Egoism And Pleasure Are Incompatible

Dr. Michael LaitmanIt is impossible to enjoy egoistically. The moment a pleasure wants to enter the desire, we feel their contact for just a short moment, and then the desire immediately dwindles.

With small pleasures we don’t experience a very intense sensation that during the contact between the desire and the pleasure, the two immediately put each other out. They both disappear and are annulled. But in great pleasures, when a person aspires very strongly and dreams about them for a long time, or in special pleasures such as sex or sophisticated artistry, a person immediately feels that the pleasure comes for a fraction of a second and then disappears.

And we ask: Why?! It’s because the egoistic desire and pleasure are initially not intended to exist one inside the other. The will to enjoy cannot hold pleasure inside of itself. The two are opposite by nature and therefore, don’t wait for them to ever be able to be together!
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/7/11, Writings of Rabash

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  1. The question then seems to arise, “How can the ectasy of simultaneous desire & fulfillment in egoism even reach our consciousness for the finite moment that it does?” — Is this related to the nature of the “Or Tolada.”

    Further on that, does the Or Tolada function based upon the eventual use of the will to receive as a means of bestowal — the Light received into (spitual) future of this will being somewhat parceled out in spurts (via Mazel) into its past?

    [One could perhaps think of this regarding the Midrash / Language-of-Legend relating of how the water at the Sea of Reeds questioned the Creator concerning saving the Israelites and drowning of the Egyptians — (approx.) “What is the difference between these and these?” — both groups being idol worshippers at the time. I believe that the waters are answered concerning the future worthiness of the Israelites (perhaps reflected back in the “merits of the forefathers”) — which seems to relate to the present evolution as justified by the Goal of Creation (already in the Thought of Creation — “Its end is in its beginning, and its beginning is in its end.”).]

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