Question: Why does the Light make us reject pleasure in order to come to adhesion with it? It sounds sadistic.
Answer: The Light doesn’t have a choice. It created you with the will to enjoy, and now it wants you to prefer to be with Him, rather than to keep filling your egoistic desire with pleasure. It is as if you love a woman despite the fact that she is very unattractive, that is, without any personal benefit.
Each of us wants to be loved just as he is with all his flaws. And the Light wants us to demonstrate our love to it, as absolutely as the one He loves us with. We can prove that we love only by having risen above pleasure.
You seem surprised: How can you love someone who hits you? But if I no longer associate myself with my body and egoism, rise above it, and feel that it is not “I” at all, then I have no difficulty falling in love with the Light. And I love Him not by “rising above my suffering,” but along with all the pleasures!
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/30/10, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy”