Topic: Master Kabbalists & Their Writings | Posted:January 29, 2013
Rav Ashlag writes in The Wisdom of Truth that even though the Desire to Receive is the entire substance and essence of a human being, we have to understand that although we speak of the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone as the essence of man, we cannot view it as existing as a concept unless it is being acted upon.
Desire is when a person says, “I’m so hungry, I want to eat a steak.” That thought is already a manifestation of the Desire to Receive in thought. When he eats the steak that’s a manifestation of the Desire to Receive in action. Either one of those two states are a manifestation of a Desire to Receive for the Self Alone, but any state before I have manifested my desire as a thought or as an action is not considered to be a Desire to Receive for the Self Alone.
The more a person has a Desire to Receive, either in thought or in action, he is considered to be more alive. What is life? When is a person alive? When he is manifesting his Desire to Receive, but if a person focuses manifesting his Desire to Receive only in selfish ways, at the end it also leads to death. Why?
When a person has manifested his nishmat chaim, his spirit of life, into all the things that are of this world, that are of Desire to Receive for the Self Alone – honor, respect, money or physicality – it means he or she will deteriorate. Therefore, we find that as people get older they give up on dreams and desires, but it’s not coming from a place of fulfillment. This is why, Rav Ashlag says, life after mid-life is considered days of death.
When we make it our daily goal to attach ourselves to either the Desire to Share, desire to connect to the Light of the Creator or the desire to be like the Creator and live a life of sharing, and with this consciousness take actions in ways of attaching the Desire to Receive into a manifestation of a Desire to Share which is the essence of the Light of the Creator, we become the Light of the Creator and then merit eternity, immortality and we achieve freedom from the Angel of Death.
Freedom can only be achieved with a deepening of our understanding of what it means to be free, and how you become free. Here, in The Wisdom of Truth (“Article on Freedom”, pp. 227-239), Rav Ashlag reveals for us, and to the world, what freedom is and how true freedom is achieved. May we all have the merit to not simply understand it, but to truly, truly take the time to deepen our understanding of this secret and by deepening our understanding, be given the ability to manifest it.
Blessings and Light,
Watch the Wisdom of Truth Course on Kabbalah University with Senior Instructor Meir Yeshurun for an in-depth study of Rav Ashlag's Article on Freedom.