How To Be At Peace

Be like G-d and don’t look for people’s shortcomings and weak points.

You will then be at peace with everyone. (Ad. p.258)

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Truth through Peace

If we really want the truth, we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into a quarrel by our own half-truths.

How can we expect to rectify anything through conflict and strife?

It is impossible to improve the world and encourage others except through peaceful means.

Reb Natan, Likutei Halakhot, Hilkhot Ribit 5, as cited in Mayim: Water, Rebbe Nachman

Inner Peace

Inner peace is a truly remarkable achievement. The person who is comfortable with himself and feels at ease with whatever situation he finds himself in can accomplish tremendous things during his life.

Just examine the fellow who is comfortable with himself: he exudes self-confidence, is a pillar of strength, and emerges as a sea of tranquility amid all the tumult around him.

Because he is willing to avoid combative situations, even when it might seem to be to his detriment, he emerges from every fracas unscathed.

As he radiates that inner peace outwards, influencing those around him, eventually he can spread peace far and wide.

Chaim Kramer, Rebbe Nachman And YOU

Unity

The Hebrew word for peace, ShaLoM (שלום), comes from the same root as the word SheLeiMut (שלמות), “completeness” or “perfection.”

Peace implies a unity, where everyone or everything is together as one. When we are focused on unity, we can be as dissimilar as we want, because we are at peace (see Likutei Halakhot, Prikah U’teina 4: 23).

Chaim Kramer, Rebbe Nachman And YOU, Breslov Research Institute

 

Inner Peace

There is peace that lacks a mouth. And there is a peace that has a mouth (Likutei Moharan I: 57: 8). Peace is one of those things that everyone wishes for and few people actually experience.

Rebbe Nachman explains that it all starts with the individual. If we lack inner peace, the whole world becomes fragmented. If we possess inner peace, then tranquility and harmony spread throughout the world.

Chaim,Kramer, Rebbe Nachman And YOU (p. 47). Breslov Research Institute.

 

Many Lies – One Truth

There are many lies, but there is only one truth. It is only possible to say one truth about any given thing – namely, [the truth about] the way something actually is.

Ultimately, the truth will certainly be revealed and conflict will disappear.

For all conflict is the result of the countless profusion of lies [that exist], and all conflict derives from them. The truth, which is one, will certainly endure forever.

All lies, however, which are [the source of] conflict, will perish; while the truth will endure forever.

Rebbe Nachman, as per Reb Natan of Breslov, in Kitzur Likutey Moharan (Abridged Likutey Moharan) I: 52

The Power of “Only Today”

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov revealed to us (see Lekutei Moharan 1: 272) that a person must have the fundamental trait of seeing and thinking only about this day that one has, mainly that a person should know and remember that one has “only today.”

If a person knows and remembers that one has “only today,” then the person will certainly succeed. For a person can accept very much – even more than one’s powers – if one knows it is only for one day.

It is very important to fill yourself with the knowledge that you have “only today,” for then you will see many awesome wonders, and be capable of withstanding everything.

Adapted from Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov in Only Today: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student  Rabbi Nossan of Breslov