WHAT IS A DISASTER?
One week before 9/11, Kabbalist Rav Berg said during a lecture to everyone sitting in the Kabbalah Centre: “What is a catastrophe?” The Rav explained that people call an event a catastrophe only if death happens all at once and in the same location. The Rav said that if 1000 people die in one location because of an accident we call it a catastrophe. But when 500,000 people die over the course of a year because of smoking, why aren’t we calling smoking and the existence of tobacco companies a catastrophe? That’s how many people die each year because of tobacco—500,000!
The Rav said this is how the Adversary (the force called Satan) fools us. He spreads death out over time. He places the victims who are dying throughout the world so that we do not connect the dots and feel the drama. Just imagine if all 500,000 people were congregated in one place at the same time? Really think about that. Imagine if tomorrow 500,000 died at the same time, in one location, because of some kind of food poisoning or a virus, or a terrorist attack?
The Adversary uses “time” and “space” to blind us to the true darkness in our world. This way we do not see the disaster and catastrophe that is happening right in front of our eyes.
Then the dark force in our world uses the drama of catastrophes on TV to keep us blinded to the other and far worse disasters taking place on a human scale. This way both disasters keep on happening. Events like the earthquakes and Tsunamis in Japan occur because we do not see the catastrophes and disasters that we cause when we hurt others each day.
We spill blood when we embarrass another human being. Every day billions of people allow their ego to shame other people, to cheat other people. We allow injustice to happen to other people. We do not rise up against the day-to-day negative actions that occur. We believe that if we only steal a little bit, or curse at a person only when we’re angry, or talk slander only when the person deserves it, this will have no effect on the world — certainly not a disaster like a nuclear meltdown or earthquake.
That’s the trick. That’s the deception.
The message of Rav Berg is clear. We don’t realize that our individual negative actions of ego accumulate. They build up. They feed the collective dark force on a global scale. When a disaster strikes on the news, we all react and feel the pain. And of course, yes we still need to react and take action to help with global catastrophes that appear on the news…but JUST as important, we need to take action and feel the pain from all the disasters and catastrophes that happen in the world each day of our lives. It’s the small things. It’s always about the small things.The large dramatic disasters only happen when the small egocentric actions accumulate and reach critical mass. When we raise our consciousness to that level, the world will change. The hardest thing to believe and accept is that our individual actions with the people in our lives impact the entire world at large. It takes lifetimes to learn this secret. When we do, the chaos will end. No more disasters.
Send in food, prayers, water, money, Zohars and other aid to the places that experience tragedy. Send aid to help poverty, famine, and disaster relief. But just as important, Rav Berg is saying we need to start living differently. Right now. We need to fight the future chaos and prevent tomorrow’s disaster before it appears on CNN. How? By fighting our ego, our selfishness and our reactive, rash behavior and start offering tolerance to enemies. Our personal enemies and, in turn, our enemies on a national level. We move the world one step closer to the end of wars by offering dignity to friends when they make us burn with anger. We must use the Zohar to turn our ego away from the self and direct it to serve the welfare of others.
Our talents were given to us for the purpose of causing happiness in other peoples lives. Not our life. We did not come to this world to make our dreams come true. We came here to make OTHER people’s dreams come true. And THEN the rest of the world will make our dreams come true as well.
That’s the trick.
That’s what we have failed to figure out.
A simple shift in consciousness and behavior can turn the world into paradise. Staying with the wrong consciousness of “me first” will allow the earthquakes, poverty, wars and loneliness to continue to afflict our lives.
And remember, the ego (The Adversary) has one job right now — convince us the ego cannot possibly be the cause of earthquakes and nuclear meltdowns.
Ever wonder how many miracles and disasters have we already prevented by sharing the Zohar and restricting our egos? We don’t know because those disasters never happened. But if there are still tears in the world, if there are people still hungry, sad, lonely, homeless, hurt and broken, there is still more work to be done.