Guest Posting from Chabakuk Elisha: Helpful Meditation
An interesting thing happened to me the other day. I was contemplating a certain activity, and as I was rationalizing it's legitimacy, I remembered a short lesson:
The Baal HaTanya was once visited by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. While they were together, the Baal HaTanya expounded on Tehillim 23:4, "Even when I walk in the valley of darkness, I will fear no evil for You are with me.." Here, the Baal HaTanya interpreted it a bit differently by moving the comma and translating it thus:
"Even when I walk in the valley of darkness I do not fear, The real evil is, that I bring You here with me."
The lesson being taught here is, that we often are not concerned with our own state. If we act improperly (we rationalize), we're not hurting anyone, so what's the big deal. The Baal HaTanya hits on this, and reminds us to remember that we are not alone in our actions -- G-d is with us. How terrible it is for us to force G-d to be with us when we act inappropriately, for we force him to be a part of that act.
If only I would carry that thought with me at all times, I surely would never act improperly!
Chabakuk Elisha's last guest posting can be read here.