Kabbalah Revealed #14 Revelation and Concealment

Lecture presented for the American television channel, Shalom TV Anthony Kosinec • • • • Bold and indented: Original text of Baal HaSulam Regular: Commentaries of Tony Kosinec lowercase italics: emphasized words Capitalized Italics: transliteration from Hebrew

Hello again and welcome to Kabbalah Revealed. I’m Tony Kosinec. You have heard us speak several times about the ladder of ascent from our current perceptions, limited perceptions of reality, to all the way up the 125 levels until a person reaches equivalence of form with the Creator. We can’t explain each and every one of these steps, but it’s important to know in general where a person is aimed at, where we are supposed to go, what the attainment really consists of. Baal HaSulam, in his Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot (spheres), covered a lot of very important, fundamental information. One of the things that he talks about is the states that a man can be certain that he will go through in the attainment of this higher perception. He breaks it down into five states, and within these five states there are many levels, and this accounts for the 125 that are spoken of in the ladder. Let’s take a look at what a person can expect to experience, and by doing that we will also be able to see something about a very important component in the study of Kabbalah, that is, why Kabbalists study in a group, where that exists on the path, why it’s there and how it helps us attain the states that are outlined here. Here they are, laid out on a graph [Tony referring to a graph with the following layout: double concealment, single concealment | correction, first revelation, second revelation.] Here are the states that we go through on our path back to the source of our soul. In the physical world we find that there are two major states: double concealment, and then when we pass through that, single concealment. At the end of that state, there is the barrier between the physical and the spiritual world, and the first state that we enter in the spiritual world is a state of correction. I am going to explain these to you. After we go through that, we find that there is the first revelation—a high level of contact with the Creator’s nature—and then finally the second revelation—the conclusion of the path and the reaching of equivalence of form with the Creator.

man loses faith. he is trying to have a relationship with the Creator but it’s based on his confused understanding. We’re not speaking about somebody who is not on the path here. This is about a person who is in a kind of an unconscious state in regards to this desire but still finds that his life and its direction is becoming organized by a desire to really understand why things happen to him the way that it does. when he engages in his doubt. cannot perceive anything as coming from Him. After he stops praying he suddenly receives an answer. the Creator is not there. luck comes his way and he feels peace. And this is a force happening towards the person who wants to be on the path but this is the way that it is felt by the person and… As he stops believing and he commits evil deeds. Money is gained by crooked ways. That is.” So.” Baal HaSulam describes what the visceral sort of experience is for the person.Let’s take a look at what double concealment consists of. “After he stops praying he suddenly receives an answer. he attributes suffering to destiny and blind nature. that a person feels that there is a Creator but that he is abandoned—that’s already a relationship and it’s already the beginning of a desire. In other words. Being confused by the Creator’s attitude to him. Baal Hasulam describes it this way: Double concealment is concealment inside concealment. in his first action.” When he stops he begins to feel comfortable in his will to receive. disregards him completely. He receives an answer. you know. This is not the state of the world in general or of the masses for whom the reality of the Creator does not exist in them as anything really tangible or anything that motivates them. nothing.” . In other words. As he progresses on the path. that is. the response from Above that a person feels is a complete rejection. but receives no response. He says then: As the person begins to believe in the Divine Providence and corrects his actions he is ruthlessly thrown back.” And it says that he “loses faith. a loss of faith. he looks around and he sees “yes. this is where my satisfaction lies. the suffering that he had is kind of mitigated by the fact that he is stuffing himself with selfsatisfaction. So. according to his understanding. When the person prays about his misfortunes and performs good deeds. He feels that the Creator has abandoned him. That’s why we call it “the beginning of a path. “abandoned me. He makes a movement towards the Creator. In this state the person doesn’t even feel the opposite side of the Creator. the physical world and my own kind of well-being…this is the way to go.

