"The Duties of the Heart"
Gate Six: "Surrendering to G-d"
There are personal and physical traits we all know of. But there are
traits of the soul as well, which we're largely unaware of.
The ability to surrender to G-d's will and wishes is such a trait, Ibn
Pakudah let's us know. Undoubtedly because it's a human capacity that
touches upon what's most purposeful about us -- the service of G-d.
Surrendering comes down to being humble and self-depricating; to setting
self aside and allowing for the other. And it manifests itself in soft and
hushed tones, and in a willingness to acquiesce to the other even when
assertion would logically be called for.
But as we indicated last time, there's sound and unsound surrender; times
when it's appropriate, and times when it's not. We'll lay out the
differences next time, and more.
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