Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 33: And you must know that any contentment of our Maker from bestowing upon His creatures depends on the extent that the creatures feel Him—that He is the giver, and that He is the one who delights them. For then He takes great pleasure in them, as a father playing with his beloved son…
…to the degree that the son feels and recognizes the greatness and exaltedness of his father, and his father shows him all the treasures he had prepared for him….that for this contentment and delight with those whole ones, it was worth His while to create all the worlds, Higher and lower alike.
By means of these worlds we reach awareness of the Creator, the awareness of His actions, and to the degree that we discover them, we enjoy them. We enjoy the awareness of the greatness, awareness of the wholeness of the Creator and of His activities, for in our perception this is the same thing, and with this we give Him contentment.
So it is also pleasant for a father whose son recognizes his greatness more and more, that he is good and beneficent and loving. For this the son also improves and becomes better, becomes like the father, and in precisely this way he becomes aware of him and gets pleasure from this. In our world this is not so: Here, no matter how much you give to children, this doesn’t guarantee their right reaction in return.
On the other hand, in spirituality the Creator created a correct system of mutual relationships. The son must be like the father according to equivalence of form, and it is precisely this that makes it possible for him to be aware of the love and the wisdom of the father who does everything for the son but on condition that the son can receive all the good of the father without this harming him, rather the opposite, he advances towards a better state.
This is to say, you must be concerned about education. And only within the framework of education, through this, the son will reach pleasure in his life. And his pleasure will be for the sake of bestowal. So through this process he will become aware of the father and his love for him.
And the father himself withdraws his actions and suffers from it. He wants to give the son everything good, but is ready to withdraw solely and only so that the son will have the opportunity to correct himself gradually through the right education and this way he gets pleasure from the work, from the actions in the state that is completely opposite to his original egoistic desire.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/20/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam