In this part I want to stay at the time (if we can call it that) before the creation.
The Zohar and the Ari teach us about this time. The word ” בְּרֵאשִׁית “, “In the Beginning”, implies ” ב ” ” רֵאשִׁית “, which means two beginnings, two heads, and two systems.
The first thing in the creation process was to set up the spiritual system. It had to be there before creating the physical world.
In order to have a world that we could be the creators we needed a “working environment”, where we could build and create new. This place or level is called Malchut, (kingship in English). As Rabbi Ashlag explains, G-d created the desire first. Desire was something new that had never been there. G-d only shares and loves. The desire was to receive, to rule, to make. We needed this desire as a tool to live in this world and be a creator.
The kingdom was for us to rule. For that G-d made a Crown (Keter in Hebrew) that is able to emanate the necessary powers to initiate and create changes in the world.
G-d also designated two ‘feeds’ or ‘advisors to the Crown’ to follow the initiative of the Crown, one with Wisdom (Chokmah, male energy) and one with Understanding (Binah, female energy). When they summoned together they brought out the Knowledge (Da’at) that can channel the energy and manifest as new work.
Now that we had the potential kingdom, and the top three forces, G-d needed a king.
The kingdom was still full of light and there was not much work to do. Kings were created and then ‘died’. The code is concealed in Genesis (36:31).
This process is described in Kabbalah as the “Process of the Breaking of The Vessels” ” תהליך־שבירת־הכלים “. (Vessel=the ability to hold and channel the light). Each one of the kings came to existence with the desire to rule but the amount of light that was there was too strong for their vessels to hold and so they broke. The light went back to its origin and what was left was the desire of the shattered vessels. Those desires are called Klipot (Klipa in singular form). The Klipot held onto some of the light that the vessel had contained in a brief moment.
The 7 kings came and went and left 288 sparks of light in the hands of the Klipot.
This information is concealed in the word (Genesis 1:2) ” מְרַחֶפֶת ” ” מת־רפח ” (= Died, 288).
This process created the world of correction, ‘Tikkun’. The tikkun is the process of taking back the light from the Klipa and elevate it to the source. Originally, there were 320 lights in the process. 288 ” רפח ” of them fell into the Klipa and 32 of them that are the light of the Torah stayed for the next process.
The words ” תֹהוּ וָבֹהו ּ “, “unformed and void”, have seven letters for the seven kings.
It is all about desire. Desire draws the light and gives us the energy to continue. Lack of desire could make a person homeless and in extreme cases, the soul that is made out of light, wish to disconnect from the weak vessel and cause the vessel to break by taking its own life. The soul then goes to seek another vessel.
If this information is too new to you and hard to understand, read it again and again. Email your questions because of understanding how and why the world was created is an important step. What is our purpose here and what is your individual purpose in life.
This understanding could connect you to the global GPS (see previous article:http://rabbishimon.com/rs/torahc.cfm?p=Ekev ) and take your desires to fulfillments without breaking the vessel.