Comment: On Yom Kippur, there is a tradition to read the story of the prophet Jonah, which clarifies the responsibility of all the people of Israel, especially those who aspire for spiritual attainment, to correct themselves and pass this on to others.
My Response: This is a story about how the Creator instructed the prophet Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh to save people, that is, to rescue them from egoism. Jonah did not want to go there, got on a ship, and sailed out to sea.
The Creator brought a storm to the sea, and in order to save the ship, the sailors started to look for who was responsible. In the hold of the ship, they found Jonah sleeping peacefully and asked him: “How can you sleep peacefully? We are sinking! What should we do?” He replied: “It is because of me. If you want the storm to subside, throw me into the sea.”
The sailors had no choice but to do this, and the sea immediately calmed. Jonah was swallowed by a large fish that brought him to the shore near the city of Nineveh.
He came to this city and fulfilled what the Creator had ordered him to do, to make all the inhabitants of Nineveh righteous, that is, to turn their evil relations into good.
Question: Does it mean that he could not escape his duty?
Answer: Man will never be able to run away from the Creator! It is obvious.
Every person has his own mission to do some good deeds in the world. He must do it and not run away from his duties. This is what Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) symbolizes to us, namely the part of the Torah called the “The Book of Jonah.”
There is a program of creation, and if a desire for correction was awakened in a person and he has started this process, then it is impossible to run away.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States”