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The Power of a Directed Desire

The Creator creates the desire; which is a given constant. It rises from below, from within us and surfaces in various intensities. The aim, however, is to change the desire from a corrupted wish to receive “for the self alone” to a corrected desire, called “for the sake of the Creator.” Even an ordinary person, one who is not a Kabbalist, can raise MAN through his thoughts, desires and aims, because there is always a desire in his mind, to receive from the Creator, though he may not recognize His existence. If the desire is crucial to this person he will act, even if it is to harm another person, which is called the “evil eye.”

Man is not free to choose his parents or his personality. If he is born a Jew, then according to the word “Jew,” he must attain unification, adhesion with the Creator. The Jew doesn’t have a choice. He must perform his task and has nowhere to run from this obligation, like Jonah who wanted to escape the mission the Creator had assigned him to do. Everyone in Israel must perform the mission that was given to him, or her.

This mission can be achieved by thought, aim and will. We are all obligated to fulfill it, regardless of our social or financial status, or whether orthodox or secular. Every one must know that destiny can be changed only by inner acts, which means by our desires.

We must turn to the upper force and approach Him. The very nearness is enough. The Creator wants that approach first from the people of Israel, and then from the rest of mankind. It is our fault that the whole of humanity is still unable to bond with the Creator. We are doubly guilty here as not only do we, the Jews, not make progress, but by failing to do so, we prevent the progress of the rest of mankind.

The Creator’s light, which draws us all towards Him, is, to the creatures, the one and only law of creation. This force of gravity first affects us, and then the rest of the nations. The force awakens us, through pain, in order to make us approach Him. When man fails to want the Creator by himself, he is pushed to it by pain.

We will be at ease only if we avoid this force before it acts on us, by drawing ourselves toward the Creator of our own accord. This is the progress in the “Path of Light,” as opposed to progress in the “Path of Pain.”

When we, the Jews, do what we must, the entire world will support and follow us. Everyone will see the benefit we bring to mankind, and will want to help us however they can. Our goal and our actions determine the advancement of mankind toward the Creator. And then our enemies will disappear as well. There are groups that already believe that it is we who must live on this land of Israel and build the third Temple. The prophets also said that the nations would help us build it.

Our situation depends solely on how we relate to the upper force that pulls us towards it. It is not a question of politics, and attempts to please our enemies will not do us any good either. Our situation depends not on our willingness to practice the regular Mitzvot (precepts), because the Creator wants the heart, not a mechanical act. We must attain the spiritual degrees of the precepts, meaning to keep the law of creation in the spirit. It is impossible to keep a spiritual law as though it were a mechanical law, because the meaning of keeping a spiritual law is equivalence with it, to be inside it, identical with it.

If your desire for the Creator is stronger than the force with which He pulls you to Him, then you are in spirituality and posses your own spiritual aim (a screen), your own spiritual power. That means that there is a screen over your egoism, and your attraction for the Creator is through your desire to give to Him, which is now stronger than your egoism, which pushes you backwards.

In order to remain in spirituality a person must strain to act against his own nature every second. There is no such concept in spirituality as a rest or pause or doing nothing. One must constantly strive to increase one’s efforts, a need that stems from the need to give, to bestow.

If, however, a person’s desire does not grow, he falls into the hands of the Sitra Achra (Aramaic: Other Side), the system of the dark forces, impurity. It is here, and only here, that we have freedom of choice, and that is given to us from above. The moment a person can no longer make an effort, his freedom is denied and the attitude toward him from above immediately becomes utterly negative. The Creator becomes concealed and the individual begins to feel his environment – nature, society and his enemies - are placing obstacles in his way. But nature and society and his enemies are only costumes of the Creator. The more one deviates from his desire to focus himself on the center and the more his deviation grows, the law that brings the whole of creation to the center (the Creator) acts on him more forcefully.

Because mankind continues to evolve, the collective law of nature, which aspires to centralize everything, demands a greater effort and deeper awareness from those who are more developed. If an individual does not promptly make this effort, he will instantly pay a penalty, having to make greater efforts and greater pains, and then more effort and more pain and so on.

In the beginning of the 20th century, humanity thought good times had come, and man would be able to enjoy his discoveries. But at the close of the century, we saw how much torment humanity had experienced. In the 21st century there will not be a single person who will be able to say that he is happy in any way.

People will continue living their lives, but the pain will be so great that it will be impossible to escape suffering, even if people try and escape into different kinds of pleasure. Man will exist despite himself, but he will literally want to die. However, he will not be able to stop living.

The Americans have already written on their Dollar: ‘In God We Trust’; the Arabs on their swords – ‘Allah is Great’; America is praying to have Dollars, the Arabs are praying to control the world with the help of Allah. Everyone exploits the Creator for his or her own purposes, but our mission is to set an opposite example: to change the direction of the desire, the ‘aim’, from ‘for me’ to ‘for the Creator’.

The nation must realize that through its power of will, directed at the upper force, it can change its destiny.

For example, when a Katiusha rocket falls, we have to understand that it is the Creator who sends it, trying to get us to focus on Him.

And that, in fact, is our work against the fear for our lives. The very instant we fall under the influence of pain, or pleasure, we must keep in mind that it comes from the Creator.

The settlers in the Negev desert asked for rain and got it, although they were not crying for the Creator. If they had turned to him consciously, of their own choice, they would have got a whole river running in the middle of the desert. But the time of mercy is now over, we have grown too much, and the law that brings us back to the goal, demands of us to turn to the Creator consciously and purposefully.

And here begins the process of “Not for Her Name” (lo lishma), the process for myself. Man begins in a situation where he tells himself: “I want to live, therefore I must turn to the upper force.” Then the law that brings back to the goal of creation demands of man to know whom he is turning his plea to: “I want to live therefore I must turn to the upper force, but I have to know how to turn to him.” Hence the necessity for Kabbalah, and the light in it, which reforms, and brings him back to his root and gives him the desire for “For Her Name” (lishma), the desire to give to the Creator.

People will not have to change anything in their lives. The only thing the Creator wants is contact with his creatures that is just a little better then the one he had with the settlers in the Negev, he wants a conscious bond aimed at him alone.

The next phase is the attainment of a bilateral contact: “I not only expect something of you, but I want to see you in everything that happens to me; I know that you are the one hiding in the picture of the world before me. I am not hiding from you, I want to be good to you, so that you will be good to me.”

It takes nothing more than for the people to want to be in that kind of contact with the Creator, because the aims of the people ‘for the Creator’ will join those who are at the top of the pyramid, the Kabbalists. Today, every one must know about this work. We have already come to such a development, that each person will discover for himself how the Creator dresses in him.

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