Joy For The Sighted And Sorrow For The Blind

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It seems to me that I understand every word you say. Why doesn’t it bring me any joy?

Answer: “It’s because you do not realize the importance of it.”
“Yes, I do understand, but what does it give me?”
“You acquire more than what the rest of the world has.”
“So what? I don’t care about what others have. I still don’t have it.”
“What do you want?”

A person has to work together with the group on enhancing the importance of the goal. If he doesn’t feel or value the importance of the goal, it is because of his silliness and the concealment, and not because he is wise. His desires do not differentiate what’s in front of him. He is blind. For him, the world is dark and empty. “Open your eyes!”
“I don’t want to.”

Only after a person gets to realize the importance of the goal and begins to sense the sparkle of the group will he acquire the power to advance correctly. However, without joy he cannot move forward. If a person is overwhelmed with sadness, then no matter what he does, he won’t achieve his goal. He limits himself from the inside and directs himself to a different road.

It is impossible to keep to the right direction without experiencing joy. It is similar to hypocritical “confessions” that we are “extremely happy” while we, in fact, are crying from the blows that we receive from the Creator. This kind of lie shows that we are making the wrong type of connection between us.

There can be a certain amount of nervousness, tension, and even some minor arguments in the group; they are signs of energy and desire. At the same time, there has to be joy which originates from the greatness of the goal that shines ahead of us. There is no room for desperation. In fact, desperation is equivalent to arrogance. “I am unhappy with what I have. The Creator doesn’t take me seriously, whereas I deserve much more. I can abide with less, but I cannot agree with having nothing.”

We have to experience lack of fulfillment in order to start working without getting a reward, but we are not ready for this yet. We have to see the rewards that make us excited and begin chasing them.

A person doesn’t comprehend that he is given various opportunities to make another step ahead. He acts like a silly child and sets forth “conditions” and sticks to his “principles.” All right! What cannot be done by reason will be done by time. Stubbornness and refusal to join the group may cost a person many years of delay until he rids himself of desperation and starts to progress.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/12/10, “The Matter of Mercy”

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