Drawing The Line Between Receiving And Bestowal

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe moment a person comes complaining to the Creator, there is an immediate concealment and he is no longer aiming at the Creator but rather at another goal. It’s because the Creator is the only force, there is none else beside Him and He is good and benevolent. If you aim straight at Him, then you can’t have any complaints. The moment you divert a little from the right direction, you immediately feel dissatisfied and full of complaints.

Turn to the right direction and do your best until you divert again and start complaining. Thus, by your dissatisfaction and overcoming it each time you advance towards the Creator, like a boat that advances by tacking. It’s because you can’t advance directly to the Creator; you don’t have the attribute of bestowal, the attributes of the good and the benevolent. You have to build this image above your attribute of receiving, from your oppositeness. You build a replica of these attributes and not the actual attributes.

It’s common knowledge that the only way to create a sculpture is by removing the excess and or a surplus. You can take a big rock and take off all the unnecessary parts to get the desired form. You can take plaster and make a statue out of it, but in any case, the main thing is the border, the external form we create on top of the desire to receive by clarifying each time where to draw the line between the desire to receive and the desire to bestow.

So our work is always made of the inclination to resemble and for that reason a person is called “Adam – man” which means “Domeh” (similar to in Hebrew) to the Creator. Our work is to justify the Creator. I can’t focus myself on that, to become good and benevolent and there is none else beside Him, by myself. But by justifying Him I become equal to Him and attribute myself to His form.
From the 1st Part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/17/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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