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A Guide to the Hidden Wisdom of Kabbala


Part II
When the time is right, the student will further his studies under the guidance of a qualified
teacher as part of a group.
The important aspect is to bear in mind the level man needs to attain in order to give completely
and not to receive anything for himself.
Then the person has reached completion, with a true deveikut (attachment). This is the goal of
creation, and man was created just for this.
To return to our narrative: We wrote concerning the Light entering and leaving the Partzuf. Here
we are discussing a fulfilled and unfulfilled desire.
When the Light enters the Partzuf this corresponds to the fulfillment of a desire, to a feeling of
wholeness and delight.
When the Light leaves the Partzuf there remains a void or frustration. This happens in spite of
the fact that there is no such thing as a feeling of void in the spiritual world.
If the Ohr Hochma exits, the Ohr Hassadim remains. Each time the Partzuf pushes the Light
away, it knowingly understands where it is heading by refusing a certain amount of pleasure.
In the spiritual context, a selfish enjoyment is willingly refused and replaced by altruistic
enjoyment in nature, which is much higher and stronger.
If the Partzuf perceives that it is unable to receive so as to please the Master, it will refuse to
receive for itself.
It goes without saying that in order to make such a decision, some help, as well as a force
opposing selfishness are required. This decisive role is played by the Screen (Masach).
With a Screen, the Kli (Vessel) begins to perceive the Light instead of darkness. The quantity of
Light which is revealed is proportional to the strength of the Screen. Without a Screen, the Light
does not allow any altruistic action. It is precisely the absence of Light during the First
Restriction, operated by the Kli, which enables it to build a Screen.
By this means, it can allow the Light to enter. A desire can be considered spiritual only when the
Screen is duly positioned.
We have previously studied the five Partzufim of the World of Adam Kadmon. As already
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