09/30/2007

Book of Esther: Chapter 3 (Updated study)

(Note: To read the third chapter of this book, please click on the following link: http://www.breslov.com/bible/Esther3.htm#3. This way I hope that you will be able to follow, and understand the study much easier.)

Time and time again we are taught to learn from our mistakes, to rectify them, and above all to never again let them emerge to the forefront of our lives. And we know that our sages did took these lessons not only unto the depth of their own heart, then shared them with our ancestors as well, even with us through our honoring of the highly valued Talmudic traditions/studies. Yeah, they were free to belief in G-d the way they did while we today are of course still entitled to that same kind of freedom. The choice at the end stays of course with every individual alone, even regarding the consequences that could, or would occur depending on which path was, and is chosen. Anyhow, everyone had, and has the honorable duty to think thoroughly about what s/he would do due to the bond, and also the existential threat which often loomed behind almost every corner. This is something which isn't even alien to the Hebrew/Jewish nation alone. Many other nations in the lifetime of Hadassah had already witnessed it long ago, no matter if it occurred due to a natural disaster, or by having been conquered, even by a Trojan horse alike, and this visible or veiled, through words and/or deeds. The end result is what counts for those who devised such a plan/strategy. It's like a black horse on a chessboard that start's to wreck havoc on white's half, white being unable to do anything about it, to counter the devastating attack for the time being. Even the ten northern Hebrew/Jewish tribes are no exception to this sort of envisioning a particular situation. They're the ones we could always bring to the forefront as proof to sustain our case, especially with regard to the Trojan horse theory. The kingdom began sliding towards its end from within, and it became conquered very easily, something which wasn't entirely the same with regard to the southern kingdom, the kingdom of Judah, the parental home of king David for those who perhaps may have forgotten it.


However, entire nations weren't wiped away from the map of the earth. They assimilated with the people and customs of those who conquered them. They became immersed into the culture of a foreign nation, often forcefully to such an extent that they lost all connection to whom they once were as a people. Eventually, they, due to a very high inter-marriage rate, became unable to put a claim onto one of their ancestors’ title, then only those from the nation they were now a member of. True, no matter the ancient old connection vis-à-vis an at that moment nonexistent people, or nation, the offspring became fully integrated into the very person they from now on will be, namely a citizen of the Persian empire, a Persian thus. Only their language was kept intact, probably out of convenience so that the integration could become fulfilled as quickly as possible. And we again can bring to the forefront the ten northern tribes of Yisrael as a witness to the success of such a policy. But the exiled from the kingdom of Judah do give us a horizon of hope in that we can stand-up against the forces of darkness when we put their state of the mind, or rather belief into a comparison with the northern kingdom of Yisrael at the time of its exile. The Trojan black horse can wreck havoc, but the end result is what counts, also for white, no matter the setbacks, and a seemingly lost situation! Let us not forget that even in chess, a dramatic turn of events can always occur unto the one who thinks, in an overwhelmingly and convinced manner, to have the winning hand, and still loses miraculously enough so to speak due to the vision, connected to the supernal wisdom, within the other side's encampment.


Correct, we also do have stories which tell us about quite a few genocides that have taken place. Sometimes even entire cities became cleansed of its entire population. The life of those men, women and children were valued lower than the price of cattle, even cattle that was meant to be slaughtered for consumption. But, as we in our belief of Light are through manners of wisdom advised to think wisely about whatever decision we would want to take regarding all kinds of different matters, we're also well aware that the elements who worship darkness within our midst are constantly advised to do the same, albeit through a different manner of perception, always an illusion from the mind of an illusionist, their ego thus, not their soul. Therefore do we know that those who knowingly or unknowingly have joined the chorus of darkness will without doubt be learning from their own faults as well. The masters have mastered the same skills at the same place so to speak. We all have received our breath from Him who created man in the first place. The rules of chess are thus for everyone the same no matter if you're a pawn belonging to the dungeons of the black royal house (ego/nature), or a soldier defending the values, the well-being of white's entire kingdom (soul/spiritual). Still, even when the candle from the forces of darkness had fallen from its socket, creating a fire the world had never witnessed before, then it will only be staying a curse to the world entire for as long as it keeps burning, wrecking havoc wherever it pleases it. And Haman became such a child of ancient times of hatred, a personality willing to not only prolong the curse, but trying to enforce it, letting it become the rule of the day everlasting by force, a god alike thus, an idol to the entire world, one belief in many gods. It reveals, till the curse becomes eradicated from our mind of perception, the constant situation of a war between on the one side this belief in many gods, and on the other side many people believing in one G-d, many gods thus versus many people, or a few people versus one G-d. However, we also have to remind ourselves that the majority of the people of the region worshipped the Hebrew/Jewish G-d as well. It's a very important detail, no matter how tiny it may seem.


