Monday, August 10, 2015

Likutei Etzot (Compilations of Advice), Pride and Humility 17-32 (end)

Pride and Humility (continued)

17. The more a person makes himself small (insignificant), the more he has the force of pull; that is, to draw the divine presence of [HaShem's] Godliness to those on the lower levels, that he (God) will dwell among us - which is HaShem's desire from the day he created his world. Thus, to draw people to him and to draw them near to serving HaShem, and also to draw good influxes and blessings to Israel. As such, he merits to be drawn to and to come closer to the true tzadik. (From Likutei Moharan I, 70)

18. Through the holiness of the Sabbath one merits true humility. That is, to see one's [own] lowliness and to recognize the importance of Israel and to give over his life for their sake, like Moses our teacher, peace be upon him. (From Likutei Moharan I, 79)

19. Humility is mainly that one holds himself below his [actual] level, lower than what he is. But in any case, he should never go out of his place to hold himself above his [actual] level. (There^)

20. Through humility and lowliness, no one can take him out of and put him off from his place, that is, to infringe on his livelihood, God forbid. (There^)

21. Through humility one is spared from promiscuity. However, through greatness (pride), the evil inclination for this lust overpowers him. (From Likutei Moharan I, 130)

22. A segula for being spared from greatness (pride) is to honor the holy days and receive them with joy and in wideness of heart according to one's ability. (From Likutei Moharan I, 135)

23. Being close to the tzadik annuls greatness (pride). Therefore, this is a sign whether one is attached to the true tzadik, if he has [true] humility. (There^)

24. Through humility [to the point that] one is literally nothingness, this one merits Torah and greatness in one place. However, without this it is hard for them, Torah and greatness, to be together [in one place]. (From Likutei Moharan I, 162)

25. When a person has greatness (pride), it is a sign that trouble will come to him, God forbid. And thus to the opposite, when he is humble and lowly, he'll come to great honor. (From Likutei Moharan I, 168)

26. Of the idea of the sword of pride that comes through converts, see [the section] Honor, [number] 28. (From Likutei Moharan II, 5)

27. The main honor and greatness of kingship, of a leader or ruler is through humility. The more the king or ruler has humility, his kingdom and rule spread more. (From Likutei Moharan II, 16)

28. In the idea of submission, the world errs much, see inside [the quoted section in Likutei Moharan]. And one must guard himself from invalid humility, and to pray to HaShem much about this, that he'll merit true humility as is HaShem's will. (From Likutei Moharan II, 22)

29. The main resurrection [of the dead] in the future, that [the dead] will live and arise at the resurrection, it will be only for the lowliness of each one. That is, that only the lowliness of each and every one will be made living and will arise at the resurrection. For the wondrous pleasure which is eternal life of the world to come is impossible for a person to receive except for the lowliness and humility of everyone - that [aspect of the person] itself will merit living, the pleasure, and the eternal life of the world to come. (From Likutei Moharan II, 72)

30. The lowliness and humility of Moses our teacher is rooted within each and every one among Israel, in each and every limb. However, this humility and lowliness is hidden from everyone in an aspect of death. Therefore he doesn't himself feel this lowliness and he is therefore far from this lowliness and humility. However, through drawing himself closer to the true tzadik and seeing him, and all the more so when he merits to hear Torah from his mouth, through this he merits shame and repentance. And through this, he merits that this lowliness and humility will be living by/in him and her thereby merits true humility which is the aspect of eternal life of the world to come. (There^)

31. One must pray and request a lot from HaShem that he'll merit true lowliness and humility, for we do not know, at all, what true lowliness and humility is. For it is definitely not the ultimate end to be despised and a sluggard which they call a shleimazelnik. For humility is the main vitality of each limb, it's all the pleasure of the world to come; and it's definitely not the main goal of the world to come to be despised and a sluggard, etc, God forbid. Therefore, one needs to just request from HaShem that he'll help him merit true humility and lowliness which is the main life and main pleasure of the world to come. (There^)

32. When a person himself sees that things are not going for him the right way, he should know that he has greatness (pride), and he should repent and throw himself down [so that] he'll be the aspect of 'what', and then it will go back to going the right way for him. (From Likutei Moharan II, 82)

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