Question: Why does Baal HaSulam recommend to start studying the spiritual worlds specifically through the language of the wisdom of Kabbalah and not through the language of Torah, stories (legends), and others?
Answer: It is because those languages are inaccurate, allegorical.
Question: How must one relate to reading a text in the language of legends if there are always physical images, the crossing of the sea with Moses in the lead?
Answer: This is a problem. I believe that it is preferable not to read texts like these. Likewise, seeing movies like these is strictly forbidden because they lead us away from the right spiritual actions.
Question: In the article, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence,” Baal HaSulam teaches that the advantage of the language of the wisdom of Kabbalah is that it doesn’t confuse a person because worldly associations don’t appear in us at all, whereas, when reading the text in other languages, an entire “Hollywood movie” pops up in one’s head. Do those who have been studying the wisdom of Kabbalah for a long time have an antidote for content of this type?
Answer: In any case, without a choice, even if it is not clear, all kinds of physical images appear even for them. If they read: “Angels (particular forces) came to Abraham (a particular Kli),” in any case, they will even partially materialize this image. For the meantime, this is problematic.
Question: Is there something in the language of legends that is missing in other languages?
Answer: Feelings, the language of legends can convey countless shades of feelings. We will begin to grasp and translate these feelings within us in a correct way only when we are in spiritual attainment, then this language will receive the right “form” within us, within precise sensations.
Question: What is the uniqueness of the laws of language?
Answer: Language laws are very strict and precise. They fully transmit how every branch in our world matches its root in the spiritual world; they provide minute details about everything. But for people who have not attained the upper world, it is very difficult to connect this to particular spiritual actions, only to physical actions. In the Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Baal HaSulam writes that the most active, highest, and universal language is the language of the wisdom of Kabbalah. It doesn’t use images from our world, neither emotional nor theoretical images like in the language of legends, nor details about our world like the language of laws. It is a language of direct interrelationships between spiritual objects.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/1