ON TODAY'S SITE:
Tzvi Freeman, Book of Psalms
The quote below tugged at me for many reasons, but bottom line,
it was because of one word: primordial. I've often used that word
in my mind when musing about God the Creator. Our minds are
so limited by their humanness it's difficult to embrace the vast
scope of who this One is. So take your thought back to unformed
primordial "stuff;" the very essence that is the eternal Being of
God. There you will find Him, thinking of you. Astonishing.
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When the Mighty Waters cover your head, suffocating
the soul and the flame that burnt inside...
When raging torrents of confusion drag you away
in their current, ripping you from your hold on Life...
Look deeper. Beyond the soul.
For the soul itself, as well as the flame it holds, are rooted
in a serene G-dly World of Emanation, a world of
quietness and sublime harmony.
But the turbulence of this world is rooted even beyond that,
stemming from a World of Confusion, of light unbounded
and untamed, before the orderly emanation of defined
being, "--and the world was confused and void, with
darkness over the face of the deep."
So you must dig deeper than those roots, to find the coals
from which the flame arose and the flint rock from which
the spark was struck. Deeper, until you reach the primordial
essence of the soul, beyond Emanation, beyond Light - even
beyond the unbounded light of pre-creation. Where there is
nothing but the seminal thought which inspired all that
is and was and will come to be.
And what was that thought? It was the thought of you
here and now, in your struggle with this world, and
the delicious taste of your victory.
And since in that thought there is no past and future,
there, in that thought, you have already won.
Now you must make it happen.
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Courtesy of Chabad.org
The Last Word:
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
The Holy Bible
New International Version
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
Fight for your opinions, but do not believe
that they contain the whole truth,
or the only truth.
Charles A. Dana (1819-1897)
American journalist, author, government official
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