When I desire to reach the purpose of creation and I direct myself straight at it, I receive from it one hundred percent help and strength.
But when I move in a different direction, the Light must influence me, my desire to receive pleasure, to the extent of my deviation in order to overpower it and return me to the proper path.
I perceive the difference between being precisely directed towards the goal and deviating from it as suffering. This suffering forces me to return.
This is like when a small child whose hand I am holding wants to pull me somewhere aside and I hold him and pull him back, so he pulls me in another direction, and I pull him back again.
It is the same with us. When we deviate from the path, the Light returns us by force. But we feel this force acting in opposition to our desire, we feel it as evil: illnesses, problems, suffering, wars, and death.
This is why, if we want to advance in the good way, like good children, so we will not suffer any more, we need to ask: How do we obey and advance down the correct path, straight, and without mistakes?
Baal HaSulam writes that there is a simple formula: “Israel (those who aspire towards the Creator: Yashar – straight and El – Creator), Torah (which comes from the words “Ohr” – Light and “Ora’a” – instruction) and the Creator are one.”
I am Israel. Torah is the Light that will influence me, advancing me down the good and the straight path. The Creator is bestowal.
When I connect the attainment of the goal with the group, in the group, I become part of it and I desire to reveal the Creator in the connection between us. I am definitely advancing in the right direction when I do this.
For this reason, when we read The Zohar, wishing to attract its Light towards us, we need to concern ourselves as much as possible with this Light becoming properly manifested.
This is because Torah can be both the elixir of life and deadly poison. And it can happen that we will go in a completely different direction, and then it is written: “Preferably, sit and do nothing.”
This is why we should arm ourselves with the correct intention and remember that we are all reading The Zohar so the Light will bring us unity.
And it does not matter what we read, how much of it we understand, whether we hear and understand the language. The intention is what matters.
This is because the “amazing” force (Segula) of The Zohar only affects man in accordance with his desire. For this reason once we want to connect, the Creator will become revealed in this connection.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/22/10, The Zohar