Wednesday, March 21, 2012

“Not Map and Territory” p: 68

AyinBase with R' Paltiel Wednesday 27 Adar II 5772 

Page 68 – at about a qurater into the page (line starts, 'ukenoda...') For text, see link top right of the blog. Or for text right click here.

We are looking at how the souls of Israel are rooted in the essence.

The Zohar says there are 3 interlocking knots – Israel, Torah and G-d. And in each level there is a revealed and a concealed level. The inner level is beyond all reach. It is fully hidden. 'Thought cannot grasp it at all' – not even the primal thought which is the starting point of the creation process.

Thought denotes something that is recognized and known. And there are different levels in thought. An inner thought is very fine. It has an inner origin, not an external origin.

The true principle of concealed/self contained, is that it is not just protected from external view, but rather that 'it is not known unto itself'.

Essence is not limited to itself – it is 'in essence true' and there is nothing that is not there.

The Torah as we have it appears to relate to our world. You may see it as a response to the world, 'since there is a world with many possibilities you need a Torah to clarify the world...' Like a map, based on a landscape. The absolute truth is different. The Torah is not describing the world. It is describing the source of the world. It describes where the world comes from. The world follows the pathways of Torah automatically since it is made by the Torah. By knowing Himself He knows the Torah. This is what the Torah truly represents.

We learn things in Torah, and it appears that we are teaching ourselves how to understand certain things. The truth is that sechel of the human being is not an add-on. Real sechel is the one that reflects most clearly the soul. It flows from within. We know the answer from within – an inner recognition.

The inner knowledge where Torah is rooted is derived and initiated from within Him. Torah and the people Israel are a G-dly reality.  

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