Friday, June 29, 2007

Q/A with ASJ - Achieving Consciousness of Hashem

A Simple Jew has posted a Q and A with me again which is available here.

I'll post his question to me below. Please click there to read my answer to him about the methods of hisbonenus found in the Seforim Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh.

A Simple Jew asks:

Rabbi Tzadok Hakohen of Lublin taught that whenever you think of Hashem, He is thinking of you. Hashem thinks of you in proportion to the amount of consciousness with which you think of him.

Additionally, in the name of his grandfather, the Baal Shem Tov, the Degel Machaneh Ephraim explained that the pasuk in Tehillim 32 אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם--לֹא יַחְשֹׁב יְהוָה לוֹ עָו‍ֹן - Praiseworthy is the man to whom Hashem ascribes no sin... means that a person must be in constant state of deveykus in his thoughts to Hashem and at the very instant a person falls from this state of consciousness and does not think about Hashem it is considered as a sin.

How can people on our lowly level ever aspire to maintain such a state of consciousness when sometimes we can't even attain this level during davening?

Dixie Yid answers...

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