Question: What do I do if every time I hear “faith above reason,” I immediately imagine some egoistic benefit?
Answer: We can’t think otherwise. Any altruistic qualities that ever appear in a person come from “Above” as a result of the Light that Reforms which affects us and brings us to equivalence with the Creator. As long as we don’t feel the need to bestow without some personal benefit, we have to do whatever it takes to cause the Upper Light to influence us and give us this quality.
If I am aware that I am not able to desire selfless bestowal, it shows a good understanding of our nature which a person doesn’t usually possess. This awareness is also brought about by the impact of the Light and is a sign of our advancement toward spirituality.
The Upper Light “draws” its properties on my egoism, which allows me to discern what bestowal “outside of me” means. Likewise, it instills in me a desire to have the attribute of selfless bestowal that doesn’t require reciprocity. If a person attains such awareness, he is on the way to the Machsom, the entrance into the spiritual world.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/26/10, Article “15th of Av”