While they were walking, the Arabs returned to them, telling Rabbi Pinchas, old man, you asked about things from the past, but you didn’t ask about today. We saw something that made us amazed and wonder. We saw five people sitting and an old man with them. Above, we saw birds gathering and spreading wings above their heads, some go, and some return, and there were no shadows above their heads. The old man was talking, and they were listening.
Rabbi Pinchas said I was asking about this. Arabs, You made me happy with two things, now go, and this road will be ready for you in whatever you wish.
The friends asked Rabbi Pinchas, how can we tell where Rabbi Shimon is?” He answered, leave it to the one that controls the footsteps of the animals to guide their footsteps to the place. He didn’t guide his donkey that took a different way, two miles away from the road. They went there.
The donkey began to bray three times. Rabbi Pinchas came down off the donkey and told his friends, let us welcome the face of Atik Yomin, meaning the Shechina, because coming toward us is the great face and small face, meaning Rabbi Shimon and his students.
Rabbi Shimon heard the donkey’s braying and told his student, let us rise because the voice of the donkey of the old sage awakened to our presence. Rabbi Shimon and the friends rose to welcome them.
The Light from the meeting with Rabbi Pinchas made the Arabs remember the amazing event they couldn’t explain.
When Rabbi Shimon taught his students about the secrets of the higher levels, the angels and other righteous souls gathered above to listen and protect them. The heavens above their heads were open, and angels could go up and return.
The Arabs saw them as birds that don’t cast shadows because spiritual entities don’t cast shadows.
Rabbi Pinchas connected his donkey to the divine ‘GPS’ when he said, “leave it to the one that controls the footsteps of the animals to guide their footsteps. When we are lost, we better trust the divine GPS that knows where we need to be at any time. This GPS is activated by certainty in Hashem. .”