Everything Is Attained Through Contrast

laitman_597.01The development of the truth from the opposite is the cornerstone in the wisdom of Kabbalah. If we wish to understand something, we need to understand the phenomenon and the state opposite to it. Otherwise, we will not feel anything.

If there were only darkness or only light, we could not discern them. When there is some correlation between them, then we we feel darkness and light, and it is the same in every other aspect. So the most important thing we have is the ability to sharply feel contrasting phenomena, and as a result to build sensations and to determine and sharpen the definitions. An expert is someone who has many contrasting attributes, emotions, and lots of information, and who can integrate and place different things one in contrast to the other, and thus learn.

Question: Does this mean that I don’t need to be afraid of the dark?

Answer: Of course not. We cannot determine and define the light without the dark. This is the reason that we were created in the dark, in our ego, because it is only thanks to the ego that grows continuously, that we can reveal the resistance and the contrast to the Creator, and then to resemble Him.

Comment: Everything is the opposite according to the wisdom of Kabbalah. According to what you say, a person needs to become a great egoist, while it is usually considered a bad thing by most people.

My Response: It is written, “he who is greater than his friend, his desire is even greater.” We actually measure everything thanks to the size of the egoistic desire by which we measure the upper light, its impact on us and the changes it brings about, and even the Creator Himself.

Question: Does this mean that the ego will continue to grow and we will not be able to do anything about it?

Answer: We don’t need to do anything with it. On the contrary, let it grow. This is the reason that this wisdom is called the wisdom of Kabbalah, which means the wisdom of how to receive whatever we can take for ourselves, but with the intention to bestow. This is the paradox. We will gradually reach that.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/15/19

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