Daily Tanya Thursday 1st Shevat: Chapter 15-A Beinoni who does not fight his Yetzer Hara

(LY) 1st Shevat

1.     A Beinoni who does not fight his Yetzer Hara and does not “serve” Hashem:

  • The two levels found in a Beinoni: Although it was stated earlier that the natural state of a Beinoni is one who is still in the midst of his battle with the evil and is thus called an Oveid Elokim, nonetheless, in truth even by a Beinoni there exist two different levels, one who is called an Oveid Elokim as stated above, and one who is not, and rather is considered as one who does not serve G-d.
  • Does not transgress any sin: Even this type of Beinoni who does not serve G-d is not considered a Rasha as he has never in his life transgressed even a minor sin. Likewise, he fulfills all of the Mitzvahs that are within his potential to fulfill. This especially applies regarding Torah study that his lips do not cease from studying Torah.
  • Has no battle with his evil inclination: Why then is this sinless individual referred to as a person who does not serve G-d? This is because he does not have any battle at all with his evil inclination. He doesn’t require the Divine light and revelation that shines on his G-dly soul that is found in his brain in order to control the desires and passions of his heart. This is because his evil inclination does not attempt at all to battle him, to stop him from his Torah learning and service of G-d [as it is apathetic and complacent with his religious service due to it resulting from his natural personality traits, as will be explained]. Thus, this type of Beinoni does not need to battle his evil inclination at all [and hence is not called one who serves G-d].
  • Mara Shechora-Is an introvert who is naturally inclined to assiduous study of wisdom: The above lack of battle from the evil inclination can result from the fact that the person has a personality trait known as Mara Shechora, in which he was born with a temperament which is inclined towards assiduous study of the wisdom’s [and hence even his evil inclination and animal soul pushes him to dedicate himself to Torah study].
  • Has no lust for women: Likewise, it is possible that this individual has no inner battle with lusting after woman being that he is cold by nature [and hence he does not lust after woman and have erotic thoughts enter his mind from his heart].
  • Has no feelings or emotions for any pleasures: The same applies with all other pleasures of the physical world, that it is possible that his nature lacks the emotion necessary to feel pleasure [and hence he simply does not lust after things that people of the world view as pleasurable].
  • Does not need to arouse a conscious love for G-d in order to serve Him: Due to the above lack of natural lusts for pleasures, this individual does not need to arouse a conscious level of love and fear of G-d to motivate him to perform Torah and Mitzvahs.
  • A normal individual who battles the lusts of his evil inclination must invest much effort in his contemplation of G-d’s greatness for the sake of arousing his attribute of Daas which connects his heart to his mind, in order to arouse fear of G-d in his mind, and love of G-d within his heart which arouses a passion and desire to attach to G-d through fulfilling the Mitzvah’s and studying Torah which corresponds to all the Mitzvah’s. [Without the deep contemplation and subsequent aroused passion for G-d, the individual who contains lusts for physical pleasures will be unable to properly motivate himself to fulfill Mitzvah’s and study Torah.]
  • However, the individual who contains no lusts for the physical pleasures can suffice with a slight contemplation of G-d’s greatness which reminds him of his hidden love for G-d which is naturally contained within every Jews heart, and this hidden subconscious love will suffice to motivate him in his Torah study and Mitzvah performance. Thus, this individual is not called a person who serves G-d at all, as the natural hidden love that he uses to motivate him to serve G-d is not something which resulted from his own effort and toil [which he should receive credit for] and is rather an inheritance from the forefathers to all the Jewish people.
  • A person who accustoms himself to study Torah assiduously: The above can hold true even for a person who was not naturally inclined towards assiduous Torah study, if he accustomed himself to learn Torah with greater assiduousness, and as a result he had this habit turn into his second nature. This person as well does not need to contemplate G-d’s greatness to the point that he arouses a conscious love for G-d in order to push himself to study G-d’s Torah, and rather simply remembering his hidden love for G-d suffices to motivate him. Nonetheless, even this person would be required to arouse a conscious love in his heart if he desires to learn more Torah than he is accustomed to learning.

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