Filed under: Evil-klippa, FREE WILL, freedom and ethics | Tags: consciousness, correction., Divine service, experiences, FREEDOM, god, Klipot (shells), the Creator
UPDATED JULY 10 2014
One is incapable of going from the slavery of a materialistic existence to that of one living according to spiritual consciousness until one is liberated from the consciousness of slaves.
Our sages teach on the verse, “The tablets were the tablets of God, and the writing was the writing of G0d, charut (graven) on the tablets.” (Ex. 32:16): Read not “charut” (graven), but “cherut”, (freedom). This reflects what the sages say that the only free man is the one who studies Torah” (Avot 6:2). Learning though is not enough Only when one comes to agree to serve God does one become free. This alone liberates one from the empty bestially nature of his animal soul which enslaves them to their lower animal desires and own selfish ego. As long as a person transgresses God’s commandments they are taking their own life, committing spiritual suicide, in the next world, this world or both.
is written, “Know therefore this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath; there is no other.” (Deut 4) This means that there is no other force in the world that has the ability to do anything against his will
. And when a man sees, things in the world that seem to deny God’s authority, these things are His will also. And it is called a correction. This is what is described as “the left rejects and the right draws near,” meaning that which the left rejects is considered a 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 Holiness.
By being pushed away by God and providence that makes one’s life difficult. A person receives a need and a complete desire for the Creator to help him, since he sees that otherwise he is lost.
He comes to feel more shattered than whole. He experiences many more descents than ascents. He does not see an end to these states, and he thinks that 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 cleaving 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 his evil desires or lack of enthusiasm in his Divine service. These people I am talking about truly want to draw near the Creator. They will not settle for little, meaning remain as senseless children, They are therefore given help from Above.
Only if that person has a true desire will they receive help from Above. He is constantly shown how he is at fault in his present state spiritually. Namely, he is sent thoughts and views to be able to truly access his position “spiritual”, his state of development in truth. This is in order for him to see that he is not one with the God. And what he needs to overcome.
A man must always try to 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 pursuit of Holiness. And he should never imagine that there is another authority which prevents him from entering holiness, and which can bring benefit or harm, God Forbid. Remember that is is written :
“Know therefore this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath; there is no other.” (Deut 4)
That is, he must not think that this is the force of the Sitra Achra (Other Side) acting alone against him. That it will not allow a them to do good deeds and follow God’s ways. Rather, all is done by the Creator. This is no other force that can oppose him.
The Baal Shem Tov said that he who says that there is another force controlling things in the world, namely Klipot (shells), that person is in a state of “serving other gods.” As ultimately all is controlled by God.
If he thinks that there is another authority and force apart from the Creator, by that he is committing a sin.
“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said to Satan, Where are you coming from? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.. And the Lord said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God, and turns away from evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Does Job fear God for nothing?” (Job Chapter 1)
There is only one God and He controls EVERYTHING ultimately
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.
In a certain sense it is the God who gave him the desire for these things. To go to the lowly places. He could have refused the desire and passed his test. One receives a desire and craving to take pleasure from things they had already determined were improper, but now he wants to receive benefit from them. Even if he knows better his personality requires refinement so that he can make the right choices.
It is like if his wife has sent a harlot to test his fidelity, to see how he will act.
One should be careful never to leave the domain of Holiness, and say that there is another who operates besides the Creator.
By recognizing a 2nd authority as God, which truly is not. You invite its influence into your life.
Sometimes one actually comes into this world incarnated as a pig, as they acted like this in their previous life.
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.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
“His ways are always strong; your judgments are far above, out of his sight”
Anything that exists in a person except for 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.
The God created the world so that he could give to the creation. We need to work so that in our lives we emulate this Divine quality of the “desire to give”.
It is known with regard to the Light of God itself, that there is to it no change, as it is written, “I the Lord change not.” All the names and appellations are the vessels of this light. It which is according to these that the light becomes differentiated to different aspects. The will to receive is included in “Malchut” (the active kingship of heaven as is it manifests here below in this world)—the root of creation. hangs down to this world, to the creatures.
The Divine Presence hangs down to this world, it does not change. The question is what will you do with it. Will you take its power, motivation and dress it in evil. Or will you do good and reveal God in the world.
The general Tikkun (correction) is so the Upper Light will shine in them and the world, ultimately in utter completeness. So don’t block it by being stupid. The vessels are generally named “Shechinah” (Divine Presence) .
Before the Light shines in them in utter completeness according to the correctness of their actions, we call that time, “A Time of Corrections.” This means that we make corrections in our actions, speech, emotions and thoughts so that the Light will shine in them in completeness. Until then, that state is called “Divinity in Exile.”
Your heart should be a Tabernacle for the Light of God, not a place
of waste and filth.
In other words when that which God hates captures the whole of the heart.
This is called “Divinity in the dust.” It means that it has been lowered to the ground, and each and every one loathes matters of holiness, and they have no desire whatsoever to raise it from the dust. Instead, they choose disgusting things, and this brings on sorrow to and of the “Shechinah” (Divine Presence). This is what happens when one does not make their heart a Tabernacle for the Light of God.
To be continued………………………………………………………………………..
Filed under: Beney Elohim, FREE WILL, jOB, Rosh Hashanah, sons of god, Supernal court, Zohar
“And YHV”H said to Moses, ‘Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart…'” (Exudus 10:1).
Sometimes God takes away our free will.
