Ramchal begins Petach 57 which directly touches upon the 288 sparks thusly.
These four instances of AV that we discussed in the two previous Petachim which reinforce the four Partzufim of Abba, Imma, Zeir Anpin, and Nukveh in Erich Anpin, and which are removed from harm, are the essence of the “Chariot” that the Kabbalists refer to. It’s here that the “Throne” they speak of also “bears its bearers” as they put it.
He’ll explain what he means by “Chariot” in his comments here, (as well as the “Throne” that “bears its bearers”), but let’s explain the Chariot in its classical senses first.
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