Answer: Sorrow stands for exertion and efforts. According to the exertion we have invested, we receive the reward. The exertion is only with regard to one thing: choosing the environment. The more we are incorporated in the group, in its center, despite the different problems and obstacles, as it is there that we find the point of connection and then the adhesion with the Creator.
In everything that we study about the shattering of the vessels and their correction, in all of Rabash’s articles, in the practical work that we do with the public, we see that there is no other option but the group. Like birds that keep returning to the nest bringing more twigs each time, we too have to bring all our hopes and efforts to the center of the group because it is there in the center that we will discover the Creator.
To the extent that each one is incorporated in the center of the group and annuls himself, he will find the answer to all his hopes. Those who don’t do that and draw away will accordingly not succeed in anything. Let’s hope that they will be able to see this and refocus on correction.
There is nowhere else to discover the spiritual world, no other entrance to the spiritual world except for the center of the group which is as fine as an eye of a needle. When you reach it you don’t transcend to another place through this tiny hole, but you attain everything in that central point of connection. The more you focus on it, you eventually reach the actual point that has no space, and it’s there that you begin to feel spirituality, the next dimension.
So there is nowhere to run to or escape; you will find it all here in the group or you won’t find it anywhere! This is where the principle of “love thy friend as thyself” stems. It isn’t just nice words and not some psychological trick since it isn’t about an egoistic connection but about a corrected connection. Although the words may be the same, the meaning is totally different.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/27/13, Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot