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   Rebbe Nachman says: A person is not what he knows; a person is not what he does. A person is what he is longing for.

 

The greatest obfuscation [covering up] of GYd is that I think I know.

My good actions can be destroyed by my unholy actions. Holy words can be destroyed by unholy words. Holy yearning comes from a place where unholy yearning doesn’t reach. This is really that part of me which is indestructible.

 

When you open your eyes, this is simply the level of what you see. Why do you close your eyes? You close your eyes because what you are longing for is not yet here. In order to see what you are longing for, you have to close your eyes.

 

When the sun and moon are shining, they show us something that is there. What does a candle show us? Why does a candle shine? A candle shows us all of the things we are longing for. This vision is so awesome that the candle shines.

 

When the sun is shining, there is no darkness. When the moon is shining, it partially drives away the darkness. But a candle leaves the dark just as it is. The candle just shines.

 


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