Daily Kabbalah Tip
Advice in the daily Kabbalah lesson is recommended, practical tasks for advancing spiritually
An Animal On One Hand, A Person On The Other Hand
On the level of this world I'm an animal like everyone else, but what happens to me on the spiritual level?
When we begin to learn, before we open The Book of Zohar, before reading the first word, we should primarily direct ourselves to discover our inner qualities. Without it you cannot learn and should not open the book, because an approach without that is a false approach, wrong. What Baal HaSulam writes in the famous Igeret (letter) "Israel, Oraita ve Kudsha Brich Hu Had Hu" (Israel, Torah, Creator, They are One), should be our intention in our progress towards the goal of creation.
On the outside, we treat life like everyone else. After all, whatever happens to me in corporeality I need to correct by external tools, like everyone else does. The doctor was given the permission to heal. If there's a fire, I turn to the fire department; I don't pray. I act in this world as this world was built, on the same level. Anything that comes from beyond this world is the point in the heart, and I attribute it to those points in the hearts that I find in friends, and to the Creator. That's all.
For me it is divided like this. I, the plain beast, am at the level of the bestial like all the beasts that are at this level; I co-exist with them, and I don't confuse it with anything Divine. You want to be secular, religious, please do; it does not matter.
I divide my life into two levels: on one level is the animal, on the other level is the point in the heart. I relate to this world like everyone else, I do not get confused. That's it.
If I'd feel more comfortable throwing some money at a charity for a bus not to explode, so I throw. But only the point in the heart revealed in me belongs to a higher level, and treating this point is done only by the wisdom of Kabbalah; and I distinguish between the point in the heart and the wisdom of Kabbalah from all other wisdoms, including religion.