Question: Baal HaSulam, in his article “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” writes that “the general and the particular are equal.” What does that mean?
Answer: The spiritual cannot be divided into parts and that is why any small part of the spiritual system has absolutely the same value as the entire system.
By removing even the smallest, microscopic particle from the system, we destroy it completely because each grain of the spiritual system exists in absolutely all of its parts! In this manner, the absence of a tiny particle carries with it the disruption of the correct functioning of the entire system.
From this comes the principle that the general and the particular are equal. In other words, if there is a small gap, an omission, a disturbance, or a breakdown, it manifests in the entire system!
Question: How is this principle applied in practice?
Answer: In spirituality we must always strive toward wholeness. The difference between the 125 levels lies in that we increasingly come to more completely encompassing our connection to the general system.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/26/17