The throne that bears its bearers

Parenthetically, the arcane expression, “the Throne that bears its bearers” used here alludes to the following statement in the Zohar (2, 242a): “The one who’s on a high (spiritual) level (actually) bears the one (who seems to be) bearing him”. The Zohar itself harkens to the analogous statement in the Talmud that “the ark of the covenant (actually) bore (what appeared to be) its bearers” (Sotah 35, see Joshua 4:18). The point of the matter is that “Erich Anpin (the higher level, actually) saves the other (lower) Partzufim from harm (by ‘bearing’ them)” so to speak, as Ramchal says in his comments here.

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