10/29/2007

Book of Esther: Chapter 8 (Updated study)

(Note: To read the third chapter of this book, please click on the following link: http://www.breslov.com/bible/Esther8.htm#8. This way I hope that you will be able to follow, and understand the study much easier.)

What we learn here is that passiveness will bring us nowhere. It will eventually only aggravate the situation till there is no way out of it than to succumb to the atrocities that have been devised. When no one would have stood-up against it, then there was nothing that would have stopped it from happening, and the world would surely have looked different than how we do know it today, even yesterday. But, we're also being taught to be careful when we do protest a certain irregularity, or injustice. We have to be very sure that what we're about to do is fully justified, that we aren't asking an injustice to be undone with something worse. Everything has to stay within the confines of the matter in question. It has to be made clear to everyone throughout the kingdom that what they are about to experience was completely out of touch with their well-being as a human being. Every citizen was about to learn the difference between being a human-human, and what it means to be living as a spiritual-human being. The people of the kingdom were being guided towards a life wherein they would make haste in showing their utmost respect to the sanctity of life, and not the culture of dead Haman was practicing, even worshipped. Yeah, he firmly believed in it. It was his belief, his god. And it in his eyes should have become so in king Ahasuerus' entire kingdom. Let us therefore even today just stand still for one single moment, and take note of what's happening all around us. Try to see, to witness what this kind of culture has brought humankind. And when we do so in uprightness of mind, then we surely will without doubt witness nature's precarious situation, a nature we always will have to work with because even the most technological advanced technology can't do without its help. If humankind would thus keep on believing that a lifestyle in the likeness of Haman is preferable, then we all are doomed to disappear into oblivion someday. Yes, a culture of dead isn't only a lifestyle that finds its energy within the hatred of a person’s or people's mind, but keeps above all extracting its power, even strength, from within one’s ego, meaning that its worrisome behavior isn't really directed at the one who is hated, then only and solely towards the one who has made it his/her hallmark. It's thus self-destructive in nature, suicidal when you prefer. It's rather hating yourself for what a kind of person you've become, but not accepting it, not realizing it due to the ego within who blinds, who blocks a person's redemption, ultimately salvation for him-/herself, even to a point of thinking egoistically that s/he has this only right, and no one else, or no one else than a certain race, a certain belief for instance. And such a lifestyle will always have nasty side-effects with regard to how a person or persons will behave, or act vis-à-vis others and nature.

True, we as human beings have always had, since the coming into existence of human society, the intellect of advancing our intellectual know-how, and did put it into a practical feasibility so that everyone could enjoy its wealth, it making the life of man easier. In that light did we found a way to make fire, and it brought us many additional opportunities. But we weren't yet aware of the enormous damage it could cause the surrounding environment as well when handled erratically, or without care, even to ourselves. And still today there are those amongst us who don't want to understand the danger of what a fire, one that starts spreading all over the world, can cause to all of humankind. Yes, still today there are sadly enough irresponsible persons, even entire groups of people, sometimes even almost an entire nation, who seems not willing to accept the fact that they've chosen a path that won't lead them to their salvation. It will bring them no solace, not now, and not anywhere. If we all would follow their guidance, then the only thing that this planet will witness is dead, the dead of all life, no exception, a desert, a swamp, just like theirs is already, even literally for some. So we therefore based on that knowledge could easily state that there ain't much difference between the world of queen Esther and the one of today. And we won't be that far away from the truth with such a statement because man has to a certain degree not wasted any opportunity given to stay encircled by his own ego, meaning that as long as he let his ego be the talk of the day, even its law, his belief in it thus, then nothing will truly change no matter in what time we would live. Certain people will undergo harassments time and time again by those who think that they always do know better. But no one of us does for otherwise we wouldn't have schools anymore, neither for adults. We wouldn't have facilities of science where scientists are trying to find a way in making life even much easier than before. Hence, we wouldn't have any Yeshiva anymore as well if we would know everything that has to be known, even about His word. We wouldn't be studying Torah, nor writing about it. There would even be no reason for an about to be stillborn baby to be brought into this world, nor s/he pushing for it. Correct, if the infant would stay put within the security of the womb, being aware that it will die immediately outside this sanctity, its very own personal 'temple', then how can things change for the better, even in the world to come? Thus no, nothing of a kind would and will happen because it won’t only kill the infant at the end, but the mother as well eventually, meaning all life!

