79. רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר הָיָה יוֹשֵׁב יוֹם אֶחָד עַל שַׁעַר לוֹד, וְהָיָה יוֹשֵׁב עִמּוֹ רַבִּי אַבָּא וְרַבִּי יְהוּדָה וְרַבִּי יוֹסֵי. אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹסֵי, אֹמַר לָכֶם מַה שֶּׁרָאִיתִי הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה בַּבֹּקֶר קַמְתִּי בָּאוֹר, רָאִיתִי עוֹף אֶחָד שֶׁהָיָה טָס וְעוֹלֶה לְמַעְלָה שָׁלֹשׁ פְּעָמִים, וּמַנְמִיךְ פַּעַם אַחַת, וְהָיָה אוֹמֵר: עֶלְיוֹנִים עֶלְיוֹנִים, בְּיוֹם זֶה פוֹרְחִים [דַּקִּיקִים] הָרְקִיעִים [לְיָמִין] שְׁלֹשָׁה מְמֻנִּים זְקוּפִים מוֹשְׁלִים עַל הָאָרֶץ, אֶחָד יוֹשֵׁב שֶׁלֹּא יוֹשֵׁב, הֶעֱבִירוּ אוֹתוֹ בְּאֵשׁ דּוֹלֶקֶת, מַעֲבִירִים אֶת קִיּוּמוֹ, מַעֲבִירִים אֶת שִׁלְטוֹנוֹ. שְׁלֹשָׁה תוֹמְכִים שַׁלִּיטִים עֶלְיוֹנִים עוֹמְדִים עַל הָעוֹלָם.
80. זָרַקְתִּי לְאוֹתוֹ עוֹף רֶגֶב עָפָר, וְאָמַרְתִּי לוֹ: עוֹף עוֹף, אֱמֹר לִי שְׁלֹשָׁה שֶׁעוֹמְדִים מְמֻנִּים וְאֶחָד שֶׁהֶעֱבִירוּ שִׁלְטוֹנוֹ מִי הֵם. זָרַק לִי שְׁלֹשָׁה חִצִּים מִכְּנַף יְמִינוֹ, וְזֶה אֶחָד מִשְּׂמֹאל (וּמִכְּנַף שְׂמֹאל אֶחָד), וְלֹא יָדַעְתִּי לְמָה הוּא רוֹמֵז.
Rabbi Chiya said that thirty days before a decree or a crisis comes to the people, it is announced in the world. Sometimes through a child and sometimes through people with weak minds, and sometimes the message is delivered through the mouth of birds, and there is no one that can listen to them. When the people are righteous, the message is given to the top righteous of the world, so they would let the people repent and reconnect with Hashem.
One day Rabbi Elazar was sitting by the gate of Lod, the city. With him was Rabbi Aba, Rabbi Yehuda, and Rabbi Yossi. Rabbi Yossi tells them that when he woke up to the light of the morning, he saw a bird in the sky that raised himself three times and lowered himself once. He was saying; ‘Exalted ones, exalted ones, on this day skies are soaring, and three appointed ones, upright, govern the world. One of them sits and not sits, even though he would like to stand and not sit. He was removed from his dominion by fire. And three columns, supernal rulers, stand over the world.
Rabbi Yossi continues and says that he threw a lump of earth toward the bird, and asked him, ‘bird, bird, tell me who are the three appointed ones and who is the one that lost his dominion?’. The bird three back three arrows from its right-wing, and one from his left-wing. Rabbi Yossi tells his friend that he didn’t understand what is the new thing that the bird wanted to teach him.
Rabbi Ashlag explains that the morning light is the light that comes from Zeir Anpin. The ‘bird’ is the angel that serves the unification of Zeir Anpin and Malchut that happens in the morning. The three higher levels are the three columns, Chessed, Gevurah, and Tiferet. The fourth one, is lower and came from the Left to impose its light over the others, but the three removed him to have the proper control over the world.