“The hallmark of “truth,” then, is its all-pervasiveness, expressed by its sustainability under all circumstances and in every context – from the highest of elevations and planes, to the lowest of all rungs.

The great virtue of truth is “it just works,” regardless of your physical or spiritual address. And at each elevation and level, just as the “central bar” passed throrugh the middle of the Tabernacle’s wall, truth penetrates the “focal point” of any world or idea – which is the pivotal point of its “truth paradigm.”

In simple terms, the Tanya is teaching us that truth is not a single standard, but something which is calibrated in context. Every place, idea, and experience has its own “truth,” depending on its precise location in the universe’s complex time-space continuum.

So when we said before that the beinoni’s love was true “for him,” we were not exercising poetic license. Truth, at least in its Kabbalistic understanding, means different things in different contexts; and for the beinoni, true worship is having palpable love for G-d, even if it is only during prayer – And the paradigm of “truth” is what the Talmud refers to as Jacob’s “unlimited inheritance” to us (Talmud, Shabbos 118a), – and it has no upper metaphysical limit, reaching to the highest of elevations. …

So the paradigm of truth” is relative. What is “true” (permanent) in one context turns out to be temporary in another. ”

The Practical Tanya: Part One The Book for Inbetweeners, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, adapted by Chaim Miller.

Author: DrRachel

Rachel Magnell, Ph.D. is studied in Counseling Psychology, Neuroscience, Jungian Depth Psychology, Hypnosis, Yoga Philosophy and Meditation.

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