AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Adar II 5776
Page 40 of the pamphlet – (At last line of the page. Line starts: 'hanishmah...') [page 31 in the book]. For text see below.
Questions and comments:
We are looking at how the faculties all reside together in the nefesh/soul although one may think there would be conflict between them since they have opposing tendencies...
We had previously addressed this by saying their oppositional qualities first show up as the faculties are manifest, and not as they are nested in the soul...
Then we came to a statement from the Rebbe saying it is difficult to say this... since there are differences that are so fundamental that they must exist not just on the manifest level, but also on the essential level...
Sight relates to the essence of a thing... not with how the object appears and functions, but what is its essence.
Sight is like sechel/mind. Mind identifies things that are real. If there is no will/ratzon there is no mind/sechel.
We are going to show how faculties present something more real than their functional level.
Where does sechel/mind get a sense of reality? It gets it from ratzon/will. Sechel/mind is not the product of external experience. It tells you what truth is – what reality is. That means it has to be rooted in reality, which is the nefesh/soul.
Sechel/mind is like sight. You see the sky. And it is beyond description. You see nothing. You see reality. Reality of the world.
How does sight relate to reality...? You see the sky because it is part of the reality of the world...
And why does it relate to reality? Because you know deep down that reality is more than you can grasp, and this alerts you to that.
There is a truth. And truth doesn't come from a lie. It comes from the Truth. The Rambam says, 'there is a True Being, and from Him comes the truth of all creation...'
Please do not try to understand what that means...! it is beyond sechel/mind. Not even angels get it. But He gave us the means to know about Him and to know that there is that Truth...
Knowing it (without understanding it), makes your life relate to that Truth. And then your life is real.
This is so fundamental that this sight/mind/sechel must be this way in its source. It is distinct even there.