To Be Free

Once upon a time people were slaves

They felt they just had to do what their masters told them

You see their masters were intolerant of disobedience

At the slightest hesitation they would pull out a cruel punishment

Disobedience was tantamount to the cruelest of deaths

You see the slave is you, the master is your body, and the prison is your personal hell

Why have literally hundreds of millions of people born, into the freest society ever created by man, a society that allowed people to indulge with no consequences, choose religion, God, structure, meaning, purpose???

For to be in prison, even if you are your own master, your own body condemning everything you do that disobeys its narcissistic desires for pleasure, and no pain, for pride and no shame, you are not only enslaved, you are in the greatest slavery possible!

For even in a prison, that another places you, if your heart is in heaven, and your eyes have the fire of a soul knowing why he was put there, as many refusnicks and Chassidim reported: their most free days was in the Russian gulag; for there they truly felt their innate goodness, knowing how every moment of hell was a moment of bliss; for in hell they saw with crystal clarity that their cause was just, the enemy unjust, and they knew, as truly occurred, that God would change the circumstance, their cause would triumph and the triumphant oppressors would meet an untimely annihilation – if not in person than at least in philosophy.

To be put in a prison in which you throw away the keys to your own freedom – can there be a hell greater than that, a hell created by your own passions, condemning your own soul to a dismal life of misery, of meaninglessness, of aimlessness.

No; there is no greater prison then the man who throws away his own keys!

And this my friend is true freedom – true freedom lies not in doing what we want, but in having the strength of character to do what we believe in.


I was thinking

I was thinking – yes someone must do the thinking – better me then you!


What is the fundamental theory in which all theories will come into?


I know, we just wrote an article about, that, all is about God’s desire to unite with us.


But let’s forget about God for a second – excuse me – you see as soon as you request a pardon from God, as he holds no grudges, you get excused.


In terms of us, what is the fundamental truth?


So if we ignore God – excuse me (the great thing about an unlimited God is that he always forgives you no matter how many times you make him angry though its preferable not to rely on this in the first instance.)


So anyway, the point is, that if we think only from our human perspective in terms of what is the fundamental reality we will end up with the following basic theory which every other theory, in fact every other action, in fact ever atom, every spiritual revelation, from the beginning till the end of time (whatever that means, though perhaps for eternity may be a better, more accurate description) will be found.


The Rebbe describes this in the last major edited talk given on Shabbos Parshas Ki Sisah and quite succinctly, everything that happens to you and that happens to everything, is a three staged sequence that repeats itself indefinitely.


The goal


The action steps to realize the goal


The realized goal


Say God wants you to become aware of something that will encourage your spiritual journey


Well that would be God’s goal


The action steps to realize that goal will be some chance encounter with someone, maybe the very fact you are reading this bit of information, which the statistical probability of it is practically nil as is the statistical probability of perhaps all new radical transformative ideas that you ever have and will read, considering the incredible gift that God revealed it to some great Tzaddik saint who revealed it to me or someone else who wrote it in a book which you just happen to have encountered etc. etc.


Last but not least, once this information has hit its mark (for God is the ultimate hidden marksman – all his words hit their intended audience, though they may or may not realize that it was really a show set up by God in the first place for them to see).


Then the goal is realized!





Of course you shouldn’t ask


But one can’t help it




Before we Jews got the Torah, God didn’t say, “would you like to pick and choose,” he just said, “I have a bunch of rules, would you like all of them?” and being so enamored with God we said “sure!” “we will do and then we will seek their explanations.”


In fact, a gentile once taunted Rabbi Akiva (if I recall correctly) “you made too hasty a decision.”




Well the truth is, that, that, is the correct approach, for man needs a higher being to control him, for man is incapable of controlling himself.


I just read an interesting article in Nefesh magazine about a painter who became religious and he said, to adhere to Judaism is to control your passions and to control your passions is to be free, for then you are not controlled by your will rather you control your will.


In other words, the basic desires of man ironically is not the false freedom of fulfilling every stupid whim based on every stupid scene you see in the world and currently on TV movies etc. etc. rather the reverse is true.


The only true person is one who is a servant to Torah.




You see, will is the most powerful force in the world.


Imagine a GPS which could drive a car.


Now put in a destination and you will drive there.


Now if you are going in a destination that isn’t good for you or is contrary to your soul, to your innate compassion and goodness, not to mention your selfish drive, versus your human and humane need for greater good and peace and harmony to be the lot of humanity, well then you will find yourself torn asunder.


Your heart and your legs will be running in opposite directions, like a schizophrenic, your mind will be driving you in separate directions and before long you will feel like the rope in the tug-a-war.


But what if you could find a remedy, a diet, a wisdom, a purpose that could shut down the narcissistic instinctual GPS and now all you have is your higher conscience, your true spirit of goodness?!


What if, indeed!?