A question I received: How do I check whether I did really ascend on the spiritual ladder and am not deceiving myself to please my egoism?
My Answer: From the World of Infinity to our world and back up to the World of Infinity, there leads a ladder of spiritual steps that differ in the thickness or coarseness of desire (will to receive) and its screen which transforms it to bestowing. All differences are only in the screens.
As I am ascending the steps, the measure of my bestowal increases to equivalence with the one existing on the next higher level, yet my character, the original attributes, remains the same. Therefore, each of us ascending the same step bestows in a different way, in one’s personal style.
In our world, which in reference to the spiritual world appears as only one step, there are 7 billion people, all of whom are different. Similarly, at any one of the 125 steps of the spiritual worlds, there are 7 billion, and all of them are different, but they exist in one common form. In the spiritual world all exist for the sake of bestowal; but each step differs in the type of bestowal.
It seems to us that the only difference is in the quantity: greater or lesser bestowal. However, the 125 steps do not differ in the quantity of bestowal, but rather each of them is an absolutely different relationship with the Creator, another type of connection. This is why they are separated from each other.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/25/10, “Preface to the Sulam Commentary”
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