The external public are our external vessels, like the last two levels (the garments and palace) of the five levels of the soul “root, soul, body, garments, palace.” They require the “Light of Hochma” from us, although it seems that they ask for “bread and circuses,” as the crowds cried for in ancient Rome. But the “bread and entertainment” in their understanding, on our stage is transformed into Light.
We have neither bread nor entertainment for them and we will not provide it. We must educate the public so that they themselves will be able to bring the entire society to the form that will fulfill them. They will think that everyone got exactly what he had asked for: bread and entertainment, no matter what, the most important thing is that he feels good. It is like with a little child: He demands a toy but you take him to ride a merry-go-round and he forgets about the toy.
If we feel the desires of the public, we will obtain a huge incentive to connect with each other and draw the upper force because we have to pass it outside and fill the external desires. Then, we will have to work.
But without this external force putting pressure on us, only the path of suffering will be left for us. We will be able to switch to the path of the Torah only under the gradual pressure of the outside world that will oblige us to draw the Light.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/10/13, Writings of Rabash