A person instinctively feels that this world cannot satisfy him. Some are more idle, others less, but everyone has a desire, a wish for something that he is ready to enjoy, and the only question is how much effort one is prepared to invest in order to get what he wants.
In truth, the problem lies in whether or not I arrange the order of priorities, the scale of values. Suppose I wish to become as wealthy as Rothschild. I then begin thinking: "Even if I achieve success, it will take an entire lifetime. Is it worth it? It probably is not." Everyone makes their own calculation, depending on the circumstances. We weigh and compare the profitability of certain goals in life.
What should I do if I find many goals I would like to achieve? Spirituality also appears on this list, perhaps as first, second, or tenth. But additionally there are more profitable things: wealth, recognition, health, and so on. It turns out that our challenge is in elevating the importance of spirituality in our eyes, raising it from the bottom of the list to the very first priority.
This can be accomplished only with the help of the group. The environment has the capacity to obligate me to think in a certain way, even if it is totally unjustified from the point of view of egoism. The spiritual world for me is something blurry; I don’t see anything useful in it, and yet, I begin wishing to enter it.
If the group gives such importance to and talks about it, and if from every direction I hear about the exalted nature of a spiritual goal, then I, too, start yearning for it, even if unaware of what it is. I wish for it more than anything else.
Thus, the problem is not in my individual desire. Do not be distressed if it is weak and overpowered by desires of the heart, the intellect, and even the stomach. I should only worry over the fact that I don’t wish to enter the group that will elevate the spiritual goal for me. And that is the problem.
We have repeatedly heard about Rabbi Yossi Ben Kisma who refused to leave his disciples for the sake of an honorable and well-paid position in another city. After all, they were the ones who gave him the importance of bestowal. They may have been beginners, knowing nothing yet, but their hearts were burning and that was more than enough. They again and again awakened him.
Similarly, someone at a higher spiritual degree, surrounded by the lower degrees, becomes inspired by them. We “plant” our children in the same way, like a seed planted in soil, which begins sprouting. The earth, the still level, supplies the seedling with mineral, salts, and other nourishment. The sun, air, and water are also elements belonging to the inanimate level, but these specific forces cause them to bloom in to the next spiritual degree.
If you lower your head before the group, despite the fact that you think they are beneath you, then their influence and desire elevates you to bestowal, and you bloom.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/10/10, Writings of Rabash, Dargot Hasulam, Article 545