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Topic: Rebbe Nachman -- Teshuva and Prayer -- Sichos HaRan 71-72
What does it mean to be a Baal Teshuva and how to deal with distracting thoughts during prayer.
Rebbe Nachman's Wisdom Chapter 71
The Zohar states that repentance does not help for one who casts his seed for naught.
The Rebbe said that this is not true, for repentance helps for all things.
He also said that he was the only one who truly understood that saying in the Zohar. For repentance truly helps, no matter how much one sins.
True repentance involves never repeating the sin, as discussed in the Rebbe's works.
You must go to the same place where you sinned, and put yourself in the same situation, and let the temptation stand before your eyes. When you can do this, and not repeat the sin, then you have broken the evil urge and have truly repented.
You many be distracted by many outside thoughts when you pray. Ignore them completely.
Do your part and say all the prayers in order, ignoring all disturbing thoughts. Do what you must, and disregard these thoughts completely.
The Rebbe also said that these disturbing thoughts actually benefit our prayers.
There are tremendous powers denouncing our prayers. Without distracting thoughts, prayer would be impossible.
Outside thoughts disguise our prayers so that they are ignored by the Outside Forces. They do not denounce the prayers and they are allowed to enter on high.
G-d knows our innermost thoughts. We may be distracted, but deep in our hearts, our thoughts are only to G-d. G-d knows this.
When you pray, your innermost thoughts are always directed toward G-d. G-d knows what is in your heart, and sees this innermost desire. He sees through the disguise, and accepts the prayer in love.
It is written (Prov. 19:21), "Many thoughts are in man's heart, but G-d's counsel is what stands."
"Many thoughts are in man's heart" when he prays. He is distracted by many outside thoughts.
But "G-d's counsel is what stands."
There is an innermost point in your heart. Here your thoughts are directed to G-d alone.
This innermost point is called "G-d's counsel"
Within this point, your intent is to G-d alone.
This can never fail. "G-d's counsel is what stands."
So disregard all distractions, and recite your prayers as you must.
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