AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Adar II 5776
Page 38 of the pamphlet – (towards the middle of the page. Line starts: 'gum...') [page 29 in the book]. For text see below.
Questions and comments:
We talked about the 'revelation of what is hidden' in a simple way. You are in a dark room. You know you are inside a room and not outside. But it is totally dark. Then you switch on the light. Now, what the room 'stands for' comes to full expression.
The furnishings are unchanged. But there is a subtle change. Now you know it is a room because it is furnished. Your knowledge is now not based on the absolute reality, but on the function.
For a person to be able to tolerate darkness, and not start sweating, he has to have a certain spiritual strength. In our metaphor the switching on of the light, is a contraction, and a reduction, with a focus now on the functional level.