Zohar Shelach Lecha
The editors of the Zohar states here that there’s a missing text at the beginning of the paragraph. From the text that follows I gather that two or more of the Zohar rabbis made a spiritual elevation. They connected to a great light where that was so high that they couldn’t communicate with each other. They came out of that level and say to each other; ‘Since we saw great visions and we are still here then even if we die now, we will certainly merit the world to come’.
They sat down and fell asleep. Then an ‘appointed’ one came to wake them up, telling them to go outside into the field, which is a lower level. They went out and saw the words of the Torah.
“אֲנִי יְהוָה דִּבַּרְתִּי אִם לֹא זֹאת אֶעֱשֶׂה לְכָל הָעֵדָה הָרָעָה הַזֹּאת הַנּוֹעָדִים עָלָי בַּמִּדְבָּר הַזֶּה יִתַּמּוּ וְשָׁם יָמֻתוּ.”
“’I, YHVH, have spoken, surely this I will do to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness, they shall be destroyed, and there they will die.'””
They understood that when the verse says that the spies and the nation would die in the wilderness, it’s related only to the death of their bodies and their souls would be able to reach the Garden of Eden.
The ‘appointed’ one told them to go out with him. He asked them about what they heard in the higher levels. They answered him that they heard a voice saying; ‘’He who interrupts would be interrupted. He who makes it short would be shortened. He who makes it short would have it longer.” He asked them if they understood it and they answered; no. He told them about the great eagle that they saw and the child that picks up herbs. The ‘Eagle’ was Rabbi Ilai that came with his son to this place. They saw a cave and went into it and because they couldn’t take on the darkness, they died.
The second paragraph would be explained in the next Zohar study of Shelach Lecha.
The Rabbis of the Zohar had pure souls and on a high spiritual level. They could elevate themselves through the spiritual levels and see beyond the corporeal world. They had the support of the ‘appointed’, which is a spiritual entity ‘appointed’ for their protection and escort them in their spiritual travels.
On higher levels, they couldn’t communicate with each other because it was a very pure and fine level. When they, meaning their soul, moved down levels they could communicate but had to fall asleep so the ‘appointed’ one would properly guide them down. In our daily prayers, we use the Kaddish as a ‘bridge’ that allows us to move from one spiritual world to the other. It is used on the way up to Atzilut and on the way back down to the world of Asiah, Malchut.
After the Rabbis came down into their bodies they realized that the ‘punishment’ decreed on the spies and the Israelites was related only to their bodies. The evil speech of the spies and the cry of the nation corrupted their ‘vessel’ and it had to be broken and removed from this world before going into the Land of Israel.
Their souls cannot die and go through a correction path would allow them to enter the Garden of Eden.
We may not be able to ascend high as the rabbis of the Zohar but we can combine Zohar study with a simple meditation that would elevate the soul to the higher level (according to the person’s purity). The focus is on the ‘nothing’, meaning pushing away ‘interruptions’ until one feels a disconnection from the body and ‘float’ in an empty space. In that space come thoughts and messages from the Light.
B”H in the new website that we are working hard to finish, I will add a special section for special meditations.