And this is one of the many things we'll learn by studying this Megillah. This chapter will even open our eyes a few inches wider so that we hopefully can come to understand its beauty, its tenderness, warmth and love for life, all life that is. But we should try to start looking beyond its literal amplification. We have to widen our scope through its figurative expression by combining it with its spiritual and subsequently mystical hidden message because there sits them the key not to its success, then our well-being when we can achieve to extract it out of its depth. Yes, what we are enticed to learn, and thus to do, is to submerge ourselves into this entire Megillah with a unified body, mind and soul, knowing our Torah free from whatever Egyptian bondage, or rather imprisonment it could have fallen into, even its people. We have thus to be a house build on a solid foundation if we want to acquire the ability of knowing in how to search for its wealth by entering every room that it is entitled to unlock for us depending on our progress. It's for that reason that we first of all have to find this key, and realize above all that we without it won't acquire the opportunity of becoming freed souls. Alas, we won't know that we're really still enslaved so to speak. We will keep on falsely believing that we're free while the opposite is quite true. It's thus of utmost importance that we first of all learn to accept the reality we're truly in. And we shouldn't keep this wisdom, this treasure for ourselves once we do so, but remember that we only as a community, a unified nation of people, can gain or regain the strength needed to salvage the entire world, even and above all ourselves first. If we would forsake on this, then we won't be any better than Haman himself, nor would we be free. The meaning of every form of life is to understand that we all are somehow connected to one another. Every single particle of life within this world, every atom is part of the bigger picture in a manner of speaking. After all, there will be no freedom, no sanctity, even no holiness without the safety of every Hebrew/Jewish individual, without the security that no harm will be done to queen Esther and Mordecai's brothers and sisters, to their nation. If the decree of Haman would have stayed in effect without its inhumane gravity having been countered successfully, then there would have been nothing left for Esther and Mordecai than to acknowledge defeat and shame for they would have been found truly not one bit better than Haman. Yes, if one particle disrupts the process of goodness, then the entire process will eventually become disruptive towards everything else it is connected with unless it is stopped from proceeding with the harm it is causing within a justified manner of perception, expression, interpretation and ultimately action, not by being passive, nor delusive, and neither deceptively.

And it's understandable that some of us could perhaps feel a bit disoriented due to the seemingly equality of this decree with the one that Haman had devised. It seems that the counter decree isn't that different at all for these people. Mordecai, in their view, does want to give every Hebrew/Jew the right to act in a similar manner. But this isn't true, nor upright. When we would keep on portraying it as such, then we would cause a tremendous harm to fall upon the blessed memory of Esther and Mordecai, even the gentile king who gave it his blessing as well. The same we would do unto all those who stood behind it and him, the king that is, even the King, G-d thus. Yes, if we would make the effort of reading Mordecai's decree attentively, and with utmost care, being aware of what our Torah does teach us, then we surely will be guided towards its deeper essence within a proper manner. We will witness a difference, but a very important one when we notice that the eye for an eye statement isn't quite as it seems to be in first instance. It's the core of the decree, no matter how tiny it may be. Yeah, it's the beauty of it, the certainty that justice will be served according to what being humane truly does stand for. But true that there's still the notification which gives a person the right to take someone's life, but look at it once more. And when you have done so, then you will see that Mordecai doesn't give every Hebrew/Jew the order to murder, the right to take someone's life. His decree is one written as a means to defend, not to offend. Haman's one is just the complete opposite, meaning that he decreed it as one whereas to give the people the right to murder every single Hebrew/Jew within the kingdom, even a baby infant. Mordecai on the other hand gives his people only the right to defend themselves, the justified right to fight off all those who would still want to fulfill the hatred of Haman. And we know that hatred is self-destructive in nature. It means thus that when no one would cause harm to occur, then not one single drop of blood would be spilled within the entire kingdom. Therefore is this the major difference between the one decree and the other, even when both seem to be equal in nature. They aren't even closely related. Both are complete opposites of each other. The one has been solely devised out of a natural action perceived wrongly by the one, that is Haman, who devised it because nature in its nature protects life. And the decree of Mordecai is based on a spiritual-natural basis, one that will try to amplify the deeper essence of what life is all about.

Every citizen of the kingdom becomes, or will thus become submerged into a light many weren't aware of (anymore) that they had it in them. They will learn about their soul. They, in a certain way, will reconnect themselves with their inner self, becoming reborn. It has even all the elements of being subversive while being nothing of a kind, as it in reality was only Haman who tried to be a revolutionary, a mercenary alike, with dare consequences attached to his revolt because he went completely overboard into the opposite direction instead of starting to walk the path of goodness, even uprightness. But there's also another rare phenomenon to be discovered if we let it. However, it's not something that's solely confined to this Megillah alone, then a wisdom that can be found within the entire Torah as well, namely the lesson that wants to bring us into a state of balance, and this foremost with ourselves first. Yeah, when we know where to look for it, then we surely will uncover this hidden treasure. It's the balance between male and female, between every man's masculine and feminine capabilities, no matter if a human being is a man or a woman, a boy or a girl. We discover thus, to a certain degree, in how Haman's balance leans completely over to his masculine side, and this all the way down. On the other hand do we have queen Esther who plays the opposite, meaning a balance which is too feminine in first instance. The outcome of the battle between the sexes, in a manner of speaking, can therefore only be won by the one who succeeds in bringing it level, that is the masculinity and femininity within him-/herself, and subsequently throughout the entire world. And here comes Mordecai into the picture with regard to Esther, and the king for Haman. Both men are to a certain point the counterweights needed to bring the balance level, to bring left and right into a perfect harmony. Only Esther will take the opportunity given firmly with both her hands. Nevertheless, once she succeeds, we are advised, the same as she is being taught, to keep moving forward, not to look backwards, just move on, and remember what we've come to learn. It's not only about herself, nor about her and Mordecai alone, but the entire Hebrew/Jewish community that had to be saved from eminent destruction/extinction, even all of humankind. Mordecai succeeded in his tutoring, as his entire personality wasn't compromised, nor had it become corrupted in any way by being bound to the laws of the king, laws which couldn't be undone. He followed the ones of his faith. And that's also the reason why the king failed with Haman. Mordecai and Esther were cut out of the same wood, something that wasn't quite the same with regard to the king and Haman. They were more opposite poles ruled by the same seal, a seal which was restricted by man's nature. Esther and Mordecai didn't had that problem because G-d's seal/covenant was theirs, not man's ego.

