10/09/2007

Book of Esther: Chapter 6 (Updated study)

(Note: To read the third chapter of this book, please click on the following link: http://www.breslov.com/bible/Esther6.htm#6This way I hope that you will be able to follow, and understand the study much easier.)


Many are wondering these days if there’s really another world to belief in, and to long for. And they, like in any time, do have the right to think about it, to ask questions about such a most important matter that has kept humankind awake since we can remember. However, most people, like the king who couldn't sleep, won't ask for the proper books to be opened. They often just want to read those which would give them the answer they've already constructed for themselves, namely within their own mind of thoughts that is. It doesn't matter that there's another book in existence which is much more reliable, and for them to come standing face-to-face with reality. They don't want to hear about it. And even when they do, then they won't listen to its advice, but rather harden their stance into the opposite direction, sometimes even very extremely, just as Haman behaved and wanted. Yes, the very fact of them denying themselves the doorway of redemption, perhaps even the light of salvation, reveals to the people around them that they do know what kind of steps are needed for all of humankind to prosper, to have a rich life, or rather a life that will enrich their everyday life day after day, even night after night. Only, they don't have the courage within them to change. Or at least, it's what they think. It's not necessarily the reality of course. It means that you have thus as a leader always the choice between guiding the people, everyone of your constituencies that is, towards prosperity, or you can keep them within the confines of your power, and their continued enslavement out of fear for that what no one should fear, unless you would start to behave contrary to its rules/words of wisdom, even laws. True, there is in such a circumstance always the fear of people begetting the wrong guidance, and things will get worse, things become corrupted, the same as the advisers of Pharaoh brought even more hardship into everyone's household, even to the Egyptians themselves. However, when the king would prevent himself from acquiring the right answers, or believing in the proper guidance, then you can't truly blame the people for behaving erratically vis-à-vis themselves as well as others. Or you have very wise advisers around you in terms of heavenly wisdom, or you have wicked ones like Haman who only follow the path of an egocentric ‘wisdom’.


Yeah, humankind has become aware for over more than 5700 years (= G-d’s sixth day in progress) now in that it has a soul, a Chava, or better known as Eve. But there are still today quite a lot of people who do crave for a lifestyle, a power, in the likeness of Haman, completely contrary to this ancient old reality, a very vivid one for sure, as it's an everlasting one. Anyhow, they have within a free society this right to do so, even religiously. Obviously, it doesn't necessarily mean that they're right. And they of course will return the favor, claiming that those who think otherwise are completely out of touch with reality. There is within their reasoning no other world to belief in, only theirs. It should therefore be forced into everyone's mind of thinking because it gives them who created this human thought, this philosophy, all the power they need, the natural way that is, the one of the ego. One who controls this can kill whomever s/he wants, even an entire people, because it's the law of nature à la human ego of course, even the godly one. A person who lives thus by such a mentality will act without feeling any remorse, a culture of dead alike. At least, this is how they think and interpret it within their ego, as they worship nature without a soul when it's full of souls who belief in G-d. However, there is no soul in their world, just nothing, only the body that behaves and act according to its own chemical structure, meaning the ups and downs of the hormones, even the genetic make-up of this or that person. The more medical knowledge that becomes available, and scientifically know-how that becomes known from out of whatever domain in science; hence the danger of seeing Kabala as a science thus, something it isn’t by the way, as science is confined by nature, not spirituality; the more they will harden their stance of having been right all the time. Nothing will convince them of the contrary. There is no dime within the entire world that can be given them to change their mind, even when they would accept the offer out of a political consideration for instance. And this is what happened to Haman. The king offered him that dime. Yes, he took it while still believing very firmly in his desires, his thoughts about what life is all about, to him that is, not to others, nor the king for that matter. He therefore grabbed it with both hands, but in his haste didn't notice that it wasn't a real dime at all. Haman was so assured of handling the situation correctly, thinking that he had the king in his power, and many other noble princes, as well as the elite of the kingdom, that he didn't realized something extraordinary that was bound to happen to him, and to those he wanted to harm. And yes, even the king wasn't really aware of the scope of his involvement, in having been assigned a most important role within the world that G-d kept hidden.


