As I entered the main terminal of San Francisco Airport, I saw several men playing guitars. A large crowd of travelers were watching the Chassidic–rock dance. I was drawn to the music, and began to twirl, spin, fly, and vibrate to the music.
What was it that made this Jewish high? Only one thing; Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach who was tuned into the universe.
Rebbe Shlomo was late for his flight and they were holding it for him. So we danced him down the corridor, through the hand–luggage checkpoint. This nucleus of some 100 hippie–Chassidim moving, jumping, and swaying to the sound of the guitars as we moved towards the boarding area, seemed to take over the airport. This powerful flow of human movement, dancing as if the Messiah had already arrived, filled the hall and lounge area up to the entrance to the plane. Rebbe Shlomo threw a million kisses to each and everyone, and he was off.
Gone. The music continued for a few minutes. The travelers had gone, the friends were leaving. The high took off with the plane. Was it a hallucination? Was he real? Who was this lone ranger of the Jews?
Joy is the essence of life.
Rabbi Nachman says: The greatest gift from Heaven is joy.
People only hate when they are sad.
Being joyous is not a luxury. It is a matter of life and death. You have to imagine that joy is a pillar and that you are tied to it.
You can only go through all the trials and tests of life successfully when you are happy, when you are joyous.
How can you understand what is going on if you are sad?
Sadness is the beginning of every downfall, and joy is the beginning of every rise.
Every light needs a vessel to hold it. GYd’s great light needs a vessel to be able to shine into us. GYd’s infinite light needs an infinite vessel. The name of that vessel is joy.
What makes us so sad is that we give up on ourselves.
The way to become happy is to look at yourself and realize, “I am not really as bad as I thought.”
A happy person can also be sad sometimes. That is OK. But the most important thing is, while you are sad, don’t stop being happy.
After you cry, if you see another person, do you love him, or do you hate him? If your cry is a living kind of cry, then every person looks beautiful to you. You think, I’m not beautiful, but he is beautiful. I am so happy for him. But if you have this dead kind of sadness inside, then everybody looks ugly to you.
As long as you are completely filled with joy, evil cannot touch you.
If you smile here, down below, then G-d smiles back from above.