Let's begin examining the special way of the Saba, how the Saba gave light and life in a way that got through to us. Once, in a discussion, I suggested that the Saba's way is like that of Rabbi Nachman's on his trip to Eretz Yisroel. Many correlations are obvious, such as both are heralding a time of enormous upliftment, just as Rabbi Nachman attained his goals upon entering Eretz Yisroel, so are we entering the days of Mushiach.
This is a critical time when no holds are barred, its the final all out fight (as Rabbi Nusson predominantly writes). Apx. 500 years ago Rabbi Chaim Vital ZT"L, the chief disciple of the
Ariz"l, writes in the introduction to the Aitz Chaim, that they are already in the time period referred to as the heels of the Mushiach. By now we must say that we are actually on the souls of the feet - getting trampled upon, or we can say that we are at the other end of the body - where one sits. This latter conclusion is alluded to by Rabbi Nussun in Likutay Halachos (Bitzias Hapas) where he speaks at great length about the garments of feces we are dressed in. It is very worthwhile to see his holy awesome exposition in its entirety. He explains how food goes through a whole process until it is digested and the useful part is extracted and the waste separated and removed, we are at the final state of the separation, which explains our pitiful state. Everyone knows for themselves the stench they are in, and if they are unaware, it is because they have been completely engulfed in it h"y.
In the midst of this quire, the final battleground, the ultimate determination takes place. Here Rabbi Nachman's light shines forth as a lifeline.
What we are experiencing today was never ever experienced in all of history. Anyone who thinks they can conduct themselves and survive, merely by the old ways is absurd. To tell someone today, that if he just learns a little more Gemora and is holding in learning, he will escape the persecuting Yaitzer Hura, is a cruel and evil advisor. It is quite obvious that we need to have some method and technique of astonishing calliber to combat the travails of our times. This way is provided by Rabbi Nachman, particularly Na Nach Nachmu Nachmun MayUman!
Even as we see society shamelessly parading in immorality and blasphemy, we also see that the truth, which was thrown to the floor, has begin to arise. People not embarrassed to perform the most viol acts and to violate the worst transgressions, are also not embarrassed to seek out the complete truth. In previous generations this was not so, people were ashamed to carry out the vile deeds, but they were also ashamed to really get to and follow the ultimate truth and path of righteousness. Also nowadays, aside from the honesty and frankness, people are really forced into admitting their need for the best and most powerful Tzadik, because of the dire state they are in. So for these, and many other reasons, society is finally beginning to recognise the supremacy of Rabbi Nachman and turning to his way.
As society gears to follow Rabbi Nachman, a great schism takes place. Rabbi Nachman's taught how a person can gain Independence, the strength of character and personality to live life with G-d on a personal level and not to be pressured at all by the dictates of society. So as society shifts towards Rabbi Nachman it introduces many huge impediments, such as Rabbis of self stature. Bresluv almost never suffered from such influences. Anyone who became a follower of Rabbi Nachman, did exactly that, he left all other influences and accepted only the advice and teachings of Rabbi Nachman himself. That is precisely why a person became a Bresluv Chusid, to attain his own unique relationship with G-d as meted by Rabbi Nachman. Nowadays however as society in general angle toward Bresluv it take with it all its shortcomings, therefore hiding the real way of Rabbi Nachman.
The only exception to this huge calamity is in the fringe cult of Na Nach, where the individual must earn and gain for himself his own individuality and identity. Na Nach builds character and personality.
This is where one can begin to appreciate the Saba's accomplishment. Saba guarded and retained the authentic way of Rabbi Nachman. Those looking up to the Saba are challenged to raise themselves to meet the the true call and regiment of Rabbi Nachman. Every Na Nach is challenged not to succumb to the pressures of society, rather to positively influence and direct society. Every Na Nach strives to achieve the absolute personal relationship with G-d as Rabbi Nachman desires.
With G-d's help I will write more on this subject.