AyinBase with R' Paltiel WednesdayNight 27 Adar II 5772
Page 68 – at about close to half into the page (line starts, 'hakduma...') For text, see link top right of the blog. Or for text right click here.
There is a subtle point to address. Essence cannot be understood. There is chochmah/wisdom that is included in essence. On the one hand essence is perfect unity. On the other hand we say there is chochmah/wisdom there. It is not an ingredient contained there! We're saying in the pristine essence/atazmus there is everything including the wisdom/chochmah.
Chochmah is refined and humble. It recognizes essence. But why would there be something looking at essence. Why does He need to know Himself?
Essence/atzmus is the absolute reality, that is not limited to being only unto itself. Chochmah is the first enabler for everything else.
Chassidus says, 'everything wants the continuation of its existence' – this is a universal truth. It exists at all levels of existence and life. What is the impetus behind the tree's rejuvenation in Spring?
There's not rationale to it. It is a desire/ratzon. This is true in everything.
In the world you have the false idea of evolution. It says that everything develops as a response to a threat. It says things don't have their own inner initiative and life. We differ. We say it has an internal spirit to be what it is. This is beyond protecting itself against its enemies.
In Essence there is an inexhaustible spirit. Everything is there.
Knowing oneself is a statement that, 'I am knowable' - 'I can come to expression'. Chochmah is the meaning that there is an external view of things, which provides for external expression.
Principle means, 'truth in and of itself'. How do we come to such a thing in the world which is all about 'cause and effect'. It is here because through chochmah there is truth in the world.
Adam Harishon in the garden had no clothes on, but that didn't disturb his serving Hashem at all.
The origin of Torah is higher than chochmah – it is from tynug/pleasure. An essential plaything! Torah is internal and pnimi – it does not change. In halacha it says, “you think there is an obstacle to the ruling?! let the ruling pierce the mountain”.