What Is The Basis Of The Wisdom Of Kabbalah?
A person must learn the wisdom: to attain and look into the Creator’s secrets [which are not yet revealed to him] in order to know himself, to understand who he is, how he was created, where he came from, where he is going, how to correct his body [desires], and how in the future he will stand before the court of the Ruler of the world.
One must attain and see the secret of the soul: what is his soul, where did it come from, why did it descend into this body, similar to a foul-smelling drop that is here today and in the grave tomorrow. He must look into this world in order to attain the world he is in and what he must correct in it. Then he will see the higher secrets of the Upper World and attain the Creator. A person will attain all of this from the secrets of the Torah.
– The Zohar For All with the Sulam Commentary, “Song of Songs”
The science of Kabbalah teaches us how to develop until we attain similarity [equivalence] of form with the Creator, avoiding mistakes.
– Rav Kook, Orot Kodesh, V.2