healthy. When a person moves through this and finally goes through these stages to a point where they begin to perceive something else. which is called “single concealment” this way: The Creator is concealed. clever. let’s get real. he doesn’t understand the Creator’s intention. Those who do not seek the Creator seem to be prosperous. those are dreams. the Upper Force draws them through this process. that’s not reality. i. and the fact that they’re thrown back and cannot sense the Creator. And he also doesn’t understand why that is happening. into an incarnation where they will now begin to work with a method that will allow them to actually enter spirituality and remove one of the veils. stupid hypocrites. himself. and through unconscious evolution and physical incarnations. So. and what he calls “suffering. whether the Creator is the author of that because this person becomes confused and believes that the source of those problems are the people around him. but as the one who brings suffering. and there are the props of his reality. they’re nuts. he strengthens his faith in the Creator’s supervision.And it seems to him that the people who aspire to the Creator are poor. This is a period in which a person reincarnates. in his sensation. the person is certain that the Creator is the author of everything that occurs in life. and all their development is an unconscious development. He sees that the people who don’t pursue this path that he was pursuing have a good life. the desire to meet with the Creator. . uncivilized. His experience has just told them there really isn’t anything there. though the reality of the Creator’s sovereignty is clear to the person. society. Why? Because in his Kli. even though they are trying to get on the path. since he only receives sufferings from Him. amiable and self-assured. calm. by two veils. He manifests not as absolutely kind. In other words. happens on the physical level. everything that happens. He nevertheless believes that everything that comes to him is for a reason. The person seems to see the opposite side of the Creator. that the Creator treats him this way to punish him for his evil actions or to lead him to goodness. despised. but the only thing that he can feel from the Creator in regards to his path is that He brings him a lack.e. kind. the Creator is hidden to him within his sensation by two screens in a sense. that is. all of that stuff. he perceives them as happy. This first level is called “double concealment” because there are multiple aspects of hiddenness of the Creator from the person. Baal HaSulam describes this state. That is. both whether or not the actions that are occurring in the person’s life. sick.” So. Thus.

once you see what is in the rest of this map because you will see why this must be. 620 desires (Mitzvot). There is also another component. The visceral description. and begins to work in the correction of desires. it seems. [Tony drawing] Here. That is. is that… The person is poor. and that is also the time when a person discovers Kabbalah. where a person begins to feel the results of their own attitude and the difference of their attitude towards the Creator in a reciprocal mode and corrects desires—613. they become exposed to. they discover that there is a method of having a direct connection with the Creator and understanding Him. When a person actually completes this method of preparation and penetrates the barrier into the spiritual world. this is how to use the books. how the person’s reality is set up. They start developing. that is. That’s when the point in the heart appears. they turn on the television and they watch a program about Kabbalah and their point in the heart starts to pulse. thinks he doesn’t relate to people in the same way. But I’ll tell you about that later. or they go to a lecture or they pick up a book in a bookstore and they begin to get this information. my sins? This is where the confusion lies.” This is when the person loses the confusion as to whether he has a direct sensation of the Creator or not. the books. a little to the right. And so. a Kabbalist already in the spiritual world who can give guidance to the person saying. this is what you find when people have run out of satisfying the first five desires. the 613.He doesn’t know—is this coming to advance me or is this coming to punish me because of my inadequacies. that this is actually possible and they begin learning a method. very important component that a person must have in order to really make the method work. “a little bit to the left. this is the way to go. and the correct method which comes from having a teacher who is in spirituality. a person makes the kinds of inner changes that are conscious. He is anxious and nothing seems to be right in his life. that is. 620—until they come into alignment with the desire or the intention that the Creator has towards them. he enters a state called “a state of correction. This is called a period of preparation because during this time. maybe just by happenstance. He now sees that his situation is not as good as the people around him. which is what happens unconsciously in double concealment. He doesn’t understand the attitude of the Creator in the things that occur. using both the map of reality. sick and despised by people. become corrected through a sensation of direct connection to the Creator. nothing is working right because his primary desire to connect with the Creator is very confused. as he perceived people in double concealment—that he finds himself constantly lacking something. . that is. a very.

but as a result of his desire to connect with the Creator. understands that. And he describes it this way. he becomes ready for the Creator’s rule over him in the state of revelation. he feels one and the same thing as the intentions of the Creator. it becomes revealed within him. past the barrier. constant satisfaction. When his effort to believe in the Creator’s Providence reaches sufficient measure allowing the Light of correction to influence him. not as a challenge. in which the providence of the Creator is revealed to the man himself. in the double and single concealment we have what we experience as free will. the person begins to feel not what he felt as free will through his ego. And the person sees the providence of the Creator towards him. and also why everything occurred—what happens here that a person is functioning above time and . he prays and immediately receives it from the Creator. the more successful he becomes and vice versa. It’s free only in that we’re confused and we act as though there was nothing there. This leads him to books from which he receives the Light of correction and an understanding of how to strengthen his faith in the Creator’s rule. both that he is the author of it. peace. Here. Baal HaSulam describes this transition: Although in concealment. Once the person has crossed the barrier and begins to work with the correction of desires. In other words. that is. It is revealed to him so that gap which we call “free will” is removed and experienced as a fulfillment. He no longer imagines that there is something outside of reality. The more good deeds he performs. He wishes something. is where the real work in Kabbalah begins. the person’s faith in the Creator’s rule over the world grows stronger. [Tony drawing] Here. what is viscerally in that: The person feels the Creator’s goodness. He is not longing for something outside. what he’s really doing is he has finished the preparation and he is beginning the work with the books in the correct way. the less successful he becomes. he is respected and successful. after the preparation period of working directly with the sensation of the Creator in a relationship. earns enough money without effort. Actually this phase includes both the correction phase and the first revelation of the Creator. knows no troubles and ailments. What does he mean by this? Everything that he perceives is satisfaction to him. the less good he does. in a revealed way.Here there is not that kind of not knowing and validness that exists in first and second concealment. The Creator reveals Himself to all of His created beings as the “Good and Kind One” in accordance with their desires.

