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by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook
The suffering of creativity in purity is of the type of suffering that accompanies prophecy (which is described particularly regarding the latter prophets, and especially in the visions of Daniel).
The levels in the clarity of life on the highest level of attainment come quickly, flooding the retina of the soul’s spiritual eye, which is not sufficiently prepared to receive them.
Revelations about existence rise from the depths, from the murky life of the flesh, growing increasingly clear—nevertheless, they bring with them the shadows of the darkness and the scent of the bodily tannery.
Mirroring them, revelations of life descend from the highest sphere of the soul, growing crystallized and constricted
At last the two meet each other, and mysteries of the world and precious creations are created and born.
In accordance with the amount of power, in accordance with the greatness of life—in the flesh, on the one hand, and in the spirit of the soul, on the other hand—the created entities are outstanding in their power, in their beauty, in their effect on life, in their existence and in their eternal being.
When [a person’s] will and mind are still in a single unit—hidden in the soul above and, reflecting those, in the depths of the feelings of the flesh below—each [unit] has its own world order, its own soul’s profile, whose situation depends on the will within the mind and on the mind within the will at the foundation of essential being, which possesses both [will and mind], but [will and mind] are higher in the heights and deeper in the depths than either one [separately].
The world order, the world of this unit, is that of life itself.
When this world order must be dismantled, exploded and changed for the sake of the manifestation of creativity in purity, this involves sufferings of the destruction of worlds.
These sufferings are only revealed to soulful people.
All of the regular sufferings of the world are considered like the suffering of children over the loss of small toys compared to the sufferings of creativity of the destruction of worlds.
[That is the case] unless there is the light of an encompassing kindness.
[Then] immediately with the destruction of worlds comes the light of the creation of worlds. And this creation is certainly more important than the destruction and more elevated than all of the existence that has been destroyed.
And the creation consoles the mourning over the destruction.
And the creation restores all of the losses of the destruction.
And the creation revives all of the dead of the destruction.
If not for this great kindness, if not for this vast compassion, it would not be possible to endure the sufferings of the destruction of worlds [caused by] the suffering of creativity.
Superficial creators desire creation out of satiety, out of lightheadedness, out of eating, drinking and vacationing [tour]. They consider the suffering and bitterness in which the crown of the spiritual sovereignty is hidden as a type of sweat that is solely the lot of failed artists.
But that is a bitter error. “‘Even [af] my wisdom stood by me’ (Ecclesiastes 2:9). The wisdom that I learned with anger [af] stood by me” (Kohelet Rabbah 2:9).
Orot Hakodesh I, pp. 193-194
Yaacov David Shulman
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