Reason Or Desire: Who’s In Charge?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Is it correct to clarify your state with the help of the mind, using it to discern: Why did I receive this state, where did it come from, and what should I do with it?

Answer: Nothing can be clarified with the mind because the desire is what makes the mind work. Don’t think that the mind exists independently of desire, or that I can take the mind and use it as a device to measure my state or desire. The mind is controlled by the desire.

Sometimes it tells you one thing, and sometimes it tells you the exact opposite, depending on your desire. Knowing this, can you really rely on its conclusions?

How does our mind develop? It develops by virtue of me always wanting to do something, to attain something, or to receive something; that is how I have built my mind. Thus, the mind is an acquisition.

However, when then Light comes, it gives us the opportunity to ascend so we are not enslaved to the mind or the desire. The Light begins to rule over us instead, elevating us and giving us its power.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/29/10, Beit Shaar HaKavanot

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