AyinBase, Ayin Beis, with R' Paltiel Friday 13 Elul 5772
Page 173 – lower quarter of the page (line starts, 'zehu...') For text, see picture below.
In everything there is 'what is being done' and 'who is doing it'. You may say 'his hands are doing it', but it is 'he himself'. This is the principle of this discourse, that there is a 'who' involved in 'what is being done'.
Why is this difficult? The word essence – which has to be recognized, but cannot be described. Essence is in-an-of itself. So our question is how can light, which is an emanation, have an essential quality. This is what we are struggling to explain, that the light, while it is light has an element of essence.
How does it do this? This is by means of dvaykus/cleaving. Meaning that while it radiates outwards it remains attached. Light says, 'I am here, but I stand for, not myself, but my source', and thus the light has an essential quality.
An example of this is Jewish law that, 'the agent of an individual is like him'. Light carries the essence element – it comes in the name of the one who radiates it!
Sight is like emunah/faith – it is beyond experience and sensing – it is knowing directly. There is no way that you can tamper with this. Nothing can interfere with it. Emunah is deeper than sight. Sight is like chochmah/wisdom. Emunah/faith is beyond this.
Light cleaves and is self effacing, representing, but the source from which it comes.
We have concluded the principle that in the light above the tzimzum there are also levels.
In essence there is no 'essential form', but when the light comes forth there is an 'essential form / tzurah atzmis' because of the devaykus/cleaving element.