A ”Trap” for the Light
Question: We spend our entire lives chasing the "carrot," but we never
manage to grab hold of it. So what's the difference between chasing the
"carrot" and our efforts to reveal the Creator?
Dr. Laitman's Answer: If a person chases anything, "carrot"
or Creator, driven by his egoistic, receiving desires, then he won't receive
either. According to the law of creation, nothing can enter the will to receive
except "Kista de Hayuta" - a tiny, short-lived portion of Light, which
gives us the sensation of a small, short life.
If a person desires to feel a bigger
life, this is possible in a different desire. For example, I catch a fish with
a fishing rod, a butterfly or bird with a net, and an animal with a trap. There
is a different tool for catching each kind of animal.
Likewise, our will to enjoy is unable
to feel anything more than this small, short-lived life. Something greater can
only be felt in a different "trap," which we have to build. We can only feel it
in the desire to bestow.
The complaint you expressed in your
question is correct. In my natural desire, I don't have the possibility of
being happy. In order to be happy, I have to replace my desire "to receive"
with the desire "to bestow." After all, the most important thing isn't the
desire, but the fulfillment.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/15/10, The Zohar
The Spiritual Reference Point
Question: If we are advancing in the darkness,
then how can we orient ourselves in order to go through all the phases of
spiritual work and reach the understanding that we have exhausted all our
efforts so we can then ask the Creator to help us?
Dr. Laitman's Answer: We do not see the Creator and cannot
play with Him the way a child plays with an adult. Instead of showing Himself
to us, the Creator made a playing field for us: the group of friends. For this
reason, He deliberately broke the soul he created into parts. This wasn't done
so we would relate to each separate part, but so we would relate to the unity
of the parts as to Him. In this way, we make the Kli similar to the
Light and go from love for the creatures to love for the Creator.
Therefore, in relation to the group
(but not to separate friends), I have to separate myself from all the material
calculations and see "myself, the group and the Creator as one whole." I should
check my state and attitude to the Creator by my attitude and state in the
group. I don't see the Creator, but I do see the friends! By concealing
Himself, the Creator gives me the opportunity to build myself and become
independent and equal to Him.
I desire to hit the target that hides
behind the horizon, and this is possible if I have a visible reference point.
If I correctly aim at it, then I will definitely hit the unseen target. This
reference point for attaining the goal, the Creator, is the group which the Creator
artificially created for us (and out of us) by giving us the illusion that we
hate each other.
To the degree we unite, we "hit" Him
more and more precisely. If we unite precisely in order to find Him, then this
is the right kind of work.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/15/10, "What is the
Advantage that There is in Work Which is More than the Reward"