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The Unattainable Greatness Of The Upper


Psalm 139: Thou hast hemmed me in behind and before, and laid Thy hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; too high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there; if I make my bed in the nether-world, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there would Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand would hold me.

Only after a person learns about himself does he begin to attain the greatness and the perfection of the upper force. Then he understands how perfect is the concept of the Creator, who is above all of creation.

We attain any attribute of the created being by its opposite. Everything is always established on the basis of opposition, contrast, but the Creator is above all these studies of opposite concepts. He is the absolute perfect goal.

Thus to the extent that son of man is able to study, that a human born to a woman is able to research, to understand what the upper force is, he nevertheless cannot attain it. After all, the created being cannot attain perfection as it is, but only what is opposite to it.

The point where he understands that it is impossible to attain it is where the highest adhesion with the upper one takes place. The upper one remains upper in His attributes and His actions and even without attributes and actions—there where everything disappears in the upper force itself.

When King David, who symbolizes all of Malchut of the world of Atzilut, attains this in his vessels, he discovers that there is a unique perfection above it that cannot be attained by man. It stems from the attribute of the Creator who doesn’t dress in the created being anymore, but is above him. Then he understands that the concepts of perfection and greatness stem for the impression of the created being and not from the upper one per se.
From the preparation to the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/28/14

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