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Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…
From Reb Nosson’s Letters: “You can accomplish anything through desire and yearning. Accustom yourself to speak the words of your desires. Wake up! Rise and stir the good in your heart to articulate your yearnings and desires in personal prayer! Accustom yourself to yearn and to ache with longing for G-d—at all times—and to bring these desires to your lips.”
What does this mean to me?
|How is it possible that you can accomplish anything through desire and yearning? Just what sort of “anything” does Reb Nosson mean?|
Reb Nosson is speaking here of spiritual aspirations—and they are indeed accomplished through yearning. The Kabbalists explain that the highest human faculty is not speech, nor is it cognition—it is the will, the realm of desire and yearning. The prime mover within the human being is not thought, but wanting. Not the visceral wanting of physical things (although one can definitely drag the lofty force of yearning down there too), but the yearning and longing to draw closer to G-d, to absorb the teachings of the Torah, to feel bonded to G-d in prayer.
My soul thirsts for You, my G-d.
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This was my first e-mail from Rebbe Nachman’s teachings. It hasn’t been long, but I’m already filled with happiness in a short time and am hungering to receive more e-mails!
Wonderful words, thank you!!
Many thanks for the email – this has come at a time in my life when many times all I can say is Baruch Hashem and – Hashem Yerachem…. and cry and Thank G-d for all the blessings even within the nesanyos……
Love it! it’s like the concept…”the more you say thank you the more you will have things to be thankful for” it’s like a magnet..
*“The Gentle Weapon: Prayers for Everyday and Not-So-Everyday Moments – Timeless Wisdom from the Teachings of the Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov” by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Adapted by Moshe Mykoff & S.C. Mizrahi with the Breslov Research Institute, 1999. Permission granted by Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT, www.jewishlights.com.