Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Path of the Just: Chapter 23 (Part 3)

Sometimes we need to be stunned into changing -- and most especially when it comes to fostering true humility, given our inflated sense of ourselves. Here’s something Ramchal suggests we draw on: “Try to imagine for just a moment your appearance before the great angelic Court (after your death), when you will stand before the King of kings, the Holy One blessed be He, who is the ultimate in holiness and purity,” Ramchal offers, if you truly want to come to pious humility. How daunting that must be!

Then imagine yourself standing smack dab “in thick of the mystery of the holy angels, G-d’s mighty servants who are great in power, who do His will without a fault” since they’re blameless, as opposed “to you, who is lowly, imperfect and inherently shameful, impure and sullied because of your actions... Could you even lift your head? Is there anything you could say?” he asks. In fact, we’d add, could you even imagine not standing stock-still there in terror, or perhaps passing out full face on the floor of Heaven?

Imagine then “if they were to ask you, ‘Where's your tongue? Where's the power and honor you bore in the world?’ what would you say? How would you respond to their reproofs?” he adds. After all, you’d know you’d sinned and failed to one degree or another in the mission entrusted to you at birth to grow in your being and to achieve spiritual excellence, and it would be unbearably mortifying to have to respond to each point they’d make.

Ramchal then concludes that “if you were to honestly and convincingly impress this scene upon your mind … then all of your arrogance would surely flee, never to return” and you will have arrived at pure and simple humility.


 

Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org

Rabbi Feldman's new book, Bachya Ibn Pakuda's The Duties of the Heart, is now available! Order Now


 






ARTICLES ON KI SEITZEI AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

His Story
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

Lessons from a Farewell Speech
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

Relentless
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Alive With Spiritual Pleasure
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Just Because they "Weren't Nice"
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

Perfect Bliss
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

> Uniforms vs. Uniformity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

Rising Above It All
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5762

Starting From Scratch
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

ArtScroll

Thoughts for Pre-Rosh Hashanah
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5755

Two People, One Soul
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5772

WARning
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Helps Those Who Help Themselves
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

After the Death Sentence
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5761

Battling Our Inner Enemy
- 5773

To Crown a King
Shlomo Katz - 5767



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information