Question: What is the revelation of the upper force that controls all of creation?
Answer: Kabbalists are people who are the sons of Adam. The first Kabbalist who discovered the upper reality is called Adam. He was the first who felt the desire to reveal the meaning of life and so he began to ask “What am I living for?” and to study it. Thus he advanced in his research and even wrote the book The Angel Raziel.
Then there were other Kabbalists who followed his research from one generation to the next: his sons and then the next generations until Noah and then Noah’s sons. The Torah tells us about the inner process a person goes through and how he develops in attaining the Creator.
We cannot simply ascend to some special force called the fore of bestowal if the only thing we know in our life is the force of the egoistic reception. The force of bestowal is the initial force, which included all of nature including the upper reality that is still concealed from us, and the lower reality, our small world.
Being the force of bestowal, it is totally unlimited. Because it is aimed at bringing delight to the creation, this force develops the whole world: the still, vegetative, animate, and speaking levels of nature. Because of the nature of bestowal, this force wants to bring all of creation to its level.
The nature of bestowal makes this force unlimited by time or place. It has no limits since it has no deficiency or a desire to receive but rather a surplus of positivity, a desire to give others the maximum. It is like a cow full of milk wanting to feed its offspring.
It is a great pain when you want to give someone something but there is no one you can give to. This is the need concealed in the attribute of bestowal. The creation stemmed from this desire to bestow and also the desire to receive so that there would be someone who would want to receive. This is how we begin to study about the creation, which stems from the Hebrew word “Bar” meaning external to bestowal.
We discover the relations between the force of bestowal, the Creator, the upper force, and the entire creation, which develops from small desire to receive that He created externally to Himself. With this begins the wisdom of Kabbalah, which explains how there is a desire and all its development from the beginning of creation until its ultimate state in which this desire has to fully resemble the upper force and to attain the same height of wholeness as the upper force.
Humanity has to go through this whole process. So far we have been through the first, second, and third levels that correspond to the evolution of the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature, which we see in the world around us. But we are talking about the inner desire of each level: of the still nature, the vegetative, and the animate.
Now, however, we have reached a state at which we have to begin to develop on the human level, the level of man (Adam), stemming from the Hebrew word “Domeh,” meaning to resemble the Creator
This is a very special level. On the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature, we developed unconsciously, being forced to without understanding and feeling who makes us advance, how we do it, and for what purpose. This is how all the previous generations lived: simply existing without knowing what is going on. The evolutionary process didn’t concern us and we didn’t care what it was for and where it was leading us, since who knows that?
But today we have reached the end of our evolution on the animate level and the current general global crisis is an indication of that. Every level ends with a crisis from which, thanks to the shattering, it is possible to ascend to the next level.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/12/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam