Question: What should we wait for and expect from The Book of Zohar during the lesson?
Answer: I am not familiar with a book that is more picturesque, beautiful, and romantic than The Book of Zohar. It grasps all the qualities and senses of a person and plays upon their strings.
There are various types of literature: poems, novels, historical and scientific books. But their writers are unable to express something more than our very limited material level. And our words are not prepared to convey anything else.
But when you are reading The Zohar you arrange your interior according to what The Book says, The Book opens a door into yourself for you. And there, deep within, it gives you life, paints a picture, gives an example of what is written in its words and letters.
Nothing in reality is equivalent to The Book of Zohar; nothing rises to that height of artistry with which it was written. The book, Shamati touches something inside you, The Study of the Ten Sefirot, the Gemara, also produce certain actions inside you. And you can read the Shulchan Aruch (The Code of Laws) and feel inner movements according to the mutual cooperation between the Light and vessels. But all of this is “prose” compared to The Zohar, compared to its “lyrics” mixed with unmatched feeling.
And Baal HaSulam, with his commentary, entered into the flow of The Zohar, connected to the souls who wrote it. When I read the Sulam Commentary, I felt more and more clearly that this is the result of the work of all ten authors who wrote The Zohar, and in our day this is expressed only through Baal HaSulam. It’s as if they are singing in a choir, in a chapel, completing and continuing each other, and each one continues the music and inserts his notes precisely where required.
This is what a real book is: spiritual revelation within a person. The Book prepares a person, directs, arranges, and fills him. It does everything, and the person only feels the result of what The Book does in him.
The Book activates the person and passes him through a series of states. You don’t need anything besides that. It’s developed in you, changes you, and leads you forward. All parts of the spectacle that you feel within yourself are called The Book. These are not some pages that are printed in a print shop.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/6/14, The Zohar