A Letter to you from Rebbe Nachman
This is a letter that Rebbe Nachman wrote to Rebbe Nathan, Rebbe Nachman’s greatest pupil. This letter is also written to you. He wants you to read the letter in such a way that you know it was written to you. So he says, “I want you to read the letter and say your name and your mother’s name before you read it.” He says, “I’m begging you, really say your name, and your mother’s name, because it will be good for you.” OK, it’s way out. If you want to be completely with it, why don’t you also say your name and your mother’s name while reading it. OK?
“You, Shlomo ben Naftali, [say your own name] my sweet close friend and pupil, I’m crying out to you. I’m begging you, stop for a few minutes, and listen to what I have to tell you, because I’m talking to you about your eternity.
I want you to know how much work I put into my own self, until I was able to tell you too, to come close. Do you know how many miracles happen to you? How many wonders, till you got a little closer to G-d?
Therefore I’m begging you, the most important thing is, don’t fool yourself, and don’t let anybody else fool you.
Don’t you know, there is nobody else who can fix your soul. Only you can fix your own soul. And all the levels that you want to reach, only you can reach them.
And, therefore, the only way of getting to this is – you have to be alone, and you have to talk to yourself. You have to talk to G-d. And you have to mamash tell Him everything.
Maybe it sounds simple, but if you could only do it with complete simplicity, mamash like a child. Do it really with all your heart.
Do you know how much your soul is missing, yearning to talk to you? Do you know how much you are missing yourself? Can you imagine; you’re living so long in this world, and you never spoke to yourself? If you could only hear the way your own soul is missing you, then nothing in the world could be between you and your own soul.
And when you talk to your own soul, then you can judge yourself in such a holy way, a deep way, a high way, and just with a few words, you can fix your own self. Your nefesh, ruach, neshama [soul].
And you can fix the world until all eternity, because every person has to know that, “The whole world depends on me.” Because if the world didn’t depend on me, I wouldn’t be alive.
I want you to know one thing. I’m yelling out to you, to let you know, that because your whole eternity depends on it, therefore it’s the hardest thing to do. Because everything which is not important is easy to do. But that thing which is really important is almost impossible, even if it’s so very simple. You’ll have ten thousand excuses, and fifteen thousand questions. In the meantime, you won’t do it.
Therefore, my holy brother, my holy sister, have compassion. Don’t stand before G-d without anything. Don’t stand before your own self in shame.
And please, don’t you know, the life of your children and grandchildren till the end of generations depends on you.
I know you’re ready to die for G-d. But I’m not asking you to die for G-d. I’m asking you to take off a few minutes.”
Oy! Better sing a little song after this. It’s too heartbreaking.