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The Prayer The Creator Hears

arava-convention_931.01A person does not automatically turn to the Creator as soon as he feels he cannot cope. He just falls into despair, he will either sleep or cry from powerlessness.

Only if there are friends close by who are not in a descent and despair like he is, then their support, together with his desperate state, will form in him a correct appeal to the Creator.

This is the only way it is possible. A person alone will never turn to the Creator, neither in a good nor a bad state. He can either thank or curse the Creator, but it will not be a prayer.

A true prayer must consist of ten Sefirot as a spiritual vessel: the nine higher Sefirot and Malchut. Therefore, he must be impressed by nine friends and attach his empty, suffering, dark Malchut to them, and so an appeal to the Creator will be born in it.

A prayer is a spiritual vessel in which the full HaVaYaH, the ten Sefirot, must act. Therefore, a person cannot pray alone or for himself; it is simply impossible.

The true prayer, which the Creator hears, can arise only when one is included in the group and receives from the friends their intentions, impressions, and support. Then with his lack and with what he receives from the first nine Sefirot of the friends, their support and properties, he can turn to the Creator.

After all, one cannot use just his bad state. But if he connects with his friends, then his prayer is no longer a bad feeling. The Creator does not harm us, but gives us an occasion to unite with friends and with Him. Therefore, prayer can only be within the society and about the society.

It is here that we need Arvut, mutual guarantee. If we achieve it, then everything will continue smoothly.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/21/18, Writings of Rabash, Vol. 3, Article 877 “Three Prayers”

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 221

laitman_565.01Question: What is a soul?

Answer: A soul is a desire that is similar to the Creator, meaning a desire with an intention of bestowal and love. A soul doesn’t exist in anyone; a soul exists only when we create it from our egoism.

Question: Recently a desire has arisen in me to pray only for the purpose of thanksgiving by means of reading Psalms; “My soul, bless the Lord” (Psalms 104:1) and “My soul, praise the Lord!” (Psalms 146:1) is all I can say in prayer. Is this correct?

Answer: Look at the Psalms I shortened on my Twitter.

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For Those Who Pray

232.1Question from Facebook: According to you there is no God. If God doesn’t exist, to whom and for what do people pray?

Answer: A god that we can imagine and depict to ourselves does not exist. God is the force of bestowal and love that exists around us, but we don’t feel. We need to discover it within us to the degree that we become equal with its characteristics, then God will exist for us.

Question: What is prayer for you?

Answer: Prayer is a request to the Creator that He correct you and make you similar to Himself, i.e., bestowing and loving.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/23/17

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Prayer To The Right Address

232.1Prayer is my last action in relation to the Creator. In response to the prayer, He will make a correction. That is why everything ends with prayer. Before it, we need to prepare, to find out exactly what I am asking for, in what way, and for whose sake.

Prayer includes all the requests that the creature raises to the Creator. Of course, this does not happen all at once. It is not expressed in any words or sentences, but is based on clarifications, one after another, and requests for help until we come to the perfect prayer.

The Creator is the full HaVaYaH that exists in the world of infinity and contains absolutely everything. Therefore, if we want to get something from there, we must make a precise request, just as in a computer: exactly what address to go to, what password and command to use, etc.

This request then passes through all the stages and enters Malchut of the world of infinity where there are endless possibilities. All the Kelim and all the Lights are there from the beginning, as it is written, “the end of the action lies in the initial thought.” That is, the completely corrected state exists there in all its splendor.

If we work correctly, we join this system. Based on our request, we find the right place in it and extract what we need from this general “memory” where desires and Light already exist in unity. This influences us and promotes us to the state we requested in our prayer.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/25/18, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Letter 56”

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The Creator Hears Everyone’s Prayer

Laitman_153Question: What does it mean: “The Creator hears everyone’s prayer”?

Answer: The Creator is the upper system, the system of Bina, called Elokim.

This system hears all of our pleas because we are its consequence; we live inside Bina—not at its height, but inside of it—since it gives birth to us, takes care of us, and supports our existence so that we would desire to become like it. It is completely bestowing and we are all receivers. That is how we were created.

Bina gave birth to us and takes care of us, and we gradually reach a state where we find that we are opposite to it. We do not care that we are opposite to it; we do not even identify that this is so, but an aspiration to attain this degree of Bina awakens in us.

This aspiration is called the point in the heart. This point awakens us because the degree of Bina is always working on us. This goes on until we start to turn to it, wishing to come closer to it. We suddenly feel that it is important. We aspire to it as if yearning to return home, to attain our source.

What do we aspire to? To the root of our life, the place where it originates. We aspire to our source in order to find answers to the questions—“Where do I come from? Why do I exist? For what purpose?”—because the root contains everything. We do not know about the future, but the root exists, without a doubt.

Therefore, we aspire to Bina since we contain a spark from there. This spark connects us to the degree of Bina. Our will to receive is completely on the degree of Malchut, which Bina gave birth to.

This is how we exist inside an inner sensation between two worlds: between the degree of Bina, the upper world, and the degree of Malchut, the lower world. This is already contained in us. Now our work is to constantly respect, awaken, and grow this spark. That is what we do with the help of the work in the group.
From the 3d part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/5/17, “Working with Disturbances”

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A True Request To The Creator

laitman_239It seems to us that a request to the Creator is a means for correcting the Kli, the vessel of the soul, while as a result of our work, we begin to feel that the request to the Creator is the Kli itself and not a means of correcting it.

And if my appeal to the Creator, the desire that I raise toward Him, is true, constant, and growing in its incessant aspiration to Him, then I will feel this request as a complete correction.

What are the corrections? It is the raising of the desire, not the answer to the prayer to fulfill it. Raising the desire to the Creator is already the end of the work. Thus, I express my attitude toward Him. Do I receive something from Him? It may be that I do not get anything. And what should I receive if I turn to Him? Only my appeal to the Creator is already in itself—everything. I do not need anything else.

If I do not stay in the Kli that receives for itself, then I want to have only a request to the Creator. And if in response I do not hear, do not understand, do not feel, and do not see anything, you are welcome; it is even better! And then in my striving, in the power of bestowal, I feel how similar I am to the Creator.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/5/17, “Work with Disturbances,”

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Intention And Action

laitman_628.2Question: Is it enough to have an intention for spiritual relationships or do we need actions as well?

Answer: Actions are also required for spiritual relationships. After all, if there are no actions, it means that there are no relationships. If I relate to someone with love, then I want to show him that I love him through my actions.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/11/17

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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.
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.
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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