Tzaddikim: Concealed & Revealed
“The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, ‘Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.’And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side” (Mark 8:11-13).
This is an interesting response from Adonai Yeshua to those demanding a sign from him as some sort of proof that of his realization or that he was sent by God, for as we know he performed many wonders, exorcisms and healings among the people, and was well known as a wonderworker and prophet. That he should then say,’…no sign will be given to this generation’ is interesting. However this is common with tzaddikim, and so not surprising with the Perfect Tzaddik, Messiah Yeshua, to some they reveal themselves, they unveil the Divine Presence with them, but with others they conceal themselves, they veil the Divine Presence that is with them.
There are tzaddikim who work entirely in secret, not being called by the Holy Spirit to reveal themselves as tzaddikim, so they conceal themselves, never unveiling the Divine presence with them to anyone around them in their lives, or if they do reveal something of the Divine Presence to another it is something of an ‘accident.’. Then there are those who labor openly as tzaddikim, being called by the Holy Spirit to reveal their realization, to unveil the Divine Presence that is with them. These latter, though acting openly as tzaddikim, do not reveal themselves and the Divine Presence with them to all who they encounter and meet, to some they will be open in revelation, but to many they may be veiled as many may not have the faith and love to receive such a revelation of God, and so it is not time for the play of the revelation of the Divine Presence and Light Transmission with them. Essentially, many are not ripe for the harvest of souls. In the case of great and perfect tzaddikim this is usually true of the majority in any generation, even a somewhat more faithful and luminous one, relatively few are ready to receive the revelations of God through the messengers living among them, and even if signs were given, still they would not believe and come to faith in God Most High.
Therefore to some people a living tzaddik will reveal themselves as a tzaddik, but to others they will not, all as the Spirit inspires, all as God wills; but then, if and when there is a revelation, unless that person recognizes the tzaddik as a tzaddik, and keeps the faith, the revelation will not be received and retained.
Quite naturally to receive such revelations, and the extension of blessings and empowerments from a holy tzaddik, an aspirant must have an open heart and mind, and some degree of sincere faith in God and the possibility of Self-realization. Obviously starting off with hostility and doubt, and provoking an argument, would be a clear indication that such a movement is not given by the Holy Spirit, and in a situation like that a tzaddik would veil the Divine Presence and would likely depart, taking their peace with them.
Today the line of the passage that stood out to me and that inclined me to write is:
‘And he left them, and getting back into the boat again, he went across to the other side.’
This expresses the way of veiling on an energetic level among tzaddikim. They turn away from creatures towards God, ‘leaving’ creatures behind, as it were, and turning within they withdraw and veil the Light-presence and Light-power with them, ‘holding their peace,’ and they ‘return to their proper station,’ abiding in the holy sanctuary of God Most High, transcendent. This is a simple action for them with conscious intention, but then it may also be a natural and spontaneous action of the Holy Spirit without any thought about in on the part of the tzaddik, the tzaddik simply falls still and silent with the Holy Spirit.
For our part, if and when we go to visit living tzaddikim we are wise to go in faith and love, with an open mind and heart, cleaving to God, and when we go to see them we are wise to uplift our spirit to God, and to invoke and pray that the Spirit of God might join us with the holy tzaddik and might move between us. We are wise to co-labor with the tzaddik to co-create the conditions necessary for a greater divine action and revelation of the Spirit, tending to our part of the engagement in faith and love, and abiding in the awareness that God is with us.
These were a few thoughts I was inclined to share from my morning contemplation.
May God bless you and keep you, and gather you into Godself! Amen.
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