Fear Playing Lottery

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the path of the Light and the path of suffering? What is this suffering for? Is it our egoism?

Answer: Undoubtedly, we experience suffering in our will to receive pleasure. However, pain can be felt even in the will to bestow. It all depends on how you define suffering.

Imagine, if you will, that I found Kabbalah, entered the group, and studied for a long time. But in the end, I suddenly won a multi-million dollar lottery! Now, my life has changed. Is it, in your opinion, the path of the Light or the path of suffering?

I can call it a path of suffering because now this money confuses me, and I don’t know what to do with it. I was thinking only about Kabbalah, but at this point, I have to think about the money since it is such an enormous sum. In what do I invest it so that it doesn’t devalue? How do I use it correctly?

As it turns out, this is the path of suffering since instead of advancing in a smooth, simple, and straight way, I am swayed off the path to go around, make a long loop. Whether I like it or not, I have to become involved in material matters, giving it my time and loading my mind with these thoughts. I cannot break away from it, and it is a huge problem which is a true pain where the desire to bestow and the spiritual goal are concerned.

As to the will to receive pleasure, you ought to say that it is the path of the Light and that you have received a reward for your righteous work. You think that it is a blessing sent to you from Above. Therefore, everything depends on which scale you use to measure it, from what have you chosen to receive pleasure.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/18/2011, “The Freedom”

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Turning Many Into One

Dr. Michael LaitmanThere is a law: “In spiritual life, ‘take after the individual,’ and in corporeal life, ‘take after the collective.’” However, it doesn’t mean that I need to run to a town square where thousands of people are gathered, ask them what they want, and start sharing their desires. “To take after the collective” means to care about the unification of many people because only through this unification will I transform my Kli (vessel), my desires.

I run after them in order to add them to myself and link to their internal desires. I don’t look at their material, animate needs, but rather I strive to uncover their internal desires that tie them into one network.

If I desire to become engaged in this upper spiritual network that connects all into one, it is regarded as “taking after the collective,” where my desire is to bring the collective to oneness and participate therein. As a result, the many become as one for me.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/18/2011, “The Freedom”

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