17 Heshvan 5767, November 8, 2006

Pay attention, open up and allow HaShem to speak His Words of Living Torah directly into your mind and heart...
By HaRav Ariel Bar Tzadok. Copyright (C) 2006 by Ariel Bar Tzadok. All rights reserved.

Throughout the universe, there is light and darkness, great and small and what we call good and evil.  Throughout the universe, there is progress and regression, movement and stillness and what we consider to be success and failure.  Throughout the universe, there is war and peace, ascent and descent and what we perceive to be building and destruction.

Throughout the universe there is that which our minds consider, what our heart feels, what our eyes see and what our ears hear.  Yet, our human perceptions are quite limited.  We never really ever see the whole picture.

We believe that things ought to be a certain way.  We believe that there is in life a certain definition of right and wrong.  We believe that we know and understand how things should be.  Yet, convinced as we are as to the correctness of our ways, life and the universe always seems to follow their own course; one that takes us all along a path very different from that which we would like to see materialize.

Life in our eyes is precious, yet try as we do to preserve life, death still predominates and in the end conquers all.   Justice is so important in our eyes, yet every day we see horrible injustices that make no sense.  All around us, at every moment, we are surrounded by life and death, justice and injustice.  There seems to be no way of telling to which we will succumb.

It always appears that there is never any real balance in things.  The righteous always appear to suffer and those who appear to be undeserving always seem to benefit most. We look to Heaven and demand justice; yet almost always our cries appear to go unanswered.  However much we try to gain, there is always so much loss.

Is the universe indeed imbalanced, or is it possible that our vision does not encompass the greater picture allowing us to see a greater truth behind things?  Does Heaven really turn a blind eye to injustice, or is there an ultimate accounting and balancing that we are not privy to?

Let us remember, that in life there is that which is seen and that which is unseen.  In the mind, there is the conscious and the unconscious. In the universe, there is the visible and the invisible.  If there exists that which is unseen, that which is unconscious and invisible, how then can we consider what we see to be comprehensive or correct? 

What do we know about what is truly right or wrong, or what is truly good or evil, best or worst?  When we see a young child die we mourn the loss of an innocent, yet was this the child who if he had grown and matured would have become the next dictator to have murdered millions or would he have become the next medical savior finding the cure to numerous diseases.  We will never know.

This is the point. We do not know.  What is hidden will always remain hidden; what is unknowable will always remain unknowable.  Until such a time comes that brings fundamental changes to the way we look at things, the way we perceive the world will not change. 

Life at present is nothing but a mystery that no one can understand or unravel.  We are all subject to fates and forces far beyond our mortal control.  There is nothing we can do to change this.  All we can do is to aspire to at least understand this.  Only with an understanding of Higher Truth can we ever expect to understand our world and thus know how to make it a better place.

If only we cared enough to invest the time to expand our vision.  Yet, most do not care, most are too lazy.  What a shame that we do not learn from the mistakes of the past.  No wonder then that we repeat them over and over again.  We call ourselves an intelligent species.  I am sure that somewhere there are others who would tend to disagree.

Shalom, Ariel Bar Tzadok

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