Baal HaSulam, “600,000 Souls”: It is said that there are 600,000 souls, and each soul divides into several sparks. We must understand how it is possible for the spiritual to divide, since initially, only one soul was created, the soul of Adam HaRishon.
The spiritual world is like a holographic picture in which each part includes the whole picture, but in a minimized form. It is like looking at someone from a distance or close up—this is the difference between the part and the whole.
This means that although the general soul seems to be divided into many souls, into many people, it is one and exists in everyone but in different “dimensions.”
The question is why do the different dimensions create such different perceptions for different people.
In fact you and I are one and the same. We are simply looking at one soul from different distances. The spiritual picture is not really divided; it only seems closer or further away to us.
If, for example, I see the world of Assiya, I actually see the world of Ein Sof (Infinity), but in the dimensions of the world of Assiya. The difference is only to what extent I can discern the world of Ein Sof in my vessels, in my current desires.
Accordingly, if there are only seven billion people living in the world, it is because this is how the general soul is divided in our eyes today. In each of them there is a spark of that soul, but in itself it is one. The sparks are hidden until the time comes. They are immersed in our ego and are more like black points. They are the posterior of the soul, its embryo that is “dressed” in the desire to receive that wakes up one day.
Today about a million people in the world are connected to this awakening in one way or another. In the previous generations sometimes just a few came together. This is the structure of reality and that’s the way it should be. Everyone returns to the general circle according to the root of his individual soul until we unite and erase all the differences between us.
After all, in a whole body all the cells are equally important—just like an indivisible holographic structure. Every part is equal to the whole, since without it the whole will disappear.
But on the way to the end of correction everything is built in the form of a pyramid; everyone follows the “shepherd”; this is the order of the correction of the souls. That’s also the way it was with the Jewish people when they were on the spiritual levels: There was a king, there was the great priest, there was the Sanhedrin…
Today it is a bit different: Our bestowal flows into the general network of connections that is spread in one soul and hastens the development of the world, without its knowing for the time being. Later, as new troubles and problems come along, when the confusion grows, people will look for and understand that it isn’t in the power of religion nor in the power of politics to help them.
Humanity will face the threat of a general global annihilation and will cry out for help. Then people will hear the message of Kabbalists. But these will be very difficult situations and we have to be ready for them. After all, we can soften these moments, so that they will appear for only a moment, like the parting of the Red Sea, and will be solved immediately.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/7/13, “600,000 Souls”