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Five Levels of Understanding

Rebbe Nachman says that there are five levels in understanding.

The first level is I know a lot with my mind. I have a lot of information. I know a lot.

The second is, I know the way things were before they were created. On that level. Not only the information, what’s going on, but I also know those things before they were created.

The third thing is… you see, we always think, “What is the purpose of this, what is this doing.” The third level is that I understand things that have no purpose.

The fourth level is that nothing matters to my mind. The fourth level is… (This is so deep that I can’t even understand it.) He says, it doesn’t matter to my mind if it’s there or not. On that high level, it doesn’t matter, right?
The fifth level, he says, is that my knowing it, doesn’t make it less possible.

(I don’t understand this, I can only translate it. This is way out, you know.)

He says like this: The first thing is that I know a lot. I know a lot. The second thing is I know them even before they were created. The third thing is my mind is so deep that I can even encompass things which have no purpose. The fourth thing is that it doesn’t matter to me if they’re there or not. And the fifth level is, that my knowing them doesn’t make them less possible. If you understand this folks, you’re on a pretty high level. He says if you reach that level then your mind is G-d level.


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Once there was a Yeshiva student going out on his first date. He went to his friend for advice. “What do I talk about with the girl?”

His friend said, “It’s as easy as pie. First you talk about love. Then you talk about family. And then you talk about philosophy.”

OK, the great moment arrives. They sit down and first he says, “Tell me honestly, do you love lokshen (noodles)?”

She says, “No, I hate lokshen.”

OK, let’s try family. “Does your brother like lokshen?”

“I don’t have a brother.”

Oh, no, this is not so simple. Let’s try philosophy. “If you would have a brother, do you think he would like lokshen?”


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