The Measure For Advancement
are leading a double life, but you don't even suspect it. You are
sleeping, unconscious with respect to the other reality, which is governed by
bestowal instead of reception. Do you want to discover it? Do you want to wake
up? If so, then the science of Kabbalah is here to tell you about the other
side of the double life you are now living.
this new life is revealed to you, it is so powerful that your entire life of
the past turns into a dream, as if it was not real. Your present life is short
and temporary, but you can gradually reveal a new awareness by virtue of a means
that the Kabbalists have given to us.
does the spiritual reality turn out to be more intense than the current one?
It's because it is eternal, harmonious, and perfect. We just have to reveal a
connection with that reality while living our current life. We have to reveal a
new desire, similar to how this might happen in a dream, as if you are sleeping
and then suddenly you wake up because a powerful desire emerges, like an a
alarm clock ringing.
are all sleeping in this world, but suddenly we feel a yearning for a new
reality. If we want to awaken, we will receive the means to do it. But why
can't we wake up by ourselves? It's because we have to understand, build, and
create the new reality in order to learn all of its finest details starting from
scratch. Then we won't be "sneaking" into this reality like a tiny worm that
crawls somewhere it isn't supposed to. We won't be connecting to it from below,
but will bring all of it inside us. We will encompass it all within us and will
thereby become equal to the Creator, the force that governs there.
Would Someone Finally Tell Me What The Zohar Is All About?
I receive many
questions about studying The Zohar from old-time students as well as
total beginners. People write, "We used to understand what we were studying. Talmud Eser
Sefirot and "Introduction to the Wisdom of Kabbalah" (Pticha) gave
us knowledge about the structure of the universe. Articles about the group made
us think about unity and the goal that the group has to reach. Baal HaSulam's
articles explained Kabbalah's connection to other sciences and its attitude to
religion, philosophy, and freedom of will. It was clear that these articles
dealt with the structure of the external society as well as man's inner
structure, which are questions related to psychology. But what the heck are we
studying in The Book of Zohar?"
indicate the wrong attitude to the study because everything must eventually
unite into one. For example, the group is a collection of souls that have to
unite together. It only seems to our vision and sensations that there are
different, foreign souls and desires around us, and that we want to attach them
to us in order to see the true picture.
It is impossible to
study Kabbalah theoretically; this wisdom can only be attained practically.
This is the whole point of studying the science of Kabbalah: It is intended for
revealing the Creator to the creatures in this world.
The Creator (Bo-reh)
means "Come and See"-come experience the quality of bestowal by revealing it
inside you, by going from "love for the neighbor" to "love for the Creator."
The true perception of reality is when reality is no longer divided into
"myself and others," but everyone is united together into one whole. But how
can we attain this unity and perception if we are still unable to feel all the
souls as one man with one heart, to unite them with the Creator, and to feel
this whole world inside us? How can we discover and understand it?
All of this has to
be done to us by the Upper Light. The Light must bring us to the state where
"There is no one else besides Him" and "He is Good that does Good," despite
anything that happens to us. These two forms of concealment have to come
together and unite; we just don't know how to make it happen.
This is exactly our
purpose when we start studying The Zohar: We have to desire for it to
reveal the true reality to us, for the Creator to become revealed to the
creation here and now, for the desire to be revealed together with the Light in
it! In addition, we have to add a bit of sensitivity, concern, and fear to this
approach. Each one of us should ask oneself: Am I doing everything that has
been allotted to me? Am I making the required amount of efforts that I am
supposed to? This, in turn, depends on our sensation of the spiritual goal's
importance and a constant inner concern about it. Then we are guaranteed