Which Forces Does Kabbalah Operate?


Question: Which forces does Kabbalah operate?

Answer: Two forces exist in nature: the force of reception and the force of bestowal, plus and minus. They affect our desire. The desire to receive exists in each of us from the beginning—we are born with it. The desire to bestow, however, we must win for ourselves from nature, from the Creator.

Everything happens as in physics: one force repels, the other attracts. We act based on these natural properties. Even when we talk about desires, prayer, and aspirations, we mean only forces.

The force to receive is our nature: I want to pull that which I desire to me, to get the maximum pleasure with the minimum effort.

The power of bestowal is the power of Light. If I absorb the desire of a friend, if I want my friend to receive and I try to fill this desire, then the strength with which I want to do this is called the power of bestowal.

It needs to be discovered, just like electricity was discovered. To do this, I need to feel a friend more closely than myself. When I reveal the power of bestowal, I begin to adjust myself with the help of both forces. Between them, I am able more and more to determine the joint property of bestowal and reception in which I feel the Creator.

The most important thing for me is to reveal the Creator as much as possible between these two opposite forces: reception and bestowal.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 2/4/18

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