AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Nissan 5775
Page 15 of pamphlet – (At 7th line from end of the page. Line begins: 'be-atziluz...'). Page 11 of the book. For text see below.
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We are saying that there are 2 categories of bitul/nullification.
The way the world of atzilus is nullified to its source in contrast to the way the world of Biya is nullified to atzilus.
Atzilus has essence above it. It is preceded only by the infinity of essence. The creation of atzilus is categorically different from what precedes it.
Like the drop is a tiny part of the ocean, and a cause results in an effect, so too the lower worlds derive from their 'cause' or source in atzilus.
This relationship is in contrast to atzilus and the essence that precedes it – there, there it is not a 'cause and effect' relationship.
When you put up walls to make a house, your hands are busy with the masonry and the wall, but you are busy building a house. And the hands too are inspired by the vision of the house.
The lower level of the cause (ilah) is dressed in the higher level of the effect (allul).