Baal Hasulam, Shamati, #3, “The Matter of Spiritual Attainment”: In order for us to attain what He had wanted us to attain and understand it as “His desire to do good to His creations,” He created and imparted us with these senses, and these senses attain their impressions of the Upper Light. Accordingly, we have been given many discernments… .
In the end we attain what has been given to us to attain. Why is everything arranged specifically like this? This is unknown to us.
The Creator created something which is called a “desire for pleasure”; it receives some kind of “fulfillment” and is stimulated emotionally by what it “enjoys.” And the reaction of this desire that the Creator created is what we are talking about. This is our entire life. This is us.
The true essence of this desire is unknown to us. What exactly did the Creator create as “something from nothing”? What is its essence? Why does it awaken some kind of reaction, an emotion, stimulation, whenever it needs fulfillment? We have no answers. We are speaking only about the observations that we already perceive, but we are not ready to compare them with “from nothing.”
And who knows what will happen in the future? There, in the depths of the inaccessible, is found the essence of the things that came as something from something and something from nothing; something from something is fulfillment, and something from nothing is the lack.
We discern all kinds of phenomena within our desire to receive. And here Kabbalah, which studies and investigates the desire to receive, the “substance of creation,” and the stimulation of the desire to receive called fulfillment comes to our aid.
Fulfillment can be either positive or negative: From positive fulfillment the desire enjoys, from negative fulfillment or a lack of fulfillment, the desire suffers. That is how its reaction is established.
These things are individual; they belong to this desire, while other desires feel and establish them in another manner. All of the measurements and definitions are established only according to the way in which particular phenomena are revealed.
In a manner like this, we don’t know what constitutes the desire to receive in itself. We only know about the emotion that we feel with it. We call this emotion “life,” “vital energy.” And the desire in itself remains a secret. What the desire wants is one thing, and what the desire truly is, is another thing.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/13/13, Shamati #3 “The Matter of Spiritual Attainment“