Answer: He feels that they are about to receive a wonderful reward. On the whole they are already receiving it, but they cannot feel it at the moment because they haven’t corrected their vessels, their desires yet.
Suppose I give my little son a thousand dollar bill. He only knows that it is money, but he has no idea what this “paper” is worth and so he holds it for a while and then throws it on the floor. If he could understand what I gave him, he would use the money and buy a lot of ice cream, candy, and toys, but he doesn’t know how to turn this note into pleasure yet.
We are the same and even worse, instead of enjoying we feel pain and we suffer. I invest my exertion, and in return I receive a descent, a fall, a bad feeling. What kind of a reward is this? The point is that we really make great efforts, but we haven’t completed our correction yet so that we can receive the reward, the payment correctly. So we receive the payment, but we don’t understand that it is the payment and we don’t pay attention to it.
Imagine a donkey that is served cream cakes, but he doesn’t need cakes; he needs grain and water. He doesn’t like anything but that since for him grain and water are the greatest pleasure.
This is also what I understand. We have been served a large wonderful “cake,” but first we have to correct ourselves in order to be adaptable to this pleasure. I have received the pleasure, but at the moment it’s felt as suffering. It’s because we are hungry and we are looking for our “grain” and don’t understand at all what this business with the cream cake is.
I wonder and resent this. “What do I need this for?” and in reply I hear: “Advance to the human level, and you will enjoy it.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/20/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam