And this monster which comes in the Keter of the Niles gradually strengthens in it, and swims and enters the sea—Malchut de Atzilut—where it rules and swallows several species of fish, which are degrees within the sea that are inferior to it. It swallows them, they are completed within him, and he returns to the still Nile. And these nine Niles come up toward him to receive their abundance, since they receive their abundance from the still Nile, their Keter. And around the Nile are several types of trees and grass. And this is the first among the Niles, Keter. (Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (Rashbi), Zohar for All, Vol. 4, “Bo,” 41)
We are talking about two spiritual stages where each stage develops one inside the other, like an embryo inside a mother. Why has nature arranged it this way?
Initially, a small stage must develop inside a large stage. It completely annuls itself before the large stage, and then it has the right to develop. It surrenders to the will of the upper stage, and the upper stage develops it, as if swallowing it into itself, as a mother absorbs a drop of semen and begins to develop it within herself.
A large green crocodile, symbolizing a huge desire, absorbs small desires, develops them in itself, and then releases them. A crocodile is the personification of the ruler of the river descending from the Garden of Eden and reaching the earth.
From the highest level of bestowal, love, and general government, called Bina, four rivers descend, four special streams of force that reach Malchut through Zeir Anpin. These rivers bring us all a life-giving force. They are dominated by the property of wisdom, which is called “crocodile.”
Water is a property of mercy and bestowal. The property of wisdom flows in it, but both properties do not mix with each other, and one exists inside the other. This is a very interesting feature of water. In Israel there is Lake Kinneret (Lake Tiberias), into which the Jordan river flows from the mountains.
If you look from above, you can see how the river flows inside the lake, and their waters do not mix with each other. They have completely different properties.
It is the same here. A big green crocodile is a property of wisdom that exists inside the property of mercy (in the water). It is in this property that a person’s desire can further develop, but inside the water, inside the property of mercy! That is, we are talking about receiving for the sake of bestowal.
From KabTV’s “The Power Of The Book Of Zohar,” #1