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Hasidic wizdom and The Work
Moshe Dann
05/09/2007

From Byron Katie:

When you argue with reality, you lose.

God means "reality;" Reality is God, because it rules.

God is everything; God is good. God is what is. God does not make mistakes.

If I had a prayer, it would be: "God, spare me from the desire for love, approval , or appreciation. Amen."

I am the perpetrator of my own suffering, and I am the only one that can end it.

An unquestioned mind is the world of suffering.

There are only three kinds of business: God's, yours and mine. When you're in someone else's business (trying to change them), you will fail and suffer.

Being mentally in someone else's business prevents me from being in my own.

I am separate from myself, wondering why my life doesn't work.

Everything happens for me, not to me.

Would you rather be right, or free?

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself – your own thinking coming back at you.


Hasidic Wisdom
(book by Simcha Raz) reflected in The Work of Byron Katie:

"(If someone says to you) I struggled but still do not discover, don't believe him." [TB Megilla 6b] The struggle in and of itself is a great discovery.

"Whoever does not see G-d in every place does not see G-d in any place".

"You shall not steal" [Exodus 20:13] You shall not steal yourself, meaning: do not deceive yourself.

"A broken heart is a whole heart. A leaning ladder is a straight ladder".

(BK: a broken heart is an unexamined belief)

"An evildoer is not only one who hates his fellow man, but someone who hates himself". (BK: such a person is confused)

Rabbi Menachem Mendl of Kotzk
 

"Everyone was created to contribute something in this world. Either they owe it to the world, or the world owes it to them".

"Seven times the righteous person stumbles and yet he rises again." [Proverbs 24:16]

"It is important for a righteous person to fall down because after each fall, he/she discovers some sparks of insight on the way up".

"This is how one must rule over oneself: to learn to be proud and not to be proud; to learn to be angry and not to be angry; to learn to speak and to remain quiet; to learn how to be quiet and to speak".

Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezritch
 

"All of the desires of this world are like rays of light. You try to catch them in your hand only to find there is nothing in your grasp".

"The mind changes directions like the flight of a bird; it takes a great deal of strength and wisdom to hunt that bird down".

"One must sweeten anger with compassion". (BK: the one you judge is your teacher)

"Knowing that whatever happens to you is for your good raises you to the heights of living in Paradise".

"If I knew that I was on the same spiritual level today as yesterday, I wouldn't want to be myself at all".

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav
 

"It is better that we look inside ourselves and see what is going on here, then to look to the Heavens to see what is going on up there".

Rabbi Shalom Shachne of Prohobitch
 

"Let the heart and the mind always be congruent".

Rabbi Simcha Bunam of Pshis'cha
 

"Learn to be silent — so that you may learn to speak".

"Solitude is good for the soul; indeed it's good for everything. But the key to solitude is to be alone while still in the company of others. Those who are completely alone and silent cannot claim that they have conquered their appetite for speech".

Rabbi Mendel of Vorki
 

"One cannot drive away darkness (depression) with a stick".

Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak of Lubavitch
 

"All the world's crowns are destined to fall by the wayside except for the Crown of Truth (Reality), which will last forever".

Rabbi Yisrael of Rizhin
 

"One who has never been ashamed has no shame".

Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech of Dinov
 

"It's better that I should perform the Will of G-d than that G-d should perform my will".

Rabbi Yitzhak Meir of Ger
 

"All worrying is forbidden except to worry that one is worried".

"If only hedonists knew about the great pleasure that good deeds bring, they would dedicate themselves to doing mitzvoth (good deeds)".

Rabbi Mordechai of Lechovitz
 

"There are two things about which we are forbidden to worry: That which is possible to fix and that which is impossible to fix. What is possible to fix, then fix it and why worry? What is impossible to fix, then how will worrying help?"

Rabbi Yechiel Michael of Zlotchov
 

"Examine yourself and find good in others".

Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev
 

"Angels have no evil inclination (Yetzer Hara); humans do. Nevertheless, by overcoming their evil inclinations humans can rise to a greatness beyond angels".

Rabbi Liebele Eger
 

"All the comforts of exile are nothing but a diversion to make us forget that we are indeed exiled". (BK: exile is confusion, unexamination)

Rabbi David of Sochatchov
 

"We humans chase over the world to find things: We climb high mountains; we descend to the depths of the sea; we trek to the wilderness and the desert. There is one place where we neglect to search – our heart. But it is there we will find G-d".

Rabbi Tzadok HaKohen of Lublin
 

"Whoever loves the Land of Israel is likewise loved by the Land".

Rabbi Yehezkiel Halberstam
 

"The Land of Israel is the same as the Divine Presence Itself".

Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk
 

"Since every person's soul is in part Divine, we must pity the Godly spark that is imprisoned inside an evil person and offer it love". (BK: What I know is that God is everything and God is good.)

Rabbi Shmuel Horowitz
 

"If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that G-d has left for you to complete. But if you only see what is wrong and how ugly it is, then it is you who need repair".

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
 

"Don't be offended by one who harms you. Some of the goodness in him may be lacking in yourself".

"The main superiority of man over animals is his power of speech. But when we speak vanity and folly we are no better than animals".

Rabbi Moshe Leib Sassover
 

"Divinity within man is limited because man is limited in his ability to receive it."

"Divinity has no limit, but finite man cannot comprehend this".

"Divinity created matter so that man, composed of matter and soul, may have a conception of it. It follows, therefore, that all matter may be likened to a parable by means of which Divinity can be perceived".

"I will not rest until I create a dwelling-place for G-d within me".

Rabbi Mordecai Chernobler
 

"Nothing is evil, for whatever is so in man's estimation is also good. In Midrash Tanchuma to Genesis, we read: 'Nothing that is evil comes from on High.' Even wickedness may serve to bring change. While the strands of cause and effect are unraveling, we grope around, calling things good and evil. What first appears as evil may, later, be the cause for rejoicing. Says the Zohar: 'We don't know the taste of sweets until after the bitter.'"

Rabbi Sussya of Anipol
 

"A father complained to the Rebbe that his son had forsaken G-d. 'What shall I do?' he pleaded. 'Love him more than ever,' the Rebbe replied".

"There is nothing in the whole universe except G-d, who fills the world with glory. Reality is one G-d. If one accepts everything that happens to him with love then he will have both the physical world, and the higher world of the soul".

"'As water – reflecting inside to inside (face to face)' [Proverbs 27:19] Your fellow is your mirror. If your own face is clean, the image you perceive will also be flawless. But should you look upon your fellow man and see a blemish, it is your own imperfection that you are encountering – you are being shown what it is that you must correct within yourself.”

Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
 

"To sin against a fellow-man is worse than to sin against the Creator".

Rabbi Yaakov from Amshinov
 

"Be careful of two things: not to deceive yourself and not to imitate anyone else".

Rabbi Mordecai Yosef of Izbitz
 

"In every person there is something precious that isn't found in anyone else".

Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz
 

"A broken heart is not depression. Depression is when one's heart is like stone, when one's heart has no aliveness".

"G-d, I do not want your Garden of Eden, or your Paradise. I want only You".

Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi

 

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