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So The Prayer Would Reach The Creator

laitman_936Recently, our world has been discovering its insolvency, vileness, and lies. Beautiful phrases only help to see how we do not conform to different ideals.

Those centuries when people were inspired by such phrases have already passed. Today we are more sober, egoistic, and looking for a real solution to our relationships.

This mission comes down to prayer. The Creator determines the whole nature, pros and cons; He tugs and shakes us. Just grabbing onto Him helps us hold the nature within ourselves in a way that it also holds us.

Therefore, prayer, a request to the Creator so that He would hold us above our egoism, is primary. Only by rising above the ego do we achieve the right state, so-called faith above reason or bestowal above reception.

Despite the fact that our body and mind disagree with bestowal, love, and sacrifice, we must master the quality of the Creator and work for bestowal in joy.

At our level, we are given the opportunity to cling so much to our friends and to the Creator that through them an upper force acts on us and disconnects us from our egoism, from our “I,” and we can leave this “I.”

Then we gain a feeling of the state outside ourselves, faith above reason, a sense of the ten, and in it—the Creator. Beforehand, it is impossible. Therefore, the correct positioning of oneself in regard to the ten and the Creator is to ask them, ask the Creator to do everything possible to help you, to pull you out of your “I.” Otherwise, you will remain in it and when will this happen for you? Will it ever happen at all? It is unknown.

Baal HaSulam writes that he was very happy with the problems that are revealed, because those that are not revealed yet are practically in a zero state, and who knows if they will ever be exposed. If they are revealed, it will be a great blessing, happiness, condescension.

Therefore, we must strive with all our might, and most importantly, beg the group to help us. If we ask strongly, then our request will reach the Creator.
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From Lesson 4, World Kabbalah Convention in Moldova 9/7/19, Rejoice in What We Lack/Work in Concealment

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Prayer—Conversation With The Creator

laitman_235Question: How do we use the difference between exalting the Creator and gratitude to Him in prayer?

Answer: There are lots of kinds of expressions in prayer. It is a request, praising, gratitude for the past, and even, in a sense, my promises for the future.

Prayer is a conversation with the Creator. You should not address Him with any clichés. Only from yourself. It can be in the form of an internal dialogue when each of you talks with the Creator. It can be in the form of a plea in one direction. In whatever form you want.

An example of prayer are the Psalms of King David. He was a great Kabbalist who lived in the ninth century BC. He wrote a collection of prayers Psalms, which are popular throughout the world in all religions. Read, you will find yourself there too, because they include absolutely all conditions—from zero to 100%, to the complete correction of all souls.
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From the World Kabbalah Convention in Moldova 9/5/19, Lesson 0

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Kabbalah And Beliefs, Part 8

laitman_275Turn to the Creator

Baal HaSulam, Shamati, Article 209: There are three conditions in prayer:

 

  1. Believing that He can save him. Although he has the worst conditions of all his contemporaries, still, “Will the Lord’s hand be too short to save him?” If it is not so, then “the Landlord cannot save His vessels.
  2. He no longer has any choice for he has already done all that he could but saw no cure to his plight.
  3. If He does not help him, he will be better off dead than alive. 

These are three correct attitudes to life. Everything is determined by the Creator. There is not a single thought or feeling that comes from me, only from the Creator.

Therefore, I have to always be in a heightened state of readiness, analyzing everything happening in my mind and feelings, realizing that the Creator presents it to me, and ask Him immediately for correction, to direct me properly to have good thoughts of love and bestowal toward others, that is, accompanied with good feelings that are above oneself of bestowing to others.

The Creator reveals only evil in me, as it is said: “I created evil.” However, I catch this evil mid-way and immediately ask Him to change it to good.

I then begin to enter into an interesting relationship with the Creator called “a dance,” like a tango: He leads me, and I lead Him. He influences me, and I give back to Him. Thus, we complete each other.

Acknowledging the evil is primary here. Once you understand that it came from the Creator and that “There is none else besides Him,” there is only one thing left to do: ask Him to change the evil to good. This is what our whole life is about, our entire spiritual work.

Question: Can I turn to the Creator without acknowledging my egoistic qualities and their destructiveness?

