Rabash, “Explanation of the Article, Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah”: Baal HaSulam once said an allegory about it: Two people who were childhood friends separated as adults. One of them became a king, and the other, indigent. After many years, the poor one heard that his friend became a king and decided to go to his friend’s country and ask for help. He packed his few belongings and went.
When they met, he told the king that he was destitute, and this touched the king’s heart. The king said to his friend: “I will give you a letter to my treasurer to allow you into the treasury for two hours. In those two hours, whatever you manage to collect is yours.” The poor man went to the treasurer, armed with his letter, and received the longed for permit. He walked into the treasury with the box he was used to using for his beggary, and within five minutes, he filled his box to the rim and merrily stepped out of the treasury.
But the treasurer took his box from him and spilled its entire contents. Then the treasurer told the sobbing indigent, “Take your box and fill it up again.” The poor man walked into the treasury once more and filled his box. But when he stepped outside, the treasurer spilled its contents as before.
This cycle repeated itself, until the two hours were through. The last time the beggar came out, he told the treasurer: “I beg you, leave me what I have collected. My time is through and I can no longer enter the treasury.” Then the treasurer told him: “The contents of this box is yours, and so is everything that I have spilled out of your box for the past two hours. I have been spilling your money every time because I wanted to benefit you, since each time, you were coming with your tiny box full and you had no room for anything more.”
We are unable to receive the entire Light of Infinity at once. Therefore, all our work on receiving the Light is divided into many phases and states.
In addition, all our past states from the previous life cycles accumulate and gather into one common state where all desires (Kelim) and all the Lights unite together until we come to the state of final correction (Gmar Tikkun). In this state everything merges into one, and Malchut of Infinity filled with eternal Light becomes revealed again.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/17/2011, “Explanation to the Article, Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah”