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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

On the way to Rabbainu B"H

The Baal Shem Tov (Besht) taught that a person is where his thoughts are. Rabbainu, Rabbi Nachman, taught that people have complete free will to choose their thoughts, even if God forbid they are bombarded with torrents of bad thoughts they have the capability of choosing to think a good thought. Rabbainu taught further that it is impossible to think about two things at the same time. Therefore by choosing to think about a good thing one prevents contemplation of bad thoughts.

What is needed is the desire to want to think a good thing instead of a bad thing.

Rabbainu taught in Likutay Moharan that one should always speak to God, no matter the place one finds himself/herself one should keep speaking to the Holy Merciful One God. Rabbainu also taught, when asked by a follower how to open one's heart and pray with great emotional intensity, that the way to achieve this is only through abundant conversation and supplication with the Holy Merciful One God. Putting these two teachings together, we learn that in order to build the desire and strength to choose to have our minds think about good thoughts over bad ones, one should keep pouring out words to the Holy Merciful One God, even when grappling with relentless thoughts of the worst places one can build his will power and determination to be in a good environment of thought by pouring out the words to the Holy Merciful One God.

Great blessings of Na Nach Nachma Nachman MiUman!


1 comment:

Avraham said...

A W E S O M E ! ! !