In Kabbalah, any state the creature is in is called a “world.” We descend and ascend the ladder of the worlds of Adam Kadmon, Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya. Our current state is called “our world.” Everything begins and ends with the state of the world of Infinity. The difference between the worlds tells us of the purpose of creation.
The initial state of the world of Infinity cannot be perceived. It is similar to a drop of semen which will develop into a fetus, and a person will be born. Only once he matures will he reach his adult, conscious state and understand where and what he is and what is happening to him. All of this stems from one tiny genetic code.
In the world of Infinity where everything originates, we are in the same state as a drop of semen. Then, we go through the second state, the stage of development. Finally, in the third state, we rise to the highest degree and together comprise one enormous desire called Adam.
Adam derives from the word “similar.” In other words, we are completely similar to the Light, the Creator. Kabbalah tells us that reaching this state is obligatory.
We can already see the beginning of this ascent in our current state. After having descended from above downward, we have now come to the Machsom, the barrier before the ascent. We are standing before it along with all of humanity.
It does not matter that there are only several million people in the world interested in entering the spiritual world. The rest of humanity is pushed forward by suffering. Our entire world is chased by suffering while we strive forward by our own aspiration instead of suffering. This is the difference between us and the general world. Unlike the masses, we advance on our own. Our desire pulls us forward.
Thus, there are two forces that advance us toward the goal. The first force draws us forward and attracts, while the second force pressures. It partially exists within us also. We are partially pushed from behind and partially advance on our own accord. However, the masses are only pushed forward by suffering.
Such is the “division of labor”: We must move forward; we must organize ourselves; we must understand what nature demands of us. What it demands is to reveal it, to uncover its exalted states, adapt to these states, and enter the next level toward eternity and perfection. Nature pulls us toward this.
At the same time, we must think about helping the masses who lack this opportunity, who experience suffering and an enormous pressure and have no idea of what awaits them ahead.
From the 2nd lesson at the Moscow Convention 6/10/11