Answer: In essence, you are asking what is the purpose of our corporeal body?
The fact is, a corporeal body is given to us so we could start to identify with the soul, reveal it, develop it, and from a certain state, as if, exit outside of the body and start working there.
Question: As a Kabbalist, do you still take care of your body? Is it important to you?
Answer: Of course. Due to the fact that I exist in my body, I attain, develop, and correct my soul. However, the body itself participates in this only indirectly.
Question: Does it mean developing one’s soul is possible only from a state when a person exists in his corporeal body?
Answer: Yes, but the soul does not relate to the body, meaning that when I live in a body, I develop my soul.
Question: And how is it done?
Answer: Our soul is called our desires. The desires can be either negative, egoistic ones or positive, altruistic ones. We work on them so the altruistic desires would always prevail over the egoistic ones; we build our soul.
From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/11/18