AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Kislev 5776
Page 30 of pamphlet – (halfway into the page. Line starts: 'mah...'). Page 23 of the book. For text see below.
Questions and comments:
We are discussing the light of sechel, in contrast to how it is inside its vessel. We understand life at the vessel level. We don't understand life itself. So to with sechel/mind. The level that is comprehensible is not the essence of mind.
The rebbe is saying there is one level of mind as it is in the vessel of the brain, and then there is the higher level as it is in the soul of the mind (nefesh hamaskelet).
The principle of mind/sechel in contrast to everything else... Sechel looks at things from a truth perspective. It is the Godly view. Sechel is the view 'as He is showing it to you'.
Our mashal/metaphor for this is, 'the host and the guest'. The relationship cannot be defined or grasped. They have a meal together, and conversation etc and this is the result of the undefined factor. The undefined factor is acknowledgement of who that person's Godly presence (not his social status etc).
The soul is not affected by anything in the world. It cannot be touched...! It is the Godly truth. It cannot be insulted. People built the tower of Babel – did they know what they were doing? They were so deeply affected by the idolatry that they lost sight of reality.
There is a truth that is not body and worldly dependent.
There is truth beyond the experiential. Truth comes form Him.
The soul knows this. He is known to us at a soul level. This is the real source of intellect. If there is world, there is truth behind.
When we have a concept and mind, it does not start at that level. It is based on a truth behind it that we sense.
Real life is not experiences of hot and cold; pleasure and pain... real life is beyond that.
He is talking to you and giving you a mission. This is life. If God made the world with will it would not be real. He makes the world by speech and this way things are distinct and people are have consciousness.