Shame Is A Spiritual Degree

Dr. Michael LaitmanA question I received: If presently I don’t feel shame before the Creator, does it mean that I still don’t have the need to become independent?

My Answer: Obviously, at present, we still do not feel the need to become independent because we do not yet sense our dependency on Him. For that, we have to undergo a gradual, cause-and-effect development, the process of developing the creature.

We see an example of this kind of development in our children. They want to develop, but refuse to listen to their parents since they aspire to do everything themselves. Nature compels them to act this way since otherwise they would not grow. The same principle applies to us.

However, our spiritual development  is under the condition that we feel our dependency on the Creator and He does everything instead of our doing it ourselves. When we sense this condition, we don’t want to remain in this state; we wish to become independent, big, and do something ourselves!

For this reason, the creature begins to feel shame, its dependency on the Creator, and detaches itself from Him. That is, we are willing to take upon ourselves the concealment; we want to feel and protect it and make sure it does not disappear. Above the concealment, we build our similarity to the Creator. Meanwhile, this concealment, the First Restriction, does not go away. We adopt it on ourselves. We do not want to become annulled in front of the immense force of the Creator.

From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/29/10, “The Need For Love of Friends”

Related Material: Post: Shame That Is An Exalted Sensation Post: The Shame That Gives Birth To Creation
Kabbalah Moments: “Independence Of The Creator”
AskTheKabbalist: “Shame”

Discussion | Share Feedback | Ask a question Comments RSS Feed