Question: What is so special about The Book of Zohar? Why is it so popular and why do people consider it to be the source of the greatest power?
Answer: Baal HaSulam writes that The Book of Zohar is the greatest and most revealing Kabbalistic composition of all time. After all, ten Kabbalists that were suitable for creating a single vessel (Kli) got together to write this book. They connected into the ten Sefirot on the level of the final correction (Gmar Tikkun), in all 125 degrees by which the soul must ascend in order to obtain its final correction.
They ascended to the state of the final correction (Gmar Tikkun) and from there wrote about this revelation. This is why this book is called The Zohar, the highest “radiance” (Zeira Ilaa) there is.
This book is written as a commentary to the five books of the Torah. All that has been revealed by the great Kabbalists from the time of the First Temple to the time of the Second Temple is presented in this book on the level of the final correction. Also, it was written in a very unique way: Rabbi Shimon spoke, Rabbi Aba wrote it down, and all the others shared their revelations. This means that it gives descriptions through various points of views, and for this reason it suits all souls that will ever reveal it and wish to correct themselves by means of the Light that Reforms.
The story of this book is unique and tragic. It was concealed for a long time and only became revealed in the 11th century in Spain, thanks to Rabbi Moshe de Leon, then followed a few more stages of its concealment and revelation, until the appearance of Baal HaSulam in the 20th century.
During that time, the return to the land of Israel began and all Kabbalists began to feel that the time had come for the realization of The Book of Zohar, meaning for the correction of the souls and coming out of the final exile to the final redemption. This is why Baal HaSulam received permission to write a commentary to this book called “Sulam” (ladder).
The Book of Zohar is “caged behind a thousand locks” and locked with many different keys; it is written in such a way that a regular person can’t even touch it. You can buy it and read it, but you won’t know what to do with it and how to use it correctly. Through his four introductions written to this book and the “Sulam” commentary, after which he received his name, Baal HaSulam hands us the key, defines how to reveal and view this book.
From this moment we can really say that we received The Book of Zohar in order to realize it. It becomes the source of great Light that we can use day after day.
From the program on Lag B’Omer on 5/17/11