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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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What Is Prayer?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion from Facebook: What is prayer?

Answer: Prayer is an appeal to the upper force of nature to correct one’s egoistic inclination.

This is the only thing that the upper force accepts as the right request, a desire, a sense of deficiency, that attracts a positive force, correcting this deficiency.

Question: And what about the millennia of prayers humanity raised in the course of history?

Answer: They cannot be considered prayers because only a request to correct one’s egoism and to replace it with universal love for everyone is called a prayer.

If you do not ask for this, you don’t appeal to anyone. The upper force responds only to this request because the property of love and bestowal is all that it contains. Whoever asks this force for the property of love and bestowal gets it to the extent that they have a true desire. Whoever doesn’t ask, doesn’t receive it. You can cry as much as you want about everything else, it’s “a voice crying out in the desert.”

Question: Then what is the purpose of the purposefully composed prayer books that people recite prayers from?

Answer: By reading these prayers, a person raises his desire not toward correction, but toward all sorts of personal benefits: money, health, and so on. None of this works.

Question: What should I ask for in order for it to be a true prayer?

Answer: You should ask only for a supra-egoistic property: bestowal and love of others. Everything else is a waste of time.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/3/17

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A Prayer To Myself

laitman_534Question: The concept of prayer exists in the wisdom of Kabbalah as well as in other religions. What is a prayer according to Kabbalah?

Answer: A prayer in Kabbalah expresses the precise examination of one’s actions, thoughts, behavior, and their correction.

Question: What does it mean to ask something of the Creator?

Answer: A person doesn’t turn to the Creator, he turns to himself, to the force that is permanently inside him with which a person wants to be in contact. This is called an appeal to the Creator.

Question: What is the meaning of “there is none else besides Him?” Is there none else besides me or besides my power?

Answer: It means that there is no one besides the force that fills all of creation, including me. After all, I am a created being. Outside of me there is nothing. Even the cosmos is me. All of humanity is me because everything is inside me. We learn that from the perception of reality according to the wisdom of Kabbalah.

A person always turns to the force that sustains him internally and that fills the whole creation. Gradually a person begins to understand that there is a system. At the same time, a person should not think that he turns to his own egoism because that is pointless since egoism doesn’t rule the world.

The term “faith of the sages” exists in order to help a person advance. First, he has to instinctively believe in a mother and father who will always help him and never betray him, and when his youth is over and the father and mother no longer suffice, he has to believe in what the sages tell him—not the religious but the sages who have already attained spirituality. A person accepts their advice as assumptions, as an initial condition, which he will later discard when he attains them internally.

Baal HaSulam writes in The Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot that there is a Surrounding Light, which a person invokes and summons by his desire, if he reads the texts, a Light that changes him. Then a person attains it and begins to see it not as a Surrounding Light but as his Inner Light.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/25/16

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Where Is The Intention?

laitman_543_01Question: What is intention and how is it possible to manage it?

Answer: Intention is the main thing in the relationship of a person to the world; it is precisely what he wants.

If a person wants to exist egoistically, normally, and peacefully, his actions are directed downward, toward this world. But if he yearns to attain the upper force the Creator, the mission and goal of acquiring His status in the next dimension, then his intention is absolutely different. It is up to a person to decide for what he longs.

The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t close a person to anything. You can continue to do everything you want without limiting yourself. All you must do is try to discover how to summon the upper force so it will develop you at your own pace, not at the pace the rest of humanity is developing.

Question: Where does this intention reside, in the heart or in the mind?

Answer: Actually the intention doesn’t live anywhere, just like forces and desires. It seems to us that it is imprisoned within some kind of geometric or geographic space, but it doesn’t actually exist even in an N-dimensional space much less in three-dimensional space.

It is difficult for us to describe. But this illusion vanishes very rapidly and a Kabbalist begins to understand that he is actually contending with a space of desires.

We ourselves are desire. We actually don’t exist today in bodies, which seem to us like proteinaceous matter. The entire world and everything around us are energetic fields.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/21/16

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New Life #813 – The Shmoneh Esrei (18) Prayer

New Life #813 – The Shmoneh Esrei (18) Prayer
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

There are many questions regarding prayer: What should one pray for? Who is the upper force? How do you turn to It? How do you receive from It? How do you thank It?

We have to get closer to the upper force, which means to resemble it in our attributes so our prayer will not be egoistic. The prayers were composed by people who attained Godliness and we have to understand what is concealed in them.

All our work in life is to pray, to turn to the upper force that wants to do us good. We have to prepare a deficiency on our part, which means that we should lack exactly what the Creator wants to give us. Otherwise it is like a mother who has prepared porridge for us, but we ask her for candies.

A prayer begins with praise because it is only if the upper force is important to us that we will enjoy the “porridge” that He has prepared for us. After the praise, come the request, when we ask for the correction of our egoistic desires. At the end, we praise the upper force again because if we have undergone the right process, the “porridge” now tastes like heaven.

