Baal HaSulam, “The Acting Mind”: “I will explain it with an allegory: In every operation in the world, the mind of its operator remains in that operation.”
If we look at a certain action deeply and correctly, we can see the mind that has created and formed it. So, by seeing how it operates, we can understand the purpose and the idea of the one who created it, made it, and processed it.
Question: Can I understand the thought of the expert who did it?
Answer: Yes. You will understand what an expert he is, what he wants to convey to you by it, etc. It can be works of art that have an impact on us in different ways: music, paintings, etc., and it can be different machines, mechanisms, architecture, anything. Anyone who creates something puts a part of himself into it and expresses himself.
“In a table, one can attain the carpenter’s mind and deftness in his craft, whether great or small. This is so because while working, he built it with his mind and the qualities of his mind. And one who observes this operation and considers the mind imprinted in it, during this act, he is attached to the mind that performed it, meaning they actually unite.”
Thus, by action, I can understand the mind, the thought, and the attitude of a person toward what I see as a result of what he has created.
“In truth, there is no distance or cessation between spirituals, even when they are in distinct bodies.” And even when they appear in separate bodies, what is rational in them cannot be described separately.
Even when the Creator has moved away from the object created by Him, all the same, a part of the author remains in this object and lives in it.
“Since what knife can cut the spiritual and leave it separated?” It is impossible to separate it. We see this in everything that happens.
For example, a tragic event took place not long ago—the Notre Dame Cathedral burnt down. It was not completely ruined, but if left in this condition, it will collapse. It is not a problem to rebuild it. There are drawings, there are photographs.
Of course, it will be restored although it is an immense and very expensive undertaking. However. it will not feel like the Notre Dame Cathedral anymore. The truth is, people today will not understand that.
That is, the mind invested then and the mind invested now cannot be compared. Today there are no such architects who assembled those walls and spires. The attitude, the thought, the admiration of the upper force to which they dedicated all that no longer exists. So today, it will simply be a replica of the cathedral.
Question: And will people feel that?
Answer: No. A modern man cannot feel that. But there are people who remember the old Hermitage: the living rooms, the bedrooms, utensils, and all the different objects used by the Tsar. All that is gone now.
Where did it go? Perhaps it was sold. Everything has totally changed! You can feel it. Anyone who has seen and felt it in the past, for him today’s Hermitage is no longer the Hermitage.
Question: Is there a difference between a replica and a reconstruction? Is it possible to feel it directly?
Answer: The original has the spirit of the artist, of the inventor, of the composer himself. It does not exist in the replica. The difference between the original and the replica is like the differences between a living child and a plastic doll.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 4/21/19
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