The Light begets desire and controls it. Initially, desire has no independent motion that’s not prompted by the Light. But if that’s the case, how can I show any initiative, the so-called “awakening from below” (Itaruta de-Letata), that’s demanded of me?
This awakening is possible because the Light strives to bring desire to self-awareness and conscious behavior so that desire feels autonomous and independent of the Light. And then, once it’s on its own and free of the Light, desire can decide what it is it wants and to demand change from the Light.
This demand can be egoistic, when desire wants to fulfill itself on account of its original nature. However, with the help of the Light it is possible for desire to reach a state when it wants a real change and asks for fulfillment not for its own sake, but for the sake of the Light, the Creator, and others.
People who wish to achieve this kind of demand and ask for the well-being of others are called “Israel” (from the Hebrew – “Yashar Kel” – straight to the Creator). Whereas everyone else, who wish to simply fulfill themselves without any connection to the Light, are called “secular people.” And if a person thinks that the Light can help him fulfill himself, he is called “religious.” All of humanity is divided into these three parts.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/3/2011, Shamati No.5
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