Awaken The Illumination Of The Shechina
When reading The
Zohar, we have to aspire to feel as one man with one heart in order to be
similar to the Upper Light, because we desire to evoke its influence upon us. The great Kabbalist
Moshe Cordovero (the Ramak, 15th century CE) writes the following in
his book Ohr Yakar:
"When we study The
Book of Zohar, we awaken the force of the souls of the righteous men and
renew the Light that was revealed at the time of this book's composition. Thus,
the Shechina-the assembly of all the souls-shines and illuminates us
with this Light. And all those studying this book return and awaken the Light
which Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and his friends had revealed at that time...."
Therefore, we too
expect for the Light that was revealed by the authors of The Zohar to
influence us through all the systems they had gathered after the breaking. They
prepared these systems for us in order to influence us through the corrected
system from the World of Infinity itself.
Kabbalists were acting toward us similar to how we act in this world toward our
children, wishing to leave them a good inheritance. This is why they prepared
the corrected system for us, as well as the Kabbalistic books and all sorts of
"study materials." They also left us advice on how to build a Kabbalistic group
and what its statute should be.
All that remains
for us to do is to try to cling to them like little children to the best of our
ability. Then the system they prepared for us will begin to affect us.
Do You Want To Predict Fate Or Change It?
Question: Why does Kabbalah
talk about "the signs of the zodiac" (Mazalot), making it seem like it
has a connection to astrology?
Answer: Well, where did astrology take all of these notions from, if not Kabbalah? The
use of this terminology dates back to Abraham. After all, our entire system on
all levels (inanimate, vegetative, animate, and speaking) is parallel to the
system of the Upper Worlds, from where forces descend and become imprinted in
our world on all levels. This is why we see the same correlations in the
celestial constellations, as they are built by the same laws in accordance with
the connection of the branch and root.
The only problem is
our approach. The text Midrash Raba (The Great Commentary) says
that Abraham used to come outside at night to look at the stars. He would ask,
"Am I under the stars' control or is there an Upper Force that is higher than
all of them?" If I am under the power of the stars, then I have to worship
them, but if there is an Upper Force above them, then the stars are mere signs.
Granted, these signs are correct when read by those who know how to read them
in order to tell what is happening in the system above them. After all, all the
events take place in parallel in all the systems (or worlds) from Above
downward. We only have to know how to read or interpret them.
Yet, do all the
astrology experts really understand this? If they are like Haman, who is
described in Megilat Ester as being as great astrologist, then it would
be interesting for us to hear what this great astrologist has to say. After
all, he had attained the Creator!
A person who
desires to attain the truth aspires higher than the stars and the signs of the
zodiac. This is why we view the celestial signs as mere symbols demonstrating
higher forces. Our real aim is to attain the Force that governs these symbols,
to unite with It, and to rise to Its level.
The celestial signs
are structured in the same way as the signs of Zeir Anpin "in the sky,"
which is Bina. All the stars in the sky are Bina's connection
with Zeir Anpin, and we are influenced by them when they attain Sefira
Yesod. A person who knows how to read this "celestial book" can understand
But what use is it
for us to understand these signs? Our focus and attention must be higher than
the stars and the signs of the zodiac. We have to look to the force that
controls them. Therefore, it is forbidden to engage in astrology because it
obstructs us from attaining the goal of creation. It doesn't lead us to the
goal, but distracts us from it.
If a person ascends
and attains the Upper System, then he understands all the signs and how they
are reflected below. Yet, he is not interested in this, because his entire work
is focused on the Upper Forces, which influence his soul directly. He isn't
interested in mechanical signs in our world, which are simply a lower level
demonstration of what has already occurred higher. Even the occurrences that
will take place in the future have already descended and materialized; we
simply don't feel them yet.
Therefore, there is
no use trying to reveal the future because we will not be able to change our
fate this way. If you want to change your fate, you have to ascend to the level
of fate. This is the level of luck (Mazal)-the level of the Light.