Series of lessons on the topic: Baal HaSulam - undefined

12 - 24 June 2022

Lesson 13Jun 23, 2022

Baal HaSulam. The Freedom

Lesson 13|Jun 23, 2022
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Morning Lesson June 23, 2022 Transcription

Transcription is made from simultaneous translation which leaves a possibility for differences in the audio

Baal HaSulam. The Freedom (Two Creations: A) Man, B) A Living Soul)

Reading (Two Creations: A) Man, B) A Living Soul) (0:22): “From the above…”

1. S. (9:55) Well interesting if we are going to see some questions here.

S. (10:10) He says that it has been clarified that there is no reality for the force called the will to receive. What does it mean that the ego does not have its own reality?

R. It dresses into various forms and through these forms we have to try to identify him.

S. What does it mean that it will not exist without clothing in desired things? What should it clothe in?

R. What? It dresses into the things that you are drawn to. You are drawn to them and you advance from one pleasure to another, from one form to another form and that is how you count your different states in life and that is your whole life.

S. The ego gives me life, without the ego there is no life at all that is what he is saying here?

R. Correct, that is correct. How can you imagine one moment where you are not enjoying?

S. But there's also trouble along with enjoying.

R. Troubles are you being drawn to pleasure.

S. Can we have life without trouble?

R. No, you will have no sensation.

S. What do you mean?

R. How can you feel life If you do not discover sorrow.

S. There has to be sorrow?

R. Without sorrow you cannot feel sweet. One cannot be without the other because you are a created being and you can sense life, pleasure only on top of discovering death, to an extent, somewhat and then above that you feel oh I'm alive I can move, I can enjoy, I can do this, I can do that and that gives you the pleasure out of life but opposite what? As opposed to what? Opposite that measurement where you feel that you could be dead.

S. What you are saying is that anyway our ego will take us through trouble and also through good so it is one against the other?

R. This is called help made against thee, or an angel.

S. Naturally I do not want to have so much trouble. I want to have more good than trouble.

R. The Kabbalists give you advice, how to come to the best possible state.

S. What is the advice by the Kabbalist?

R. Transcend your will to receive which attracts you to death.

S. And then I make the trouble go down a bit?

R. Of course, yes. But to shift it is not so simple that is the whole problem. You can do it but only by bonding with the system which is the ten.

S. I can really get rid of my troubles or is that just my thought?

R. Yes, go ahead.

S. Can we really do it?

R. Yes.

2. S. (13:50) The point of adhesion to the Creator is the stopping point? It is death? Why do we have to feel pleasure there?

R. I will tell you, because you will feel their maximum pleasure because your will to receive also becomes the revelation of pleasure. Meaning that you receive an order to bestow not just bestowing in order to bestow passively being in something or detaching from your ego or what we call the angel of death, you also connect to in order to bestow and then you receive pleasure 620 times more. Okay?

3. S. (15:05) What does it mean that the Creator will breathe a soul into a man's body? What does that mean?

R. That in the will to receive it is not the corporeal body and no one is talking about the corporeal body, it is just an imaginary world. Rather in the will to receive, our will to receive, we begin to receive fulfillment from the Creator in order to bestow and that fulfillment is called spiritual life. The correction to this is that the will to receive undergoes restriction, screen, reflected light and then it can resemble the will to bestow and then the Creator can bestow to that will to bestow the light, the light will appear in it, in short.

4. S. (16:20) This process from childhood until old age, it seems like man's life but isn't he speaking about any desire actually?

R. He is talking about the will to receive that begins from zero, from a point, like a drop of sperm., from just a point and it begins to evolve and in its development it goes through all kinds of states until it becomes similar to the Creator. How can that drop become similar to the Creator? Because that drop connects to more and more and more meaning more discernments and then it swallows into itself all of these discernment and its intensity of the will to receive, it begins to be big, as the Creator and according to its action in which all of those forces are in it in a reciprocal, mutual way in that drop and they are all influencing each other. They begin to resemble the Creator, similar in bestowal and so where they are inside of that drop, inside of that interconnection between them, they begin to have the same qualities and the same properties as the Creator. That means that the created being attains the Creator.

5. S. (18:10) There's just something I don't understand very well. It says here that man's essence is the will to receive the will to receive is existence from absence. Is that how I should think of man's essence?

R. Look and then see what you need to do. Try it.

6. S. (18:50) I do not understand the difference between man and the living soul when does each of them appear? How does man live on his own? How does the soul live on its own, is it eternal or does it still have a quality?

R. First of all there is no death the way that you think about it, there is no death, there is only a transition from one state to another, that is it.

S. A transition, yes.

R. Yes, transition. It is transition from one state to another state, and that state we can also feel it during our life, this corporeal life as we go from a corporeal state to a spiritual state meaning that we live not in the will to receive but in the intention to bestow and that is what we need to do here in our state right now, what we call the corporeal state. Not just us but all people of the world. That is what we are talking about.

S. It turns out that not only do we need to attain a state of bestowal between us, we also need to develop this state because there could be a problem with transition from one state to the next?

