Sha'ar Ma'amrei RaZaL, Hagigah,
Secret of the Four who Ascended into the Pardes, Lesson 3
This lesson explains in psychological detail the ascents and failures of the first two Sages, Ben Azai and Ben Zoma.
Ben Azai attempted to elevate the Hasadim, practically becoming so heavenly minded that he became no earthly good. In such a psychological position, he had no need for this world, and thus left it. He died.
Ben Zoma attempted to elevate the Gevurot, practically divorcing behavior from any psychic or intuitive influence. In such a psychological position, he thought that everything would be fine if only the order and structure would be fine, regardless of its lack of inner, moral compass. This is insanity, and therefore, he went insane.
This class continues to extract from this highly symbolic, metaphorical text, practical and relevant lessons about human psychology and provides numerous examples from Biblical right through to modern times about what happens when the tikun of mohin is not performed in the proper and right way.
The lessons in this class grant us great insight into the social problems we are facing today, and also grants us insight into what we can expect the future to hold.