Question: When does a person begin to study the wisdom of Kabbalah?
Answer: When attainment of the Creator becomes the central desire in his life and everything else is only for discovering the Creator within this desire.
Question: You said, “to some extent, a Kabbalist perceives everything that exists in the universe as his own. For the most part, it is humanity’s desire that he feels as his own.
“And it is not easy at all. This imposes a big change in his impressions of the world, brings corresponding reactions within him.”
Does this mean that the existence of the two main Mitzvot (commandments), to love the Creator with all your heart and mind, basically means that you must learn to love yourself? In fact, does this mean that you are fulfilling the Mitzva, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18), and this is what it means to be filled with the Upper Light?
Answer: Generally yes, even though it is possible to interpret these words in different ways.