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Our holy teacher, great grandson of the BESHT (the Baal Shem Tov of Blessed Memory), Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810) has revealed the Tikkun HaKlali, the Universal Remedy for the world's ills. He has assured us that one who recites these ten Tehillim (Psalms) with emunah (active faith) and righteous kavanah (intention) will be delivered from their sins, will be restored to wholeness according to the Divine Wisdom. Reciting these Tehillim will repair whatever is broken, even the most serious fractures, and will open the Way to teshuvah (repentance). Tikkun HaKlali is therefore the most important weapon in ones arsenal of Tikkun Olam, bringing wholeness and shalom to oneself, ones family, ones community, and the world at large.
Rebbe Nachman of blessed memory first revealed this method of spiritual rectification to his talmidim (disciples) in 1805 to help them overcome nocturnal emissions. In time this important teaching was expanded and the specific Psalms of the Tikkun HaKlali were revealed. He explained:
The reason one must recite ten chapters is because there are ten types of melodies which correspond to the ten modes in which the Book of Psalms was composed, as brought (Pesachim 117a; Zohar III, 101a), which are Ashrei, Beracha, Maskil, Nitzuach, Shir, Niggun, Mizmor, Tefilla, Hoda'ah, and Halleluyah (see Rashi Psalm 1:1). Each one of these ten modes has the power to cancel the power of the kilipa (i.e. forces of negativity), for each one of these modes is the opposite of the kilipa [and hence counters its effect].
One who desires tikkun or rectification is therefore encouraged to recite and/or hear these Psalms. One also does well to study the precise meanings of the above listed melodies and what they counter. For example, the Rebbe explains that ashrei is the root of looking and focussing. Ashrei therefore counters the kilipa's power to damage sight, as in the verse "[Isaac's] eyes became dim MeyRot [from seeing]" (Genesis 27:1). This, he explains, corresponds with "Let there be M'AoEoT [luminaries]" (ibid 1:14). Note the missing vowels here. This signifies, in its written form, m'ayrat, or a "curse." Of this connection our sages tells us, "This refers to Lilith (see Tikkuney Zohar 44). In other words, the main power of Lilith arises from the kilipa attacking sight whereas ashrei, meaning sight, counters it's negative influences. Rebbe Nachman explains this at some depth in Likutey Moharan lesson 205.
By reciting Tikkun HaKlali with kavanah one repairs the ten effects of negativity and counters them with the Light of Love. Rebbe Nachman's main teaching on Tikkun HaKlali (Likutey Moharan I, 29) was given on Shavuot 5566 (or May 23, 1806). Yet he did not reveal the specific ten Psalms of the Tikkun HaKlali until April 1810. At that time, Rebbe Nachman revealed the specific ten Psalms to two of his closest disciples, Rabbi Aharon of Breslov and Rabbi Naftali of Nemirov, making them witnesses for an unprecedented vow. The Rebbe declared, as recorded in the book Rabbi Nachman's Wisdom #141:
"Bear witness to my words: When my days are over and I leave this world, I will still intercede for anyone who comes to my grave, says these ten Psalms, and gives a coin to charity. No matter how great am person's sins, I will do everything in my power, spanning the length and breadth of the creation to cleanse and protect him.Rebbe Nachman declared:
"I am very positive in everything I say. But I am most positive in regard to the great benefit of these ten Psalms.
"These are the ten Psalms: 16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, 150.
"This is the General Remedy. There is a specific remedy for each sin, but this is the general remedy.
"Go out and spread the teaching of the ten Psalms to all men.
"It may seem like an easy thing to say ten Psalms. But it will actually be very difficult in practice."Know that the ten Psalms which a person must recite on the very same day as he has an impure experience, God forbid, are: 16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, 150. These ten Psalms are a very great remedy for [all problems]. One who is worthy of saying them on the same day need have no more fear ... because [the matter] has indubitably been corrected by this remedy without any doubt (Likutey Moharan II, 92).
