Michael Laitman
Founder and president of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute

What Is Our Purpose in Creation?

The human being is the center of creation and is its purpose. The upper force of love and bestowal in reality, which Kabbalists call “the Creator” and “Nature,” created us in order to raise us to the highest possible degree: to identify with the upper force.

The process of attaining similarity with the upper force is called a process of correction. In this process, we acquire the qualities of love and bestowal. This process is also called the “attainment of the Creator,” and it is the ultimate purpose of our creation in this world. Why? It is because we were created with a nature of wishing solely to enjoy, and attaining the Creator is the greatest and most satisfying form of enjoyment we could possibly reach. Unlike our corporeal pleasures in this world—for food, sex, family, money, honor, control and knowledge, which all fade away—the pleasure of attaining the Creator is eternal and perfect.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, we were initially created as a single soul called “Adam HaRishon” (Hebrew for “The First Man”), after which we shattered into 600,000 parts. Every part undergoes an independent process of correction. The correction of each part gives it the possibility to be filled with the upper force, or in other words, a feeling of the Creator. The feeling of the Creator filling us gives us access to what are called “spiritual worlds.”

The purpose of creation is thus that the Creator will completely fulfill us. For the time being, however, our souls are in a state called “this world,” where we have no feeling of the Creator. In such a state, it is considered that the Creator is concealed from us. (The word for “world” [“Olam”] in Hebrew connects to the same linguistic root as the word for “concealment” [“He’elem”].)

When the soul perceives contact with the Creator for the first time, it rises to its first spiritual degree. It then begins to make itself resemble the Creator more and more, and by doing so, it feels the upper force with increasing intensity and sensitivity. When all the parts of the soul become fully corrected, they then rise to a state called “the end of correction” (“Gmar Tikkun”).

About the Author
Michael Laitman is a PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah. MSc in Medical Bio-Cybernetics. Founder and president of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute. Author of over 40 books on spiritual, social and global transformation. His new book, The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism, is available on Amazon:
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