Revealing G-d’s Glory

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught…
Every person must diminish his own honor and instead magnify the glory of G-d. When a person seeks his own honor, he does not merit to receive “G-dly glory,” but only “the honor of kings,” which others are always doubting and contesting. Seeking personal prestige results in others questioning his right to it, but when a person minimizes his own honor and seeks to magnify the glory of G-d, no one feels that he has leave to argue, because truly he has no right to do so.
(Likutey Moharan I:6)

What does this mean to me?
One idea that I find very instructive in this lesson is that G-dly pursuits and selfless motives don’t always together. If I find that as I seek to accomplish something positive, something “for G-d” in this world, I face the natural resistance of others, it’s time for me to take a step back and examine the extent to which my own ego is involved in the project. If it’s about me, I can expect others to come with legitimate questions of my motives. If it’s really for G-d, I can rely that genuine disinterestedness will inspire other people to accept my work and appreciate it.

A prayer:
Please, G-d, help me diminish
And run away from my own honor.
Let me be concerned only
With increasing Your glory.

Even though I want to experience
A share of Your glory,
May I act for Your sake alone
And not for my own benefit.
(Between me and You, p. 304)

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Your Comments
Thank you so much..Thank you for the opportunity to feel such love for HaShem through your feelings and inspirations..and for your love of Rebbe Nachman, Zecher Tzaddik Levrochah. It’s written when something comes from the heart it goes into the heart. Narrowbridge is an example of that.
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Thank U for this most timely teaching I desperately needed today ! Thank You !
TN

So true! G-D loves us no matter whether we return His love. Just like a Mother 🙂 But one day he expects some response from his children !!! Let us respond to His unconditional love and then all of us will return and see the coming of Moshiach!!!!
YW

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Author: Yossi Katz

Yossi Katz currently lives in Lakewood, NJ where he runs the BRI American Office. He studied in Beth Medrash Gevoha, as well as the former Breslov Kollel of Lakewood headed by Rabbi Shlomo Goldman.

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