Daily Zohar # 4031 – Balak – Knowledge from angels in the dark
Daily Zohar 4031
423. בֹּא וּרְאֵה, בִּלְעָם הָיָה מְשַׁבֵּחַ אֶת עַצְמוֹ מִמָּקוֹם זֶה, וְאָמַר, נְאֻם שֹׁמֵעַ אִמְרֵי אֵל וְגוֹ’. מִשּׁוּם שֶׁעֲזָ”א וַעֲזָאֵ”ל אוֹמְרִים לְאוֹתָם בְּנֵי הָעוֹלָם מֵאוֹתָם דְּבָרִים עֶלְיוֹנִים שֶׁיָּדְעוּ בַתְּחִלָּה לְמַעְלָה, וּמְדַבְּרִים מֵעוֹלָם הַקָּדוֹשׁ שֶׁהָיוּ בוֹ. זֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּבּ שֹׁמֵעַ אִמְרֵי אֵל. לֹא כָתוּב שׁוֹמֵעַ קוֹל אֵל, אֶלָּא אִמְרֵי אֵל, אוֹתָן אֲמִירוֹת שֶׁאוֹמְרִים מִמֶּנּוּ. מִי שֶׁבָּא מֵהַשִּׁעוּר וְשׁוֹאֲלִים אוֹתוֹ מֵאֵיפֹה אַתָּה בָּא – אוֹמֵר: מִלִּשְׁמֹעַ דִּבְרֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ הַקָּדוֹשׁ. כָּךְ נְאֻם שֹׁמֵעַ אִמְרֵי אֵל. וְיֹדֵעַ דַּעַת עֶלְיוֹן, שֶׁהָיָה יוֹדֵעַ בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁהַדִּין תָּלוּי בָּעוֹלָם, וּמְכַוֵּן הַשָּׁעָה בִכְשָׁפָיו.
Continued from previous DZ
People of this world who know the location of Aza and Azael come to them to learn sorcery and all kinds of magic. The mountains of darkness are called “הַרֲרֵי קֶדֶם” “the mountains of old” because darkness preceded the light in this world. Laban and Balaam learned sorcery from them as we read;
“וַיִּשָּׂא מְשָׁלוֹ וַיֹּאמַר מִן אֲרָם יַנְחֵנִי בָלָק מֶלֶךְ מוֹאָב מֵהַרְרֵי קֶדֶם לְכָה אָרָה לִּי יַעֲקֹב וּלְכָה זֹעֲמָה יִשְׂרָאֵל.”
“And he took up his oracle and said: “Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, From the mountains of old (הַרְרֵי קֶדֶם). ‘Come, curse Jacob for me, And come, denounce Israel!'”
Aza and Azael were not lying when they said that Adam would sin. They could see the entire Creation beyond time and space from their high level. They did not consider the aspect of repentance that HaShem included in his Creation of man. Because of that, they were cast down and locked in chains in the mountains of darkness. Aza resists the chains that the lower Klipa put on him. He wanted to draw Light of Chokmah from the upper levels and illuminate the Klipa with the higher light to cancel it, but the Holy One, Blessed be He, cast darkness on his face to block him from reaching the high levels, appointing two klipot to restrain him. The first Klipa named “ברזל” “iron” was the iron chains. The second Klipa was darkness to block his sight from seeing beyond his place. Azael has the aspect of a female that did not resist because a female is the ground of the world and is passive. Because of that, Azael could be next to Aza and have illuminated darkness.
Balaam was praising himself, saying;
“נְאֻם שֹׁמֵעַ אִמְרֵי אֵל וְיֹדֵעַ דַּעַת עֶלְיוֹן מַחֲזֵה שַׁדַּי יֶחֱזֶה נֹפֵל וּגְלוּי עֵינָיִם.”
“The utterance of him who hears the words of God, And has the knowledge of the Most High, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Who falls down, with eyes wide open:”
Balaam heard from Aza and Azael about the ways of the upper world from the time before they fell to earth. Balaam said, “I hear the words of God (אל),” not “hears the voice of God” because he heard words from Aza and Azael, not from the Holy One Blessed be He.
“And has the knowledge of the Most High” means that Balaam has the knowledge received from Aza and Azael when judgments come to the world so that he can adjust his witchcraft according to that.