Before the exodus from the Egyptian exile, a person enters a dark period, when every day he finds himself deeper and deeper in his egoism, having less and less strength to fight against it. The desire to enjoy sends him all sorts of extraneous thoughts, desires, and actions, increasingly distant from spirituality. It seems to a person that instead of advancing, he goes backward.
He is then tempted to turn to religion, which promises a reward right on the spot for every action taken, as if a single action is sufficient for correction. This, of course, is attractive, and a person leaves.
Rabash writes that specifically such people who have been engaged in Kabbalah for a long time, have made good progress, and then left without entering the spiritual world, risk becoming the greatest opponents of Kabbalah, even its enemies. On one hand, they seem to understand what it is about, and on the other hand, they have no attainment.
There is no other force acting in reality other than the Creator. He only allows the created being to realize what happens to it and what the upper force does with it. The created being must apply all efforts to this point of awareness. But in fact, before, now, and in the future, at all times, on all levels, only the Creator acted and will act.
And we are charged with revealing His work. We do not influence the work itself, but we want to appreciate it and attain the entire greatness of the Creator.
It is written, “I and not a messenger,” meaning the Creator Himself takes us out of Egypt. This means that we are in direct contact with the Creator, with the upper force, without any intermediaries. “Intermediary” means that in my demand I do not yet feel myself directly before the Creator and do not connect all my hopes for salvation only with Him.
We need to make enormous efforts now, so that everyone scrutinizes his own condition and feels that this is the Egyptian exile. The sign of the exodus from Egypt being close is a feeling of utter hopelessness in absolutely everything, from all sides. In this state of despair, the Creator reveals Himself and saves us. However, we need to scrutinize this state together—this has to be our common decision. One cannot exit Egypt alone. It is doable only by serious awareness in the general Kli.
Egoism assures a person that the path should not be as difficult and uncompromising as the wisdom of Kabbalah suggests. Why torment yourself fighting with your egoism? There are many psychological methods that allow you to calm down and get along with your desire to enjoy.
Clearly, this is very attractive. Therefore, from the moment the wisdom of Kabbalah emerged, throughout history many different methodologies developed in parallel with it. And when the wisdom of Kabbalah went into concealment, this became a reason for the emergence of three world religions.
Religion sweetens a person’s life, allowing one to perform external actions instead of internal ones and promises a reward for it in this world and in the future world. It is clear that egoism seeks to compensate for itself.
However, from above, it is specifically organized so that there are other systems apart from Kabbalah, which help find out what egoism is in relation to the force of bestowal, the force of the Creator. Therefore, all religions and methodologies are needed and nothing can be destroyed. Our task is only to continue clarifying the desire of the upper one.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/28/18, Writings of Rabash, Vol. 2, Article 8