Question: Baal HaSulam says that the happiest moment in a person’s life is when he comes to despair. How can a person feel happy in this state?
Answer: No. Then despair will be sweetened.
A lot of people in our world rejoice in some kind of suffering; they enjoy it. It is absolutely selfish suffering. A person loves to suffer, respects himself for suffering. This is absolutely not at all what Kabbalah is talking about.
In spiritual work, it is the striving for the upper, for changing oneself, and the realization of the complete impossibility of achieving this. And then a person has the opportunity to cling to the upper force.
Question: By studying The Book of Zohar do we move away from suffering and choose a more direct path?
Answer: We move to another type of suffering: we lack spirituality. This is suffering for perfection, suffering for the light.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #8