Don’t Burden Yourself With Extra Baggage On the Path
Our inner work is revealed to us
piecemeal, in parts that pertain to its execution. We aren't given the ability to see the
entire total of all the work we have accomplished, lest it pose an obstacle for
A person is constantly consumed by the
desire that is revealed in him at the present moment. He forgets about
everything he did in the past and constantly feels empty. The more he works,
the more his
accomplishments become concealed from him.
Even though he has performed many
corrections and nothing disappears, he is given the feeling that he has not
done anything. This happens so he always has the opportunity to do more, so a
new desire can be revealed, just like the first time. This continues until he
carries out a certain volume of work. Then, in one final action called "Rav
Paalim UMeabtziel" he will reveal the entire correction that he has
However, along the path we are obliged
to forget about all the states we have gone through in order to receive a
desire for the next action. Otherwise we would stop and be unable to keep
advancing. As long as a person hasn't completed all the corrections, his entire
previous work is concealed from him, as if he has not done anything. Yet,
everything will become revealed at once, at the End of Correction!
Everything repeats over and over again,
but since a new desire constantly comes to us, it seems like it's a completely
new state. It is as if we begin everything anew every day. We reveal a new
appetite and new tastes in the material world just like in the spiritual world.
Therefore, even if it seems like we
have not done anything in spirituality and that we did not attain anything, we
will reveal later that this is not so. But until the very End of Correction, we
cannot ask or demand anything that we deserve for the past. On the contrary, we
have to be grateful for the fact that the past is concealed from us, because
this way it does not blind and prevent us from moving forward. It allows us to
begin all the work anew each time.
-from the 3rd part of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 7/06/10
If Spirituality Were To Become Our Life…
While reading The Book of Zohar, the most important thing is to think
about the connection between us in order to become "as one man with one
Light that Reforms is nearby and everything depends on our efforts to unite
with one another in the system of Adam HaRishon.
This Light influences precisely the
broken connections among us. If we try to unite and are unable to do so, then
the Light unites us. It says in Item 155 of the "Introduction to Talmud
Eser Sefirot" that a person is influenced by the Surrounding Light to
the extent he aspires to know what he studies. What does it mean "to know
what you study"? It does not mean to acquire knowledge, as in our world.
In spirituality everything is attained
through connection. Therefore, "to know" means to connect, as it is
written: "And Adam knew Eve." Therefore, the more we aspire to
connect with one another through the desire for bestowal and love, the more we
awaken the Surrounding Light, and then the Light of Wisdom (Ohr Hochma).
This Light appears and operates only in the place where we desire to unite but
are unable to.
Therefore, there is no sense trying to
study The Book of Zohar as a science or wisdom since we don't
understand its language or what it is talking about. To understand it, we have
to be in the same world. We have to try to unite with one another. Then the
Surrounding Light will come precisely into the places where we lack a
connection among us. The Light will unite us with each other, and through the
restored connections we will feel the quality of bestowal, the Creator, the
Light of Hassadim, and then inside it, we will reveal the Light of Hochma.
Therefore, our entire study must be
preceded by the desire to unite with each other, and we should not forget about
this while studying The Zohar. Baal HaSulam writes the following in
Item 17 of the "Introduction to Talmud Eser Sefirot": "Hence,
the student pledges, prior to the study, to strengthen himself in faith,"
meaning in the quality of bestowal, which he desires to attain as a result of
the study, so it becomes his life.
-from the 2nd part of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 7/06/10