Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Likutei Etzot (Compilations of Advice), Clothes 1-5 (end)


1. One must guard his clothing very much [so as] not to disgrace them but to keep them well from stains and dirtiness, because the clothes themselves judge the person if he does not respect them properly. The greater one is, the more he needs to guard his clothes; for the greater one is, the more meticulously scrutinized he is. (From Likutei Moharan I, 29)

2. Through not keeping one's clothes from stains, one makes a separation between the Holy One Blessed is He and his divine presence; and then the 'bad maidservant' rules, which is the evil kingdom, and he [the person not keeping his clothes] is like a rebel against the kingdom [of HaShem]. Through this, his livelihood [comes] with hassle and difficulty. (There^)

3. Through making nice clothing for the tzadik, one clothes the divine presence with shining garments and all judgments are sweetened. (From Likutei Moharan I, 42)

4. Clothes should be whole constantly and not torn, because when clothes are torn, God forbid, it is a damage in protection, for the clothes are the secret of hashmal which is protection. (From Likutei Moharan I, 127)

5. The ba`al davar and the forces of evil grab a person by his clothes, that is, that they bother a person with the hassle of his clothes and garments; for the hassle of the need for garments and clothes of a person confuses the person a lot and prevents him from serving HaShem. However, one whose heart it strong in HaShem doesn't pay attention to this - even though he doesn't have clothes to wear, he does his [duty] in serving HaShem according to what he is able [to do], until HaShem looks down and sees from Heaven. (From Sihot HaRan 100)

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