Answer: No. It is like you are the goalkeeper and the Creator constantly shoots at the goal, and you have to constantly deflect His shots.

Question: Do Kabbalists engage in self-reproach?

Answer: If you constantly cry, dissatisfied with your life, reproach anyone and everything, then you are dissatisfied with what the Creator has given you.

Question: Does Kabbalah view the cause of human depravity positively?

Answer: The Creator specifically did this so a person would need His help, and thus could ascend to His level.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/17/18

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Be Aware Of Your Current State And The One You Want To Achieve

laitman_256In order to achieve restriction, we must understand that there is no point in living for the sake of our egoism but that our entire life should be for the benefit of others. But only with the help of the environment is it possible to come to such a breakthrough when everyone around me is lying to me, as adults lie to a child, that it is worth living for the sake of society. And I believe them like a baby.

When I begin to integrate with the friends, the reforming light comes to me through them. In ordinary life when children trust adults, they are also affected by the reforming light, only in a corporeal form. The same law works here.1

If at the end of each action I do not reach despair and a prayer to the Creator, this action remains incomplete. The properly-completed action is one where I am disappointed in my abilities, understanding that there is no success and there will be none, but I have to achieve what I want. I understand that everything is in the hands of the Creator and I turn to Him.

I have every reason to turn to Him and ask because I have done everything possible and made sure that I really need this goal, but I cannot achieve it by myself, only with the help of the Creator. This is the seal that approves the action.2

If a person wants to reach a prayer but something stops him and disallows the prayer to escape from the bottom of the heart, it means that his desire has not yet ripened. This is not a simple request. It must rather consist of many components. It would seem that it is enough to cry like a baby and the Creator will understand. Indeed, the Creator understands. However, if a person is required to pray effectively, to raise MAN, he must be well aware of his current state and the state he wants to reach.

This is not just a request like in our world, but the ascent of the future Partzuf, only in the form of an information code (Reshimo). It includes in itself everything a person can imagine. We are not yet ready for this, and therefore, our request does not deserve an answer. So far, it does not accurately reflect our future state.3
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/7/19, “What Is the Measure of Repentance?”

1 Minute 1:05:30
2 Minute 1:11:55
3 Minute 1:40:05

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Action And Intention

laitman_567.04Question: Does the result of my action, like good or evil, depend only on the intention?

Answer: Not only on the intention, but also on the action itself.

You cannot simply lay in bed all day with the intention of assuming that you are working. In our world, we must act.

You cannot sleep with the intention of being in the lesson at the same time. You must act. The action itself tells you what your intention was.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 7/21/19

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Kabbalah And Beliefs, Part 5

laitman_261Is It Possible to Pray to the Law of Attraction?

Remark: As I understand, in Kabbalah there is no plea for mercy, no atonement for sins in exchange for promises of unquestioning obedience?

My Comment: We deal with serious actions. I do not stand before the judge begging for forgiveness. I face a system that completely defines me and I am trying to figure out how we influence each other.

If I have any requests, I have to state them in such a way that the system will correctly respond to them. If there are no requests, then this is a problem because the system expects real intervention from me in it.

Question: Is it just like I cannot pray to the law of attraction?

Answer: Of course! How is the law of gravity different from others? This is also the law and force of the Creator, like all other forces of nature.

Question: What is the difference between the Creator and the laws of nature?

Answer: There is no difference. Pray to the law of gravity. You can pray to any force of nature and ask to be in the right alignment with it.

Question: If I fall, I cannot ask the law of gravity to soften the blow?

Answer: No, it will not help.

Question: What should I do? Should I place a mattress or something else to soften the fall?

Answer: It will help. Or you should ask the Creator to make sure that you do not fall: “How should I change so as not to fall?”

That is, you do not ask Him to protect you from falling, but you ask how to change in order not to fall. Everyone in the world asks for protection, but it does not help. But to change, to make yourself better, so that you are properly acted upon by the forces of nature so you do not fall, that you can ask. That is, you only ask for your correction and nothing else.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah” 2/17/18

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624.02Prayer and Prayer Books

Question: In Kabbalah, prayer means to “judge yourself.” What does that mean?

