Baal HaSulam, from the article “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”: Rabbi Elazar, son of Rashbi (Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai), clarifies this concept of Arvut even further. It is not enough for him that all of Israel be responsible for one another, but the whole world is included in that Arvut. Indeed, there is no dispute here, for everyone admits that to begin with, it is enough to start with one nation for the observance of the Torah for the beginning of the correction of the world. It was impossible to begin with all the nations at once.
Thus, the implementation of the Torah is called “correction of the world,” which was designed to bring everyone from hatred to love. As it is written in Baal HaSulam’s article “The Essence of Religion and its Purpose,” the true “religion” is the wisdom of Kabbalah and its purpose is to bring the world to love. The main commandment of the Torah is “love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no more than that.
But after the destruction of the Temple and the severance from the truth, as a result of the concealment and impurity, all kinds of religions began to develop according to the present meaning of this word. They began to develop from the wisdom of Kabbalah, which is the general “religion” of the entire world. They built an egoistic relation to the Creator and to life when they gave the foundation of give and take: “Let’s in some way earn paradise in the world to come.”
This in no way belongs to the truth that we need to discover here and now, as it is said: “You will see your world in your lifetime.” According to the definition, the wisdom of Kabbalah is the discovery of the Creator by the created beings in this world. Thus it isn’t required of us to believe in anything or perform any kinds of ritual, physical acts in order to receive some kind of reward after the death of the animal body. The “next world,” is Bina, bestowal, love, in which lies the intention aimed at bestowal for the good of others. Are you ready for this? Do you want to reach this kind of future world during this life?
We need to differentiate between true “religion”—the wisdom of Kabbalah—and the regular religions, between the real act of love of others—the one and only commandment—and between all kinds of actions that man fabricates for himself in hope to receive reward after the death of his body. In general, religions, beliefs, and various kinds of systems cause separation between people and pass on hatred between them, as opposed to the wisdom of Kabbalah, which speaks about unity above all the differences.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/4/12, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”