Thou Shalt Not Take Vengeance, Nor Bear Any Grudge

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus,” 19:18: You shall neither take revenge from nor bear a grudge against the members of your people; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.  The commandments as to what should be done should be read from the end and not from the beginning: “I am the Lord and I place before you and give you all the hardships in life so that by overcoming them you will learn how to reach a state of complete love and bestowal. Don’t accept anything as if it is the result of something.

You should understand that any state you are in, no matter how terrible it may seem, stems only from Me and you should build yourself with regard to Me above it. Therefore there can be no vengeance nor any retaliation with regard to the messengers and mediators through whom I manage you. You should attribute all that only to Me.

Let’s see how all the troubles that I put you through in life help you reveal my actions and My bestowal in them and help you grow stronger and thus change yourself. Let’s see how you constantly focus yourself on Me through different external resentments, and how you constantly correct yourself. Then you will grow into something.”

This is the whole study.

Question: It says: “You shall neither take revenge from nor bear a grudge against the members of your people.” How can I constantly keep that in mind? Where does it stem from?

Answer: It is the first phase called Hafetz Hesed, when I don’t want anything for myself and when I exist neutrally or perhaps seem to not exist at all.

“You shall neither take revenge from nor bear a grudge” is a state in which a person doesn’t perceive or absorb anything internally. It is a great correction since internally he is an enormous egoist with a clear and sharp feeling of everything that operates against him. He feels how he is poked, pushed, and insulted on all sides. However, when he ascends above his ego, he performs such corrections that he feels supreme pleasure and joy.

Therefore it says at the end: “I am the Lord,” which means the attribute of infinite pleasure.
From KabTV’s “Secretes of the Eternal Book” 4/9/14

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