Baal HaSulam, the newspaper, The Nation: As also the love for the nation must be engraved in all sectors of the nation no less than the egoistic, individual love for one’s needs, in other words, also in the sufficient amount for the preservation of existence of the nation as a nation that is able to carry itself. And with the surplus of this minimum amount, it is possible to devote for the sake of humaneness, for the general humanity without any difference of nation or race.
This presents exact boundaries to the Jewish nation, and if it crosses them, if it cares for itself more than is needed in order to serve others, then this worry damages it and again enters breakage. One needs to take for oneself only as much as is needed for connection for the sake of others. It’s not only the exaggerated need that causes damage, but also excess connection beyond need.
Question: Does this mean that according to the measure of advancement, man needs to determine limits for himself for worrying about his personal needs, and following them, begin his investment in the society?
Answer: In the meantime, we have no basis for similar calculations. Today all of us, in general, need to concentrate only on how to attain the connection between us. And afterward, when the connection is discovered, we’ll work on strengthening it, and then we’ll see and feel the limit. It’s like my worrying about my health in order to serve others in bestowal. But if I worry about being alive and healthy above what is needed in order to serve others, then it is already a Klipa (shell), ego.
In that you constantly maintain this limit, you “sculpt” yourself, make a form of yourself. You maintain the intensity and the health of all your Kelim (desires/vessels) only for the sake of the opportunity to bestow. And this is called to receive for the sake of bestowal.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/15/12, Writings of Baal HaSulam