AyinBase with R' Paltiel 9/13/2010 Monday 5 Tishrei5770
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There is nothing in physicality that provides the same elation and delight as sight. There is a spiritual sight that has a comparable effect, to the extent that it creates a great pleasure for the nefesh.
Discovery is possible in the mind. The heart only relates to that which is available and it can relate to directly. So what is the sechel in the heart? On the level of sechel, there is relationship with reality, the heart has the subjective truth of “my preference” - the heart of nefesh elokis, responds only to truth. It looks at the King with the qualities of sechel.
The richness of elokus is not because it is coming out of non-existence. This is not something that lends itself to the definitions of sechel. The whole issue of existence doesn't apply to elokus. So to look into elokus is to look at the richness of the King. When you look at a physical thing, you first see that it exists. Here it is just focusing in on the message.
Similarly there is a G-dly pleasure in hearing. Sight is for things that are in your line of vision, and hearing has to do with things at a distance. With sound you have the effect, rather than the essence, which you have in sight.
... וחיי עולם