I just read an amazing thing from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, to transform oneself – i.e. away from one’s natural disposition born into, say a loving heart or a strict disciplined one – into what God desires, is Atzmus – essentially God, for the realm of transformation is Divine.
There are basically three realties that can and do exist
The first is the world born into, which is natural
As the Alter Rebbe teaches us, nature is repetitive miracles but due to their repetition we see not a miracle but nature concealing a supernatural event, and allowing us to not even see the hand in the glove.
The second is miraculous – now miraculous clearly shows the hand outside of the glove – infrequent, but amazing nonetheless.
It is usually at this level that spiritual people stop.
But there is a third, far higher level, a level in fact, that unifies both nature and miracles, this is God Himself.
For to associate God to a miracle is to limit him to a certain type of existence and to limit God would be a grave mistake.
God in fact most closely resembles a human.
In fact in Kabbalistic terms we call God at times Adam Kadmoin, Primordial Man.
Not that God is God-forbid limited, rather it refers to the fundamental greatness of the human specie, namely the ability to discern.
In other words, to see God as another physical albeit miraculous or even spiritual but limited to the supernatural object, is to miss out on any rudimentary understanding of God.
God is neither physical, NOR IS HE SPIRITUAL!
Rather God is.
As he explained himself to Moses upon his request, “I am who I am.”
In other words, God chooses to do what he wants.
Imagine a person who makes choices.
His primary existence is his soul, his essence, his very being.
Once that reality is there (which in God has no precedential cause, unlike in humans and everything else) then there can be choices.
Now in God’s reality, he chose to create, as the Kabbalists teach us, using the reason-d’être of uniting two opposites – to place the highest, namely his infinite infinity, into the lowest, namely into you and I.
In other words, there are actually three stages to reality – the first was the natural world we were born into, which actually concealed the truth of God (and hence everything, for everything comes from God and hence is merely like a computer game within the mind of its Creator) existence.
The second is the spiritual, which likewise conceals God and hence though it may be what is termed in Kabbalah ratzu, a spiritual experience, is not God as well!
Rather the third dimension which he has begun to reveal now, namely a dimension in which the highest, namely his infinite infinity into the lowest, namely into you and I,
We all know (or at least now you do) the Baal Shem Tov’s teaching to “Fear no one but have reverence for God and love everyone with all the fire of your heart and soul.”
O.k. I understand the necessity of love, but why not have fear?
Isn’t fear sometimes a good thing?
The answer is quite simple, yet very, very important!
The Helsinki syndrome speaks of when a hostage identifies not with his rescuer, but rather with his captor.
We often see this in children who are abused, siding with the abusive parent not the victim.
The answer (from a hundred cases studied by the FBI) is simple indeed.
You see the fact is that if a person feels insecure the primary motive is to find security.
Hence (in fact it is precisely those people whom in general felt insecure that become the Helsinki type of victims) the bottom line is that by not feeling completely secure, instead of staying away from someone who may be harmful, we actually become their victim.
If we want the best elixir to give us life, we need not the most “pareve,” rather the most amazing teachings of the Rebbe, to give us the energy that will bring the world into one.
1. The Rebbe teaches us countless times, our sole purpose of existing is to work for God.
2. The Rebbe teaches us, the very start of our work for God is to know that we and God are one – for our Godly soul is the true essence of our very life (imagine your body, God-forbid minus your soul,) and hence as this soul is God, thus you and God are one.
3. The first thing a Jew does as he awakes and this is a general service to God, similar to knowing that you are really in essence God, is to be grateful.
4. Gratitude to God, particularly for the recreation of creation consistently, and hence constantly, (saying thank-you for this,) is a method to be happy, to recharge the entire universe (for what you say thank-you for, you draw in Godliness to) constantly.
4. Every generation has a mission, it is our privilege to complete all the previous generations work and finally bring Moshiach, which is done through adding in our Mitzvos, goodness and kindness, amidst knowing that Moshiach is about to come, in honor to bring Moshiach.
6. Charity is not a donation, charity is a commitment.
We need to think, speak and “eat” charity.
We should give all our money to charity which will bring the Moshiach.