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Psalms Commentary – Psalm 84: To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah

Commentary on Psalms 84: To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.

Psalm 84
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.
A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Creator;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living Creator.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my Creator.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before the Creator in Zion.
8 O Creator, God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9 Behold our shield, O Creator;
look on the face of your anointed!
10 For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my Creator
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Creator is a sun and shield;
the Creator bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!

There are all kinds of Psalms. This Psalm is King David’s gratitude toward everything he went through in order to reach the source of the whole path he underwent. It marks the closure of all questions, disconnections and misunderstandings, whereby then comes the outburst of praise.

Psalms are impossible to comment on. They are a vessel similar to the Light, where discernments disappear and everything is swallowed in wholeness.

Why do we say that Psalms are written in wholeness when sometimes they sound like they are written out of pain, sorrow, lacks and requests?

Sometimes they do sound very much like outbursts of sorrow, or outbursts of lacks of understanding, pain, and lacks of wholeness, for example, as David escaped Avshalom, and how he had problems with Uriah. He had a very difficult life arranged for him, because it is Malchut (Kingdom), i.e. the King of Israel, who is in constant battles.

However, everything he wrote, despite sometimes revealing very deep sorrow, so deep that we do not understand its meaning, in any case, it is written out of adhesion. Every single word in Psalms is written out of adhesion. Everything King David wrote about as prior to adhesion, i.e. what he underwent in order to discover adhesion, is him awakening the vessel, because one cannot exist without the other. Right without left is not right, and likewise, left without right is not left, and therefore, they can only complement each other in the middle line.

If you divide Psalms into all kinds of styles, you cast a flaw on them. This is because, despite them appearing different, with some appearing greater or smaller, or some relating to gratitude or to request, that is simply an incorrect view.

Each and every Psalm contains wholeness, as it is written out of perfection. In order to reach such attainment, King David needed to go through a lot of incompleteness, the same as it is for all of us.

What is adhesion? What is wholeness? Where are you in this whole picture of attaining wholeness and perfection out of a lack of that state? All these questions and more are dealt with in the Free Kabbalah Course, which provides the fundamental principles and tools by which to correctly approach the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is recommended to take the Free Kabbalah Course before approaching the Daily Kabbalah Lessons with Dr. Michael Laitman. Click the banner below to sign up…

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How Nature’s Example Is Perfect and Following It Will Resolve Every Crisis

How Nature's Example and Following It Will Resolve Every Crisis

Why Today Nature Is the Only Role Model for Humanity

Today humanity is gradually sinking deeper and deeper into a multi-faceted global crisis. It doesn’t seem there is antibody who has true solutions, or ideas how correct the multitude of mistakes.

The surest way to correct mistakes is to learn from those who have done things right. In this case, nature is our role model and a proven success, so she should be our teacher.

To see how we can let the desire to give into our lives, let’s look at how nature does it. We perceive the outside world by using our senses, and we believe that the picture of reality our senses provide is accurate and reliable. But is it?

How often do we walk with a friend, and the friend hears something that we miss? Well, just because we didn’t hear that sound doesn’t mean there was none. All it means is that our senses didn’t pick it up, or that we didn’t pay attention. Or maybe our friend was hallucinating!

In all three possibilities, the objective reality is the same, but our perception of it is not. In other words, we do not know what the actual reality is like, or if it even exists. All we know is what we perceive of it.

So how do we perceive? We use a process best described as “equivalence of form.” Each of our senses responds to a different type of stimulus, but all our senses work in a similar manner. When a ray of light, for instance, penetrates my pupil, the neurons in my retina create a model of the outside image. This model is then encoded and transferred to my brain, which decodes the pulses and reconstructs the image. A similar process occurs when a sound hits our eardrums or when something touches our skin.

In other words, my brain uses my senses to create a model or form equal to the outside object. But if my model is inaccurate, I will never know it and will believe that the actual object or sound is the same as the model I created in my mind.

 

Discover the Best Step to Take to Better Perceive Reality

The “equivalence of form” principle applies not only to our senses, but to our behavior, as well. Children, for example, learn by repeating behavior they see in their surroundings. We call this “imitation.” Eager to learn about the world they were born into, and having no language skills, children use imitation as a means to acquire skills such as sitting and standing, speech, and use of cutlery. When we speak, they watch how we move our lips. This is why parents are advised to speak clearly to children (but not loudly; they can hear better than we). By imitating us, children create the same forms (movements or sounds) as we do, and thus learn about the world they live in.

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