Daily Zohar # 4335 – Shelach Lecha – Do not follow your eyes
Daily Zohar 4335
346. אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוּדָה, אָמַר הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא: מִי שֶׁרוֹצֶה לָלֶכֶת אַחַר יִרְאָתִי, יֵלֵךְ אַחַר הַלֵּב הַזֶּה וְאַחֲרֵי הָעֵינַיִם שֶׁעוֹמְדִים עָלֶיהָ. מִי הֵם עֵינַיִם אֵלֶּה? כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (תהלים לד) עֵינֵי ה’ אֶל צַדִּיקִים. אֲבָל אַתֶּם, לֹא תָתוּרוּ אַחֲרֵי לְבַבְכֶם וְאַחֲרֵי עֵינֵיכֶם. מָה הַטַּעַם? מִשּׁוּם שֶׁאַתֶּם זֹנִים אַחֲרֵיהֶם.
Zohar Shelach Lecha
Continued from previous DZ
Rabbi Yitzchak said, the threads of the Tzitzit, to show how they hang from this place to the four directions of the world, and Malchut rules over them all in the secret of the heart (לב), which is the heart of this whole world, and the heart of the upper worlds, that is the three worlds of Beriah, Yetzirah, Asiya. She depends on the upper heart, Zeir Anpin, and everything is in the secret of ל”ב, 32 that comes from the supernal Chokmah, that is, the heart לב, numerical value 32 hints at the 32 paths of wisdom (Chokmah) that illuminate Zeir Anpin. Rabbi Yitzchak said we learned that the measure and the length of the Tzitzit are in the engraved letters (wise words) of Rabbi Elazar.
Rabbi Yehuda said, the Holy One, Blessed be He, whoever wants to follow me, will follow this heart, Malchut, and the eyes above it.
“עֵינֵי יְהוָה אֶל צַדִּיקִים וְאָזְנָיו אֶל שַׁוְעָתָם.”
“The eyes of YHVH are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.”
The eyes of the Holy One are the eyes of Zeir Anpin that are on the righteous. We are instructed, “You may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined” (Numbers 15:39), and the reason for it is that we follow our eyes with selfish desires.
Looking at the ‘heart’ of the Tzitzit, meaning the 32 threads reminds us all the mitzvot of the Torah because as we learned above, they connect to the 32 paths of Wisdom and the Creation. When we use our eyes to look at the sacred tools we have spiritual connection and draw light. When we look outside the holy, the world around us, it triggers our selfish desire, and if we don’t transform desires to sharing, we drain our energy into the darkness of Malchut.
The Tzadikim that could make miracles are the ones that protect their eyes from seeing anything but holy, to avoid triggering desires related to the world of Malchut.