“Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot,” Item 22: The righteous and the wicked should have been of equal weight in each generation. Yet, this is not so, and for each righteous, we find many thousands of vain ones. Yet, you must know that there are two kinds of governance in creation: a) a qualitative force; b) a quantitative force.
The force of those that hang about the feet of the Sitra Achra is meager, contemptible, and low, undesirable, and purposeless, and they are blown like chaff in the wind. Thus, how can such as those do anything to wise-hearted people whose way is clear with desire and aim, and a pillar of Upper Light shines before them day and night sufficiently to bring the tiny inclinations in their hearts?
Hence, He provided the quantitative force in Creation, as this force does not need any quality [and the qualitative force that does not need any quantity].
Without being aware of it, all people are connected in one system through their souls, and this is why a Kabbalist is able to correct the whole world all alone. A righteous man needs billions of regular people in each generation since their ordinary earthly desires add up into one big egoistic desire (Kli). A Kabbalist works with it and builds the intention “for the sake of bestowal” above it.
Then, without their participation he uses their desires and corrects them. He necessitates billions of people throughout the world to connect their joint desires with his intention for the sake of bestowal. Thus, he moves them ahead, towards correction. Any progress that happens in this world (technology, society, or culture) is caused by one person who attracts the Light that Reforms into this world. Otherwise, this world would remain inanimate and invariable since “the Light governs and brings into movement a desire that it created.”
It’s impossible to imagine our world without Kabbalists who attract Light into this world in accordance with the program of its development. It is written that “a righteous man is the foundation of the world.” This is absolutely right. Righteous men attract Light into the desires of masses by using aspirations of common souls. That gives our world a chance to stay alive and develop from generation to generation until it becomes suitable for spiritual advancement. And this is exactly what is happening in our generation.
The development of humankind in this world originates from the Light that is attracted by the righteous. It looks like our life depends on our physical work in this world: starting with creating new things, environmental research, or construction of new electric stations. But nothing would be revealed to us if there were no Light that emerges in this world and that is attracted by a Kabbalist.
This Light dresses itself in everybody else’s desires and uncovers them, giving raise to any movement, progress, discoveries, and evolution in the world. There is no change that happens from below; everything descends to us from Above.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/22/10, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot”