Basics in Kabbalah and Chassidut: Arba’ah Olamot

The Stages of the Creative Process
from God’s Infinite Light to Our Physical World

 Introduction
 Or Ein Sof (“God’s Infinite Light”)
 Sod Ha’Tzimtzum (“The Secret of ‘Contraction’”)
 Adam Kadmon (“Primordial Man”)
 Akudim, Nekudim, Brudim (“Binding, Points, Connection”)
 Keter D’Atzilut (“The ‘Crown’ of Emanation”)
 Olam Ha’Atzilut (“The World of Emanation”)
 ABiYA (The Four Worlds: Atzilut, Beriah, Yetzirah, Asiyah)

ABiYA (The Four Worlds: Atzilut, Beriah, Yetzirah, Asiyah)
Four stages (“worlds”) which emerge out of God’s infinite light and culminate in our finite physical universe.

 

 Introduction Arba’ah Olamot
Olam Ha’Atzilut Olam Ha’Beriah Olam Ha’Yetzirah Olam Ha’Asiyah

Arba’ah Olamot
“The Four Worlds”

The four worlds, Atzilut (“the world of emanation”), Beriah (“the world of creation”), Yetzirah (“the world of formation”), and Asiyah (“the world of action”) all emerge out of God’s infinite light (which, subsequent to the initial tzimtzum, shines through the partzuf of Adam Kadmon, as described above) and culminate in our finite physical universe.

All ten sefirot and the partzufim, described above in the context of the world of Atzilut, are manifest in each of these four realms. Since the highest world, Atzilut, is unique in its exclusive consciousness of Divine unity, the three “lower worlds” (which possess varying degrees of independent self-consciousness) are often referred to as a class unto themselves.


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