“מָה-רַבּוּ מַעֲשֶׂיךָ, יְהוָה– כֻּלָּם, בְּחָכְמָה עָשִׂיתָ;
מָלְאָה הָאָרֶץ, קִנְיָנֶךָ”
“How manifold are Thy works, YHVH! In wisdom hast Thou made them all; the earth is full of Thy creatures”
The Zohar explains that the extra soul levels that a person receives are based on his spiritual work and actions.
It begins with lower soul level from Malchut and ends up with soul level from Keter.
When we know the name YHVH then we can receive all the levels of the soul from Malchut to Keter.
“כִּי מִי-גוֹי גָּדוֹל, אֲשֶׁר-לוֹ אֱלֹהִים קְרֹבִים אֵלָיו, כַּיהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ, בְּכָל-קָרְאֵנוּ אֵלָיו”
“For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as YHVH (כַּיהוָה) our God whenever we call on Him”
The Zohar refers to this verse, points to the word כַּיהוָה KYHVH and explains that the letter כ in front of the יהוה YHVH name is for כתר Keter.
The end of the verse reveals more on how to achieve the greatness.
“בְּכָל-קָרְאֵנוּ אֵלָיו”, “in all- we call upon him”
“In all” means all the levels from Malchut to Binah.
How to connect to the YHVH name?
We’ll start from the bottom that is the ה H of Malchut. On that level we connect by becoming a good sharing and caring person. God bestowed upon us different gifts that are not always related to money and social influence and we should recognize those gifts and share them. Tithing is very important to remove the darkness aspect of Malchut (the 10th) from our lives in the material world. Tithing is given to those who spread the light in the world. We can not be righteous just by giving tithing. We need to be open to the pain of others and offer help when needed and or accepted.
The next level is the ו Vav of the name that is the aspect of Zeir Anpin. It includes the six Sefirot of (from bottom to top) Yessod, Hod, Netzach, Tiferet, Gevurah and Chessed. We connect to it with spiritual actions like prayers, meditation for others, Torah study and by following the spiritual laws of the Torah. We should live with truth, positivity and conduct our lives with total integrity. When people trust and respect us for everything that we do then it’s a good sign that we are connected to Zeir Anpin.
The next level is the ה H of Binah. This is beyond the regular system. It is concealed in the upper Three Sefirot and we can achieve it only with spiritual connection on Shabbat and Holidays. The most supporting tool to connect to Binah and above is Zohar study. On Shabbat, Malchut is elevated to Binah and with the three meals and Torah reading we can connect to Binah. Zohar study on Shabbat is a very important connection to Binah especially on Shabbat afternoon. WèDuring the week we need to work hard on the previous two levels so we can come to Shabbat with a bigger vessel and be able to hold more light from Binah. The weekly cycle helps us increase our vessel without limits. A person should be pure in his actions and thoughts at all times to earn the light of Binah. On this level we should teach others to do the same and grow like us. There are many ways to do that but start small with friends and family if and when they have the vessel for it. People need to want the light before you can teach them how to get it.
The next level is the י Y of Chokmah. This is where everything comes together. A person should be completely selfless and behave as a channel of light in every action. When at work, meditation, studying and all that we mentioned above, one should be 100 percent dedicated to be pure in spreading the light and helping other people do the same.
It’s not an easy task and the sages taught us “כי שבע יפול צדיק וקם” “seven times a righteous will fall and rise”.
The process of falling and rising is what makes us grow. I studied from Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk that the righteous doesn’t rise simply after he falls but he grows spiritually because the fall taught him something new and how to better correct himself.
As long as you rise, don;t worry if you fall. Just keep connecting to the name and rise again and again because each time you do, you become bigger and better.
For those on the path of ‘climbing’ to the name, Keter will always be open to provide flow of light to shine their ways.