That is why it is so corporeal and utterly materialized
Although it is the middle point inside all the circles.
(Ari, The Tree of Life)
I translated this poem of the Ari, which begins the book The Tree of Life, from Hebrew into Russian about 45 years ago to introduce people to it and draw their attention to how a Kabbalist in the 16th century writes about the way he feels the spiritual nature.
Moreover, this is not a literal translation, but my adaptation of what I then understood in the Ari’s book. The meaning, however, is completely preserved.
Question: How does one use this poem for spiritual advancement?
Answer: I have hardly heard any feedback from anyone.
Question: Have you studied this poem with your teacher or with someone else?
Answer: No. Never and with no one. Everything is just according to my own ideas, feelings, and perceptions.
Question: Why? After all, this is a part of the book The Tree of Life (Etz Chaim)?
Answer: Yes, this is the beginning of the most central book on Kabbalah after The Book of Zohar. But we are not studying The Tree of Life of the Ari itself, but a commentary on this book, which is called The Study of the Ten Sefirot.
Question: Would you recommend beginners read this poem for a general impression?
Answer: I think that this poem, in general, gives some idea about the upper world, it attracts people. I would recommend introducing it into the Kabbalah teaching program.
Without us feeling some of its fragments, we cannot advance. This gaping emptiness sometimes is revealed in us, and due to the feeling of spiritual hunger we are already rushing toward the goal.
Believe me, it is necessary. Otherwise, we will not budge! After all, we are egoists. In order not to remain in the vacuum, namely to fill ourselves, we need to feel that we are in the vacuum.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 7/5/22