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How To Achieve That Sublime State Of Joy?

How often do we actually feel joy in our lives? Do we even know its true definition? What is the path to achieving that sublime state of joy?

The modern digital age in which we live is full of conundrums. The most blatant one is why a generation brought up in such affluence is so unhappy.

The Talmud states that when Adar begins, one increases their rejoicing. How can we increase our sense of joy during this month of Adar?  

The Chassidic Masters have a profound understanding of this subject. It is completely counterintuitive to modern thinking. 

The key word associated with 'joy' is 'humility'. Their relationship is intrinsically linked. As the verse states “The humble shall have increasing joy through G-d” (Isaiah 29:19). 

The mystics explain the word humility as the state of self-abnegation. It is against this backdrop that one can sense a meaning and purpose in life that transcends oneself. And to the extent that we align our interests with a cause greater than ourselves, we can achieve joy in our lives. 

Human beings operate on multiple levels. Physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Each of these dimensions of existence is unique in itself, but also interacts with the others. Each level has its own laws requiring special nutrition to meet its needs. 

Our spiritual core is infused with its unique purpose. And to the degree that we align ourselves on all levels with this purpose, are we able to feed our souls with spiritual nutrition. This, in turn, permeates throughout our being, energizes us with optimal energy. At that point, we are in a state of flow. We are in the “zone”. 

Humility is the key to discovering our sense of purpose. Our joy comes from our dedication to a cause that is greater than ourselves. 

Our purpose is to create “a home for G-d in this world”. An atmosphere that makes our Heavenly Father feel comfortable among his children. 


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