For the Sake of the Neighbor or for the Sake of the Creator?
Question: Baal HaSulam writes that the method of Kabbalah involves two parts. The first part is the correction of a person’s relationship with the Creator; the second part is the correction of a person’s relationship with his friend. The second part is preferable. In the early stages of development it is more important.
Baal HaSulam then emphasizes a very interesting thing: there is no difference whether a person works for the sake of his friend or for the sake of the Creator since everything outside of him he feels nonexistent.
Why is there no difference between working for the Creator and for another person?
Answer: It is because it goes beyond the limits of my egoism, and it doesn’t matter to me who I work for. If you choose with whom to deal, from whom to receive, then, of course, the Creator is more preferable than some other person. But if you give to someone outside of yourself, outside of your egoism, then it doesn’t matter whom it goes to. If I have nothing from this, it goes somewhere into infinity.
Question: Is there any difference in if it is the Creator or just some other person, even a very important one?
Answer: What difference does it make if there is nothing there for me? It is emptiness.
Question: What if there’s something?
Answer: Then this is no longer bestowal. Bestowal itself must be important, but it does not matter if to the neighbor or the Creator. Precisely bestowal is the property of the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/7/19