AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Kislev 5776
Page 27 of pamphlet – (At fourth line from top of the page. Line starts: 'perek yud...'). Page 20 of the book. For text see below.
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The difference between a cup on the table with water and a cup submerged in a lake, is that on the table the cup defines the water in its own function. It reveals an aspect of the water, that is distinct from the free-flowing water of the lake...
When submerged in the lake, the cup does not provide any definition. It is just a participant in the bigger body of water...
The cup of water on the table, although the water is defined by the cup, yet it retains some element of the bigger body of water. The cup gives it a form. The water remains formless.
There are 'letters' within the infinite light, and they are filled with this light. How is this possible if the letters are limited? The answer is that there is no element of 'thinginess' (metziut) – there's a perfect union between the letters and the light.
We are saying that the koach ha-gvul (the faculty of definition) is infinite.
Think of a pencil in the hand of a child. He is told by the teacher to make a line. The artist works with a pencil and the picture emerges suddenly...
For the artist to make the line, he has to perceive the picture.