Gospel of John 7: 37-38
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Iesus stood and cried, saying, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.“
Gospel of John 4:14
“Iesus said, “Whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
The Zohar explains that death is merely an illusion that we experience from our limited perspective of the world. There exists a reality where death does not occur and life continues forever. When an individual achieves complete unity with the Creator, death does not touch him or her, and they do not die, but continue to live in this other reality, free of death and pain. Moses and Jacob, because they had reached that level of total transformation, did not experience what we think of as death. It was only the people around them that perceived their death, because they were still living in the illusionary world.
The lesson here is that each of us has the potential to live in a reality without death. Knowing that it exists is the first step to reaching this reality. Then we have to do the difficult work of transforming ourselves completely.
“Death is a disease, and it is just like any other. There is a cure.”-Thomas (The Fountain, 2006)
Rav Ashlag teaches us that we are meant to reach the level where we are completely attached to the Creator, just like Moses and Jacob, but it isn’t easy to get there. It is important that we strive to achieve that level of attachment, but it’s also important that we don’t beat ourselves up along the way, remembering that it is a lifelong process that is incredibly difficult to achieve. That is why we have the tools of study and prayer to guide us. Through our spiritual work, we can transform ourselves into more sharing beings and achieve true immortality.
|-Michael Berg, Death and Immortality – https://www.kabbalah.com/en/articles/death-and-immortality/
Sefer ha Zohar (“Book of Splendor”)
(42) “There is a place in civilization where people do not die”
467. There is a place in civilization where that destroyer has no dominion and is not permitted to enter, and those who live there do not die until they go out of the city. There is not one there who does not die. They all die like other people, but not in the city. What is the reason? They cannot remain constantly in the city, but they rather go in and out, and therefore they all die.
468. What is the reason that the destroying angel does not dominate there? If you say that this is not in his domain, behold the Holy Land that is not located under another domain but people still die. So what is the reason people do not die in this place? And if you say, because of the holiness, you do not have a place in the entire civilization that is holy like the Land of Yisrael, and if you say it is because of the merit of the man who built the city, there were many people who merited more than him. Rabbi Yitzchak said, I did not hear anything and I cannot comment.
470. When the Holy One, blessed be He, created the world, He created it with the secret of the letters. The letters rolled and He created the world with the engravings of the Holy Name, and the letters rolled and surrounded the world with engravings. When the world became manifest, expanded and was created, and the letters were circling to create, the Holy One, blessed be He, said that the world should be concluded with Yud. The letter Tet remained in that place suspended in the air. Tet is the letter that illuminates with life; therefore, it is a good sign for one who sees the letter Tet in his dream, as life is prepared for him. Therefore, since Tet is suspended over that place, death has no dominion there.
471. When the Holy One, blessed be He wanted to maintain the world, He threw a stone into the water. By the secret of 72 letters and from there, this stone started to go, [but] could not find a place to exist except in the Land of Yisrael. Water was following until that stone reached under the altar. There it sank, and the whole world was maintained from this.
A FINAL CAUTION / WARNING FROM JOSIAH
Do not fall into the 1% illusion. God-forbid, you might get stuck in the darkness of the place. Connecting to the Tree of Life is imperative for those who dwell in the land of the living. That is where the 99% reality is found.
The physical senses detect stimuli in a world called Assiah (time & space in action). The 99% of what influences life in this world is delivered to an exact point after being projected through 6 upper dimensions, which together make up the blueprint of the universe, a.k.a., the Kabbalistic Tree of Life (seen here). Think of the 99% as supernal dimensions of Light. This world, on the other hand is full of darkness, having no Light of its own. The human eye cannot detect much of what is “out there” and especially not what goes on “up there” until we come to find that everything is happening within the connection between us, our Common Soul.
As above, so bestow.