The worlds of Assiya, Beria, Yetzira, and Atzilut are our four stages of the attainment of the Creator. These are degrees of love because we perceive the attitude of the Creator who treats us with complete love, but we can understand and recognize it only according to the level of our development.
Just like a baby, who does not understand how his mother loves him. He does not think about her attitude toward him at all; he just feels good next to her, and he takes advantage of it. But the older a child becomes, the more he understands his mother’s attitude toward him and begins to learn what love is about. Studying the love of the Creator for the created beings is the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah.1
We must reveal the four stages of the Creator’s love for the created beings, and on our behalf, we need to prepare the Kli for love. It can only be prepared in a group. If I build such an attitude toward my friends, then I reveal the Creator’s attitude toward me in it. To the extent of my love for my friends, for the ten, I reveal the Creator’s love for them and for me, that is, for the ten in which I am included.
It all depends on my entering the ten. To the extent by which I am included in the ten, I love my friends and reveal the Creator’s love for us. After all, the love of the Creator is infinite, everything depends only on the Kli (vessel), and the Kli depends on me. I can be in a group of beginners, but if I treat them correctly, I will reveal the full power of Creator’s love.2
The four worlds of holiness are the four stages of love, of the disclosure of the Creator’s love for the created beings. The very essence of the Creator is never revealed, we do not know who He is—it is His attitude toward us, His love that is revealed. This love is revealed in four stages: from the smallest to the larger and larger.
But since we ourselves consist of matter that is opposite to bestowal and love, then against the four levels of holiness, the four levels of impurity, hatred, and Klipa are revealed: against the worlds of Assiya, Yetzira, Beria, and also the world of Atzilut, which is also in the world of Beria. The Creator created four worlds of holiness and four worlds of impurity one against the other.
The world is the relationship revealed between these two forces: the upper force of love and the force of hatred of the lower one. When we make efforts to reveal love in ourselves, instead of it, we find hatred, a complete descent, instead of which love is revealed. As it is written: “There is not a righteous man on earth who does good and will not sin.” We are shown a sin, and if we want to rise above it, we come to love, to the commandment. And so each time, climbing the stairs 620 times.3
Despair comes from the fact that a person has tried to perform actions of bestowal, to engage in the correct environment, in dissemination, and got disappointed. He has no strength because his egoism feels no benefit in this. It is good if he can go above his egoism and continue to act. And if not, if his pride does not let him follow his teacher’s advice and his friend’s example, then he falls into this world.4
It is necessary that I prepare myself in advance so that if I fall, it means that the Creator pushed me. And therefore, it is a sweet fall for me because by completely canceling myself, I feel like a baby who fell into his mother’s arms. A fall means that I am no longer controlled by my egoism. It has lost interest in me because I have nothing for it, and now I can become a spiritual germ.
“And the sons of Israel sighed because of the work ”—this is a joyful cry. Eventually, we freed ourselves from working for the desire to enjoy in whose slavery we had been for twenty (or even four hundred) years. In the end, we get released. Now we see that we have no hope from egoistic reception, and therefore, all our hope is only in the Creator. We are one hundred percent dependent on Him, and therefore, there is no happier moment.5
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/10/20, Writings of Baal HaSulam,“Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 149
1 Minute 2:22
2 Minute 7:38
3 Minute 11:22
4 Minute 13:23
5 Minute 27:50