A Descent is a Trampoline for Ascent
Our entire work lies
in finding the right attitude to the states we receive. While doing this work, we gradually begin to break ourselves
up into two components:
1. My desire, in which I perceive
various phenomena, such as good and evil,
2. The mind, in which I discern Who
sends me my sensations and with what purpose.
To the degree I am able to analyze my
states independently of the sensation "good or bad," I am able to understand
these states and justify them in spite of my sensation. I can desire them for
the sake of revealing the quality of bestowal, the Creator, even though the
revelation of every new state means that I will first feel suffering due to the
revelation of a new, empty desire.
My attitude to this empty desire can
change my sensation of its emptiness. The sensation of the goal, a connection
with the Creator, can put me in high spirits that will greatly exceed my
sensation of suffering.
That is why we have the opportunity to
ascend above the unpleasant sensations in our intentions, in our sensation of
the connection with the Creator. We can justify all of creation so greatly that
precisely this gap will help us ascend above the unpleasant sensations and even
elicit their revelation in order to ascend even higher above them.
We cannot change any state in our
development, but we can ask for the understanding of how goal-oriented and good
they are, above our will to enjoy.
That is how we can accelerate our
development and go through the states of descent in such a way that we won't
feel they are descents, but a reason to ascend. Everything depends on our
attitude to what happens to us.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/16/2010, "What
is the Matter of Sufferings in the Work"
A Marvelous Bridge Into The Zohar
We have a problem
with perceiving The
Book of Zohar because even though Rashbi wrote it for our times, he did
so from the height of his soul and used an ancient style from 2000 years ago. Obviously, this book does not suit us
in this form because we are at the end of the final exile, absolutely detached
from the spiritual world. Therefore, we don't know how to open up this book and
how to use it to work on ourselves.
That is why Baal HaSulam created a
"ladder" (Sulam) for us, so we can rise along it to the height of The
Book of Zohar. This ladder is built so that there is commentary for every
excerpt of The Book of Zohar. And it doesn't matter how much of this
book we understand! The truth is that we don't understand the commentary or the
book itself. Nevertheless, the commentary creates a connection between us and
the original text of The Zohar.
The same happens on every degree. As we
ascend along the degrees, we enter The Book of Zohar through the Sulam
Commentary. Without this commentary it would be impossible to connect to The
Book of Zohar.
The Sulam is not necessary in
order to understand, but for us to attain inner unity. Even if I don't
understand the Sulam Commentary or The Book of Zohar, but I
use them and connect to the source, The Zohar starts to influence me.
At first the Sulam is
necessary in order to connect us to the Light that Reforms. Without this we
would have no possibility of using this marvelous means.
As I read, I am influenced by the Light
through the reading, the study, and the group, and the Light awakens new
qualities in me. These new qualities enable me to really establish contact with
The Book of Zohar and to start to feel what happens there, what is
written there. Only then can we speak about understanding The Zohar.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/16/10, Yahrtzeit Baal HaSulam