Say:In reciting Tikkun HaKlali I attach myself to all the true Tzadikim, both the living and those who have passed on; particularly to the holy Tzaddik, a mainstay of the world, Rebbe Nachman ben Feige, known as the "Flowing Brook" and "Fount of Wisdom" (Proverbs 18:4). May his merit protect us -- he who revealed this Remedy.
Come, let us sing with joy to G-d, call out to the Rock of our Salvation. Let us greet Him with thanks, raise our voices to Him in song. For our G-d is the Great G-d, the Mighty King over all so called gods (Psalms 95:1-3).
In the name of all Israel, I am ready to thank and to praise my Creator, to reveal in awe and love the unity of the Infinite Essence of G-d and His Presence in the world, through the blessings of the One Who is Hidden, Concealed and Revealed.
16: A michtam of David. Protect me, O God, for I seek refuge in You.
I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord, my benefactor; there is none above You.”
As to the holy and mighty ones that are in the land, my whole desire concerning them is that
those who espouse another [god] may have many sorrows! I will have no part of their bloody libations; their names will not pass my lips.
The LORD is my allotted share and portion; You control my fate.
Delightful country has fallen to my lot; lovely indeed is my estate.
I bless the LORD who has guided me; my conscience admonishes me at night.
I am ever mindful of the LORD’s presence; He is at my right hand; I shall never be shaken.
So my heart rejoices, my whole being exults, and my body rests secure.
For You will not abandon me to Sheol, or let Your faithful one see the Pit.
You will teach me the path of life. In Your presence is perfect joy; delights are ever in Your right hand.
32: Of David. A maskil. Happy is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered over.
Happy the man whom the LORD does not hold guilty, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
As long as I said nothing, my limbs wasted away from my anguished roaring all day long.
For night and day Your hand lay heavy on me; my vigor waned as in the summer drought. Selah.
Then I acknowledged my sin to You; I did not cover up my guilt; I resolved, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.
Therefore let every faithful man pray to You upon discovering [his sin], that the rushing mighty waters not overtake him.
You are my shelter; You preserve me from distress; You surround me with the joyous shouts of deliverance. Selah.
Let me enlighten you and show you which way to go; let me offer counsel; my eye is on you.
Be not like a senseless horse or mule whose movement must be curbed by bit and bridle; far be it from you!
Many are the torments of the wicked, but he who trusts in the LORD shall be surrounded with favor.
Rejoice in the LORD and exult, O you righteous; shout for joy, all upright men!
41: For the leader. A psalm of David.
Happy is he who is thoughtful of the wretched; in bad times may the LORD keep him from harm.
May the LORD guard him and preserve him; and may he be thought happy in the land. Do not subject him to the will of his enemies.
The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed; You shall wholly transform his bed of suffering.
I said, “O LORD, have mercy on me, heal me, for I have sinned against You.”
My enemies speak evilly of me, “When will he die and his name perish?”
If one comes to visit, he speaks falsely; his mind stores up evil thoughts; once outside, he speaks them.
All my enemies whisper together against me, imagining the worst for me.
“Something baneful has settled in him; he will not rise from his bed again.”
My ally in whom I trusted, even he who shares my bread, has been utterly false to me.
But You, O LORD, have mercy on me; let me rise again and repay them.
Then shall I know that You are pleased with me: when my enemy cannot shout in triumph over me.
You will support me because of my integrity, and let me abide in Your presence forever.
Blessed is the LORD, God of Israel, from eternity to eternity. Amen and Amen.
42: For the leader. A maskil of the Korahites.
Like a hind crying for water, my soul cries for You, O God;
my soul thirsts for God, the living God; O when will I come to appear before God!
My tears have been my food day and night; I am ever taunted with, “Where is your God?”
When I think of this, I pour out my soul: how I walked with the crowd, moved with them, the festive throng, to the House of God with joyous shouts of praise.
Why so downcast, my soul, why disquieted within me? Have hope in God; I will yet praise Him for His saving presence.
O my God, my soul is downcast; therefore I think of You in this land of Jordan and Hermon, in Mount Mizar,
where deep calls to deep in the roar of Your cataracts; all Your breakers and billows have swept over me.
