Love of Others Is the Means to Attain the Love of the Creator
The first stage is love between friends and then they can attain love of the Creator.
– Rabash, The Rungs of the Ladder, “What Is the Substance of Slander and Against Whom Is It?”
The attitude toward the friends is more important than the attitude toward the Creator because the bestowal upon one’s friends brings one to bestow upon his Maker.
– Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 19
We must study the essence of the love of the Creator based on the study of love of the friends…since the properties of love of others were only imprinted in humans for reaching love of the Creator.
– Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 69