The Difficulties In The Second Restriction

laitman_249-03Question: Why do we study the details of the structure of the worlds when as students we cannot understand them?

Answer: This is called Segula (merit), a special instrument that I can activate. It operates in a special way and corrects my mind and my feelings to such an extent that I can understand what id written in the book.

First, I extract the correction from the book, and thanks to the correction, I begin to discover what the book says. But I cannot understand or feel what it says in my current mind and feelings.

There are two approaches to the study of the Kabbalistic sources: the approach of the wicked and the approach of the righteous. It is written: “the righteous shall follow them and the wicked shall fail in them.”

Comment: I cannot even force myself to concentrate on the text.

Answer: The problem starts at the point where the second restriction (Tzimtzum Bet) begins. Until the second restriction, the material is absorbed quite easily, but then a person is usually confused and those who are more worthy of the wisdom of Kabbalah are more confused.

Those who are about to reach the great corrections of their soul feel totally confused and cannot perceive this material. It is like wanting to insert a ball into a triangle or a triangle into a square. It cannot be done since they are totally incompatible.

The first restriction (Tzimtzum Aleph) is very simple: There is an upper force, a lower force, and a Masach (screen) that connects the two. This is one simple linear formula with a constant factor: x = ky, when k is the Masach, y is the Light, and x is the vessel. Everything is very simple and clear.

But when you reach the second restriction, you don’t understand. This isn’t a mental problem. After all, if we studied mechanically, as in some material systems, we would easily perceive it.

There are no difficulties: one system connects to another system and we learn about what happens between these two systems. There are many similar systems in mechanics that are even much more intricate.

But because there is the Light that Reforms in this study, it doesn’t allow you to learn just abstractly. After all, your soul is now being configured to receive the Light that Reforms, not dry information.

On the other hand, there are people who study this in theory and everything seems clear to them. Therefore it is said: “it isn’t the wise who learns.” The main thing is getting closer to correction.

Only if you activate yourself in the group and in dissemination will you feel a new attitude and approach open up for you regarding the second restriction. Otherwise you learn it purely superficially. You will know what is written there perfectly, but without an internal change.

When you correct yourself and change internally you will know all these things because it will be your inner structure. You will simply understand that it is so and not otherwise because the Surrounding Light will connect your vessels that way. This is called studying the Torah.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/13/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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