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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.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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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
Lora Block
Philadelphia, USA
September 8, 2014
Thank you Rabbi; once more.
Anonymous
Guilford
September 8, 2014
The sea is full of holes
the smaller i make myself the easier it is to find them.
josh
Jerusalem
September 8, 2014
Excellent!
This is EXCELLENT and will help me every day of my life! Thank you so much for posting this!
Anonymous
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.
Zak
San Diego
April 3, 2013
RE: "Inner soul of the world" (Goria & David Leha)
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.
Brenda
Toronto, Canada
April 1, 2013
Connectedness with the earth and the energy of life
Thank you for this it is beautiful.God bless and peace be with you
Fiona Farrell
Cornafean,Co Cavan
March 29, 2013
Inner soul of the world
Inner soul of the world. Could anyone explain what does this mean exactly? Maybe suggest a reading?
Gloria
March 29, 2013
How do we meditate on the inner soul, we just use our imagination?
David Leba
New York
March 29, 2013
Thank you.
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?!
Anonymous
Crown Heights
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