November 3, 2008

10 Steps to Ruach HaKodesh, Holy Enlightenment

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 7:56 pm

The Ten steps to Ruach HaKodesh, Devine Inspiration are mentioned in the Talmud. They are, Study, Carefulness, Diligence, Cleanliness, Abstention, Purity, Piety, Humility, Fear of Sin, and Holiness. It is interesting that the Ramchal also uses these 10 in his teachings of character correction. It is known in Kabbalah that these steps correspond to the 10 Sefiros, ladders to spiritual revelations. The Baal Shem Tov said that most of his Ruach HaKodesh was attained through mikvah immersion. It could be that the mikvah accelerates the cleaning process of the above ten concepts. According to the Nikolsburg Rebbe, Ruach HaKodesh is attained through avas Yisrael, love of Israel. In truth, love of Israel includes all ten and you can’t have real love of Israel without them. I believe also that Ruach HaKodesh can be attained through tears alone. Tears open up a person heart like nothing else. Not tears of stress, anger and sadness. Rather, holy tears of a soul yearning for Hashem. Also, the first of the 10, the study of Torah if done Lishmah (for the sake of Heaven) includes all the other 9. You might ask, what is the tachlis, purpose of Ruach HaKodesh… Ruach HaKodesh is a direct attachment to the Shechinah, Devine Presence. Which means a constant flow of holiness going back and forth from your soul, the Shechinah to the Highest levels. Through this, one attains a certain sensitivity to the world and the tikkun (rectification of it). So in many ways, attaining Ruach HaKodesh is the goal of each persons soul. Complete attachment to its source while in a physical body doing mitzvos. Now Reb Chaim Luzato understood how to hide this concept in the fixing of ones charactor traits. Should you include in it, proper Torah study lishmah, the mikvah and tears… It is something quite attainable for all man.

3 Comments

  1. Its always worth it to visit this blog. Learn something new each time.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — November 4, 2008 @ 12:11 am

  2. it’s so hard to cry, it takes everything you’ve got..

    things like that generally scare me a lot..

    i don’t want to get lost, and i don’t want to over-exhaust myself, either one gives my yetzer an in.

    plus, i know you said not tears of sadness, but i worry that crying might encourage sadness, and we know that ruach hakodesh only rests on one who is happy. (i believe Rebbe Nachman attributes that idea to the passuk ????? ????? )

    Comment by yitz.. — November 5, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

  3. (oops: it didn’t like hebrew: here’s the transliteration: u’k’na’gen ha’me’na’gen)

    Comment by yitz.. — November 5, 2008 @ 12:21 pm

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