The nations of the world are these desires that draw us to all the pleasures of material life and to all its problems. But all of these very much carry away a person.
We see how, despite the fact that people come to the wisdom of Kabbalah, which is engaged precisely in destroying evil in people and bringing them to the level where they become kind and do good to others, our world pulls them in the opposite direction.
Here we need to confront our egoism. This is what the Torah calls for.
A person must rise to such a level that he takes only what he needs for existence from this world and everything else he directs only toward the attainment of the upper world.
This doesn’t mean that we have to sleep on the ground, live on bread and water, and lead a meager life. A person should have everything that his body requires. For example, it can demand five meals a day, sleep on the feather bed and not on a simple mattress, and so on.
We should start with fulfilling its requests reasonably. Then gradually, as a person moves into the quality of bestowal in connection with others, his demands for life will change naturally, without coercion.
It doesn’t matter what these demands will be! When a person’s intentions are aimed at giving to others and in attracting others toward unity, then it does not matter what his body requires. Give it what it wants so that it does not interfere with his internal development.
Question: Does it mean that if the head is directed upward, the body will gradually come to the state of modesty?
Answer: Of course, however, not because of beliefs and various spiritual practices but in a natural way.
A person is where his thoughts are. Therefore, all the rest comes to the naturally minimal, normal level that is required for a person. His material level automatically restricts itself in accordance with the level at which he is in spirituality.
It becomes ordinary, which does not distract him with any worries; it is good if he has it, but it is also all right if not. The main thing is where your thoughts are.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/21/16