Thursday, December 31, 2015

“Taste & Reason” p:29-30/22

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Kislev 5776 

Page 29 of pamphlet – (last line of the page. Line starts: 'yash...'). Page 21 of the book. For text see below.

Questions and comments:

The rav/master has the element of simplicity. This aspect remains with the light and is passed along to the talmid/student, to some extent.

The phenomenon of simplicity coming down to a more defined level can be seen above. God said, “Silence! Thus it arose in my thought! שתוק כך...”

It would seem that the above statement means, 'there's no reason and I just want it this way...!' Rather the truth is that there is a reason, but this is the concealed reason that is above mind and wisdom. So from the perspective of mind there is no way to explain it.

Scholars could not find a way to understand this and challenged God, “Is this Torah, and this is its reward!?” God tells them that the explanation is above sechel/mind.

And from the scholar's perspective it seemed like it was willfulness without reason.

Taam is used to mean reason. Literally it means, 'taste'. And it has a deeper meaning than 'reason'. Taste cannot be explained. It is unique to each person. It is a distinct experience. Yet it cannot be explained...

There are things we use for which we do not have an explanation. For example electricity. It can be used in a variety of ways, yet at essence it is not known.

Like life itself, sechel cannot grasp electricity or taste etc. it is a flow from the Simple Source. It is a Godly element in the world. 

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