Examining The Correctness Of The Path
It's very easy to determine whether the
path is a spiritual one: Everything that we agree with does not relate to
is specifically the contradictions that our mind and senses do not accept that
are undesirable and repulsive to us; they relate to spirituality. It is them in
particular that we should work on.
If I sense that a certain state won't bring
me any benefit either in my senses or mind, then by rising above this
particular state I can start building spirituality. Most likely, in this state
it will be impossible to "buy" me, and I won't look for a selfish profit;
rather, I will need the Creator's help in order to rise above it. In other
words, I constantly check myself: checking how much my body resists my work.
And for me this is the sign of my correct spiritual advancement.
Further on, I need to examine what I'm
doing it for. Perhaps I want to overcome myself and pursue some personal goals.
Or maybe I want to find love of the Creator which is repulsive to my "body," my
egoistic sensation and mind, and I'm searching for love that is built on hatred
toward egoistic thoughts and desires about oneself.
Often, however, we don't try to
transcend our bodies and we don't regret that we are unable to work according
to our mind and feelings contained in the body. Instead of looking for a state
that is beyond our sensations and mind, we wish to be in it.
First and foremost we need to push the
body "down," along with its feelings and mind, and be above them, not to take
them into account. That is, I take them into consideration, but only in order
to rise above them. Then it's called faith above reason. But instead, I regret:
Why is everything not revealed within my reason so that I can act as a sensible
person and know that I have intellect and personal strength to advance
-from the 1st part of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 8/30/10
The New Formula For Success
Question: The mechanics of the development of
desire in our world is simple and we have accumulated thousands of years of
experience in it. What new knowledge does the science of Kabbalah offer
regarding the use of desire?
Dr. Laitman's Answer: Kabbalah offers the intention; nothing
else is necessary! The Creator created the will to receive pleasure and He
drives it to evolve. This desire is egoistic, making us constantly run after
whatever might fill it. Such behavior characterizes the still, vegetative, and
animate levels of existence. However, in our time, after millennia of growth,
we have finally evolved to the "human" level (Adam), which is a totally different
state of existence. A human is independent of the still, vegetative, and
animate ways of existence.
To a human being, the most important
thing is the intention, or the reason "why." Why do I possess the still,
vegetative, and animate levels? What do I live for? I wonder about the purpose
of life, and when I have this question I come to Kabbalah. This is a totally
new inclination where I don't depend on the previous evolution of my desire. I
have evolved, but what now? Now something completely new, mysterious, and
unknown lies ahead of me.
Today's human crisis is the crisis of
the formula of our previous development which doesn't work anymore! The
previous period of evolution has ended, where the only operating forces were
Light and desire, pleasure and hunger. Now I see that there is fulfillment and
I feel a need for it, but I don't understand how the two are connected.
Previously it worked very simply: the
greater my desire, the greater its fulfillment. But today, even though my
desire is enormous, I grab and enjoy what I want for an instant and then it's
gone. As a result, I don't even want to run after pleasure any more. However, I
still have to fill myself with something. Yet, I have nothing to do it with. Do
you realize what a disaster this is?
Mankind does not know what to do with
the situation. This leads to wars, crime, brutality, and terrorism because the
moment man experiences emptiness and longing, he is willing to do whatever it
takes to find at least some small fulfillment even for an instant!
We are now going through this
transitional time. The egoistic desire has completed its evolution on the
still, vegetative, and animate planes of existence. Now it has to grow as a
"human," which means "similar to the Creator." This is an absolutely new form
where one works in bestowal, the reverse of everything that one did before.
We neither comprehend this action nor
where to get the strength for it. We do not have the mind, the desire, and the
environment for it. We only have the science of Kabbalah and even that is
available only for those who have already discovered it. That is why we are
making such great efforts to disseminate it because we would like to accelerate
evolution and offer a remedy well in advance of the next blow, before it
Otherwise no one will know what to do
with this life: neither politicians, nor sociologists, nor psychologists, or
any other scientists. Mankind will give up and agree to any sort of existence,
hoping to conceal what is really happening and to continue living at least
-from the 4th part of the Daily
Kabbalah Lesson 8/30/10