Comment: The fifth commandment: “Honor your father and your mother” corresponds to the act of creation: “Let there be lights in the firmament within the waters. These are the lights of your father, the sun, ZA, and of your mother, the moon, Malchut.”
My Response: AVI (Aba ve-Ima) are the upper father and mother. They symbolize the sun and the moon, which influence the Earth, make it turn and develop, give rise to the plant, animal, and human world.
As a result, these two great lights: the Sun, the light of Hochma, and the Moon, the light of Hassadim, as our father and mother, develop us to the level where we use the light of the Moon (Hassadim) to absorb all the light of the Sun (Hochma).
Question: Should the actual father and mother be respected?
Answer: They must be respected within the earthly framework. Perhaps this commandment sounds like some kind of ethics and nothing more. We see in our world how animals very quickly separate from their parents after a few months, maybe six months to a year, and that’s it.
While man has a purely egoistic attachment between children and parents. Children exploit their parents, thus developing this interconnection. It seems to us that this is a kind, good quality. In fact, this is pure egoism on both sides.
Question: It is written in The Book of Zohar: “The Sun is your father, the Moon, your mother.” Are these our real parents?
Answer: Yes, because it is from them, our spiritual father and mother, that the upper governance descends upon us, due to which we become human beings.
We absorb all the power, all the light, all their qualities, and reach their level, that is, we rise to the level of Hochma and Bina in full interaction between them and become equal to the Creator.
As a result we, ourselves, begin to control both the moon and the sun, these two sources of life relative to our soul.
By absorbing all the qualities of Hochma and Bina, we become equal to Keter, the highest degree of the Creator.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #10