AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Kislev 5776
Page 27 of pamphlet – (At 6th line from top of the page. Line starts: 'she-kiblu...'). Page 20 of the book. For text see below.
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Water is in constant movement. The firmament is constant by contrast. Water is like the point of chochmah/wisdom. It can be directed in every direction.
And these levels of light, water and firmament correspond to the modes of influence from the mentor to the mentee (mashpia to the mushpah).
Light is the highest level, that precedes expression.
This is like the presence of the host. It gives off light. The guest appreciates it only if he appreciates his relationship to the host/mentor. It is in a hidden state and does not have identifiable content.
So how is this 'influence' if it is so hidden and unformatted? The real meaning of hashpahah/influence is the giving of something that the mentee on his own would not realize and not get – even if it is placed in front of him. He can only get it if the mentor/mashpia 'spoon-feeds' it to him.
This is because this new view/insight cannot be gotten on the basis of the student's existing mind-set. The mentor/mashpia introduces the mentee/student into his own personal 'thinking process'. This is what gives the recipient the ability to 'think along' and adopt the new view...
The level of 'water' is the revealed expression of the influence of the mentor to the mentee.
And the 'firmament' is the state where the mentorship is grasped by the recipient.
So it starts as light (in the mentor) and lands up as solid firmament (in the mentee). The meaning is that the master has the truth of the matter – the source. Then this is being transferred to the student. And the student does not take the source, rather he receives what is being expressed.
And for the student, what he receives becomes real, when it is solidified as sechel – then it becomes a 'real presence' for him, and he can build on it.
The influence (hashpah) finds its place in the mind of the student and settles in and becomes a new basis. It is like water reaching a new place and becoming still. It is a reflection of the source itself, where it is also perfectly calm.
This is a reflection of the source.