AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Kislev 5776
Page 30 of pamphlet – (a third into the page. Line starts: 'veyuvan...'). Page 21 of the book. For text see below.
Questions and comments:
The Rambam says the basis of all thought is that all comes from the first Being.
There are many levels to mind. Above mind is emunah/faith. It is imbued in your soul. You can either accept it or reject it. And if you reject it you don't lose it, since this is the source of life.
There is knowledge that is unidentifiable – pshitut/simplicity. It is true not because I know it, but because it cannot be otherwise.
It is a fundamental knowledge of the soul that precedes everything. It is known inherently.
Our task is to acknowledge it.
So when it was said by God, 'Silence! Thus it came up in thought...' this is saying there is something deeper than thought.
This is not to say there was no prior basis for this thought.
It is not without taam/deep reason. There is a soul truth that precedes the sechel/mind.
Ratzon/will and tynug/pleasure surrounds and precedes sechel/mind.
'Silence! Thus it came up in thought...' is not a stubborn statement. It is based on a hidden reason (taam hakamus). Will and pleasure are the basis.
Bitul/humility is the realization that you relate to something beyond what you know.