Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I want to be real
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We've been looking at hidden and revealed faculties. kochot/faculties should not be thought of as reactionary/circumstantial – they are positive emanations from the soul. Sechel is revealing a gift of oneg. It reveals a positive reality, not just physical facts.
For the hidden faculties they are all rooted in the soul and are all equally insistent. This is like 2 snowflakes not colliding, and if they did, the gemara says it would destroy the world! What is going on?! It is showing that everything is true in itself because it has a G-dly element. This is reminiscent of tohu. Still even though they come direct from the soul there are differences between them.
There are 4 elements. The higher is more refined. The more coarse something is the more self contained, the more refined - means that it indicates its source. So chochmah is elyon since it perceives a truth that is beyond perception.
Chochmah rises up to beyond what it can grasp, but it wants the truth, not a possession. He wants something real, not a means to an end. This is why we call it wisdom, “you have to be very wise to want this element.”
So for this reason there is a difference between these qualities even at a soul level. Mochin and middot are 2 separate levels. These are 2 distinct truths in the nefesh.
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