The Saga Of Desires

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I think that in all his articles, Rabash is trying to describe spiritual work in sensory terms for us.

Answer: Everything takes place in our sensations. Kabbalists do not discuss anything else. Even mathematics and all other phenomena that may seem irrational to us are still sensory even though we don’t realize that we use our mind to evaluate the connection between our feelings.

We measure, weigh, and attach some numeric value to them, but all of this work still occurs in our senses. Even when I determine the shades of the colors, “This is more yellow, and that is whiter,” I evaluate the sensations that they trigger in me. This goes for everything, including the most rational meanings seemingly stripped of any emotions. Either way, we always work only in our sensations.

When I came to the wisdom of Kabbalah, I was shocked, “What feelings? What is this, a romance novel? What kind of science is this?” until I started to really comprehend that man is made solely of desire, and all the others around us are desires as well. Still objects, plants, and animals are all desires that look this way in our collective will to enjoy.

I see animals, still objects, people, and the sky. This is how I experience these phenomena in my desire to enjoy. I explore still matter: what force to apply to affect it so it would get hot, split into components, or merge. I study animals, plants, myself, and human relations within a society. In any case, I analyze, weigh, evaluate, and study only relationships between desires.

Hence, all Kabbalistic books speak solely about the correction of desire so that you can elevate yours to such an exalted degree where you will unveil the Creator, the integral force of Nature, the outermost, broadest, and all-inclusive circle. This is what you must achieve in your desires.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/3/2011, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar,” Article “Yitro (Jethro)”

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