Fear Begets A Plea, Love Begets Gratitude

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What kind of prayer do we need in order to move from the shadow of egoism to the “holy shadow,” the screen on our desires?

Answer: A more correct question would be: What should we be afraid of? In fact, we don’t know what a “prayer” is yet. So far, it is easier for us to understand fear, caution, trepidation, and worry, all that I should be avoiding.

A prayer is the sensation in the heart. And the heart can feel either fear, which is regarded as the first commandment, or love, which it feels having learned to perceive this fear.

There are only two basic commandments: fear and love. Fear leads to a prayer, a plea; love begets gratitude. Therefore, you have to discern what state you are in. If you feel that you are lacking fulfillment, you are in the state of fear. And what should you be afraid of, the fear of loss, or what state should you be avoiding? Ask yourself!

If you are afraid that something bad may happen to you, you should clarify for yourself that “there is none else besides Him.” And if you fear to lose something you have today, scrutinize how to work based on the principle of “if I am not for me, who is for me?” These clarifications are, in fact, the real prayer.

You can’t stop scrutinizing it; on the contrary, you should engage in this scrutiny as much as possible. The key is to discern each state, and it’s all right that the next moment you will be confused just the same and won’t differentiate yourself and all the factors affecting you: your “Self,” the environment, and studies.

In the process of this scrutiny, you will constantly develop by the four stages of HaVaYaH at each new degree. Just don’t come out of these internal clarifications:

  • who I am and who is controlling me,
  • how I should view the force that is driving me,
  • how we should bond among ourselves and seek one another,
  • how to become partners and not leave each other, despite all the concealments and problems,
  • how I can rise above, justify, and use them to come to understanding and love.

From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/16/2011Shamati #8

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