Answer: It means that a person evaluates himself, his qualities, and checks based on what properties he measures and evaluates the Creator. Therefore, he judges himself: Am I doing it right, am I rising above my egoism, can I be objective, etc.?

A person carries out internal clarifications of the level of one’s perception, how objective it is and how correctly one senses the Creator, undisturbed by one’s inner egoism.

Question: Is it possible to say that prayer is the realization of what a person desires from the current state and what state one aspires to? This delta causes a necessary internal request in the person, and although one does not understand whom one is addressing, a person senses changes within himself.

Answer: Precisely.

Question: And this nothing to do with those prayer books also written by Kabbalists?

Answer: Everything is much more complicated here. Prayer books are what the Kabbalists wrote for themselves, that is, a research plan of their own perceptions and how it can be corrected and adjusted.

Kabbalistic prayer books are a whole system of human interaction within himself, with the world, and the Creator, which is inside him. This is very serious instruction and very serious work.

Question: What if you just read what they wrote as is traditionally accepted on holidays without understanding it? Does it have any effect?

Answer: The fact is that there is an ordinary prayer book and there is a Kabbalistic one. A Kabbalistic prayer book will be understood only by a Kabbalist, and only starting from a certain level. An ordinary prayer book can be understood by anyone who knows this language.

Remark: But the usual prayer book was also written by Kabbalists.

My Comment: Yes, but the Kabbalistic prayer book deals with the interaction of forces and the human being. In an ordinary prayer book, this is conveyed in a language understandable to everyone.

Question: So can prayer be divided into two parts? Is one of them my inner prayer that now I really am lacking in relation to the state I want to come to, what pains me right now?

Answer: Yes. There is also a prayer that the Kabbalists wrote. If I read it, it will be like an instruction of spiritual elevation for me. Although I don’t yet feel such states, it nevertheless raises me, helps me.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/17/18

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A Person’s Intentions Are What One Is

Laitman_095Remark: The subject of the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah is the most internal part of a person—the intention. No other science explores this.

For example, psychology explores only feelings, emotions, all kinds of reactions of a person, and desires.

My Comment: In addition, psychology also explores intention, but it is not a science because in our world there are no clear possibilities to measure and compare a person’s psychological parameters.

Kabbalah, however, as a science about intentions, gives us a tool for a completely different approach. Usually, we evaluate a person according to his or her actions and their results, whereas Kabbalah evaluates a person according to his or her intentions. That is the difference. After all, in our world I can perform bad actions with good intentions and vice versa. Bad intentions can sometimes cause good actions.

In general, revealing a person’s intentions is of primal importance. After all, our intentions are what we are, and our actions and desires depend not on us, but arise in us gradually in the course of our physical development.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/13/18

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Evolution Of Desires, Part 10

laitman_423.03What Determines Intentions?

Question: Society controls our desires. It determines with what they will be filled. Can only the upper force change intentions?

Answer: Intentions are also determined by society. But if a person wishes to change his or her intentions contrary to the society in which one is located, meaning that the person does not want to remain in it, but wants to rise above it, then one has practically no opportunity.

Therefore, either one must go beyond the boundaries of this society, physically remove oneself from its influence, or attract the influence of another, upper power upon oneself. Then one can change oneself. Otherwise a person will fail.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/3/18

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Laitman_024What Is Intention?

Question: What is intention and how is it related to desire?

Answer: Intention determines desire. If the intention is directly related to desire, then this is the most primitive kind of desire. If I cannot directly realize the desire, then I develop a whole program of its implementation in myself. The program of the realization of the desire is called intention.

Suppose I want to achieve some kind of goal. But for this I need to take a certain path, certain actions, to attract people to it, to do something myself. All this is invested in my intentions to achieve the ultimate goal. In fact, these intentions are also actions, but with respect to the ultimate goal, they are intentions.

Intention is the ultimate goal, which is present in all my intermediate actions.

Question: So a person has a desire, an intention, and a brain that processes information in order to serve these desires?

Answer: Yes. The brain controls the so-called heart—desires. It concentrates them, interconnects them in various combinations in order to achieve the final goal.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah”, 12/03/18

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