Monday, June 29, 2009

Nachman Of Breslov

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One of the great mystic and saint of 19th century was Nachman of Breslov also known as Reb Nachman of Bratslav, Nachman from Uman, or simply as Rebbe Nachman (April 4, 1772 - October 16, 1810).

Rebbe Nachman breathed new life into the Hasidic movement by combining the esoteric secrets of Judaism (the Kabbalah) with in-depth Torah scholarship. He attracted thousands of followers during his lifetime, and after his death, his followers continued to regard him as their Rebbe (teacher) and did not appoint any successor. Rebbe Nachman's teachings continue to attract and inspire spirituals the world over. He was and still is a testimony to the world as a timeless mystic soul's manifestation.

Let me share some of his inspiring teachings, wisdom and also some important reference site for this life, works and teachings.

Sometimes, when a person gets too caught up in philosophies and sophistication, he needs to purposely free himself of his mind and do things which make him seem silly, to "Be crazy with love" (Proverbs 5). Meaning, in his love for Hashem he does things which make him seem crazy.

Philosophies and intellectual wisdoms are not needed at all. Only pure and simple faith. Because too much sophistication can greatly damage a person.

Always remember: happiness is not a side matter in your spiritual journey - it is essential.

One must never be old, neither an old saint nor an old follower. Being elderly is a vice, a man must always renew, begins and begins anew

Criticising others, giving them an unwelcome feeling, can be done by anyone. Uplifting them and giving them a good feeling - that takes a special gift and spending effort.

Just as God constricted his infinite light in creating the world, for due to the greatness of the light there was no room for creation, so too a person needs to constrict the infinite light of his heart in order to serve God in measure and in steps, for if the light would remain unconstricted it would be impossible to serve Him. So it turns out, in both cases, that this "constriction" of the light actually makes room for its own "revelation."

And know that a person needs to traverse a very, very narrow bridge, but the fundamental and most important principle is to have no hesitation or fear at all.

The Blessed Holy One constantly constricts his godliness from utmost infinity to the most finite center point of this physical world and he sends to each person thought, speech and deed according to the person and according to the time and place. He enclothes within the thought, speech and deed, hints, in order to bring the person close to his service. Therefore a person needs to delve his mind into this and expand his consciousness in order to understand what the hints are in their details which Hashem is sending to him in the thoughts, words, and deeds of this day according to the specific circumstances he finds himself in. In business or work and in everything that Hashem sends to him each day he needs to delve and expand his mind in it, in order to understand the hints of Hashem.

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