Baal HaSulam, “The Love for the Creator and Love for the Created beings”: But we still do not know what that refinement is. With regards to the aforementioned, we know that “a wild ass’s colt is born a man.” And we are completely immersed in the filth and lowness of self-reception and self-love, without any spark of love for one’s fellow person and bestowal. In that state, one is in the farthest point from the root.
When one grows and is educated through Torah and Mitzvot (commandments), defined only by the aim to bring contentment to one’s Maker and not at all for self-love….
A person is in the right environment, in the right atmosphere, near the group, the teacher, and the books when he is told what the essence of his desire is, how to fulfill it, in which direction, towards what situation, and what goal to go. Then a person grows and learns.
One comes to the degree of bestowal to one’s fellow person. One comes to that degree by the natural remedy in the study of Kabbalah with the altruistic intention….
Ultimately, we study the wisdom of Kabbalah with the right intention in order to reach mutual bestowal and thereby assemble one vessel, according to the principle of “one man with one heart.” Everything that is called “Torah and commandments” is only meant to build the corrected vessel. This is why: “Love thy neighbor as thyself is the great rule of the Torah.” This is because it is meant to make a general corrected vessel of us.
So why do we need unity? In order to bestow upon the Creator and to bring Him contentment. This means that we have to develop the right feelings between us, to develop the right attitude to what we call “the Creator” so that He will be very close and dear to us, so that we will really want to bring Him contentment and to feel pleasure in it. The group can convey this warm attitude to a person.
By that the creature develops in the degrees of the above sublimity until one loses any form of self-love and self-reception. In that state, one’s every attribute is either to bestow, or to receive in order to bestow. Our sages said about that, “The commandments were only given in order to purify people with.”
The actions I perform in order to correct my nature are called “commandments.” Their purpose is to help me tie myself, like with strings, in all my 620 attributes, to all those who are outside of me. Thanks to this I can become the one who bestows and connects everyone into one.
The actions that connect me with others are called “248 positive commandments” of Bina that can be everywhere. Then I use the desire of others and my desire in order to fill them, and these are already “365 negative commandments.”
We can say that the negative commandments belong to Galgalta ve Eynaim. Hillel said: “Do not do unto others that which is hated by you.” First I refuse to perform any actions because I don’t have the power to bestow yet. Then, I move on to the positive commandments that can be summarized by the principle of “love thy neighbor as thyself.” These are already the commandments of AHP, actions towards actual connection.
And then one cleaves to one’s root, as it says, “and to cleave onto Him.”
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/1/2011, “The Love for the Creator and Love for the Created Beings”