, and he
will have to use this entire world and to see reality as divided into inner and
outer. Even though he knows that in reality this is not so, nevertheless, he
will still see reality this way through his corporeal senses because this level
of reality does not change until the very End of Correction.