From Baal HaSulam’s article “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot,” Item 4: From that you can deduce about the wisdom of truth, which contains all the secular teachings within it, which are its “seven little maids.” This is the entirety of the human species and the purpose for which all the worlds were created, as it is written, “If My covenant be not with day and night, if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth.”
This is what has sustained us thus far, to maintain the armies and the wall around the wisdom of truth, so no stranger or foreigner would break in and put it in their vessels to go and trade it in the market, as with the secular sages. This was so because all who entered have already been tested by seven tests until it was certain beyond any concern and suspicion.
The science that explains the fundamentals of creation is inside a person. It explains how one can change oneself so that one understands the creation in its authentic form called the world of Infinity.
The science of Kabbalah is fundamental, as it is about the nature of the Creator and the nature creation and how the creation can attain the Creator. The creation senses this world under the condition that its perception are almost completely reduced. Instead of ten Sefirot (Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin and Malchut), the creation possesses only five material senses: vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. Working with these five organs of sensation, the creation learns the laws of this world and names them “material sciences,” which reveal themselves through the egoistic desire.
Our reality given to us in the form of intellectual perceptions and sensations of this world exists only to serve as a basis that allows us to reach the Creator. Attainment of the Creator is the goal of the creation. The creation must reach the Creator, i.e. reveal Him and attain His level and His properties. Scientists presumed that it is not worth revealing the secrets of science to small egoists so that they wouldn’t make them the objects of trade on the market; however, Kabbalists never prohibited spreading their knowledge. On the contrary, they disseminated the fundamentals of the wisdom to the nations of the world.
One studies according to one’s desire. This explains why Plato and Aristotle studied the basics of Kabbalah and then based on this knowledge; they initiated the development of earthly sciences. Kabbalists were never against dissemination of knowledge since it stimulated the world’s progress. It instigated a rapid revelation of malevolence, acknowledgement of the evil inclination, and the necessity to correct them, to ascend to the authentic wisdom, thus rising to the true state, the world of Infinity.
Conversely, the wisdom of Kabbalah could have stopped the egoistic development. That’s why Baal HaSulam wrote that premature revelation of the wisdom of Kabbalah caused many problems and launched numerous mystical teachings. We haven’t fulfilled things we were supposed to, thus, we have to go through pain because Kabbalah was revealed prematurely. If we behaved differently, the program of creation could have been more favorable.
Even though an untimely revelation of Kabbalah brought troubles to the people of Israel, today we are at the doorstep of the final redemption. From now on, our correction and attainment of the true world depends only on us. Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah is open to everyone.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/11/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam