There’s Nothing Worse than Indifference
We have to
fight indifference because this is the worst possible state. Indifference
is called death.
We very much
respect the two forms that are opposite to it: love and hate. Pharaoh,
Haman, and all the other sinners described in the Torah are very important
characters. Without them, we would not be able to rise to holiness. We receive
all of our vessels, desires, from them. All of the righteous men stand opposite
them because the Creator made
one against the other.
it doesn't matter whether a person supports something or protests against it.
The most important thing is that he cares about it very much, as opposed to
being indifferent to it, feeling that it is "neither here nor there."
possible to awaken a spark in anyone. This spark is concealed in every person
because he originates from the broken vessel. Therefore, he definitely has a
spiritual spark and it can be awakened. The only question is: How deeply is it
when this spark is awakened, he might react negatively: A person does not want
to hear about it and he curses himself, the Creator, Kabbalah, and the whole path to
He does not agree to it and hates all of it. But Baal HaSulam says that this
does not matter. It's the same as if he agrees to it, the same as if he wants
it because he is revealing his desire in this form. Even if the desire is
corrupted, he already has it.
From the 1st part of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 07/31/11, Shamati
Balance That Causes Development
HaSulam, "The Peace": Nature has prepared a wonderful foundation in
the mother's womb so that no stranger may harm the new life. It tends to its
every need like a trained nanny who will not forget it even for a moment.... Like
a loving mother, it brings it to such loving, loyal people it can trust, called
"Mother" and "Father," to assist it through its days of
weakness until it grows and is able to sustain itself....
who examine that reality from the perspective of provision and persistence of
existence can clearly see great disorder and confusion, as though there were no
leader and no guidance. Everyone does that which is right in his own eyes,
building himself on the ruin of others....
Bear in mind
that this oppositeness, set before the eyes of every sensible, educated person,
has preoccupied humanity even in ancient days. And there are many theories to
explain these two apparent opposites in Providence, which occupy the same
On one hand,
we see that nature is wise and
assiduous toward every creature. It develops every element successively and
carefully. Look at the structure of organisms, their ability to grow, to give
birth to offspring, and to interact. Everything is built in an integral form,
every person has his own place and is in balance with others. If we could see
the balanced world, undisturbed by human despotism, we would reveal a wonderful
system, one that is not static, but perfectly balanced for development.
do not see the causes of this development and do not understand why everything
has to be precisely this way. Therefore, we do not understand the phases of the
path. Besides, we look at it through the prism of our egoism and evaluate it
according to our criteria. Therefore, we see the world upside down, as if
flipping it over in our perception.
from scientific research it is clear to us that in order to develop the
species, nature has created, produced, and formed all of the necessary systems
that take care of the ideal creativity.
But on the
other hand, a problem arises with the subsequent existence. Once any part of
nature grows up and "stands up on its own feet," it starts fighting for
survival and integrating into the environment without parental help. This
happens to all living creatures, but among people it takes on the most
difficult forms because a person has to prepare for life in a society that is
complex and artificial, built upon a multitude of mechanisms. Envy and lust for
power ignite within him, pushing him to oppose others. Others seem successful,
while he seems to be lagging behind them because of his nature or due to the
which took such great care of us while we were growing, now places us in
conditions that require efforts to survive. So does the Creator exist or not? If
everything was all right, then we would say, "Thank God." But if
everything is not all right, then what you can say?
This is the
problem that Baal HaSulam describes before he talks about the attempts to solve it.
From the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 07/31/11