Daily Zohar # 1702 – Vayigash – Holy dust from four side
Translation of paragraph 14
Come and see when the Holy One Blessed be He created the man, he gathered dust (of the earth) from four sides of the world, and made his essence in the place of the Holy Temple below, and he drew a living soul from the Holy Temple above.
Paragraph 15. The soul includes three levels, so there are three names to the soul, as the supernal secret: Nefesh, Ruach, Neshamah. Nefesh, as explained is the lower of all. Ruach, is the force that controls the Nefesh level, and is above her with full control as proper. The Neshama is the force above all, and controls everything. This is a holy level, supernal to all.
“ וַיִּיצֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם, עָפָר מִן-הָאֲדָמָה, וַיִּפַּח בְּאַפָּיו, נִשְׁמַת חַיִּים; וַיְהִי הָאָדָם, לְנֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה. ”
“Then YHVH God formed ( וַיִּיצֶר) man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Nefesh). ”
The Zohar explains that man was created from the dust of the earth. The ‘four sides of the world’ represent the aspect of every matter, spiritual and physical. See table below with different aspects of the ‘four side’.
There is an extra Y י, numerically 10, in the word וַיִּיצֶר ‘formed’ to tell us that the seed of man has the ten Sefirot. When the drop of light is transferred from man to woman it already includes the whole system of the Tree of Life. It starts as a thought in the man’s mind, turns into water in the womb and gathers ‘dust’, which is physical nourishment through the mother. The soul is attached to the body on the 41st day. After the ‘dust gathering’ process is completed a child is born. Without the soul, the new body can not exist. The entire process happens in a sphere full of water. It must be this way to sustain the soul in the light of Chassadim, until the body is strong to come out to the world of Malchut.