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Prayer (Meditation on Divine names) is a means by which we increase our Divine consciousness.
It is written, “Know therefore this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath; there is no other.” (Deut 4) This means that there is no other force in the world that has the ability to do anything against his will
And when a man sees, things in the world that seem to deny God’s authority, these things are His will also. And it is called a correction. This is what is described as “the left rejects and the right draws near,” meaning that which the left rejects is considered a correction. This means that there are things in the world, which, to begin with, aim to divert a person from the right way, and by which he is rejected from Holiness.
By being pushed away by God and providence that makes one’s life difficult. A person receives a need and a complete desire for the Creator to help him, since he sees that otherwise he is lost.
He comes to feel more shattered than whole. He experiences many more descents than ascents. He does not see an end to these states, and he thinks that He will forever remain outside of holiness. For he sees that it is difficult for him to observe even as little as a jot, unless by overcoming above reason. But he is not always able to overcome. And what shall be the end?
Then he comes to the decision that no one can help him but the Creator Himself. This causes him to make a heartfelt demand that the Creator will open his eyes and heart, and truly bring him nearer to eternal cleaving with God. It thus follows, that all the rejections he had experienced had come from the Creator.
This means that it was not because he was at fault, that he did not have the ability to overcome his evil desires or lack of enthusiasm in his Divine service. These people I am talking about truly want to draw near the Creator. They will not settle for little, meaning remain as senseless children, They are therefore given help from Above.
Only if that person has a true desire will they receive help from Above. He is constantly shown how he is at fault in his present state spiritually. Namely, he is sent thoughts and views to be able to truly access his position “spiritual”, his state of development in truth. This is in order for him to see that he is not one with the God. And what he needs to overcome.
A man must always try to cleave to the Creator. Namely, that all his thoughts will be about Him. That is to say, that even if he is in the worst state, from which there cannot be a greater decline, he should not leave his pursuit of Holiness. And he should never imagine that there is another authority which prevents him from entering holiness, and which can bring benefit or harm, God Forbid. Remember that is is written :
“Know therefore this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath; there is no other.” (Deut 4)
That is, he must not think that this is the force of the Sitra Achra (Other Side) acting alone against him. That it will not allow them to do good deeds and follow God’s ways. Rather, all is done by the Creator. There is no other force that can oppose him.
The Baal Shem Tov said that he who says that there is another force controlling things in the world, namely Klipot (shells), that person is in a state of “serving other gods.” As ultimately all is controlled by God.
If he thinks that there is another authority and force apart from the Creator, by that he is committing a sin.
“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said to Satan, Where are you coming from? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.. And the Lord said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God, and turns away from evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Does Job fear God for nothing?” (Job Chapter 1)
There is only one God and He controls EVERYTHING ultimately
One should be remorseful and say: “I committed that sin because the Creator hurled me down from holiness to a place of filth, to the lavatory, the place of filth.” That is to say that the Creator gave him a desire and craving to amuse himself and breath air in a place of stench.
In a certain sense it is the God who gave him the desire for these things. To go to the lowly places. He could have refused the desire and passed his test. One receives a desire and craving to take pleasure from things they had already determined were improper, but now he wants to receive benefit from them. Even if he knows better his personality requires refinement so that he can make the right choices.
It is like if his wife has sent a harlot to test his fidelity, to see how he will act.
One should be careful never to leave the domain of Holiness, and say that there is another who operates besides the Creator.
By recognizing a 2nd authority as God, which truly is not. You invite its influence into your life.
Sometimes one actually comes into this world incarnated as a pig, as they acted like this in their previous life.
The matter of being favored by the Creator, or the opposite, does not depend on the person himself, but only on the Creator. And man, with his external mind, cannot comprehend why now the Lord has favored him and afterwards did not.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
“His ways are always strong; your judgments are far above, out of his sight”
Anything that exists in a person except for the will to receive does not belong to the creature, but is attributed to the Creator, but the will to receive pleasure should be corrected to being in order to bestow.
The God created the world so that he could give to the creation. We need to work so that in our lives we emulate this Divine quality of the “desire to give”.
It is known with regard to the Light of God itself, that there is to it no change, as it is written, “I the Lord change not.” All the names and appellations are the vessels of this light. It which is according to these that the light becomes differentiated to different aspects. The will to receive is included in “Malchut” (the active kingship of heaven as is it manifests here below in this world)—the root of creation. hangs down to this world, to the creatures.
The Divine Presence hangs down to this world, it does not change. The question is what will you do with it. Will you take its power, motivation and dress it in evil. Or will you do good and reveal God in the world.
The general Tikkun (correction) is so the Upper Light will shine in them and the world, ultimately in utter completeness. So don’t block it by being stupid. The vessels are generally named “Shechinah” (Divine Presence) .
Before the Light shines in them in utter completeness according to the correctness of their actions, we call that time, “A Time of Corrections.” This means that we make corrections in our actions, speech, emotions and thoughts so that the Light will shine in them in completeness. Until then, that state is called “Divinity in Exile.”
Your heart should be a Tabernacle for the Light of God, not a place
of waste and filth.
In other words when that which God hates captures the whole of the heart.
This is called “Divinity in the dust.” It means that it has been lowered to the ground, and each and every one loathes matters of holiness, and they have no desire whatsoever to raise it from the dust. Instead, they choose disgusting things, and this brings on sorrow to and of the “Shechinah” (Divine Presence). This is what happens when one does not make their heart a Tabernacle for the Light of God.
