Seven Palaces in the Garden of Eden

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1) When the Creator created the world, He engraved engravings of the faith, Malchut, inside the lights in the upper secrets, meaning He raised Malchut to Bina. It follows that He engraved that engraving that was in Malchut in the upper Sefirot of Bina, too. This is the association of Midat ha Rachamim [quality of mercy] of Bina in the Din of Malchut, which the Emanator did for the purpose of building the world. He engraved above, in Bina, and engraved below, in Malchut, and it is all one, for the two engravings that He engraved were of one form—that of Bina. He made the lower world, Malchut, such as the upper world, Bina, and He made them one opposite the other equally, so the two of them would be one and would rise in one unification.

It is so because the lower ones, whose root is MalchutMidat ha Din, which has been restricted from receiving into it the upper light—are therefore unfit to receive the upper light like their root, Malchut. Hence, the lower ones could not exist and achieve the goal for which they were created. Therefore, the Creator associated Midat ha RachamimBina, in Midat ha Din in Malchut. That is, He raised Malchut into Bina and Malchut was engraved as the quality of Bina, obtaining a receptacle in which to receive the upper light like Bina.

Once Malchut was associated with Bina, He created all the lower ones from her. By that, the lower ones were made fit to receive all the upper Mochin. He made the lower world, Malchut, like the upper world, Bina, and Malchut became fit to receive the upper light, like Bina. One stands opposite the other equally. While Bina is in KatnutMalchut is also in Katnut because of her. Hence, when Bina returns to her GadlutMalchut obtains Gadlut, as well, like her. The two of them were established in this way so they would both be in one unification. And once the Malchut has been established like Bina, the soul [Neshama] of Adam HaRishon came out of her, as well as all the lower ones, and they, too, were fit to receive all the lights in Bina.

2) In the manner that the Creator created the world—by associating Midat ha Rachamim of Bina—the Creator also created the soul of Adam HaRishon, for the soul of Adam HaRishon, too, received that association of Midat ha Rachamim by which the world, Malchut, was created. For this reason he, too, obtained all the upper lights in Bina, like Malchut.

It is written, “And they, like men, have transgressed the covenant,” since the Creator crowned Adam HaRishon with high crowns, with Mochin de GAR, and created him with the six edges of the world, with Mochin de VAK, so he would be complete in everything. All creations feared and dreaded him because when Adam HaRishon was created, he was created in the upper form and the creation would look at that form and fear and dread it.

3) Afterwards, the Creator admitted him into the Garden of Eden to be refined there in sublime delights. The high angels would surround him and serve him, and inform him of the secrets of their Master. When the Creator admitted him into the Garden of Eden he saw all the high secrets and all the wisdom, and he looked from there so as to know and to look at the glory of his Master. Adam HaRishon had all that because he had been created in the upper form of Bina.

4) There are seven palaces and sections above, which are the upper faith, Bina, and seven palaces below in Malchut, such as the palaces of above, in Bina. They are six such as above, which correspond to six Sefirot HGT NHY, and one palace is hidden and concealed atop them from above, opposite the Sefira Bina. All those palaces of Malchut, even the six lower ones, are as the upper one, in the form of Bina, since in each of those palaces there is such as above and such as below, so they are included in the upper form, Bina, and in the lower form, Malchut. In those palaces was the abode of Adam HaRishon.

5) After Adam HaRishon had been expelled from the Garden of Eden, the Creator set them up for the souls of the righteous, to play with them in the effulgence of His high glory, as befits them. Each of those palaces was established such as above, Bina, and such as below, Malchut, since the name “palace” relates primarily to Malchut, for the ten Sefirot KHB TM are called by the names Shoresh [root], Atzamot [or Atzmut (“bones” or “self” respectively)], Guf [body], Levush [clothing], and Heichal [palace/hall]. Thus, Malchut is called Heichal [palace]. However, once Malchut rose and included in Bina, then Bina is also called Heichal, like Malchut.

This is so with respect to the Kelim. But with respect to the light, the Heichal relates primarily to Bina and not to Malchut, since Malchut has nothing of her own, and the name Heichal indicates that she has already obtained the degree, the full measure of light that she is fit to receive during the 6,000 years.

This is why it was said in The Zohar that Beresheet has the letters of Barah Sheet [Aramaic: created six], six palaces. Elokim is the seventh palace [Heichal], and so they are seven palaces below. It was not said, “Created six palaces,” Elokim [God], the seventh palace, since Beresheet is Asher [that] which came out of Resheet [beginning], AA, whereby the ascent of Malchut de AA to Bina de AA to the RoshBina de AA came out of the Rosh to his Guf, losing the GAR and becoming VAK without a Rosh, and the Rosh became Asher. That state was implied in Beresheet, the letters of Barah Sheet, who created in Bina VAK without a Rosh.

Therefore, the palaces have not yet come out there because they do not come out during the Katnut. Rather, afterwards, when the Mochin de Gadlut came out and the letters ELEH de Bina returned to the Rosh, completing the name Elokim in BinaBina became the seventh Heichal [palace]. Then those VAK that preceded Bina’s exit received their correction from the seventh palace, too, which is GARNeshama-HayaYechida, and VAK became six palaces. In this way, all seven palaces come out at once after the extension of the GAR. Thus, initially the palaces came out only in Bina, where the six palaces came out in the matter of Barah SheetVAK de BinaAsher that came out of Resheet, while the seventh palace is GAR de Bina.

After that the ZON received those Mochin, too, and seven palaces came out in ZON, as in Bina. And so they are seven palaces below, in ZON, receiving from the seven palaces of Bina. So although with respect to the Kelim, the name palace is primarily in Malchut, with respect to the light it is still to the contrary—the name palace is primarily from Bina.

The seven palaces and sections are above in Bina because there is where they initially come out. Palaces are GAR and sections are VAK. The seven palaces below, in Malchut, are as the palaces of above, in Bina, for afterwards the ZON receive Mochin de GAR from Bina and seven palaces are established below, in ZON, as well. And since the seven palaces of Bina divided into GAR and VAK—as in the matter of Barah Sheet [created six], the six palaces, Elokim, being the seventh palace—therefore here, too, they are six palaces in Nukva, as the six palaces in Bina, and the seventh palace is above them, as in Bina. In this way, the six lower palaces are considered the Malchuts in the six Sefirot HGT NHY in Nukva, and the seventh palace is the Malchut in Bina de Nukva, who is GAR of palaces, as in the seven palaces of Bina.

Those two kinds of palaces are so with respect to the whole, but in particular, there are two kinds of these palaces in each Partzuf and in each degree. The seven upper palaces, from Chazeh and above, are considered AVI in that Partzuf, and the seven lower palaces from Chazeh and below are considered ZON in that Partzuf. Those seven palaces are seven palaces in the Garden of Eden, in which was Adam HaRishon’s abode.

And after Adam HaRishon was expelled from the Garden of Eden, from the seven palaces in the Garden of Eden, the Creator established them for the souls of the righteous to play with in the effulgence of the upper glory, as befits them. Each of these palaces was established as above, Bina, and as below, Malchut. There is an upper Garden of Eden from Bina, and a lower Garden of Eden from Malchut. Both are equal, and he speaks of the lower Garden of Eden but implies to the upper Garden of Eden, too.

The palaces, too, are included in one another. As there are seven palaces in general, each palace contains those seven, too, and they divide into three Behinot: 1) NHY, 2) HGT, 3) the seventh palace, GAR, in each palace in particular.

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