Truth exists for everyone. But there is a core to the truth, and this is what we must seek out.
Rebbe Nachman addresses these variations in truth. “If my perspective is right, why listen to another? But can I be wrong? If so, what is the real truth? If truth is one, and I have at least an element of truth, then why am I confused? Why can’t I find a simple solution? Why does darkness surround me?” The Rebbe answers:
No matter what, you can encourage and fortify yourself with
the truth, since truth is the light of God Himself and no darkness
can obscure it. There is no impurity or aspect of evil in the world
that does not contain an opening through which you can escape
it is just that you do not see it because of the great darkness
that prevails there. But through the truth, God Himself radiates
light for you, and even in the depths you can see and will be able
to find an opening of hope through which you can go out from
darkness to light and truly draw close to God at all times (Likutey
Moharan 1, 112).
Thus, truth exists within everyone, but there are always obstructions. Let’s take prayer as an example. As soon as we stand up to pray, we are often bombarded by extraneous thoughts and fantasies that take our minds far from where we want them to be. At such a time, Rebbe Nachman recommends, “The best remedy is to make sure that the words emerge from your lips in truth. Every word that comes from your mouth in truth and sincerity will provide you with an exit from the darkness which is trapping you, and then you will be able to pray properly. This is a fundamental principle whenever you are praying or meditating. You may feel unable to say a single word because of the intense darkness and confusion that hedge you in on all sides. But make sure that whatever you do say, you say as honestly and as truthfully as you possibly can. “For example, you could at least say truthfully the words, ‘God, send help.’ You may not be able to put much enthusiasm into the words, but you can still make yourself say them sincerely and mean what you say quite literally. The truth of your words will send you light and you will be able to pray, with the help of God” (Likutey Moharan 1, 9:4).
Prayer is a “one-on-one” situation. There’s God and there’s you. God is right there, but how do you “know” it? How can you feel it? Try truth. Try honesty. Try to say the words as honestly as you can. Reach out to Him. Then you’ll feel God reaching out to you. You are honest. God is Truth. They are one and the same. You are one and the same, merging with God, tapping into His Limitless Resources, His Limitless Potential. And always know: “When you speak truthfully, you are blessed with Heaven’s lovingkindness” (Aleph-Bet Book, Salvation and Miracles, A27). When you allow truth to permeate your inner being, you open up the flow of Chesed (Lovingkindness) from Above and create channels to receive that bounty and prepare for its transference to other people too. This ties in with another teaching: “Truth will bring the final redemption” (Aleph-Bet Book, Truth, B9). When man faces up to his responsibilities and is willing to accept the real truth, his potential can be realized.
Rebbe Nachman adds, “The only way to come to truth is by drawing close to the true Tzaddikim and by following their advice without deviating from their words to the right or to the left” (Likutey Moharan 1, 7:3). Tzaddikim are individuals who have already attained truth and know the importance of communicating that truth. We must be discerning, however: There are great people, Tzaddikim in their own right, who nevertheless have not attained absolute truth. As the Rebbe explains:
Know! A true teaching from the mouth of the true Tzaddik, even in worldly matters, is more precious than the Torah teachings of another Tzaddik. This is because it is possible that in the Torah teachings of the other Tzaddik lies a great admixture. But the teachings that the true Tzaddik utters are nothing but truth. And because they are only truth, without any admixture, there is nothing more precious (LikuteyMoharan 1, 192:1).
Rebbe Nachman is telling us that there are many levels and perspectives of truth. Even good and righteous people might not have attained absolute truth. Therefore, we must keep searching, no matter what we think we’ve accomplished. This also applies to developing our potential, because we may think we’ve gone as far as we can without realizing that everyone has resources that haven’t been tapped yet. Through honest searching, we can learn more about ourselves and our abilities than we ever thought possible.
Taken from Hidden Treasures, by Chaim Kramer http://breslov.org//bookstore/explorations/the-exchanged-children-an-allegorical-reading/prod_61.html
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