382. While they were still sitting there, an eagle came, descended IN HIS FLIGHT and took one rose from among them and went. They said: From here on we shall go on our way. They arose and left. And so far they had ALL gone in the way of Rabbi Pinchas, for Rabbi Shimon went together with Rabbi Elazar and the other companions, while Rabbi Pinchas was with the other friends.
383. Rabbi Pinchas began by quoting about this, ABOUT THE EAGLE THAT TOOK THE ROSE: "To the chief musician upon Shushan-Edut; A michtam (Eng. 'writ') of David, to teach" (Tehilim 60:1). What is the meaning of "to teach?" It is to teach wisdom to people, and we have already expounded this. "Shushan-Edut" refers to the Great Sanhedrin, WHICH IS MALCHUT THAT ATTIRES BINAH, FOR THE MOCHIN of BINAH ARE CALLED 'EDUT' (ENG. 'TESTIMONY'). "A michtam of David" refers to a sign that was shown to David IN SHUSHAN-EDUT THAT HE WOULD WIN THE WAR, when he sent Joab to Aram Naharaim (Mesopotamia) and Aram Tzova to make war against them. Rabbi Pinchas said, This Shushan-Edut that is mentioned here is when the stars that are in the heavens and the Shechinah are over us, and with Her the upper levels, NAMELY THE MOCHIN OF BINAH THAT ARE CALLED 'TESTIMONY,' and She is a holy help for extolling praises. This is Shushan, in perfection, as is fitting. They arose and went on their way, some in one direction, others in a different direction. Rabbi Pinchas went to the village of Akimin and stayed overnight, and Rabbi Yitzchak and Rabbi Chiya with him.
384. As they got up early to leave, and sat to wait for the morning light, Rabbi Chiya looked up and saw those comets: NAMELY STARS THAT CARRY ALONG A TAIL OF LIGHT BEHIND THEM, streaming in the sky. He said: a number of times I have asked about those stars. WHAT IS THEIR SIGNIFICANCE?
385. Rabbi Pinchas said, These comets are known by the understanding of the friends, that the Holy One, blessed be He, created all these stars of the firmament, both great and small, and they all give thanks and praise to the Holy One, blessed be He. And when their time to sing praises comes, the Holy One, blessed be He, calls them by name, as it is written: "He calls them all by names" (Yeshayah 40:26). And then they run and hold out a scepter of light to go and praise their Master in the same place where they were numbered, as it is written: "Lift up your eyes on high and behold who has created these things" (Ibid.). Meanwhile the light dawned. They arose and went.