Monday, October 11, 2010
Are you for real?
Page 31 – towards top of the page (about 9th line from the top of the page – line starts “hamochin... “ - at the end of the line)
Just like light and sight in contrast to other senses, the experience is direct, and not via a proof – touch hits up against objects, but light is true in and of itself.
Sechel has light – you see it is right and true. Middot are based on the sechel. For the hidden kochot/faculties they all have the ohr of the nefesh – so middot at this level don't need the substantiation of sechel. Each comes out directly from the nefesh – nevertheless we are saying that if the middot come out with sechel, then that sechel already informs/educates the middah.
The middot recognise that there is something superior to them – a koach elyon.
Why does the soul reveal itself? What is the initial state of revelation? It is the chochmah that initiates the revelation of the hidden faculties.
Sechel is what has the connection to the outside/other and it says, “the reality is bigger than yourself... you may have an abundance of wealth, but you have to be part of the bigger world.”
Chochmah looks at the intangible, “what is the reality?” not “how can this be used?”
this centrality of chochmah/sechel can be understood by the concept of “the name”. Each one has a name – on the one hand it was given to him at birth on the other hand it connects to his essence. It gives a person an essential being beyond function. Elements of the world come and go, but the earth stands forever – the name is the eternality of that individual.
The chochmah is where that bigger truth is recognized. The truth bigger than myself. The fact that “He put me here”.
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... וחיי עולם