Question: There are two things that guard a person along the spiritual path: A framework that he has determined for himself and the right environment. Does he have to constantly expand this framework?
Answer: Not necessarily. When I was at Rabash’s side, I didn’t see him changing the framework of his life in any way. He used to study at the same time at night, and then there were the walks on the beach, in the park, in the forest, to the sauna, and the afternoon rest in order to study again in the evening. He kept this daily pattern for years without any changes, not even in the food he ate.
Why should we make any changes in corporeality? All the changes have to be internal and not external. We know that a donkey doesn’t yearn for new delicacies, but rather prefers the grains with which he is familiar. An elephant prefers grass. An animal enjoys what it needs according to its nature. Modern fast food is no good since our body hasn’t changed. We are only poisoning ourselves by all this stuff. Our body needs simple, natural food as it should be.
It’s very good if a body is accustomed to a certain daily schedule. It’s even recommended to take medicines at the same hour every day. A machine that performs a repetitive action breaks down less often; even an ordinary engine that operates all the time and is not turned on and off all the time works much longer.
There is nothing worse for an animal than changes in anything that have to do with its nature. But in the part that doesn’t belong to nature but that is above it and which belongs to the spiritual world, the whole life is about changes. The amount of changes is an indication of spiritual health, of spiritual power.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/7/13, Writings of Rabash