The Book of Zohar, “Song of Songs,” Item 483: To know and to observe the secret of the soul. What is the soul within him? Where does it come from and why does it come into this body, which is a foul drop that is here today and in the grave tomorrow?
Question: Why does the soul need to descend into such a fetid body whose place is ultimately in the grave?
Answer: The soul has nothing to do with our body. We simply exist in this little egoistic desire, like little animals. And the soul has nothing to do with it.
The soul descends into the putrid body means that it reaches the lowest egoistic state and is in it in order to correct it.
When I correct my egoism, not the flesh, not our animal body that remains the same, but my inner body, and gradually, with the help of the power received from The Book of Zohar, I turn it into bestowal and love for my neighbor, then absolutely amazing metamorphoses happen to me.
I begin to feel the whole universe because I do not limit myself, I do not separate myself from everything and I feel everything that is happening in the world.
I feel how capable I am to be outside my body, outside the limits of my “I.” I begin to feel my “I” as spread over the entire universe. This is a new feeling. It is unfamiliar to us. And when we begin to acquire it, a person feels free. He suddenly leaves his little cage in which he existed.
Kabbalists give a very interesting example of this. They compare a person to a worm who sits in a rotten radish and feels that his whole world is as bitter as this radish. And when he finally pokes his head out of it and sees the sun, the air, everything singing, everything in bloom, he says: “I thought the whole world was like the radish I was born in, and now I see a grand, beautiful, and wondrous world before me!”
So are we. When we poke our head out of our egoism, we see a huge, beautiful, eternal world.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #2