Rebbe Nachman of Breslev in his far-reaching spiritual vision saw the ills of this generation and of its leaders. He knew that the downfall of leaders and of countries would stem from a negative form of sophistication that manifests itself in several fatal phenomena as we'll soon see. He foresaw the sophisticated pseudo-intellectual leftist media that ridicule the Ten Commandments and glorify debauchery in the same breath. He saw leaders of countries becoming entangled in scandals and spiderwebs of immorality. He saw the New Age values that bow down to the idols of sophistication, resulting in:
- A total breakdown of faith;
- Global and individual narcissism that destroy interpersonal relationships and world peace;
- Injustice, where powerful criminals and corrupt leaders sit posh offices rather than in jail cells;
- Corruption to the point where entire political and "legal" systems are geared to perpetuate the self-interest of the ruling despots;
- Total disregard for basic human rights, especially of the "silent majority" that lacks political representation.
The list goes on...
Fortunately, Rebbe Nachman always leaves us in a positive tone of hope and faith. He gives us the direction to take so that we can find happiness and success. He sends us to the real diamond mine of the rarest commodities on earth today: simplicity, innocence, purity and integrity. These four qualities are really aspects of the one true quality of simplicity, which according to Kabbalistic teachings, most characterizes the Almighty. No wonder that this characteristic was especially dominant in the personalities of our forefathers and our spiritual and national leaders, who did their utmost to fulfill the Torah's commandment of emulating our Creator (Deuteronomy 10:20).
What ever you do, don't miss today's emuna news and weekly emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem entitled, "The Innocence of Simplicity", which will take place, G-d willing, in the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7PM Israel time (while we're already on Standard time, the USA is still on Daylight Savings until after this coming Shabbat - take that into consideration); the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time. If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it later this coming week on Lazer Beams.