By day may the LORD vouchsafe His faithful care, so that at night a song to Him may be with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock, “Why have You forgotten me, why must I walk in gloom, oppressed by my enemy?”
Crushing my bones, my foes revile me, taunting me always with, “Where is your God?”
Why so downcast, my soul, why disquieted within me? Have hope in God; I will yet praise Him, my ever-present help, my God.
59: For the leader; al tashḥeth. Of David. A michtam; when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to put him to death.
Save me from my enemies, O my God; secure me against my assailants.
Save me from evildoers; deliver me from murderers.
For see, they lie in wait for me; fierce men plot against me for no offense of mine, for no transgression, O LORD;
for no guilt of mine do they rush to array themselves against me. Look, rouse Yourself on my behalf!
You, O LORD God of hosts, God of Israel, bestir Yourself to bring all nations to account; have no mercy on any treacherous villain. Selah.
They come each evening growling like dogs, roaming the city.
They rave with their mouths, sharp words are on their lips; [they think,] “Who hears?”
But You, O LORD, laugh at them; You mock all the nations.
O my strength, I wait for You; for God is my haven.
My faithful God will come to aid me; God will let me gloat over my watchful foes.
Do not kill them lest my people be unmindful; with Your power make wanderers of them; bring them low, O our shield, the Lord,
because of their sinful mouths, the words on their lips. Let them be trapped by their pride, and by the imprecations and lies they utter.
In Your fury put an end to them; put an end to them that they be no more; that it may be known to the ends of the earth that God does rule over Jacob. Selah.
They come each evening growling like dogs, roaming the city.
They wander in search of food; and whine if they are not satisfied.
But I will sing of Your strength, extol each morning Your faithfulness; for You have been my haven, a refuge in time of trouble.
O my strength, to You I sing hymns; for God is my haven, my faithful God.
77: For the leader; on Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.
I cry aloud to God; I cry to God that He may give ear to me.
In my time of distress I turn to the Lord, with my hand [uplifted]; [my eyes] flow all night without respite; I will not be comforted.
I call God to mind, I moan, I complain, my spirit fails. Selah.
You have held my eyelids open; I am overwrought, I cannot speak.
My thoughts turn to days of old, to years long past.
I recall at night their jibes at me; I commune with myself; my spirit inquires,
“Will the Lord reject forever and never again show favor?
Has His faithfulness disappeared forever? Will His promise be unfulfilled for all time?
Has God forgotten how to pity? Has He in anger stifled His compassion?” Selah.
And I said, “It is my fault that the right hand of the Most High has changed.”
I recall the deeds of the LORD; yes, I recall Your wonders of old;
I recount all Your works; I speak of Your acts.
O God, Your ways are holiness; what god is as great as God?
You are the God who works wonders; You have manifested Your strength among the peoples.
By Your arm You redeemed Your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
The waters saw You, O God, the waters saw You and were convulsed; the very deep quaked as well.
Clouds streamed water; the heavens rumbled; Your arrows flew about;
Your thunder rumbled like wheels; lightning lit up the world; the earth quaked and trembled.
Your way was through the sea, Your path, through the mighty waters; Your tracks could not be seen.
You led Your people like a flock in the care of Moses and Aaron.
90: A prayer of Moses, the man of God. O Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation.
Before the mountains came into being, before You brought forth the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity You are God.
You return man to dust; You decreed, “Return you mortals!”
For in Your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that has passed, like a watch of the night.
You engulf men in sleep; at daybreak they are like grass that renews itself;
at daybreak it flourishes anew; by dusk it withers and dries up.
So we are consumed by Your anger, terror-struck by Your fury.
You have set our iniquities before You, our hidden sins in the light of Your face.
All our days pass away in Your wrath; we spend our years like a sigh.
The span of our life is seventy years, or, given the strength, eighty years; but the best of them are trouble and sorrow. They pass by speedily, and we are in darkness.
