IMMORTALITY AND THE RELENTLESS POWER OF THE OPPONENT

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Imagine trying to dry yourself off while under the ocean. It’s impossible. No matter how hard you brush away the water, the wet clings to you as if it’s your second skin. Make no mistake, we are in a sea of Satan, an ocean of ego, and under a massive wave of relentless self-interest, rage, fear and doubt.

We cannot free ourselves from the ego and all of our hidden agendas. It’s always there. No matter how hard we try to eradicate its influence.

This is why we see such unspeakable acts of violence and degradation in our world.

The key is not to destroy our ego. We can’t.

The key is to SEE its negative influence, understand it’s purpose and the cost of reacting to it.  The key is to recognize it and then, not react to it!

Why?

A fish has no idea that it is swimming in water.

We have no idea that we are submerged in the opponent called “the Satan.”

The word “satan” literally means opponent, which refers to a negative opposing force of consciousness that wages war against our happiness and peace of mind, all day long.

Because of this invisible force, we believe that all of our reactive impulses and negative desires are coming from our true self.

They are not.

We have been duped.

And we die because of it.

HOW DEATH ENTERS OUR LIVES

This all-embracing, all-consuming influence sabotages our lives by giving us immediate and instant raw pleasure at the expense of permanent happiness, success—and life! According to the Zohar, a  portion of death enters our body each time we react to ego. We age and we grow old each time we react to ego. When we reach a critical mass of egocentric reactions, death finally consumes us.

We die for no other reason. The reason on the death certificate is the effect, the karmic result. The true cause is the accumulation of selfish reactions.

Kabbalah wakes us up so that we can see this invisible influence and therefore not respond to our reactive impulses.

Each time we diminish our ego, it hurts like hell in the moment, but we remove a portion of death from our lives.

Wow!

And when a critical mass of people diminish a critical mass of ego, immortal existence will dawn as death drowns in a sea of Light.

The death of the ego’s negative influence becomes the birth of immortal biological human existence.

Therein lies the singular motivation and only reason to walk the path of Kabbalah and work hard at freeing ourselves from our reactive nature.

Remember, pain and tragedy diminish our ego. Look around.

But we have the option to do it proactively using the tools of Kabbalah, specifically the Zohar.

The end game is already pre-determined.

How we get there—judgment versus mercy—is up to us.

Billy Phillips

Billy Phillips has been a student of Kabbalist Rav Berg and Karen Berg since 1989. He has been instrumental in helping to make Kabbalah accessible for the masses working on both private and public projects under the guidance of Kabbalist Rav Berg. He has lectured on a variety of topics, most notably the profound connection between Kabbalah, Christianity, Islam and the world of Science.

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3 Responses

  1. Antonio says:

    Billy – very good and very helpful – brilliant anology and well explained. Thank you.

  2. Antonio says:

    It occurs to me that it is for this reason that we owe Rav Phillip Berg so much. We are swimming in a sea of evil but like fish, we don’t see it – to take your analogy further – it is the practice of Kabbalah that helps us wake up. Daily prayer (meditation), kavanah (mindfulness), Mitzvah (self discipline). I have found that the daily practice slowly pushes the water back and it’s almost as if it makes a small air bubble or suit where we are aware of the evil but so immersed in it. I notice that when I fail to keep up my practice and my connection to the eternal is lost – the sea of evil rushes back in.
    Finding that the nature of our self is eternal – we put our heart where our treasure is in the eternal and thus we do not taste death. I will go with you that far but my one concern regarding Billy’s blog above is the suggestion that a physical eternal death is possible or even desirable. Rav Berg unfortunately died, as will we all. If it was possible to avoid death, I’m sure he would have.
    Surely we live at the will of the creator – our life is held in his hand and it returns to him – the details of our life are not ours to choose, nor is the time and manner of our leaving. Is it not a bit disingenuous to suggest that the Kabbalah can save you from death?

    • This is not my opinion about the end of death. It’s the fundamental principle and teaching of Zohar and all Kabbalists of history. The goal is to reach a critical mass of transformation among human beings and then, as the Torah teaches, death will be swallowed up forever. Physical immortality in our world is what Rav Ashlag and all Kabbalists teach will occur at the moment of redemption along with resurrection of the dead. Which means the illusion that is death will be pierced and true reality will be revealed.

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