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Meditations on Freedom

Meditations on Freedom


We all have limitations —after all, are we not of flesh and blood? There comes a time, however, when you have to break out beyond those limits. You've got to do more than you can possibly do.

The truth is, you not only have an animal soul, but a G‑dly soul as well —and G‑dliness knows no limits.

Even when a man stands upright on the tallest mountain and perceives all there is to perceive, comprehends all that can be comprehended, achieves a realization of the Ultimate Oneness and Void that is behind all this --

--in the end, he is still stuck on the ground where his feet have brought him, his eyes have not seen beyond his own eyeballs, his mind has only comprehended that which he can know and reached that which is reachable —he has remained within his own self.

And the proof:
he has remained with a G‑d Who is above
and an earth which is below, and the two cannot meet.

His only liberation, and the only liberation of the entire world, is when the One Above reaches down and tells us, "Do this. With this deed you are betrothed to Me."

And then there is no above and below.
Then there is only One.

Man, on his own, cannot reach higher than his own being. He cannot break out of his own skin, he cannot lift himself up by pulling at his own hair. All of his achievements are tied to his own ego. All that he may comprehend is defined by his own subjective perception. He is a prisoner by virtue of existence.

So G‑d threw Man a rope. He gave him tasks to fulfill that are beyond his comprehension, thoughts to fathom that take him outside the hollow of his subjective universe. All that is needed is his willingness to leave himself.

We are all prisoners. But we sit on the keys.

We are imprisoned because we have exiled our G‑d.

As long as we search for G‑d by abandoning the world He has made, we can never truly find Him.

As long as we believe there is a place to be escaped, there is no true liberation.

The ultimate liberation will be when we open our eyes
to see that everything is here, now.

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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