We do not speak of “Atzmut” (Essence of God) at all. This is because the root and the place of the creatures begin in the thought of creation. Ein Sof (the Infiniteness of God) pertains to the Thought of Creation, which is “His desire to do good to His creations.” This is considered Ein Sof, and it is the connection between the Essence of God and the souls. This is God’s “desire to give delight to the creatures.”
Ein Sof is the beginning. It is called “a Light without a vessel,” yet here is the root of the creatures, meaning the connection between the Creator and the creatures, called “His desire to do good to His creations.” This desire begins in the world of Ein Sof and extends through the world of Assiyah, which is our physical world. We can only relate to Ayn Sof as “the desire to enjoy”. Here is the beginning of the engagement with God at the highest levels. it is called “Light without a vessel.”
God’s desire is to do good to His creations.” This desire begins in the Highest worlds and extends through the lowest world. Souls can receive Lights according to what they have corrected and arranged. Thus, the souls can receive light, each according to its ability and nature. Thus there are all these attributes in different souls.
Ein Sof. is the root of the creatures, which wants to impart them delight and pleasure. It is called “His desire to do good to His creations.”
There is no change in Godliness. This is the meaning of “I the Lord do not change.” There are no Sefirot and aspects in Godliness. The will to receive defines the “creature” and a “new aspects” they may acquire. Change and growth begins from the place where the will to receive begins to receive “impressions”. One’s speech is aspects, parts of these impressions. Here with these “impressions” is begins a correlation between the Light and the will to receive.
This is called “Light and vessel.” , There is no utterance or action made by the Light of God without a vessel, since a Light that is not attained except in a vessel. Which is prompted by these “impressions” of desire which are Ayn Soff (Infiniteness of God). The Light that expands into our vessels, meaning into our will to receive is what we call Ein Sof. This is the connection of the Creator with the creatures, it being “His desire to do good to His creations.”
Our will to receive receives the expanding infinite Light, the expanding Light is then called Ein Sof. It comes to the receivers through many covering and vessels so that the beings below will be able to receive it. All the varying aspects and the changes to the Light are made only according to the receiver. Their ability to receive the infinite light defines the nature of the light they receive. When we speak of different aspects of lights in the many worlds, these lights are in potential for revelation below. And when the receiver attains these aspects in this world here below, they are called “actual.”
Spiritual manifestation is when the “impression” of desire and the attained will come together, as without the “impression” of desire there is no way for the light to be attained, since there is no desire to obtain the aspect of the Light.
When we examine a table our sense of touch feels it as something hard. We also discern its length and width, all according to our senses. However, that does not necessitate that the table will appear so to one who has “other senses”. For example, in the eyes of an angel, when it examines the table, it will see it according to its senses. Hence, we cannot determine what appearance this table will have to an angel, since we do not know its senses.
So to, concerning the Creator, we cannot say which form the worlds have from His perspective. We only view the worlds according to our senses and sensations, as it was His will for us to understand Him so, as in truth there is only Him.
“There is no change in the Light.” Rather, all the changes are in the vessels, meaning in our perception. Our focus on everything is according to our imagination. From this it follows that if many people examine one spiritual thing, each will attain according to his imagination and senses, thereby seeing a different form, in varying degrees.
In addition, the revelation itself will change in a person according to his ups and downs, and external factors.
The question is, with what can one improve one’s spiritual vessels? The answer is, increasing the extent to which one does what God has asked and by praising and giving thanks to the Creator for having brought one closer to Him, so one would feel Him a little and think of the importance of spirituality more seriously. Meaning that he was awarded by the connection with the Creator.
Our sages said (Avot, 2:21), “It is not for you to complete the work, and you are not free to idle away from it.”
According to the measure of the importance that one pictures for oneself, so the measure of the luminescence which grows in him. One must know that he will never come to know the true measure of the importance of the connection between man and the Creator because one cannot assess its true value. Instead, as much as one appreciates it, so he attains its merit and importance. There is a great power in that, since thus one can be permanently imparted this luminescence.
It is not in one’s Power to completely understand, as it is not for the human mind to grasp how such a thing exists in the world. If one engages in Spirituality, Torah and Mitzvot (Acting according to Divine will), he will attain something. As they are also not truly of this physical domain, but of the Infinite light itself.
This is an illumination that comes from Above, and only one who tastes it can know and understand. It is written about that, “Taste and see that YHV”H (the Lord) is good.”
A spiritual experience cannot really be shared with one who was not there.
The main thing in attaining this spiritual awareness and clarity begins with “the Will to Bestow”. If God does not give one the nature, called “the Will to Bestow,” no labor will help one to attain the matter.
A prayer is considered a deficiency, it is of “desire”. and without desire there is no fulfillment. When one has a need for spiritual awareness, the fulfillment comes from Above, and the answer to the prayer comes from Above, meaning one receives fulfillment for one’s needs. ). Yet, one can never attain the fulfillment alone; it is a gift from God.
Most often coming in a time of need.
Prayer must be a whole prayer, that is, from the bottom of the heart, heart felt desire. Then the Creator hears his prayer. It is the emotion of the heart that rises up the thought before the Throne of His Glory.
Attaining spiritual awareness from the “impressions” of the “Divine will to bestow”, the desire to “give” this is called “serving God for its own sake” or in Hebrew “Lismo”. This puts the evil inclination to death. As the evil inclination is the “will to receive for oneself alone”, and acquiring the will to bestow cancels the will to “receive for oneself alone” .
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