Secret of the Four who Ascended into the Pardes, Lesson 4


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Secret of Rabbi Akiva's successful ascent and decent. How he sought to elevate the sefirotic forces, not by pulling them up from above, but rather by pushing them up from below. Only by lowering one can one lift the burden upon one's proverbial shoulders. Rabbi Akiva elevated the Hasadim, and thus the Gevurot ascended naturally side-by-side with them. Rabbi Akiva sought into inject a sense of conscience, a moral compass into the hive mind of collective humanity. The Pardes itself is the sefirotic Partzuf (face), known as Leah. We discuss the Partzufim of ZA (made up of Yisrael and Ya'akov), and NOK (made up of Leah and Rahel). Each is defined within its psychological context and how this becomes relevant to us. The overlapping of Mohin and Partzufim between Abba, Imma, ZA and Nok. In concluding this material, we read two selections from Rabbi Vital's kabbalistic comments to Pirkei Avot, specifically Rabbi Akiva's teachings about silence being a safeguard to wisdom, and Ben Zoma's teachings about who is wise, strong, wealthy and honored.
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