The Difference Between Spiritual and Corporeal Desire

506.2Thus, the only difference between the upper worlds and this world is that as long as the will to receive incorporated in His abundance has not fully materialized, it is regarded as still being in the spiritual worlds, above this world (Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” #2).

Question: Once the desire has materialized, it already exists in this world. What is the difference between a desire in the spiritual world and the same desire that has materialized in our world?

Answer: The difference is in the desire itself, in its quality and level, that is, in what it seeks to fill everything with, either corporeal, egoistic desires, pleasures, intentions, and fulfillments or spiritual ones. This is the big difference between desires, their gradation, and their gradual separation.

Question: In our world, psychologists divide desires into five types from basic desires to desires to understand the meaning of life, “Who I am, what I am.” Are all these corporeal desires?

Answer: Yes, they all relate to corporeal desires. That is, these are the desires that a person who was born in our world, lives in our world, and feels it as a place in which he exists, can feel.

Question: But the root of these desires is in the spiritual world where they have not yet materialized. How does a person feel them? Does the same desire, let’s say for food, exist in spirituality?

Answer: If you, for example, draw some chemical formula or physical equation, this will be the expression of your desire in matter or even above matter.

Question: I am just trying to figure out what the addition is when this desire becomes spiritual. The corporeal one is clear to me, everything is clear here: you take a piece of meat, swallow it, and get some kind of pleasure through the receptors. How does this happen in spirituality?

Answer: In spirituality it also happens the same way. You take the fulfillment, immerse the desire in it, and get the feeling of fulfilling the desire.

Question: Where is the Creator in this formula? Where is He manifested in it?

Answer: He is not manifested anywhere. Only in your feelings.

Question: So is He this pleasure and abundance?

Answer: The feeling of the source of pleasure is defined as the Creator.

While enjoying a piece of meat, I do not know where this pleasure comes from. I just know that if food comes into contact with my receptors, then I feel pleasure. This is how I am arranged. Is there another source behind this in spirituality, that is, do I feel someone who gives me this additional pleasure.
From KabTV’s “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah” 5/14/23

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