Saturday, November 21, 2009

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You are Something?

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

The ultimate intent of the creation of existence (or "yesh" - somethingness) from nothingness (or "ayin" - naught) is for the yesh (the somethingness that believes in it's independent existence) to nullify (batel) to the ayin...

"Every Jew has a portion in the World to Come"

Each individual must draw the revelation of (Hashem - Ein Ode Milvado - there is Nothing besides Him) into his portion (of the world, or rather, of the somethingness that is his that believes in it's independent existence) to bring about the bitul (nullification) of the yesh (the belief in it's somethingness that leads to the possibility of separation from Hashem through the (false) belief in it's own somethingness).

This is brought about by meditating on the greatness of Hashem's infinity.

(Likkutei Torah, Maamar Ner Chanukah Section 1, translation by Rabbi Touger.)

You know you're something. Whether you feel like a big something or a small something, a happy something or even (G-d forbid) a depressed something. We commonly hear "there's something more". We strive to reach beyond the physical and catch a glimpse of "something more".

But Chassidus teaches us this is exactly the wrong approach. We must strive to catch a glimpse of "less something". The less we focus on "us", the more the chance to reach towards the One.


Shiloh said...

Nice article Akiva. It's only because of haShem that we are who we are. May you have a wonderful week.

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