The two layouts

The second major point Ramchal makes in his comments to Petach 31: the fact that these two orderings — that of God’s four-letter name and that of His appellations — differ in their layouts as well.

Because God’s governance sometimes functions within a full and manifest array of ten Sephirot; and it sometimes it functions primarily through one (with the others bolstering or completing that one), or another one (along with its others). The point is that the four-letter layout is always represented by a full array of ten Sephirot, which alludes to the fact that the revelation of God’s Yichud constitutes the full thrust of creation. And the appellation layout is always represented by the dominance of one Sephira or another.

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