Wednesday, January 2, 2008

פרק א - בביאור כלל חובת האדם בעולמו

יסוד החסידות ושרש העבודה התמימה הוא שיתברר ויתאמת אצל האדם מה חובתו בעולמו ולמה צריך שישים מבטו ומגמתו בכל אשר הוא עמל כל ימי חייו.

Ah! The statement of statements! How groundbreaking is this statement? How earth-shattering is this statement - any time you read it!

The premise for everything that will be said in this book, and for all spirituality essentially is this; “One must make one main goal for oneself in life! One goal! to which “all ones actions aspire towards all the days of their lives”. .. Impossible! One goal in life?! For which every single tiny action one does is directed towards? That’s just a stupendous amount of dedication, which it’s not simple to imagine that everyone has!

Ok, but say we accept that idea as being true, what should that one goal be? Having a successful career to raise a beautiful family? Finding the spouse of one’s dreams that they can enjoy life and spirituality with forever and ever? Wealth? Happiness? Art?! : P What then?!

Ah! Next earth-shattering statement;

והנה מה שהורונו חכמינו זכרונם לברכה הוא, שהאדם לא נברא אלא להתענג על ה' ולהנות מזיו שכינתו שזהו התענוג האמיתי והעידון הגדול מכל העידונים שיכולים להמצא. ומקום העידון הזה באמת הוא העולם הבא, כי הוא הנברא בהכנה המצטרכת לדבר הזה. אך הדרך כדי להגיע אל מחוז חפצנו זה, הוא זה העולם. והוא מה שאמרו זכרונם לברכה (אבות ד): העולם הזה דומה לפרוזדור בפני העולם הבא. והאמצעים המגיעים את האדם לתכלית הזה, הם המצוות אשר צונו עליהן האל יתברך שמו. ומקום עשיית המצוות הוא רק העולם הזה. על כן הושם האדם בזה העולם בתחלה כדי שעל ידי האמצעים האלה המזדמנים לו כאן יוכל להגיע אל המקום אשר הוכן לו, שהוא העולם הבא, לרוות שם בטוב אשר קנה לו על ידי אמצעים אלה. והוא מה שאמרו, זכרונם לברכה (עירובין כב א): היום לעשותם ומחר לקבל שכרם.

Well, you heard it! The one goal in life towards which all ones thoughts and actions must strive for is; “basking in G-d’s sublime goodness”, i.e. attaining the ethical/spiritual perfection for which purpose G-d created us, and put us into this reality. Therefore all of our actions must be to further fulfill our one and only goal in life which is living up to G-d’s purpose for us; spiritual perfection.

Ok- that’s very easy to say, but almost completely impossible to think and do, all the time. Maybe if we had the option to be separate from everything our whole lives, like a monk or a nun, then we’d be able to do it. But we all know that’s not the way of the Torah. The way of the Torah is to be involved with the world. Oh, ok, then it’s a million times more impossible! (The Messilat Yesharim suggests that every aspect of life should be done with a G-dly purpose. Part of the agenda of the Messilat Yesharim is to go beyond the letter of the law (of the Torah) ultimately. That purpose should be put even into things that the Torah is ‘cool’ with. Well, if you’ve read A.J. Jacobs book “The Year of Living Biblically” you’ve seen how almost impossible it is to live a life just according to the Torah, now imagine much extra!)

So? I suppose most people (including myself) can’t make it through the first paragraph of the Messilat Yesharim, let alone the second! So we might as well close the book here and go home!

But no, that would help nothing. What has been suggested is at least reading it, and attempting to at least relate to and understand its ideals. That will unquestionably make one a much, much more spiritual person.

1 comment:

aoc gold said...

Bed In Summer


In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light. 。

In summer quite the other way,

I have to go to bed by day.


I have to go to bed and see

The birds still hopping on the tree,

Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street. 。


And does it not seem hard to you,

When all the sky is clear and blue,

And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
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