Question: Why does Baal HaSulam write in “The Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot” about the forbidden part in the wisdom of Kabbalah: that Kabbalists can reveal what belongs to “Flavors of the Torah,” but cannot disclose the part that belongs to the first three Sefirot or the “head of the Partzuf?”
Answer: Even if Kabbalists tell about something that is “forbidden,” we won’t understand anything. It is like talking about anything next to a baby without needing to be careful because the infant still will not hear or understand anything anyway. He doesn’t connect the words he hears to any meaning. Just like when we read The Book of Zohar, single words are understandable, but for us they add up to senseless sentences
“The secrets of the Torah” are not information that is carefully hidden from us. It is simply our brain, which at the moment is on an ordinary beastly level, cannot perceive them. So for us it remains a secret, as does all of reality. Please, it is all revealed to you, look! Do you see anything? Who is to blame that you don’t have the means to perceive? Develop them and you will see reality. It is the same when it comes to the “secrets of the Torah.”
We study in “The Study of the Ten Sefirot” about what belongs to the head of the world of Atzilut, the head of Arich Anpin, and we know that there are the parts of RADLA (Reish delo Eiyada), parts of its “brain” (Mocha de Avirah, Kruma de Avirah) that are concealed from us in the upper Light. But we study everything that belongs to the “flavors of the Torah” and not its “secrets” in this system. The difference is that the “flavors” relate to the thoughts of the created being and the “secrets of the Torah” relate to the Creator’s thoughts.
There would be no point mentioning all this, if there weren’t people who claim that it is forbidden to study the wisdom of Kabbalah because it is a secret. There are no secrets in it; on the contrary, the wisdom of Kabbalah reveals reality to us! It doesn’t reveal some “forbidden secrets”: In order to reveal the secrets you have to reach them yourself by preparing your vessels, your desires, your vessels of perception. If you prepare all the desires that belong to the seven lower Sefirot (ZAT) in the full height of the spiritual ladder, then you begin to discover their upper part (GAR). You will be ready for this revelation and will discover this secret yourself.
Every degree of the 125 degrees is divided into two parts: the upper part and the lower part (GAR and ZAT). The lower part of each degree can be attained and it is a great virtue if a person attains it because then he discovers the actions of the Creator as good and benevolent. The Light that dressed into the head of the body of the spiritual Partzuf is called “flavors,” as it says: “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
But we don’t discover the upper part, the head of the degree yet. It will be possible to discover it after its lower part, the “body,” is corrected. Even the head of the lowest level, Malchut de Assiya, is a secret for the time being. We can speak about everything that belongs to the “bodies,” about everything that belongs to the created being, to his work and to his correction, but it is “forbidden” to speak about the “secrets,” about the heads of all the degrees, meaning that it is impossible to speak about them because we cannot attain them at the moment and it will only confuse us. It is because we begin to discuss an area that we cannot perceive. There are no cells in our brain and no channels that can perceive this upper dimension. But gradually we develop and come closer to its perception.
“Not to reveal the secret” means: “not to put an obstacle before a blind person,” but to let him advance gradually until he can see. Just as we gradually teach children and let them develop, this is how we should also develop ourselves.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/10/12, “The Study of the Ten Sefirot”