AyinBase with R' Paltiel Wednesday 6 Adar II 5772
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We are saying that the reflection/ha-arah from a higher level is more powerful than the essence/mehus of a lower level. It is not just that it comes from a higher level, but that it is reflective of this higher level. And 'kisses' are from the level of ha-arah.
Souls are of the essence. So what is meant by 'hasagah hamehus/grasp of the essence'? The principle is that in souls the concept of hasagah is different from how intellectual grasp works for a soul in the body. The body can only relate to things that are tangible. The hasagah is how the soul grasps the intangible in the tangible. Something that is totally intangible is not within the realm of awareness of the guf/body. We refer to something tangible and then go beyond it. The neshamah per se does not have this process – it doesn't relate to physicality and metaphors – it sees things directly. Its own reality is Elokus/G-dliness.
Then there are 'kisses'. They elevate the understanding. The understanding is no longer based on its own existence, it is now illuminated by a different level of truth. This is to say, that the food (in our metaphor of being a guest at a table) acquires a different quality with the presence of the host.
This is like the way the level of sagacity of the prophet adds to his prophesy. You may think being a sage has to do with powers of mind alone, but he has an advantage that is seen in prophesy (which is a faculty beyond mind).
Just as in physical sight we see it not because, 'I understand it', but because it is there. Seeing with the mind's eye also as this aspect. Seeing because it is there to be seen. How does one get to the point that it is like seeing with the eye? This come from the process of eliminating all possible kinks and objections, till he has a clear view, till he gets to the real thing. There are different degrees of sight, even though sight is real. The deeper you go and the more clarity you attain, the better you see it.
This is to explain how it can be that the sagacity of the prophet affects the quality of his prophesy. Prophesy is beyond the seeing of the mind's eye – it is like seeing with the physical eye.