Love can only be revealed to the extent of hate, as it is written: “The Creator has made them one against the other.” Beginning our spiritual path (from zero), we first descend to a given depth of the desire to enjoy (-1), then we ascend from it (+1). Then, once again, we descend even deeper (-2) in order to ascend even higher (+2), and so on.
Everything is built on the revelation of evil and turning it into good until all of the steps are realized. The place where we reveal our egoism and its transgressions to a greater and greater extent remains. It does not disappear, but we reveal the Mitzva (commandment) above it.
It is written: “The Creator has made them one against the other” and the “advantage of the Light is from the darkness.” That is why, even when we ascend all the 125 steps and reach the absolute good, the evil that has been revealed by us does not disappear. Otherwise, all of the Light would disappear as well.
We are created from matter opposite to Him. Desire created by the Creator is very tiny, like a small seed. Everything that we reveal in addition to this desire is only thanks to the intention.
First, we reveal our evil, the intention for the sake of ourselves. All of the good is accompanied by the intention for the sake of bestowal. All of development is built on the realization of our evil, our opposition to the Light. It is not the desire itself that is being developed, but the realization, the comprehension of it.
The ego being revealed is not the desire itself. The desire with which we live in this world, in and of itself, is not bad or good. It is neither condemned nor praised. Only the intention is important, which arises in me relative to others or the Creator (which is the same thing). It is what gives me the depth of desire (Aviut), not the desire to enjoy in itself.
It is necessary to separate one from the other, to carefully think it over and try to accept that we are constantly working on the intention, correcting our relationship to the desire and not the size of the desire itself. In other words, this work is not evaluated by quantity, but by quality.
It is written: “A transgression does not put out a commandment,” and a “commandment does not put out a transgression.” This is because both of them support one another. The evil does not disappear, and it is precisely on top of evil that we build all of the structure of good. This is because we are the creatures, and if our realization of evil and of who we are were to disappear, we would also have lost all of the good.
My “I” is built precisely opposite to the Creator: The more opposite I perceive myself, the higher I grow, and accordingly, I can give more to Him. In this case, I will have a demand, the sensation of the contrast between the Light and the darkness, which gives me a possibility to carry out great bestowal.
That is why we need to value the revelation of evil since it is solely by the virtue of the evil that we can reach the good.
Fr0m the first part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/10/2011, Shamati #52