A question I received: In our times, does a person have to have spiritual attainment in order to disseminate the science of Kabbalah?
My Answer: Everything depends on what you mean by dissemination. If we disseminate what Baal HaSulam wrote, talk about him, read his articles, study them and talk about how we understand his texts, then of course these are all things we can disseminate.
What does it mean, to disseminate? It means to give people the opportunity to participate in our studies, but more importantly, to connect them with the primary sources. Everything has to be based on the primary sources. Studying the science of Kabbalah means being connected with this material, constantly returning to it and checking how you connect everything written there into one integral method of your correction.
You gradually begin to connect all of this material with your own mind and feelings and to absorb it. When you study, you should desire to place yourself inside this material so your desires and thoughts will take on its form. It’s as if you want to be like a liquid that will fill the contours and forms of this material. You want to place yourself inside these models in order to distance yourself from your egoistic “self,” your way of thinking, and the way in which you now connect your mind and feelings. Instead, you want to receive higher qualities in your mind and feelings and start thinking according to them.
You should be willing to erase everything you have now for the sake of acquiring these qualities. Your desire will remain, but without a form, in order to then take on the form of bestowal. That is when you will be ready to be born in spirituality.
This is what the study of Kabbalah is. The study does not happen in your mind, but in your desires, making them take on new qualities. People don’t study Kabbalah with the mind, but the heart.
We study how to change ourselves and how to make our qualities similar to the Creator’s qualities. We disseminate our lessons in order to enable every person who wishes it to be able to participate in the study together with us. And the more we advance, the more we have to check: how closely are we connected to the primary sources, how much do our thoughts correspond to them, are we diminishing the contradictions between the two, and are we understanding and feeling the material better? But the most important test is to check whether the importance of bestowal is always growing for us.