Zohar Ki Tetze
“אֲנִי יְהוָה, הוּא שְׁמִי; וּכְבוֹדִי לְאַחֵר לֹא-אֶתֵּן, וּתְהִלָּתִי לַפְּסִילִים”
“I am YHVH, that is My name; I will not give My glory to the other, Nor My praise to graven images.”
The souls from Malchut of Atzilut are given to the pure ones that follow all the laws of the Torah. It is not given to those who don’t keep the Shabbat and holidays. The Torah is a guide and a tool for us to connect to all spiritual worlds and to ‘maintain’ a soul from Malchut of Atzilut. That means a righteous on a higher level.
There are souls from Malchut of B’riah (world of Creation), where angels reside. These souls have similarities to the higher souls of Malchut of Atzilut but because of the inequities of the Israelites, they can be scattered among the nations of the world and with lower level.
Many high level souls came to the world but not all of them are able to keep the soul in pure and elevated state. The other side makes a lot of effort to exploit their weaknesses and cause them to lose the spiritual levels they had achieved. In most cases it’s about the elements of power, ego, money and sex.
The ego of a weak righteous is fed by people’s admiration. He’s given different honors and invitations by the rich and influential people. Many seek their advice and wisdom. From ego it goes to receiving gifts and money from rich people. The desire to have more is growing. Altruistic reasons to collect the money turns to heavy bank accounts and greater sense of power in the material world. Easy money comes with a lot of negativity attached to it. It corrupts those who touch it, especially with large amounts. After money comes the worst of all and that is sex. The power of money corrupts the righteous and creates distance from the pure connection to Yessod and the upper 9 sefirot of Light.
Money and sex are both on the level of Yessod. The righteous that once had upper level connection to Light is now seeking connection to Malchut and control women with sex, usually with fantasies of righteous ability to bring greater Light (that’s already lost) to the woman. The sense of channeling Light (physical) to a woman replaces the work of prayers and drawing pure Light to the world.
Unfortunately there are too many stories of corruption of money and sex among spiritual leaders. There’s a current story about a famous rabbi in Israel that was arrested and many women came to testify against him, even his wife and close followers. Another famous rabbi to a line of great kabbalist was sentenced to a year in prison for money corruption. There are many more known and unknown.
I pray that they will be able to do proper repentance and corrections to climb back to higher levels because their fall delays the coming of Mashiach.
We should be careful when choosing a rabbi or a spiritual teacher to follow. Watch their ego, money and relationship with women. If you see flaws then run away because their path is not the one to follow. We are closer to the revelation of Mashiach and when he is announced there will be no more opportunities to make spiritual corrections. We should be strict with ourselves and teachers before it is too late to change. The sages tell us to choose only teachers who are pure and with a face like an angel of the highest level. It’s hard to find angel among people but we can look for the purity of their actions.