Patent of Continuous Pleasure
Question: In corporeal life, is the fulfillment of our desires felt on the collision, with the disappearance of pleasure? For example, when I am thirsty I take a few sips of water and feel pleasure at the same time. Then it disappears. As far as I understand, there is a patent of continuous pleasure in Kabbalah.
Answer: In Kabbalah there is indeed a means that allows one to enjoy continuously more and more. In our world, any pleasures on the inanimate, vegetative and animate degrees extinguish our desires. Both desire and pleasure disappear—I feel twice as empty, i.e., I practically kill myself.
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, I must receive pleasure in a form that does not extinguish my desire. Then I will feel this pleasure for eternity. The more I have pleasure and desire for it—even more pleasure, even more desire—I will constantly feel more and more fulfilled. Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah is called the science of receiving.
Question: That is, there should be some kind of a barrier, resistance, so that pleasure will not extinguish the desire. What is it?
Answer: This is an ascent above our egoistic desire when I break away from it and use it for its intended purpose, regardless of my feelings, to fill it with pleasure. Moreover, the pleasure that I experience must be felt by me not for my own sake, but for the sake of others or for the sake of the Creator.
Question: Does it mean that another person can become this resistance?
Answer: Yes. If I do it for the other person, then I isolate myself. I separate my desire from fulfillment because I do it for the sake of the other. Then my desire does not disappear. It is not extinguished by pleasure because the pleasure relates to the other. In this state, I can enjoy continuously and indefinitely.
Question: So, we have a scheme here: I, another person, and pleasure. Is one person enough or should there be a group of people or even all of humanity?
Answer: It does not matter. Of utmost importance is that it is outside of me. I can then truly enjoy continuously and increasingly.
Question: How does this relate to the Creator? Where is the Creator in this?
Answer: The Creator is the cause of all this, and by His constant positive and negative influences on us, He teaches us how to build an instrument in which we will receive continuous, ever-increasing pleasure.
Question: Why is it not “I, the Creator, and pleasure,” but “I, another person, and pleasure”?
Answer: It does not matter whether it is the Creator or another person. Simply, the Creator here acts as a third person who replaces absolutely everyone. By aiming yourself to fulfill others in order to fulfill the Creator with it, you are as if completely detached from yourself.
Question: Does it mean that if I want to receive pleasure, I just need to find some stranger and do something good for him?
Answer: No. This is not how things happen. After all, in this way you begin to perceive this person like yourself, he becomes close to you. To give to another or to give to yourself—there is a danger that you will associate this with yourself, and in the end you will begin to fulfill him egoistically.
Comment: If this is, let’s say, my child, I can understand.
My Response: Even if this is not your child but a stranger. Therefore, everything should be related to the ten, through the group to the Creator in order to place this on a very serious degree.
Question: How is the Creator revealed here? Is it like fuel that gives me an opportunity to do something?
Answer: The Creator here is revealed as a goal, as an address to which my action is directed. I do it for His sake. Through the group of people to the Creator. I then have an absolutely clear intention for bestowal.
Question: How do I know what the Creator needs?
Answer: It does not matter. If I arrange my actions in such a way, I break away from my egoism. There is no Creator. I just need such an arrangement in order to exit myself and reach absolute and constant pleasure.
Question: What do I need to do for the sake of the others? Do I need to give them something?
Answer: You will begin to receive the understanding of what they are lacking and see opportunities to fulfill them through you, that is, to treat them in such a way that the upper light passes through you and fulfills them.
Question: Is there is a danger here that we might find ourselves in illusion?
Answer: You cannot be in illusion because this is disconnected from your egoism. Egoism cannot play with you here. This is very real, so much so that it takes years until we come to this state.
Question: But how do I know what others need? Let’s say, I have a few friends, so in the case that they ask, should I try to do something for them?
Answer: They need the same thing you need. Exactly the same thing.
Comment: Suppose, I need to find the meaning of life.
My Response: And they need the same. They are together with you in the same group.
Question: If I help them find the meaning of life, to reveal the Creator and they understand that, and I take care of that, is this called that I bestow to them?
Answer: Yes. You mutually help each other. Therefore, this common work brings you to one single desire, to one single intention. You are already considered connected with each other so much that you do not feel where you are and where the other is.
You have common desires, common intentions and in them you reveal the intention for the Creator from the entire group.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/14/19
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