When opening an article written by a Kabbalist, I must first examine my relation to its author. He must be an unquestionable authority for me while I myself am a mere tiny sliver of wood carried by the water’s current.
I have to be willing to follow him and engage my mind with his, removing all my criticism, feelings, and definitions, absolutely everything. I need to forget everything I know so far, because it has already been processed by my mind, and therefore is flawed. I must withdraw from all my emotions and just enter him.
This is the first stage of the correct reading of a Kabbalistic source: the annulment of self before someone greater, someone who wishes to give me something right now. Later on, I will be able to engage my mind and feelings so I may see how well I connect with what I have read and to what degree I feel and agree with it. But at the same time, I still must be immersed in it.
Not so long ago, it was very difficult to obtain Kabbalistic books, so every piece of paper used by a Kabbalist to scribble on was viewed as a great revelation from above. And even though you didn’t understand one word of it, through these lines you still tried to find the key to spirituality.
And today everything is available in writing, but people don’t want to open these books since spirituality doesn’t entice them. Such is human nature: When everything is too easy to get, it doesn’t seem attractive. But for us, these texts are as vital as air.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/10/10, Writings of Rabash