All The Difference Is In Intention

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Two forces act in the world: the force of bestowal and the force of the desire to receive, created as existence from absence. What is my “I,” my intention? Where does it come from?

Answer: We do not feel the Creator because we are in one desire: the desire to enjoy. Even if I want to give, it is just for fun. In reality, I am confused in intention and action. My action can be either reception or bestowal. And it can be accompanied by the intention to receive for myself or the intention to give to the other. There is nothing else, and this is our whole life.

In our world, there is an action to receive and an action to give to the other, as well as the intention to receive for oneself. But the intention to give to the other is non-existent; I do not have that ability. I can give something to somebody or receive something from somebody, but my intention is directed exclusively at receiving for myself, whereas the intention to bestow to the other belongs to the spiritual world, but I cannot reach it. It is not my fault: I am created like that.

There is no confusion here at all: My entire routine is aimed at self-enjoyment.

What I need is an intention, and it is the most important thing for me (!), regardless of what action I perform: giving or receiving. I perform bestowal to my child, to those whom I love, to friends, and even to my employer because I receive a reward in a natural way or in money, in the form of respect, power, and so on.

The key here is the intention, according to which I operate. How can I achieve the intention for the sake of bestowal to fellow human beings? And what will it give me?

This is where the problem occurs. If all of reality exists outside of me, then what I currently receive inside is only its tiny part called “this world.” It is terribly small, tight, limited in time, space, and everything else, but by crossing to the other side, I will get rid of any limitations.

This is the difference between the intentions. If my intention is aimed at myself, I will not be able to feel anything greater than I perceive today. If my intention is directed at unity with the other, to be in him, then I save myself from this horrible life with its fatal end and ascend to the next degree of life; I live outside the body. The only difference is in intention.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/26/2011, “One Commandment”

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One Comment

  1. I want t make sure I am understanding this correctly. If there is a request from the group for articles or artwork or writing, then I see that in some way I can fullfill these desires and submit something to the group. While I am doing it, I am receiving the gift of writing, art or ability to look for articles in order to bestow, which is giving to the group. It is work to do this, but along the way, I find I enjoy giving and doing something for the group. The way that people take joy in doing a mitzvah. I don’t expect a thank you back from doing this work for the group, I don’t expect recognition for anything, I don’t even sign my name on what I submit so that I dont’ get recognition and so it is authentic giving without wanting to receive anything in return. Is this the process you are talking about?

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