The Power of Transparency

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The Yahrzeit of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov zl (1772-1810) is commemorated on the 18th of Tishrei. The following meise / hasidic tale appeared in Sefer HaHasidut, Meah Tzadikim, Raphael, Yitzchak, 1961, Tel Aviv. (Freely translated by Gabbai Seth Fishman.)

About Himself, (In an Awesome Way)

“Still, at this time, the world doesn’t get me at all. Had they understood just one torah / teaching that I say along with [sensing] its melody and dance, all of them would have gotten beyond ego, [lit. nullified], to a place of complete transparency [in the presence of the One]. From the degree of power of the utmost, to-the-max, wonderful and incomparable delight in [aspiring for] actualization of [the holy potential] of the living being, [lit. completion of the nefesh / soul], the whole entire world, even animals and plants and all that there is in the world, the all and the every would have been refocused [in a direction of aspiring for the world’s potential in holiness].

[NOTE: In aspiring to perceive God’s light, one comes to feel a powerful, transformational and awesome joy.]

“And my torah does a great deal in the world. For by means of the torah, all the inspirations [of how one should be] in the world are drawn out.”

[NOTE: For example, when they hear his torah, a carpenter may be inspired to make a beautiful cabinet.]

(From, “Life of our teacher the Rav Nachman”)

“I have moments of complete clarity which are so powerful that were I to begin to reveal just a small portion of the clarity of which I am aware, people would be able to live from just the sheer delight of attainment of these moments of clarity as though no longer needing any food or drink. And through understanding my aha’s, the world would become transparent by means of aspiring for actualization of holy potential of the nefesh / soul / life-force of all. And the people [in their current way of being] would “die” [i.e. be in a new way] from the awesome power of sweetness, pleasantness, deliciousness of the clarity that I would reveal, [i.e., say goodbye to the part of ourselves that kept us separate from God.]

“But I cannot reveal them to people.”


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