The spiritual world is a world of qualities which is dominated by the attribute of bestowal, the force of bestowal, the attribute of love and giving. If a person has this attribute, it means that he is in the spiritual world.
If an opposite property dominates a person, the attribute of receiving, and he is totally immersed in it, it means that he is in the corporeal world.
Everything depends on the force that operates in you, that dominates you and that manages you. If it is the force of receiving, egoistic desires and calculations, it means that you feel the corporeal world and live in it. But if you suddenly acquire the force of bestowal and are incorporated in it, it means that you are in the spiritual world. We cannot imagine the difference between the two worlds. It is impossible to describe or to explain it.
Because the desire to receive needs to be corrected and its power is revealed temporarily, when it is over and succumbs to the domination of the desire to bestow, we are also in a desire to receive, in the perishable temporary matter, as we are born, live, and die. It is a replica of the spiritual force, the desire to receive, after seventy years, seventy levels, must disappear and turn into a desire to bestow.
Exile is a feeling in the desire to receive that has to undergo a change and reach the form of bestowal. The created being cannot bestow; he can only be a desire to receive, while bestowal is the attribute of the Creator. But when the desire to receive works with the intention of in order to bestow and enslaves itself to others and to the Creator, it means that it bestows.
Thus we can be in only two states; Pharaoh’s slave working for the desire to receive, or the Creator’s servant working for the desire to bestow. All our work is to help ourselves and the whole world reach the desire to bestow and to delight the Creator.
If we don’t add this goal, it isn’t a desire to bestow anymore. The desire to bestow can be expressed only in one way, by delighting the Creator, because then this desire, this inclination, is detached from me and doesn’t receive a reward. It does come from me, but doesn’t return to me.
If I operate for the sake of the created beings, the friends, the group, and don’t intend to delight the Creator by that, it means that I don’t follow the line of bestowal to the end and that I still operate for my own sake. Only if I intend to reach the Creator is my intention relatively pure, according to my level.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/7/14, Writings of the Ari