Baal HaSulam, “One Commandment:” …it is possible for the smallest of prophets to succeed in his prophecy even more than the greatest prophet—concerning the above-mentioned speed—since he relies on revelations of prior prophets, who paved his way for him. Obviously, it also depends on the development of his listeners, since clear and concise words require a more developed generation so they can understand him. And if these two additions join one small degree, he can succeed far more than a great one.
The main thing is that the generation is able to accept our message. Here, time does its thing, until the time to act comes, and then precisely the small one can become a mediator, conveying down the spiritual idea.
After all, a great one, in his perfection, is like the lord who makes decisions at the highest level and not condescending to the “local” details. Many agents stand between him and an average person and yet this person needs specific help in his ordinary, everyday life.
That is why, in a sense, the small one is closer to people than the great one. It is because he can talk more simply and lead them to the degrees of attainment, explaining their work in detail.
The great one is far from the masses. Baal HaSulam writes in “The Prophecy of Baal HaSulam” that he asked to lower himself so as to be able to explain to people. For this, he went down to a lower degree and then passed the method down.
On the other hand, at the highest levels he would not have been able to write for us. There, attainment cannot be expressed in writing, in an understandable language. It is available only in the form of Gematria characters or by the words he wrote in his notebooks, the words that do not exist in our world. After all, the forces and laws, governing combinations of letters at their source under the Parsa of Bina do not function at the highest degrees, and therefore, it is necessary to descend below Chazeh of Partzuf AVI and proceed to new Zivugim there.
However, in any case, it is not about people but about the degrees and of course, either the small or the great one, descending to a lower degree, can bring us much more good—in any case, at this stage of the path.
So, for us, the one who is close to us is important but not the one who is far. If today, we met Baal HaSulam or someone from our forefathers—if, theoretically, we had come into contact with the soul, separated from us let’s say by a hundred degrees—we could have done nothing about it. We simply would have nothing to ask.
Our generation needs connection with a Kabbalist in a series of ascents, descents, and all sorts of states as we are imbued with the desires of the environment. Even our questions arise from our study. If he had not taught us, we would have had almost nothing to ask, in fact, as the whole world…
It turns out that the one who is close is important.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/29/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam