Baal HaSulam, “Anyone Who Is Sorry for the Public”: Therefore, a servant of the Creator who is not sorry for the public but feels only his own personal lack, his receptacle for abundance, is also not greater. As a result, he will not be able to receive the collective revelation of Godliness in the form of the comfort of the public, since he did not prepare a Kli to receive this collective discernment, but only his individual discernment.
Conversely, one who is sorry for the public and feels the troubles of the public as his own trouble is rewarded with seeing the complete revelation of the Shechina, meaning the comfort of the whole of Israel. Because his lack is a collective lack, the abundance of Kedusha [holiness] is also collective.
How can a Kabbalist feel the sorrow of the public? After all, the public has ordinary corporeal desires such as food, sex, money, honor, and knowledge. Should he regret that somebody lacks money or honor? No. A Kabbalist is sorry that the public is immersed in such desires, feeling sorry about it to such an extent that he is rewarded with seeing the correction of the public. A Kabbalist prays for the public and receives the light from above in order to convey it to people, correct them, and fulfill them. This correction makes a person capable of becoming a channel for the light.1
Restricting Egoism for the Sake of Connection
We do not delve into the study of our differences but simply try to connect and want to see ourselves as one man. I perform a restriction for the sake of connection, restricting my egoism in order to make room for the connection with a friend.
Restriction cannot be egoistic. If I am restricting for myself, it only seems to me that I am restricting my egoism. True restriction always happens only for the sake of accepting the other: the end result should always be in the initial thought. I want to connect with the friend and give him room in my heart, and thus, I perform a restriction. A spiritual action begins with the final result, with the intention, and only then it is carried out.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/30/19, “The Benefit of Moving into a World Ten – Contraction and Expansion” (Preparation for the Convention in Bulgaria)
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