Baal HaSulam, Introduction to the book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot, Section 7: Thus, there are two ways to attain the above-mentioned goal: through their own attention, which is called a “Path of Repentance.” If they are awarded that, then “I will hasten it” will be applied to them. This means that there is no set time for it, but when they are awarded, the correction ends, of course.
If they are not awarded the attention, there is another way, called “Path of Suffering.” As the Sanhedrin said, “I place upon them a king such as Haman, and they will repent against their will,” meaning in its time, for in that there is a set time.
By that, they wanted to show us…
… as it is written, “Canst thou send forth lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee: ‘Here we are’?”
There is a path of pain that can cleanse any defect and materialism until one realizes how to raise one’s head out of the beastly crib, to soar and climb the rungs of the ladder of happiness and human success, for one will cleave to one’s root and complete the aim.
Not one of us can take his head out of this feeding trough. It is impossible to be detached from the feeding trough, and we must realize this as quickly as possible.
However, it is only possible to do this together, and essentially, in this is the difference between the “path of suffering” and the “way of Torah,” between Beito (Path of Suffering) and Achishena (Path of Light)
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/14/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam