The 72 Names of God #14 – Farewell to Arms

AYIN-BET (The 72 Names of God) ~Reflections #14. MEM BET HEY – Guardian angel, Mebahel – Angel of Liberty // FAREWELL TO ARMS

Solutions for peace are never political, philosophical, or militaristic. Violence, even when justified, is merely fighting darkness with more darkness. Solutions must be founded upon spiritual Light and the human soul.

Conflict and war among nations begin with friction between individual people. A nation at war is simply the effect of spiritual darkness born of animosity and intolerance among individuals who comprise the nation. As long as brothers or friends can find reason to clash with one another, nations will devise reasons for bloody battle.

We’ve been duped into believing that our actions toward others have no impact upon the world at large. Wrong! Not only do interactions between two people contribute to the state of the world, each interaction totally and completely transforms the world! But it’s difficult to detect this global makeover because everyone else’s actions are also transforming the planet at every moment. The state of the world is merely the sum total of human interaction.

When enough people make the effort to find good in one another, nations will suddenly and miraculously discover ways to achieve a lasting harmony. There it is—the long-hidden formula for world peace. It begins with us.

Peace flourishes when we extend tolerance, unconditionally, to our neighbors. Be aware with complete conviction that our efforts are changing the entire world in that one moment.

Just as the light of a bulb banishes darkness from a room, conflict on every scale—between people arguing about a parking space, or between nations arguing about an oil field—is brought to a peaceful end through the Light of this Name.

|~Reflections from Rav Yehuda Ashlag – “In the Last Days

The acceptance of the religion of “love thy neighbor as thyself”, as simple as that, (meaning the religion is “love thy neighbor as thyself”!). A just distribution of the profits, so that each works according to his skills and receives according to his needs. Private property exists, but its owner must not profit from it more than he really needs. Property owners will be under public supervision, or under self-trusteeship, or through bookkeeping. The unemployed will receive their needs equally with the employed. People who live in communes will receive equally with the workers. Profits will be utilized for building public assets.

The Messiah will teach everyone to worship God through equivalence of form, meaning that he’ll prove that if people follow his way they will be better off. However, if they do not take upon themselves the work of God, they will be led into a path of terrible pain and be destroyed by war. Then the nations of the world will seek advice on how to avoid wars, and they will come to the Messiah, to Jerusalem, and he will teach them this Torah.

The religious formation of all the nations should first and foremost obligate its members to bestow upon their fellow man the concept of another person’s life coming before one’s own, a formation of “Love thy neighbour as thyself”, meaning that one will not benefit from society more than the underprivileged. This is a comprehensive religion for all nations that will operate within the framework of the new society. But otherwise, each nation may pursue its own religion and traditions, and one must not interfere with the other.

The will to receive imprinted in every creature is in disparity of form from the Creator. For that reason the soul was separated from it as an organ severed from the body. A disparity of form in spirituality is as a severing ax in corporeality.

It is therefore clear that what the Creator wants of us is equivalence of form, at which time we cleave to Him once more, as before we were created. Our sages have said, “Cleave on to His characteristics; as He is merciful, so you be merciful.”

By changing our characteristics, which are primarily the will to receive, and adopting the traits of the Creator, meaning only to bestow, all our acts will be to do good to our fellow person and benefit all we can. Thus we reach the goal “to cleave unto Him,” which is equivalence of form.

What one does for oneself by necessity, meaning the necessary minimum to sustain one’s family, is not considered disparity of form, as “necessity is neither condemned nor praised.” This is the great revelation that will appear in whole only in the days of the Messiah. When this teaching is accepted we shall attain complete redemption.

There are two paths to reveal the perfection: the path of Torah and the path of pain. Hence, the Creator eventuated and gave humanity the technology, until they have invented the atom and the hydrogen bombs.

If the total ruin that they are destined to bring is still not evident to the world, then they can wait for a third world war, or a fourth one and son on. The bombs will do their thing and the relics after the ruin will have no other choice but to take upon themselves this work, “that both the individual and the nation will not work for themselves more than is necessarily needed for their sustenance, and everything else they will do for the good of others.” If all the nations of the world agree to that, then wars will no longer be in the world, for no person will be concerned with his own good whatsoever, but only with the good of others.

This teaching of equivalence of form is the teaching of the Messiah. It is said about that, “But in the end of days it shall come to pass, And many nations shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths’; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide concerning mighty nations afar off…” (Micah 4).

It follows that the Messiah will teach them the work of God in equivalence form, which is the teaching and the law of the Messiah. “And He shall judge between many peoples,” meaning He will prove to them that if they do not take upon themselves the work of God, all nations will be destroyed by wars.


-Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam) from the summary of Building the Future Society

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