It in a certain way does reveal something strange. Yeah, we are mostly enticed to assume that He kept it hidden because we as being Hebrew/Jewish weren't entitled to see it, a thinking that is to a certain degree not wrong, albeit not completely right neither. However, we perhaps should or have to think also differently, as explained a bit already, namely from an angle we thus never thought it to be that important, meaning that He kept things in a secretive way so to not expose His plan wherewith to salvage the entire Hebrew/Jewish nation. If Haman would have got the slightest warning, the slightest impression that something wasn't right, that he had to be careful about where to put his next step, then surely the advice to the king could have been entirely different. After all, when he would have been aware that G-d would save his people nevertheless, and Mordecai being one of them, then he surely could have scent trouble ahead, even when he wasn't quite sure of whom the king was talking about. There was thus at that moment nothing for Haman to be worried about, only the knowledge that Mordecai was a Jew, one who had defied his authority because he as a Hebrew/Jew wasn't permitted by faith to do so. And he, that is Mordecai, will be killed. We however do notice at the same time how many opportunities Haman was given as well, opportunities to retract his murderous decree. We can even witness G-d's hand within Haman's wicked ideology, as the plan was to become fulfilled one year after it was decreed. In between, everything was possible for him to change his mind. He even today could have easily changed after having witnessed what the king eventually did with his advice. He could still have told the king, as he was in his presence, that he would annul the decree regarding the Hebrew/Jewish people, and admit that he was wrong, that he had it been all along. But he didn't. He wasted the very last opportunity he was offered, the door for his own redemption and eventually salvation. He slammed it into his own face instead, even of his entire family and friends. And we behind all that slamming do witness again the push for us as Hebrews/Jews to start standing on our own legs so to speak, to walk back to G-d on our own strength, on the power of our soul, our light wherewith we are a light unto the nations. It was for us a time of learning to stand firm, and steady on both our legs, even start walking by ourselves, not being taken by the hands anymore wherewith G-d was helping us to move on with our life under His visible protection, as happened during Moshe's lifetime. We were being tutored in learning to feel Him everywhere we are and/or are fulfilling a certain task/job during the day and even night without His tangible presence. Yes, to be guided back to our mother, even father by means of our very own light within us all.


The book of Esther is therefore not only a book of revelations, but also a book of secrets, a book wherewith we can try to reveal the hidden all by ourselves, of what may have been, or not for that matter. This chapter can, if we let it, even push us to start digging towards a deeper depth than most of us perhaps have gone already. Yes, we are seemingly being advised to assume that the king didn't know of what was bound to happen to queen Esther's people, that he only became aware of it when the queen told him about it. There’s nothing that could have changed our mind, as it seems to be so clear, unless we walk by ourselves, and ask our soul for help, to give us guidance/light into the matter. We may therefore never forget that the soul isn't only connected to the spiritual world, but as well to G-d's knowledge and vision. It has resources available to itself, which go beyond our comprehension when we would view it from out of an ego’s way of thinking. And we in that light have already been able to reveal that king Ahasuerus wasn't that inhumane after all, that he was a human being, but one becoming advised by a not so humane character. Thus when we would start to assume that he did know of what Haman tried to contrive, then such a revelation would put the entire chapter into a completely different perspective, even the entire Megillah as of now. It would give us not only the knowledge of an awareness by the king of what was bound to happen, and this not only to the Hebrew/Jewish people within his kingdom, but also eventually to him. And a most extraordinary opportunity arose when his servants told him that Haman was in the outer court of the king's palace. Now the king, when being careful, could give Haman the helping hand of getting out of what could become a peculiar situation, namely in that he would forgive him if he would take this opportunity, and subsequently give his queen the greatest gift of all gifts he could give her, knowing that playing with the state of mind Haman was in, that he for sure will beget the answer he hoped to get. He would slam two flies with one hit so to speak, not a door this time, in the likeness of Haman. The choice was given to both parties, and based on the kind of opportunity that was offered them, which was not the same for both, but was at the end when seen within a broader perspective. Yes, both had the freedom to take it, or to waste it because let us not forget that a decree signed with the seal of the king's ring couldn't be undone.


