The Key To The Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanIf I rise above my egoism and come out into the desires of other people, I receive an endless spiritual vessel where I can sense the entire Light of Infinity. This works very simply. It’s like a big pipe and the Light flows in it. There is a valve on top of this pipe with which I can significantly change the flow of the Light by opening it fully. This is how it works in our world where even a little child can turn the faucet and change the flow of the water. In relation to spirituality, I can do the same.

I have only a small desire for spirituality. It’s a single point in the heart. However, if I turn to the desires of other people and include myself into the common body of the soul as one of its cells, then I bestow to this common body, and in response, it begins to take care of me. Then I receive all of its endless capabilities.

Hence, this is not a coincidence that Kabbalah instructs us to come out of our desires and enter the desires of others. By doing so, we receive “613” times greater capabilities, spiritual vessels, and desires, compared to what we had before. Previously we only had a point in the heart, but now each of us receives the entire body for our use.

From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/10/10, Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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The Kind Healer Of Hearts

Dr. Michael LaitmanAll our work in terms of free will is conducted in the concealment of the Upper Governance. This period is described in the Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Item 53: …"The reward is according to the pain.” Since His Guidance is not revealed, it is impossible to see Him but only in concealment of the face, from behind…and might doubt…In this manner, one is always left with a choice to either keep His will or break it. This is because troubles and the pains he suffers make him doubt the reality of His Guidance over His creations….

Imagine that you see through the prism of your egoistic desire a person standing in front of you. There are the Creator and me, and in between us stands my egoistic nature. It is as if a kind, good person is approaching me, as if he is a doctor holding a syringe in his hand to give me an injection, and I am a little child. I am looking at his kind smile and the syringe that he is hiding in his hand, and I freeze in horror. Yet, he is coming closer and closer, it seems, to hurt me.

Get the picture? That’s the state we are in. We need to get acquainted with Him, understand Him, and sense His intentions, even if He may want to give us an injection. We have no other choice if we are ill and need to be healed (corrected).

Why did He arrange everything in this way? He did so precisely in order for us to know Him; otherwise, it would be impossible. The benefit of the Light can be known only from the darkness.

Then, you understand that all these imaginary terrible pictures – the injection, this entire world with its suffering and evil – are merely the pictures drawn in your egoistic substance. Reaching the degree of faith means rising above this substance and not feeling it any longer. You will realize that all of that was a childish fantasy which in reality never existed. The Light, the kind attitude of the Creator, seemed to your egoism as a painful injection. Like children who are scared of syringes, so were we afraid of Him.

From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/10/10, Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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How Do We Find Our Point Of Freedom?

Dr. Michael LaitmanA question I received: Why did the Creator create the world the way it is? Why does He conceal Himself from our mind and senses? Why did He create us to be opposite to Him and to the ultimate goal?

My Answer:
He did this because He wanted to give us freedom. He wanted us to have a desire to reveal Him through our own free choice. He wanted us to want to become givers like Him. If we felt the Creator as He is right from the start, we wouldn’t object to it or want to do anything differently.

In the same manner, none of us wants to resist the egoism that rules over us. We automatically perform our egoistic program. Similarly, if the program of bestowal was instilled in us, we would automatically realize it as well, and then we would be called angels, “automatic” forces of nature. However, there is no freedom in either of these forms.

Freedom is only in the middle. It is between impurity and sanctity. This state is called Klipat Noga. It is the middle third of the quality of Tifferet.

The Creator must place us at the point of instability so that we won’t know how to balance, which way to sway. We don’t know what is good or what is evil, what to prefer or what to aspire to. This is where the point of our free choice is situated.

We form a line out of such points of free choice and progress from this moment up to the end of correction. Our only task is to understand the extent of the concealment and its forms and to realize the reasons and need for it. In this way, we build ourselves into an independent being.

The Creator has no other goal except our independence. After all, He needs an independent creature to delight. How can He delight a machine that He created and that He fully controls? However, to the extent that a creature becomes independent, the Creator receives pleasure by delighting it. Now there is someone that He can delight; there is someone who really exists.

That is why He did not create us to be good right away and did not give us the World of Infinity in the beginning. He was forced to create us to be opposite to Him and place us between two worlds. After all, precisely here in the middle, between these two worlds, where neither the Creator’s nor the creature’s rule is at work, in this neutral point that does not pertain to either the Creator or the creature, only there do we have freedom.

From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/8/10, Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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