Intention: What’s Important Is the Result
Question: What is intention?
Answer: Intention is what you desire from your state.
The important thing isn't what you say or do, but precisely where you aim, what
result you expect from the present state, and it doesn't matter whether it's
yours or ours.
differently, how do you want to see your following state? How do you envision
it now? What will you do: bestow to the Creator, receive for yourself, earn,
steal, pass on, give out? How do you envision yourself in the next state? This
is your intention.
That is why
only the human has intentions. He is the only one in all of creation that is
outside of time. The intention does not operate in the material time, but in
spiritual time, which lies above our desire.
From the 3rd part
of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 03/20/11, Talmud Eser Sefirot
Don’t Believe the Sweet Promises of Haman
expansion of the Light from above downwards from Keter, to Hochma,
and to Bina, a stop should have happened because Bina is already
the quality of bestowal that does not need anything for itself. So how is it possible to develop
That is when
Bina feels the desire of the Creator that is in Keter, the desire
to unite. Thus, Bina divides into GAR and ZAT, which feels a
connection with Keter and therefore develops reception within itself in
order to bestow to the lower ones. Otherwise further development would not take
In the same
way, when we ascend upwards and attain Bina, first we acquire Galgalta
Eynaim, the quality of bestowal for the sake of bestowal, Hafetz Hesed,
which is called Mordechai. That is when we have to decide how to use our desire
to enjoy. For us, this is ZAT de Bina, connected to our Malchut of
the Reflected Light, the highest Sefira that attains Keter of the
This is the
point where a decision has to be made. This makes the difference of how the
desires of Haman are to be used-egoistically or for the sake of bestowal. If we
begin to bestow egoistically, then we return back down. And if we choose
bestowal, then we use the desires of Haman with the intention of Mordechai,
meaning we receive for the sake of bestowal.
This is the
"fatal point" of Purim. Pur means "lot" or "fate," when we decide: What
to do next? That is, we have to decide: In which direction will we incline? But
this is impossible to understand for now. We do not see all of our qualities
from aside, besides Mordechai. In all other directions besides him, only total
darkness awaits us. This is the true point of a person's choice and it is very
thin. After all, how can I understand that bestowal for my own sake was not
part of the Creator's program?
That is why
we have to reach the very end until we see that Haman buries all of the
bestowal we have attained. Otherwise we won't feel that this quality
disappears. We have to feel that if we give power to Haman, then nothing will
remain of our bestowal!
thing happens to us now as well. Sometimes we become so confused that we think
that by making some sort of actions we will be able to reach the goal. We still
don't feel that this completely separates us from our foundation, from
bestowal, and nothing remains here besides egoism, and all of our bestowal is
also done for our own sake. Only if we verify this until the very end will we
be able to decide that we have to annihilate Haman and come out of his power.
At first it
seems that this was useful for our progress toward the goal, but now you reveal
that everything is completely opposite and it can bury your entire advancement,
goal, and your entire path. But you only discover this at the very end, when
you are walking along together with egoism, Haman, and it slightly steals
little portions from you, taking away everything you have, until you are left
with nothing. That's when you see that there is no choice: You have to run away
from his rule.
We are yet
to go through such suffering on this path where Haman can clothe into real
people or just ideas....
From the 1st part of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 03/20/11, Shamati