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The Main Thing Is Intention

laitman_224Question: What role does intention play in building any relationship?

Answer: Intention means absolutely everything. There is nothing except for intentions.

Desires are given to us; they are broken, sorted, scattered, and arise in us according to some special program. Therefore, the main thing is the intention: for the sake of what, in the name of what, for whom am I going to do something or even just to think. The main thing is where I direct my thoughts, feelings, and aspirations.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 06/11/17

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Facing An Absolute Law Of Nature

624.02Question: Should receiving material benefits and pleasure also be done with the intention to please the Creator or does that only apply to spiritual matters?

Answer: In principle, all that happens to us in our lives, in each second and with each sensations, should preferably be completely connected to the Creator.

Question: Then how is it possible to justify the actions of the Creator?

Answer: He doesn’t need to be justified! I simply need to understand that I am facing an absolute law of nature. If I follow it as much as I can, then I receive a satisfying existence and I call it a reward, even though nobody rewards me. I alone create this experience. However, if I do not adhere to the conditions in which I exist, I alone create punishment for myself. Nobody else punishes me.

Question: Then where did humanity get this kind of attitude toward the Creator?

Answer: People invented all of this because they want to see the Creator as a king, as some kind of a divine image.

Question: But doesn’t that also come from the Creator? Doesn’t it mean that this is also necessary for our development?

Answer: It is necessary for our development until such time as we begin to understand that none of this works. Look at what’s happening in the world today, what kind of upsurge in religion! This is already the last flare up, it is already fading, as when a fire flares up before it goes out.

Question: Does that mean there’s nobody to pray to? There is a law and we must simply follow it?

Answer: When you pray, you pray to yourself. This probably helps you. But when you pray to the Creator, then you must think about what you are asking for and who you are asking.

Prayer is called the manifestation of desire. If you decide that you need to realize your desire, then it means that you need to organize your prayer. If you need to aim your desire toward a particular goal, it means that you need to pray about a particular condition. Otherwise there is no reason for you to pray. In order to express your desire, you need to collect your thoughts, formulate and organize your desire, and then you will be able to work with it. Then the upper Light will be able to affect it in a concentrated way.
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From the Lesson in Russian, 5/21/2017

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To Whom Do We Pray?

laitman_562.01Question: If the Creator does not exist in the sense interpreted by religions and we create Him, then to which Creator do we direct our prayers?

Answer: It is to the one that you create, to the one you are addressing.

Question: From Kabbalah, I hear that if you do not pray for what you need, you are harming yourself. Is this true?

Answer: Yes. On one hand, if you ask for something for yourself, you only harm yourself because you are demanding egoistic fulfillment. But on the other hand, you are corrected; everything is forgiven, like a little child.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/12/17

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Hatred Of People

laitman_236_02Question from Facebook: How can my hatred of people be explained?

Answer: This is a natural human characteristic!

There is no need to be alarmed by it or to apologize for it. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is simply written: “Go to the craftsman who made me” (Ta’anit 20b), He will correct everything. Depending on the degree of disagreement with what He has done with you, you must turn to Him. It is not your fault that the Creator made you this way, you need to turn to Him so He will change you, and if you ask to be changed so that you will be better, then you will have a connection with Him.

After all, the Creator intentionally created you as evil full of all kinds of corruptions, so if you ask Him to change you, ask only for that; this is what He will do. He was created for this. He is waiting for you to ask. He intentionally created all the evil in me so that I will ask to change all this for the better. In this manner a mutual connection is formed between us; understanding, closeness, common goals, and common work are created.

Question: Can you give an example of a request like this?

Answer: Suppose that I love to steal and I have been caught many times. They beat me and put me in prison, and I come to the conclusion that this was causing me harm.

I begin to ask the Creator that I will stop stealing, and I see that this doesn’t really help me. I think about why this is so. It is apparent to me that I am not asking to be better; rather, I am asking that it will be better for me, and He is not so helpful with that. But if I ask to be truly changed in the direction of goodness, He will help me. That is, everything depends on the degree to which my request is “clean,” how general and detached it is from my egoism.

Question: When I ask for things to be better for me, there is no answer, and when I ask to be better, there is an answer?

Answer: Yes. This is so because when I ask for things to be better for me, but not through “theft,” in fact, this is also theft. He will not help with this. When I ask to be transformed to be better in my relationships with others, when stealing from others hurts me, everything will work itself out.

In other words, if I hate someone, I ask the Creator to correct this characteristic in me into its opposite characteristic.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/3/17

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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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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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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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