Not Living for One’s Own Sake

laitman_236_01The Midrash “BeShalach”: As soon as the children of Israel saw that the Egyptian army chased them closely and when they saw that there was no salvation, they started praying in their hearts and lifted their voices to the Creator begging Him for help.

In the camp of the children of Israel, there was fear.

“The fear” the previous excerpt talks about is a fright of staying in the intention “for one’s own sake.” During the hardest times, we don’t think about the Creator or our surroundings but only about ourselves.

It’s as if we are squeezed on all sides in our desires and thoughts, intentions and actions are directed inward. Thus, we have no grounds to demand the property of bestowal.

However, one is afraid to stay in this state and live only for one’s own sake since one has already tried serving the Creator and wants to retain this condition.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/23/14

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