Monday, September 20, 2010

The General Rule

"The general rule is that a person must try with all his might to be joyful, for by nature a person is drawn toward melancholy and sadness because of the events that befall him, and all people are full of suffering. It is... essential that one force himself with all his strength to be joyful always and to use every means to make himself rejoice, even if he has to resort to silly things. It is true that it is good for man to have a broken heart, yet this should only be in a certain hour. He should set aside an hour each day to break open his heart and pour out speech to God... For the rest of the day he should only be in a state of joy. For it is easier to be led into melancholy from the state of brokenheartedness that it is to stumble, God forbid, through joy so that one is led to frivolity. "

Likkutei Moharan, Tinyana, no. 24 Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

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