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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How Great is This Beggar?

This has been reworked straight from the Yiddish (lashon Rabeinu) and is zehr shtark!

Seven Beggars, Sixth Day:
On the sixth day they also rejoiced, but they also yearned, "How can the one without hands be brought here?" Meanwhile he comes in and says, “I am here! I have come to you for the wedding.” And he too spoke to them as the others, falling on them, kissing them and saying to them: You think I am crippled in the hands. I am not at all cripple in the hands. I do have power in the hands, only I do not use the power in my hands in this world, for I need the power for something else -- and regarding this I have an approbation from the Watery Castle ("fun das vasirikn shloss"). For, once I was sitting together with some men, and each one was boasting of his power that he had in his hands. One boasted that he had such a strength in his hands, another boasted that he had another strength in his hands, and so each one boasted in the strength that he had in his hands.

[Retrieving Arrows] Namely, one was boasting that he has such a power and strength in his hands, that when he shoots an arrow he can pull it back to him again, for he has such a power in his hands, that although he has already shot the arrow, he can yet turn it around and tow it back to him again. I asked him, “What kind of arrow can you pull back?” For, there are ten kinds of arrows, for there are ten kinds of poison. For when one wants to shoot an arrow, one smears it with a poison. There are ten kinds of poison, and when they soak it in one poison, it injures like so, and when they soak it in another poison it does more damage, and so there are ten kinds of poison, each one worse than the other, that is, more harmful. (And this in itself is ten kinds of arrows, for the arrows are one sort; it is only because of the variety of the poisons that they smear the arrows in, which are ten kinds as mentioned above, that they are called ten kinds of arrows.) So he asked him, “What kind of arrow can you pull back?” In addition he asked him whether before the arrow has struck someone he can pull it back, or whether even after the arrow has already struck someone he could also pull it back. Upon this that person answered: "Even after the arrow has already struck someone, I can still pull it back.” “But still, which sort of arrow can you pull back?” He answered: Why, this-and-this kind I can pull back. I (that is, the one [without hands] who was telling all this) spoke up to him, “You cannot heal the Queen’s Daughter. If you can pull back no more than one kind of arrow, you cannot heal the Queen’s Daughter.”

[Giving by Receiving] One was boasting that he has such power in his hands, that whoever he receives from, he gives to (that is, by his very getting something from someone, he gives to that person), and hence he is a master of charity. And I asked him, “Which kind of charity do you give?” (For, there are ten kinds of charity.) He replied, he gives tithe. I spoke up to him, “If so, you cannot heal the Queen’s Daughter, for you cannot at all come to her place (for, you give only tithe), for you cannot enter into but one wall (in the place where she is dwelling), therefore you cannot come to her place.”

[Conferring Wisdom, and Knowing Pulses] One boasted that he has the following power in his hands: “Inasmuch as there are officials in the world (that is, senior men who are encharged with giving orders over a city, a country, etc.), each one needing wisdom -- I have such a power in my hands, that with my hands I can give him wisdom, by laying my hands on him.” I asked him, “What kind of wisdom can you give with your hands?” For, there are ten measures (kabin) of wisdom (that is, ten varieties of knowledge). He replied: Such-and-such a wisdom I can give. I spoke up to him, “If so, you cannot heal the Queen’s Daughter, for you cannot even know her pulse, for there are ten varieties of pulses, and you cannot know but one pulse, for you can only give one wisdom with your hands.”

