“From the top of Snir and Hermon is Mount Sinai, to which they drew near and gathered at its foot, as it is written, “And they stood at the foot of the mountain.” “From the lions’ dens” are the sons of Seir, whom the Creator invited to receive the Torah but they did not wish to receive it. “From the mountains of the leopards” are the sons of Ishmael, as it is written, “The Lord came from Sinai, and rose from Seir into them; He shined forth from Mount Pharan, and He came from the ten thousand holy ones,” and Pharan are the sons of Ishmael.
What is, ”And He came from the ten thousand holy ones”? When the Creator wished to give the Torah to Israel, the camps of upper angels came and said, ”O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is Your name in all the earth, whose majesty is rehearsed above the heavens.” They asked for the Torah be given to them and not to Israel.” (The Book of Zohar)
The forces called “Esau” or “Seir” are offered the Torah—correction. But they do not want to correct themselves in a person because they are absolutely egoistic and cannot imagine how they can fill themselves without being egoistic: “Then why do I live? My whole desire is to live happily and comfortably.”
And they are absolutely right, because they do not feel any opportunities in themselves to exist in the form in which the Torah offers them—to rise above themselves. A person feels this in himself, in his properties: “What am I doing? I lose everything.”
The next state is “Ishmael” from the word “Ishma El,” “heard by the Creator.” What does Ishmael say? “I also cannot accept the Torah as a means of correction. After all, it offers using myself above my desire to be fulfilled. I am in no way capable of this.”
It turns out that above these two basic, fundamental properties in man, we are in no way capable of rising into the spiritual property in which the upper force, the Creator, is located. How can we still cope with this problem to raise a person to the level of the Creator?
For this, the Creator manifests the third property of these two properties. It gradually arises from within a person and is called “Israel,” directed directly to the Creator. This property, which manifests itself between the forces of Esau (Seir) and Ishmael, can rise above them with the help of the upper force and become equal to the Creator.
Israel is not the right property (Ishmael) and not the left (Seir), but the middle between them. When it rises and connects with the Creator, then it begins to pull and raise both the right and left forces out of their state.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #9