Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Daily Doses .. (to get me through "life")

Learning is not about acquiring knowledge and yet more knowledge. Learning is about making quantum leaps beyond your subjective self, about seeing things from higher and yet higher perspectives.

No matter how high a summit you may reach, there is always another peak above. But you can reach that higher peak only when you realize you are still in the valley.

The Talmud tells of Rabbi Zeira, who fasted one hundred fasts to forget all the Torah he had learned in Babylonia before going to study the Torah of the Land of Israel.
These daily doses are just uncannily spot on. True, Torah/Chassidus will be found applicable everywhere cuz that's just what truth does and is, but somehow they are extra precise when it comes to me :D.

Like this one that I got on Friday and discussed with Yocheved. Was a good lesson, reminder.
What will be in the next moment is not in this one now.
It does not yet exist.
It has yet to be created.
When its time comes, then it will be created by the Creator of all things,
out of nowhere, emerging from the void.
There is only one thing that exists at this moment: That in which you are engaged right now.
20 Shevat 5730 (1970)

That helped me to get over the stuff from the end of last week. It'll almost be a week, actually. Tuesday night, I think it was.

This one was more encouraging than disciplinary.
In life, you don’t get all the answers at once.
First you must absorb and live with one simple truth. Then, later, you must find another truth—one that may seem to conflict with and negate all you previously learned.
Then, from that confusion, emerges a higher truth—the inner light behind all you had learned before.
And then the major major one.  That I emailed CS about. Huge stuff. And hugely apropos.
Beyond Faith & Intellect
Kislev 29, 5774 · December 2, 2013

Intellect is inadequate because not all things can be explained. Intellect needs faith.
Faith is impotent because it remains forever obscure. Faith needs intellect.
But they are opposites, as contradictory as being and not being: Faith accepts; Intellect questions. Faith surrenders; Intellect struggles.
Miraculously, there is a power that can join them in harmony, and it is called wisdom: The capacity to see the truth as it is and the quietness to allow it entry without loss.

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