AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Wednesday 22 Tevet 5774
At about a third from the end of the page – (line begins: "chitzoniut levad...”) For text, click: Here.
The Baal Shem Tov says, 'the place where a person's will is, that's where he is...' and how did he get there... how did he get to be where he wants to be...? isn't he just in the place where he is?
In an external worldly state, nothing is thus, 'because this is the way it should be'. Everything has to be made. Nothing is automatic.
And if we don't recognize the inner reality, then we may say, 'he's going there for some kind of benefit...'
The inner state, is that there is an inner reality and truth. The Baal Shem says, 'this is where he is'.
The world is not an entity alone. It is a Godly creation. Godliness is truth itself. So from a Godly perspective, there are no obstacles and distances, and a man is 'where he wants to be'.
Back inside the text: at the first source of these elements (inner and external), is the difference between the Godly will for Torah and mitzvot; and the Godly will for worlds...
The will for Torah and Mitzvot is His personal essential will that is an end in and of itself. Whereas the will for worlds, is from the arousal in his will to create. It is not essential. It is a means to an end – He made it with some further intent...
we misinterpret ourselves and think we want money. We go to work and we think it is for the money... and if we have $100 we want $200... What is the reason for this constant dissatisfaction? This is because he misinterprets things – he misdirects his intent. He is really after a deeper intention. Yes, a person needs money, but don't put your whole intention on that. You have a deeper intention that goes with you.
If you earn money to pay rent and support your family. The family does not become yours due to the money. The family is a more essential reality. This is the meaning of inner intent (kavanah pnimiut). This remains you and is not transformed by any pursuit.
God made the world with unlimited content... and then there is good and bad; building and destruction; we know clearly He wants the good and rejects the bad. In the story of Genesis, the medrash says that at one point it was not clear if He prefers light or dark... What is this not knowing if He wants good or bad...?
Ultimately he doesn't want good or bad, He wants His presence to be recognized...!
Ultimately what we observe in the world is His presence. The things we see are beyond explanation. This is kavanah/intent, it remains in its source and never leaves.