Rabbi Nachman’s Insights on Repentance and Liberation
Rabbi Nachman teaches,
If the Torah were written in order, we would know the reward and punishment for every positive and negative commandment.
There are sins for which the punishment is to be perpetually in debt. The sinner may try every possible ploy, but he still remains in debt. He can even cause others to fall into debt too . When these sins are rampant, there are many debtors in the world.
The remedy for this is to repent in general for all your sins and to beg God to save you from this particular sin. The time for such repentance is when you are in a state of expanded consciousness. This is the time to regret such sins, praying to God with complete repentance.
For the debtor’s mentality is one of constricted consciousness, as the Talmud teaches: “Ten measures of sleep came down into the world and nine were taken by slaves” ( Kiddushin 49b) . “Sleep” is constricted consciousness, while the “slave” is the debtor, because “The borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7) . The “nine measures of sleep” taken by slaves are the constricted consciousness of the debtor.
This is why the time to repent these sins is when you are in a state of expanded consciousness, because this counteracts the debtor’s state of constricted consciousness.
Sichot Haran #112
With permission taken over from: Daily Dose Of Rabbi Nachman