The Formula Of Infinity
Question: The Book of Zohar talks
about the inner states of my soul. But I don't
understand: What state do I have to imagine?
Dr. Laitman's Answer: You have to imagine the state of gradual
unification among everyone, the unification of all of us together. This is your soul. It's when you try to unite everyone
into one whole. If I make
efforts to this end, this is my soul.
If someone else does
it, then it's his soul.
Each of us is like a cell in a body that is
trying to attach the whole organism to it. By doing so you acquire the entire
body or desire and it is called your soul.
If for now you are only taking a part of the
body and connecting to it only to a specific measure, then you have a partial
soul. This means that you are on the path, on the ladder of the degrees.
But when you come to the conclusion of the
path and attain the end of the ladder, the highest degree, Malchut of
Infinity, there everything merges into one without any boundaries and with no
end. However, each of us imagines the same Malchut of Infinity from
his personal point of view because every person has his own root of the soul.
Therefore, not one person becomes nullified when this happens. No one cancels
The only thing we have to discern while
reading The Book of Zohar are the forms of connection among us. Each
separate cell has just a desire. This is the entire wisdom of Kabbalah-it is the
connection between desires because that is how they create unification, the
entire might of Malchut.
For example, a computer does not contain
anything besides a plus and a minus. But billions of connections between them
form all of its might and abilities. Likewise, the entire work of our brain is
based on countless connections between a plus and a minus, the will to enjoy
and the will to bestow. They can unite to a greater or lesser extent, to a
different degree, or not unite at all. There is nothing besides this. Yet out
of the enormous accumulation of all the possible parts, consisting of different
variations of connection or its absence between a plus and a minus, you get
tremendous wisdom and truly Divine might.
Therefore, this is exactly what we are
discerning, the forms of connection between these tiny parts or souls.
From the 2nd part of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 02/20/11, The Zohar
Above the Logic of this World
Question: Why is
spiritual work also called a "yoke" or "burden"?
Dr. Laitman's Answer: It's because a person has to accept it by faith above reason.
Every time he is about to become corrected, he is inside an egoistic desire. Therefore,
when taking this work upon himself, which is aimed at the intention for the
sake of bestowal, he does not see any benefit in it and perceives it as a
My correction cannot be based on profit. If
something is profitable for me, then I am acting egoistically. And on the
contrary, if I accept the quality of Bina into
my desire for pleasure, with Bina being above Malchut, then Bina becomes a "yoke" for me-something that lies above reason, feeling, and all
How can I achieve this? I tune into the
environment and it influences me, showing me that it's worthwhile to do this.
This way, there is a benefit, after all, but it is of a different sort: It is
evoked by the environment instead of coming from my own considerations. Then,
while being under the social influence, I receive the realization of the goal's
importance from it.
Without this importance I would not be able
to work, but it is built on preferring bestowal over reception. I would not be
able to do this by myself. Only the environment can obligate me and change my
values so much that I will nevertheless desire this.
That's what it means to accept "the yoke of
heaven." This is impossible to do without an environment that builds the
appropriate value system inside of me. In addition, I work above reason, above
the rational approach, above logic.
It would seem: Why should I bestow? What will
this give me? I cannot explain to my egoistic desire that bestowal is worth a
thing. How will I feel better? Fine, if I would see at least some kind of
potential benefit, then I would agree to it, but here were are talking about a
real "burden," where I have no justification for this work in any way. However,
the group helps me to
realize its importance and then I nevertheless work.
Without this importance I would not be able
to work. I would not be able to devote even a tiny bit of attention to
bestowal. That is why the group as a means is as important to me as the goal.
From the 1st part of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 02/20/11, Writings of Rabash