Only one difference, namely in that the chorus of light, a candle that keeps burning, like the miracle we honor on Chanukah, follows the path of freedom while the opposite one, the forces of darkness, will push people into their enchainment, an enslavement wherein no one is truly free to think differently, to have an own opinion, or point of view, or even the right to be different, to be a Jew for instance who follows his/her Judaic faith. It's a handicap which gives goodness its advantage over evil, just as darkness can take the matter of freedom into a victory as well by trying to create a self-destructive division or confusion in first instance, like here in Shushan. That's the lesson we're constantly advised to learn, namely to unify ourselves when it comes to our existence as a people no matter the differences because a oneness of heavenly light is much harder to break than one of darkness. This is something which has also been proven right all the time during man's history, especially through the enlightened example of the Hebrew/Jewish people. It will be proven again here as well through the exiled Hebrews/Jews of the kingdom of Judah. They very strongly kept themselves attached unto the beliefs and values which the elders have taught them to honor with due respect with your entire body, mind and soul. And this opportunity could of course not have happened when the new rulers hadn't become more lenient towards the people who had become conquered during their reign and/or the one of the previous ruler. However, this wasn't the case during the exile of the ten northern tribes of the kingdom of Yisrael, our Hebrew/Jewish ancestors who, we have to be honest, were already living for a great deal under the influences of foreign gods, idols. Yes, its fall came not as a surprise to many living within the kingdom of Judah. It was bound to happen, as no one was really listening to the warnings, to the lessons that kept Judaism what it had been, is, and will always be.


So yes, Mordecai as a Hebrew, a Jew, obviously and openly disobeyed a king's ruling regarding Haman. After that he, that is Haman, was advanced by the king unto a higher position, and was given more powers than all the princes of the kingdom at the set time, it was ruled that everyone should bow down for him. To this regard we're told that Mordecai didn't bow down because he, as a Hebrew/Jew, wasn't allowed to do so, as it was forbidden for him to worship human idols. Of course, this isn't that different today. However, we in that context have to keep in mind that the majority of people living in that historical timeframe believed in a multi-god religious system. The Hebrew/Jewish people were the only ones who didn't. They then and still today do only belief in G-d, the only One. Therefore, a Hebrew/Jew of king Ahasuerus kingdom didn't bow down before those it was ordered to do so, as they often weren't only worshipped as idols, but could, as the Talmud states, have been wearing pictures of idols on their clothing, something which at the end would have meant the same thing to Mordecai, and everyone else within the Hebrew/Jewish community naturally. So now we can of course start wondering if the decision was a wise one to make, as it resulted in Haman's decree. Nevertheless, we, as an argument against this thinking, must also consider the fact that Haman himself was not of Persian descent. He was the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, not a Persian at all thus. He was an offspring of Agag. Remember king Saul, and what he eventually did succeed in, albeit a bit too late with regard to a future unfolding.


