During our entire spiritual journey, we must continually progress through applying faith above reason. We wish to attain spiritual perception, to enter the area of the Creator, and to draw His forces, which is precisely how we practice using faith above reason. This is when we are not walking blindfolded, but are guided by the force of bestowal.
It is not by using my own mind and perception, but rather, being guided by a higher spiritual step. I am walking along with it in a manner whereby I accept the mind and perception of the Upper One, exalting them above and despite my own. Thereby, I acquire new, more logical, and higher, qualities. But to me, they don’t necessarily seem logical.
This is what is happening with us right now. We constantly face the very same problem. I must treat my friends and the world according to the principle: “Love others as you love yourself.” I have to love and unite with them and do something with myself, don’t I? How can I accomplish that? I don’t like it, and I am incapable of it.
This is where I have to accept this condition, the law of “faith above reason,” and decide that I am going to do it. I have an opportunity to meet this condition through action, even if I resent it. It is written about this: “We shall do, and we shall hear!” This is why, according to the Torah, Moses’ staff bloomed. All this occurs through the blessing from Above when we accept the mind of the Upper One, which means to follow the Creator.
In fact, the Creator is a higher spiritual step and not something nebulous. A child learns from a grown-up in the same manner: He opens his mouth and literally catches every word, gesture, and behavior of the adult. No matter what an adult shows, he will copy everything. This is how he grows.
We have to do the same with the help of a tremendous force against our nature; we obligate ourselves to learn from the higher spiritual step. We call this faith above reason. That very force that I acquire from the Upper One gives me perceptions, mind, and a great deal of knowledge and information. Due to the fact that I have to go against my present state, it is called faith above reason. Yet it is clearly not so because at a higher spiritual level there is a greater desire to receive pleasure; hence, it is also greater in the intention to bestow. Obviously, the higher spiritual step is opposite to me and never looks logical.
The Upper One always seems strange, confusing, and incorrect to the lower because the Upper One is contrary and obscure to me; therefore, I am certain that the Upper One is wrong. And only from experience, can we see that the Upper One doesn’t err. Even if His behavior looks odd and illogical, you simply don’t understand His calculations. And yet, He never errs on the path.
From the Weekly Torah Portion 6/11/10
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