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The Vector

527.03The point of an action is measured and evaluated only according to its intention. The intention to give more brings a person closer to the Creator, while the intention to receive more removes him from the Creator.

And in the middle between the intention to bestow and the intention to receive is a neutral, zero point from which a person decides where he is: in the spiritual or in the corporeal world.

The entire spiritual world operates in the intention to bestow, and as soon as we act egotistically, we immediately feel the corporeal world. How much to give and how much to receive is not so important anymore. The main thing that puts us on one or the other side of the border between spirituality and corporeality is our intention.

The main test is in what a person is yearning for, not how strong his desire is. A change of intention is like changing the car gear from forward to reverse depending on which I move forward, toward the Creator and the creatures, or backward.

The intention depends on where my heart is directed: outward toward others, toward the friends and through them to the Creator, or to myself. This determines where I go. Do I work for the Creator or for myself? Do I move toward my friends and through them toward the Creator or do I draw closer to myself? All this depends on the intention, and only after on the desire that obeys it.

To test the intention, one must distance himself from the action itself so that it becomes unimportant, and the main thing is: for whose sake am I doing this, and who will benefit from it. This determines whether I am in the Creator’s world or in my own world, in my shell.

The intention, directed outward or inward, divides my reality into two parts: a part that relates to me, meaning “I,” “mine,” and a part outside of me, meaning the friends and the Creator. If I want to exist in the Creator’s world and not in my small, animal world, then I must constantly check the direction of my thoughts.

The Book of Zohar says that people with an egoistic intention have their eyes looking inside themselves, they are completely blind and do not see the vast world around them. They cannot imagine anything but this world, and so they live in it and die.

This life is given in order to change the direction of one’s gaze from oneself outward and to reveal the world of the Creator called the upper world. And the lower world is the one that we see when we look inward at ourselves and care only for ourselves.

I must check where the vector of my thoughts and desires is directed—toward me, toward my benefit, or toward others and through them toward the Creator? That is, where is my heart reaching?
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/21/20, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Love of God and the Love of Man”

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Success = Work + Prayer

236.01We must try to build as many correct relationships, correct qualities, Hassadim, between us in the group as possible and not wait. Usually the inner Klipa persuades a person: “Wait and you will receive everything. The Creator will take pity on you and help you.”

But without our request, without awakening from below, that is, without beginning to work, we will not get help from above. You must know this.

People have been standing on one spot for years waiting for the Creator to give them spirituality. But you have not started working! You must start, and when you are pleading that everything is about to collapse and an unbearable burden is about to fall upon your back, then the Creator will help you. This moment needs to be held and realized. This is the secret of the spiritual work: we start, and the Creator finishes; this is so in every action.

I must act as if everything depends on me. And if in the middle of the way I suddenly find that I can not cope on my own, then I will add a prayer to the actions. Thus, my work and prayer together create the conditions for this to be realized. Remember this, start implementing it, and you will see how it opens the path for you. Step by step, you will certainly move forward.

A person waits for many years and does not want to start the work himself, waiting for a miracle from above. Our egoism convinces us: “Wait, the Creator will take pity on you, He will come, do everything, and reveal Himself to you.” But it will not happen! Until we start working and see that we are not able to cope and then ask for help, the Creator will not come and do it.

It is said: “The Lord will finish for me.” But it is precisely: “He will finish.” It is my responsibility to start it. Therefore, anyone who complains that he has been studying for many years and has not seen success, he simply did not work correctly. He had to start the work, find out that nothing comes out of it, raise a prayer, and demand that the Creator take part in it. Then you will see that He will help.

The Creator wants to participate in your work but only together with you in the same way as we do with children. If a child starts something himself and then an adult helps him, then the child understands how it needs to be done and learns. This work is called the work of the Creator, not of a man. After all, the Creator does it! But only when the person really needs help.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/7/20, “Sukkot

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Who Benefits From Asking?

625.02Remark: Your haiku was posted on Instagram:

Touches of egoism multiply.
I will turn to the Creator —
Let Him control him.

The question is: “The Creator creates, but I am also a creator. Who benefits from begging?”

My Comment: Man (Adam), me. I am always striving so that I have some questions, some requests, some appeal to the Creator. All the time with a question or with an exclamation mark when I admire His actions. The truth is not often, to put it mildly.

But that there were always enough requests so that I was always begging the Creator.

Question: Why does one need to be constantly requesting?

Answer: To correct your egoism. And why did He make it? In order to correct. And He wants to fix it, but He does it only at my request.

Question: Then in what am I a creator?

Answer: I command the Creator to correct what He has done. He is called the “Creator” because he did this, and I am the creator because I ask Him to fix everything from this. And in this I am a creator.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/17/19

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Whom Should We Ask For Help?

943Question: Whom should we ask for help, the Creator or the group? And how should we do it?

Answer: Only the group, and through the group you can turn to the Creator.

It is even better if the whole group turns to the Creator together. Then you will surely be able to improve both your state and the state of the group because you will begin to feel that the negative impacts that you sense are not directed specifically at you but that they come to you through the group. If you respond to them through the group, it is the best method of correction.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 10/14/18

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Who Should I Appeal To?

17.01Question: Who should I appeal to if I have a request?

