Comment: The shattering of the vessels, desires, is, in principle, a Kabbalistic term. However, many who have read the Pentateuch (the Bible) understand its allegorical language.
My Response: Actually, this is not difficult to understand at all. If my desire is directed for the sake of others, for the benefit of others, then it is considered complete, perfect. If it is for my own sake and as a rule against others, it is called shattered.
Question: Does the fall of Adam represent the shattering of the vessels?
Answer: It is said about this that all the desires that were in the prototype of man Adam were practically a desire that has not yet been clothed in our protein bodies and was directed only for bestowal. Yet, as a result of certain actions made on it, it turned into a desire to receive. This is the shattering of Adam.
Adam is a system that was one single desire, and when it suddenly began to feel itself consisting of many elements, it shattered. That is, every desire included in the general desire wanted to receive for its own sake. This is the fall, the shattering of Adam.
Question: Can we say that the term “the fall of Adam” is in the language of feelings and “the shattering of the vessels” is a Kabbalistic, technical language?
Answer: Of course. It is the same thing, just explained in different languages.
Comment: Kabbalists have identified all Kabbalistic terms from nature itself just in order for a person not to have corporeal associations. After all, when I imagine the fall of Adam—a tree, an apple, and so on—it takes me away from the true picture: everything is inside my desire.
My Response: Today, of course, no one believes and cannot believe in these stories. This is all completely unreal.
In fact, with these stories Kabbalists explain the most internal, most complex laws and connections in nature.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 7/23/21