Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Seclusion and Meditation

"Hisbodedus (Seclusion and Meditation) is one of the greatest among the
lofty character traits. It is the path of the greatest righteous Tzadikim and through this
very medium the prophets achieved revelation.

It is divided into two categories: external and internal hisbodedus. The
purpose of external hisbodedus [or seclusion of the body] is to reach a level of
internal hisbodedus [or meditation and seclusion of the mind] which is the top rung of
the ladder of revelation. And more so it itself is revelation."

Rabbeinu Avraham Maimonidies son of the Rambam – Sefer Hamispik leOvdei

1 comment:

Simcha Daniel Burstyn שמחה דניאל בורשטיין said...

I'm interested to know if you can point me to any Chassidic cognates to the Buddhist "5 Hindrances" - are there any Chassidic tractates that specifically discuss the obstacles that the sitra achra throws up in the way of the serious mitbonen?