An inner craving for knowledge, for advancement, and for scientific development is inherent in humanity. However, we must come to a clear realization that only equivalence of form with the upper force will give us satisfaction worthy of a human. Everything else is just a Klipa, which we should not touch.
It seems to us that with the help of external knowledge will we achieve something, but soon we will reach a crisis in science. Everything that has been developed by humanity, except the soul, is work on idols, which does not bring any benefit; on the contrary, it leads us in the opposite direction. In the end, it makes us repent and raise our hands.1
In the corporeal world, a hero is the one who wants to triumph over others with his egoism. In the spiritual world, a hero is the one who overcomes his own egoism.2
Envy is the most powerful force. I cannot stand that another person has what I should have. This feeling is so strong because it comes from the influence of the light from above that lets me feel the other person as myself. Therefore, I envy him because all his accomplishments, compared to what I see in myself, seem to be multiplied many times, according to the distance between us.3
Envy stems from the fact that we come from the single soul of Adam HaRishon; therefore we can feel each other, can see what a friend has. Egoism multiplies many times over what I see in a friend so that even the most insignificant thing in the hands of others seems very valuable to me and I want to have it. It seems to me that I am lacking exactly what he has and if I get it, I will be completely fulfilled. This comes from the system of Adam HaRishon.4
If I feel envy, a certain desire, it means that I have to work with it. We are not responsible for our desire and its character—desire appears and disappears, and returns again. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, we are not at war with any desire, but we simply become more integrated into the correct environment where we get the right direction and strength.
A person has no chance of defeating his desire in a frontal battle face to face and there is no reason to attempt it. I must regard all desires as sent to me in order to grow because of them. If I destroy a desire, I cannot grow. I must rise above the desire and prefer spiritual advancement to it. This is possible through connection with the environment and appeal to the Creator, the implementation of the method of correction.
I do not even take into account the desires that are revealed in me because I do not intend to realize them. I see them only as a springboard from which I have to push off in order to jump up. That would be the right attitude.5
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/13/19, Introduction to the Book Panim Meirot uMasbirot
1 Minute 10:00
2 Minute 26:17
3 Minute 26:58
4 Minute 30:05
5 Minute 47:35