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When There Is Longing For Spirituality

laitman_933Rabash, “The Agenda of the Assembly – 1,” Article No. 17, Part 2, 1984: And afterwards, everyone should behave the same as in the last three of the “Eighteen Prayer.” In other words, after having pleaded before the Creator, The Zohar says that in the last three of the “Eighteen Prayer,” one should think as though the Creator has already granted his request and he has departed.

Question: Why does Rabash draw an analogy between a prayer and the assembly of the society?

Answer: The Torah and all the holy books are intended not for religious people but rather for us to use them in our practical spiritual work.

Question: Is the prayer a program of a person’s actions in the group?

Answer: Of course. What else is it written for? It is an elevation of the desire that you raise to the Creator so that He will give you what is required for your work.

If a person cannot come to prayer, it means that he does not have such a need (Hissaron), there is no sense of lack, strength to move forward, longing, and hunger for spirituality.

Question: Can everything that Rabash writes about the order of the assembly of the society occur at the same place and at the same time?

Answer: Neither geography nor time matters. This can occur at different times, between different friends.

Question: Are these cumulative states?

Answer: Yes, but in each of us they are accumulating arbitrarily, not necessarily at the same place and at the same time. In spirituality, this is not a rigid function.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/13/18

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Principle Of Passing To The Upper World

624.02Rabash, “The Agenda of the Assembly – 1,” Article No. 17, Part 2: …everyone should examine himself and see how much effort he is giving to the society. Then, when they see that you are powerless to do anything for the society, there is room for prayer to the Creator to help you, and give you strength and desire to engage in love of others.

everyone should examine himself and see how much effort he is giving to the society. Then, when they see that you are powerless to do anything for the society, there is room for prayer to the Creator to help you, and give you strength and desire to engage in love of others.

Question: Rabash advises constantly trying to take care of society. Does it mean that he deliberately brings us to the wall of hopelessness?

Answer: Pointing to the need to exert all of a person’s efforts for society’s benefit, Rabash leads us to the understanding that it is impossible to serve society selflessly. Even if we talk about this with other people, they will say, “Why not? This is what we do.” Yet, in principle, it is impossible.

We need to gradually get used to uncovering the threshold that you cannot cross. However, this threshold must exist so that you would want to cross it, although you cannot.

Our problem is that we do not want this crossing, we do not touch it at all. The Kabbalist teachers are pushing us forward, “Go. Try. Pass this obstacle, as if you can exit yourself, as if you can enter society, think about it, love it and not yourself, give to it and not to yourself. Try again and again.”

Why? It is for you to know this boundary clearly marked by your egoism: you can act inside it, and outside of it, you have no strengths and opportunities. Then at the same time, you will understand that you need to overcome this boundary, but you do not know how to. Here you begin to ask, and then a prayer appears.

The principle is simple: In order to enter the spiritual world, you need the help of the Creator. The Creator gives help only when you ask Him. You can only ask when you really want it. You can only want it when you tried many times to achieve it and made sure that you want to, but can’t. That is where we start.

These are all consecutive actions that a person must go through before entering the upper world.
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The Power Of Prayer

laitman_284.07A prayer is a desire that rises from creation to the Creator, from the lowest to the highest. The difference is that when the Creator gives to the created beings, not without a reason but at their request, it elevates them from the animate to the human level. Therefore,  the revelation of a desire, prayer, request, gratitude—any appeal to the Creator—is very important. It determines all the corrections and advancements in spiritual work.

The power of prayer is enormous. We see in our world that even a small child can push a button and launch a gigantic system that can harm or benefit the whole world. Therefore, the prayer is crucial. After all, even the smallest desire included in a large system specifically designed to receive desires can awaken, shift the system, and cause massive changes.

In technology, such systems are called amplifiers: mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, and electronic. One can run large systems with a small action. This shows how important the input impulse is. Also, the more powerful, bigger, and wiser the system, the more subtle and sensitive is the impulse it requires, with a lot of preparation.

With the right prayer one can awaken the heavens and launch the system of all the worlds. After all, our impact on the higher system is transmitted up to the very world of infinity and causes a response.

