Patach Eliyahu 

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Translation of the Prophet Elijah's prayer-meditation from the Zohar. It is believed to open the gates of prayer. 

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Elijah opened and said “Master of the worlds, you are one and never to be counted (because there are no more like you), you are supernal of all supernal, concealed of all concealments and there are no thoughts that can grasp any of your essence. It is important to understand that this introduction to Tikunei Zohar is the opening of the light to the Zohar. Elijah has the keys to the worlds below and above. He was given the permission to support and teach Rabbi Shimon and his son the secrets of the spiritual system that govern all aspects of existence. Elijah is Pinchas, the grandson of Aharon the first priest and as a priest he has the power to open the gates of Binah to draw light of Chokmah for to sustain our world. “Elijah opened” has the special energy of a spiritual key. When we read or scanned it, it helps open spiritual channels that can manifest spiritually and materially. It is good to scan it every morning as you wake up and wash yourself, before sunrise. It is good to scan about 60 minutes after sundown Saturday evening, which is the beginning of the new week. “Elijah opened” connect us to the endless and all the sefirot. He starts by a acknowledging the master of the worlds as the Endless, Bless be He. Then he goes through all the major elements of the divine system that allows us to be and create. The Endless is simple in the sense that you cannot define it or give it a name because the name itself defines and limits it just by the fact that it has a name. The Endless is the cause of all causes and all that comes out of it is concealed to the level below it so the Endless, Bless be He, is conceal of all concealments.

It began with the Ancient (יומין עתיק (concealed inside Primordial Man (קדמון אדם ,(which concealed inside long face (אנפין אריך ,(which concealed in Father and Mother (ואמא אבא ,(which concealed inside Zeir Anpin and Malchut. The light of the Endless, which is infinite and circular concealed in the straight line that is light of creation, which is limited by the Sefirot, called here 10 Tikkunim, which means 10 correction or 10 foundation levels that the whole creation held by them. The Emanator emanates the 10 Sefirot to restrict his Endless light in order to reveal it with the act of creation and the spiritual system. They are called Sefirot from the Hebrew root word “ספר) “SPR), meaning “book, story, border, count, number”. The Sefirot is a limited form of the Endless. You should not think of limits here as limited power but as a process that must follow sequence of actions, spiritual and physical in order to bring down the energy to create new in this world. The 10 Sefirot are part f the system in the concealed worlds, which are Primordial Man and Atzilut (Emanation) and in the revealed, which are Beriah (creation), Yetzirah (Formation) and Asiah (Action). Without the sefirot the worlds could not receive the light from the Endless. The 10 Sefirot is also a process the conceal the light of the Endless from the people. Without this concealment, people couldn’t receive the infinite light. All is surrounded by the Endless light, Bless be He, to connect the Sefirot, the worlds and all the details of creation. The surrounding light keeps the identity of each individual creation by allowing them to have inner light. Everyone that by his actions creates disconnection between the Sefirot, separates the light from the sefira and lose its positive beneficent because lack of light draws negativity to fill the space.

The 10 sefirot arranged in three lines and order, one is long and that is the right column and include Chokmah, Chessed and Netzach. They are in the aspect of Chessed and kindness. One is short, which is the left column that include from Binah, Gevurah and Hod. It’s the line of judgment and the expression of the vessel. One line is between the two and includes Da’at, Tiferet and Yessod. It is the line of mercy and truth that balance the line of Chessed and Gevurah. The lines follow the rules of the 10 Sefirot from the emanated light of the Endless in them. The Endless is in a state of giving only, it cannot receive or influenced by anything, not from above, below or any directory. The different types of energy were given to the Sefirot of the higher levels to reveal the light in the lower levels. From the upper levels come the souls (Neshamah) for the people and the bodies create for them are the vessels to hold the restricted light with the system of the 1 Sefirot, which are Keter, Chokmah, Binah, Chessed (Gedulah), Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yessod and Malchut. For those who understand; the circle gave birth to the line and the line cannot give from himself to the circle that created him. Because the line contains the essence of the circle, he can create new circles that transform to line(s) of six levels, after it goes through the upper three levels. What is to reveal? The light of the Sun shines throughout our solar system. We can see the source but we cannot see its light unless it is reflected from an object. The reflection is a limited representation of the original light. The Sefirot are called by names to signify defined light and they are represented in the body in this order; Chessed – Right arm – Right column – the energy to do good and share Gevurah – Left arm – left column – the energy of desire to receive and judgment

