Zohar - II 096b – Birth
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Zohar II 096b [translated by Gershom Scholem] – Birth
Each one in its due time the Holy One, be blessed, bade come to him, and then said: Go now, descend into this and this place, into this and this body.
Yet often enough the soul would reply: Lord of the world, I am content to remain in this realm, and have no wish to depart to some other, where I shall be in thralldom, and become stained.
Whereupon the Holy One, be blessed, would reply: Thy destiny is, and has been from the day of thy forming, to go into that world.
Then the soul, realizing it could not disobey, would unwillingly descend and come into this world.
The Torah, counsel of the entire world, saw this, and cried to mankind: Behold, see how the Holy One, be blessed, takes pity on you! Without cost, he has sent to you his costly pearl, that you may use it in this world, and it is the holy soul.