The human society could be likened to a human organism; as there are production workers, in society, that could be compared to the hands. The professors in society could be compared to and the mentality. The artists, thinkers and the performing arts, could be likened to the intuitions of the mind and the emotions. The heart could be paralleled to all the engines (airplanes, cars, etc.), the eyes could be likened to cameras.
The society is the macrocosmos, the human body is the microcosmos. Almost to every part in the microcosmos there is an equivalent in the macrocosmos, accept the soul. There is hardly no ‘soul’ out there.
In society at large it is not difficult to notice that it is hard, materialistic, tough external and competitive – looking at the equivalent of a high spark like the soul in such a world, would be hard. This is a non-intimate world; functional, technical and practical, and in such a world there is hardly any room for qualities such as: having care (towards another), consideration, purity, spiritual inclination, human warmth, and compassion towards the one who suffers, and more such attributes of the soul.
But what about the soul? Is it completely lost out there? Or is it still barely alive, within few spark carriers, very few.
There is a Jewish tale about 36 Tzadikim Nistarim (in Hebrew), meaning: ‘hidden righteous people’. According to a very old Jewish mystical tradition, at all times in history there are 36 righteous men who wander the earth unknown to everyone else, including one another. These are the Lamed-Vavnik, or the Tzadikim Nistarim.
Those 36 hidden righteous men (Tzadikim) were a kind of a landing ground for what is called the: shekinah, (divine presence) which in classic Jewish thought the shekinah refers to a dwelling or settling of divine presence on the head of the person, to the effect that, while in proximity to the shekinah, the connection to God is more readily perceivable.
It could be said that these 36 like them give the present generation the soul that they need and miss.
If there are man that were offered to become great teachers, Guru’s, Rabbis, great masters – they had to make a choice; either chose the high position, the high rank of a being a spiritual teacher; to rule and be a powerful master that followers obey – many will take the high position, very few (36?) will be able to say no to the offer, in order to keep away from the temptations of the ego that says: rule, command, control, be dominant, have a high status: be the boss.
There are three treasures; in the Tao:
The first is compassion,
The second is frugality,
The third is humility, or not presuming to be at the forefront in the world.