Tiferet – torso – central column – the energy to balance the right and left. Mercy Netzach and Hod – Both legs – continuing the energy of the Sefira above them. Right leg continues the energy of Chessed and the left leg continues Gevurah Yessod – The sex organ and the bottom of the body. It connects all the above to one that is the mark of the covenant, which is the power to channel light from the upper to the lower and create life. Malchut – doesn’t represent light energy directly but as expression of the light from above. The feet when moved and the mouth when speak are Malchut. The Oral Torah is also called Malchut because it comes out from the mouth and reveals the energy of the concealed. After the description to the 7 lower sefirot Elijah describe the top three. Chokmah is the brain and the thought process. Binah is where the heart understands. Binah is the left brain butt here Elijah place Binah to where its light is revealed. We know that left brain responsible for all our actions with its power to understand (Binah means understanding in Hebrew). The heart is the “junction” of the inner light in the body. The four chambers relate to the Tetragramaton. It keeps the soul attached to the body because when the heart stops, the soul leaves the body. Those are just few of the many functions of the heart. Elijah place Binah in the Heart because it also connects the upper three to the lower seven and the heart is the connection between the spiritual (upper three) and the body. When the brain stops the heart can’t move on without the flow of the energy from above. Keter (meaning crown) is the crown of Malchut (meaning Kingdom). Like there is no crown without a kingdom so Keter is always connected to Malchut. Because of this relation of Keter and Malchut, the end is always known at the beginning. Keter is also the secret of the Tefilin that has four chambers with Torah text, a letter strap that surrounds the skull. The strap then split to two coming down in the front of the body, the left goes to the heart drawing the light of Chokmah and Binah and the right strap to the full length of the torso. The body inner light is יודהאואוהא ,name מה ,equal to Adam (man), אדם . This light is reflecting the image of Atzilut (Emanation) and a continuation of the light from the Endless, Bless be He. This is the secret of what said in Genesis, “Will make a man in our own image”

The prophet Elijah, of blessed memory, opened, and said: Eternal Hidden Master of the worlds! You are He whose Unity is infinite and absolute, and therefore indivisible. You are He [the First Cause], transcendent beyond all that is above, and concealed behind all that is concealed. No thought whatsoever can grasp You. But You are He who brought forth ten rectifications - we call them the ten sefirot Atzilut - with which to regulate [the powerful illumination of Your Light that flows down through] hidden worlds that are not revealed [the worlds of Adam Kadmon and Atzilut], as well as worlds that are revealed [Beriya, Yetzira and Asiya]. Indeed, it is through these [the ten sefirot of each universe] that You are hidden from human beings [so they can exist and not be overwhelmed by Your Light]. You are He who binds them [sefirot together] and unifies them [to Yourself]. And inasmuch as You are within them, anyone who separates one from the other is regarded as having caused a separation in You [and Your Absolute Unity].

