Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The impact of thoughts


"Every thought and desire, whether good or, Gd-forbid, bad, that passes through a person, does not pass without impact. One by one they gather and are established in the soul, and an edifice is built from them.

"Sometimes a bad trait, far worse than one's normal traits, arises in a person, Gd spare us, and he is shocked at himself. How did I enter such a lowly state?! But as we have said, thoughts and desires as thin as a hair took root in him. He did not know them or sense them, due to their intangibility, but inside him they thickened and gew, and then became visible and were revealed in the form of a repellent trait and ugly block, Gd forbid.

"The opposite is also true - every good thought and desire which rises within you, even if you do not achieve it, will thicken and grow and manifest itself in a holy trait or thought."

(R' Klonymus Kalman Schapiro, Bnei Machshavah Tovah, Seder Hadrachah uKlalim 5)

Have a great day,

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