Question: Some friends, when they go out to people, cynically believe that we are involved with education in order to teach them how to live. But the external public feels very strongly that through their arrogance they are putting themselves above the public. How can this be avoided so that we can be sincere towards the general public?
Answer: Personally I look at the external public as a public that doesn’t know itself but has enormous potential. In every housewife or street cleaner there is a latent, much greater potential than exists in me. So I have a very careful and helpful attitude towards them.
After all, in principle, it is they and not us who carry a tremendous desire, and when it begins to manifest in them, we see that street cleaner or housewife with such bottomless desires and such unlimited possibilities of adherence to constitute the entire shattered universal mass that doesn’t exist within us.
So, on the one hand, there exist actions in a line (Kav), and on the other hand, actions in circles (Igulim). We learn this in the second section of “The Study of the Ten Sefirot.”
If we are acting in a line, in this case, 99% of the general public don’t exist for us but only those who have the exact intention toward the Creator. However, if we are talking about a circle, about Malchut de Ein Sof (world of Infinity), about Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light), it belongs to 99% of humanity. There, everything is hidden in them.
So, we need to relate to them with the intention of the long run—not today, but in a few more years—but everything will be discovered from there, as it is written, “Be careful with the children of the poor, for the Torah will go forth from them” (Nedarim 81a), meaning the Light.
If ever I personally had a prejudice, a disregard, for Asians, South Americans, or Africans in comparison to Europeans and North Americans, in the process of becoming acquainted with them, my opinion has changed radically. They are not just equal in my understanding, but have changed places. Oddly enough, they are the bearers of such intellectual and analytic abilities, such potential of scrutiny and analysis, that doesn’t exist among the Europeans.
So, the circular Kli (vessel), the masses, are the bearers of very great potential possibilities and immense desires that will be discovered later, and with them, the Creator will be revealed..
From the Sochi Convention 6/9/14, Lesson 1