These ten sefirot are arranged in a special order [of three columns]. [The right column is said to be] "long" [because it represents Your Love and Kindness]. [The left column is said to be] "short" [because it represents Your Judgment and Power of Restraint and withdrawal]. [The middle column or trunk is said to be] "intermediate" [because it represents Your Mercy, the perfect Harmony of Love and Restraint]. [In this way, the ten sefirot are conduits through which You regulate Your interaction with human beings according to their deeds.] [Above all] it is You alone who directs them. There is no power that directs You - neither above nor below, nor from any direction. [The ten sefirot of Atzilut thus constitute one entire system or "body", and You are the Soul that fills it and directs it. Just as the human body disguises the intensity of the soul, the sefirot serve to disguise and conceal Your Light.] You also arranged [a system of three lower worlds, Beriya, Yetzira, and Asiya, that serve as] "garments" [to further cover over the sefirot of Atzilut and protect us from the intensity of Your Light]. It is from these "garments" that the souls [Neshama, Ruach and Nefesh] of human beings originate. [The sefirot of Atzilut are clothed within these "garments", and for this reason] they are called ["limbs" of] a "body" relative to the "clothes" that cover over them. [These "limbs"] are arranged as follows: chesed (or loving-kindness) is the right arm, gevura (restraint) is the left arm, and tiferet (harmony) is the torso. Netzach (dominance) and hod (empathy) are the two legs, and yesod (foundation or channel) is the body's extremity, the sign of the Holy Covenant. Malchut (kingship) is the mouth [of the holy covenant]. It is therefore called the "Oral Torah". [Above these "limbs" is the "head" in which] chochma (wisdom) is the [right] brain, the seat of thought, and bina (understanding) is [the left brain and] the heart, the heart's ability to discern. Concerning these, it is written, "The hidden things belong to G‑d [corresponding to chochma] our G‑d [corresponding to bina]". (Deut. 29:28) Keter Elyon (Supernal Crown) is the keter of malchut, concerning which it is said, "I [G‑d] declare the end from the beginning". (Isaiah 46:10). [Keter surrounds and contains the two hemispheres of the brain, chochma and bina, like] the leather box of the Tefillin [that surrounds and contains the parchments]. Within [this unified system of "limbs" and "head" which constitute one "body" or "tree," is the Divine Name "spelled-out" with alefs, i.e. Mah, thus]:

Yud-vav-dalet = 20, hei-alef = 6, vav-alef-vav= 13, hei-alef= 6.

[With this name You determine] the way [in which Your Light is transmitted through the sefirot] of Atzilut. This name therefore fills and saturates [the "roots" and the "trunk" of the "tree" of the sefirot, together with] its "limbs" and "branches", as water irrigates and saturates a tree. [The "tree"] then grows in proportion to how much "water" flows through it.

Eternal Hidden Master of the worlds, You are the Supreme Cause of all causes and the Origin of all effects! You water the tree with that flow. And that flow is the very life-force of the "tree" - like a soul to a body. But no "human" likeness or "bodily" image exists in Your Infinite Essence with which we might liken You to anything within or without.

You alone created the starry galaxies and the earth. From the galaxies above, You brought forth sun and moon, planets and starry constellations. On the earth below, You brought forth trees and plants, the Garden of Eden and [fields of] grass, living creatures, birds and fish, animals and humanity.

Through them [through all that exists Below], You make known that which is Above. [You also make known] how all that is above [in Atzilut] and below [in Beriya, Yetzira and Asiya] is regulated, and how the higher worlds may be known from the lower But knowledge of Your Essence is completely impossible Without You there is no unity in the higher or lower realms You are therefore known as the Cause of all and the Master of all.

Each sefira corresponds to a specific divine name [or attribute], and it is with these names that angels are called [or, it is with these names that angels can be called down]. You, however, are beyond any name, for You are He who permeates them all, and You are He who perfects them all. Therefore, when You withhold Your Light from [the sefirot], all the Names remain [as empty vessels], like a "body" devoid of "soul".

As for You, You are intrinsically wise, but not with a knowable attribute of wisdom. You understand, but without a knowable attribute of understanding. No "place" can contain You [You clothed Yourself in the sefirot] only in order to make Your mastery and power known to human beings and to show them how the world is conducted through Justice and Mercy - i.e. that Righteousness and Judgment are meted out in perfect accord with the actions of men.

[The seven lower sefirot are also likened to a scale, wherein chesed corresponds to the right arm of the scale.] Din [i.e. justice] is gevura [the left arm]. Mishpat [i.e. judgment] is the middle column [mercy, tiferet]. Righteousness is the holy malchut [the base of the scales]. The scales of Righteousness are the two pillars of truth. The measure of Righteousness is the sign of the Holy Covenant [yesod]. All of these together show how You conduct the world [relative to man], but not that You Yourself possess a knowable quality of righteousness with which to be Just. Neither do You possess an attribute of Judgment with which to be Merciful. The same is true of all these qualities. May the Eternal G‑d be blessed and revealed in this world and forever more, Amen and Amen