Question: A person’s only job during the reading of The Book of Zohar is to draw the Light that Reforms. Why, then, does The Zohar describe the structure and mechanics of the spiritual worlds in such great detail?
Answer: We can’t connect to something we have no idea about. There has to be some connection. That’s first. Second, when we read, even without much understanding, and it seems to us that some part is described more clearly while the other less so, we still become permeated with intentions and discernments.
Nonetheless, there is a difference whether we read a text that we partly understand or study a totally unfamiliar text, possibly in a foreign language (although it is also useful since you still absorb the spiritual force hidden in it). In any case, it is desirable to read and try to understand as much as you can, not mentally, but rather being closer to it emotionally. I strive to feel it as I do and imagine how it might feel at a spiritual degree in reality.
The difference between these two concepts helps me yearn to advance. This advancement can be illusory, confusing, and tangled, which doesn’t matter. The key is our effort.
This is how a baby evolves. It exerts effort, and nature doesn’t expect him or her to do more than make the effort. As a result, a child gains intelligence. In other words, during the preparation, in the time of darkness, our Kelim (vessels) don’t require us to be completely adequate to that dose of the Light, that form of it that must unfold.
The Reshimot (informational genes) that unfold in us do not give us a clear, precise understanding of a spiritual state, and, hence, we don’t have to form it correctly. Moreover, we will never be able to do so since we always reside in the dark relative to the upper degree. The AHP (Awzen, Hotem, Peh) of the upper one is always dark, always more exalted, and always bestows more than we do.
Therefore, all we need to do is exert effort, and in return, we receive a force from Above which corrects us: the Light that Reforms. This occurs in exactly the same stages and in the same order as it does in our world. There is no difference in this.
As young children grow in our world, so do we grow in spirituality. The world our children develop in is confusing to them as well, but they act in it instinctively. As for us, we mature by making an effort.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/26/2011, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar,” Article “Who is This”