Zohar Ha’azinu (Idra Zuta)
27) This is how I arrange it for you. Rabbi Aba, will write, Rabbi Elazar, my son will speak the words and the rest of the friends will repeat without sound in their hearts.
Rabbi Aba rose from behind his back. Rabbi Elazar was sitting in front of him. He told him, stand up my son, another will sit in this place, (Rabbi Shimon is asking his son to give his seat to another. Who is this “another” is not clear but it is certain that it is a special soul that came down just to listen to Rabbi Shimon at the time of great revelations. If Rabbi Shimon moved his son from his front then it must be a higher soul from above).
Rabbi Shimon wrapped himself (connected to his surrounding Light) and sat. He opened and said (Psalms 115) “The dead shall not praise “יה” (The first two letters of the Tetragramaton, the higher dimension of the Tree of Life) and not all that goes down to “Dooma” (a lower level where the evil souls go after death. The letters are וה and דמ, the last two of the Tetragramaton and דמ, blood. The dwellers of Dooma are evil people that have committed murders.). “The dead can not praise God” (he repeats) , that is for sure, as they are called dead and the Holy One Bless be He, is called living and his presence is with those who are called living and not with those who are called dead. At the end of this verse it is said “and not those that go down to Dooma. And all those that descend to Dooma will stay in Gehinnom. (The place of the cleansing of the soul). It’s different for those that are called living because the Holy One Bless be He desires their honor.
Rabbi Shimon said, How different is this time from the Idra (Idra Rabba, when all the 10 friends were gathered together), in the Idra we were visited by the Holy One Bless be He and his chariot’s angels and this time (now at the Small assembly, Idra Zuta) The Holy One Bless be He came here with the righteous from the Garden of Eden, which didn’t happen in the Idra (Rabba). The Holy One Bless be He wants the honor of the righteous more than his own honor. (The Holy one came to this Idra with the righteous because of the great Light revealed by the merit of Rabbi Shimon. As the heavens opened to welcome Rabbi Shimon his Light was radiated throughout all the worlds, from Malchut to Chokmah. The righteous could join this Idra study because Rabbi Shimon was in between both worlds and they could connect on the same level.)
Like it is said in the case of Yerovam, who was offering incense and worship idols, and the Holy One Bless be He was patient with him (didn’t punish him immediately) but when he pointed his hand toward Iddo, the prophet, his hand dried up, as it said (Kings 1 13:4) and his hand dried up. It is not written that it was because he worshiped idols but because he stretched his hand to harm Iddo, the prophet. And now, the Holy One Bless be He, wants honor for all (the righteous from the Garden of Eden) who came with him.
28) He (Rabbi Shimon) said, here is Rav Hamnunah Saba (a Mysterious person that appears throughout the Zohar to teach the friends and open new insights to Torah verses) and surrounding him were seventy righteous, dressed with crowns, each of them with Light that radiates from the Light of “Atika Kadisha” (This Light is the first emanation that created the world), the concealed of all, and he came with happiness to listen to the words, which I will say. And when he sat he said “Here is Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair with us”, prepare a place for him, the friends that were there were in shock and they stood and moved to sit in the lower side of the house (distant themselves from the presence of Rabbi Pinchas, because they knew that he came from the upper worlds.) Rabbi Elazar and Rabbi Aba stayed close to Rabbi Shimon (Rabbi Shimon needed an “anchor” to keep him in this world until he finished his teaching. Rabbi Aba was behind him and Rabbi Elazar in front of him since the heavens were opened for Rabbi Shimon, he could have ascended instantly. He was given permission to reveal the secrets in a concealed way although he still needed Rabbi Aba and Rabbi Elazar. The friends were afraid to be taken for “technicality” and not at their time so they moved back and down to the sides of the house.)
Rabbi Shimon said, in the previous Idra (Idra Rabba), all the friends were talking and I with them and now I will speak alone. All will lighten to my words, uppers and lowers. (Rabbi Shimon in his current state of the beginning of ascent was channeling the secrets as a gift to them. It was no longer a regular study and exploration of the spiritual world but a pure delivery of Light to everyone, including us in a generation which is 2000 years later. ) Worthy is my share. (Rabbi Shimon expressed his appreciation to encapsulate the Light that he was channeling.)