AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Tuesday
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There is a trace of infinity left after the contraction. But this trace has the infinity in a hidden manner.
The world of atzilus is like the point that remains after the tzimtzum. It functions as the source for the worlds below it. The meaning: for there to be worlds, there are 2 stages – the revelation of light in general and then the effect... the source has the elements that will later surface in the world below it.
Atzilus has a paradoxical expression. On the one hand we say it is a world; and a world implies structure and limit, but on the other hand we say it is not a world in the sense of a separate creation, but rather a revelation of what was earlier concealed...
Atzilus is called a Godly world (olam ha-elokus) [and world and Godliness are usually seen as opposites], which means it is a world, but it exists due to being permeated with Godliness. In this way it is a source for worlds. It can identify the elements that will later make for the lower worlds.
World means anything can be represented. But it has to have a representation in time and space. It is a miracle that we have sight and wisdom/chochmah, which is almost super worldly – how can you perceive in an instant an entire panorama? Even though you see it all, you do note the content.