R. Right but everything happens by bestowal, the force of bestowal we have to develop within us and this force develops within us by our efforts in the ten.

S. And the second state is called man, is that receiving in order to bestow?

R. Yes this is already receiving in order to bestow and it is that we begin to connect between us between the tens to a single body.

7. S. (21:42) I'm asking for myself, how do you say, from my own flaws. What should I do about the attitude towards Baal HaSulam’s articles that he writes, that the more time that goes by that feeling of contradiction between what he says and what is true is increasing. For example if you take this complaint that the ego is getting smaller and people are enjoying less we see today in the 21st century the elders that are healthy, do not stop enjoying and wanting to enjoy. I understand he is writing it from the previous century when there was nothing to do but I'm speaking about the principle: “He who flaws, flaws in his own flaws”. Once when I heard the articles and I took them as the complete truth but today I start all kinds of arguments inside me between the ego and my point in the heart, what should I do with this?

R. For now keep it aside because you won't be able to solve all of these issues if you think that Baal HaSulam is wrong because he is not modern or things like that. So leave it aside for a while and in a while, in a year or two or three you will be able to understand it better. That is how it works. What can you do? There are many things that we do not understand and afterwards we actually see that it is not what he meant. We will think, we will unpack these things further later on.

8. S. (23:47) How not to be motivated by pleasure if we were created to receive pleasure?

R. We have to enjoy, we must enjoy, we have to fulfill ourselves all the way as in the world of infinity where the upper light fills all the desire but we can achieve that specifically on the condition that are vessels of reception are not limited and not limited means were connecting with the others in order to bestow and then when we exist in this way we can then enjoy limitlessly and that is the purpose of creation.

9. S. (24:44) It is written that there is an important discernment in relinquishing life that this relinquishing isn't because of satiation like someone who was full but because of despair. What does that mean relinquishing while being satiated?

R. That on the one hand if he is satiated then of course he gives up all the rest and stops. We have to understand that the more we imagine to ourselves how much we can enjoy if we are connected together and come into a single vessel and in that vessel we reveal the Creator and the Creator then fulfills all of our vessels then we are truly using our will to receive in a complete manner. We restrict ourselves from personal narrow individual reception where we can just suck a little bit out of that spark but in truth we should be drawn to pleasure that is collected between us and there everyone feels everyone's pleasure and fulfills everyone's desire which becomes his desire and also the pleasure he receives becomes his pleasure and that brings us to a truly great vessel and we enjoy big time. All we need to break through is those egoistic barriers between us and then that takes us into a complete and perfect world.

10. S. (26:38) If a person didn't want anything in this world from a young age it was always a burden so why did it take so long to reach the wisdom of Kabbalah?

R. Until he grows through all of these stages where he grows his personal vessels of reception and begins to develop some of his desire to connect to the others in order to transcend himself towards the Creator all of that takes time. What can you do? It is not what we determine, it is the system itself, this grand system that was created to begin with from the four phases of direct light until it begins to sort itself out and classify itself with respect to the created being that should then take the system and transform it and change it. That is the required time.

11. S. (27:55) Is the restriction screen and reflected light a one-time action or in order to restrict we have to do it for a long time, a week, a month?

R. You have to do it all the time restriction, screen and reflected light. I have to keep that within me and work that way non-stop, ceaselessly.

12. S. (28:22) I heard the restriction is the restriction of the intention to receive and not the will to receive.

R. Right.

S. What is the actual inner work so I tell myself that I do not want anything for myself or do I tell myself that I want to receive anything for myself but only to rejoice with my friends, only together.

R. It is the same thing I do not want to receive anything for myself but only in order to rejoice with my friends, only together.

13. S. (28:56) What does it mean, breathed life into a person but in the ten?

R. That we want to receive fulfillment from the Creator but only inside the ten. So our problem is to match our vessel to the light of the Creator because he is whole and we need to become whole and our wholeness is that we are all connected as one.

14. S. (29:22) Should the ego be on the still level so we can reach spirituality?

R. The ego does not need to be in the form of the still but it begins from the degree of the still within us.

15. S. (29:47) Can't we work for our goal without expecting some kind of happiness?

R. We should always be in joy, in gladness. If we are not it means that our action is incorrect. It is not the correct action.

16. S. (30:07) The will to receive and the depiction of the pleasure I want and when a person gets older the ego starts giving up because of despair. How by focusing on the intention to bestow can we influence the intensity of the intention?

R. It is only through connection between us and mutual bestowal between us in the ten specifically. We have to hold each other, I have to always think about the ten. That inside of the ten I attain the upper world, the Creator, everything. I have to always pay attention to that. If I have that I have hope I see forward, I know what to do if I do not have it I am in just a state that is completely undefined. We have to try to be in the ten and care for the connection, the collection of the ten until we reveal the Creator in it.

17. S. (31:25) Everything is from the Creator so how can we see the leaving of my partner from the path as something coming from the Creator? How can the women help the family be adhered to the path?

R. I do not know. That already requires some discussion in the ten, how we work, how do we influence? The men's ten on the husband and the women's ten on his wife.