Answer: To the Creator. The Creator is the upper light, the attribute of absolute goodness, love, and bestowal. There is nothing other than this force in the world. There is only me and Him. Everything else that seems to exist, exists between me and the Creator.

The moment I begin to correct myself, the distance between us changes accordingly, i.e., changing attributes between me and the Creator. We, as it were, begin to draw closer to the point of complete adhesion with Him.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 11/4/18

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The Right Request To The Creator

276.01Question: What is the right request to the Creator?

Answer: The request is to resemble the Creator. This means that nothing is more perfect than the highest attribute of bestowal and the absolute, unselfish, whole, love for everyone and everything. So resembling the Creator is our ultimate goal and all the intermediate states are only our aspirations toward Him.

Question: Does this mean that the pain stems from the fact that I am opposite from Him, and that this is only my starting point?

Answer: Yes, but this is also not easy. We need to create a model of how to become like the Creator in the group, so we need to participate in the ten, to feel my individual states in it, our mutual interdependence, and how we affect each other so that the feeling of how connected I am to the friends and how much I depend on them and they depend on me will be in each of us.

My duties and my aspirations should be so interconnected with the group that I will begin to feel that this is my soul. And this is only the beginning. Eventually the connection will be with all of humanity, with the whole world and all the souls, including the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature and the whole system of matter, all of creation, the entire universe. All of this is the projection of my soul outside of me, so that in this way, I will attain it better.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 11/4/18

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How Can We Appeal To The Law Of Nature?

43Question: If the Creator is the unchanging law of nature, what does it mean to ask something of Him? How can you ask a law for something?

Answer: Very simply. You are referring to an absolute system that is in a state of complete equilibrium in which everyone is mutually and fully connected in their ultimate corrected state.

This means that everything that will happen to us at the end of correction is already there. You turn to this state and ask it to help you reach it gradually.

However, the system cannot immediately take you and place you in your ultimate state.

You must learn this as a result of your requests, as a result of the responses, and as a result of the mutual relations that you build with the right system that you work with on the basis of trial and error.

Eventually you include the whole upper system inside you, become part of it, understand it, and connect to it. This is how you become equal to the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 11/4/18

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 11/24/19

laitman_546.03Question: I have five brothers and five sisters. Now all the boys in my family are falling ill and one of them is in critical condition. I pray all the time of course, and I know this force. Will my prayers help or do my brothers need to do it on their own?

Answer: Both are necessary, both your prayers and their prayers.

Question: You say that I need to feel the world both inside me and on the outside, and that basically everything is inside me. What is the difference between inside of me and outside of me?

Answer: Of course we feel everything inside us, but this feeling is divided into an internal feeling and an external feeling. This is the reason that we feel we exist in space, in volume, we and this volume.

Question: Is atheism spiritual attainment or a distortion?

Answer: It has nothing to do with the wisdom of Kabbalah. The wisdom of Kabbalah has nothing to do with religion in any way.

Question: Are we required to perform certain actions once the desire to determine that everything stems from the Creator appears in us?

Answer: Yes, you need to perform certain actions. If we really try to determine that everything stems from the Creator, we need to gradually connect to the friends in the group and the whole world.

Question: Do I need to actively participate in the management of creation or is it enough for me to accept it and to be an observer and grateful for the Creator’s work?

Answer: You don’t have to be active and perform certain actions, but try to reveal that everything stems from the Creator in all your actions, thoughts, and feelings, and that He aims you to the connection with Him.

Question: How does the awareness that only the Creator rules help me attain the attribute of bestowal?

Answer: When you draw the Creator’s force unto you He bestows unto you and gives you that attribute of bestowal.

Question: When I look at other people and the importance and the yearning that they feel, do I need to want the same thing they consider to be important?

Answer: If you want to exit your state quickly, you need to prefer everything that is done by your friends and see it as the most important thing.

Question: What do we need to do in the women’s group so that everyone will discover that everything stems from the Creator and will forget about ourselves?

Answer: Read more articles in Shamati, be with us in the lessons, and care not only about the women, but also about the men in your group.

Question: What is the connection between a person, the Creator, and Satan?

Answer: Satan is the force that is in every person that does not want to reveal the Creator. There are no external images of Satan.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 11/24/19

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Does The Creator Hear Us?

laitman_236.01Question: Does the Creator hear us when we ask for something or when we thank Him? Does the manner in which the Creator responds to us mean anything?

Answer: If a person wants the Creator to hear him, he must understand the system of connection with the Creator. If a person exits himself and integrates in others, he integrates in the Creator to the same extent.

Then he can ask Him, thank Him, and do anything he wants to, since he is in contact with Him. But if I don’t exit myself in my attitude to the friends, and I don’t get close to them mentally, I have no contact with the Creator.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/18/18

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Without Faith In The Creator

laitman_600.02Question: Why is it bad to live without faith in the Creator?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah does not claim that it is bad. Kabbalah does not compel people to believe in the Creator or to pray to Him. It is only if a person feels a need and a necessity to do so; if he sees that there is nothing else but the revelation of the Creator and adhesion to Him, that he operates this way.

There is absolute freewill when it comes to that. It is as we say that “there is no coercion in spirituality.” Not in any way! When a person comes to our group, one stays if one wants to, and if a person doesn’t want to he leaves, he doesn’t owe anyone anything in any way.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/1/19

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