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Arvut: two people on a boat, when one of them suddenly begins to drill a hole in the boat. His friend asked: “why are you drilling?” and he replied: “what business is it of yours, I’m drilling under me, not under you,” so the first man told him: “Fool, we shall both drown together!”

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Searching for an External Force for Advancement

By JohnC | January 7, 2011

Through the Book of Zohar (Radiance), the Creator shows us all kinds of examples which inspire us. We do not understand them, yet we want to copy them, like a small child. If you do not want to or are unable to, you should turn to the group, or approach with a request for help from the books. You are obligated to search for something that will push you forward and help you bond with the situations and the actions that the Book of Zohar tells you, even though you understand nothing, and yet want to understand.

Upper states are being discussed, spiritual bestowal, and I want to feel them and to be in them! How can I do that? All these questions should constantly bother us. It doesn’t matter if I remember anything of what I read. But if I expected the text to influence me, if I wanted to enter that world, to feel that which The Zohar speaks of, then I will feel very intensely how reading it influences me, although I do not remember a single word.

My moods, my different qualities, my perspective of the world and myself, they will all change. I will begin to feel all kinds of changes daily, until one sunny day the leap will occur. All that will happen as a result of reading the Book of Zohar. I do not know of what I read, and what it is that it wants to tell me. I have no connection to it except for one thing, I want this book to be revealed to me.

That’s the way the Surrounding light operates, it’s a true miracle. After all, other than that miracle, there is no other influence upon us from the Upper World. This miracle operates upon us even though there is no connection between us. There is no connection between the will to receive and the will to bestow. Any connection is carried out by the Creator, who is the source of all. Hence, this concealed connection is called a ‘miracle’ or ‘remedy’.

Of course there are very strict rules operating here regarding the relationships between the Light and the desire, according to a precise formula of mutual actions between them, but that formula is concealed from me. Thus, for me, it’s a miracle. I press a button in one place, and in another place something jumps up, and I do not understand how that works. All that’s said is that I should read and will, and all the rest should will on its own.

Excerpt from the daily Kabbalah lesson, January 28th, 2010

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