AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Sunday 14 Tishrei
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Atzilus on the one hand is a world, but on the other hand it is G-dliness. It is light in vessels, but it is G-dly. Things exist by virtue of their definition. Elokus/G-dliness does not have this restriction – it does not have to declare its existence. So thus atzilus is call an intermediarry – it is G-dliness and it is a world. In this sense it is like fire. A presence that cleaves to its source and does not 'stay put where it is', but rather rises to its source and points to its source.
Light of day, says 'although this world is fundamentally dark, but I will make you lose the sense of darkness and make it light'. This is reflective of the kind of light that the sun has – it brings the 'sun quality' of 'here it is light as a default' to the earth (during daytime).
Daylight in this sense is not just 'light'. It is cleaving to its source to such an extent and so representative of the sun, that it is transformative and we have 'daylight'.
Your experience of life, even here in a physical setting, is seen to be beyond the physical. Think of your space, your food and your breathing...
Of these 3 needs, We are least conscious of breathing. Breathing is like our experience of life. And thus it is united with reality. It is something your are given, not really something you do or have to strive for...
Breathing is our connection to the source of life. This is cleaving.
Light is that which originates from an essence. An essence is recognized even where it is not present, and this is like light. There is no such thing as doubt in chochmah, because you 'see' the reality.
Chochmah/wisdom comes from 'nothing'. It comes from nothing into something. What is the 'somethingness' of the chochmah? We say it is a spark without substance! So where is the 'something' element? This element of chochmah is that you are looking at reality, but you are not it. Like in sight, you can close your eyes.
There is a connecting element and this makes it a 'something'. Chochmah comes when you pay attention, and this is an important factor in bringing it into the physical reality.
If we could not close our eyes, we would be like fish in the water, not like people who process things... We see reality and then internalize it and can then create binah, daat and midot/emotions.
The 2 are joined. The 'nothing' and 'something'.
It is also written, “He creates the kadoshim” – chochmah and binah, and even they fall into the category of 'creations'.
Chochmah and binah are the aspects of mind/sechel. Real mind as per Torah and Chassidus, is not the external level employed in the scientific method... it is the knowledge that is independent of, and not based on physical experience and proof.
On the contrary, mind counters physicality. The body says, 'I am alive' and the mind/sechel answers, 'hold on, you are alive because there is a soul in you, apart from that you are a piece of flesh'.
A human being is aware of 'where things come from'. He is a guest at a host's table and senses the reality. If he says, 'see you later, I'm taking the food home' he is an idiot.
The reason we understand is because we want to understand. You think 'mind' understands? It is the will/ratzon that drives understanding and the life of mind/chochmah...