Midrash Rabba, Parshat Balak: Balak could have been better than others by creating a magical bird. His name, Balak ben Tsipor (bird), indicates that he could predict the future with the help of a magical bird.
Midrash Rabba is a book that was written at the time that the Torah was written, and it could even have been before then. Sometimes, we even associate it with the times of our father Abraham who preceded the appearance of the Torah. This is because everything that is written there is written after that in the Torah, separated by 600 to 700 years.
So historically, Midrash Rabba is no less important than the Torah. The explanations in it are very broad and deep, delving into all kinds of different niches of the way to the spiritual development of a person.
When a person develops spiritually, he passes through those niches, understands them, but does not linger in them. Indeed, everyone can delve into them as a result of his development.
But there are souls who are so broad that they enter into all of these states and can describe them.
It must be understood that this is talking only about forces of nature, about the forces of man, those through which he passes by way of the systems of right and left, one system nourishing the other.
Egoism cannot exist without altruism and altruism without egoism. So, in a person there is only egoism, and solely and only above it he builds altruism as he transforms the ego and immerses it into altruism.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/8/15