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Tisha Beav 1987 by Rav Berg

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Tisha B'Av 9th of Av Rav Berg | 1987 We need to begin the evening by saying, "Chag Sameach" which sounds a little out of the ordinary, because Chag Sameach is usually where we should have an accompaniment of festivities, and merriment, and yet the fact that we are sitting on the floor, close to the ground of which we shall receive an explanation for all of the details that become part of this very important evening. But to begin with, inasmuch as from a kabbalistic point of view, the word 'tradition' does not belong to the lexicon of Kabbalah. Consequently, tradition as it is commonly understood is something that relates to the past and therefore, the custom of Tisha B'Av unfortunately, and almost we might say corruptively, has become related to the fact that we have lost a temple, a Holy Temple, for which we mourn. But what is there for those who are here in the present? Is this merely a day of mourning because the Temple once in its prime existed, whatever that meant, and now is no longer here with us. And, therefore, as a tradition we mourn the destruction of the Temple. That is tradition. And as I would like to repeat again, the word tradition is not part of the lexicon of Kabbalah. Consequently, I am sure the question that you will all raise at this moment is, "Then what are we all doing here, doing something, getting together?" It almost appears, for those of you who might be familiar with the tradition, that we are doing almost about the same thing that others do. However there is going to be one basic essential, fundamental difference; and that difference is that we have come here tonight for us. Not for the fact of the destruction of the Temple, or to mourn the Temple, because mourning the Temple is mourning for materialism, in a way, in a sense, and to disturb ourselves a bit if we are to understand the Zohar, the Temple was never destroyed in the first place. Consequently, you now have a second question that you want to raise: and really, what are we doing here tonight if the Temple still exists? Tisha B'Av is a very strange holiday, because in addition to this new addition of sitting on the ground, in addition to that, we are told that this is the day of mourning like someone who has lost the old custom, or for some who still adhere to that tradition, upon the death of a father or the mother, one also does not fast but sits on the ground, or close to the ground. That is called Avelut, he is in mourning. We are obviously in mourning as well, and yet on this particular day we are told that the Messiah is already born, or He will be born ... but whenever it happens or whenever it happened, it happened on Tisha B'Av and therefore it is considered to be a holiday. And so there were many kabbalists who would say, "Chag Sameach" on this particular day. And yet how do you reconcile a day of mourning with a day of happiness? And therein lies the key to what Tisha B'Av is all about. The duality. There is no day in the year that has an extreme aspect of duality like this particular day. The 9th day, it is the 9th day in the Hebrew month of Av, of Leo. It is the 9th day. Is that by chance? For those of us who already know that there is meaning to every aspect that occurs in our daily lives as well as on a Cosmic level. There is meaning to everything that exists. It is only for those who have this kind of awareness to understand that which is going on. The 9th day of Av is a very particular day. That is the day that we are told, and only in the Zohar, this information which has been kept as a well-guarded secret, and therefore are not fully aware of what Tisha B'Av is about, because without this aspect of understanding that this particular day is the day when the desire to receive, the vessel, is in a physical sense, in this physical corporeal world, exists as the greatest potential for drawing of energy. The greatest potential for drawing of energy. It is the greatest vessel, the most intensified vessel that exists amongst any of the 365 days of the year. We can compare this day to other days as we might compare the 5-watt bulb to a generator. A generator has a greater capacity of drawing energy. A 5-watt bulb has a very limited capacity to draw energy. So this particular day, this day draws more energy because of it's capacity; draws more energy than any other day on this terrestrial level. On Yom Kippur we leave this domain. We are not supposedly existing - that is if you are doing it right, or you know how to do it right. But you are supposed to have totally exchanged this physical corporeal level for what we call the Cosmic Binah level, the place where they hand out life for the year. There is a store called The Binah Store. That is where on Yom Kippur we all line up with our 99% awareness, not the 1%, not the aspect of what the psychiatrist say we usually operate with, that 5% level, but that 90% level of ourselves who are totally aware of what is going on and we go up there on Yom Kippur to reach out for energy for life for the year. We leave this terrestrial level. On Tisha B'Av we come down to the level of, in fact, increasing attaching ourselves to that physical corporeal aspect of this Universe called Earth which has one particular characteristic of which I am sure you are all familiar with. It is known by it's name, gravity. Earth has a power to draw to itself. Earth has a power to attract to itself. No greater force in the Universe can compare to Earth. So on Tisha B'Av we are told, it is true it is a day of mourning, but it is a day of mourning for those who do not know how to connect. It is a day of mourning for those who cannot connect to the Holy Temple which exists this very moment for all of us to make use of. It is a day of mourning for those who are ignorant. Tet, the 9th day. The letter Tet in Creation is called Yesod. It is that conscious level of Yesod. Yesod is the b'rit and it has a unique characteristic, the b'rit. The b'rit, if some of you do not know what I am referring to, is where you make the b'rit. That physical corporeal aspect of the human male has a very peculiar aspect that maybe you have never paid any attention to it. In a certain way, it exists also in the female. Where you have the total excretion of waste, coming from that same place, the total excretion of waste at the very same time, the very powerful and most powerful force of life emanates from that same {.....Hebrew.....}, from that same place, that same little hole. The sperm, which while scientists think they have achieved everything there is to know in our Universe, cannot but one thing accomplish, and that is to duplicate life. That powerful force, that sperm, that can produce an individual, the very same place is where we excrete our urine. How awful, disgusting urine is! {.....Hebrew.....} is the waste. Something that we cannot make use of. It has no use and it emanates from the same place. What a strange paradox? But that, my friends, is the paradox of life, and is the paradox of Tisha B'Av. It is a day of mourning. Why is it a day of mourning? Because on Tisha B'Av, this day, when the desire to receive, for drawing energy is at its highest point, far greater than any atomic reactive will ever achieve, it draws that kind of energy. However, if the vessels are not prepared, if that desire to receive that greediness is not purified meaning the aspect of restriction and everything that you have studied in Kabbalah which is necessary for creating like the filament in the bulb. The aspect of restriction, if we do not make use of that kind of restriction, if we do not avail ourselves of the vessel that is there, whether we like it or not, that vessel to draw the optimum amount of energy which occurs on Tisha B'Av, and wasn't it always someone else's fault why I suffer? We have always been brilliant, I might even say, how we can place the proper blame on somebody else instead of placing it where it belongs; right at the doorstep of ourselves. And if those sages did not learn the rule of love thy neighbor, that was the reason for the destruction of the Temple. It is because they forgot that on this day of Tisha B'Av when that energy is here it flows, whether we like it or not. Because this day is that kind of vessel of drawing energy, an optimum amount of energy, and you know what happens with live energy if it cannot be contained, if you cannot harness it. Do you know what is going to happen? Blow ups. So if you want to know why the Temple was destroyed on the 9th day of Av, not any other day, you have now some inkling into what happened. But when we are discussing Tisha B'Av, we are discussing connecting with Messiach, connecting with that revelation. Connecting with the power of consciousness that when we go back tomorrow and the following day, and next year, and three years, and ten years. When things are always in a mystery, when we understand so little of what's going on around us, we have so little of a handle on what things are going on in our immediate life, or in the lives surrounding us. We want to have a better perception, a clearer understanding of what is going on around us. That is this particular day. So on this particular day, the reason we are going to do something that we do not do on Yom Kippur and sit close to the ground, because we want to get close to as much of that desire to receive energy that we possibly can. That is why we are becoming attached and connected to that magnetic field called gravity. On a physical level not only on a mental level, not only on a metaphysical level, but on that pure corporeal level. We want to make things change in our life right here! This is not religion. We are not celebrating or mourning a tradition. We are here to better ourselves. We are here tonight to connect to that all embracing Cosmos. We are here tonight so that we can connect, that our lives ... not for tradition, not for religion, but how we can assist ourselves in understanding the things around us from a clearer perspective. The Kabbalah Centreā„¢ Learn. Transform. Connect.

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Tisha Beav 1987 by Rav Berg

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