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Three things broaden one’s mind. These are, a lovely woman, a beautiful abode, and fine possessions. It says, “A lovely woman, this is the Holy Shechina (the Divine Presence). A beautiful abode, this is one’s heart; and fine possessions, this refers to one’s health.
The Holy Shechina cannot appear in its true form, which is a state of grace and beauty, except by annulling the will to receive for oneself and accustoming oneself to work where all one’s actions will be only in order to bestow.
Then one’s desires will be clean, they will be pure and discerned as bestowal. When one takes upon oneself faith in purity, both in mind and in heart, one is imparted with the Holy Shechina in a form of grace and beauty, and this broadens one’s mind. Through the pleasure and gladness that one feels, the Holy Shechina appears filling the outer and inner “vessels ”. This is called “broadening the mind.
These outer and inner “vessels ” refer to spiritual powers already internalized, and those surrounding lights which are yet to be..
When one begins to walk on a path of wanting to come to do everything for the Creator, one comes to states of ascents and descents. Sometimes one comes to such a great decline that one has thoughts of escaping Torah and Mitzvot (God’s commandments), meaning thoughts come to a person that he has no desire to be in the domain of Kedusha (Holiness).
Then one should understand that it is the opposite, meaning that it is Kedusha that runs away from him. The reason is that when one wants to blemish Kedusha, Kedusha moves
forward and runs away from him first. Before the energy is captured by the other side. Then you need to find joy and love in the Divine things so that you may pursue after then and nullify evil desires.
Joy is considered love, which is your true existence.
The emptiness should be filled with loftiness, meaning with above reason.
These thoughts of emptiness, folly and vanity come to a person in order for one to have a need to take upon himself faith above reason. And for that we need the help of God. It follows that at that time one must ask of the Creator to give him the power above reason.
One’s desire overcomes one everyday; and were it not for the Creator, one would not prevail.” Thus, only then is the state when one understands that there is no one to help him but the Creator. And this is “and God hath so made it, that men should fear before Him.” The matter of fear is discerned as faith, and only then is one in need of God’s salvation. It is to it you should always turn to for inspiration to take you from evil desire and impel you to good.
Ask of the Creator for the strength to go above reason. Wisdom that comes from Above and not from man. This will keep you from many troubles, and take you to the highest things.
Only the Creator can give one the strength to be able to go above reason.
based on the teachings of Rav Baruch Ashlag
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