“Each individual’s perceptions are specific to him”


There are all levels of minds. 

Some grasp the most sublime abstractions.

Others appreciate only the most basic forms. 

But the feelings, each individual's personal experience, will in each instance be of equivalent intensity. 

Each individual's perceptions are specific to him. 

One person's scope may be vast and abstract; another's, concrete. 

Yet experientially, where perception integrates with the essence of the soul, there is no fundamental difference between them. 

It does not matter whether a person's perceptions are concrete or abstract as long as his emotions match his perceptions, whether concrete or abstract. 

He will be equally successful in achieving the same kind of emotional results. 

There is no need for him to try to achieve emotional levels that are not appropriate for him.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz 
 
From Learning from the Tanya by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

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