At the end, queen Esther will be given, thanks to the king's own personal wisdom, free from Haman's wickedness, just that what she later on will ask from him. The parading of Mordecai through the street of the city was just the push, the package of the gift, meaning that it was up to queen Esther, even Mordecai, to open it and see what was truly in it. It was even a gift to Haman. The king had decided to give her the half of his empire, but eventually will give her his entire kingdom, as she hoped for, remembering that she aspired to be accepted within His Kingdom, becoming inscribed into the Book of Books on Yom Kippur, and together with herself not only Mordecai, but the entire Jewish nation within the kingdom of king Ahasuerus as well, even king Saul in a certain way. Thus becoming aware of a possible and great danger ahead; witnessing how blessed his marriage with Esther was, a blessing that won't only safe his entire kingdom, but eventually himself too; the king began to realize that everything what was happening was for the good of all and everyone. It was starting to unravel itself step-by-step. He understood that it was meant for the welfare of not only the people who will become saved, then also for humankind as a whole. True, he couldn't sleep that night after the first banquet prepared by his queen. He wanted to know what could be bothering her, and asked for the book of records of the chronicles to be read before him. And he became aware of what it was, even when this chapter is only mentioning about what Mordecai once did, in that he saved the king from being killed by two of his chamberlains, of those who kept the door. However, something must have opened his eyes, for he realized a certain connection that it had with queen Esther through his marriage with her, knowing that she was raised by Mordecai who saved him. So realizing more and more that the Hebrew/Jewish G-d had clearly a hand in everything what was happening, then it shall therefore surely be of no surprise to us that the king could have made the connection between this rescue and a much bigger one that was to be put in motion for the queen had risked her own life, and was trying to tell it him. She wouldn't have gone at such a length for it when it wouldn't have been a life threatening situation, one of such a magnitude that it was even for her extremely difficult in coming forward with it, to find the right moment, even words, so that it, the immense weight resting on her shoulders, could be understood correctly, not wrongly in any way. Something was truly bothering her, and he was aware that the manner in how she would expose it would decide the fate of what she was carrying with her, which was clearly a matter of life and dead thus.


As for now, the king couldn't do much. Everything was handed over into the hands of the parties in question. It was for Haman to come forward with his advice, and hopefully learn from the wisdom of the king for the good of himself, his entire family and friends. But it was equally important for queen Esther to step into the limelight, and reveal what was bothering her so deeply that she had a lot of difficulties in trying to get it revealed, even when knowing now that she won't be killed. It all had thus been given into the power of the lead actors so to speak. The only thing the king could do and did was to hopefully facilitate the process, to reach out his hands to them. But both will have to take the steps for themselves eventually. They are the ones who will have to put one step before the other one till they will have reached the hands of redemption, even salvation on the day of reckoning. Or perhaps before that most blessed time when Haman would have taken the wisdom deep into his heart, or rather mind, not only because of the king's action to his advice, but also due to that his family and friends realized that what he had devised against the Hebrew/Jewish people from the moment that he was put in charge till this day, that it was clearly not a good omen, that it won't turn out in a prosperous way for them if it went ahead. Yes, he still had the chance to change direction no matter how extremely slight it had become by now, that is at the very moment that he entered the palace walls again, even to the banquet that Esther had prepared. Nevertheless, he didn't, as we will come to know. He out of haughtiness, even blindness due to his ego, wasted every personal life saving opportunity during the entire moment of his tenure as being the second in command, just behind the king himself. He even didn't order the destruction of the gallows which had been build for Mordecai. Yeah, he was so convinced of his right, of being right all the time, that it had destroyed him completely figuratively, and at the end also literally. There was nothing that could change his mind, that could cure his thoughts, even his body. No, not the king, nor his wife, and neither his wise men could save him.


Luckily that Esther was cut out of some other wood, as G-d was asking the Jewish people at that moment in time, as He will do so always afterwards, to come walking back to Him on their own legs. But we do know deep within ourselves that He will always take us by the hand when we do so properly. True, the most important lesson within the spiritual world is the decision that is being taken, the one you take on your own through the guidance, help, even through the study that you for sure will have been given regarding the goodness within every human being, his/her light, and of what humanity really does stands for thus. Esther waited therefore a bit longer, so to even give Haman, the enemy, a very last chance to come forward with it himself, and be saved, in the likeness of what her king would do, even the King, before the verdict will fall for either one, or no one! And this behavior of hers does teach us at the same time that one of the most important lesson we should never forget from this chapter is that when we save the King, even when He as a King doesn't have to be saved, that we all will be wandering around within the clothing of the King. We all will be given His light to be a light unto the nations, not only around our body anymore, but inside it this time as well, the same as happened unto Moshe! This is probably the uppermost hidden lesson within this chapter, even the entire Megillah of Esther, hence the entire Torah. Saving His presence amongst humankind will save not only us, but every form of life, even our enemy’s one if that one would be prepared to finally listen to some real wisdom for a change, a chance to change, not fearing to look right into the mirror, accepting what s/he truly sees, and learn from it for the better of all and everyone, even everything with what we could better people’s life with thus.


Can we change? Can everyone within the world of humankind change for the better, for the sake of every form of life?


Yes, we all can because we all have this power to do good in us, this soul, G-d's light. We only have to let it free, to free it from its bondage, of our ego, and take His hand, as we already will have made the decision to do so when we have chosen to go for its freedom.

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