Sunday, February 21, 2016

// // Leave a Comment

The recipe for Devei­kuth, the path to the highest worlds

by Reb Aharon Rubin, from Eye to the Infinite, shared with permission.

clip_image002One of the ways of redirecting and focusing the mind is through forming a periphery to one’s focus. The con­scious mind comprises two areas: the focus and the periph­ery – a space or ‘margin’ that serves to keep the mind centred. Con­stricting attention to the words of prayer whilst thinking of G-d auto­matically causes a meditative state, because the words form a periph­ery to one’s aware­ness, which is fo­cused on G-d.[1] Moving from one word to the next, your mind be­comes increasingly engaged with the idea of standing be­fore G-d’s Pres­ence.

The words of prayer form a spiral of peripheral thoughts that expedite the intensity of Divine-awareness and deveikuth (see fig. 8). This sin­gle-minded aware­ness of G-d binds the entire prayer, helping to avoid the straying of con­centra­tion due to over-familiarity with the lit­urgy. Another tool, based on the same principle, is to sway backwards and for­wards during prayer, referred to (in Yiddish) as shockeling.[2] This very physical expression of devotion also serves to direct the mind, acting as a periphery to one’s area of focus.

As mentioned earlier, prayer needs to be physically expressed. The combi­nation of intent, emotion, verbalisation of the holy words and the yearning to attach to G-d, lifts one’s aware­ness to the neshomoh-soul level. It is most im­por­tant there­fore to pray with emotion and feeling, specifically יראה – aware­ness and fear of G-d, and הודאה – thank­ful­ness (the emo­tions men­tioned above).[3]

Awareness of G-d brings about a sweet and captivat­ing awe craved by the soul, which, when combined with gratefulness and humility, opens the door to Heaven and draws the soul to G-d in loving embrace. This is the recipe for devei­kuth, the path to the highest worlds.

[1] Conversely, using the focus on G-d to occupy one’s conscious mind, one can enter the inner light of the words and letters.

[2] Some find a hint to this in Psalm 35, "All my limbs shall declare, 'O L-rd, who is like You?'

[3] See Psalm 100:4, “באו לפניו בתודה – Come before Him in thanksgiving”.


Post a Comment

Welcome to Mystical Paths comments. Have your say here, but please keep the tone reasonably civil and avoid lashon hara. Due to past commenting problems, all comments are moderated (this may take a few hours.)

Your comments are governed by our Terms of Use, Privacy, and Comments policies. We reserve the right to delete or edit your comments for any reason, or use them in a future article. That said, YOU are responsible for YOUR comments - not us.

Related Posts with Thumbnails