Make no mistake — nothing is free in this world. Nothing. We either pay now or we pay later with some form of chaos in our life. Nothing is free. Bread of Shame is a fundamental Kabbalistic concept and it is a fact and law of this universe. Bread of Shame means we receive nothing in this physical dimensions known as planet earth without earning it. Why? Because we, the souls of humanity, told the Creator we want to earn and become the very cause and creators of the fulfillment we receive. You see, there is something far more profound and infinitely greater than having endless paradise. What is that? It’s creating and becoming the cause of the paradise that we are experiencing — instead of having it handed to us for free.
So on this physical dimension, nothing is free. We might think we are not paying now, but the universe and the force called The Adversary (Satan), will eventually send us a bill and the payment can wind up being a portion of our happiness, or our money in business, or our marriage, or our health, or our peace of mind!. No matter what, says Kabbalist Rav Ashlag and the Zohar, that dark side will extract some form of payment from us.
We must earn everything that we receive in life, if it’s to have value for us. In Kabbalah, we either pay by volunteering and using our sweat and effort as currency. Or we pay a token amount to attend classes, as did all of Rav Ashlag’s students. Let’s not be so naive to think that there are free things in life. To take or receive anything of substance and value for free is to diminish our dignity and rob us of our humanity. Why? The greatest gift that God gave humankind was the ability to earn and to become the cause and creators of our own wisdom, learning and happiness. If it’s handed out for free, we are not earning. Therefore, we must pay for it later because that is the way the universe is structured.
Any true Kabbalist will confirm this deeply profound and honorable truth. How silly and foolish to believe otherwise.
If someone tells you something is free, beware. They are robbing you of your God-given right to become the cause of your transformation and the earner of your wisdom and happiness. Rav Ashlag’s students were poor. So what did they do? They pooled their money together and they designated one student to attend a class with this renowned Kabbalist. Then the student would return to his friends and share all that he learned. This is how you master the wisdom of Kabbalah by developing a deep appreciation for the most profound knowledge in the world.
The whole point of this entire physical world — all the stars in the heavens, the seven continents, the entire animal, vegetable and inanimate kingdoms — it was all set up so that we, humankind, can earn the wisdom and paradise that the Light of the Creator wants to give us.
Nothing is free.
We always pay for everything.
Any pain in your life right now — any chaos, any darkness, large or small, big or tiny — is because we did not pay for something in the past. It’s because we did not share and treat others with kindness.
If we truly grasp the power of the wisdom that we receive in Kabbalah, we know (we don’t just believe) that this wisdom is priceless. The opportunity to learn it is incalculable. If someone complains it means they are not yet ready to handle this truth and they are not yet ready to earn the right to possess this life changing miraculous wisdom.
Because there is one vital and important payment that must be made in order to perceive this truth; it is the payment of our ego.
We need to give it away.
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