Baal HaSulam, “The Love of the Creator and the Love of the Created Being”: By that the creature develops in the degrees of the above sublimity until one loses any form of self-love and self-reception. In that state, one’s every attribute is either to bestow or to receive in order to bestow. Our sages said about that, ‘The Mitzvot were only given in order to cleanse people with,’ and then one cleaves to one’s root, as it says, ‘and to cleave onto Him.’
Why are we here in this world, the worst of all possible worlds, at the step below which there is nothing? Only for one reason, to learn to bestow and go through all the stages on the way until we reach full adaptation to the Creator, which is called “to cleave onto Him.”
This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah tells us. It corrects the evil inclination that was initially given to us and which develops in us. This means that we have to learn how to correctly use the method which has the Light that Reforms and learn to do the right actions in order to provoke this Light, since it corrects us and thus we advance.
Actually these are all the actions we have to perform, actions of bestowal by which we always provoke the greatest Light that Reforms upon ourselves. It already knows which desire needs to be corrected and what the phases of correction are. We don’t have to do its job since in the meantime we cannot even speak about it. Let it correct us since it is its business and we just have to give it a chance. This is what it depends on, and giving it a chance is our responsibility.
So there is nothing else we can do but actions by which we bring contentment to the other and help him. Why? This is the commandment of the upper. I don’t care about the other at all and I don’t want to get to know him; I don’t feel him at all. But there is an upper force and it obliges me to do so and explains to me that it is by such actions that I can bring it contentment. Thus I turn to the other.
It is therefore clear that if I help the other without the intention of bringing the Creator contentment, these are false actions that lead me to the opposite result, to destruction. It is because the Creator has created everything for so that we will reach Him. The nice urges to do something for the sake of humanity, like communism in Russia or the Kibbutzim movement, only lead to destruction.
I have to fulfill the principle of “Israel, the Torah, and the Creator are one” in all my actions. “Israel” is me, the “Torah” is the right connection between me and all of humanity starting from the people who are closest to me to the most distant, the connection that the Light that Reforms has established. The Creator is what is revealed as what encompasses this network.
The fulfillment is in the relations between people. The Light that Reforms carries it out and I evoke it, and everything is in order to allow the Creator to be revealed, since this is what brings Him contentment. So we mustn’t avoid the general, humanity, and especially the group, my group of ten…
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/2/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam