Kabbalists About The Concealed Torah And The Revealed Torah, Part 3

Dr. Michael LaitmanDear Friends, please ask questions about these passages from the great Kabbalists. The commentaries in brackets are mine.

Attainment of the Torah Begins with “Sod” (Secret) and Ends with “Peshat” (Literal)

Great merit is required in order to understand the Peshat of the texts [that speak about bestowal and love], since first we must attain [in our correction] the three internal parts of the Torah, which the Peshat [the last, simple, and completely disclosed understanding of the Torah] robes, and the Peshat will not be parsed. If one has not been rewarded with it [complete understanding], one needs great mercy [of the Creator], so it [his studies of the Torah] will not become a potion of death for him [if he studies it for his own sake].

It is the opposite of the argument of the negligent in attaining the interior [of the Torah or Kabbalah, and, therefore, called the “negligent”], who say to themselves: “We settle for attaining the Peshat [simple understanding of the Torah]. If we attain that, we will be content.” Their words [that stem out of their misunderstanding and thus] can be compared to one who wishes to step on the fourth step without first stepping on the first three steps.
– Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot,” Item 1

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