Basics in Kabbalah and Chassidut: Resha D’Arich

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)

 

Keter D’Atzilut (“The ‘Crown’ of Emanation”)
Eight stages of the rectification process of the world of Atzilut which begins with the rectification of its “crown.”

Introduction: Partzufei Ha’Keter (The “Figures of the Crown”)
Atik Yomin Arich Anpin Reisha D’lo Ityada Reisha D’Ayin
 Reisha D’Arich Gulgalta Mocha Stima’ah Dikna

 

 

Resha D’Arich
“The Head of Infinity”

Resha d’Arich corresponds in general to the parztuf Arich Anpin, the outer partzuf of keter, which corresponds to the superconscious will of the soul. In particular, it corresponds to the keter of Arich Anpin, the Gulgalta (“skull”) to be explained.

The Zohar states: “He who is small is big.” From the experience of existential “smallness” or “nothingess” (the experience of Resha d’Ayin), comes the experience of infinite expansion (the experience of Resha d’Arich, which “enclothes” Resha d’Ayin), the power of will to create new and rectified reality.

Nothing stands in the face of will.” There are no boundaries or limitations to the power of will to expand and conquer new domains.

The abstract concept of “length” is identifies in Kabbalah and Chassidut with the “right line” or principle of chesed, “lovingkindness.” Thus, the infinite power to expand and conquer, to create and sustain, is one with the infinite power to bestow goodness and love, to forgive and be patient.


 

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