Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 61: The answer is that the world, during the six thousand years of its existence, is like one Partzuf divided into thirds: Rosh (head), Toch (interior), Sof (end), meaning HBD (Hochma, Bina, Daat), HGT (Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet), NHY (Netzah, Hod, Yesod). This is what our sages wrote: “The first 2,000 years of Tohu (chaos), second 2,000 years of Torah, and the last 2,000 years are the days of the Messiah.” (Sanhedrin 97a).
Now, in our generation, since we are nearing the end of the last 2,000 years, we are given permission to reveal the words of The Zohar throughout the world to a great extent in such a way that from our generation onwards the words of The Zohar will become increasingly revealed in the world, until the full measure is revealed, as the Creator wills it.
Question: Where are we located on this sketch of the three periods of two thousand years each?
Answer: At its bottom. We have passed through all the periods from the beginning of creation to our day, and as of today we are close to the end of correction.
Question: The impression is that we are closer to the completion of destruction….
Answer: This is correct, for in order to reach correction, it’s up to us first of all to recognize the destruction. And therefore we are passing through the period of recognition of evil in the worst state of the Kelim (the desires) that are difficult to awaken, to move to something. It’s precisely these conditions that are appropriate for the end of correction.
It’s said about the “Days of the Messiah” that in these times insolence will increase. The Kelim will be the worst, the cruelest, and the most egoistic; those that have passed through “excessive fermentation.” The people in this period will begin to “eat themselves,” for even progress, egoistic gain will no longer be important to them as it used to be. The recognition of evil has arrived. They understand that the ego ultimately will not make it possible for them to succeed in anything. And therefore, even indifference will appear and an agreement with death. It won’t matter to people that there will be war, even a world war. Just give them an injection to forget about everything and leave them in quiet.
The tendency today is no longer directed at the continuation of egoistic development. On the contrary, the ego has become a cancerous growth that “wipes out” everything that it can, and now is itself dead, taking with it the weakened “body.” And so we are living in the last most important period of corrections, which “seals” the entire process. And our concern needs to be how to build and to realize our work correctly.
Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 63: …this is the rule in all the Partzufim (plural for Partzuf) of the worlds and of the souls, that the purest are the first to be selected into the Partzuf. Therefore, the purer Kelim, HBD, were selected first in the world and in the souls. Thus, the souls in the first 2,000 years were much Higher. Yet, they could not receive the full measure of Light, due to the lack of the lower parts in the world and in themselves, which are HGT NHYM.
And afterwards, in the second two thousand years, when the Kelim of HGT were selected into the world and in the souls, the souls were indeed very pure in and of themselves. This is because the merit of the Kelim of HGT is close to that of HBD. Yet, the Lights were still concealed in the world, due to the absence of the Kelim from the Chazeh down, in the world and in the souls. Thus, in our generation, although the essence of the souls is the worst, which is why they could not be selected for Kedusha thus far, they are the ones that complete the Partzuf of the world and the Partzuf of the souls with respect to the Kelim, and the work is completed only through them. This is because now, when the Kelim of NHY are being completed, and all the Kelim, Rosh, Toch, Sof are in the Partzuf, the full measures of Light, in Rosh, Toch, and Sof, are now being extended to all those who are worthy, meaning complete NRN (Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama). Hence, only after the completion of these lowly souls can the Highest Lights manifest, and not before.
It is possible to reveal the Light of the Neshama only on condition that the Light of Nefesh descends to our Kelim, to our level. In the first two thousand years the Light of Nefesh entered into the upper third of the Partzuf. In the next two thousand years it descended into the middle third and the Light of Ruach entered into the first third, and in the end, the last two thousand years, the Light of Nefesh and the Light of Ruach descend even further down and make it possible for the Light of Neshama to enter into the Partzuf. And then we acquire NRN.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/16/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam