Zohar Ha’azinu – Idra Zuta
The desire of the male, Zeir Anpin to Malchut is in Zion, that is called ‘blessing’ because blessings come out from Zion to all the worlds. Zion is also called ‘Holy’, because all the Lights of the male, Zeir Anpin, enter the level of Zion. These Lights come to it from the skull of the male that is the source for the upper three sefirot of the Light of Chaya of Zeir Anpin.
The blessing from these lights spread to all parts of the body that is Chessed, Gevurah, and Tiferet. Then the blessing continues to Netzach, and Hod that is called ‘צבאות’, ‘armies’ because abundance from the body gathers in Netzach, and Hod and spread to the lower three worlds of B’riah, Yetzirah, and Asiya.
The abundance goes into the Holy Yessod that is all white and for that, he is called Chessed. This Chessed enters the holy of Holies to channel the blessings as it is written;
“כְּטַל חֶרְמוֹן שֶׁיֹּרֵד עַל הַרְרֵי צִיּוֹן כִּי שָׁם צִוָּה יְהוָה אֶת הַבְּרָכָה חַיִּים עַד הָעוֹלָם.”
“It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there YHVH commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.”
At this point of the Zohar, Rabbi Shimon finished the study he gave on the day of his passing. Rabbi Aba was next to him writing his words.
Rabbi Aba said that when Rabbi Shimon said the word ‘חיים’ ‘Life’ from the verse above, he became quiet. Rabbi Aba was ready to continue writing but couldn’t hear his teacher. He didn’t lift his face because the Light in the room was very strong for him to look. He was shaken and heard a voice saying (Proverbs 3:2) “כִּי אֹרֶךְ יָמִים וּשְׁנוֹת חַיִּים וְשָׁלוֹם יוֹסִיפוּ לָךְ.” “For a length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.”. Then he heard another voice saying (Psalms 21:5) “חַיִּים שָׁאַל מִמְּךָ נָתַתָּה לּוֹ אֹרֶךְ יָמִים עוֹלָם וָעֶד.” “He asked life from You, and You gave it to him— Length of days forever and ever.”
Rabbi Shimon concluded his teaching by revealing the secrets of the unification between Zeir Anpin and Malchut through Yessod. With his words, he opened the gates between Malchut and Yessod and he could enter ‘Zion’, the Holy of Holies.
The last word of Rabbi Shimon in this world was ‘Life’, which is the Light of Yessod. We read in the next paragraph that Rabbi Shimon’s face was showing him as laughing. It tells us that leaving this world was a pleasure for him.
The actual study of the Idra Zuta by Rabbi Shimon is completed here. The following five paragraphs of the Idra Zuta describe the reactions of the students and how they carry the bed of his body for burial.