206. On these days, new matters were repeated to the head of the Yeshivah about ancient secrets; 'a righteous man thrives,' and 'a righteous man suffers.' All the souls ascend into the weighing scale of that tree, WHICH IS MALCHUT, prior to their descent into this world and according to the weight they get in this world. The head of the Yeshivah came down and divulged what he heard above. He revealed one point and nothing else. If wood doesn't kindle, it is hit and struck and so it gives off light. If the light of the soul does not come up in the body, the body is beaten until the light of the soul will rise, and unite together THE BODY WITH THE SOUL to give off light.
207. A body exists but the light of the soul does not illuminate in it until they hit it. Then the light of the soul brightens and gets unified with the body, and the body is unified with it. When its light is lit from the soul, the body glorifies and exults and praises and lays out its prayer and request and blesses its Master. Behold, then everything is bright. AND THEREFORE THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A RIGHTEOUS MAN WHO SUFFERS.
208. The Other Side wishes to do the same thing and hits the wicked. As much as he punishes by hitting them, it is written: "But the candle of the wicked shall be put out" (Mishlei 13:9), since he blasphemes and curses in all directions and is incapable of illumination at all. It is then written: "For what can the man do who comes after the king?" (Kohelet 2:12), for he wishes to imitate him but is incapable of it. Therefore, "Hashem tries the righteous" (Tehilim 11:5) and hits him. Then he shines and gets strengthened with the light - "tries" is as it says in: "a tried stone" (Yeshayah 25:16). Rabbi Shimon bent over and kissed the dust. He said, Word, word, I have chased you since the day I became A MAN. And now this matter is revealed to me from the source and essence of everything.
209. He said to him, Oh Rabbi, oh Rabbi. When all the spirits, male and female, ascend, AT NIGHT DURING SLEEP, at that time they hear new and old matters. They descend and enter into the Yeshivah and the matters are repeated to the head of the Yeshivah, and he teaches them every matter well. When they leave, they undress from their robes OF THIS WORLD and ascend. When they descend, THEY AGAIN dress up in the robes of that body.