Countdown to July 4th: Remembering the Righteous Living Who Sustain Us
But what sustains this country goes even deeper. From the Jewish tradition comes the consoling legend of the Tzadikim Nistarim or Lamed Vav Tzadikim, the thirty-six holy men and women whose righteousness protects the world from destruction that would have come any time mankind’s cruel intentions and actions reach critical mass. The Lamed Vav Tzadikim are usually poor and obscure. Hardly anyone guesses that they carry the pain and sufferings on behalf of the world.
Of the millions of Christians in America who search for the kingdom within, surely a handful has seen the glory of the Lord. Of the millions of Buddhists and Hindus in America on the path to enlightenment, surely a handful has attained Self-realization. From US New Age seekers to devoted sacred groups’ members, from Alchemists to Theosophists, Earth-based Native-American spiritualities to quantum science inspired explorers of inner landscapes, there must be Americans among the Lamed Vav whose consciousness shields the rest of us.
The righteous whose lives sustain the United States of America and the world will be on my mind this July 4.