Revealing G-d’s Glory

The larger and more material an object, the greater its shadow.

The same is true of G-d’s glory. The material obstructs the spiritual and casts a shadow.

When you are bound to an emotion or desire, it obstructs G-d’s glory and casts a shadow. G-d’s light is then hidden from you. But as you nullify these emotions and desires, you also remove this shadow. And as the shadow departs, the light of G-d’s glory is revealed.

Reb Natan, Sichot HaRan #136

From Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom, Rebbe Nachman

Nullifying the Ego

The main thing is to nullify every one of your personality traits. You must strive to do so until you have totally obliterated your ego, rendering it into absolute nothingness before G-d.

Begin with one trait and annihilate it completely. Then work on your other traits, one at a time, until they are totally nonexistent.

As you annihilate your ego, G-d’s glory will begin to shine through and be revealed.

It is written, “And the earth was alight with His glory” (Ezekiel 43:2). G-d’s glory is like light.

Rebbe Nachman, Sichot HaRan #136

Simplicity, Not Gullibility

Simplicity does not mean believing whatever anyone tells you and foolishly falling victim to dishonesty and falsehood. That would be gullibility, not simplicity.

Our Sages warned us in this regard: Respect, yet suspect that which is unfamiliar to you (cf. Derekh Eretz Zuta 5).

Rebbe Nachman specifically warned us to be very careful in financial matters (see Likutei Moharan I: 69; cf. Sichot HaRan #281) and to be wary of placing our physical well-being and/or emotional welfare in the hands of “reliable” professionals and “tried and tested” solutions (Sichot HaRan #50).

From Rebbe Nachman and YOU, by Chaim Kramer

Parashat Eikev – Prayers like Flames

He is your praise and your G-d, Who performed for you these great and awesome deeds that you saw with your own eyes. (Deuteronomy 10:21)

“He is your praise and your G-d”—this means that G-d Himself is your praise and prayer.

Sometimes your prayers become like flames. The words flow from your lips with burning devotion, touching your deepest emotions. At this time G-d’s own light is inside you, beckoning you to draw near. Your deep feelings are a spark of G-d’s Own Essence (Rebbe Nachman Sichot HaRan #52).

The ultimate goal of prayer is for a person’s words to become encompassed in G-d, so that the prayer and G-d become one (Likutei Moharan II: 19: 2

Adapted from REBBE NACHMAN’S TORAH: NUMBERS – DEUTERONOMY – Breslov Insights into the Weekly Torah Reading by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Chaim Kramer

By Yaakov Shmuel

 

 

Your Effort Never Wasted

Believe that none of the effort you put into coming closer to G-d is ever wasted—even if in the end you don’t achieve what you are striving for.

Rebbe Nachman, Sichot HaRan #12

By Yaakov Shmuel

Remembering what we learn

In the future, G-d will make everyone remember everything ever learned, even if it was forgotten during one’s lifetime (Zohar I: 185a). This is also true of lessons heard from the lips of a true tzaddik and not understood. In the World to Come, they will be understood (Tzaddik #388).

The Torah exists mainly for the soul. In the future life, all souls will remember and understand everything they heard and studied in this world.

Fortunate is he who fills his days with much Torah and devotion.

Rebbe Nacham, Sichot HaRan #26

The Futility of Worldly Desires

The Yetzer HaRa ,evil inclination, is like a prankster running through a crowd showing his tightly-closed hand. No one knows what he is holding. He goes up to each one and asks, “What do you suppose I have in my hand?”

Each one imagines that the closed hand contains just what he desires most. They all hurry and run after the prankster. Then, when he has tricked them all into following him, he opens his hand. It is completely empty.

The same is true of the evil inclination. He fools the world, tricking it into following him. All men think that his hand contains what they desire. In the end, he opens his hand. There is nothing in it and no desire is ever fulfilled.

Worldly pleasures are like sunbeams in a dark room. They may actually seem solid, but he who tries to grasp a sunbeam finds nothing in his hand. The same is true of all worldly desires.

Rebbe Nachman, Sichot HaRan #6