Everything Is The Other Way Around
HaSulam, Beit Shaar HaKavanot (The Gatehouse of Intentions): "The
Moon waned on the fourth day of creation, for in the beginning Zeir
Anpin and Nukvah were as
two great lights, standing on the same degree, back to back, and Nukvah had a
full spiritual Partzuf of ten Sefirot of the
reverse side. [This means Nukvah contained
spiritual vessels. Why, then, did she lack lights?] When the Moon made a complaint,
saying that two kings cannot use the same crown (Keter), she was told, 'Go and diminish
yourself!' Thus, she returned to a point beneath Yesod of Zeir
she dwelled prior."
Malchut (creation) thought that she could be the same as Zeir Anpin; however,
she could not shine as he. She ascended to Bina in order to receive
Light like Zeir Anpin, but was unable to. This was for the reason that
Zeir Anpin possesses the quality of bestowal. His nature is the Light
of Hassadim (Mercy) and He feels perfection even when there is no Light
of Hochma (Wisdom). He shines with the Light of Hochma anytime he wishes because he always has the Light of Hassadim.
Malchut does not have the Light of Hassadim, and she feels
her existence in the Light of Hochma as darkness. This constitutes the
complaint made by creation (Kitrug Yareach, the waning of the moon):
"I can ascend to the height of the very World of Infinity, but if I don't have
the Light of Hassadim, the Light of Bestowal, then the Light of Hochma won't shine for me and I will only feel greater darkness."
do we reveal that we are in the dark? It's precisely at the time when we are
being elevated! When we are slightly elevated upward, it makes us feel that we
lack the corrected desires, the Light of Hassadim. This is what we
perceive as darkness.
don't feel darkness because we fall, but because we ascend; however, it's
because we ascend without the garment of the Light of Hassadim, the
Light of love and bestowal. What we consider descent is actually the ascent,
but one that is not corrected. Likewise, what seems to us as an ascent is
really a descent, because we receive what we are given into the desires of
reception. Thus, everything is the other way around in the spiritual world.
Creator constantly confuses a person by placing obstacles before him all along
his spiritual path. And it so happens that the joyful
occurrences confuse us even more than the troubles. We suddenly uncover
extraordinary opportunities, find success in business, have a chance to go on
an exciting trip, and many other small temptations that come to us at every
causes us to start revealing that we don't have any ability to control our
state without the support of the environment, which is called "mutual
guarantee." If I don't have global, universal support, with thousands of people
all over the world also aspiring to reveal the Creator, despite all the
obstacles which He deliberately places before us, then I cannot go through the
"49 gates"-the obstacles that separate me from the Creator. And then I cannot
reach the last, "50th gate," where I unite with Him. (The
number 40 designates the distance from Malchut to Bina,
and the number 10 is my own structure; together they add up to 50.)
I am not connected to people who are doing the same thing, then it's all over
for me and I will never attain the goal. I will stretch this work out for
several lifetimes, and unfortunately, this is what is happening to people.
conventional science is now revealing that human thoughts are interconnected
and transferred miraculously from one end of the world to the other. Scientists
explain this by saying that our very nature causes us to think in synchrony.
However, we who study Kabbalah understand that we are simply connected to one
another through our desires within one common net of souls. That is why my
thoughts and desires are transferred to everyone else.
if we aspire toward the spiritual goal, then with this thought we begin to
actively influence everyone and it spreads all along the entire system. Mutual
guarantee is this inner intention, rather than sending each other SMSs over
the phone. Mutual guarantee is when I think about spirituality, I desire it,
and I'm burning with the desire for others to think about the same goal as
well. Then I am redeemed from the "angel of death."
others don't think about this, then nothing will help me and I will never be
able to make the right calculation. I will always be distracted by something
else. I won't have the basis, the connecting net that holds me inside like a
mother holding a baby in her hands. Without this, it's impossible to attain our