How Can One Measure The Soul’s Devotion?

laitman_250When studying Kabbalah, one should strive not only to grow wiser by receiving new knowledge, but most importantly, to change one’s feelings so that the heart changes and expands. The heart learns to feel the higher phenomena that are inaccessible to us now, the actions of bestowal and unification. They are above our reason.

In Kabbalah, there is a concept of “faith above reason.” Knowledge is what corresponds to reason. To the extent of my understanding, I am able to give, knowing that it will do me good. I come to the store and give money in exchange for goods. There is no problem with that.

But, there is no faith above reason in our world. Where can I get the extra power for bestowal above reason? According to my understanding, I’m ready to pay two dollars for a cup of coffee, and I’m asked to pay twenty dollars instead of two, for some good cause. Where do I get the strength to give up the extra eighteen dollars?

The power that gives me the opportunity to do extra work, to make extra efforts and sacrifice my egoism is called “faith.” This is what we need to strive for. Only in this way can it be measured as to how much I really give. And this comes not from my reasonable calculation, but from the desire to give to the Host.

In other words, I give above the calculation of how much I received from Him and am ready to compensate Him, but completely unselfishly. This is what is called the devotion of the soul when I am ready do give Him the entire world even if I get nothing from Him.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/21/18, Talmud Eser Sefirot

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