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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.



Daily Torah Quote

Joke of the day

poor man came to the house of an elderly couple. Unfortunately they had nothing in the house to give him except an old piece of fish “from before the time of Noah’s Ark and the flood.” Out of desperation, they served him this fish and the next thing they knew he had to be rushed to the hospital. The elderly couple, of course, accompanied him to the hospital but, unfortunately, watched him die in front of their eyes.

At the funeral the elderly woman was crying uncontrollably and her husband was having a hard time trying to console her. She was hysterically screaming, “The fish killed him, the fish killed him.”

The husband who couldn’t stand to see his wife in such a state comforted her and said, “My darling, it’s really not that bad. We had the merit of fulfilling three good deeds: Welcoming guests, visiting the sick, and escorting the deceased!”