The hatred, of having lost that is, will for certain have been transmitted to the children of the next generations, even thus Haman. Nevertheless, when you as a Hebrew/Jew would start to behave against the very person you are, then you are about to lose your house of light in a manner of speaking. It in this particular case would have meant that even the last remaining Hebrew/Jewish tribes ran the risk of disappearing entirely into oblivion as well, and thus Judaism with it. However, we have also to take into consideration beside this that everything which concerns the respect, and the salvation of human life, has the highest possible value within the Judaic belief, even when it would, or could mean that you're about to sign your death sentence because of such a highly valued upbringing. After all, life is more than obeying or disobeying this, or that what we within the freedom of our soul do want to see fulfilled within a supernal, and thus enlightened environment. Joining forces with darkness (ego) is thus always out of the question, as it will save no one, on the contrary. Still, if in any eventuality you would start to alienate yourself from the very person you truly are, then you've already made a beginning of a slow and painful 'dead' of yourself when still alive, reneging on every bit of personal freedom you still could have. Anyhow, we may neither forget within our study of the matter in question that we have in this Megillah queen Esther within the walls of Shushan the castle, a Hebrew/Jewish queen who did stood above Haman by the way. So you see how everything around Haman was completely turning against him, against that what he was about to decree in writing, sealing it with the king's ring. He had become haughty since the very moment he accepted this new position within the kingdom's commanding hierarchy. And in his haughtiness to destroy, in worshipping the illusion that did present itself into his world as an opportunity not to be missed, he missed it completely when we look for the answers into the deepest depth of the story.


Nevertheless, it seems that Haman wasn't aware of the connection between Hadassah and Mordecai. He didn't realize that Mordecai and every Hebrew/Jewish citizen of the king's kingdom had a very powerful spokesperson at his majesty's side. In a way, Mordecai knew, or envisioned that whatever Haman would do, that he was lost before he would move one piece under his command from his side of the chessboard since his promotion to bishop. We may even be assured that it was a well kept secret throughout the entire Hebrew/Jewish community as well. And so, no one did put in question the wisdom of Mordecai, and the decisions he would make on their behalf. It even reveals us through this manner of interpretation that the importance of such a kind of 'chess game' is not to win nor to lose, but to go for a draw. And that's what Mordecai eventually was after because the king would still be a very important player, as he was the king of black and white. King Ahasuerus became king of both sides, namely of the ego and of the soul. Winning was therefore from the start impossible unless you went for a tie. This is the most important and fundamental lesson of wisdom within all of Judaic sacred religious literature, namely knowing the goals you want to achieve, but also be aware of the limits of the present time you live in, realizing that going too fast can backfire on yourself, and could, in connection to Haman, even have put the entire Hebrew/Jewish community on fire. At the end, it would also have put the entire kingdom in a blaze for Haman was after the king's throne, a revenge for the conquering of the land of his father's house, the kingdom of Amalek. Now he could have the entire Persian empire under his rule instead of merely only what belonged to Amalek.


A wise man as Mordecai was will for sure without doubt have been aware of these inner desires of Haman since the conspiracy of Bigthan and Theres came to his attention. He probably will have made the connection between both instances, but was somehow still unable to prove its trueness. The failure of plan A could also have caused Haman to try to speed things up a bit, as many who studied the Book of Esther could presumably have been wondering about the why that he wanted his decree regarding every Hebrew/Jew be known in such an advanced notice to every corner of the Persian empire. Haman threw away the rules of the board, forgetting that the king is the most powerful player on the chessboard till the end of the game. Eventually, the king will sacrifice his rebellious bishop once he clearly becomes aware of the entire picture which Haman had set-up with the purpose of overthrowing his reign. So again we witness a desire for a very strong unified stand between the below and the above, between the kingdom below and the Kingdom above. Mordecai, Esther and the entire Hebrew/Jewish community needed the king's presence while king Ahasuerus was in need for His guidance to salvage that what was being pulled away from beneath his feet. And he, in a veiled manner, will beget it, but only when he would really come to realize the extent of the damage that was being orchestrated against the very person he was, even his standing thus. It's something we clearly are being taught about through the expression of the people of the city of Shushan who stood perplex with regard to the decree, completely confused. We therefore should perhaps also take into consideration a known understanding in that Mordecai as well as Haman have both served as generals within the king's army, Mordecai being the best of both in terms of everything, a Hebrew, nonetheless a Jew who was revered with high esteem by the populace due to his achievements, safeguarding the empire's well-being, and thus its people with brilliance.


