Thursday, November 4, 2010

Delight of the mind

AyinBase with R' Paltiel 11/4/2010 ThursdayNight 27 Cheshvan 5771

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Page 34 – lower third of the page. Line starts, “ha-atzmi... ”

Dealing with the two levels of sechel, as we address the question of why the nefesh is called nefesh sichli.

One level of sechel and the other is essential. How are they both called sechel? The are so different from each other.

The functional sechel seems entirely practical.

Sechel is akin to sight. Sight is a supreme faculty – different from the others. With sight we observe objects with which we do not come in contact. This gives a most profound sense of reality. We say, “this is reality, not based on my existence.” Touch and sight correspond to midot and sechel.

With sechel you can see 1 and 1 is two. It is a new reality. Underlying the functional sechel is the sense of an absolute truth, that does not need personal substantiation. This is the gift of sechel – it can relate to this absolute truth. It is interested even in this truth that it cannot really experience.

Hiuli is higher than the koach in action. A faculty exists not just while it is performing a specific action. Secular world view says, “everything is just on a functional level”. We say the koach exists at all levels, even in the nefesh itself. The hand is in a state of movement and life, even while it is at rest.

The functional faculty is rooted in the the essential koach/faculty.

The koach is a derivative of the essence of the nefesh. For this reason it is call nefesh hasichli (even though one may think that it just shows that the sechel is nafshi!)

And all the kochot/faculties are rooted in the nefesh.

At a certain level the faculty of sechel and tynug/delight are one thing...

A candy is sweet and gives pleasure. Why? It relates back to the soul! A computer will never have oneg. Oneg/delight does not relate to a bunch of information – it relates to a perfect unity that cancels any other need. Oneg/delight is directly related to infinity. One relates to “where this comes from” and he knows, “there is more where this comes from...”

... וחיי עולם

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