[Restraining Wind, and Playing Melodies] One boasted that he has such a power in his hands, when there is a storm wind he can restrain it with his hands; he can grasp the storm wind with his hands to hold it back. And further, with his hands he could make the wind tempered, that it should be the sort needed; measured. I asked him, “Which kind of wind can you grasp with your hands?” -- there are ten varieties of winds. He replied: Such-and-such a wind. I spoke up, "You cannot heal the Queen’s Daughter, for you cannot at all play the melody for her. For there are ten varieties of melody, and the Queen's Daughter's healing is through melody, and you cannot play more than but one melody for her.” They spoke up, “What can you do?” He replied, “I can do what you all cannot do, namely, all the nine parts of each thing that each one boasted of, which you cannot do, I can do. For, there is a story:”

[The Watery Castle] [He tells the story:] For, one time a king desired (lit. cooked himself up about) a Queen’s Daughter, involving himself with executing schemes to capture her, until the thing was attained and he caught her; then she was with him. One time the king dreamed that the Queen's Daughter stood over him and killed him. He awoke sharply (lit. caught himself up), and the dream entered deep in his heart. He called all the dream-interpreters, and they interpreted for him it according to its simple meaning, that the dream would be fulfilled according to its simple meaning, that she would kill him. The king could not give himself any counsel, what to do with her. To kill her — would pain him. To send her away from him — this vexed him severely, for another man would take her, and this vexed him very much, for he had made so much effort for her, and now she would come to another man’s hand. And moreover if he let her go and she came to another man’s hand, then certainly the dream could be fulfilled that she would kill him, since she was by another. To hold her fast by him — he feared because of the dream, lest she kill him. So the king did not know what to do to her. Meanwhile his love for her perished little by little because of the dream (that is, he no longer loved her so much as before) and at each moment the love perished more and more. And likewise by her the love perished more each moment, until it became by her a hatred of him. She fled from him.
The king sent after her to seek her, and they came and told him that she was circling around the Watery Castle. For there is a Watery Castle, and there are ten walls there, one inside the other, and all ten walls are completely of water, and also the ground in the Castle that they walk on is also of water. And likewise the garden, with its trees and their fruits, are entirely of water. As for the beauty of the Castle and the novelty of this Castle, there is no need to discuss, for it is certainly a very wonderful novelty, for the whole Castle is of water. Entering the Castle is certainly impossible, for one would drown, for the whole Castle is entirely of water. Now the Queen’s Daughter, upon fleeing, reached the Castle, and was circling there around the Castle. They told the king that she was circling there around the Castle.
The king and his soldiers went to catch her. When the Queen’s Daughter saw this, she decided she would run into the Castle, for she wanted more to drown in water than that the king should catch her and she be with him; and perhaps she would be saved after all and she could slip into the Watery Castle. When the king saw this, that she was running into the water, he said, “If that is the case, well then...” He ordered to shoot her; if she dies, she dies. They shot her and all the ten types of arrows that are smeared with the ten types of poisons struck her. And she, the Queen's Daughter, ran into the Watery Castle and entered into its interior, passing through all the doors of the watery walls. For there are doors there in the watery walls, so she passed through all the doors of all the ten walls of the Watery Castle, until she entered into the Castle's interior, fell down and remained faint.
And I (that is, the handless one who is telling all this) heal her. For whoever does not have in his hands all the ten varieties of charities cannot enter past all the ten walls of the Watery Castle, for he would be drowned in water. So the king and his soldiers pursued after the Queen's Daughter and were all drowned in water. But I can enter past all the ten walls of the Watery Castle. Now, the walls of water are sea waves standing like a wall. The winds are what erect the waves of the sea and hold the waves up. And these waves, which are what the ten walls are, stand there constantly, but it is the winds that hold the waves and erect the waves. And I can enter past all the ten walls of the Watery Castle, and I can pull out from her (that is, from the Queen’s Daughter) all the ten varieties of arrows. And I know all the ten varieties of pulsebeats through the ten fingers, for through each finger of the ten fingers one can know a particular pulsebeat from the ten varieties of pulsebeats, and I can heal the Queen's Daughter through all the ten varieties of melodies (for her healing is through melodies, as mentioned). Therefore I do, in fact, heal the Queen's Daughter. Hence I have such a power in the hands. Today I give you this very thing as a present. There was an grand celebration there, and they were superbly glad.

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