How Do You Get Into The Spiritual World?
In one of his articles, Baal HaSulam explains that "habit becomes second nature." So what
should we get used to while reading The Book of Zohar? We are becoming
accustomed to using The Zohar as a tool through which to constantly
imagine ourselves in spiritual space, which is operated by Lights and desires,
instead of seeing the false picture of this "external" reality.
force ourselves to go deep inside qualities, the realm of forces and vectors
that create a picture on the "computer screen." We don't close ourselves off in
this superficial picture, but penetrate deeper, into the desires and qualities
that create it.
our work lies in developing the habit of feeling that we are in the realm of
forces, desires, and qualities, and of seeing reality only through them. Then
we will really be reading The Book of Zohar.
One Who Ascends Connects All The Worlds Inside Him
Question from a
did Rabbi Shimon write The Book of Zohar allegorically, concealing the
fact that it's talking only about the connection between the Light and the
Answer: Did he really conceal anything? Think about how the book Tree of Life by
the ARI begins: "Know, that before the worlds were emanated and the creatures
created, an Upper Simple Light had filled the entire reality." And then a point
of desire appeared and proceeded to develop until the worlds and everything
inhabiting them emerged from that point.
There is nothing
other than the will to receive Light, and the Light. Everything else is a
development of the connection between them, where the Light remains invariable
and the desire changes in likeness to the Light. This connection is the subject
described in the science of Kabbalah and particularly, The Book of Zohar.
If a person is on a
spiritual level, then he sees the connections between our picture of the world
and his spiritual level. He sees how forces and qualities descend from the
Upper Level to the lower one, which we all see. All the names of qualities and
forces on all 125 levels above our world remain the same as the names in our
world, but when he reads each name, he sees its roots instead of the material
When one acquires a
screen and enters the spiritual world, passing the Machsom, one begins
to reveal the source of everything that happens in our world. One sees the
picture of this world and how it is projected inside him from a higher level,
as well as how it divides into levels: still, vegetative, animate, and human.
This vision enables
him to automatically name all the forces and qualities of the Upper World using
the names of material objects, since they are the materialization of the Upper
Forces that descend into this world.
When one finds all
the connections between this world and his spiritual level, he ascends to the next,
higher level. Meantime, this world remains unchanging and keeps the same form.
On the new level one continues to search for the connections between the roots
(qualities on the spiritual level) and their projection in this world. The
search comes down to correcting one's qualities; to the degree one corrects
them, one sees a clearer picture of the Upper Level. Once he discerns all the
forces, qualities, and connections, he completes that spiritual level and
ascends to the next one.
Even though this
process may sound monotone, it is actually enthralling, like an extraordinary
discovery. The picture of this world remains the same until one reaches the
complete correction (Gram Tikkun), where he ascends to a state in which
everything unites into one. All the forces, Lights, and desires unite into a
single whole and one is fully united with the Creator.
When a person sees
the connection between this world and the final, highest level, he attains the
state of adhesion with the Creator and total equivalence to Him. Stated
differently, one reaches the World of Infinity.
All the desires,
whether the most uncorrected desires of our world or the most corrected ones, and
all the pictures and images will turn into one unified reality called "The
Creator and His Name are One." There will be just one single desire, HaVaYaH.