Daily Spiritual Cleansing
Excerpt from The Trail to Tranquility:
Once, the renowned Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Chassidic movement, visited one of his prize pupils, the holy Rebbe Michal of Zlatchov. As they stood on the steps of the synagogue, a peasant walked past and hurled a string of insults at Rebbe Michal. 'Who was that?' asked the Baal Shem Tov.
Rebbe Michal answered, 'He walks past the synagogue every day and 'greets' me in such a manner, then disappears.'
The Baal Shem Tov smiled, 'How lucky you are, Michal, to have a daily spiritual cleansing like that!"