The Ultimate Goal

The ultimate goal of the entire creation is Unity: This ultimate goal is entirely good. For oneness – unity – is entirely good.

Whatever evil and suffering you endure, G-d forbid, if you just look at the ultimate goal – God’s purpose – you will not experience it as suffering at all.

The pain that people endure when they suffer is only because they cannot focus on the ultimate purpose, which is entirely good. It is then that they feel the pain and sorrow of their suffering.

But when understanding is present and one keeps one’s attention on the ultimate goal, one feels no pain and suffering at all.

Avraham Greenbaum, The Essential Rabbi Nachman

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