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47. In the Place Where You Find His Greatness

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“In the place where you find His greatness, there you find His humbleness.” It means that one who is always in true Dvekut (Adhesion), sees that the Creator lowers Himself, meaning the Creator is present in the low places.

One does not know what to do, and therefore it is written, “that is enthroned on high, that looketh down low upon heaven and upon the earth?” One sees the greatness of the Creator and then “That looketh down low,” meaning one lowers the heaven to the earth. The advice that is given to that is to think that if this desire is from the Creator, we have nothing greater than that, as it is written, “He raiseth up the poor out of the gutter.”

First, one must see that one has a want. If he does not, he should pray for it, why does one not have it? The reason one does not have a want is due to the diminution of awareness.

Hence, in every Mitzva (Precept/Commandment), one must pray, why does one not have awareness that one is not keeping the Mitzva in wholeness? In other words, the will to receive covers so that one will not see the truth.

If one would see that one is in such a low state, then one would certainly not want to be in that state. Instead, one should exert in one’s work every time until one comes to repentance, as it is written, “He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.”

It means that when the Creator wants the wicked to repent, He makes the netherworld so low for him that the wicked himself does not want to be so. Hence, one needs to pray pleadingly that the Creator will show him the truth by adding to him the Light of the Torah.

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