Dreaming of Moshiach

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Holy Merkava VS. Impure Merkava

Translated from the latest shiur by HaRav Amnon Yitzchak Shlita:

Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, zs'l, the outstanding disciple of the Vilna Gaon, zs'l, and the founder of the Volozhin Yeshiva in 1802, writes in his sefer Sifra Detzniusa, as follows:

"It is known that the Gaon of Vilna had revelations of holiness and one didn't know if he received the holy revelations thru dreams or while awake. Sometimes during a shiur, he'd reveal holy heavenly revelations. One time while giving a Shiur, the Gaon mentioned that a man was staying in the city of Vilna and had power to see hidden things. He was able to see a person doing something even though it was done in complete secrecy and would revealed to people that he saw a person doing this in private and another person doing that... It got to a point that people feared to be seen by him, lest he reveals their hidden secrets.

They brought this person to the Gaon of Vilna and he said to the Gaon, "If the Gaon gives me permission, I'll reveal what the Gaon said and saw 2 weeks ago". The Gaon gave him permission and the man said, "At the hour of xxx, the Gaon sat at the same place he's sitting now and was learning Parshat Ha'azinu and very deep secrets was revealed to him. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (zs'l) sat on your right and the holy AriZal sat on your left and you all learned deep secrets of Parshat Ha'azinu."

The Gaon continued and said, "There are 2 paths to be able to see the hidden. One path is thru holiness. To be able to see the hidden thru holiness, one must separates himself totally from all pleasures of life and must be in customary seclusion. Only then he can connect with the holy Merkava (Holy Chariot) and gain enterance thru the gates of holiness and be able to see the whole world. He can also observe things done by people within 4 walls of his house, in privacy, as if he's looking thru an open window."

"The second path is if a person connects himself thru the impure Merkava. HaShem created the holy Merkava and in opposition, the impure Merkava. If a person connects himself to the impure Merkava, he too can see the hidden as if looking thru an open window but its power comes from the impure Merkava".

"To be able to reach the holy Merkava, its journey is very difficult. A person needs to separate himself totally from all pleasures of this world and be in habitual seclusion."

"On the other hand to be able to connect to the impure Merkava, the path is easily accessible. If a person stays in a cemetery for 3 consecutive days, the impure spirit dominates him and he can then easily reach the impure Merkava to be able to see the hidden."

The Gaon said that this man saw hidden things thru the impure Merkava and commanded that he immediately leave his house.

The Zohar HaKadosh says that anytime the Torah mentions the word וישקף observed, know that the Torah is saying that it is seen thru the impure Merkava." In Shirat Devorah, Prophet Devorah, a'h, says that Sisra's mother "בְּעַד הַחַלֹּון נִשְׁקְפָה The mother of Sisera looked out at a window", Sisera's mother was looking thru the impure window to see things. Another example is Avimelech. It says, "וישקף אבימלך מלך פלשתים בעד החלון, Avimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw...". This too means he was looking thru the impure window to see things.

HaRav Yitzchak Amnon Shlita continues and explains that HaShem created 2 gates of holiness in the holy Merkava and in opposition, 2 gates of impurity of the impure Merkava. The S"M is the Satan, the evil inclination, and the Angel of Death.

In the daily prayers of the Amida, we pray to HaShem, "ותעביר ממשלת זדון מן הארץ, Remove the evil from the land". This specific prayer is to ask HaShem to remove the impure Merkava because it confuses and causes people to err. Rav Amnon Shlita says that the impure merkava was given maximum powers specially in the last generation, before the Geula (redemption).

Who are the messengers of the impure Merkava that cause confusion to people in our generation? The fake 'babot', (people who call themselves baba moshe, baba eli, baba leon, etc.). Also most of the Mekubalim are fake and dangerous. They confuse people because they can 'know things' and 'see things' but one should be VERY aware that they see the hidden thru the window of the impure Merkava. These fake babot and mekubalim cause people confusion thru knowledge of the hidden given to them by the impure merkava, the S"M. Unfortunately, many are not aware that their power comes directly from the impure Merkava and they cause many to sin.

An example of true Tzaddikim (righteous men) that were connected to the Holy Merkava and were able to see the hidden were the Lubavitch Rebbe, Baba Sali, Rav Kaduri, z'l, etc. These Tzaddikim were in customary seclusion and totally separated themselves from all pleasures of this world.

To further understand the concept of the impure merkava and lehavdil, the holy Merkava, it is very highly recommended that Rooms of Impurities be read.




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו