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Zohar - Bamidbar 121A - Union

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014841

Type of spiritual experience

Background

The following can apply to what happens on death and the spiritual path

A description of the experience

Zohar Bamidbar 121A

When the time of the afternoon prayer begins, the left separates to receive and the right is aroused.

After it is aroused, all the guards of the external gates are aroused in the world and spread out, and all the inhabitants of the world taste death.

We have learned that at exactly midnight, the left is aroused as before. The holy rose exudes fragrances and raises a voice in praise. Then her head rises and dwells above in the left, and the left receives her.

Then it is proclaimed in the world: "The time has come to rise from sleep and praise the King". Praises then awaken and everything is fragrant. Praised is the lot of the one who awakens to effect this bond when morning approaches and the right awakens and hugs her, there is universal union.

Come and see: during the time when people sleep and taste of death, the soul rises up and stands in its place, where it is examined about its daily activities which get recorded in the book. What is the reason for this? Because the soul rises up and testifies about all the person's activities and every single word that came out from his lips.

When that word that exits from the mouth of a person is worthy, a holy word of Torah study and prayer, that word then rises and splits the firmaments. It stands there until nightfall, when the soul rises and grasps that word and brings it before the King.

When the is word improper, one of evil words or speech, that word rises to wherever it does to be recorded as a sin of that person. This is the meaning of: "Keep the doors of your mouth from her [your soul] that lies in your bosom" (Micah 7) . About this, it is written: "Blessed is the man to whom G-d ascribes no iniquity". When is that? When "in whose spirit there is no guile"

The source of the experience

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