AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Adar II 5776
Page 39 of the pamphlet – (At lower third of the page. Line starts: 'ukmoken...') [page 30 in the book]. For text see below.
Questions and comments:
The 10 hidden sphirot are all 'in the same place'.
This is because when opposite things like fire and water and at their essential level, there is no opposition.
A metaphor for this is the faculties of the soul. The soul contains all the faculties that later reveal themselves in the body. At the body level they are very different – like sight and hearing and they need different organs. But at the soul level they are unified and undifferentiated. At that level they are at the extreme of 'refinement and spirituality' (הדקות והרוחניות).
When we stood at Sinai, the focus was not on the experience, but rather on what it stands for. For this reason we stood in a state of refinement and spirituality (הדקות והרוחניות).
Focus on real life, real avodah, then you will be aware of the finest and most significant elements of the world and all things you are involved with.
This refinement and spirituality is due to the presence of the essence exclusively, not due to the presence of the thing.
The world contains opposites. The reason they are present is due to the fact that the world is representative of the ein sof (infinity). All the phenomena in the world, together, represent the Creator.
At the time of the giving of the Torah the faculties functioned in a totally different way – 'they saw what is usually heard, and heard what is usually seen...'
What was given was not 'what fits into the world' but the 'what everything is about at Source'.