AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Ellul 5775
Page 23 of pamphlet – (At about middle of the page. Line begins: 'hatzimtzum...'). Page 17 of the book. For text see below.
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There is an understanding of sight in the physical world. This is not the correct understanding of sight and light. It is an understanding on the level of touch.
The true meaning of light, where Torah says, 'let there be light, and there was light', is that it reveals the presence of the world (rather than hitting your eye with energy). Nothing from the object hits your eye. You see the object in its true place. You see it because it really exists. This is recognition of a true presence (rather than its there because it affects me) is a Godly concept, a Godly faculty.
We see not due to our eyes, or mind, but due to our souls. We know before the start of the 'logical process'. We have a Godly soul that contains will, pleasure and knowing (daas). This intelligence is not based on a bodily experience - it is true life.
Life is a reality. It is not body dependent. When the soul leaves the body, it continues to live.
We know this even though we cannot grasp it.
We know it with greater certainty than we know today is Sunday.