So this it was wherein the people of king Ahasuerus' kingdom became submerged into. And it’s written that many of them converted to the Judaic faith because the fear of the Jews had caught them. Anyhow, we again should be advised to not interpret this too literally. After all, not everyone did convert, and so this fear cannot be justified as a fear for the Hebrews/Jews. It's one of those tiny details we mostly tend to overlook. But once we take care of not falling into the trap of our very own ego, then we can come to remember that the ten northern tribes of Yisrael had been taken into exile a few centuries before the tribes of the kingdom of Judeah lost their war as well. And we have come to learn that they assimilated with the populace of the region where they were brought to, to become forgotten that they've ever existed. At least, this was the hope of those rulers who ruled over them since their exile, not the one of the remaining tribes of the Southern kingdom. Therefore, when we remember, then we realize that the salvaging of the entire Hebrew/Jewish community had a goal which went much further than what we normally would anticipate, one that no one was really aware of at the beginning till the fog disappeared completely at this stage. Yeah, let us not forget that the exile of the ten northern tribes hadn't taken place that long ago in the time of queen Esther. At least not long enough for the descendants to have completely forgotten their roots. We even today can bump into a people, even an entire community in India for instance, who still do live by way of elements from out of the Judaic faith. These communities have mostly even names that are reviving the memory of some of the lost Hebrew/Jewish tribes. Thus if people today are living as such, then surely more deeply, and still more attached to the roots of their forefathers when queen Esther and Mordecai lived their lives. We should therefore interpret this fear rather as a fear of missing the boat, of missing the opportunity of reconnecting themselves with their parents’ true roots, even its faith, and their real and only home sweet home so to speak. It would truly have been a shame thanks to the success against Haman, even the fact that there was living within the walls of the palace such a great personality with tremendous capabilities, when not taking firmly with both hands the freedom given, in rectifying at the same time an injustice that had ravaged the entire Hebrew/Jewish nation a few centuries ago, and reconcile the descendants of those Hebrew/Jewish tribes with Judaism again. Sure, we may not forget that these people, these citizens of the kingdom have to a certain point to be seen also as queen Esther and Mordecai's brothers and sisters. They do belong to the Hebrew/Jewish community, or at least have a justified right to be brought back home when they do wish so. And many of them did, but not all of them yet.

We may neither forget that all of this happened long before the day of reckoning. There was joy and festivities within every Hebrew/Jewish household. There was peace throughout the entire kingdom, a peace not witnessed before, happiness that you can't describe unless you're aware of the depth of what truly had occurred. And for that we have to reconnect ourselves with what was prophesied about this time, to learn about it, remembering it, and know how to enliven our forefathers’ joy. In a way, we have to submerge ourselves into their lives, acquaint ourselves with their souls, becoming lectured not necessarily into the secrets of the time in question alone, then also into those which go beyond time and space, the ones which do connect, which do let you become one, a unity between body, mind and soul. Finding the perfect balance between our masculinity and femininity is therefore of utmost importance. After all, men and women do have the same brain structure, don't they? Thus both have the same qualities, capabilities and opportunities wherewith to better the world entire. But it's true that a decree like the one that Mordecai had decreed will have to stay in effect till the moment that every single Haman will be gone into the annals of history. It will have to be so till the day of reckoning at the end of times, before a new one will arise, the one of light we all do await, the Sabbatical millennium. And it shouldn't be done in passiveness, nor delusiveness, and neither deceptively, but rather with justified, concrete, steadfast and decisive action. The time of being shy, even the one of the Diaspora, is already long gone. It's time to be a woman, a man. Yes, to be both, even when by nature not being so. However, we have to keep being vigilant till the moment arrives wherein we all can rest, and become one giant bulb of light, the same as G-d is One. And it's understandable that this can seem to be a very huge mountain that can't be climbed. It's even very realistic to assume that there seems to be no bridge between this masculinity and femininity. Well, then take note that most of these thoughts are being constructed out of our perception about what we assume to be real, or even true, but isn't necessarily so. Remember that our ego can play tricks with us, tricks which often blur our sight! Yes, let us therefore always keep in mind, keep it as a treasure within the deepest depth of our heart, but rather mind, that we will always have the choice between doing good or evil, act good or wrongly with that what we have acquired, or are being given into our hands, even the king's seal, but as well G-d's Torah, His seal!

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