“Soul Rising” p: 60 AyinBase with R' Paltiel 12/1/11 Thursday 5 Kislev 5772
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We explained the principle of novelty, especially in the 'talking bird'. Speech is the recognition of essence and bird arouses the king's interest.
This has been to explain that due to the refinement/birurim of the nefesh habahamit/animal soul, it itself is refined and G-dliness is drawn down from above.
The 'animal soul's' refinement is a novelty. It realizes, it should want G-dliness/Elokus. This is very precious and appreciated above - 'dear in His eyes'. And due to this is drawn down atzmus ein sof.
When a man is experiencing the glory of his soul, no concerns reach him.
When man was first made he was alone. Rashi says, 'if he will be allowed to be alone then the creations will mistake him for a god, just like He is alone, so too the man is alone, and he is made in His image.' This truth element that man should be able to be alone, unto himself is actually touching the essence of the human being. Everything in the world is interactive and reactive. Only the human being has the insight to be pro-active – he defines what he wants.
The prohibition against stealing is not just societal, the act itself is repulsive to the human being. This is his personal view and beyond explanation. The soul rises above the world and tells man what he likes and dislikes. The soul rises and delights in the truth that he stands for.
This is what separates man from everything else. He is a mentor/mashpia, and the origin of the statement of what is right and wrong. When dwelling on this he cannot be distracted by anything from outside, even the things that usually give him pleasure etc...
what is the honor of man? It is not to make a person feel good. It is touching on the essence of man. It is based on the fact that the human being is looking upwards and relating to an essential truth. The reason honor is significant to a real person is because it touches the essence of his soul and calls forth a response. He responds from the upper abode of his nefesh. Honor is nothing, but the statement that, there is truth in your soul.
This is at moments when he is not engaged in the essential pleasure of his soul. But if he is engaged in the essence of his soul, there is no way he can be called forth or distracted and nothing can attract his interest.
But he can be distracted by something that is negative – against his will.