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As Divided for a Leap Year
Tanya for 10 Sivan
This force consists of the creative "letters" which emanate from the five supernal organs of verbal articulation].
Now, following these words of truth [concerning the nature of creation, namely, that the activating force must continually be vested in created beings and create them ex nihilo], every discerning person will understand clearly that every creature and being, [even though it appears to have an existence of its own], is in reality considered to be absolute naught and nothingness in relation to the activating force [which creates it] and the "breath of His mouth" which is within it, continuously calling it into existence and bringing it from absolute non-being into being.
[Since this function must be continuous, it follows that the creature's activating force is the true reality of its existence; the being itself bears no comparison to the activating force which is wholly responsible for its existence].
The reason that all things created and activated appear to us as existing [i.e., self-subsisting and tangible, and we fail to see the Divine activating source which is the true reality of any created being], is that we do not comprehend nor see with our physical eyes the power of G-d and the "breath of His mouth" which is in the created thing.
If, however, the eye were permitted to see and to comprehend the life- force and spirituality which is in every created thing, flowing into it from "that which proceeds from the mouth of G-d"  and "His breath," then the physicality, materiality and tangibility of the creature would not be seen by our eyes at all, for it [this physicality, etc.] is completely nullified in relation to the life- force and the spirituality which is within it since without the spirituality [within it] it would be naught and absolute nothingness, exactly as before the Six Days of Creation, [at which time the creature was utterly non-existent].
The spirituality that flows into it from "that which proceeds from the mouth of G-d" and "His breath," - that alone continuously brings it forth from naught and nullity into being, and [this spirituality] gives it existence.
Hence, there is truly nothing besides Him [in any created being, apart from the Divinity - the only true reality - that brings it into existence.
The created being does not constitute a true reality, inasmuch as it is wholly dependent for its existence on the continuous flow of Divine life-force. Indeed, its existence verily consists of that activating force.
The Alter Rebbe proceeds to demonstrate how this is true of creatures that appear to be tangible, by means of an illustration]:
- (Back to text) Devarim 8:3.
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