Question: If I read the Psalms or other Kabbalisic texts, I can be moved to tears. These words are very close to my heart. I understand that it is about me and my feelings, and I can identify with the text. Besides, I understand these texts. They penetrate my heart and bring me to tears.
The Book of Zohar, however, is something unclear, dead, colorless, and tasteless, and I cannot be moved by it. So why is The Book of Zohar considered the highest source by which the upper force affects us? It is impossible to feel that.
Answer: It is indeed so. We have to understand the main principle here. It is when I reach a state of feeling totally helpless to reach the spiritual goal and when I understand that all my praying, crying, and begging hasn’t helped that I begin to find the powers hidden in The Zohar and to understand why it was written the way it was.
If certain Kabbalistic sources move me emotionally, these emotions are on the beastly level, not on the level of man who is similar to the Creator. These are typical, corporeal feelings such as, “I feel bad,” “I really want to, but I can’t attain it,” and so on. These are ordinary human feelings that are very far from spirituality.
If I really yearn for bestowal, connection, unity, and love, which are contrary to all my powers, motives, and desires because I can’t just awaken them by reading a text or be impressed by imaginary images or my understanding of what’s written, then I begin to feel that The Book of Zohar is the source of power that exists namely in the upper dimension, beyond my ordinary feelings, motives, and sensations.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/27/2011, The Zohar