Rabbi Yehuda opened the discussion, saying: “Happy is the people that know the joyful note; they shall walk, YHV”H, in the light of Your countenance” (Tehilim 89:16). How much should people walk in the ways of the Holy One, blessed be He, and observe the commandments of the Torah in order to merit the World to Come, and that they may be delivered from all Accusers above and below. For as there are Accusers in the world below, so there are Adversaries above whose functions are to ACCUSE people.
These Accusers are angels of judgment. They bring judgment so to direct us back to the right path and a means of refining us from evil we have done.
Those who observe the commandments of the Torah and walk the right path in fear of their Master, good Advocates are situated above them, as is written: “If there be an angel over him, an interpreter, one among a thousand…then He is gracious to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom'” (Job 33:23). Therefore, fortunate is he who observes the commandments of the Torah.
THIS IS REFERRING TO IN THE OTHER WORLD
Rabbi Chiya said to him: If so, why is it necessary to have an angel to intercede for the person, seeing it is written: “For YHV”H will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught” (Proverbs 3:26). “YHV”H will guard you from all evil” (Psalms 121:7). For the Holy One, blessed be He, sees everything that a man does in the world, both good and evil. And so He says, “‘Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him?’ Says YHV”H” (Jeremiah 23:24).
So many times are we saved from calamity by these angels, and don’t know. From God nothing is hidden. From us a lot is concealed, so to preserve free will.
Rabbi Yehuda said: Certainly it is so. But it is written: “And touch his bone and his flesh” (Job 2:5), and “although you did move me against him to destroy him without cause” (Ibid. 3). This shows that permission was granted to the Other Side to accuse in worldly matters, and they should be given into his hands. All these things are to stay concealed before the Holy One, blessed be He, and you have no right to investigate them, because they are the statutes of the Holy One, blessed be He. Humans are not permitted to be particular about them except for those truly Righteous who know the secrets of the Torah and go in the way of wisdom to know these hidden things in the Torah.
Why “bad things” happen is not always easy to understand.
“Now there was a day…and the Adversary came also among them”
Rabbi Elazar begins by talking about Rosh Hashanah, Judgment Day.
This is the day the Bible refers to by “In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall you have a sabbath, a day of remembrance of blowing of horns, a holy gathering.”
He says there are messengers who are appointed by God to watch over the actions of people, and at Judgment Day these messengers accuse those whose actions were improper. When people sin, they weaken ELOHE”M (manifestation of God in nature), but when they perform good actions they give might and power to Him. Rabbi Elazar speaks about “The Adversary also came among them,” and recounts the conversation between God and Satan wherein God distracts Satan from his accusation of Yisrael, by asking him if he has considered His servant Job. Satan always requests justice from God. We read that Job was judged as he had judged Yisrael, since he had been one of Pharaoh’s advisors. The Satan was given permission to afflict Job’s bones and flesh, but not to kill him. We are told that God does not want to destroy the whole world on the word of the Accuser, since the Accuser’s desire is always to destroy. The discussion turns to “The end of all flesh” which is the Satan, and “the end of days” that is in Holiness. On Rosh Hashanah those who come before God with repentance deserve to be written on the side of Life; those who come with evil actions are written on the Other Side, which is Death. We are told then of the balance, where the world is half Life and half Death, and the actions of one Righteous man or one wicked person can tip the balance so that all the world is written to Life or Death. A person should not be set apart by himself because he can be noticed and accused from above. Job, who was set apart, and who was tested severely, did not even then join the Other Side. He should, however, have given a part of his sacrifice to the Other Side because then the Other Side would have removed himself from the Temple. The conclusion of this section is that God judged Job, giving him first good and then bad and then good again; thus it is proper for a person to know good and bad, and to return himself to good.
Rabbi Elazar opened the discussion, saying: “Now there was a day when the sons of Elohim came to present themselves before God, and the Adversary came also among them” (Job 1:6). “Now there was a day,” refers to Rosh Hashanah, the day that the Holy One, blessed be He, rises to judge the world. Similarly, “And it happened one day, that he came there” (II Kings 4:11). That day was the holy day of Rosh Hashanah.
“And the sons of Elohim came.” These are the appointed ministers whose mission in the world is to observe the actions of people. “To present themselves before God,” as is written: “And all the hosts of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on His left” (I Kings 22:19). But in the passage: “To present themselves before God,” “The Adversary also came among them.” The word “also” adds to THE CHILDREN OF ELOHIM, because they all came to accuse, and THE ADVERSARY also joined them because he was the greatest slanderer of them all. As soon as the Holy One, blessed be He, saw that they all came to accuse, immediately, “And YHV”H said to the Adversary, ‘From where do you come?'” (Job 1:7) Did not the Holy One, blessed be He, know where he came from: Rather only to allow the matter to the wishes of the Satan, MEANING THAT WITH THESE WORDS HE GAVE HIM AN OPENING TO ACCUSE AS HE WISHES.
“YHV”H said to the Adversary, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on earth…'” (Ibid. 8).
The Satan works for God being the Evil inclination in man, THE ADVERSARY, Accuser and prosecuter of the supernal court. Only with permission from God can he do anything. As we see here with Job “YHV”H said to the Adversary, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on earth…'” (Ibid. 8).
The book of “Iyov” (Joab) was written prophetically by Moses (Bava Basra 14b). Iyov was born when Yisrael entered Egypt, and his suffering lasted for 1 year and started when he was seventy. After that he lived twice as long for another 140 years (Iyov 42:16) and died the year after we came out of Egypt.