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Easy Money – Chapter III

Every once in a while, I am going to post a chapter from a publication that the Breslov community in Brooklyn puts out which is based on the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.  I will add my two cents on the bottom of the post and those of you who have a few more cents to add….please feel free.

Even though Rabbi Nachman was a Hasid, his teachings are applicable and potentially valuable to all of humanity

Visit my post “The Unique Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov” for a little introduction to who Rabbi Nachman is and why he is special.

Here are links to the first two chapters:

Easy Money – Chapter III

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Trust vs. Faith

I wanted to talk about this because I feel that sometimes we get confused about the difference between these two words.

You cannot have faith in something unless you trust it first.

We can learn a lot from the story about the Manna, an edible substance that God provided for the Israelites during their travels in the desert according to the Bible. (Book of Exodus)

The Israelites were instructed by Moses not to save their daily portions of Manna (except for the double portion that fell before the Sabbath) because it would rot and become inedible.

Believe it or not, despite the fact that the Israelites must have witnessed incredible miracles throughout their exile from Egypt, some of them still did not listen to Moses’ instruction and tried to save the Manna for the next day.

These Israelites clearly did not trust that the Manna was going to fall and, therefore, suffered from fear – which is lack of faith.

They feared that they would not have food the next day and they possible did what most of us nowadays do…tossed and turned all night worrying about not doing the right thing, but at the same time not trusting that there will be enough tomorrow.

If we trust in somebody (or something), we can relinquish the fear of not being able to trust and we can submit to faith.

Faith allows us to move along life without carrying the burden of fear and discontent.

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Experience Leads to Evolution

According to my own version of reality – or the universe I live within (see “Living in a Parallel Universe“), I believe that all humans are on a path of evolution to higher beings.

Before we evolve, we have to put together the pieces to our own unique puzzle using the tool called “perspective,” given to us from the Life Force of the Universe (God).  We don’t always know what pieces each of us are missing that would allow us to evolve to higher beings that can live together symbiotically, but our job is to figure it out, preferably in this lifetime.

Our experiences influence our perspective.

If our perspective is skewed according to what others tell us it should be – without direct experience of the what it could be…..we are depriving ourselves of the opportunity to evolve.

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Are We “Better” People if We Are Religious?

The concept of religion, in my opinion, is misunderstood by a vast majority of people.  Being “religious” or abiding by religious laws and living within a religious community and sending our kids to religious schools……is not going to “save” us.

Religion is far more complex than just doing what we think is the “right” thing in G-d’s eyes.

Most of us think that being polite, going to Church or Synagogue, raising our kids not to have premarital sex, and proclaiming ourselves to be G-d fearing is all it takes to be “religious”.

In fact, the purpose of religion, in my opinion, is not even to teach us how to be “ethical” or “moral” for the sake of other people.

I believe that religion, if studied properly, guides us on the path to finding G-d (or The Life Force of the Universe) Himself – and teaches us how to attach ourselves to It’s energy.

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Free Will is the Mother of All Blessings

If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it’s when I hear someone say..”G-d has blessed me with a lot of money”.  Really?  That’s was all G-d (or the Life Force of the Universe from hereon) could come up with?  Wasn’t the concept of money something man created?

Your answer might be something like; The Life Force of the Universe (G-d) created everything – including money, so, accordingly, money is a blessing.  So, based on that logic, I guess nuclear bombs are blessings as well.

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New Yorkers – You Are Being Taxed By The MTA!!

If you aren’t aware of this, every New Yorker who files a tax return pays a percentage of wages to the MTA.   Yes, it is true.  The MTA gets some of your money whether you use it (or like it) or not.  Here is the link if you don’t believe me –http://www.tax.ny.gov/bus/mctmt/default.htm.

Here is another link with updated information…

http://www.rocklandcountytimes.com/index.php?p=227

Furthermore, MTA is in fact a corporation…

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York (MTA) is a public benefit corporation responsible for public transportation in the U.S. state of New York…. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolitan_Transportation_Authority_(New_York)

So, let me get this straight..corporations are allowed to collect taxes from us?

Who’s next.. J. P. Morgan Chase, Inc.?

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