“There is the one who reaches higher- uniting with all existence, with all creatures and all worlds. They sing a song with all of these.”
— The Song of Existence
An individual locates himself in himself.
Then he locates himself in the world that surrounds him, his society, community and nation.
The community locates itself in itself and then locates itself in all humankind.
Humankind at first locates itself in itself and then in the world.
The world locates itself in itself and then locates itself in all the worlds that surround them.
The whole universe locates itself in itself, and then locates itself in the elevated inclusiveness of all existence.
Existence locates itself in itself and then locates itself in the full treasure of the supernal light, in the multitudinousness of life and its oceanic source in the Divine Light.
And all these recognitions unite together and return to become one unit that in its entirety is great beyond measure. It is powerful, whole, complete and outstanding beyond limit and purpose.
And the flow of life flows forth, and holy light grows.
‘And we sing and dance-all our wellsprings are in You.’ (Psalms 87:7)
“The Torah of Israel clarifies how the state of the world and human ethics are dependent on each other. It is clear that the improvement of the world is dependent on ethical improvement. This is the essence of the Israelite understanding of the Creator. ”
“We must recognize our covenant with the stones and animals of the field”
Rav Kook gave expression to the Torah of Love transforming from the the Torah of Yirah-Awe/Fear that characterized the Torah during our long exile from Israel.
“We must act in harmony with the laws of life and protect the laws of nature, morality and the Torah. Thus we will repair and renew life’s vitality.”
“We must kindle and shine the light of eternal freedom and loving unification for all existence.” -Rav Kook
The newest power that will be revealed in the world that will renew life with complete liberation is the great impact of the human will on the entire creation when it comes to its complete fulfillment.
The higher expression of tshuva comes about as a flash of illumination of the all-good, the divine, the light of the One who abides in eternity. The universal soul, the spiritual essence is revealed to us in all its majesty and holiness, to the extent that the human heart can absorb it.
Contemplate the wonders of creation, the divine dimension of their being, not as a dim configuration that is presented to you from the distance but as the reality in which you live.
Teshuva Emerges From the Depths of Being “Teshuva emerges from the depths of being, from such great depths in which the individual stands not as a separate entity, but rather as a continuation of the vastness of universal existence
Rav Kook’s primary student, HaRav David Cohen-HaRav HaNazir -after many years of deep immersion in Rav Kook’s writings- explained that Rav Kook’s understanding and presentation of existence is based on 5 foundational principles.