We must still know the lack that the intellectual soul feels. Let me tell you that it is the need to attain its emanator, for it is engraved in its nature to crave to know its emanator and creator, since it feels its own existence. That is, it has been prepared by default to search what is above. (Baal HaSulam, A Sage’s Fruit Volume 2, “From My Flesh I Shall See God”)
In other words, “The mind desires to attain the Creator, because this aspiration is imprinted in its nature. ” (Michael Laitman, “I Will Know the Creator from Within Myself,” a modification of Baal HaSulam’s “From My Flesh I Shall See God”)
In each of us there is the desire to attain the source of life: why we are born, what determines our birth, our attributes, our path in this world and beyond, and how we continue our existence, in what form.
This information is imprinted in our nature and this is the reason we want to know it. All our internal forces push us to attain it because it is very hard to live without knowing where we come from, what we are living for, and what we aspire to.
In this respect, human beings in our world are much more miserable than animals, because animals have no such thoughts and don’t undergo such states. They exist without asking any questions. This is also how small kids live without wondering about the meaning of life.
This question usually emerges when a person is six to seven years old. Try to remember how each of you asked yourself about the meaning of life, especially during your youth: where did I come from? How did I get here? How did I develop? How did I end up in this world? What is happening to me and for what purpose?
All these questions torment a person until he reaches puberty and then hormones finish him off. He begins to aspire to have an active sex life, to get married, to try to learn a profession, to have a career, etc. Totally different problems come up in his life so the questions about the meaning of life are gradually forgotten.
Yet, the desire to discover who I am, why, and what is happening to me do come up, but life doesn’t allow them to develop. Eventually, we end our life tired and old without having achieved anything.
We simply need to understand that if we are given a desire to attain the Creator, it basically covers everything and leads us forward.
It cannot be said that this lack is not defined in attaining its emanator, but that it rather pursues all the secrets and wishes to know about supernatural things and incarnations, and about what is in one’s friend’s heart, and so forth. (Baal HaSulam, “From My Flesh I Shall See God”)
“This desire is not limited by the Creator’s attainment; it is manifested with regard to everything that is concealed. It aspires to discover the mystery of life incarnations, the secrets kept in the hearts of people, etc.” (Michael Laitman, “I Will Know the Creator from Within Myself,” a modification of Baal HaSulam’s “From My Flesh I Shall See God”)
This happens to people who feel a special motion toward attaining their soul, through which they can attain the Creator.
But it is clear that only this attainment is an internal lack, which is not called “an offshoot.” But an inquiry in the creatures is an extension toward others, for had there not been creations in the world—such as if it were the only creation—it would not have been pursuing to attain them whatsoever. (Baal HaSulam, “From My Flesh I Shall See God””)
“The attainment of the created beings is an action directed at the surrounding people. If only one were created in the world, it would not have aspired to such an attainment.”
(Michael Laitman, “I Will Know the Creator from Within Myself,” a modification of Baal HaSulam’s “From My Flesh Shall I See God”)
This means that we receive desires from those who are similar to us, from people who surround us and this determines our path in life.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 6/23/19