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Meditation Through a Sea of Reeds

Meditation Through a Sea of Reeds

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Take the world at face value, and it won’t let you move forward. You’ll have to bridle every impulse, carefully balance every step—and even then, for every step forward, you could fall back two. You’ll have enslaved yourself within an Egypt of your own making.

Here is your route of escape—the splitting of the sea:

Meditate deeply upon the inner soul of the world;
struggle to see the vision described by our teachers.
Part the murky waters of a coarse, material world;
enter the reality that lies beneath it.

Grasp that inner vision and it will flow outward
through the heart to the conscious self,
down to the heel that steps upon the earth,
until all these, as well, become mind.

Your eyes are now open,
your heart is awake,
your hands themselves know what to grab and what to avoid,
as your feet know where to walk.

In the struggle for deeper vision,
life becomes effortless.

You are free.

Torat Menachem 5748, vol. 3, p. 106.

By Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Subscribe and get your dose daily. Or order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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Lora Block Philadelphia, USA September 8, 2014

Like this Commentary. Actually it is how I try to combine my Conservadox Judaism with Eastern meditation practives. However, It's nice to see it on Chabad Reply

Anonymous Guilford September 8, 2014

Thank you Rabbi; once more. Reply

josh Jerusalem September 8, 2014

the smaller i make myself the easier it is to find them. Reply

Anonymous September 8, 2014

This is EXCELLENT and will help me every day of my life! Thank you so much for posting this! Reply

Zak San Diego April 20, 2014

He that hovers above brought Moses who appeared from the reeds and pointed the way , as all travel to the past may know of the present. That your making was to wander and collect along the path your correction. One new day you awaken and no longer are bound to the past but have become a direction to others. As a reed grows as to its purpose. So does man. Reply

Brenda Toronto, Canada April 3, 2013

Our "inner soul" already exists in the world of 'Ein Sof' our infinite dwelling place. Many screens or worlds conceal this perfect reality from us now due to our corrupted perception that we construct out of our egoistic desires.

The Kabbalists ( Rashbi (author of Zohar), the Ari and others) learned to recognize our egoistic intentions, ask for correction until they were rewarded with attaining Ein Sof - seeing the true reality even while in this physical world.

Hope this clarifies your questions. Reply

Fiona Farrell Cornafean,Co Cavan April 1, 2013

Thank you for this it is beautiful.God bless and peace be with you Reply

Gloria March 29, 2013

Inner soul of the world. Could anyone explain what does this mean exactly? Maybe suggest a reading? Reply

David Leba New York March 29, 2013

How do we meditate on the inner soul, we just use our imagination? Reply

Anonymous Crown Heights March 29, 2013

I start my day with your daily dose of wisdom. I've been waiting for you to come out with a book of daily inspirational thoughts. It would be an amazing gift to give those who can't or don't yet go to Chabad.org. Nu?! Reply

Eugina Giovanna Herrera New York City, New York March 29, 2013

Accept what is (is), as is moving forward with the acceptance as is. Reply

Daniel Bilar Norwich VT March 29, 2013

Dear Justin

Thanks for your important comment. There is a fundamental prescriptive theological answer to your question, and I can give an derived applied answer from Victor Frankl. The prescriptive answer is that since Exodus, although our bodies may be oppressed, imprisoned, subjugated, burned; as Jews, our minds and souls are forever free from human bondage.
This sounds too esoteric to be useful, however, this is exactly the experience of Victor Frankl. He was a psychotherapist (he wrote man in search of meaning and founded logotherapy), interned for years in the concentration camps, his wife, his entire family murdered. Frankl in the camps realized meaning in dark suffering. Read on wikipedia the 3 paragraph quote starting with "We stumbled on in the darkness, over big stones .."

You as a Jew are forever free. No matter what happens, noone can take this from you, you can always claim your freedom: Through love and moral agency. Reply

Eugina G Herrera New York, N.Y. April 13, 2012

Accept how the World + Life as is.

Very moving Reply

AR brooklyn, ny April 12, 2012

Beautiful...Most heartfelt...

Only Rav Freeman could be so descriptive.

Thank you. Reply

john smith fort lauderdale, fl April 12, 2012

so then according to this.....all Moses had to do was meditate deeply? Reply

Michelle April 12, 2012

thankyou... for having and sharing this link for this place on earth where Jew and Gentile unite... for me today, via the Noachides of Great Britain website. peace be with you and all of us as we continue daily with our own internal struggles and our determination to find G-d in everything. blessings be yours with one love unconditionally shared x Reply

Joanna Charnas San Diego, CA April 12, 2012

Today's daily dose was so beautiful it brought me to tears. Reply

Andrea Kole Skokie, Il/USA April 12, 2012

Thanks for posting. This is a great way to start my day!! Reply

Justin Roth Staten Island, NY April 9, 2012

but what is one to do when they are in physical exile? What were the Jews of the former Soviet Union to do when their every action was watched by the KGB? What were the Jews of Nazi Germany or Vichy France or many other places in Europe in the 1930's and 1940's to do? I do agree that meditation will help the mind tremendously when in a difficult situation, as I have personally benefited from this myself. My question is what is one to do when they find themselves living in a physical place of oppression? Reply