Baal HaSulam, from the article, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot,” Item 14: Now we have found the opening to the above study regarding the four sects, Mercy, Righteousness, Truth, and Peace, which negotiated with the Creator regarding man’s creation. These angels are servants of man’s soul; hence, He negotiated with them, since the whole act of Creation was created according to them, as each and every soul consists of ten Sefirot in Ohr Pnimi and Ohr Makif.
- Mercy is the Inner Light (Ohr Pnimi) of the first nine of the soul.
- Righteousness is the Ohr Pnimi of the Malchut of the soul.
- Truth is the Surrounding Light (Ohr Makif) of the soul.
And Peace is the integration between the three previous characteristics that are impossible to attain. Peace claims that the person “is all strife.” In other words, the opposition between Ohr Pnimi (Inner Light) and Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light) is so great that it is impossible to overcome it.
The four angels are four parts of the Kli that want to receive in order to bestow and resemble the Creator in this way. The Ohr Pnimi and the Ohr Makif act within the first nine Sefirot and within the Malchut of the internal and external.
With the completion of correction, all of these angels will become absolutely satisfied and until then, all of them will not be pleased. This is because the Kelim are not filled with their intended Lights. Ohr Pnimi and Ohr Makif oppose each other and come to beat each other.
The angel of peace is intended to assemble the entire structure with the help of all the components, but he cannot understand how to do this. There is no way to solve this problem. This is our situation. All of the states described in the books of the Kabbalists are about the relationships between Zeir Anpin and Malchut, the ascent of Malchut and its descent, the seven periods of the Nukva, the states of Katnut (Smallness), Gadlut (Adulthood), and so on; all of these are states of the yearning of the person for connection with others.
We go through states like these, and the book says what we must do with our inner characteristics to connect with others with their help. With connection, we reach the ten, complete Sefirot and attain divinity.
The angels are the forces that are active within us. There are forces by means of which I can connect slightly, and they are called mercy and righteousness. There is a force with which I cannot connect between them, and its name is truth. I am not prepared to reach truth because I am living an absolute lie. It is impossible for all of the Ohr Makif to enter into me.
Even with the angel of Peace, I don’t know what to do. What kind of peace can there be in me if there is no completion and wholeness within me? These states are discovered in my relationships with the group or with all of humanity. To the degree of the discovery of the right relationship, I clarify that the group is only the wrapping in which I discover the higher power, the power of bestowal, the Creator.
All of The Study of the Ten Sefirot talks about what is happening within us, within our desires and in relationships with others, but in terms of a high psychology. We don’t feel what is happening with us inside, and the Kabbalists want to explain this to us to help reveal our inner characteristics and forces and begin to work with them.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/25/14, Writing of Baal HaSulam