What Do You Need For The Medicine To Work?
Question: When I
take medicine, I don't need to have a special intention. If the study of
Kabbalah is supposed to be the medicine for our egoism, why do I have to
observe so many different conditions in its study in order for it to work?
Laitman's Answer: When you take regular medicine there are
also many restrictions and conditions, such as to take it before food, in the
morning or the afternoon, to take it with a glass of water, and so on.
is not just the pill that you swallow. The entire sum of conditions surrounding
it is also part of the medicine. The medicine won't work unless you observe
you take the medicine, you influence your body in order to make it healthy and
to restore the complete operation of all its systems within the right
connection with one another. We correct our soul in the same way. We have to
give it medicine, the Light that Reforms and brings us to goodness, to the
proper, good way of functioning. "Good health" for the soul means that it is
completely connected with the other souls. Through their unity, as one, they
become similar to the Creator.
works the same way as in a body where a disease means that one of the body's
systems loses the proper connection with the others. The cure is when the right
connection is restored.
the same way, our souls return to being together. Just like you have to observe
certain conditions when taking a chemical medicine, in Kabbalah it works the
same way. You need the right books, the group, the teacher, and all the inner
conditions (your intentions), which the Kabbalists described in their books.
Otherwise the medicine for curing the soul, your correction, won't work.
-from the 4th part of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 7/05/10
The Stages Of Spiritual Work
must be as far from the body as possible. We can discern different stages
in the work:
- First a
person aspires only for fulfillment, whether in this world or in the world to
besides thinking about the fulfillment itself, he starts to think about "who is
he dealing with," who does this fulfillment depend on? He then begins to connect
the fulfillment with the source of fulfillment, the Giver. He starts to have an
attitude toward the Giver because the fulfillment depends on Him.
- At the
next stage a person starts to respect the Giver for the fact that he is Giving,
for His quality of being Giving, rather than for the pleasure that he receives
That is when
he reaches an inner divide: On one hand he feels that fulfillment is important,
but on the other hand he aspires to become similar to the Giver. Is the
fulfillment important because it gives him energy for work, or because of the
fulfillment itself? Where exactly does he get his energy and what is his goal:
fulfillment or a connection with the Giver?
manner he gradually reaches a state of thinking only about equivalence of form
between him and the Creator. However, this is also not so simple. Equivalence
of form is not the same as the desire to give pleasure to the Giver. The
aspiration to reach equivalence of form still involves a consideration for
oneself. Even though I desire to give, to delight someone else, and to love, it
is still something that I want; I am present in
the same thing true for giving pleasure: Won't I be giving it?
Or perhaps there is someone who will do it better than me? How well can I do it
without receiving anything in return?
We see that
the work involves many levels. It encompasses five entire worlds where a person
reassesses his entire motivation and principles: For what sake is he willing to
make efforts? What fulfills him, and what is his attitude to the Giver? This is
what causes his state to change and helps him rise from one world to the next.
-from the 1st part of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 7/05/10