Baal HaSulam, Introduction to the book Pri Hacham (A Sage’s Fruit): The sages said there are three partners in a man, the Creator, the father, and the mother. The father gives whiteness, the mother gives redness, and the Creator gives a spirit and a soul.
A father and a mother are two lines, the force of receiving and the force of bestowal, matter and form. Everything is arranged according to the middle line, which we have to put together by ourselves. We are given three lines from Above: father (Aba), mother (Ima), and the Creator. We have to put the father and mother together, below, build and reveal them inside us in order to find the middle line. Then I come in contact with my middle line, which means the human being (Adam) in me, and resemble the Creator, forming adhesion between us.
A human being is made of two things—matter and form. Matter is what we call the creation. And form is the Creator. It turns out that we have three partners:
- The Creator, who gives the soul;
- The Light, which revives the vessel called the phase of Divinity and that Divinity resides in the vessel;
- The vessel originating from the father and the mother, his father gives the whiteness and his mother the redness.”
Baal HaSulam divides the influences from both sides into different types and gives them different names: father and mother, matter and form, a desire to receive and a desire to bestow, and so on. The point is that, together, these two factors present us with a choice by evoking us to put them together into the form of a human being.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/11/12, Writings of Baal HaSulam