The soul says to the Creator, “Tell me the secrets of the sublime wisdom, how You lead and govern the upper world. Teach me the secrets of the wisdom that I have not known and have not learned thus far, so I will not be shamed among those high degrees, among which I come.”
The Creator replies to the soul, “If you know not, O fairest among women, if you have come and did not gaze in the wisdom before you came here, and you do not know the secrets of the upper world, go thy way, for you are not worthy of entering here without knowledge. Go thy way by the footsteps of the flock, reincarnate in the world and become knowing by these footsteps of the flock, who are human beings that people trample with their heels, for they consider them lowly. However, they are the ones who know their master’s sublime secrets. From them will you know how to observe and to know, and from them will you learn.
― The Zohar (Song of Songs)