Exile Is Preparation for Revelation
The Zohar, Chapter
"Passover, Shemot (Exodus)," Item 246: Why did the Creator wish
to bring Israel down to exile in Egypt? Why the exile, and why specifically in
If you don't belong to "Israel" (in Hebrew "Isra-El"
means "straight to the Creator"), meaning if you don't aspire to attain the
Creator, to become equal to Him by the quality of bestowal and love, then you
don't have to descend to Egypt, meaning to suffer due to the lack of a
connection with the Creator. Instead, you continue living without these
But if you do aspire to attain the Creator,
then you have to want this very much and prepare this desire. And the way to
prepare it correctly is in the state called "exile," the sensation of exile
from the perfect state.
In exile we acquire the aspiration, need, and
desire in all the tiniest details, forms, and qualities which later participate
in revealing the Creator, the redemption from exile. Therefore, the exile is an
important preparation and it does not end until a true desire for revelation is
That's because there is no Light without
a desire. The Light is simple, but only when the desire attains the qualities
that have to be present in it with their depth, force, and form, only then
does the fulfillment become revealed inside of it.
Therefore, there's no use crying about why we
haven't attained revelation yet. That means we still haven't completed
preparing the desire in its entire fullness so it would become revealed as the
correct, suitable vessel for revealing the Light. We have to work on the
desires, while the Light is at absolute rest and is ready to be revealed.
From the 2nd part
of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 04/11/11, The Zohar
Pharaoh Coming Out from the Shadows
In our world
the only thing we know to do is to receive. Therefore, without the science of Kabbalah
the world would slide down to total self-destruction. If not for the notions of
the Creator and creation drawn from Kabbalah, if not for the opportunity to attract
the upper Light, the force that corrects us, if there was only this world in
front of us, only the earth rotating in cosmic space and us on its surface driven
by our nature, then we would exterminate life here over the next few decades.
This is confirmed by scientific research, which can definitely be trusted. The
earth's resources are limited, and after eating them all up, we would die of
In our world
there is no solution to this process. We are deliberately being led to an
irreversible state in which we will have no means of salvation left. The
purpose is for us to reveal our Pharaoh, our egoism, which destroys us and does
not allow us to do anything. As a result of this process, all of humanity has
to feel a need for the Creator.
shows that over the next few years the world will face an extremely cruel lack
of fresh water and other necessary resources. Theoretically, by the end of this
century we will finish off the remains and will have many chances to die. And
there is no solution. The world's best minds cannot find it. But they are so
smart that they can see a dead-end that has no way out.
how can we come out of it? We do not have a chance of restricting our evil
inclinations. You cannot advise people to consume less due to lack of any other
choice. If everyone starts receiving the minimum wage and no more than that,
then starting tomorrow no one will be able to make a move. And what would be
the point of that? That is exactly what happened in Russia after the revolution.
If motivation were to disappear, then the world would freeze. Even if you gave
out medals for selfless work, it wouldn't help.
I have to
feel that another person is lower than me in some way, that I have earned more
or have attained something greater. If I don't have this, then what
compensation can you offer me? If my neighbor receives 5,000 dollars, then I
need at least 5,001. But if everything is equal, then a person just can't live
That is why
today we are facing a problem that does not have a solution in our world. We
are unable to achieve balance with nature. Eventually everyone will understand
what is a global, integral world and what is homeostasis. There are many movies
and research on this topic which all talk about how we have to practice
moderation. The only problem is that we are unable to hold ourselves back.
comes forth from the shadows inside of us, obstructing all attempts to
tame our appetite. Soon this will come to the surface: People will look at
themselves, seeing how they are powerless, walking toward death and not being
able to stop. Baal HaSulam describes this through an allegory: The angel of
death brings you a drop of poison on the tip of a sword and you open up your
mouth to swallow it and die. You are unable to overcome yourself and are
waiting for this final drop.
That is why
the dissemination of the science of Kabbalah is necessary. An exemplary group
is needed, capable of demonstrating the true solution to the world. This group
has to become "a Light for the nations" and from above to pour upon them
the spiritual mind and feeling. Otherwise the world has no chance.
in our particular case there are also no chances. The difference is that we
ourselves want to feel this dead-end state because we know that after that the
upper Light will become revealed to us, being a new force, the force of
bestowal that will pull us onto a different level. And we must do the same
thing for the world even though people are unable to aspire to this ahead of
From the 4th part
of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 04/11/11, Preparation to Going Out From Egypt