Prayer has tremendous power. It is evident in material examples. Until recently, people used such simple devices, as bow and arrows in which the reaction was proportional to the strength of the mechanical action and was of the same nature. Recently, however, when humanity began to work with electric, electronic, hydraulic, and computer systems, we see how the weakest signal sent to the transistor, the minimum input impulse, opens a large electric current or valve for water flow.

If I understand how to open a faucet, I can water the whole world. This is the power of prayer. But a prayer is not just words; it is bringing oneself into conformity with the higher system, as it is written: “Make your desire as His desire.” And then, even my smallest desires will work: as much as I am small and the system is huge, my weak influence can awaken the forces of cosmic power.1

The most important thing is to understand what a perfect system I am in and how I can activate it, and then I will be the master of the world. The Creator gives me the keys to run the whole huge system of the universe. But this has to be done in complete darkness.

I try to give to society, but I find out that I do not want this and that I am incapable of such an attitude. No matter how hard I try, my good intentions are good for a second and then I forget about them again. After all my many attempts, it turns out that I saddle myself with an intolerable burden. I try to carry it and I think that it is possible, but each time I drop it.

I load this bag over and over again, and it all falls, and then I scream in despair. This is called a prayer that can awaken the upper force that will help me, support the bag, and do my work—I just need to ask all the time. If I feel that I cannot do this work, then the Creator will finish it for me, and my prayer will be true, awakening Him to help me.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/12/18, “Prayer”(Preparation for the Virtual Convention 2018)
1 Minute 0:20
2 Minute 8:00

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Everything Is Achieved By Prayer

laitman_239Question: What desires are there in spirituality besides the desires to connect with other people?

Answer: None. We come from the broken vessel of Adam, and therefore we only need to unite with each other. There is no need to philosophize. I do not know how I need to connect, with whom, by what properties, etc. I only have to expose myself to the influence of the upper Light.

I cannot be smarter than the upper Light, but can only cause its impact so that it corrects me. I cannot be above the point of my correction, and so I only ask. Everything is achieved only by prayer.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/13/18

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Difference Between Klipa And Holiness

921The difference between Klipa and holiness is not in action, but in intention. Holiness is all that is for the benefit of others, including the Creator, and all that is for one’s own good is a Klipa.

It turns out that there is no difference between Klipa and holiness in actions, but only in intentions. If we pay attention to this, we will see that it is easy to move quickly from a Klipa to holiness, and vice versa, to fall from holiness into a Klipa.

Therefore, one needs to pay attention only to the intention, and one can quickly correct one’s actions. The internal states the Creator throws us into do not matter. We just need to check the intention, and if necessary, immediately change it with the help of corrections within the group. This is the most reliable test.

It takes many years for a person to form this picture, but when it is formed, he makes corrections relatively quickly and easily.
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From a Talk in Iceland, 5/19/18

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How To React To Bad Intentions?

laitman_571.08Question: How can one correctly react to a person’s bad intention toward me? After all, in response, he automatically receives my own bad intention?

Answer: No. This is an incorrect formulation of the question. First of all, I do not sense intentions. I only perceive actions.

If, however, I am trying to act spiritually, then I can say that “there is none else besides Him” and this is how the Creator is directing the influence of this person toward me. It is not the person himself, but the Creator who stands behind him and governs everything.

Then, I act toward this person in an absolutely balanced way. He poses no danger to me, no negative sources of development—the Creator is doing everything for him.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/25/18

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How To Build The Right Intention

laitman_547.04Question: How should one interact with people who do not comprehend the spiritual? How can one build the right intention?

Answer: One gradually builds it with the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah. Drawing the upper Light affects us. We don’t feel it, but we feel how we gradually change. These successive changes create what is called the right intention.

Question: Is manifests in relation to people who are not engaged in Kabbalah?

Answer: It manifests in relation to everyone because everything except you is actually the Creator!

Question: Then why does such a reality exist: our world, where I am, my mind, and my egoistic intention?

Answer: This is an illusion that is so tiny that you simply cannot imagine how small it is. It exists so that we have something to rise from that is independent of the upper world.

Question: How do we rise from this intention?

