The surrounding Upper Light fills the entire reality, and all depends on those who receive it. Nothing ever changes; the Creator created a point of desire in His Light, and there is nothing else. All of evolution occurs in this point which expands, as it were, changing its size because it feels that it is receiving something from somebody. Hence, desire is that very point that grows in the perception of the receiver.
Desire doesn’t grow on its own but through the sensation that there is a Giver. At the first stage of development (Behina Aleph), the creature feels as a receiver. The instance it senses the Giver, it begins to change.
At the second phase (Behina Bet), it wishes to be similar to the Giver and starts thinking how to accomplish that. This lays the foundation for the beginning of Zeir Anpin, the third stage (Behina Gimel), where a copy of the Creator is created by way of receiving in order to bestow.
Then, having acquired the sensation of what it means to be similar to the Creator, the creature transitions into the fourth stage (Behina Dalet) and wishes to reach the status of the Giver. That is where the creature feels shame, and the First Restriction (Tzimtzum Aleph) takes place. Thus, with the exception of initial creation as “existence from absence,” all the subsequent development is induced by the sensation of the Giver.
In the Upper Light, there are no changes. Sages even inform us that in the World of Infinity (Ein Sof) there will be the smallest of Lights, Nefesh De-Nefesh. In spirituality, calculations are made not in weight or volume; rather, quality is what matters there.
From one tiny point, the physicists tell us, the Universe was born. How? They don’t know because in truth, everything is measured according to a totally different criterion that we haven’t yet obtained, the criterion of importance. We think that importance lacks substance and isn’t real enough, but in truth, it is the most significant and effective.
Therefore, the size of the Kli is determined by the awareness of the importance of the Giver. In other words, the Light depends on to what degree I expand the vessel. The Light is just a spark, the vessel is the size of a grain, and I can increase them to the “size” of Infinity. It is entirely up to me.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/20/10, “The Greatness of a Person Depends on His Faith in the Future”
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