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The Growth of Egoism Is a Condition for Spiritual Advancement

115.06For this reason, they were not ready to receive the Torah at the time of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but only when they came out of Egypt and became a complete nation. Only then was there a possibility to guarantee everyone’s needs without any care or concern (Baal HaSulam, “The Arvut [Mutual Guarantee]”)

After leaving Babylon, the children of Israel went through three spiritual periods known as “Abraham,” “Isaac,” and “Jacob.” These are the right, left, and middle lines interacting with each other.

While in Babylon, people suddenly felt a massive surge of egoism tearing them apart. Therefore, Abraham’s group left Babylon and began to draw closer to each other. This was the ascent to the spiritual level of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

However, while uniting, they again found themselves under the control of egoism. This period is called the Egyptian exile.

The constant growth of egoism is necessary for our further advancement, otherwise we would have nothing to rise above and no basis for working with each other. Therefore, periods of spiritual development always follow this pattern: ascents and descents, ascents and descents.

But the descents are not entirely new states. From the state of a shattered soul, negative relationships and negative qualities continuously arise within each of us and between us, which we perceive as descents.

This is how we move forward. If a person stocks up on the correct energy, has a group, engages in systematic studies, and needs to progress, they will inevitably experience descents and various unpleasant states. But it is precisely by overcoming these states that they will advance.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/18/20, “The Arvut [Mutual Guarantee]”

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Directed to the Truth

272Question: What is the truth?

Answer: There is only one truth—the Creator. Everything else is false, relatively, of course, based on what is closer to the Creator or farther from the Creator. But in principle, all of it is false.

Question: But we still receive from the Creator. We do not perceive Him directly, but reveal Him in some form of clothing. What here is the truth if it is not clothed in the desire to receive?

Answer: The extent to which the Creator is clothed in what we feel is how we should evaluate these things. Truth is revealed in the similarity of the Kli to the light that fills it. If there is a small difference between them, then the Kli will appear spiritually more powerful to us. And vice versa.

Question: Does a Kabbalist discern the difference? For example, does he feel falsehood in material Kelim, and then switch and feel the truth in spiritual Kelim? How can one make the switch?

Answer: Begin to direct yourself to the truth through spiritual possibilities, not material ones. Strive to see in the manifestation of people their higher human essence, how much they can rise above the material world and evaluate actions, objects, and forces as far from egoism as possible.

You need to switch to the sensation of truth, i.e., tune yourself only to the truth, pray for it, and receive only the truth.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/26/24, Writings of Rabash “What Is Truth?”

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Mutual Guarantee for the Whole World

284.01Therefore, the Tana described the Arvut as two people who were on a boat, and one of them began to drill a hole in the boat. His friend said, “Why are you drilling?” He replied, “Why should you mind? I am drilling under me, not under you.” So he replied, “Fool! We will both drown together in the boat!”

Meaning, as we said, since those rebels wallow in self-love, by their actions, they build an iron wall that prevents the observers of the Torah from even beginning to fully observe the Torah and Mitzvot in the measure of words “Love your friend as yourself,” which is the ladder for achieving Dvekut [adhesion] with Him. Indeed, how right were the words of the proverb that said, “Fool, we will both drown together in the boat!” (Baal HaSulam, “The Arvut” [Mutual Guarantee])

We are drowning along with our world. Therefore, our generation needs to break out of this as soon as possible; that is, it needs to understand how to correct ourselves.

Therefore, Rabbi Elazar, son of Rashbi, who wrote The Book of Zohar, clarifies the matter of Arvut even further. It is not enough for him that all of Israel, not only this group, which received the system of Abraham, be responsible for one another, but the whole world is included in the Arvut.

It follows that all the peoples of the world must also follow the laws of Arvut (mutual guarantee). Therefore, we must explain this to everyone and involve everyone in it.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/18/20, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”

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Questions about Spiritual Work—151

294.2Question: What is the state when you feel indifferent to everything in the corporeal world  you constantly want to read the sources, and you only derive pleasure from them? Is this an egoistic fulfillment?

