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Hispaalus - Awakening or lit. Excitement of the Emotions can only be brought about by Hisbonenus.

Hisbonenus is essentially the idea of looking intensely into the depths of a topic and going over it a lot until one understands it clearly with all its parts in particular detail - in other words, intensive repetitive analytic study.

For there are three things in every intellectual concept: the depth, length and width.

The width is the aspect of the explanations of the concept to every side (from every angle) with many particular details.

And the length is the immense lowering of the intellect to enclothe the concept in various allegories until it is brought down to the grasp of a little child etc.

And the depth is the quintessential (self) point of the concept the way it is.

And the height is to understand from depth even more into levels that are much higher than it (the original idea).

All this (the depth, length and width.) comes out of the essence of the depth of its point the way it flows out from Chochmah.

And this is what's called Iyun (deep study into something) that he goes over the conceived thing and looks into it very much which is the slowing down -the opposite of going over a subject fast- that is, in order to come to the depths of the concept as it is in its essential self innerness and the inner insides of it specifically.

And Now Chapter 1.08

Based on the above explanation of Eeyun and Hisbonenus it comes out that this Eeyun is only a vessel for the actual deep delving of Binah itself, for seemingly this Eeyun is what is called Ha’amokas Ha’daas -meditation or more literally deep concentration (lit. the deepening of Daas). For seemingly it is the intense concentration, which brings one to the depth of an idea. This being along the lines of classical Eastern meditation, which maintains that it is extreme concentration on a single point, while blocking out all other thoughts, will eventually bring about "enlightenment" and give one a glance into the inner truth of the universe. The theory being that by blocking out ones Binah - analytic brain (which is usually dominant) one can get a flash of Chochmah, a perception into the inner truth of things as they are above the cognitive Binah-thought. However, this is not so, for this concentration is only a vessel with which to come to the actual depth of the concept, the essential thing being the explanations and/or analyses. However, if one learns with out concentrating, the idea will never properly sink in, it just won’t ever ‘click,’ so one won’t get the inner point of the idea.That is , the study is just a vessel to the actual understanding of the Depth of the Musag (concept) and the concentration is a vessel for the study and the Depth of the Musag.

Still, the essential thing remains the explanations. It is for this reason that this process is referred to as Hisbonenus, which literally means to make oneself understand i.e., learning. The stress being on Binah and it is for this reason that often even when one is being instructed to have the deep concentration of Ha’amakos Ha’daas it is still referred to as Hisbonenus to stress that one must be concentrating specifically on the learned explanations.

In other words the contemplative or meditative concentration is only a vessel to get to the depth of a subject. Whereas the Iyun of Binah, that is, intensive analytical explanatory study is the vessel to the actual subject itself.

So therefore, according to what was explained till now,the deeper the subject matter, the longer and wider are the explanations needed to explain it.

This is apparent in actuality. A shallow subject like how to play Tiddlywinks can be explained by a short explanation. Also one need not supply a width of many different explanations.

A deeper subject like Medicine or Physics etc. needs long explanations and can be explained to many sides with a variety of facets and opinions etc., i.e. a greater width.

The corollary to this is that one cannot truly get to the depth of a subject without first going through the length and width of the explanations. E.g. one cannot become a doctor by just meditating on medicine. He has to go through the length of analytical explanations such as the explanations of the analysis of the body and its various systems, the effect of diet, the usage of medicines etc. etc.

Also it is understood that a greater width will result in a greater depth of understanding. So a Doctor who widens his understanding by studying alternative systems of Medicine will surely have a deeper understanding than one who has a narrower understanding of just standard Western Medicine.

And this is true of any field including Kabbalah. So we must say that Kabbalah, being an extremely deep subject, has an extremely great length and an extremely great width. And conversly we must say that to become a Kabbalist, one must know the length and width of it in order to get to get to its depth.

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