Question: Why does the Creator send suffering to people if they do not understand where it is coming from or its purpose?
Answer: There is a period of development when we are only able to advance through suffering, eventually the sufferings accumulate, and we begin to understand something through it. When suffering is so great that one is no longer able to tolerate it, the mind begins to work.
Before reasoning begins to work, I am just running from side to side, guided by my desire. Once suffering collects from the 1st degree, Behina Aleph, to the 2nd degree, Behina Bet – Bina (understanding, thought), I now begin to think: Where is this suffering coming from and why? Until then, I would just run away from it like an animal that questions nothing, somebody hits it and it runs.
It is as if there were an annoying fly or a mosquito buzzing around me; I try to wave it off, but it comes back a second later, and it just keeps coming back. It can keep coming back a thousand times because it has no reason. It exists on the level of consciousness that understands only one thing: Here you can find a drop of blood which is as sweet as honey to it, and off it goes!
And there is nothing you can do about it because there is only one active force, it is suffering from hunger and it can receive pleasure from me. We develop the same way, just like these mosquitoes, making constant attempts and circulating between pleasure and punishment, striving towards one and running from the other; yet our cup will not overflow.
So we rise to a different level of awareness and we begin to think: What causes this, and why. We begin to develop sciences, philosophy, psychology, medicine, tranquilizers, drugs, religion: anything to compensate for our suffering. But then we see that even this stops helping, we still remain empty.
And then the only things that remain are either drugs to disconnect from reality or Kabbalah to break through towards the truth.
It is impossible to miss a single stage of the path, anything missing will be lacking in the final corrected state. In Baal HaSulam’s family, there was a very ill person who suffered a lot. And Baal HaSulam said that we do not understand how beneficial even this physical suffering is to his soul.
Only the revelation of the purpose of creation can save us from blaming the Creator; although, what is the use of blaming the Creator.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/8/10, Writings of Baal HaSulam