Answer: Study, work in a group, pray for the friends, and ask for their spiritual ascent.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/25/18

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The System Of Desires And Intentions

laitman_276.04Baal HaSulam, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence“: Thus, it has been made clear that the revelation of the Creator is not a one-time disclosure, but an ongoing matter that is revealed over a period of time, sufficient for the disclosure of all the great degrees that appear from Above downwards and from below Upwards. On top of them, and at the end of them, appears the Creator.

It is like a person proficient in all the countries and people in the world, who cannot say that the whole world has been revealed to him before he has completed his examination of the last person and the last country. Until one has achieved that, one has not attained the whole world.

There is an enormous system, a system of desires, and above them intentions that we need to develop, connect with each other, and form our soul from. The desires remain below and practically do not change. The intentions are most important. Their attitude to each other builds the soul between us, what we refer to as the “spiritual world.” The spiritual world is a world of intentions: my attitude to everyone else.

It is based on desires and, possibly, some actions. But that’s it for our world. When we begin to give preference to the intentions, all the actions of our world lose their vibrancy, might, and importance.

Question: Let’s suppose that I do something now, and I realize that I do it for myself. And Kabbalah tells me that I must overcome my will and do something for the sake of the other. Does that work?

Answer: It works, but only in the group. As a member of the group, I try to do everything I can in order for the group to advance successfully.

Question: But what if I don’t hold onto the right intention?

Answer: That doesn’t matter. By carrying out actions in the group, you rouse the upper Light, which forms your intention.

Question: But you say that we draw the upper Light by reading Kabbalistic books, rather than through our actions?

Answer: No. Everything works only through the friends and only to the extent that you rouse the common desire in the group. There is no other way. The books and the studies are the preliminary means, and they are quite weak; through them you come a little closer to the goal. However, the most effective way to influence yourself and the group is when you push the friends to spiritual attainment. Even if you carry out these actions without the right intention, it is good.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/25/18

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Why Are One’s Intentions Hidden?

laitman_552.03Question: The intentions of others are hidden from a person. Why is that? If everything were revealed, life would be easier.

Answer: Then you would be an animal. It is arranged precisely so that people would be able to change themselves by gradually revealing their own intentions, correcting them, and reaching proper connections.

Remark: I am confident that few will agree that people have only egoistic intentions. There are good people and bad people.

My Comment: That is according to your criteria. We are born as absolute egoists. If we evaluate ourselves that way in regard to the spiritual world, we will discover that we are completely corrupted creatures.

Question: Why is it hidden from a person that his or her intentions are egoistic?

Answer: If it were revealed, one would not be able to exist. We would eat ourselves alive. We need to correct ourselves gradually, to the extent that our negative qualities are revealed. We need to compare them to the positive qualities, disclose the various miasmas, problems, and illnesses between us, and treat them.

Question: If I feel the intentions of another person and thereby I realize my own egoistic intention, can that be considered an attainment?

Answer: To some extent, yes
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/25/18

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The Influence Of Intention On The Earth’s Ecology

laitman_752.1Question: Does a person’s intention to inflict harm on another affect the inanimate and vegetative levels of nature? Kabbalah says that destructive hurricanes and other natural disasters are a manifestation of our actions toward each other. How we should understand this?

Answer: Since all nature is integral and completely interconnected, our impact on any of its parts affects all other parts. The higher the level of nature that we influence, for example, people, the more it affects all the lower levels: animals, vegetation, and the inanimate.

In contrast, if we exhibit some attitude only toward inanimate nature, it has a lesser impact on vegetative nature, an even lesser one on animate nature, and still less on humans.

It turns out that my bad attitude toward another person permeates the entire pyramid. This is the source of ecological problems and of everything else. We ourselves cause hurricanes, natural disasters, and other problems.

Previously, we were unable to affect anything with our intentions, but everything changed at the beginning of the last century. Look at what we did during the 20th century! Kabbalists say this is because humanity entered a completely new state.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the world population was two billion people, and this is about as much as the planet can sustain. Today, it has grown to eight billion. This suggests that over the past 100 years, we have really driven our system out of balance.

Question: Does this mean that two billion people cannot endure the current level of egoism and therefore there has to be eight billion?

Answer: If we were developing correctly, we would not need eight billion people.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 03/25/18

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