Summing Up The Year

Dr. Michael LaitmanOur current material level doesn’t let us naturally care about our friends as if they were our newly born children or our beloved. This means that we don’t have this attitude to the Creator either. Even when we think about Him, we only envision Him as a source of our own fulfillment. And yet, it is directly opposite to what we all have to arrive to.

In other words, there is an obvious problem: We realize that we don’t have correct desires or thoughts and that all our concerns are for our own sake—totally egoistic. We have to work a lot in order to begin needing the Creator’s presence, His power, and to ask Him for assistance in establishing connection with the group. Together with our friends, we have to demand the presence of the Creator inside us. This will allow us to connect.

Where can we acquire this need? To really start needing these things, we should appeal to the entire world, since we feel that it’s the place to which we can apply our energy.

Not everybody agrees with it. Some people doubt whether they should correct others or not: “We don’t owe them anything!” They just don’t understand why it is so essential. We should clearly understand that without turning to the entire world, we would not be able to self-correct.

When we realize and accept the world’s desire to be corrected, we won’t have any other choice but to refer to the group and the Creator. The world’s increasing pressure on us is in fact very good!  We go out to the world and want to help them. Then in return, people begin addressing us. Thus, we all move correctly and truly along the path of the Light and “accelerate time” (achishena.)

If we don’t appeal to the world on time, if we are late, the world will start pressing on us even more viciously. We will lose the chance to absorb the world’s desires since we fail to approach the nations of the world and unite with them. All we do is try to avoid them.

This explains why our appeal to the world is indispensable so that we can address our groups and the Creator and acquire this need. Accordingly, we can refer to the Creator and demand that He corrects us so that our changes can be further transferred to others through us. As elder brothers, we will get twice as much from it, and thus we will advance.

Otherwise our prayer will be always wrong. Even if we address the general public, our prayer will be Lo Lishma, i.e., not for the sake of the Creator, not about genuine bestowal. Everything we do so far corresponds to our current level. We wish we had a higher state; that’s why we want to advance to spirituality, supposedly to bestowal, but at the same time we want to feel good.

It is called Lo Lishma, but the Light impacts us and corrects us. All we need is to organize our work, in other words, to address the general public, our groups, and the Creator. Our prayer has to be collective and our ultimate objective should be to please the Creator. For that, we have to bring all our broken vessels to Him.

This is why in our state and in our time, called by Baal HaSulam,A Time to Act,” in the month of Elul, right before the New Year, that is,. during our preparation to ascend to the next stage, in the course of the month that summarizes the entire year, we finally grasp what a correct request should be.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/4/13, Shamati #122

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