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Knowledge is Power -- G-dly Knowledge is SUPER POWER.
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Knowledge is Power -- G-dly Knowledge is SUPER POWER
The great Philosopher and Jurist, Rambam - Maimonides (1138 - 1204) saw the greatest achievement in life, the greatest fulfillment of and in life, as someone who with his intellectual effort and power understood and appreciated the One, who created the entire universe. Someone, who throughout the day even while involved in mundane jobs, was always in the presence of, His Majesty. Someone who experiences G-d with him/her all the time.
This awareness, is the only healthy and blessed way to release oneself from past bad experiences and traumas, current tumultuous emotions, anxieties, stresses, and depression. This, is the only guaranteed way to happiness and joy ALL the time.
What I have just written, and what I am about to share with you, our holy Torah already tells us, “it is VERY close to you this matter, in (with) your mouth, and in (with) your heart, to practice.”
As Maimonides is wrapping up his Guide for the Perplexed, he writes. “…In conclusion….explaining the worship, as practiced by one who has apprehended the true realities peculiar only to Him, after he has obtained an apprehension of what He (G-d) is…….
At this juncture, Maimonides is making a very important and critical point.
Reality of “What G-d is”, is peculiar, unique, to EACH individual. As the Baal Shem Tov taught many times, a person’s own world is between his ears, in his brain.
Maimonides goes on to offer the reader a parable, which he says he invented, to appreciate more vividly the journey of life for the truly interested traveler. Where, the greatest degree of self-actualization takes place.
The Majestic King and ruler is in His palace. His subjects are partially within the city and partially outside the city. Of those who are in the city, some have intentionally turned their backs away from the Kings Palace while their faces are in the opposite direction. Others, are seeking to reach the Kings Palace and are facing in His direction, but have not made it to the Palace.
Some have made it up to the outside gates of the Rulers Palace and are walking around the walls looking for the gate of entry. Some have come inside and stroll about the antechambers.
Some have made it inside the Kings inner chamber and are with him, but have not necessarily heard his voice or seen him. They still require another effort to come within hearing and seeing range of the King & Ruler. According to their ongoing effort they will hear, see, or even get to speak with the King & Ruler.
Those who are outside the city, are all human individuals who have no doctrinal belief, neither one based on speculation nor one that accepts the authority of tradition….They hardly can be considered ( having reached the potential and true definition of) humans.
Those who are inside the city but have turned their backs to the rulers’ habitation, are engaged in speculation of G-d, but have adopted incorrect opinions because of either their own great errors or the errors of the one they follow. Since they hold on to these opinions and conclusions, the more they walk the greater is their distance from the rulers’ palace. These people are far worse than the first group.
The multitudes of people who follow the law, ignoramuses, who observe G-ds commandments, seek to reach the Kings Palace and to enter it, are pointed and face in the right direction. They, never get inside to see the rulers habitation.
Those who have come up to the majesty of His habitation and walk around it, are the ones who believe in true opinions on the basis of traditional authority, study the law concerning divine practices, but do not engage in speculation concerning the fundamental principles of religion and belief.
As long as one is involved and engaged in studying the sciences at best, they are of those who walk around searching for the gate. If they understand well, the natural things, they may have even entered the habitation of the King.
It is only when they understand Divine science they have entered the inner court and are with Him in His habitation. On this level, there are many different ranks.
Those, who have plunged into speculation concerning the fundamental principles of religion, have entered the antechamber of the Majestic habitation of the Ruler and King. People there, absolutely have different ranks according to the extent it is possible to ascertain in Divine Matters.
Then, there are the ones who renounce anything other than Him, and direct all their acts and intellect towards Him, know and feel His governance in all. This is the rank of the many prophets, their Divine inspiration, miracles etc. we read about in the Torah.
It is through their choices of conduct that they have refined their bodies and lives to receive the full flow of Divinity.
I invite any and all those reading this article to our classes, where we dabble and speculate in the Divine sciences, so we can at least be within the electrifying energy and scent of the antechamber, in which the KING Himself is found. In the antechamber of the King, you get to rub shoulders with powerful energy.