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From the Mouth of a Wise Man – Foreword

Kabbalists are convinced that all people have to study the Science of Kabbalah. If they do not do it in this lifetime, they will have to come back to this world again and learn this science. What is specific about the Science of Kabbalah? Why is it that people have to master this science and if they did not, their life was not worth living? Why does the perfection of a human being depend on the knowledge of Kabbalah?

In order to understand it we have to accept the Kabbalistic method of definition - “The incomprehensible is not described” (no names are given to things that cannot be identified). We are talking here about things that are beyond our comprehension, the essence of the Higher Power, for instance. Kabbalists even refuse to discuss theoretically, try to identify or name it.

That is why, when Kabbalists talk about the Higher Power, they do not mean its essence; they mean the Light that is coming from it. “Infinity” in Kabbalah is light emitting from the essence of the Higher Power. Kabbalistic scholars defined the Light coming from the Creator towards its creation as infinite and named it “Infinity.”

There is an unwavering law for Kabbalists that even thought about the Higher Power is forbidden because it is quite impossible to conceive it. Moreover, it is impossible to give it a name, since if we were to try, it would mean that we understood it to a certain degree.

However, the Light coming from the Higher Power can be researched, analyzed, then named, and characterized based on this analysis. All of us receive this Light, which defines the substance of our existence. That is why its study and correct application is our responsibility in this life; by doing so, we study the effect of the Higher Power upon us. This knowledge is the substance of Kabbalah. This knowledge, indeed, this science, and its correct application helps to fill us with Light from the Higher Power. It is a glorious reward for our efforts.

The Zohar tells us that all of the Higher Worlds were created to bring every single person to perfection. In the beginning, it was the reason for the creation of the Universe. As it is said in the Zohar, “The end of the action lies in the idea of creation.” All of the worlds, even our world and the man within this world, were created to fulfill the desire to bring the highest pleasure by way of the Light. And man consists of two substances, one within another – a soul within the physical body.

Thus, in the beginning, man was placed by the Higher Power into its lowest condition – physical body with the soul within. Then, through a system of descending worlds, the Higher Power affects him in order to develop his soul, a spiritual recipient of the Light, until it is full of light. For it is said, “And the land will be full of the knowledge of the Creator, and everyone will know Him”.

The human soul consists of 613 desires to be filled with Higher Light. In the beginning, this desire is egoistical, having the intention to be filled for its own sake only. As a result of learning Kabbalah, the man develops a new intention, according to which his every desire, from the tiniest one to the most extensive, will be to satisfy it for the sake of the Higher Power.

This gradual change in intention from egoistical to altruistic is called the act of correction. According to its similarity to the Higher Power, the corrected desire is filled with the Higher Light, with the sensation of this Power, the Creator. After intentions from all 613 desires have been corrected, man absorbs all the Light coming from the Higher Power into him personally. Such a condition is called “Personal Correction.” In this way, man becomes one with the Higher Power.

All souls are different in their qualities. This difference in qualities is the reason why people have different features. But differences or similarities in souls do not depend on their qualities. They depend on the individual, egoistical, intention of each soul to fill itself with Light. When a person corrects his intention, he brings his soul together with other souls and adds their desire and Light to his own. Such a condition is called the “Final Correction of the Soul.” The complete filling with the Higher Light is called the “Universe of Infinity.” This condition brings complete awareness of infinity, perfection, peace and full knowledge.

The actions of a man thriving to achieve the Higher Worlds are as follows:

  1. The correction of his intention is from the egoistical to the altruistic. A desire, to be filled with the Higher Light, is to become altruistic, and similar to Higher Power.

  2. The corrected desire is filled with the Higher Light. As a result, men begin to understand the qualities of the Higher Power, its goals, the idea of his creation. And this is his reward.

Until such a condition of the soul is achieved, it will have to return to this world again and again, for it is only during the life on this Earth that it is possible to achieve the highest stage, the World of Infinity, the complete unity of all souls when they are filled with the Higher Light. That is why every generation repeats the previous one, i.e., the same souls reappear in different bodies.

This explains the practical significance of the science of Kabbalah.

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