Kabbalists On Love Of Others And Love Of The Creator, Part 2

Dr. Michael LaitmanDear Friends, please ask questions about these passages from the great Kabbalists. The commentaries in brackets are mine.

Love of Others Is the Means to Attain the Love of the Creator

A person starts the correction of egoism with the intention “for oneself.” Then, under the influence of the Light that corrects, he acquires the intention “for the sake of the Creator.” Trying to reach bestowal to one’s friend, one reaches bestowal to and love of the Creator since it makes no difference if one works for one’s friend or for the Creator. That is because anything that is outside of man’s desire, outside of selfish profit, appears to be unreal.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Love for the Creator & Love for the Created Beings

The impression that comes to a person when he bestows to the Creator is completely the same as the impression he gets when he bestows to the other. In both cases, he is engaged in bestowal, without any hope of receiving any reward. Hence, in the act of bestowal, the love of the Creator and the love of his friend unite and actually become one.
– Baal HaSulam, The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee), Item 22

The correction of man consists of two parts: By correcting his relation to the friend, one gains the skills necessary to correct his relation to the Creator.
– Baal HaSulam, “One Commandment

Related Material:
Kabbalists On Love Of Others And Love Of The Creator, Part 1
Kabbalists On The Torah And Commandments, Part 39
The Formula Of Returning To Goodness


  1. How can I fool myself when I bestow to others, denying that I have any hope of receiving any reward when I have been told that the Creator wants to fill me with delight? If I know that there is great pleasure in bestowal, how can I be sure that I don’t want it when I bestow to others -wasn’t I created with the desire to receive pleasure?

  2. We need some concrete examples of bestowal. I know such a thing is holy, but we must be explicit for the sake of scientific clarity.

    Would bestowal be, for example, if one sees that a person who is struggling with their mortgage and clearly is doing all they can, and would help much more if they were not so burdened, gives them a break even though in reality it benefits oneself greatly to enslave such a person and make them work unto their death?

  3. aka something a smart business person would never ever do? Akin to stupidity and self sacrifice?

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