Moshe Chaim Luzzatto ("RaMChaL"):
138 Openings of Wisdom
The root of the interconnections between MaH and BaN lies in the Unknown Head while the results are found in the Partzufim, and both are concealed.
The location of the governmental order that depends on the interconnection of MaH with BaN is in the Unknown Head. The way this governmental order runs gives rise to a governmental order of major importance in the Partzufim. However, neither the underlying order nor its consequences are ascertainable or understandable in the least. Except that at times certain movements are seen in the Parztufim whose root is unknown, but the truth is that they derive from here.
Having discussed this governmental order of MaH and BaN, we will now examine its location.
This proposition has two parts. Part 1: The location... This explains where this governmental order is located. Part 2: However... This location is concealed.
Part 1: The location of the governmental order... Every function has a level of its own where the function in question is carried out. This level will either be one of the overall Ten Sefirot or a particular aspect of one of them. There has to be a place in which the function in question is fixed, from which its branches and resulting consequences extend to every place where they reach. That each function has its own level should be quite clear, because each light (אור, ohr) is one law of the supreme attribute which shines through the luminary (מאור, ma'or) in question, since it has already been instituted that each law should shine as one light. (The entire governmental order comes to teach about the will of God, and therefore each law is a light.) Since each law is one light and the overall governmental order is a single law, it follows that the entire governmental order is one light on a level of its own.
...that depends on the interconnection of MaH with BaN is in the Unknown Head. For the Partzufim are in Atzilut, but Atik is higher than all of them and is the head of all of them, and this was the first place where the joining of MaH and BaN came about. For the way they interconnect certainly has to be decided immediately at the outset, since before they start to join, it is necessary to lay down the pathway whereby the interconnection will be made. Once it has been laid down in this way, the same path will be followed in all the places lower down.
The way this governmental order runs gives rise to a governmental order of major importance in the Partzufim. This should be clear in the light of our discussion in the previous Opening.
However neither the underlying order nor its consequences... i.e. what it brings about in the Partzufim ...are ascertainable or understandable in the least. This is why it is called the Head that is Unknown. Except that at times certain movements are seen in the Parztufim whose root is unknown, but the truth is that they derive from here. This brings us to the subject of the uncertainties in the Unknown Head.
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