Gate Six: "Surrendering to G-d "
Chapter 6 (Part 1 )
The sort of people who'd reflect upon what we pointed out last time and
it all to heart would be expected to be different from you and me. And
they would be. They'd tend to concentrate upon certain specific things and
exhibit some very laudable traits that you and I might not. But they'd
need to advance further yet to follow through on their will to succumb to
They'd need to dwell on how bounteously generous G-d has been to us all by
placing us in the unique position we humans are in. After all, we have it
us to strive for spiritual excellence unlike any other entity, which
us to break free of our bonds and soar upward. Most of us don't give
to that and settle instead on the crunch of breakfast, rush of lunch, and
of dinner. But those individuals would do well to dwell on it if they're
to catch sight of G-d in course of things and to hear out His charges.
They'd also be encouraged to learn to resign themselves to the exigencies
life and to accept every happenstance G-d provides them with courage and
grace. For while everyday experience sometimes seems to be a reckless
antics force us to hold on to the rails for dear life, it's actually all
of G-d's plan and thus serves as a chance to sense His Being.
We'd expect you to "speak kindly to others, judge them favorably, and
insult them", if you'd decided to surrender to G-d's wishes for you,
forgive them if they speak against or insult you -- even when you don't
it", as Ibn Pakudah put it. First off because, after all, it was He who
them in your path for His own good reasons. And secondly because perhaps
greatest aid to surrendering is the sort of self-transcendance you'd
by acting that way.
And you'd be urged not to be "one way on the outside, while another
as he put it -- to profess a willingness to take things as they come while
actually being unconvinced. But, how do we ever avoid that? Just "plan
activities well, appropriately, in a balanced way and consistently", we're
*consciously* set out to truly "do them in a spirit of surrender and
We'll continue along these lines next time.
Text Copyright © 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org