Our First Spiritual Exercise

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the goal of the exercise, (Psalms 34:15) “Depart from evil”? How does it develop us?

Answer: This is our first spiritual exercise. Indeed all of our inner work is to go far from evil and to do good. “Depart from evil” is a level of bestowal for the sake of bestowal, Hafetz Hesed (delighting in mercy); and “do good” is already reception for the sake of bestowal, work with the vessels themselves, with the corrected desires.

In the meantime, it is up to us to only distance ourselves from evil, to rise above our desires. That is how we learn to connect among us and to acquire the characteristic of bestowal. The more we are connected and close to each other, each one of us and all of us together discover the characteristic of bestowal and thanks to that we are ready to discover the force field we are found in.

This field fills all of space. This space was once empty. After all, there was a Tzimtzum (restriction) and the Light was removed. But now, when we acquire the characteristic of bestowal, we suddenly discover that the Light did not disappear! The Light is here, and we can feel it more and more strongly: in the beginning as Ohr Ha Nefesh, something static, that passively fills the entire expanse of our lives, all of our emotions, all of our characteristics.

This Light is discovered with our new sense, which are derived from outside of ourselves. We can reach this feeling, there is nothing mystical about it: This is nature, although it is the higher nature. The Creator: this is nature. We simply investigate reality through our new senses. The person must only adhere to the group and the Creator, and listen to and carry out all the advice of the teacher precisely.

Question: Must we respond and carry out the corrections of those desires that are discovered?

Answer: Correction is connection. The desire is shattered and must be reconnected. How is it possible to feel the Creator if not through the characteristic of bestowal?

The characteristic of bestowal can be acquired above the characteristic of reception. We can play only with these two characteristics: a desire for pleasure, which was in the guest, and a desire to bestow, which was within the host: two forces, reception and bestowal, Light and vessel.

This is the only thing that exists in reality. And after that, the force of bestowal is awakened within the vessel. The guest learns what bestowal is through feeling the difference between himself and the host.

And in the meantime, we are not ready to feel how we differ from the host. So we must work with the environment. That is why there was the shattering of the desires, to give us the possibility of working on the connection between them.

In fact, spiritual work is very simple. It only seems complicated to us, and this is because we are confused. But when a person begins to acquire the method, no complexities and confusion are left in it. On the contrary, everything is simple. There are only two parameters: a desire to receive and a desire to bestow. And everything else takes place and is discovered between them, between the two. There is nothing artificial here.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/7/14

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