Monday, May 20, 2013
Throw Away Your Brain
The first step in getting close to God and attaining any kind of spiritual awakening is to throw away your brain completely. Meaning, to realize that next to the utter greatness of G-d and the complete wisdom of the True Tzadik we really know nothing. It is only once we realize and accept this that we can open up our hearts to G-d’s Torah with simplicity and faith; because as long as we are holding on to our preconceived notions and flawed ideas we will never be able to fully accept the word of G-d and the teachings of the Tzadik. Rebbe Nachman himself, toward the end of his life, after he had reached levels of knowledge and understanding beyond what any one could imagine, said “I really know nothing.” All of his followers had come to hear him speak, and he said to all of them “Why are you are here? I don’t know anything!” Of course, Rebbe Nachman knew everything! But even he realized that compared to the greatness of God he was like an ignorant fool. Rebbe Nachman said “G-d is great and we know nothing!” A person may ask: why do I need the Tzadik? Why can’t I think for myself? The truth, of course, is that the Tzadik’s purpose is to lead us to ourselves, to show us who we truly are. It is a basic principle that our minds are messed up due to the widespread confusion and falsehood in this world. G-d sent us the Tzadik to clear things up, to make a new path for us to follow, to show us the truth, and to show us who we really are and what God really wants from us. Before a person comes to the Tzadik he or she is a confused mess. He doesn’t know what is true or false, what is real or fake. Without the guiding light of the Torah and the True Tzadik it is impossible to see past our shallow, materialistic existence to the unlimited potential of what our lives could be. The Tzadik has everything, he can show each and every person who they are and what their mission in this world is. And indeed every person has a unique role and path to follow. However, in order to make room for the light of the Tzadik in our minds we must forget everything we thought we knew. All of our preconceived ideas about life, God, meaning, humanity, etc.; we have to throw it all away. For, having been brought up in a society obsessed with money, products, sexuality, food, materialism, etc., and having been fed lies by teachers, authority figures, TV, movies, etc., it should be quite obvious what a confused mess our minds are in and how distorted our views of reality must be! We must forget it all. THROW IT ALL AWAY! THROW AWAY YOUR BRAIN! FORGET EVERYTHING AND START NEW! Our minds are so filled with all our foreign thoughts and ideas that there is no room for the true teachings of the Tzadik to enter. To make that room we need to start from scratch. We need to accept that the Tzadik does indeed know more than us, and that he can heal us and save us and lead us to the truth, if we will only open our hearts to him with complete surrender. It is time for our minds to be reprogrammed, and for that we need an empty hard drive. THROW AWAY YOUR BRAIN!!! Rebbe Nachman teaches that the Truth is One. For instance, you can point to a piece of gold and say it is gold, and that is the truth, the truth is only one. However, there is infinite possibilities of falsehood that you could say, for instance you could say that it is copper, or lead, etc. etc. But there is only one truth, that it is gold. So too, in the Ultimate Reality of our existence, falsehood presents itself in many forms, whether it is through the illusions of money, desires and materialism, or through the many false faiths that people follow. However, there is only one Truth, and that is the truth of G-d, the Torah, and the True Tzadik. G-d sent us the Tzaddik to direct us on His path, to show us how to be free and how to come close to Him in truth. The Tzadik is G-d’s ambassador. He represents Godly wisdom for us in a way that we can get it. How fortunate are we that we have a Tzadik who can illuminate our eyes to the one ultimate truth and show us how to be real whole free human beings! Rebbe Nachman is the key to everything! Na Nach is the key to everything! But first, THROW AWAY YOUR BRAIN!!!!
Posted by nanach oi! at 5:54 PM