Answer: Bestowal upon another means that I help the other advance towards the goal. It isn’t bestowal unless it is about necessity. Everyone needs the basic necessities to exist, since the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature have to exist on something, but in every other sense, we only have to help the other go through the phase of development of the “speaking” level.
As for the immediate punishment for not keeping the law of bestowal, this cannot be. It is because the immediate punishment would activate you like the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature—when you do something wrong, and you are immediately punished; you do something right and you immediately get a reward. Then you are simply “programmed” just like an animal.
What’s the use of that if there is not the “human being” growing in you? He can only grow from the recognition and understanding, by developing and acquiring new attributes, and most importantly by acquiring new values, by raising himself upward, above the current level, and above unnecessary decisions.
A person grows something that resembles the Creator in himself. My body, my whole world, belongs to the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature. Now, however, I rise higher and build the “speaking” part in me that resembles the Creator (∾).
There is no such thing in our world, but this is actually what becomes my “self.” I sustain everything else only on the level of the necessary corporeal existence.
So it doesn’t work according to the principle of “give and take,” and the system of allowed and forbidden doesn’t fit here. It is because I have to build something above me.
The question here is as to my inclination and my tendency. It is a fact that I will fall and rise over and over again, as it says: “A righteous shall fall and rise a thousand times,” but do I want that? Am I attracted to that? Do I value this path and this direction? I am required to have an urge for that: “Do you want this to happen?” Do I cherish and develop the inclination and the desire for it”—”But how can I? I am but a “piece” of egoistic desire? “You have an environment, a group, a teacher, books, the Light that Reforms, everything that you need. It is up to you.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/8/13, “The Peace”