11/18/2007

Book of Esther: Chapter 10 (Updated study)

(Note: To read the third chapter of this book, please click on the following link: http://www.breslov.com/bible/Esther10.htm#10. This way I hope that you will be able to follow, and understand the study much easier.)

We may believe, or we may not believe. Whatever we decide regarding the book of Esther, the most important message sits them within its depth, not its clothing. The more we study it, the more we will come to know what drove the people of the region to do what they did, and surviving the ordeal that was about to take its toll. Hebrew/Jew and gentile unified themselves against what was to become a moment in time that could have changed it so dramatically that it would have been very questionable if the world could have ever overcome the devastating outcome of what it was about to do unto the deeper inner feeling we all do possess regarding what being humane entails, what it means to those who abide by the sanctity of life He embodies in every human being, even in all life for that matter. Maybe that it would still have lasted a few years before its final and complete demise into oblivion, no one will know for sure, and luckily so. Yes, luckily because we otherwise wouldn't be living today, and be entitled to the same opportunity, as every single person had in that time, namely to better the lives of everyone, to make the world a better place to live in, even trying to make it equal with the one of above. Like our Hebrew/Jewish brethren and sisters of that precious time in time, we too have been given the choice of coming forward or not, of starting to walk on our own legs without any visible help that is, or to fall prey to a thinking, a lifestyle that won't enlighten our body and mind, nor we keep being a light unto the nations. We're therefore advised to return to our Aba without realizing profoundly, or with a tangible, a concrete visible incentive to go for it, to make at least a concrete and substantial effort of showing our utmost appreciation, as well as deep respect for everything He has done for us till today, and will keep doing so everlasting. He even entices the gentile through this story to follow in the footsteps of their brethren and sisters who lived at the set time in the region, and not to waste some precious breath of air on matters which for sure won't bring them the solace they so desperately aspire, even when they're not aware of it that they do. Yeah, it's for sure a story that will reverberate its lesson within every time and world wherein man will live his life. What happened in Esther's time caused a kind of ripple effect on a clean surface of water that will last everlasting, just like our Torah did, and keeps doing of course. It won't come to a halt, even when we would forget because its deeper essence, its soul is timeless. It's what keeps humankind afloat, but not rudderless, or adrift that is. And tho the bodies and minds of the people of that time may have been constrained by the time they lived in, it was not to be so for the souls of these people who were entitled to be present in such a commendable moment, one wherein humankind came to stand at a crossroad within their lives, a thought of reflection that would decide about the future of the next generation, even every generation that would come thereafter, including ours as well thus, and so on.

There is thus no real need to know more about what happened afterwards, of what happened to queen Esther and Mordecai once their tremendous achievement, and that of everyone involved, those who chose their side, fulfilled itself as hoped for. If we would demand it, then we for sure will without doubt show our dishonor, our disrespect to the remembrance of all the souls who committed themselves to not only salvage the world of man, then also of every single life throughout the ages of time. They showed us that the salvation couldn't become a matter of fact when a world thinks solely with its body and mind. No, their lives do teach us how it's most important to return to our deepest thoughts, those that can only be found within our own self when we strengthen the bond with our soul; and what we only are in fact. True, only our soul can bring us the much needed resources wherewith to start moving, to put us back on track so that we, Hebrew/Jew and gentile alike, can show our forefathers and -mothers that their fight for the survival of life, its sanctity, wasn't a waste of their deepest hope with regard to future generations. If we are to keep their memory alive and well, maybe even kicking, then let us make sure that honoring it won't be done in vain. Yes, let we strengthen our bond with their plight because theirs is as good as ours for as long as there will be a Haman who is eager to commit the same atrocities, and probably with an even greater desire for calamity due to the impatience of the ego that kept, and keeps hitting the wall of defeat over and over again. So as time stood not still, so did neither man's eagerness of inventing innovative technologies, and this for the good of all, but also for purposes that it wasn't, and isn't to be used for in any time, or place. Therefore we cannot rest, or let us be taken off guard till the last remaining Haman, even followers of such a lifestyle, do become a matter of the past, and we without fear, even in joy can celebrate a new dawn, a new world that man has never witnessed before, one which humankind hasn't lived ever till that day comes. This was the feeling within as good as every person's heart, above all mind, that like clean air blew throughout the entire kingdom of Ahasuerus once the darkness of the past year became truly a matter of remembering it so that it won't be forgotten, but would serve as a lesson to future generations by giving them the incentive to be attentive, and not become complacent till every man can truly sigh a breath of relief in that s/he won't have to fear anymore, that really everyone will have the ability to live their lives forever and ever in peace and security, the tranquility our Hebrew/Jewish forefathers and -mothers fought for, the one that they hoped for that we, the generations who would come after them, would fulfill at the set time. However, the people knew, due to the prophecies, that their life, even their decision, would only serve as the much needed push to set in motion that what was about to become fulfilled in a later generation. But if they didn't, then nothing would last, then only come to a standstill, as if it never happened, for queen Esther did not kept her silence, nor did Mordecai.

