Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Seven Candles of the Face

The great Chassidic master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov teaches:

There is a level of intellect one attains by means of numerous introductory explanations. This knowledge, once your mind has already comprehended and embraced it, is known as Inner Intellect. There is also a greater knowledge, one which is at present beyond your capability to attain, known as Transcendent Intellect. When you are found worthy, this level of intellect comes to you without any introductory explanations, but by means of a G-dly influx. And the only way to become worthy of this G-dly influx is by sanctifying your mouth, nose, ears and eyes -the seven apertures of the head which allow the influx into the mind. These apertures are known as the Seven Candles. They correspond to the seven lights of the Menorah [in the Holy Temple], with the head -the mind- corresponding to the Menorah itself.

----Likutey Moharan I, 21:1-4

With Hashem's help, I will be presenting more on the teaching of the Seven Candles as we continue with the festival of Channukah.

For more on the Seven Candles, see chapter 16 of Crossing the Narrow Bridge by Rabbi Chaim Kramer or listen to "The Seven Lights of Our Face" by Rabbi Jonathan Rietti.


Blogger G-D SQUAD said...

Wow, yasher koach. I look forward to more.

Chag sameach, my friend.

Mon Dec 18, 03:55:00 AM 2006  
Blogger G-D SQUAD said...

Mivtzoyiim we did at an army base if anyone is interested.

Wed Dec 20, 06:46:00 AM 2006  

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