But, there are not only lights at play, but vessels (i.e., more tangible phenomena) here, too. Where do they come from? After all, Ramchal points out in his comments to Petach 33, “the end of this … process is the formation of the vessel, which relates to the lower realms”.
So, in explanation, Ramchal says that each while aspect of Adam Kadmon has “a potential ‘vessel’ absorbed within it” (Klallot HaIlan 1:4), nonetheless, as we learn in Petach 33 (which is then confirmed in Petach 35), the “inner” and “encompassing” lights … come closer together, little by little, until they reach Adam Kadmon’s “mouth”, where a vessel is then brought about in fact.
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