Sunday, September 19, 2010
Beyond the moment
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Page 30 – second line at the word “umuvan...”
We've been looking at how something in world is temporary. Anything that is beyond the moment is inherently eloki – it has an element of truth in it.
It is understood that even the lowest level of the garden of Eden is superior to the highest level of pleasure/tynug that is found in the lower worlds in gashmiut.
Sechel and midot are very different. The emotion exists when there is a subject. Sechel is much deeper – one can be alone and totally engrossed in sechel. This means that the oneg that is contained there does not need to be expressed. What is the oneg in sechel? Both sechel and midot represent a G-dly element of true value.
In the world and kippa, real goodness is hardly possible – there is such a level of self-involvement. But the nefesh is beyond this since it is invulnerable and can thus be completely altuistic. Sechel has the recognition that such a thing as truth exists and the world is not totally dependent on structure.
Both sechel and midot are possible since the world is a G-dly creation.
The origin of chochmah (and midot too) is the acknowledgment that there is a First Creator who bring all into existence. This is why there is truth/oneg in the world.
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... וחיי עולם