Who can know Your furious anger? Your wrath matches the fear of You.
Teach us to count our days rightly, that we may obtain a wise heart.
Turn, O LORD! How long? Show mercy to Your servants.
Satisfy us at daybreak with Your steadfast love that we may sing for joy all our days.
Give us joy for as long as You have afflicted us, for the years we have suffered misfortune.
Let Your deeds be seen by Your servants, Your glory by their children.
May the favor of the Lord, our God, be upon us; let the work of our hands prosper, O prosper the work of our hands!
105: Praise the LORD; call on His name; proclaim His deeds among the peoples.
Sing praises to Him; speak of all His wondrous acts.
Exult in His holy name; let all who seek the LORD rejoice.
Turn to the LORD, to His might; seek His presence constantly.
Remember the wonders He has done, His portents and the judgments He has pronounced,
O offspring of Abraham, His servant, O descendants of Jacob, His chosen ones.
He is the LORD our God; His judgments are throughout the earth.
He is ever mindful of His covenant, the promise He gave for a thousand generations,
that He made with Abraham, swore to Isaac,
and confirmed in a decree for Jacob, for Israel, as an eternal covenant,
saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as your allotted heritage.”
They were then few in number, a mere handful, sojourning there,
wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.
He allowed no one to oppress them; He reproved kings on their account,
“Do not touch My anointed ones; do not harm My prophets.”
He called down a famine on the land, destroyed every staff of bread.
He sent ahead of them a man, Joseph, sold into slavery.
His feet were subjected to fetters; an iron collar was put on his neck.
Until his prediction came true the decree of the LORD purged him.
The king sent to have him freed; the ruler of nations released him.
He made him the lord of his household, empowered him over all his possessions,
to discipline his princes at will, to teach his elders wisdom.
Then Israel came to Egypt; Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
He made His people very fruitful, more numerous than their foes.
He changed their heart to hate His people, to plot against His servants.
He sent His servant Moses, and Aaron, whom He had chosen.
They performed His signs among them, His wonders, against the land of Ham.
He sent darkness; it was very dark; did they not defy His word?
He turned their waters into blood and killed their fish.
Their land teemed with frogs, even the rooms of their king.
Swarms of insects came at His command, lice, throughout their country.
He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.
He struck their vines and fig trees, broke down the trees of their country.
Locusts came at His command, grasshoppers without number.
They devoured every green thing in the land; they consumed the produce of the soil.
He struck down every first-born in the land, the first fruit of their vigor.
He led Israel out with silver and gold; none among their tribes faltered.
Egypt rejoiced when they left, for dread of Israel had fallen upon them.
He spread a cloud for a cover, and fire to light up the night.
They asked and He brought them quail, and satisfied them with food from heaven.
He opened a rock so that water gushed forth; it flowed as a stream in the parched land.
Mindful of His sacred promise to His servant Abraham,
He led His people out in gladness, His chosen ones with joyous song.
He gave them the lands of nations; they inherited the wealth of peoples,
that they might keep His laws and observe His teachings. Hallelujah.
137: By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat, sat and wept, as we thought of Zion
There on the poplars we hung up our lyres,
for our captors asked us there for songs, our tormentors, for amusement, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
How can we sing a song of the LORD on alien soil?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither;
let my tongue stick to my palate if I cease to think of you, if I do not keep Jerusalem in memory even at my happiest hour.
Remember, O LORD, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem’s fall; how they cried, “Strip her, strip her to her very foundations!”
Fair Babylon, you predator, a blessing on him who repays you in kind what you have inflicted on us;
a blessing on him who seizes your babies and dashes them against the rocks!
150: Hallelujah. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the sky, His stronghold.
Hallelujah, for His mighty acts; praise Him for His exceeding greatness.
Hallelujah, with blasts of the horn; praise Him with harp and lyre.
Hallelujah, with timbrel and dance; praise Him with lute and pipe.
Hallelujah, with resounding cymbals; praise Him with loud-clashing cymbals.
Let all that breathes Praise Adonai. Hallelujah.
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