Answer: A person’s greatest pleasure is achieved when others praise and honor him, actually carry him on their shoulders, when he feels that he is higher than others and that others need him.
A person has no need for anything else in life other than feeling the importance of his personality; this is the highest form of ego. It extends to the level in which he demands that the Creator honor him. It is like The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish: it served him and fulfilled its mission.
Question: The whole world turns to the Creator with requests. So isn’t someone who asks the Creator for anything an egoist?
Answer: It depends on what you are asking for and for what purpose.
Question: Suppose I ask for money or health for myself or my family?
Answer: That is what little egoists ask. But they also don’t get anything, but simply ask.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/26/17