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There Is None Else Besides Him

It is written, “there is none else besides Him.” This means that there is no other force in the world that has the ability to do anything against Him. And what man sees, that there are things in the world that deny the Higher Household, the reason is that this is His will.

And it is deemed a correction, called “the left rejects and the right adducts,” meaning that which the left rejects is considered correction. This means that there are things in the world, which, to begin with, aim to divert a person from the right way, and by which he is rejected from Sanctity.

And the benefit from the rejections is that through them a person receives a need and a complete desire for the Creator to help him, since he sees that otherwise he is lost. Not only does he not progress in his work, but he sees that he regresses, that is, he lacks the strength to observe the path of light even for selfish reason. That only by genuinely overcoming all the obstacles, above reason, can he observe the path to the Creator. But he does not always have the strength to overcome above reason; otherwise, he is forced to deviate, God forbid, from the way of the Creator, even egoistically.

And he, who always feels that the shattered is greater than the whole, meaning that there are many more descents than ascents, and he does not see an end to these states, and he will forever remain outside of holiness, for he sees that it is difficult for him to observe even as little as a jot, unless by overcoming above reason. But he is not always able to overcome. And what shall be the end?

Then he comes to the decision that no one can help him but the Creator Himself. This causes him to make a heartfelt demand that the Creator will open his eyes and heart, and truly bring him nearer to eternal adhesion with God. It thus follows, that all the rejections he had experienced had come from the Creator.

This means that it was not because he was at fault, that he did not have the ability to overcome. Rather, for those people who truly want to draw near the Creator, and so they will not settle for little, meaning remain as senseless children, he is therefore given help from Above, so he will not be able to say that thank God, I have the Light and good deeds, and what else do I need?

And only if that person has a true desire will he receive help from Above. And he is constantly shown how he is at fault in his present state. Namely, he is sent thoughts and views, which are against the work. This is in order for him to see that he is not one with the Lord. And as much as he overcomes, he always sees how he is farther from holiness than others, who feel that they are one with the Creator.

But he, on the other hand, always has complaints and demands, and he cannot justify the Creator’s behavior, and how He behaves toward him. This pains him. Why is he not one with the Creator? Finally, he comes to feel that he has no part in holiness whatsoever.

Although he occasionally receives awakening from Above, which momentarily revives him, but soon after he falls into the place of baseness. However, this is what causes him to come to realize that only God can help and really bring him closer.

A man must always try and cleave to the Creator; namely, that all his thoughts will be about Him. That is to say, that even if he is in the worst state, from which there cannot be a greater decline, he should not leave His domain, namely, that there is another authority which prevents him from entering holiness, and which can bring benefit or harm.

That is, he must not think that there is the force of the (Other Side), which does not allow a person to do good deeds and follow God’s ways. Rather, all is done by the Creator.

The Baal Shem Tov said that he who says that there is another force in the world, that person is in a state of “serving other gods.” It is not necessarily the thought of heresy that is the transgression, but if he thinks that there is another authority and force apart from the Creator, by that he is committing a sin.

Furthermore, he who says that man has his own authority, that is, he says that yesterday he himself did not want to follow God’s ways, that too is considered committing the sin of heresy. Meaning that he does not believe that only the Creator is the leader of the world.

But when he has committed a sin, he must certainly regret it and be sorry for having committed it. But here too we should place the pain and sorrow in the right order: where does he place the cause of the sin, for that is the point that should be regretted.

Then, one should be remorseful and say: “I committed that sin because the Creator hurled me down from holiness to a place of filth, to the lavatory, the place of filth.” That is to say that the Creator gave him a desire and craving to amuse himself and breath air in a place of stench.

(And you might say that it is written in books, that sometimes one comes incarnated as a pig. We should interpret that, as he says, one receives a desire and craving to take liveliness from things he had already determined were litter, but now he wants to receive nourishment from them).

Also, when one feels that now he is in a state of ascent, and feels some good flavor in the work, he must not say: “Now I am in a state that I understand that it is worthwhile to worship the Creator.” Rather he should know that now he was favored by the Creator, hence the Creator brought him closer, and for this reason he now feels good flavor in the work. And he should be careful never to leave the domain of Sanctity, and say that there is another who operates besides the Creator.

(But this means that the matter of being favored by the Creator, or the opposite, does not depend on the person himself, but only on the Creator. And man, with his external mind, cannot comprehend why now the Lord has favored him and afterwards did not.)

Likewise, when he regrets that the Creator does not draw him near, he should also be careful that it would not be concerning himself, meaning that he is remote from the Creator. This is because thus he becomes a receiver for his own benefit, and one who receives is separated. Rather, he should regret the exile of the Collective Soul (Divinity), meaning that he is causing the sorrow of Divinity.

One should imagine that it is as though a small organ of the person is sore. The pain is nonetheless felt primarily in the mind and in the heart. The heart and the mind, which are the whole of man. And certainly, the sensation of a single organ cannot resemble the sensation of a person’s full stature, where most of the pain is felt.

Likewise is the pain that a person feels when he is remote from the Creator. Since man is but a single organ of the Holy Divinity, for the Holy Divinity is the common soul of those who aspire towards the creator, hence, the sensation of a single organ does not resemble the sensation of the pain in general. That is to say that there is sorrow in the Divinity when the organs are detached from her, and she cannot nurture her organs.

(And we should say that this is what our sages said: “When a man regrets, what does Divinity say? ‘It is lighter than my head.’”). By not relating the sorrow of remoteness to oneself, one is spared falling into the trap of the desire to receive for oneself, which is considered separation from holiness.

The same applies when one feels some closeness to holiness, when he feels joy at having been favored by the Creator. Then, too, one must say that one’s joy is primarily because now there is joy Above, within the Holy Divinity, at being able to bring her private organ near her, and that she did not have to send her private organ away.

And one derives joy from being rewarded with pleasing the Divinity(Collective soul). This is in accord with the above calculation that when there is joy for the part, it is only a part of the joy of the whole. Through these calculations he loses his individuality and avoids being trapped by the ego, which is the will to receive for his own benefit.

Although, the will to receive is necessary, since this is the whole of man, since anything that exists in a person apart from the will to receive does not belong to the creature, but is attributed to the Creator, but the will to receive pleasure should be corrected to being in order to bestow.

That is to say, the pleasure and joy, which the will to receive takes, should be with the intention that there is contentment Above when the creatures feel pleasure, for this was the purpose of creation – to benefit His creations. And this is called the joy of the Divinity Above.

For this reason, one must seek advice as to how he can bring contentment Above. And certainly, if he receives pleasure, contentment shall be felt Above. Therefore, he yearns to always be in the King’s palace, and to have the ability to play with the King’s treasures. And that will certainly cause contentment Above. It follows that his entire longing should be only for the sake of the Creator.

Some of the kabbalistic terminology has been replaced for the reader with general terms.  For original copy feel free to visit web site www.kabbalah.info

Bnei Baruch Kabbalah, The Book of Shamati (Article # 1), Yahuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam)



Hope For Redemption

Question: Why do we need to hope for redemption, which is impossible without our hope?

Answer: It is simply necessary to feel how much we need it. As long as we don’t have a deficiency for something, there is no vessel; we are not ready to receive the desired fulfillment.

The Creator is ready to give us gifts as much as we want. He demands only one thing: that we will have a desire for them, otherwise we don’t feel the gifts. If you bring a gift to a person that he doesn’t need, he will not feel any value in it.

So we must attain a deficiency and then we discover that the gift is already found, it’s near us, in the air. The entire space around us is filled with gifts; you simply don’t see and don’t imagine what is happening here. Everything is already found, you only need a deficiency.

It’s like I take off my glasses and don’t see anything in front of me. How is it possible to give some kind of gift to a person in conditions like these? The Upper Light is at absolute rest, but the gift is revealed in a desire that is appropriate for the Light. Prepare your desire and the gift will be revealed.

There is no need to ask the Creator: “Give me, give me!” The moment, I begin to prepare my deficiency, I discover that I am not ready to do this, and then I will ask the Creator: “Help me mold my desire for the gift that you have prepared for me.” And the Creator will help.

But as long as I have not formed the desire, I will not feel the gift. The desire must precisely match the gift, the Light. The redemption will not come as long as I don’t have a complete desire, a need for the Creator, the king of the world, there is no feeling of exile. Separation from the Creator is death for me! He must be discovered in my world; otherwise, I will not be able to get what I need so much.

If I don’t have this feeling of exile, then how can the redemption come? How can the gift be revealed if I don’t have a need for it? I must feel that I am yearning to bestow and am not ready to reach this, so I am obligated to have the Creator save me, reveal His greatness.

