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The Way To Unlimited Pleasure

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is intention? Did the Creator create it? Or do we create it ourselves?

Answer: Specifically because a person has the possibility of being in opposite and contrary states, one state is intentionally expressed in relation to another.

If I want something, this indicates that I have an intention to receive a particular kind of pleasure for myself. In general, we call this intention desire. The question is in what manner I want to apply it: Is it for myself or for others? Here an intention already appears from the next level in relation to the Creator. We define the word “intention” as the realization of each desire in a unique format. In every desire or intention, there are many levels.

Question: If my intention is directed for the sake of another person or for the sake of the Creator, this is called altruism. Does an intention like this reach a person from the Creator?

Answer: Yes, it comes from the Creator, because it is from this that a person learns how he must bestow.

Question: Is a Kabbalist really constantly making calculations? “For whom am I drinking? For whom am I going now?” After all, it is possible to go crazy like that!

Answer: No. When you carry this out inside, within the desire, this doesn’t require any energy, on the contrary, you receive energy from it.

Question: Well, this is a constant struggle! According to my nature, I want to drink tea for my own sake, but I need to drink for the sake of the Creator. Am I always found in such a war?

Answer: A person receives enormous additional pleasure from bestowal, not just pleasure from the tea that he drinks but because he is doing it for someone. Suppose that your mother asks you to drink a cup of tea; an impression is left in you that you did this for your mother, and then the pleasure becomes egoistic. I received that and enjoyed it.

And what’s next? It is necessary to progress onward. Which is to say, it is now up to you to receive an even greater pleasure and again build an intention.

Question: Is this talking about pleasures like drinking tea, coffee, and the like?

Answer: Why not? The same pleasure that is found in a cup of coffee, if it is possible to call it pleasure, is found in the infinite eternal Light. There is only one source of pleasure, the Creator, and we are a desire that was created to enjoy receiving from Him.

Question: In our world, a desire appears in me to drink tea, but what pleasure can there be in the next world from this? After all, there is no body there.

Answer: What is the difference? Desire is also not corporeal. In the upper world, there is only a desire to give pleasure to someone and to have pleasure from this. I understand that this is a more exalted, better, infinite, and unlimited pleasure, not because it is good for me, but because I want others to have pleasure. This is the characteristic that I receive from the upper Light.

You can ask, “Do you give pleasure to the Creator, as if you feed your baby with a spoon?” The answer is “Yes.” “Then it’s not a problem, I also feed my little son with a spoon and enjoy this.”

But this is purely an egoistic calculation. To avoid this, you must first hate the object for which you do this. There is no love without hatred. Everything should necessarily be built on two opposite qualities. At that, hatred is by no means destroyed, it supports love, and love supports hatred. And so they exist together.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/26/17

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How To Correctly Form A Prayer

laitman_938_05Question: How does one form and compose a group prayer correctly and how does one remain in a prayer like this for 24 hours a day?

Answer: At first, the prayer can be artificial because you still don’t feel a special yearning in the heart about concern for the group, for the friends, for connection, for the shared yearning among you, and from that to the Creator.

All of this begins with a fairly artificial internal movement. But gradually, under the influence of the study, the upper Light will operate on you. You begin to feel that your mechanical, false, and artificial actions take on a completely different shade: natural, correct, true, and sincere.

The upper Light that influences you will insert its characteristics into you. And then as a result of this, your prayer will become true; you will feel that you are as one single whole with the rest of the friends.

You must connect the points in the heart to each other, like ten drops of water that are connected together into one big drop. Then you begin to feel within them a higher energy, a higher state, the upper world! Your whole life will be in the upper world.

This is your soul. It is one, for the entire group of ten. A person must understand that individually he cannot move this way. He must connect with others either virtually or physically. Here’s to your success!
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From a Virtual Russian Lesson 5/21/17

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What And How To Ask The Creator

laitman_236_01Question: What should I ask from the Creator for a friend and how should I do it?

Answer: If I don’t feel the particular needs and urgencies of a friend, then all of us have one need: we want to unite and discover the “Creator” in this unity. This is the request that I must ask for myself, for the friends, and for the entire group. This is a general, common, and constant turning toward the Creator.
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From the talk at a videoconference with the Learning Center students, 5/21/17

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The Intention Is The Action

laitman_219_01Comment: Baal HaSulam says that it is actually our egoism that gives us the feeling of time. There is an action and its outcome, and it is the outcome that is important to us, not the pleasure from the action itself.

Answer: Egoism is the desire to receive, to take, to draw for yourself, to stretch the zero point to two different directions. This is how the concept of time is felt.

Question: If that’s the case, then there is no time in spirituality because a person enjoys only the action itself and does not wait for the outcome of his intention?

Answer: In spirituality the intention is the action.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/26/17

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How Can We Turn To The Creator Correctly?

arava-convention_931-01.jpgQuestion: How can we turn to the Creator correctly in order to limit the time we are in concealment?

Answer: I think that the point here is not the Creator but the friends. The closer I get to the group, the more I will place myself under the influence of the Light that operates through the center of the group.

It is only through the center of the group that I can turn to the source of the Light, to the Creator, and ask for the whole group, not for myself. By being in the center of the group with everyone, I will receive the positive influence of the Light.
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From the talk at a videoconference with the Learning Center students, 5/21/17

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New Life #853 – Hope And Purity Of Heart

New Life #853 – Hope And Purity Of Heart
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

The ceremonies in our world do not change our intention from reception to bestowal, but are only symbols.

The physical action does not purify anything because everything depends on the person’s intention.
From KabTV’s “New Life #853 – Hope And Purity Of Heart,” 5/11/17

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New Life #852 – Impurity And Purity, The Spiritual Root

New Life #852 – Impurity And Purity, The Spiritual Root
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

Impurity and purity are concepts that refer to roots in the spiritual world. There are two levels in reality: the spiritual world of desires and intentions and the corporeal world where the bodies are. The spiritual world is the root and the corporeal world is the branch.
From KabTV’s “New Life #852 – Impurity And Purity, The Spiritual Root,” 5/11/17

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Is It Possible To Pray For Others?

laitman_239Question from Facebook: Human nature is to always take care of only one’s beloved. Is it really possible that we will pray for others? This is absolutely unnatural and false.

Answer: Absolutely. You’re right. This is already a true starting point. Is it possible to correct and change our nature to the opposite, to the correct balance between us? If all of nature—still, vegetative, and animate—exists in an integral mutual connection, how can we make people co-exist among themselves in the same way?

We see that this is possible in a limited field: in engineering, trade, science, art, but not in communication between people.

How can this be achieved? Only by changing human nature from egoistic to altruistic. And this is beyond our control. We can only wish that it happens.

But there is a power in the world called the upper force because it is above our egoism. It can correct us. We will feel each other closer than our brothers, sisters, parents, and children. We will acquire such a feeling, and it will oblige us to be together as one family.

Question: Do I have to think that in this process, I am attracting the upper force?

Answer: It’s not important. It’s a matter of methodology. There are different human levels. The main thing is that there is such a positive force in nature that can change us if we draw it upon ourselves.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/27/17

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Intention Is Beyond Matter

laitman_608_01Comment: Chemists who study the brain describe different chemical reactions for different desires. In fact, they have understood that it is possible to describe everything except intention. It is specifically this which differentiates a human from a beast.

In a beast, intentions and desires correspond, whereas in the human, the more he develops, the more his intention is separate from his desires.

My Comment: Intention is above nature, it is above matter. This is what I would like to achieve with the help of the influence of the upper Light on me. Intention is not desire and not Light.

Light is the origin of external energy. Desire is what already acts within my substance. If I want to achieve a new state, then the desire itself becomes intention. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, I don’t associate the intention with matter, but with the upper Light that changes me.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/25/16

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Man’s Main Work

laitman_933Question: What is the work that I should do, and what is the work that the Light, the upper force, the Creator, performs?

Answer: The work that I should do is to obligate the upper Light to correct me.

My work is called a prayer, a request. I need to really want to perform this movement, which I cannot perform naturally. It is because it is impossible to bestow fully without receiving anything for myself since our nature is absolute egoism.

We can, however, receive this opportunity from above, and it is called the upper Light, the Light of Hassadim. But, it is only if the upper Light impacts me. It is in my power to convince the Light to influence me, but it can be done only through the group, through working with the ten.

Then, I can bestow without asking for any reward or anything in return.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/18/16

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