Rabash, “The Matter of Yenika and Ibur:” … Meaning he does not have to see that he will have happiness from the work, rather what he has to see is that he has to prepare himself to know whom he is working for and what its importance is, and joy is the result of it, meaning to say that if he has no joy in the work, he has no idea of the importance of the Creator, and then he has to correct himself in the matter of faith.
The forces are taken from the recognition of the importance and greatness of the Creator, the goal, the understanding of for whom we work, whom we approach and become similar to. Becoming closer is possible only due to the equivalence of form, but from where can we take forces that enable us to work against our nature? It is only from the environment. That is why the greatness of the upper depends only on the environment, and we need to work on it.
If this is a usual, egoistic desire, then we create religion. Religion is built on the greatness and importance of some object revered among the masses despite the fact that it is not familiar to them, has not been revealed or understood. On the contrary, just because it is not understood and not revealed and this is not even a goal, it is called faith, which is blind and not leading to attainment. That is why the simpler a person is, the higher and more righteous he is considered in faith because he is ready to be loyal without any knowledge.
However, Kabbalah sets another goal for us: “Get to know your Creator and work for Him!” That is, we need to know, to reveal Him. This is precisely the purpose of creation: so that we are happy and enjoy the feeling of closeness to our King to the point of full adhesion. Adhesion means complete attainment of the entire height of the Creation that has reached a similarity to the Creator. They become equal to each other.
So here we need a completely different work. Attaining the greatness of the upper one occurs in two stages. In the first stage, we talk about the greatness of the goal, the Creator, whom we want to reveal, about the upper force besides which there is nothing else, and impress each other. We become inspired by getting closer to the revelation of this highest quality that exists between us, hidden for the time being, but will be revealed soon.
This is not mere inspiration like in religious ecstasy, but it attracts the Surrounding Light to us. This is a huge difference. We are impressed with the greatness of the Creator and come closer to Him according to our desire to become similar to Him, that is, to get rid of the power of the evil inclination in us and go under the power of the good nature of bestowal. As it is written, “Would that they had forsaken Me but kept my Torah, since by occupying themselves therewith, the light which it contains would have led them back to the right path.”
We do not want to just reveal the Creator, the force of bestowal and love in us, but we really desire to be changed due to His Light and force. That is why we artificially create in ourselves the opinion of His greatness, which in essence is a sham because we do not feel so. However, we know that we are immersed in our egoism, the desire to enjoy, and that is why we have no other way to grow but to work against the current state. We do all this quite deliberately and under our control.
That is why in the usual understanding, faith means to close the eyes and not seek to know and attain anything. A person gets strength from his egoism, from the egoistic environment that allows him to act with the hope of great reward. The environment promises him the Garden of Eden, and all sorts of rewards in this life and future lives.
The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches the opposite because, as it is written, “The opinion of the Torah is opposite to the opinion of the egoistic masses.” We do not seek commonplace values, but want the force of bestowal and love for the other to rule in us. That is why faith for us is called the force of bestowal. “Believing in the Creator” means to bestow upon Him as the grateful guest upon the host. Thus, we become equal to Him.
Also, every time when we rise, we again need the environment to support the opinion that the Creator is great. However, it is not clear to us at all. This is necessary only in order to draw the Surrounding Light to ourselves that will give us the property of bestowal and allow us to rise above our egoism, to feel the other. The property of bestowal, the property of Bina, is called faith.
You can check your joy from this point of view: Is it the result of good deeds as it should be, that is, the action of bestowal, faith above reason? This means that bestowal should be above reception, above our egoistic desire, or do we feel joy because we enjoy our egoism? Then, it is egoistic joy, the joy of ruling egoism. Everything depends on what reigns within us. This is what should be checked.
From the Preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/10/13