in double concealment. the things that befell him so to speak. And this is expressed as “to love your friend as yourself. because in relation to the Creator. Even though he is just . we can understand what a person needs here in the preparatory stage. wants what the Creator wants. they need to build an environment that will allow them to simulate this final state and to understand that the books and the teacher and the events of life need to be measured inside of what we call a game or a simulation. as we like to think about people who can see beyond time and space. When he has completed that. or taking direct instruction from a Kabbalist in spirituality. You stick a pilot into a simulator. with very. in order to reach this state. and he can feel this in a direct relationship. That’s not possible just by reading books by yourself. there’s a screen that sort of gives you pictures and represents every possible thing that could occur when you’re flying a plane. how to respond. All of this disappears from him and he understands precisely why this occurred towards him.” But if a person tries to achieve this kind of relationship with the Creator and all of life without having the correct environment. What’s really in the simulator? It’s a box! You know.” that veil is removed and the person achieves “love your Creator. This is the goal —the adhesion with the Creator and “love your friend as yourself. Because when a guy is a new pilot. see what happens. not only does he feel the Creator’s providence over him. And so. This is where a person makes the transition and creates a point of true free will by creating their environment—they need a group. a person has to begin developing a method that deals with that state. where he is going to learn what the controls are.” By experiencing “love your friend as yourself. he understands everything that occurred in the unconscious level.” This is very important because this is the goal. it’s a completely moving target. he sees precisely what the Creator sees. you are not going to put him into a 747 and go “go on. feels what the Creator feels and can see how this effects the totality of reality. and before that. all of those events that he felt as empty or bad where he was mistreated by the Creator or by people. just try it out. how to think. you are going to put him into a situation where specific events are going to happen. Here.” No. very defined goals.” the state in which everything is interconnected and functions just for the purpose of the fulfillment of the whole. an even more refined and sublime stage of the second revelation of the Creator. Our egoism will always play tricks on us. It’s just like when you train a pilot. Kabbalists study together and work together in a group so that they can learn the control systems of what it is that they want to reach.space so that everything that has happened before this point becomes changed. By seeing this. he has exactly the same attitude. That is. how do we know really where we are with the Creator? How do we know what His responses are like to us when we’re in this stage of concealment? If we want to go out of concealment. That is. he feels it towards all creatures. the state of “Love your friend as yourself. He sees not only the future. Kabbalists study together within a group. His corrections don’t only move ahead into the future. but all of his past becomes corrected as well. there is another stage. His real attitude towards us must be revealed.

One reaches love of the Creator through the love of people because we are one soul. when he emerges from this. They don’t go out with only their own desire. Join us again as we go further and further on our journey. The worst thing that could happen to a person is that they get these things in their hands and then they don’t understand what the actual goal is. So.in a box with a bunch of electronic controls and pictures flashing in front of him. entering spirituality cannot be done as an individual because the awareness of our interconnectedness is the entry to the spiritual world. he’s never been there. when you group together a group of people whose desire is for the Creator. . because he did it through a simulation. The group provides a point at which a person gets immediate feedback because everybody who is working in the group is only studying in order to reach a specific goal. Without being able to test yourself against something that really shows you where you are in relation to your love of your friend and in relation to the goal itself. And by working with all of these elements—the books. which we have the freedom to create for ourselves—it is by doing that that the Kabbalists can enter the spiritual world. And “love your friend as yourself” has great implications for both consciousness and its effect on the world. That is a perfect environment for the development of this one desire. and the correct environment. The problem is that when a person comes to the work. they come with a very small desire for spirituality. the correct Rav (teacher). that doesn’t let you be distracted by other things. they go out with the desires of all of them. But. then that inspiration fills a person. how to land some place in Greece. They have a lot of physical desires and a small desire for the Creator. he actually knows how to respond in an emergency situation.