I don’t need His revelation, otherwise I would begin to enjoy him egoistically; rather, I need the feeling of His greatness. This is all that I ask! Just as it’s important for me to go on vacation or relax on the beach now, I must constantly think about bestowal and understand that in order to attain it I need the greatness of the Creator.

My desire needs to receive a form that is accommodated to the revelation of the Creator. I want to bestow to the Creator, to feel within my desire how I bestow to Him, and that He has enjoyment from me and bestows to me through this manner. In this way we are together with Him in this intention, in adherence with one another, in mutual bestowal.

It makes no difference who bestows and who receives. The Creator gives and I give; He bestows and I bestow, both of us are equal in our intention. It’s not important who is first and who is last if there is love between us, our actions are completely equal. That He is the Creator and I am the creature loses all meaning. Is the infant less important to his mother than she is important to herself?

Question: Does it follow that the Creator also receives?

Answer: The Creator gets pleasure from me. But where does He enjoy if He has no desire to receive? He enjoys my desires! It’s like a mother who enjoys her baby because things are going well for him. Her pleasure is found within the infant.

Now we can understand how great our desire for pleasure is. Within it there is already the desire to bestow of the Upper, and so everything begins and ends with our desire.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/29/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

On the Same boat

There was two men on a boat, in the water each sitting opposite each other on their respective seats.  One was wise and the other was a fool.  The wise man sat enjoying the day and the wonderful scenery and the fool became bored and started drilling a hole right under his seat.  The wise man screamed, ” STOP!!! What are you doing?”.  The fool replied, ” Mind your own business, this is my side of the boat and I can do as I wish”.  The wise man responded, ” Yes, but we are on the same boat”

And so it is with all of humanity, we are truly on the same boat.  My actions affect others and ripple across the world,  Likewise the actions of others impact me.  We are already unified and intricately tied to all of humanity, however there seems to be a barrier between us preventing us from feeling it.  If we can’t feel it we will not be able to be it, because the outside world is a mirror of the inside world.  What is this barrier between me and the rest of the world?

Egoism is our nature.  It is not our potential or destiny, but is our starting point.  It is the barrier between us and ultimately must be corrected.  But if we are all under this egoism, governing our thoughts, desires, intentions and ultimately our attitudes and actions, how can we cure the problem?  If I myself am drowning in egoism, then how can I ever help pull you out of the waters of egoism?  Indeed I cannot.  We both need something above both of us, higher than us both to pull us out of the water.  If we are under the lower force of egoism then only a Higher force from Above can help us.

We cannot solve a problem with the same level of consciousness that caused it.  Therefore the revelation of our evil inclination within ourselves is our first request from our hearts that must be developed.  We must work with the Upper Force to reveal within us what must be healed.  What you reveal within you will save you.  What you do not reveal will not.  We must not be idle.  We must try with all our might to do it ourselves and come to the exhausted conclusion that we cannot change our own nature.  Only then can we cry out within ourselves to something higher than ourselves for help and it will be answered. 

The only prayer that will ever be answered is not a prayer to change the world, but a true prayer to change ourselves.  The effort must be done, with the knowledge that the effort is a form of prayer, a plea to the Upper One for transformation of our nature from egoism to altruism.  The falls, confusions, and despair create and emptiness or lack within us cause we see no inner changes.  It is like we hit a wall and know that on the other side is adhesion with others and the Upper One, but we can’t climb it.  Our nature keeps pulling us down.  We cry and yell out for help, but our effort produce no results.  Until a true recognition of the depths of our evil inclination is totally revealed and a true need for the Upper Ones help is developed, we remain at the gate of tears facing the wall.  When that yearning for correction is mature the Upper One is revealed gradually like steps on a ladder.

The emptiness, lack and yearning during the efforts to approach the Upper One for correction, eventually becomes the vessel for the Light that reforms your nature.  It is true that egoism is as far from the Creator as east is to west.  However by overcoming ever more difficult layers of egoism within us we climb, correction to correction, closer and closer to adhesion to The Upper One.  With it we will develop a new nature that is in equivalence to the nature of the Upper One.  It is the efforts in the end that is our prayer, but it is the Creator who transforms.  Not by my will Lord….. but Yours.

Jason-John Swartz

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