The Meaning of Life According to the Wisdom of Kabbalah
Every person is given the opportunity to attain the highest power in nature, the power that created and manages him. There is no need to believe in the existence of this higher power since it can be explored and discovered in truth. In this way, he attains the meaning of life and eternity. Here’s the rest of the story.
The entity called the Creator is a force and that force is called the will to bestow. In order to fulfill His nature, the Creator needed something to which to bestow. So He created a “vessel” called the will to receive. This was His only creation — something from nothing, existence from non-existence.
Thus were established the only two forces in the world — bestowal and reception — that are exact opposites. This principle, that nothing can be known without also knowing its opposite, is repeated throughout all of nature. As these two forces interacted, through four phases, the common soul was shattered by the sin of Adam. This is what we call the Big Bang.
During the billions of years since the Big Bang, the shattering of the common soul by Adam’s sin, life on earth has evolved through four levels of existence — still, vegetative, animate and speaking. Everything is an expression of the will to receive because it is all that exists in the physical world. It is this will to receive, or desire, that is the substance of evolution. When these four parts are distributed according to quantity, they take the shape of a pyramid, with the still at the bottom and the other levels building on top of it.
These four levels form the template that is replicated on every level of existence — in the history of mankind and within ourselves. These levels of existence comprise God’s masterpiece, the perfect and integrated structure within which we live.
Levels of Existence
1. The Still (Inanimate) Level — desire to fulfill basic needs
Incorporating the hard matter of the universe — all the rocks, planets, and so on — the still possesses only a tiny amount of will to receive. While existing on this level, all effort is exerted toward survival, fulfilling basic needs for food, shelter and sex.
The will to receive is miniscule, the aim of which is simply to maintain form. There is no measurable cognizance of the spiritual, no control over egoistic desire, and total enslavement to its environment. All actions are for its own benefit. This level in spirituality is called Palaces.
2. The Vegetative Level — desire for wealth
This level comprises all organic plant matter. Growth is possible here because there exists more will to receive than the entire still level. There is awareness of external factors, and an ability to absorb what is beneficial and emit what is harmful. The vegetative operates within the general, with no personal clarification, not giving birth to anything independently. In the affairs of man, this is the stage of accumulating money and belongings that are enhancements to survival.
Here lies the entry point to the spiritual plane, called Robes in the spiritual realm. The will to receive is weak, but able somewhat to resist its ego and has a small capacity to bestow. It absorbs what is beneficial and emits what is harmful, opening and closing itself, as all its actions are aimed at bestowal. For example, a plant absorbs carbon dioxide and converts it into oxygen and mankind breathes out carbon dioxide to replenish the plant. Each derives benefit in this unending cycle of bestowal and reception.
3. The Animate Level — desire for power
The creatures of the earth have mobility as well as a greater desire that encompasses that of the levels before it. This allows them to exert control over the still and vegetative. Each animal develops its own individuality through which it seeks to benefit itself and to choose between good and bad for its own well-being. Animals give birth and need a mate to do so. This represents an emulation of the Creator, in that a new being is created. This level is manifested in the world as political power, empire, control in small environments such as a job. It binds itself to amassing more wealth in order to expand its power.
On the spiritual plane, called Angels, there is an instinctive inner program of knowledge of one’s life, even though it is limited and inevitable. There is help here for completion for the spiritual work. Through using the method of Kabbalah, we give birth to 125 levels of attainment, each higher that those before, thus emulating creation 125 times.
4. The Speaking (Human) Level — desire for knowledge
Mankind appeared on the planet only after everything was prepared for us. The structure of nature, as described above, is an integrated system that can be thought of as a well-oiled system of cogwheels, mutually operating and maintaining a lush environment that offers everything mankind needs for success.
Humanity, the tiny tip of the pyramid, incorporates all the desires of the still, vegetative and animate, and because this is so, we also affect those lower levels. We have mind and heart and are able to use them to envision beyond the present in order to compensate for immediate lack of gratification. In us the will to receive has developed to its maximum.
This level called Souls in the spiritual realm, is characterized by an aspirational desire — to be more than just still (in the inanimate degree), to uproot themselves from the Earth (in the vegetative), and to come down from the trees (in the animate). Yasher Kel (Hebrew for straight to the Creator) is the degree called the speaking level of the animate degree. (Each level contains all four levels within it.) There is a yearning for a life that is entirely above this world. It is the point inside the person that wants to exit to the Upper Worlds.
Our spiritual work is to complete the act of creation by reconnecting the broken shards of the vessel and attain what is called Equivalence of Form with the Creator. We were given everything we need to accomplish this. On the speaking level, called Souls, we are able to create society according to the laws of altruism. There we are able to experience the spiritual realm beyond physical reality, are capable of feeling others in order to care for them and satisfy their needs, and are able attain absolute love. We are destined to feel the highest states of interconnection that erase the boundaries of time and to do so in this lifetime. We rise to the root of our world, the Creator, by connecting all of the others to us.
The Point in the Heart...
…was placed within each of us by the Creator. It is a speck of spirituality that is the sum of all our desires, both in this world and for what’s beyond it. It is the embryo of the soul, the reference point for life. Our spiritual work is aimed at developing this small point until it grows exponentially to fill our entire experience, our entire existence. The point in the heart is awakened when a person has sought fulfillment of all desires and revealed their emptiness and begins to ask the question: What is the meaning of life? He wants only to discover the truth. When this desire is pure and strong, he is led to the wisdom of Kabbalah. He begins to learn about the perception of reality.
In the corporeal domain, the will to receive comprehends the world through five senses, the function of which is to make it possible for a person to be in connection with the environment and to portray within an internal picture of reality. If something can be touched and taken into the hands, we name it substance, but in reality this is not so. Nerve sensors on our skin register the object and transmit an impression to the brain as hot or cold, soft or hard, and so forth.
Certain receptors allow the sensations of smell and taste to be registered. The same process is true for sight and hearing. All sensations come through the nerve endings which are located either behind the ear drum or inside the eye.
So, all that we have are the five organs of perception. In the end, they draw for us all of reality: our body and the entire world in front of us. I perceive substance through my sense of touch, while the rest of my senses — smell, taste, hearing, and sight — draw the additional qualities of the alleged “reality” of which I and the surrounding world are integral parts. Here our reality is perceived as limited existence, suffering, isolation, all the things we find difficult about life.
Outside the Box--The True Reality
There is an upper reality that we cannot experience through the five senses called the will to bestow — the quality of the Creator. This state is called “root,” because from it descended states that diminished in the amount of will to bestow until matter materialized as the pure will to receive. A way to think about this is a stamp that is moistened by a stamp pad and used many times. Each use diminishes its brightness, yet the image is the same. The corporeal world is called “branch,” because its form is simply a dimmer version of the root. Upper doesn’t refer to height or a physical location above. It is a state of inner and higher human characteristics — bestowal, love, connection and unity. It is in this realm, called spirituality, that we begin to feel the Creator.
The internal, spiritual state is divided into five “worlds,” each with different names and each more elevated and purer than the ones below. In actuality, there are no separate worlds, but Kabbalists throughout the centuries have adopted this kind of language in order to describe how the forces of the universe work and how we may use them to rise to the Creator. The Kabbalists who have attained these worlds tell us that we were created as exact opposites of the qualities found in them, the qualities of the Creator.
Of note here is that this is not a mystical experience. As we practice the method of Kabbalah, we actually experience the physics of the upper dimension, the forces of spirituality
Upon entering the spiritual worlds we begin to learn how things work there. The quality of movement in spirituality is a key understanding to acquire. In this corporeal world, movement is a mechanical phenomenon. We can move two objects closer to or further away from each other.
All times and all actions exist eternally. The future receives influence from the past and from that which will happen afterwards. Time submits to forces that operate in the past, in the present, and in the future.
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Ramchal)
In spirituality there is no time or space. The Kabbalists wrote about this more than two thousand years ago and quantum physics is now confirming that this is so. Kabbalists describe this experience as an ocean of feeling states, of spheres of influence that have to do with certain attributes, inner qualities. All movement consists of similarity or dissimilarity between two feeling states, two qualities, two vibrations.
If these two vibrations have the same quality, purpose and intention, then they are the same thing. They are bonded with each other. This is how we move out of the box of what our senses perceive. We build a “sixth sense” that is able to perceive the world outside of us, the spiritual worlds. Kabbalists sometimes refer to the coarsening of vibration that occurred after God’s creation of the vessel of reception as a downward ladder.
The entire ladder by which we descended into this world can be climbed simply by changing our inner quality of reception — egoism — the desire to receive for oneself, to greater and greater ratios of the will to bestow rather than the will to receive. Each one of the rungs of the ladder represents increasing quotients of the will to bestow over the will to receive. By this increase in similarity, by being able to feel what the quality of bestowal actually is, what it means to love and support everything that exists, and to build that similarity in ourselves — that is the path of Kabbalah. It’s a method of being able to sense bestowal and to create an inner similarity to this quality.
The wisdom called Kabbalah is the science of the correct perception of true reality: what it is and how it is manifested.
The path of Kabbalah is demanding, as anything worth doing is. We are asked to shift some long-held beliefs and integrate them into a deeper understanding of the whole of the universe. We have a partner, however, in that God’s creation is a single thought and within that thought of creation is a remedy for our state of being opposite to Him.
Above all, the path of Kabbalah is elegant and sublime. We come to understand nature and become enfolded in its beauty, its predictability, its principles, and through this study, we begin to align ourselves with nature’s altruism. We are driven by an unyielding desire to return to that state of pure connection with the Creator that existed before the shattering.
This is the purpose of Creation. This is the meaning of life.
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