I took this picture today in the nursing home.
It hangs over the memorial of names for people that have passed.
The saying as translated here from Proverbs is: "The Divine light illuminates the soul of man."
But the meaning of the hebrew words themselves are more like: The light of G-d is the soul of man.
What is a person's soul?
- Their consciousness.
- The knowledge of right and wrong.
- The part of us that yearns to learn, grow, and be better.
- The part of a human being which is eternal
- The part of a person that can be reunited with loved ones in the afterlife.
- The part of a person that can be resurrected (to try again).
- The spiritual, inner, real you!
G-d breathed into man life.
The physical body is the shell, the exoskeleton, and the vehicle that houses our soul.
The soul is the part of us that drives the vehicle, that makes decisions--good or bad, that navigates the world, and that expresses emotion from the depths of our inner being.
Our soul loves, cares for, empathizes and has mercy on others or it can be angry, jealous, hateful, and cruel--these are expressed through our bodily actions.
G-d's light is powerful indeed--and inside each and every one of us--it powers us to do good or bad, depending on how we take care of the gift.
Do we let ourselves run rampart driven by carnal wants and desires or do we elevate these impulses and use these to serve our master through good deeds and selflessness?
The divine light illuminates who we are and can be.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)