a thought for Shabbat

ב׳׳ה

Our existence as embodied beings is purely momentary; what are a hundred years in eternity? But if we shatter the chains of egotism, and melt into the ocean of humanity, we share its dignity. To feel that we are something is to set up a barrier between God and ourselves; to cease feeling that we are something is to become one with God.

—Gandhi

Excerpt from Dass, Ram. “Be Here Now (Enhanced Edition).” HarperCollins, 2010-10-26. iBooks.

shabbat shalom, jen

2 thoughts on “a thought for Shabbat

  1. I’ve always had trouble w this..melting into the ocean of humanity. Each of our souls are a unique manifestation of the eternal. Why do we need to give up this uniqueness in order to remain connected to the eternal. I for one intend to do both. Is that just my ego at work?

    • Hey, Andy, that’s a great question!

      First, let me say I completely agree that each of our souls is a unique manifestation of the Eternal, and as such we are permanently connected to the Eternal. That permanent connection means the purpose of “melting” is not “creating connection,” but rather is “creating awareness of connection.”

      Now, as for the impact of “melting” on your uniqueness, I encourage you to meditate on a couple of ideas:
      (1) ‘melting into the ocean of humanity’ is not a permanent transformation; it is a brief dissolving of the rigid sense of self as a fully autonomous, self-sustaining, completely independent being; and that brief dissolving permits one to access deeper insight into the extraordinary connection between, and interdependence of, all parts of creation.
      (2) the goal is not that you “give up your uniqueness,” but that as you become more aware of your permanent connection to the Eternal, you become less afraid of embodying your authentic uniqueness and fulfilling the unique mission for which you were created. You become not “less you” but rather, in fact, you become beautifully, miraculously “more you.”

      Hope that helps! If you have other questions, I’ll try to answer them.
      Shabbat shalom, jen

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