Answer: It is an egoistic fulfillment, but it leads to spiritual fulfillment. So continue.

Question: How should one correctly think about the Creator?

Answer: Think intentionally that He is the source of all the fulfillments we desire. Unite with other friends and understand that in doing so, you create a path to the light that will pass from the Creator through all of you and into the collective Kli.

Question: Does it turn out that all a person’s efforts come down to is building a Kli for reception, expanding it as much as possible, and transforming it into a Kli for bestowal?

Answer: Of course, that is our task. When you are already within this system, you can regulate the process through the connection between yourself, your friends, and the Creator.

Question: When a friend has a deficiency and cannot direct it toward the Creator, can the group help him by uniting with Him?

Answer: Yes, it can. This is called descending to a friend, lifting him with yourselves, and turning to the Creator from this state.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/3/24, Writings of Rabash “Wholeness and Deficiency – 2”

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Is It Possible to Attain the Essence of the Creator?

260Question: We are a creation, but within each of us, there is a point in the heart, a particle of the Creator’s nature.

Is it possible to ever attain the essence of the Creator, the nature of the Creator, and in a way become the Creator?

Answer: You cannot have the desire to attain the essence of the Creator. You can only have the desire to be similar to Him. We cannot jump above our nature.

Some degrees are revealed to us as degrees of higher attainment than just the qualities of bestowal. But we are not there yet.

We need to think about how to become similar to the Creator. From this similarity, we will understand Him.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/23/20, “Preparation for the Convention”

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Think Only about Bestowal

243.04Question: As we progress, why, instead of the expected strengthening and revealing of spiritual desire, do new facets of material desires emerge?

Answer: It is to expand the desire within you and for your spiritual striving to be even more complete and extensive. This way you will later be able to receive fulfillment.

In ordinary desires, we cannot sense spiritual fulfillment, taste it, or open ourselves to even greater spiritual enjoyment. This only happens when the Creator works with us. Therefore, when we reveal ourselves, we should only think about bestowal.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/3/24, Writings of Rabash “Wholeness and Deficiency – 2”

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Don’t Miss a Single Day

557Question: If the light of the Creator is in the Torah and everything around us, what is the difference in looking for the Creator in the texts of the Torah or a dialogue with the world?

Answer: It depends on the essence of the soul, in how much it desires this or that in connection with the Creator, and what state it is in.

Question: I have friends who studied at Bnei Baruch who said that if the Creator fills the whole world, what difference does it make where to attain Him? And they left.

Answer: This is the usual path that millions take. They think everything is clear to them, that there is nothing new, and that they can attain spirituality on their own, or come up with some other excuses and leave.

There is nothing we can do about it. Of course, everyone has obligations toward others, support, and so on, but in general, this is all we can offer.

A person must constantly increase his desire to reveal the Creator and feel that without this, he simply dies. Because every day of your life, in which you have not advanced even a millimeter on the path to the Creator, is a missed day.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/2/24, Writings of Rabash “The Whole Earth Is Full of His Glory”

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Turn Night into Day

921Question: Should we strive for the day of the Creator, for His revelation?

Answer: Of course we should. The Creator desires this and we should want to.

Question: How can we make the day of the Creator so it is not night for us? We are still like a bat, in an egoistic desire.

Answer: It does not depend on your experience in Kabbalah, but only on your attitude. If in a certain state you want to turn night into day, then you should simply try to imagine the Creator is before you, that He is revealing Himself to you, and wants you to feel Him with all your senses and get closer to Him.

Question: Let’s say I feel a problem, something unpleasant in my life. How do I turn this state of night into day?

Answer: To do this, you need to switch to the Creator and try to feel Him as if what you are feeling now comes from Him. In this case, the question is how do we begin to feel the Creator instead of the night?

