1. The human image at the foot of the Throne corresponds to the Reuben banner embroidered with plants that have roots that bear external resemblance with a human being;
2. The exterior of a lion under the Throne replicates Yehuda’s flag with a lion depicted on it;
3. Ephraim’s banner embroidered with a bull corresponds to the heavenly image of the bull;
4. The eagle embroidered on Dan’s flag is similar to the image of the eagle at the Throne.
Spirituality is a world of forces. Therefore, the four emblems on the banners symbolize spiritual qualities: Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, and Yesod.
When these forces interact and affect the ego, each force demonstrates its certain properties. Egoism per se has no shape, nor does it desire anything but receiving. Whereas, when the quality of bestowal and love influences it, the ego manifests its selfish impulses.
Therefore, the image of a lion or the face of an eagle, etc., signify the states that one can achieve if one is ready to become a tool of manifesting the Creator’s properties. This denotes a very high qualitative level because the face of the animal turns into the face of a human—Adam (one who is similar with the Creator).
The face of man, as the face of the sun, emanates energy when it reaches the state of bestowal.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/24/14