Wednesday, August 6, 2014

One view on Philosophy


"The essential goal and completeness is in serving Gd in total simplicity, without any wisdoms at all. For there are investigators who say that the essential goal [of existence], and Olam haBa, are in knowing a thing's nature, such as knowing a star – its essence, and why it occupies its location… And they waste their days in this world on this subject, investigating and grasping ideas which are, to them, the goal. This is Olam haBa, in their view; in this world they are clothed in a body and so they do not experience such great pleasure from their investigations, but in Olam haBa, when they are freed of the body, then they will experience great pleasure from it. 

"Within their poor understanding, the essential achievement of the goal is via their investigations and external wisdoms. But in truth, for us, the essential achievement of the goal is only via belief and practical mitzvot, serving Gd according to the Torah in simplicity… Know that it is not as they think, Gd forbid, for then very few people – intellecual elites, philosophers - could achieve the goal! What should those of lesser value, who lack this intellect, do?... This is the meaning of, 'At the end of the matter, all has been heard. Revere Gd, and guard His mitzvot, for this is the entirety of a person.'

"In truth, investigation, Gd forbid, and learning the books of wisdoms, Gd forbid, is strongly prohibited. Only an extremely great tzadik can introduce himself to this study of the seven wisdoms, for who enters these wisdoms, Gd forbid, could fall there…"

(In the name of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Likutei Moharan Tinyana, Torah 19)

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