Daily Archives: May 20, 2012

Change is internal

 

 

I have a friend who has a friend who says “Life is an inside job.”

 

He is right.

 

Life is not about anything outside of us, rather it is about figuring out the truth, which as we mentioned, that when the Russians posted a full page ad in the New York Times against Einstein with the headline screaming “a hundred scientists against Einstein” he replied, If I was wrong, one scientist would be enough.

 

So the outside world has lots of noise, in fact democracy’s right and wrong is not based on truth, rather numbers; but the truth is that all the people in the world – as history attests – can be wrong, for the truth is not dependent on human observation, rather it is either the truth or not.

 

Abraham lived in a world believing only in idolatry, which today sounds and is, stupid; yet this is why he is called Avraham Ha-iviri for the entire world believed one way and he believed differently, and time bore out his hypothesis.

 

The same is with scientific theories, if they are not true, with time they die.

 

So change is an inside job.

 

This is in fact one of the premier points of truth the Rebbe teaches us.

 

Even a truth as novel a God’s reality must be discerned not observed.

 

What do I mean?

 

You see, when the Jews got the Ten Commandments they observed this truth of ein oid milvadoi, all is really subservient to the G-dly energy which is the reality of matter and hence all is really God.

 

Yet just a mere forty days later, they sinned worshiping a golden calf.

 

For their discovery was observed and as an observation it didn’t perpetuate their essence, it remained something which was an interesting fact.

 

Not so the Jews of today, for we are coming to God in the post scientific era.

 

We have realized that science is scarcely an answer to truth and if anything it has more contradictions than solutions, particularly when we get to the subatomic level and the scientists today (in fact two thirds of all scientists today, are believers in the singular creative force of a God who is all encompassing, of all the details he intelligently designs) hence in our post scientific era, we have come on a rational basis to reject the falsehood of false deities and believe in this unified God.

 

Understanding God’s mechanism

 

If you were an infinite Creator, so all the limits that we humans observe are merely created laws of nature but anything can happen, so you can infinitely create, where do you begin?

 

As God says to Job, were you there when I fashioned the world, were you there when the world was created without a foundation stone.

 

Think about it.

 

Pretend all is black.

 

Now in the black you want to simply place a globe.

 

Where do you place it?

 

Where do you begin building the globe?

 

The point is, that it really makes no difference, because you have to begin somewhere.

 

So now that you have begun, you are still not limited to what you have made, rather you have infinite ability to take the very same matter and reshape it into anything you want.

 

Technology is a great example of this.

 

All of technology essentially comes from the earth.

 

Everything we use, whether it is a computer, ipad etc. is all made of physical materials yet they are reshaped in such a way that something new has evolved.

 

Furthermore technology, particularly software is a great example of infinite creation, for we are always getting updates – will technology ever end – probably not, for you can always think of new novel ideas and hence if you have the hardware that can read software a new Microsoft word will always be developed etc.

 

However all of this relies on the past, so here is how God operates, he creates a past that is capable of infinite growth.

 

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Our sages teach us desires, honor remove one from the world

 

 

What does this strange wording “remove one from the world mean?”

 

I think it means that to live in reality, is to see problems.

 

The word for world in Hebrew is etymologically connected to the word concealment/ darkness.

 

It is very important that we see light but live in darkness.

The Rebbe teaches us Moshiach is here

 

What does this mean?

 

Is Moshiach here?

 

Well it depends how we define Moshiach?!

 

You see, the definition of Moshiach in the past, was a few miraculous events i.e. a messianic figure, would create peace on the world, he would somehow bring Jews back to Israel, rebuild the third holy Temple, and an era of spiritual growth would indefinitely ensue.

 

However there is a far deeper Moshiach which has arrived (though we are still waiting for the general interpretation – though the signs, the echoes, the beginnings, of the general, have certainly begun; if we compare how close we are to that state, versus how far we were, going back just a generation or two ago, for thousands of years!)

 

The far greater messianic revelation is not an external process but an internal process! it is when we realize not who we were told by Darwin we are – a higher form of ape – rather who we are told by God we are, which as God says, in the very beginning of the Bible upon creating man, You are in the image of God!

 

And as Chassidus, Jewish mysticism and particularly the Rebbe emphasized, every Jew is in truth one with God himself!

 

Furthermore, though this is the truth, we obviously exist as independent beings; capable of free choice, which is also one of the primary meanings of “in the image of God;” for apart from God, it is only we humans (particularly Jews) who are capable of complete freedom of choice; being composites both of a divine soul but also possessing animal instincts, hence the true ability to choose between the two.

 

As such, there is a separate identity from our Divine Self – i.e. we have rational souls (which is also the meaning of “in the image of God,” for all animals are not rational,) and it is this rational chooser of reality, that in essence is who we are, for we are the sum total of our choices.

 

In other words, although in essence I am God, in reality I am an independent being, a rational soul who can discern truth, and will choose my Godly, Divine, compassionate side, over my instinctual pleasure oriented evil side.

 

Most importantly, as our sages teach us, God desired to live within man below (in fact everywhere, but particularly within man.)

 

One of the classic teachings to this effect is that God states in the Bible (in fact a single idea encompassing over two hundred of the six hundred and thirteen Mitzvos!) “Build for me a home (Mikdash) and I will dwell in them!”

 

How can God dwell in many homes, if he says, “build for me a home” in the singular?!

 

 

The answer is, that what God really means is, that each and every person who will sanctify themselves – as our sages teach us “My sole purpose of existence is to work for Divine purposes” – hence, we then become the home for God on earth!

 

As the Baal Shem Tov so eloquently teaches us, that the holy Temple acts as a paradigm for us to understand the divine indwelling in each of us, for the holiest place in the holy Temple was called the holy of holies, a place in which the divine will was completely apparent (symbolized in the beyond-within-reality, of a merging of beyond time and space, within time and space only program, through the essence of the Divine ability and will Himself,) and if, the Baal Shem Tov argues, we can contemplate that Divinity (something spiritual) can reside in a mere ten by ten room, can Divinity not reside in your spiritual heart?!

 

As such, the ultimate goal of God is the marriage – for in the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai on Shovous – was the engagement, but the current reality and the subsequent era is one of a unity! – now, a marriage is not one person, but two people merging to one, as such, God is manifesting his Divine will and infinite ability and uniting with all good people in ever increasing bonds of love, communication, rational observation of truth etc. etc. today!