AyinBase with R' Paltiel Thursday 28 Adar II 5772
Page 68 – at about close to half into the page (line starts, 'ha-atzmi de-atzmi...') For text, see link top right of the blog. Or for text right click here.
The high pleasure/oneg, that is boundless, is the source of Torah. This is the meaning of Torah is bound with Him as it says in the Zohar.
'Going further...' and 'spreading out...' is a quality of the essence – this is because it doesn't have to go there, it is everywhere...
Essence does not 'experience' anything. So what is the meaning of tynug/pleasure at that level? The animal works out how to crack a nut. It has 'smarts' that focus on a subject. The reality in this 'sechel' is the nut and its shell. The physical element that it is dealing with gives it reality. Real sechel/mind doesn't work up from a physical subject, it creates reality. It identifies a reality that is know only to itself.
The real oneg/pleasure is totally independent of world.
But ossiot/letters relate to a higher reality – something has a name because, 'it is what it is' and this reflects a G-dly quality.
This is the basis of the human stance. 'what are you holding onto?' 'Nothing, there is reality and I am standing!'