Correct, whenever one of our forefathers, even foremothers, did not kept his or her silence against an atrocity that was about to be committed, it served as a light, a beacon, a warning that there's danger ahead. Their message was one of urgency, not to be put aside, to be silent about what was being devised, or about to happen, even when it was good news! But we as well were time and time again entitled with the freedom of following the advice, even guidance, or not. Never were we obliged to accept its trueness. We had even the choice of putting its validity into question in relation to what we saw happening all around us. Yes, we were free to decide about whatever step we would want to take next, or the ones we could follow. And we too, like the people in queen Esther's time, do have our books wherein is written what had happened. We too have our books of chronicles. History didn't came to an end, and will never do so. Everything keeps being recorded just as it happened within that time as well. It serves as a witness, but at the same time does it give everyone a resource of valuable knowledge, one we can always refer to, to read when we become confronted with something that could bring a great turmoil into the lives of many. Or we can read it just to not forget it, nor how it all happened as it did. It helps us to remember, to not forget bad times as neither good times, but to learn out of it, to know what went wrong, or what could be done better within the goodness of the thought, and this only when deeply connected with our soul. Of course, this can only occur when things are being written in a style that is completely disconnected from man's ego, man's eagerness, especially the one of leaders, the one wherewith they are being tempted to put themselves on a kind of dais of haughtiness like it's done with a statue, something that wasn't that alien to Roman Caesars for instance. Anyhow, based on what we're being taught in the book of Esther, we may be assured that king Ahasuerus isn't to be compared with those Roman leaders. After all, those Romans weren't married to queen Esther, nor have they been married to queen Vashti for that matter. King Ahasuerus kingdom had its uniqueness, one that made its constituencies proud to be a part of it, even the Hebrew/Jewish nation did. Thus no matter how king Nebuchadnezzar ruled his, king Ahasuerus' rule was clearly different. He was more humane, more receptive to the wishes of the people. He was more willing to listen to their anxieties, to what they expected from him. They not only found a receptive ear, but he respected their culture, whom they as a people were, and wanted to be accepted as such. However, that ear became sometimes too receptive as well when we remember the ease that Haman had in misusing the king's goodness for the purpose of his own evil agenda vis-à-vis a people within the king's kingdom, even towards the king's throne. He was a good king, but we have to admit that there was a certain amount of naivety to be found within the way he ruled, a naivety which almost would have cost him his kingdom were it not for Mordecai, even Esther, to come to its rescue, and eventually even His Kingdom, the lives of everyone within it, Hebrew/Jew and gentile alike.

