The Torah, “Leviticus” 21:10: “And the Cohen that who is elevated above his brothers, upon whose head the anointment oil has been poured or who has been inaugurated to wear the garments he shall not leave his head unshorn or rend his garments.
The Sa’arot (hair), from the word “Sa’ar (storm)” is the awakening of the person, his advancement towards a goal. On every level they can be counted in a particular way. The Peyot (sidelocks), which descend from the sides, represent the Light that descends from the head, drips onto the beard down onto the body.
The priest had a complete wardrobe. Besides the usual clothes, he was dressed in special cloth pants and a sash, a beautifully embroidered shirt with bells on the hems and a hat. Such attire fit the Masach, the characteristic of bestowal, the intention, that should be created above one’s desires.
And he shall not come upon any dead bodies; he shall not defile himself for his father or his mother. (Leviticus 21:11)
“Dead” is a desire that is left without an intention into which the Light cannot enter. And the priest must protect himself and not come in contact with anything that has a negative intention.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/21/14