Appeal And Gratitude

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe have two states with respect to the force that develops us: appeal and gratitude. The most productive state is that of appeal. Gratitude is very useful as well because in it, we are in adhesion with the upper one, and in so doing we accumulate strength for the future, for when another appeal comes.

But our revelation that we are independent individuals who identify themselves with the Creator takes place precisely during the appeal. A wonderful example of this are King David’s psalms, which express absolutely the creature’s attitude toward the Creator in all its possible forms.

That is why he is called “King David” (“Malchut” means “kingdom”). This is a force that reveals and pulls me out (from the word “Moshech”), which is why the force that executes the final correction is called Mashiach ben David (Messiah Son of David). The Psalms are an expression of the creature’s complete desire in appeal and gratitude, in both of these states. By unifying these states, we actualize ourselves. And then the creature’s full desire is revealed correctly: as the Creator that exists and clothes in it.

Thus, all the completed states bring us to the finish, and the Thought of Creation that made the creature is now revealed in it, in the creature’s very consciousness. Herein lies the sole difference between the starting and finishing point of the path. From the state when the creature barely feels its own existence, as a kind of point detached from the Creator, it attains its own state within and realizes that it exists in complete adhesion with the Creator, and at the same time it is completely independent.

There is no reality other than the Thought of Creation. There is no process other than that of the creature attaining the state in which it exists from the very beginning. And every time the appeal must be achieved first. It is the tears of which the prophets spoke: “My soul weeps in darkness,” the highest possible state, when man demands the strength to attain his true state out of darkness, before the goal of creation is actualized within him.

And only after it is completed do we come to gratitude, song, and gratitude in which we achieve a partial adhesion with the Creator, until we come to complete attainment and adhesion.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/4/2011, Shamati #18

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