It also reveals that we may fairly state that a clear majority of the empire's citizens didn't hate the Hebrew/Jewish community within their midst, not even the fact that they kept their own style of living, their values, their own rules, of believing in G-d only. We perhaps may even assume the delay in telling Haman of Mordecai's behavior in this same manner, or perhaps because Haman was busy putting his own people around him, meaning that those who told Haman weren't the same ones as before anymore, but rather lackeys of Haman's entourage, the ones he was assured of that they would obey him blindly, and fulfill whatever he would order them to do. Anyhow, no matter how we interpret it, or perceive it, the matter became known to him. He became aware of the fact that Mordecai was a Hebrew/Jew, and everything of the past stood not only in front of him, but was giving him, in his eyes, the best excuse possible he could have been given in every way to hit two flies with one hit. Again a rule of chess he ignored thus completely because even as you can attack two pieces at once, you at the end will have to choose which one you will take, but only when even this is still possible. And none of them would be. He won't succeed, as darkness has never really succeeded in getting away with what it always tried to fulfill, the ultimate goal it always wants to achieve. As long as there is light thus, a light in our world, we know that He is keeping a close eye on whatever that is unfolding within our world. His promise to us all, Jew and gentile alike, is a light unto this world to enlighten it with, and we know by heart that He isn't someone who will renege on it, on His word that He has spoken in our Torah, and many times has been proven by deeds, the same as how it became written down by Moshe. And yes, because Haman wanted both pieces, but was at the same time protecting the king for his other plan, it became easy for white to counter him. He not only became unable to move as a bishop due to a pin, but eventually needed to rely on the mercy of the king to save him, and became sacrificed instead, even when the king could easily have chosen differently. But why would, or should he?


However, it's a kind of confusing why the king went along with it in the first place, namely knowing what Haman was up to unless he must have been convinced by Haman that destroying them meant not committing murder, a genocide. Maybe that he had pulled the weight of the king behind his evil plan by telling him that he envisioned to fulfill it in the same manner as how it was done with the exiled people of the kingdom of northern Yisrael, thus completely erasing the memory of the past, fully destroying its existence so to speak, that it ever occurred, but not the people. We therefore should perhaps, even as Haman tried to bribe the king, and fill the king's treasury, also consider the possibility that king Ahasuerus was neither aware of the fact that it was meant for the killing of even one of his constituencies, but rather to please him so that he would for certain reconsider a long standing policy of him vis-à-vis a minority within his kingdom. Haman was clearly not happy about how things were being ruled, and seemingly wanted to turn the clock back in time, to the one of previous rulers of the empire. Anyhow, based on the fact that he didn't fall for this trap of Haman, which means that he must at least have had some second thoughts about it, he himself gave Haman the amount of ten thousand talents of silver. Maybe that he became a bit suspicious regarding the true intent of Haman's intentions after realizing that Haman was trying to bribe him into this plan. We perhaps should therefore regard the words of the king said to Haman within the same light, namely: ’The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.' There is written thus: ‘As it seemeth good to thee’, that is Haman; and not to the king per se. Thus no wonder that the people of the city of Shushan stood perplex, stood themselves confused, as even many others throughout the entire kingdom will have done for sure. After all, what must other minorities have been thinking, knowing that if it's being done to one, then they could easily undergo the same ordeal. And who knows that such a confused state of the mind became what it became after having regarded this particular king in high esteem for everything he already had materialized. We may neither forget that Mordecai, a Hebrew, a Jew lived also in Shushan the castle, not in Shushan the city! Clearly, what Haman had written, had decreed in writing wasn't the same as what he had told the king.

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