AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Ellul 5775
Page 23 of pamphlet – (At 3rd paragraph from the top of the page. Line begins: 'vekol zeh...'). Page 17 of the book. For text see below.
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The vessels of the higher world (atzilus) are the source for the three lower worlds.
But the lights of atzilus are in a different category.
Vessels bring the principle of the source, to the outside, and this is where they acquire a presence. At the high level of atzilus they continually point to their source.
Chassidus teaches that a king by definition is totally remote from the people. He is head and shoulders above them. He is not in the same realm. So why does he accept to be a king. A king over the people. And God accepts that He will be over us.
The king has this element of accepting. In order to accept he must not reign over something external to him – everything must be dedicated to him and then he accepts.
A transformation takes place and he becomes part of the people and the people become part of him.
A human being has and needs a home. Does the home contribute to the person or does the person contribute to the home? It is both. But how? The man is protected, and the home is illuminated by the man.
Before the man came into his home, they were vessels without light.
Man brings out a real, undefined, infinite light. Man is not infinity, but in the worldly context he is infinity. The world does not define him.
Similarly, the lights of atzilus are revealing that which is contained in Him – ohr ein sof.
And the light is united with the ohr ein sof, like a flame flickering on coal.