Question: What does an ordinary person practically gain from the wisdom of Kabbalah?
Answer: I don’t know what an ordinary person is. Everything is determined by a person’s desires. Each of us is a desire to receive, a desire to enjoy.
If the desire to enjoy is like a cat’s desire to catch a mouse, then I am a cat. If it is like a cow’s to eat grass, then I am a cow.
If my desire is to plant a tree, to build a home, and to have children, which in this world means that I am a human being, then I am a human being. If I have a desire to be rich, to acquire knowledge or respect, then I am a great man in this world and I already aspire to grow to this level. But all this is in the framework of our world, depending on my needs.
The point is that we have desires that cannot be fulfilled in our world, and this is where the need to discover the meaning of life stems from. It is seemingly a simple question, but it remains without an answer.
When a person begins to ask himself what he is living for and doesn’t find an answer in anything he does and this question leads him further onward, he is already called a human being because he asks himself about his goal, not about the animal inside him but about the human being inside him.
Question: Is a person programmed to attain spirituality?
Answer: Yes, the attraction to spirituality can awaken in a simple guy whereas it can be dormant in an Einstein type. It doesn’t matter.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/10/16