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Tikkun 3 -1 (Tikkun 24)
The word בְּרֵאשִׁית, “In the Beginning”, has the two words ארי, ‘Lion’ and בשת ‘Shame’. The Holy Throne is standing on four Living Creatures,
Lion – Water, Right, Chessed
Ox – Fire, Left, Gevurah
Eagle – Wind, Center, Tiferet
Man – Earth, Malchut.
When the priests in the Holy Temple placed the animal to be sacrifice on the Altar, a fire would come from heavens to burn it. If the offering were pure and accepted then a fire in the shape of a lion would come down otherwise it was in a shape of a dog and that is the aspect of shame, בשת, in the word בְּרֵאשִׁית.
In the system of the Tree of Knowledge good and bad, we need to make actions in the physical world in order to reveal light that sustains us and the world. Every action is as the Zohar describes like a seed in the ground. It grows and comes out with energy of sustenance. If the seed is pure then it will give sustenance of Chessed. If not the energy would be of a dog that is dependent on his owner’s mercy for food.
The lion of fire that came down from heavens to the Altar was the energy that God sent down to transform the sacrifice into energy of Chessed from above.
The Zohar is our sustenance channel as it is said In Tikunei Zohar #6, when Rabbi Shimon was studying with Elijah the Prophet a prophecy from heaven was revealed
‘וכמה בני נשא לתתא יתפרנסון מהאי חיבורא דילך כד יתגלו לתתא בדרא בתראה בסוף יומיא, ובגינה, ”וקראתם דרור בארץ”
“And some people in the world below will have sustenance from your writing (the Zohar) in the last generation and because of it they will experience the freedom”
The Zohar is like the Manna that came down from heavens to sustain the Israelites in the desert on their way to the Promised Land. It is a spiritual energy that can manifest and sustain our lives in the lower level of Malchut according to our vessel.
We can get to the Promised Land that is the Final Redemption with the power and light of the Zohar.