Question: I understand the explanation that the world is becoming global and we all need to unite. This is a very scientific conclusion. But I don’t understand where the force that actualizes the unity comes from, what is the surrounding Light? This already sounds like mysticism.
Answer: Books explaining the structure of the upper world (Talmud Eser Sefirot) are not mysticism, but a strict science in which there are two operating forces: Light and desire, or bestowal and reception. All the formulas are derived from these two forces, just like in math which has a dual conception: from 0 and 1, or like in physics which always examines two forces and their interaction.
The science of Kabbalah is the same and it provides a foundation for the entire attainment of reality and for all other sciences that describe this reality. I do not see anything mystical about it.
I agree that it is written in a language that is not very customary or clear to the modern person, yet its conclusions are clear, scientific, and logical. We are confused by the text because we do not know how to interpret it correctly. But in essence it is talking only about the will to enjoy which takes on the form of bestowal, and then it is called a spiritual “body,” Partzuf.
Desire is matter. For example, in our world there are different kinds of matter: still, vegetative, animate, and speaking. All of them are also the desire to enjoy, which takes on different external forms depending on its type, and as a result we see many kinds of plants and animals.
The same desire to enjoy operates in the spiritual world. However, in our world it takes on all sorts of egoistic forms, whereas in the spiritual world it assumes the forms of bestowal rather than reception. That is why we cannot recognize them right now since we do not have the kind of vision to see in the Light of bestowal. Thus, we do not discern these images.
You now attain yourself and others through the desire to absorb inside of yourself, to receive. All of your vision is based on this. That is why you see precisely this kind of world around you—all sorts of forms of reception in the desire to enjoy. We reveal all of these forms, study them, and based on that we build science.
However, there exists a different form of desire—bestowal, when you radiate outside of yourself. When the desire begins working this way, it also takes on different forms: still, vegetative, animate, and speaking, which are all the possible levels of bestowal, the combination of different forces of bestowal operating on it.
The science of Kabbalah studies precisely these forms. Kabbalists who have attained the quality of bestowal, each according to his level, write to us about their observations just like other scientists write about the forms of reception in this world. So there are the sciences of this world, which are about our earthly nature, and there is the science about the nature of bestowal called “Kabbalah.”
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/15/11, Writings of Rabash