Friday, March 13, 2009

Applying Will

"Keter is the source of man's free will—his ability to choose how he acts and reacts to life's situations. When it is directed towards good, this will can bring a person to the level of Keter. Yet it can also become a detrimental force in ones life.

When asked by a follower to define free will, Rebbe Nachman [of Bratzlav] replied: 'It is really very simple: If you wish, you do. If you do not wish, you don't do.'.....

People generally act as if they are trapped by their desires or impulses. Sometimes people justify a negative action or reaction by claiming that that is the way they are: they can't change......Every person at any time during his life, can change, simply by choosing differently.....

By applying his will, a person can either break away from his past, by ascending to the Keter of his current level and from there to points beyond, or he can break away from any good he might have achieved and descend to levels far beneath those of his current standing. Will controls both behavioral and spiritual movements. As man's primal instinct, will becomes the first step to in the quest for spirituality."

—Chaim Kramer (Anatomy of the Soul)

2 comments:

V said...

Will is imitation. Following. And following is slavery. Slavery to what is known and old. To the past, sorrow.

Shubhajit said...

People can change anytime, any moment, anywhere...

Actually, I believe whatever happens in our life governs by some external principle, we control our lives, yet we are all controlled...there are people who stays in extreme ascetics still not aware of bliss, there are people who live with all illusions of life still very much conscious..as one of my friend rightly said, path is important and we will change..