Studying Sha’ar HaBitachon, Rabbeinu Bachaya’s “Gate of Trust” ~ the Timeless Torah Book that can teach US ALL to How to Live with Certainty and Discover Tranquility!
Chapter Three, Part Fifteen: “THE WHEELS KEEP ON TURNING”
The Fifth Fundamental Principle is about how we are supposed to view and understand the nuanced interplay between Trust and Effort that can, at times, seem oxymoronic. On one hand, we are enjoined to rely exclusively on G-d, yet on the other hand required to make significant efforts to obtain our needs.
In this episode we begin the development of our Bitachon conducive perspective by first exploring why we, Human Beings — in sharp contrast with other forms of life (who needs are readily available) must toil incessantly to have our (even basic) needs met.
We open with an illustration of two Divine dimensions: the delineation of differing methods of engagement with, and the directing of all existence. Contrasting G-d’s direct involvement with creation with His choice to catalyzes a Chain of Causes, ultimately designed to provide for us.
Rabbainu Bachaya directs us to be mindful of the various steps that Hashem sets in motion lead us into particular reality which can often include a dazzling Domino Effect of both Direct and Distant Causes that effectively obfuscate his involvement!
Part Fifteen of the chapter comprises the 60th episode of this ongoing series.
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