The Opposition to the Study of the Wisdom of Kabbalah
Hence, he brings good evidence from the words of the Gemarah [Babylonian Talmud]: “A disciple who [studies the Gemarah] has not seen a good sign [revelation of the Creator] in his study after five years will also not see it [in this life and therefore will live it in vain].”
Why did he not see a good sign [revelation of the Creator] in his study? Certainly, it is only due to [one reason] – the absence of the intention [of love and bestowal] of the heart [within his desires], and not because of any lack of aptitude, as the wisdom of Torah requires no aptitude [since it is not about learning, but rather about attracting the Light of correction].
Instead, as it is written in the above study: “[Those who desire to ascend, Isra-El = straight to the Creator] Regard, the whole wisdom and the whole Torah is easy [and does not depend on the intellect]: any one who fears Me [who has a desire to bestow and love as I do] and [to attain this level] observes the words of the Torah [so as to correct correct his egoistic intentions], the whole [higher] wisdom [the Light of Hochma] and the whole Torah are in his heart [fulfill his desires].”
– Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 23
Kabbalists About Studying Kabbalah, Part 15