You cannot turn to the Creator by yourself. He will not listen. Turning to Him requires getting closer through our attributes. Because the Creator’s attribute is to bestow goodness, to do good, we also have to bestow goodness and do good in order to get closer to Him.

The Creator created one man and has shattered him to many parts. By connecting and through the good relations between us, we bring Him contentment.

When we ask for something and don’t receive it, it is because we don’t keep the rule of “make your desire like His desire, so that He will make His desire like yours.” A connection with Godliness means love.
From KabTV’s “New Life #813 – The Shmoneh Esrei (18) Prayer,” 1/17/17

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New Life #812 – The Jewish Prayer

New Life #812 – The Jewish Prayer
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

People have always felt insecure and turned to nature’s forces with different requests. A person’s inclination to turn to the upper force is natural and you can already see it in small children.

The proper appeal to the system of nature is called a prayer. A prayer includes self-examination with respect to the plan of the creation; that is, a person’s examination of how he uses his desire in relation to nature. Instead of using everyone for his own benefit, he should use himself for the sake of others, for the sake of the Creator.

When a person turns to the system of nature it is called a prayer. The three daily prayers correlate with the three spiritual phases and they begin as a new egoistic desire enters the system and starts to operate in it. The awakening of a new desire in a person, a corrupt desire, is called evening.

From a spiritual perspective every day begins in the evening when a person refrains from using the new desire that has awakened in him, the morning comes, which means that things become clear with the understanding of how to work with this desire. The phase of working with this desire and the incorporation in the system is called noon.

There is a state in the system of nature called the end of correction, Gmar Tikun, toward which we are advancing. In Gmar Tikun we have to reach a state in which we are connected in one system in absolute love.
From KabTV’s “New Life #812 – The Jewish Prayer,” 1/17/17

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Kabbalistic Prayer Book

laitman_262Question: What does a Kabbalist feel when he looks at a letter? What kind of information is carried in it?

Answer: In one of my first books I gave an example of a page from the Prayer Book of Rabbi Shalom Sharabi.

It is possible to see what a Kabbalistic prayer book says, which is how a person can influence the higher management from below so that it will influence him in response. This is a prayer book or instruction manual for the management of the higher system.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/17/16

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The Importance Of Prayer

Laitman_032_01Question: You always emphasize the importance of prayer. I think that there isn’t a person who doesn’t pray in one way or another. Humanity has been praying for ages. What is a true prayer?

Answer: This is something we should learn. A prayer should include:

  • your current state, the expected future state, and the way to fulfill it;
  • turning to a power source, thanks to which you fulfill your request, your prayer, your dream; the One you turn to; and
  • how you receive this force, how you fulfill it in practice, and what you will do in order to achieve your goal; what you pray for.

If you don’t follow these steps, you are just like a child crying “I want!” and that’s all. Who will pay attention to that?

If you want to receive the power, the reason, and an accurate wise plan of your development, of attaining the goal, which will not just lead you anywhere, you must plan all of this internally and in advance, and then it will really turn into a prayer. This means that a great deal of work is required before entering a state called prayer.

Question: They say that even a cow mooing in the field is praying.

Answer: Yes, she is praying. Being in a beastly state, she understands what she needs, so she moos strongly since, after all, her udder is full and she needs to be milked. She is suffering.

Question: And what if a person suffers?

Answer: A person should understand what he needs and what he must do in order to get it.

He should understand his next state. We don’t know that. A cow knows exactly what she needs because she is on the animate level and has instinctive desires, while we can feel that only on the level of attainment.

So, in order to discover the right future state and from whom we can demand its fulfillment, we must study the wisdom of Kabbalah.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 10/31/16

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Cling To The Creator!

laitman_284_05Question: If there is suffering in life, must I relate every condition to the Creator (and that it is for the best) and then the situation will no longer be felt as bad? How can one constantly hold onto the intention that “There is none else besides Him” (Deuteronomy 4:35)?

Answer: Don’t lose the thought that everything comes from Him. Hold onto that all of the time! And, if you cannot, ask Him for help.
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Why Doesn’t The Creator Hear Our Complaints?

laitman_239Question: Why doesn’t the Creator hear a person who cries and asks for His help?

Answer: The Creator doesn’t hear anything. The Creator is a system and it has no feelings toward us.

If we relate to the system properly, we receive what we need from it because our request is correct. But if we don’t relate to the system properly, we get a response that corrects our impact on the system.  We feel it as a negative response that operates in the opposite direction.

Therefore, there is no room for crying, begging, praying, etc. here since it is all empty and meaningless. A prayer is creating the right desire inside you into which the Upper Light, which is all around us, enters. It is only though our correct desire that we can discover it. At the same time, the Creator doesn’t change. He remains the same as He has always been, filling all of reality. Only when we have the right desire do we discover Him inside us.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/19/16

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