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Mixing the Ingredients

Rebbe Nachman says, imagine I make a pie. I have all the ingredients, and I just have to stir it. Actually we stir it all the time, because we’re living all the time. OK, but imagine I want an ingredient called love. But if this love is in the pie, it has to be soft. If it isn’t ground up, if it is thick like a stone, it won’t mingle, it will stick out. It’s not mixed, it just doesn’t mingle with the other parts. Do you know what is happening then? It’s just obnoxious. It’s good, it’s sweet, it’s a strong ingredient, but it just isn’t mixed in, it’s just so coarse. It doesn’t go.

Some people keep Shabbos, but sometimes your nose tells you, “I can’t stand their Shabbos.” Why? Their Shabbos isn’t really, really, really integrated into their whole being and their whole life. It’s sticking out like a stone, coarse, so coarse it just doesn’t mingle.

It isn’t that we need a ‘great fixer,’ but a ‘great mixer.’ You have got to know how to do it. Coarse just doesn’t go.


How do you un-coarse all those ingredients? The only way, Rebbe Nachman says, and he’s very strong about this, is that you have to be alone and talk to G-d. You’ve got to be alone, and you’ve got to get yourself a little control.

And the whole thing is, Rebbe Nachman always taught, that while we pray, mamash we’re completely annihilated. Because if you pray, and then, after you prayed, you’re as coarse as you were before, nothing happens to you. Nothing happens… Something has to happen.

Taste real goodness

What do we know about ‘real good?’ Let’s say, for instance, we say, “This is not so bad, this is better, and this is good.” What? Did we ever taste ‘real good?’ I don’t know if maybe you ever tasted real evil, but did you ever taste ‘real good?’ There is something that is good. Did you ever taste it? Even if you have it, you wouldn’t taste it, because we’re immune to it. You know, if I have chewing gum in my mouth, someone can put the most delicious thing in my mouth at the same time, and I would be unaffected by it because of my chewing gum being there. Some people chew spiritual gum all the time. They chew the same thing all the time, two words, three words, three ideas, or one idea, chewing it all the time. And in the meantime, someone puts the most beautiful thing into their mouth and they don’t taste it.

The soul really wants to be good all the time

So Rebbe Nachman says, when can you taste the real goodness? There is no way… there is no way…. The only part that can taste real goodness is your soul. But if your soul is sleeping, if your soul is not real, it’s not even worth talking. How can you taste it? How can you bring out your soul? This is one of the strong things of Rebbe Nachman. Rebbe Nachman says, if you ask, “What is the soul?” Know that the soul is longing. Longing, that is the soul. That’s the strongest thing of the soul. Not wanting. Not ‘I want.’ Longing means yearning. Yearning! Rebbe Nachman says, I can be alone and mamash be completely yearning, and then I can mamash taste real good.



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Little Josh was brought to Dr. Gill cause he hadn’t eaten anything for days. Dr. Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn’t work. A little pleading, to no avail. Finally he sat down, faced the boy, looked him in the eye. He said, “Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You’re not going anywhere till you eat something. You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave.” Josh just sat and glared for some time, then said “OK. I’ll eat but I have some conditions. First, I’ll have exactly what I want and exactly how I want it and second you’ll share with me.” Dr. Gill was OK with this. He asked the child what he’d like. “Worms!” said Josh. Dr. Gill was horrified but didn’t want to back out and seem like a loser. So, he ordered a plate of worms to be brought in. “Not that many, just one,” yelled Josh as he saw the plate. So, everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two pieces and then Dr. Gill eat half. Dr. Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, and after finishing, barely managing to keep his cool, said, “OK, now eat!” Josh refused as he sobbed, “No way! You ate my half!”