For The Sake Of The Creator

624.02Question: In Kabbalah, there is a concept called Lishma or for the sake of the Creator. However, if we consider the Creator as nature, the upper mind, and not some person, then it is not clear what “to do something for His sake” means?

Answer: In Kabbalah, the Creator is regarded as a quality, a law, a force of nature, not a person. It is not a personified individual but a force such as gravity or electrostatic forces operating around us as fields.

The wisdom of Kabbalah says that there are only two forces in the universe: one of them is the force that operates for its own sake. As a rule, there is attraction and rejection in nature. This, however, is not the point. The point is why I attract and why I reject. That is, there must be some thought, some intention, behind this force.

I can attract and I can reject. Both can be for my own benefit and for the benefit of someone outside of me, for the benefit of others. The action outside of me, when I take into account not myself but only the benefit of others, is called the action of Lishma (not for my own sake, for the sake of the Creator).
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States. Lishma (For The Sake Of The Creator)”

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