Continued from previous DZ
After the ‘book’ was revealed from the Endless with the souls of all people below, the Creator created man below. The Zohar revealed to us that the Torah existed before Creation and that God created the world from the Torah as blueprint.
Man was created in God’s ‘image’, ‘צלם’ (pronounced ‘Tzelem’), which the Tree of Life, specifically as the aspect of Zeir Anpin and the Torah. YHVH represents the entire force of the Tree of Life and the YHVH name that represents Zeir Anpin is יוד-הא-ואו-הא with numerical value of 45, same as Adam, אדם, man.
Our body and soul has 613 elements, corresponding to the number of precepts in the Torah. Following the Torah brings light and correct all parts of our body and soul. Great pure Tzadikim reach a level that their body doesn’t go through decay after their soul leaves their body.
The ‘image’ of God is the Tree of Life. We shouldn’t imagine it in any way or form because of the second commandment. It protects us from limiting the forces of the Tree of Life by our limited ‘earthly’ imagination. The Tree of Life represents the flow of light from the Endless all the way down to Malchut. Even The word ‘down’ is not a direction but the aspect of ‘lower’.
While God is the complete system of the Tree of Life that governs the entire existence, our souls, which behaves like the Tree of Life have domain over our physical body. The body itself is the aspect of Malchut.
In the first process of Creation, the Endless Light formed an ‘empty’ space to create the world’s. That step was the aspect of creating darkness (‘בורא חושך’). The Endless light entered the space as one, undivided light, then through a process formed the right and left column (male, female) and the central column that represents the unification of the Right and Left.
For those who are new to this, I recommend reading this explanation many times to get deeper and deeper understanding of the ‘image’.
Daily Zohar # 2360 – Yitro – How's your 'image'