There is a story about a great kabbalist named the Baal Shem Tov. Each time he walked into the place of prayer, he’d go over to a group of people there and greet them with a special greeting, one that was used to address someone who had been away for three or more days.
After weeks and weeks of hearing this unique salutation, one of the men asked, “Teacher, I haven’t left the city. I see you every day. Why is it that every time you see me, you always greet me like this?”
The Baal Shem Tov responded, “While you are praying, where are you? Are you thinking about spiritual things? Or are you thinking about the vacation you want to take, or perhaps of all the things you need to do during the day? That is why I always greet you as if you have been away—because you are not here in your mind, you are not here in your consciousness.”
What does this story mean for us? Basically, when we pray, read a holy book, meditate, or use any of the spiritual tools to try to generate energy for ourselves... Read More