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How Does One Make The Right Request To The Creator?

laitman_284.07Question: How do I ask correctly if I realize that the request erases the feeling of the situation that I am in? Am I not avoiding what the Creator has sent me?

Answer: No. Often when you ask, you begin to realize your request is unnatural and weak and that you should be asking for something else, stating your request differently. It doesn’t matter.

You should understand that we exist inside a rigid system. You don’t just send off a letter somewhere and that is the end of it. You constantly work in this system; therefore, your appeal changes along the way, it is reformulated.

The system reacts in its own way. For example, as I start telling you something, my thinking changes. I start discovering other options for the questions, different answers, ways to express them, etc. This is the interaction with the system that I exist in, and I cannot exit this matrix.
From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 11/4/18

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Ask Or Thank?

624.02Question: Does it make sense not to ask the Creator, but simply to thank Him? Or is just the request needed?

Answer: Our appeal to the Creator consists of two parts: from a request and from gratitude. It is best to begin with gratitude because it prepares us for the right attitude with the higher power. And then comes the request.

Question: How do we give thanks correctly?

Answer: Do it from the heart. Give thanks the way you feel it. There are no canons or rules. The desire is in the heart.
From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 11/4/18

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A Blessing For The Family?

laitman_547.06Question: Can I ask the Creator for a blessing for my family and friends who are not interested in Kabbalah?

Answer: You can ask, but I do not know what will come of it. I do not think that something special will result because the request should be a request for correction and you ask for the improvement of a situation, but improvement is impossible without correction.

Question: Can I ask the Creator to send me the Light to correct my egoism?

Answer: Yes, it is possible, but your request should be as selfless as possible.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/4/18

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A Kabbalist’s Prayer

624.02Question: How does the Kabbalist’s request differ from the prayer of an ordinary believer?

Answer: A Kabbalist asks for his own correction in order to correct the world, which, in principle, is in him. Every Kabbalist feels responsible for the world. One only needs to correct himself, not others.

On the other hand, an ordinary believer asks to be well, to escape any punishment, for the Creator to have mercy on him, and to go to heaven. All are absolutely selfish requests.

Kabbalah usually does not deal with comparison. Only the ones who feel an inner yearning toward the meaning of life in order to reveal the Creator are given this opportunity.
From the lesson in Russian, 11/4/2018

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The Request Must Start From The Group

laitman_963.8Question: For thousands of years, billions of people have been praying for their unfilled desires to be filled. Where are their answers and what is the sense of praying to an unknown Creator?

Answer: First, they ask egoistically. We are trying to reach requests for altruism, the property of bestowal and love—this is the most important thing.

Second, in order to really ask correctly, we try to bring this request through the ten so that it is the same for everyone, collected and coordinated with everyone. From this Minyan (the ten), all ten people rush with one request to the Creator.

The ten is one spiritual unit. If you do not ask from the ten, then you are not a spiritual unit and the Creator does not feel you.

You often ask: “And if I myself ask for my relatives?” …Ask. In the end, you will see that the whole world does this, but nothing happens.

The request must originate from the Kabbalistic group that clearly understands that the system in which we exist is created as an egoistic one on purpose in order for us to ask only for our correction and raise this request correctly.

Question: Do the friends in the ten have to hear my words, know about them, or is it my personal inner state when, from our connection, I appeal to the Creator for them?

Answer: They do not need to hear your words. But in principle, if you ask, it is best to appeal to the Creator with the desires that have been agreed upon in the ten. Not at the moment, but in general when the ten agrees with this and would also like to participate in raising this desire to the Creator.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/4/18

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A Request Is An Expression Of Inner Aspirations

Laitman_177.06Question: How can I ask for the ten if I have no words, where no words are suitable?

Answer: You do not need words. You can just sigh or cry. This is also a request.

A request is an expression of your inner aspirations, of what you think is missing in the ten. Try to put your common desire together as if you were creating some form from clay. Collect it together. This will be your request to the Creator.

Question: Can one just say one of the names of the Creator?

Answer: No names, no mantras, no memorizing of conversational patterns—nothing is needed. You will continue to make mistakes.

You can just sit quietly, each one asking the Creator from their hearts, as you have agreed. Try to do this at least for a couple of minutes; this is a good exercise.

As for the names, when you are already at the upper levels and begin to gather the ten Sefirot, representing some qualitative and quantitative meanings, and you put together a spiritual Partzuf, form your soul, consisting of ten Sefirot, then the general force that is created from such arranged desires will be called the name of the Creator.

There is a certain set of such names, that is, states of the ten that are interconnected. These are the names of the Creator.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/4/18

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Is There Benefit From Prayer That Does Not Come From The Heart?

Laitman_049.01Question: We know that a correct prayer is the prayer for others. But when I do not have strength to truly pray, but despite this I make an effort, does such a prayer bring a positive result?

Answer: It actually does not, because this is not a prayer but an incorrect request.

The Creator is a general force of nature that receives only one’s true, not artificial, desires. This is like dropping onion juice in your eyes and weeping. Is there any benefit from this? It is the same here.

There is no need to pretend. We should study Kabbalah trying to understand our relationship with the upper force and how and what to ask it for. We must make sure that our requests nevertheless follow the path of our development and ask for our next, more elevated states.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/4/18

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Request For The Future

Laitman_043Question: How can one ask correctly? Is it a practical action?

Answer: The correct request is not the words that I say. To ask correctly means to create within yourself an image of the correct request, which means the state I am now in and the state I would like to be in.

The difference between these states is my request. I ask for a change in me so that I will move from the present state to the future one.

Why do I ask for myself? Isn’t this egoism? The fact is that Kabbalah speaks about this kind of request because the entire world is within me. If I change myself, I change the world.

As we study in the perception of reality, everything I feel outside of me is a projection of what I depict inside of me. Outside of me there is only the upper light, onto which I project my inner qualities.

Therefore, all people and inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature, and the entire universe in general are a projection of my inner qualities. The first, second, third, and fourth stages within me are projected onto the white light, and this is what I feel as “our world.” Therefore, I ask for my correction and thus, I correct the world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/4/18

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What Should We Ask The Creator?

laitman_239Question: If there is none else besides Him, why doesn’t the Creator fulfill the lack of something? For example, He does not help a person with an incurable illness.

Answer: He’s the one who sends the illness! Everything is done by the Creator.

Every day, from dawn to dusk, He brings various troubles, and we have to make efforts to somehow run away from them.

We understand that it is impossible to escape, but meanwhile we still appeal to Him and try to find out where He is hiding behind all of it. This is the purpose for the blows we receive. He sends us troubles to attract our attention.

Question: Does it mean that it makes no sense to ask Him to change all of this?

Answer: No, we need to ask only about one thing: revealing His Oneness to the world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/2/18

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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.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/13/18

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