The Book of Zohar, Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah), Item 81: Balaam learned all those charms that he did from his father. But he learned all the charms and all the spells mainly in the mountains of the east, which are the eastern land. This is so because the kings Aza and Azael—which the Creator dropped from the sky because they complained against man’s creation—dwell in those mountains. They are tied there in iron chains and alert charms to people. And it is from there that Balaam knew, as it is written, “From Aram Balak brings me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East,” the place of Aza and Azael.
Aza and Azael are two forces in creation that channel light on our egoistic desires and strengthen them. Therefore, it is very difficult for a person to get out of egoism; he sees reinforcement in his egoistic desires. That is, I can use my egoism and feel some fulfillments in it that constantly hold me as if I were bound by them. As it is written: ”They are tied there in iron chains and alert charms to people.”
“Mountain—Har” is from the word “Irurim—doubts.” They arise due to the fact that egoism seems to give me some kind of fulfillment. Although every time I feel that I am not filled, I do not achieve a certain state of balance, comfort, or something good in my life, the ego pulls me, attracts me, with certain light.
This property is transmitted to us through the two forces called Aza and Azael. They were once good properties. Before they sinned, they were in bestowal, love for their neighbor, in connection with people.
As it was said, before sinning, all people were like one single nation and they felt themselves as one common whole, as the organs of one body feel complete interconnection with each other and understand that they cannot live without each other. And this existence was natural for them. As a mother loves a child, so people used to love each other. These are just amazing, seemingly completely unnatural forms of life.
But they originally existed on the spiritual level. And then when this level fell into the abyss of egoism, the forces that supported us in spirituality turned into impure egoistic angels Aza and Azael.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #4