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Noach was a ‘simple, righteous, man’ – איש צדיק תמים. The highest spiritual levels are achieved only through simplicity. Rabbi Nachman said that he achieved almost everything by simply reading the Psalms of David and talking to Gd. It is the same with all tzaddikim.
נח איש צדיק תמים היה בדרתיו את-האלהים התהלך-נח Noach was completely righteous in his generation and Noach walked towards G-d.
The Torah teaches that Noach was not swept away in the tide of immorality prevalent in his generation, but walked with G-d instead. ~Anonymous
Rabbi Nachman's greatness
In Rabbi Nachman’s wisdom, we learn that whenever Rabbi Nachman spoke about his own greatness, it was only to teach his followers that they can achieve the same greatness.
“Now, there is a Nachal Movea Mekor Chokhmah – A flowing brook, a source of wisdom” (Proverbs 18:4 and an acronym for NaCHMan). In the Chayay Moharan 332, “I am a river which purifies all blemishes.” During Shabbos, 30 Kislev, Shabbos Chanukah, Torah reading, Miketz; (December 25) the Rebbe said, “I am a beautiful wondrous tree, with wonderful branches, and below I reach into the ground” (Shevachey Moharan 4b #5, #245). Purifying the tree image and cleansing the Temple during Chanukah!
The following is paraphrased from Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld audio lecture on Nachman’s Wisdom 38:1:19:34: A half year before he died, even then as weak as R. was, his landlord his close neighbor who lived near him in the city of Uman, he found R. spread out on the ground meditating, like in the cave of a tzaddik, R. was lying there pouring out his heart to Hashem. This continued until the last day of his life. ‘R. spoke about this many times about his great madrega, and we stress many times, it doesn’t require repeating, just as a reminder, R. spoke about his aliyas, how high he had risen, how superior he was in religion and knowledge and tzedkis, the tzaddik emes that was never said has vshalom as a boast, that was never said has vshalom as a gaiva, R. had conquered and overcame all the evil midos so he had reached a degree of anivos (humility) that was so great that was a characteristic of Moshe Rabenu’s anivos, where Moshe Rabenu could write in the torah, “I am the greatest anav (most humble) of any person of existence” without feeling any sense of conceit because of it, any haughtiness. This was the madrega of R., to speak about his greatness without feeling any haughtiness at all. R.Nosson z”l said that when R spoke of his greatness, he said but I struggled, I worked very hard for it, I fasted very much I devoted my life to serving Hashem and giving every ounce of strength I had put into it. Rabbenuz”l’s motive in saying this was for one reason only to create an incentive for those who are listening so that they too can have kinos sotom. In a sense they should emulate R., they should want to emulate him. They should try to strive to become tzaddikim also, even if not as great, but at least they will be tzaddikim themselves. This was his main motive in speaking about his greatness.