All Is "Very Good"
Developing the Consciousness That All is "Very Good"
Portion of Emor: April 21 - 27, 2002
In this section of the Zohar Rabbi Shimon teaches his student Rabbi Yosi that as we see and experience all that is in the world we should remember that it is all from the Creator and that it is "very good". Even though we do not always understand how all that is, and all that happens is "very good", nevertheless that is the truth and that should be our consciousness. As we strengthen our understanding of this we begin to experience more and more the true goodness that is all of Creation and all that happens to us.
As we read this section we should meditate on developing our own consciousness that everything is "very good". The stronger this understanding becomes, the more our experience of all that occurs to us truly is an experience and feeling of "very good".
We should think of specific aspects and things that have occurred in our lives that we do not feel are "very good", and meditate that this section of the Zohar assists us in realizing the goodness that actually does and will come from these events.
327. Rabbi Shimon was walking along the way together with Rabbi Elazar, Rabbi Aba, Rabbi Chiya, Rabbi Yosi and Rabbi Yehuda. They reached a furrow full of water. Rabbi Yosi walked through the water fully clothed. He said, The furrows and water channels made, WHICH PEOPLE MAKE IN THEIR FIELDS FOR THE WATER TO FLOW, I wish they did not exist. Rabbi Shimon said to him, You are forbidden TO SAY SO. It serves people, and one must not treat with contempt whatever serves the Holy One, blessed be He, EVEN IF IT IS HARMFUL. This is more so if the actions are true, LIKE THOSE CHANNELS IN THE FIELDS that exist according to the laws of celestial providence; THAT IS, THIS ACTION HAS A ROOT ABOVE.
328. He opened and said, "And Elohim saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Beresheet 1:31). "And Elohim saw everything that He had made" WAS SAID in general, INCLUDING even snakes, scorpions and mosquitoes. Even those that seem to harm the world, it is written of them all, "and, behold, it was very good." They all serve the world and guide the world though people do not know.
329. While they were walking they saw a snake moving before them. Rabbi Shimon, said, It is surely going to perform a miracle for us. The snake moved fast before them and tangled with a viper in the middle of the road. They fought each other and died. When they reached them, they saw the two lying on the road. Rabbi Shimon said, Blessed is the Merciful who made us a miracle. For whoever look at it, THE VIPER, when it is alive, or it looks at a man, he cannot be saved from it, and more so if he comes near it. He recited over it, "No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling" (Tehilim 91:10). The Holy One, blessed be He, makes use of everything for His errands, and we must not treat lightly anything He had made. Hence it is written, "Hashem is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall praise You, Hashem" (Tehilim 145:9-10).
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