It's also written that Mordecai became respected as a great man amongst the Hebrew/Jewish people of his time. He always sought the good of them, and spoke peace with the man of his generation. This knowledge does teach us that we could even perhaps regard Mordecai as a prophet, albeit within a veiled manner that is. Yes, tho we are accustomed to the teaching of how to regard, and accept one of our people as a prophet, he, that is Mordecai, walked the same path in a certain way. His warning, even his tutoring of Esther in Torah, did put everyone within the same kind of situation as earlier prophets have done. Nevertheless, we also have to take into account that he like queen Esther had royal blood running through his veins. Both were of the same blood so to speak. And we do know that some royals did have a very close bond with Him, a strong affinity for His Torah, no matter their weaknesses in body. We only have to acquaint ourselves with the psalms of king David, and admit this trueness, or rather a light. It entice us to look beyond what we read, going beyond the set time, no matter if it's being done towards the past, or the future. We have to let it give us the desire to know more about ourselves, our inner self that is. Somehow, it will eventually bring us more good than what we ever could have imagined, to be entitled to it, to enliven such a moment in our life. But it can only happen when we do commit ourselves to the peace of the Torah because it teaches us in Hebrew the necessary knowledge that can bring us wherever we want to be brought to when wanted out of goodness, out of a deep rooted desire to bring pure light into our home, a Moshiach ben Yoseph desire alike thus. And it does teach us also that peace can only mature within all of man when he realizes that he by nature is body, mind and soul. We therefore become aware that Mordecai acted within such a light, even in that oneness, the way he did due to G-d's veiled manner of turning the events that were about to unfold themselves into something concrete, something that could go either way. Yeah, he in a certain way behaved in a likewise manner as is known with regard to earlier visible and well known prophets, even those who came afterwards. The people were given the choice to accept, or to reject that what was about to turn their lives one way or the other. It was no different within Mordecai's life as well. It's for that reason that we may perhaps assume the seemingly absence of queen Esther within the last chapter because of this awareness that if it wasn't for Mordecai to warn the people in the same manner as a prophet would do so, then Haman would have begot what he so desperately wanted to beget. No Hebrew/Jewish house would have survived, nor the one of the kingdom for that matter. Even many gentile houses wouldn't have been strong enough to withstand the ferocity of his evilness when they would have refused to comply, and become his slaves, enslaved by his mind, not his soul. He had disconnected it completely from his very own world of reality, and what's not real to him thus. And so did he wanted it to become within the entire kingdom, even the entire world, a world cut off from its source, its humane root, of that what gives it its reason to live for, not to die for. It would have been a complete lie, falsehood if you prefer.

There was nothing in the entire world that would have prevented him, that is Haman, from committing this crime to humanity, unless you bring G-d into the picture. As such do we know that no evil can succeed in what it wants to achieve because what it devises is only done so by body and mind. It rejects, openly or secretive, the notion of man having a soul. And still, this constant rejection gives goodness in every time the opportunity of standing firm in its hope that evil will one day become just a whispering in the far distance, not to be reckoned with anymore. It causes us to cling more profoundly unto the wisdom that we all do have a soul, and that we within that knowledge will always in any time become in the ability of withstanding the fiercest storm that those who still reject this reality would try to throw into every man's face, as a mockery with what evil doesn't recognize as being its own demise and fall. Its rejection of the light within man, his Torah, of the peace of the soul thus can only strengthen us in our steadfastness and conviction that the souls of these individuals are imprisoned by their very own egos. We therefore have to strengthen ourselves with the fact that once Haman was hanged, that his soul became liberated, and still would become a light unto future generations due to its inability to break Haman's selfishness, the dreadful state of his ego. It entice us to become better persons ourselves, trying to empower our soul against the weakness of our body that could still ravage our entire personality, even our mind, and the way we think, or would want to act against another person, community, or even an entire people/nation for that matter, perhaps even nature. True, through this Megillah we are taught to reconcile ourselves with being male and female, or having a masculinity and femininity being a oneness of body, mind and soul. Yes, there can be no peace within ourselves, nor in the world entire, without this balance between both. This is a fundamental teaching in the very beginning of our Torah. We have the natural Adom, and we have the spiritual Adom. We have both in one person, namely his nature and his Chava. And he will leave his parents' home for that, the natural womb so to speak. But so will she do for she is also a man, an Adom with a Chava. Whether we are thus a man or a woman, we are in both cases the Adom of Bereishis (Genesis). Man will cleave unto his soul, his Chava and bear children (spiritually) by being a light unto the nations, trying to bring every man slowly and patiently towards the person s/he really is, and has always been since the beginning of his/her natural life. Therefore do we come to realize that G-d isn't against anyone in particular, neither thus those amongst man who are known to be homosexual, even lesbian, or transsexual for that matter, but only when they won't transgress His laws within the way they want to live their life, the same as it is for the man who we refer to as being a heterosexual. Still, He won't act against a person's soul because if He would do that, then He would act against Himself, against the very help He has given every man, a help that would give him the opportunity to return to himself, to become and be that very light unto the world around him by just being who we are, and having the freedom to be so with respect to our most sacred Torah values.

Yeah, when our body passes away, then our soul, every man's soul will always return to where it came from. It will never stay wandering around like some amongst man do want to push, force this ideology, or philosophy, into the mind of man's psyche. Our soul returns, and will wander within His light because it has been born in that light, and can therefore never become a matter of darkness, of evil, even wrongness thus. It will always return to G-d's world, to His kingdom, and live next to Him, but above all within Him, in the heart of His world. There is no soul that is evil, not one because it can only try to bring the body and mind to comply with the task it has been given, namely in bringing humankind to a better world. It can only fulfill this within the gift it has been ordered to give it to this same body and mind, to let it become reconciled with it, to let man become acquainted with the purpose of what it means to be given this opportunity, even within the constraints and/or weaknesses of the body itself. In that sense has it always been true that there is no nakedness, that even when man saw, and thought that he was naked, that he in reality was not. What he saw was his clothing. His body was the clothing of his soul, his Chava. When he would have looked around him, then he would have seen that nature had been created just in the same way as he had been created. But we are taught as well that a soul lives within every body wherein blood runs through its veins. And we with that fact become thus aware of the strange feeling that G-d must have had when being confronted with an answer that wasn't conform the reality, the truth of man's nature that is, meaning that man had let him somehow become pulled back to his old lifestyle, the one without the knowledge of him having a soul, a Chava. He was trying to slowly disengage himself, to annul the 'marriage' with his help, his soul, and going for the blinding beauty of the ego instead. And it's a luck that it didn't happen. In a way, we could thus with regard to this fact even bring to the forefront the modern man's discovery when being confronted with tribes who live in the Amazon wilderness, or the African one. From them we know that as good as all the children ran around naked, but not the adults. Well, that is that the adults were wearing a little bit of clothing. We therefore may assume that the Adom of Bereishis (Genesis) had become more adult, had become more aware of his natural drifts of procreation. It was something he wasn't so deeply aware of when being just a child. He didn't know what to do with it. Eventually, G-d did gave him his natural clothing of leaves so to hide his natural reality, and to keep him strengthened at the same time within the wisdom of what he, that is being a man and a woman in the sense of masculinity and femininity, was being lectured about. As a child, man could only bear children on a spiritual level. And he as an adult became in the ability of procreating naturally and spiritually, but the one in pain while the latter without it.

Nevertheless, we have to be aware that a spiritual pregnancy, and subsequently birth, was and is more important when we put it in relation with the bigger picture, the bringing of all of humankind to a better world, a world that will have achieved a perfect balance between both, between the feminine and the masculine. And that's what this Megillah, the book of Esther, also tries to let us become immersed into, namely in us starting to reconnect ourselves with where it all 'began' to never end. Yes, even when a soul has seemingly not succeeded in what it was supposed to do, then the picture can become quite different when we realize the constant defeat of evil, the battle that is, not yet the war, and the fact that the soul may well have caused this defeat without that the body and the mind of the person(s) in question was/were aware of it, nor the people around this/these person(s) when we take the many reactions into account to this day. Like G-d is thus working in a veiled manner here within the world of queen Esther, so do we know where our soul really comes from. We become aware of the reality that the soul can also work in a veiled manner to the body and the mind that serves as its host in this world of man. Remember that it has been created in His likeness. So, if we let this reality mature, then it certainly will give us more tools to delve with into the deepest depth of this most amazing story, and its treasure, the pearl of man's inner beauty, of every man that is. True, even when the ego of man can be very persuasive, the soul will always be stronger. This will be so within those who believe in it, and within the ones who don't accept this reality within the freedom they are fully entitled to have, as well as to abide by. But let us not forget that every person within this story acted on the basis of what s/he thought to be the right thing to do. This is so for Mordecai, Esther and the Hebrew/Jewish nation, but is as true for the king, Haman, the princes, and every citizen of the kingdom. They all acted as they wanted to act in the way they did it. Anyhow, it has become known to all, behind all these actions, that goodness prevailed because the soul was stronger than man's ego. Haman's soul did cause him to fall upon the couch whereon Esther was. This wasn't the Haman we have become acquainted with within this book. This was the Haman who came to realize his wrong, even when it was still very weak, and certainly not a cause for letting us to become overjoyed. His soul became the cause of the defeat of what he devised against the nature of who man truly is, of what humankind truly does stand for, and what being humane is all about, namely to preserve the sanctity of life, not its dead, nor its demise. We shouldn't fear the person we really are as if it's a real fire, but rather let us draw nearer to the burning bush. The fear of the Hebrews/Jews was fallen upon them, upon the citizens of the king's kingdom. This was the same fear that Moshe had. It was the one that made him draw closer to what would enlighten the entire world, and bring it its long awaited peace, namely the TORAH, and with the Noahide laws within as well.

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