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Question: I have to ask for equivalence of form with the Creator, but how can I imagine this?
Answer: Equivalence of form means equal. This means that internally you are totally different from someone else, but to a third party it seems that you behave in exactly the same manner; there is equivalence of form in the relationship between you according to someone on the outside.
This is only in form. You have different desires, different thoughts; everything is different, but you stabilize yourselves in an equivalent form.
If I just resemble someone, it isn’t considered being equivalent to him. If I am exactly like him, then we cannot communicate with one another: We both like meat and hate fish, so there is nothing we can give one another.
I have to give him what I have and he has to give me what he has. There has to be some correspondence here, like between a male and a female who are included in each other. Then there is compatibility according to the one who bestows and the one who receives.
I reach equivalence of form with the Creator by wanting to receive whatever He wants to give me. Since I bestow unto Him, we both bestow unto one another, but I am in contact with Him by receiving from Him. I am like a female with regard to Him and He is Zeir Anpin.
If my receiving is only for Him, it is like bestowal. As it says, if the bride gives a present to the groom, it’s important, it is as if she receives from him.
It turns out that equivalence of form is a very complicated concept. I have to want to receive from the Creator everything that He wants to give me in my desire, and He wants to give me the world of Infinity, the Infinite Light. But according to my intention, it should be the opposite, I have to want to give just as much as He does.
Our actions are different: I receive and He gives, but according to our intention, it is the opposite, I am actually the one who gives and He enjoys. Thus I save the situation since otherwise I cannot delight Him. There is no chance of delighting Him, only this way.
Only under the condition that I accept all that He has, like a cow bursting with milk wanting to please Him, can He enjoy.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/13/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam
Question: How does the Creator help me on the way? If He leaves me hanging in the air all the time, how can I advance?
Answer: The Creator doesn’t leave you suspended in the air. He arranges all of your existence, all of your life. The Light stands before the vessel, and the gap between them, which confuses you, is gradually revealed. And if at the same time, you try to say that there is none else beside Him, then it connects the Light with the vessel.
It’s only that this connection is not yet felt in you as success, as attainment. You still have not brought the Light and the vessel to such a state where this will be revealed, as if a lamp that should turn on when the voltage reaches 220 volts. However, in the meantime, you provide only 50 volts, so it doesn’t turn on. Apparently the voltage is not strong enough.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/14/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam
The Torah, “Leviticus” (Tzav), 6:9: And Aaron and his sons shall eat whatever is left over from it. It shall be eaten as unleavened bread in a holy place; they shall eat it in the courtyard of the Tent of Meeting.
Aaron is the great priest (Cohen). Priest (Cohen), bread, processed flour, and incense symbolize the attribute of bestowal in a person. This means that everyone takes his best attributes and brings them to complete bestowal for the benefit of others.
But only Aaron and his sons can eat the unleavened bread, the Matzot, since they are on the level of Bina, the attribute of complete bestowal. All the rest, who are not on that level, cannot eat this food since they will eat it in order to receive, and this is considered spiritual death.
Thus, Aaron and his sons ascend by working on the meal-offering, and all the others fall.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/10/13
Answer: No, that is not a substitute. We do not know what our intention is. The intentions are built in us by the Light that bestows. A person has no connection or control of his intention.
My intentions are determined by my present situation. I am not able to create an intention within me according to my desire. I cannot sit and attempt not to think of a white elephant, and then force myself to think about a green alligator without being distracted.
All of my intentions are a result of the state that I am in. I can’t turn a knob to turn an intention on or off, to change an intention from one to another. That is impossible.
I must work with the environment, disseminate, study, and because of my energy, efforts, and investment, the Light that Reforms will come and change my intention. I am not in control of my intention, I can only, through my efforts and prayers, invite a response for my desire to change, which will come back to me like a boomerang, and the upper Light will change me.
I am not able to build it myself; it’s like giving birth to myself. It is only possible to influence it so that it will happen. But that influence is my entire work. How am I able to awaken the Light so that it will produce the correct intention within me?
My prayer, my MAN (Mayin Nukvin– female waters) is up to my expectations. So I need to have contact with the group, mutual work, envy, lust, and honor in relation to the friends, and admiration for what they value and what they do not. In this way I acquire at least some kind of deficiency for bestowal, even though they are egoistic in the meantime, Lo Lishma (not for Her Name).
But I cannot change my inner self by myself, to direct myself to certain thoughts and intentions. I have no such control panel with which I could calibrate myself correctly.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/3/14, Questions and Answers with Dr. Laitman