There’s A Grand World Outside Our Bitter Radish

From item 40 of the “Introduction to the Book of Zohar,” by Baal HaSulam:

“And I know that it is completely unaccepted in the eyes of some philosophers. They cannot agree that man, whom they think of as low and worthless, is the center of the magnificent creation. But they are like a worm that is born inside a radish and thinks that the world of the Creator is as bitter and as dark as the radish it was born in. But as soon as the shell of the radish [of one’s egoism] breaks and it peeps out [comes out of the egoism, of the intention, “for his own sake,” and enters bestowal and love for others], it wonders [in awe of the Upper World that it revealed] and says: “I thought the whole world was the size of my radish, but now I see before me a grand, beautiful and wondrous world!”


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  1. I was hoping to show you this earlier but somehow i relate a lot to the concept and the radish story. It follows this year a remake of Dr. Seuss’s story ‘Horton hears a who’ was released, it tells a story of how a Elephant discovered there is a world in a tiny speck, a particle on a flower, as the story evolves it shows how difficult life is for the elephant for no one believing his story of how a entire world exists in a little grain. Somewhat similar to what a kabbalist goes through when disseminating Kabbalah, enjoy!

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