“Introduction of The Book of Zohar,” Article “The Donkey Driver,” Item 74: A man was driving their donkeys, meaning leading their donkeys.
Rabbi Aba said, “Let us open the doors of Torah for now is the time and the hour for our ways to be corrected.” “Driving” means stinging since it is an alias to the donkey driver because of his custom to sting the donkeys with a needle so they will go quicker.
The entire creation needs to be brought to adhesion with the Creator. Everything that happens in reality, including the rotation of any atom, is only moving toward this goal. There are no other actions in the world, whether they occur with the consent of the lower ones or lack thereof.
There is a special force from Above that drives us toward this goal, which is called the “donkey driver.” If we become like the sages described in The Zohar, we will go together with the “driver,” and he will be helping us along the way.
However, if we do not, the same “driver” will sting our “donkeys,” our desire to receive pleasure, with its sharp stick. This is the entire suffering that the world is experiencing when it refuses to move toward the goal consciously with understanding.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/10/2011, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar,” Article “The Donkey Driver”