Try to do this, and you will see it is not that difficult.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/27/24, Writings of Rabash “Woe unto You Who Await the Day of the Lord”

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Think Less, Act More

938.04Question: You often tell us that we should strive to embrace our friends with our hearts. What does this concept entail?

Answer: Embracing a friend’s heart means striving to feel their true needs and questions. For this, you must unite with them in some common desire and raise this desire to the Creator. After you have united even a little, take some text of a prayer and begin reading it together in unison. And so it will be revealed that at the same time you rise.

Question: First you said that we need to seek our friend’s aspirations and then rise to the Creator with a common desire. So is this a path that needs to be followed to come to the single desire?

Answer: Yes, think less and act more so that your impressions lead you to a new state.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/27/24, Writings of Rabash “Woe unto You Who Await the Day of the Lord”

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Correction with Prayer

947Question: During the day, we have time when we form a prayer. How can we use this time to feel that we are turning to the Creator together?

Answer: Gather together in sensation, as if you are in one place, in one desire, and from it you turn to the Creator, you want to connect to Him and to fill Him with your attitude. Nothing else is needed.

Question: There are different ideas about prayer. Is what is in our hearts already a prayer?

Answer: That is also correct.

Question: On the other hand, you say that first we form an appeal to the Creator, and then, as it were,  must enter Him, raise the general MAN right here and now. But some friends believe that, in principle, that this is not necessary.

Answer: Let everyone participate as they see fit. It doesn’t matter. And then you will analyze your actions and correct them with prayer.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/4/24, Writings of Rabash “And You, Israel”

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Revelation Is in Unification

528.01Question: What does it mean that we are beginning to reveal the open control of the Creator in our unification?

Answer: If you genuinely unite with each other, then the Creator reveals Himself between you, you feel how He guides you, and change the distance between you relative to each other: now closer, now further, in a circle, and so on.

This is how you understand the Creator’s governance and learn how to relate to the world from Him.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/16/24, Writings of Rabash “Concealed and Revealed in His Providence”

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How to Read Articles Correctly

524.01Question: How do we learn to let go of previous perceptions in order to undergo rapid changes? Could it be useful to find articles of Rabash where he talks about reward? Are there any such articles?

Answer: Of course, there are many articles. But it is not about them; it is about the way you perceive them.

Therefore, I advise you to get together, try to unite with each other, and read one article. It is better than reading ten articles alone.

You will feel others and get ten opinions at once.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/1/24, Writings of Rabash “Ruin by Elders—Construction; Construction by Youths—Ruin”

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Means for Adhesion to the Creator

232.01Question: What does it mean to keep oneself in the right state during a descent?

Answer: In a state of descent we must still keep ourselves connected to the Creator. After all, a descent is not truly a descent; we simply stop feeling closeness to the Creator, but this does not mean we are distancing from Him.

On the contrary, these are the states when we need to draw Him even closer to us. Thus, it is from this state of relative descent that we will begin to rise higher and higher.

Question: Elders develop a certain technique for going through states of descent, and they patiently go through everything. This patience, as a habit, does it neutralize the descent and moving through the degrees?

Answer: Not at all; each time it is new work and new effort.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/1/24, Writings of Rabash “Ruin by Elders—Construction; Construction by Youths—Ruin”

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Learning to Justify the Creator

504Question: When the Creator gives a person correction in the form of health problems, what should one regret? If someone is regretting something, how can they justify the Creator?

Answer: You should learn to justify the Creator and regret that you cannot fully justify Him with your properties.

Question: If a friend receives suffering that is greater than his strength to bear it, how can he deal with it correctly? What is our help, and what should his request be to the Creator?

Answer: He should try to be in complete connection with the rest of the friends in the ten and together with them ask the Creator for the ability to overcome these sufferings so as not to grieve or blame Him.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/30/24, Writings of Rabash “A Request for Help”

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The Creator Needs Our Joy

550Question: How can we increase the lack (Hisaron) in the ten so that it resembles the lack of the Creator who wishes to draw us to Him?

Answer: Constantly think about why you lack connection with the Creator and ask Him to increase this connection.

Question: That is exactly what I do. I constantly think about my lack of connection with the Creator, but this only increases my disappointment in myself.

Answer: No, the Creator needs your joy. You should rejoice that you have a desire for Him. This is a mandatory condition. A person must always be joyful that the Creator reveals Himself a little to him, draws him to Himself, and then he strives and approaches Him. This is very important.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/27/24, Writings of Rabash “Woe unto You Who Await the Day of the Lord”

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A Critical Mass Will Influence the Course of History

963.4Question: In the article “The Last Generation,” Baal HaSulam writes that if the majority of people accept the idea that the whole world is one family, they will immediately join communistic altruism. What about the minority?

Answer: First ideas get intermixed, properties are clarified, and only then is a decision made on what should be done. People will start to adopt certain norms of behavior or laws.

That is, there will be not just the majority among people, but a critical mass will be formed in the nation that will influence the course of history.
From the 1st part of  the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/24/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Writings of the Last Generation”

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Excessive Activity

528.01Question: A person strives to bestow, participates in all events, and shows excessive activity that does not allow others to express themselves. How can he calculate that he is too active and needs to slow down?

Answer: In principle, there should be a middle ground in the group based on a certain level of the majority of the group members. Sometimes one rises, then another, and so on, but everyone generally adheres to some common level. It must be felt, understood, and achieved.

Question: Can a person find this out for himself?

Answer: Yes, sure. Let him see how the others behave and interact with each other.

Question: If I see that my friends are not very active, does this mean that I am too active?

Answer: Maybe.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/3/24, Writings of Rabash “Wholeness and Deficiency – 2”

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Dissemination Is the Channel for the Light

261Question: You always say that we need to engage in dissemination. Is a student someone who spreads knowledge about the Creator?

Answer: You cannot avoid engaging in dissemination because you will otherwise become a final element in the system. The system, however, is global; energy, information, and feelings constantly circulate through it. Therefore, if you do not disseminate further, you become a final element and wither away.

Question: Should we become a channel for transmitting information?

Answer: Yes, as it is said in the article “The Arvut”(Mutual Guarantee), we must be precisely the channel through which the light of the Creator passes to all other souls.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/23/20, “Preparation for the Convention”

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Not for You to Feel Good, But for the Creator’s Sake

261Question: As our state matures, the descents will intensify in both quality and duration. How can we not despair from these states?

Answer: For this, you need to have many friends who are engaged in the same pursuit as you—coming closer to the Creator—and who are constantly talking about it and consulting with each other.

Question: How can we bring contentment to the Creator when we are in a descent?

Answer: By desiring to come out of the descent to bring Him contentment, not for you to feel good, but for His sake.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/1/24, Writings of Rabash “Ruin by Elders—Construction; Construction by Youths—Ruin”

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Destroying and Constructing

600.02Question: What must I destroy before constructing the building of holiness?

Answer: Everything that you have built in your heart and mind from the first day of studying Kabbalah, because you will realize that it is all incorrect. Then you will come to understand that everything you have done was also incorrect, and you will have to destroy and rebuild anew.

Question: But I built a connection with friends in the ten, a schedule, and a framework. What do I need to destroy?

Answer: Nothing, it happens on its own. You will simply understand that these are not the foundations on which the spiritual building of your soul is constructed.

Question: What advice do Kabbalists give? What needs to be built correctly to make fewer mistakes?

Answer: Reading the short articles that we are currently going through will help you. You will see that you need to direct yourself toward the spiritual goal in a slightly different way.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/1/24, Writings of Rabash “Ruin by Elders—Construction; Construction by Youths—Ruin”

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