The mystical significance of the images

Petach 13

סוד התמונות – מראים הדברים לפי טבע התמונה ההיא למטה ממש. והעיגול מראה הנהגה סובבת, בלא חילוק הנהגת חסד דין רחמים, אלא כמו השגחה כללית לפי מהות הספירה ההיא, וזה בסוד ההשתלשלות. אך היושר מראה ההנהגה מפורטת לפי חד”ר – ימין ושמאל ואמצע. וכן כל שאר התמונות על הדרך הזה:

The mystical significance of the images (envisioned) is that they assume the shape of things as they’re actually depicted below. Thus the (vision of a) “circle” refers to a circular (i.e., non-linear) mode of governance without differentiation as to Chessed (Kindness), Din (Judgment) or Rachamim (Mercy), but rather as (i.e., it’s an expression of) overall providence that depends on the makeup of that Sephira. And it is (a depiction of) the mystical notion of (linear) causality. The (vision of a) “straight line” on the other hand indicates a detailed mode of governance that is based on Chessed (Kindness), Din (Judgment) and Rachamim (Mercy, which are themselves laid out as) right, left or center (poles). And the same applies to all the other images (envisioned).

(c) 2011 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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