The Book of Zohar, Genesis, 3:22: Now the Lord God said, “Behold man has become like one of us, having the ability of knowing good and evil, and now, lest he stretch forth his hand and take also from the Tree of Life and eat and live forever.”
Question: Is it necessary to live forever? It depends on what kind of life.
Answer: Indeed. There are many people who would gladly part with life painlessly because it is a chain of suffering.
And yet, we have a kind of an inner stopper that does not allow us to part with life and makes us suffer. If it were not for it, then I am sure that a huge number of people would calmly do it. Like this: you take a pill and fall asleep because, in principle, there are no prospects.
Therefore, it is said that now that a person has fallen into a terrible state, into egoism, it is necessary to arrange it so that he cannot kill himself, so that there would be forces in him and in the surrounding nature that would force him to develop although this development is very difficult.
Question: But why is it said “so that he would not live forever”?
Answer: This means that he would not remain forever in the egoistic state.
For this, on one hand, it is necessary that certain forces restrain a person all the time from ending his earthly existence within the framework of the animal body, and on the other hand, give him the opportunity to develop without feeling himself eternal, perfect and constantly feeling a state of thirst, lack, aspirations toward something. Thus, he will gradually return to the previous state from which he fell.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar,” #7