Daily Chabad ~ Two Minds

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The mind of a woman and the mind of a man—they are two distinct minds at their very core. And only with both can there be a world.

It began when G‑d emanated a world. In doing so, He invested His light within two states of mind. One mind sees from above to below, and from that perspective this entire universe seems insignificant. From above to below, there is no world, only One.

The other mind sees from below to above. From that perspective all of creation is divine. From below to above, there is a world, and that world is significant, because it points to the Oneness.

At the nexus of these two minds, at the crux of their paradox, there shines the very Essence of the Infinite Light.

The first mind descended into man; the second into woman.

That is why the man has the power to conquer and subdue, but he lacks a sense of the other.

That is why the woman feels the other. She does not conquer, she nurtures. But her light is tightly constrained and so she will often criticize instead of nurture.

As they bond together, the man sweetens the judgment of the woman and the woman teaches the man to feel the other. And in that union shines the very Essence of the Infinite.

 

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DAILY CHABAD … Cosmic Marriage

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From the moment that they were sundered apart, the earth has craved to reunite with heaven; physical with spiritual, body with soul, the life that breathes within us with the transcendental that lies beyond life, beyond being.

And yet more so does the Infinite Light yearn to find itself within that world, that pulse of life, within finite, earthly existence. There, more than any spiritual world, is the place of G‑d’s delight.

Towards this ultimate union, all of history flows, all living things crave, all of human activities are subliminally directed. When it will finally occur, it will be the quintessence of every marriage that has ever occurred.

May it be soon in our times, sooner than we can imagine.

 

DAILY CHABAD … Deny the Unreal

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There are things you fix up by doing the right thing with them. Those carry your soul high.

There are things you fix up by not doing the wrong thing with them. Those carry your soul higher than high.

There are things you fix up because you did the wrong thing with them, and then you returned with all your heart. Those carry your soul high beyond imagination.

Yet even these have some reality of their own, some means by which they could be used for good purposes.

Then there are things whose entire being is but to oppose all that is good—to strike fear, to cause despair, to be darkness. To deny reality.

And so, in your your denial of their reality, in your refusal to show them fear, to provide them any ounce of credibility, they dissipate into the nothingness they truly are.

Those carry your soul to its very core and being. And yet higher.

 

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Maamar Natata Lirei’echa Neis 5736

Tammuz 22, 5774 · July 20, 2014
Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson

 

Daily Chabad ~ On Soul Repair

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How will you fix a soul?

A soul doesn’t need fixing. It needs to be uncovered.

Blind yourself to its muddy crust. Dig deeply and deeper yet, sift through the darkened embers, search for a spark that still shines. Fan that spark until a flame appears, find the mitzvah that will serve as its oil and wick. Until all is consumed in the warmth of that flame.

For empathy is the redeemer of love, and love is the mother of all good deeds.

Hayom Yom, Sivan 1; Tanya, chapter 32
Tammuz 20, 5774 · July 18, 2014
Based on letters and talks of the Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson

Daily Chabad ~ On Dual Peace

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Working from above and staying above, any transformation you effect does not last. Yet while it is there, it is all-consuming. While it is there, everything experiences a whole new state of being.

Working from within, the transformation is self-sustaining, but only skin deep. The beast within remains a beast, just slightly more enlightened. The world remains a world, only a brighter world.

Ultimately, both approaches are needed. We can teach and provide knowledge, yet preserve a sense of the transcendent and unknowable. We can work with the world on it’s own terms, but we must show it that it is only a world. Within a higher context, it is nothing at all.

Until, eventually, that beast and that world will become the devices through which an unknowable G‑d can be known.

Maamar Padah B’Shalom 5722

 

 

Daily Chabad ~ “A Year And A Day”

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As the entirety of the sun is reflected in every glistening droplet of water, so is the entirety of life reflected in your individual lifetime.

And in each of your years, you pass through the entirety of your life.

And in every day of your life you are born, live your life through, and pass on from this world.

All of life is found in your hands, today.

 

DAILY CHABAD … On High Souls

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To one whose self is his body, death of the body is death of the self. But for one whose self is his love, awe and faith, there is no death, only a passing. From a state of confinement in the body, he makes the passage to liberation. He continues to work within this world, and even more so than before.

The Talmud says that Jacob, our father, never died. Moses, also, never died. Neither did Rabbi Judah the Prince. They were very high souls who were one with Truth in an ultimate bond—and since Truth can never die, neither could they.

Yes, in our eyes we see death. A body is buried in the ground, and we must mourn the loss. But this is only part of the falseness of our world. In the World of Truth, they are still here as before.

And the proof: We are still here. For if these high souls would not be with us in our world, all that we know would cease to exist.