Filed under: Rav Kook
The book of the “Zohar” breaks open new ways making ways in the desert, a road in the wilderness. It and all its crops are ready to open doors of redemption.
The delight of the Torah is ignited by an inner awareness as one begins to sense the great tapestry of each letter and point.
The roots of the Torah are its inner secrets and mysteries of the Torah, the mysteries of God’s immanence in His creation and the mysteries of His absolute transcendence . The trunk of the tree is the body of the written and oral Torah as revealed to Israel at Sinai. The branches correspond to all of the diverse “disciplines” and methods of understanding of the Torah, each individual soul possessing his own unique portion (approach and perspective) in the Torah. The fruit are the new insights, whose “flow” never ceases, that those who devote themselves to the study of the Torah merit to receive and reveal to the world.
God gave the Torah to be our “eyes.” Just as God “looked into the [blueprint of the] Torah and created the world,” so did He give us the Torah in order that we look into it and thereby gain the power and direction to create and rectify the world around us.
All that awaits us is found in out midst. All that must be large and flourishing is small bunched up wrinkled. But all will expand, all will once again flourish.
The greater the person the more he must discover himself.
The deeper levels of the soul remain concealed from him so the at he needs to be alone frequently to elevate his imagination, to deepen his thought, to liberate his mind.
Finally his soul will reveal itself by radiating some of its light upon him. Then he will find his happiness. He will submit and unite himself with the events, humbling himself to the lowest part.
Your inner self knows what you need to do. You need to just let go. We need to let loose more. Our culture has an affinity for the serious. We need to become more like children. Arrogance is not found by young children, they are naturally humble and remain this way until becoming corrupted. A young child believes he can do any thing. So can you when you sincerely work toward joining every part of your being to become subjected to God, and this is your only delight. According to one’s connection to God is their appreciation of aesthetics, and the degree of delight they find in pleasure in general. God is the source from which comes all types of pleasures in what ever it is that you like. While partaking of pleasure feel its source in God and thereby draw close to Him through the enjoyment. The true great good, delight, and pleasure is only God Himself. He places as if concentrated bits of the manifestation of His being in everything. You will be better able from your closeness to God to appreciate music and art. You will be better able to release and utilize Divine power to soothe and vitalize your mind and spirit. When one comes back to the grace of God. God loves them even more because he knows about the bad they were involved with, and how much they have changed for him.
Filed under: Rav Kook
It is essential to understand the mentalities of different nations and groupings to study their characteristics and life styles.
In order to know how to base our human love on foundations that will readily translate themselves into action.
It is only a person rich in love for people and love for each individual person who can reach out to the love for his own nation in its Nobelist dimension spiritually and practically.
The narrow mindedness that leads one to view whatever that is outside of a particular nation as, what ever is outside of their own people as ugly and defiling. This is a phase of the frightful darkness that undermines all together every effort to reach the state of spiritual development whose dawn is awaited by every sensitive spirit.
Out of Brazen Libertarianism will emerge the Beloved Yolk. Golden chains will be woven and arise out of the poetry of the free thinkers and luminous returning to GOD will also arise from the secular literature.
Libertarianism advocates the maximization of individual liberty. By this freedom of spirit those liberated souls will reach for the highest things. Libertarians embrace viewpoints across that spectrum. Their openness will lead them to discover wonders of spirituality past the confines of most “religious”. Libertarianism support strong personal rights to life and liberty. They blaze their own path in the known road to the GOD. Libertarians are opposed to arbitrary structures of authority and hierarchy in personal relations and the larger social order. The “dogma” of the Religious structures and culture they flee from
only the truth they hold dear it is this which Liberates them.
These “ Golden chains woven “ are the strong connection to the GOD which impels them to proceed to returning closer and closer to the most infinite highest connection. They will see the Godliness in all things. From all this they have a luminous returning
The love of all creation comes first ,then comes the love of all mankind. Then follows the love of the Jewish people, in which all loves are included
Awakening the Holiness in Every Language
(from Kovetz Alef, section 887)
In an age when we witness a powerful attraction to the study of languages and science, it is impossible to fight against all who are drawn towards them. Indeed, the times and the signs of the day indicate the necessity [for these studies]. The inner righteous, with their mystical service, come to the rescue at this hour. With nobility of spirit, they open up the blocked conduits and establish the mystical secret of God in “His studies.” These studies encompass all that is in the universe, especially that which advances the world’s progress.
The righteous awaken the holiness hidden in each language. They utilize the power of Joseph, who incorporated all [of the physical world] with the Hebrew letter Hey [that was added to Joseph’s name, see Sotah 36b]. They apply the power of the Divine word from Sinai, which illuminates with an ever-increasing light. “Each Divine command split up into seventy languages” (Shabbat 88b).
Similarly, we find that Moses explained the Torah be’er heitev, “very clearly” (Deut. 27:8) [acc. to Sotah 32b, in seventy languages]. Moses uncovered the essence of good in every language, the inner force that introduced it from holy Majesty. The language itself is thus clarified and refined. Then we may present a “language of clarity” to all nations, so that “all will be able to call out in the name of God” (Zephania 3:9).
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