Success consists of doing the simple and usual things in life exceptionally well.
Simplicity implies wholeness and singularity, suggests freedom from mixture and convolutions, and denotes something pure and unadulterated.
Rebbe Nachman implies that when we learn to simplify our lives, we can experience more serenity and tranquility.
Living a simple life allows us to succeed in life.
Adapted from Chaim Kramer, Rebbe Nachman And YOU
Rebbe Nachman said that it is impossible for any human to fulfill one’s obligations in serving G-d perfectly. “G-d doesn’t demand the impossible from man” (Avoda Zora 3), “nor was the Torah given to the angels” (Kidushin 74). The Torah wasn’t meant to be harsh. About people who are too careful and add extra restrictions, the Torah says (Vayikra 18), “you shall live with them,” not “you shall die with them.” (see Mesechta Yoma 85a).
The commandments of G-d were made to bring happiness and joy into our hearts. This happiness can only be obtained through serving G-d with simplicity without adding extra restrictions that G-d does not ask of us at all. Truly one should throw away all the preconceived notions and assumptions and worship G-d in purity and simplicity.
Adapted from A System of Learning: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov
This is the path to simplicity: Everything in its place, everything in its own time. Instead of the convoluted, speculative paths that people often choose, try to seek the simplest solution. This way you avoid inner conflict, for a simple, singular path has no diversity and thus offers little or even nothing to distract you. Then you can remain focused on your goals.
Based on “The Exchanged Children” (Rabbi Nachman’s Stories #11), in Rebbe Nachman and YOU, by Chaim Kramer
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
In Likutei Moharan II: 44, Rebbe Nachman cautions us not to be overly stringent in any observance. Our Rebbe quotes the Talmudic maxims, “G-d does not rule over His creatures with tyranny” (Avodah Zarah 3a), and, “The Torah was not given to the ministering angels” (Berakhot 25b).
The Rebbe also says, “Keep one commandment strictly, but others need not be observed with any unnecessary stringency at all.”
When the Rebbe spoke about this, he continued, “True devotion consists mainly of simplicity and sincerity. Pray much, study much Torah, do many good deeds. Do not worry yourself with unnecessary restrictions. Just follow the way of our forefathers. ‘The Torah was not given to the ministering angels.'”
Our Rebbe spoke at length along these lines, concluding, “There is nothing that you absolutely must do, and if not… If you can, fine, but if not, ‘G-d exempts a person under duress.’” (Bava Kama 28b)
Adapted from Sichot HaRan #235