17 Heshvan 5767, November 8, 2006

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Action - Malkhut
By HaRav Ariel Bar Tzadok. Copyright (C) 2006 by Ariel Bar Tzadok. All rights reserved.

In the beginning, there is desire, desire gives way to thought; thought gives way to passion; passion gives rise to action.  In the beginning, there is desire, in the end there is action. 

In order for action to be, to be strong, to be established, to last, it must be based upon desire.  Action without desire is a body without a soul.  All actions without proper motivations will eventually be overturned and become nothing.  Only those actions acted out with desire, forethought and passion will maintain themselves and add to the building of the world.

Action is doing.  Doing is creating.  Creating is building.  Building is the form of action that enables us to imitate our Creator.  We are here on earth to be builders.  Action is what makes or breaks our world.

Building requires focus of action.  Building must be constructive, for how does one truly know to build by destroying?  True, we often take one step back in order to take two steps forward.  However, we must first have inner knowledge, intuition and insight to distinguish between those actions, which break down in order to build up, and those actions that break down merely to break down and destroy.

Will is great, thought is excellent, passion is necessary, but without action to unite and bring these all together, each alone cannot stand.  The ultimate goal must be what is done, not what is wanted, what is thought about or what one feels.  Actions alone are the final step.  That which is created is nothing if it does not have concrete and stable form.

Heaven is above and we are here on earth below.  What happens in Heaven is done in Heaven by heavenly beings.  What happens here on earth, although directed by Heaven is still done here on earth, by earthly beings.  It is we, here on earth, that do the earthly things.  We are all Heavenís messengers to accomplish, perform and manifest the Will of Heaven here on earth.

G-d is in all things, in all places, at all times.  We were created in order to make manifest here on earth the Light of G-d concealed within all things.  We are G-dís agents; we are the messengers.  We have been charged with revealing the Divine Light here on earth. If we wish for G-d to intervene and act in our lives and in human history in general, then it will be through us that such a manifestation will take place. 

We are G-dís Hands.  We are the instruments in the higher hands.  We choose what to do and what not to do.  We choose to reveal light or to extend darkness.  We choose whether to build a beautiful world or to create chaos, suffering and pain. 

Actions are what count the most.  Good actions that build the world, assisting and building one another are the best of the lot.  We manifest the Hand of G-d and fulfill the universal cycle every time we do something that is right, however great or however small.  Action completes the circuit connecting Heaven to Earth. 

It is therefore important for us to choose wisely what it is we do and what it is that we do not do.  For we and we alone will either bring Heaven down to Earth or cast off the Heavenly guidance and create Hell on Earth.

We are the creators, what we do is what we get; no surprises, no salvations, no miracles.  Learn well the Ways of Heaven and do the right things.  Reveal the Divine Light or manifest the Fires of Hell; they both reside within us.  What we do will be what we get.

Shalom, Ariel Bar Tzadok

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