“Introduction of The Book of Zohar,” Article “The Letters of Rabbi Amnon Saba,” Item 37: The letter Bet entered. She said to Him, “O Lord of the world, it is good for You to create the world with me, for in me are You blessed above and below, since Bet is Beracha [blessing].” The Creator told her, “I will indeed create the world with you, and you will be the beginning with which to create the world.”
Question: Why was the world created specifically by the letter Bet?
Answer: This is because the letter Bet symbolizes blessing (Brachá), the Light of Hassadim (Mercy). It is flawless. Besides it, there is no other law, no other quality, with which creation can be started.
How else can one draw the difference between the desires which serve the Creator and those which do not? How are corrections carried out if not by means of the Light of Hassadim since it immediately separates those who strive to bestow from those who strive to receive?
Then, it is clear for you how next to proceed. No other analysis is clearer and simpler, an analysis that lays down the basis of further building. Without Hassadim, without aspiration for the Creator, we will not be able to build anything from the Light of Hochma (Wisdom).
Besides, this quality is boundless. The Light of Hassadim, without differentiation, penetrates all of the worlds from Infinity to the end of the world of Assiya. There is no restriction on it. There are no restrictions on bestowal.
Question: Then, why don’t we feel the blessing in the world?
Answer: We are not talking about our world at all, but about spiritual reality. Desiring to reach it, I must stock up on the quality of mercy (Hesed). It is that very blessing, thanks to which I build my world.
The material world is just an imaginary picture in our perception evoked by spiritual unconsciousness. In the unconscious state, the brain creates an illusory perception of life. This is what our existence is.
In order to wake up, we have to arm ourselves with the force of Hassadim, the quality of the letter Bet, the blessing. This force can only come from Above. We do not have control over it; it is not incorporated in us. However, if we exert a lot of effort in order to obtain it, we receive what we desire.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/19/10, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar,” Article “The Letters of Rabbi Amnon Saba”