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Obedience Or Criticism?

laitman_530Remark: You say that one must obey his teacher and listen to his advice without any criticism. On the other hand, I heard you say during the lessons that criticism is important and doubt is unavoidable on the path. Moreover, it helps students in their advancement. Please clarify this contradiction.

My Comment: There is no contradiction here. On one hand, in our movement forward, we have to obey the teacher completely since he sees what we should do many steps ahead and we do not; we could not only make a mistake, but could steer off the path.

On the other hand, when we start advancing following the right direction and the teacher, we can figure out all the nuances of our advancement. And this is considered normal. Naturally, all study is based on questions and answers.

Question: And what about criticism?

Answer: How can you criticize the upper Partzuf if you are not on its level? The teacher has his own intentions and his own plans that you know nothing about because he is on a level higher than you. Therefore, everything that is revealed to him is concealed for you.

Question: If a person starts to criticize us, can he go to another teacher, a third, a fourth, and then realize that the truth is here and come back?

Answer: Generally, yes. But the teacher may not accept him back. However, if you do come back and are accepted, hold on to it with a bulldog’s stranglehold and start advancing.

Question: You say to listen to the teacher in spiritual matters, not corporeal life. But my friends in the group tell me that if I want to advance spiritually, I must imitate my teacher in everything. Is it customary in Kabbalah or not?

Answer: That is Hasidism. No Kabbalist would demand their students to imitate him.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/24/17

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The Connection Between Teacher And Student

Laitman_721.01Question: Does a Kabbalist teacher choose his students himself or does a student pursue the teacher and ask to be taught?

Answer: It isn’t either of those ways. The teacher and the student are determined from above. They are brought closer to each other so that the relationship is established at a certain distance. As they engage with connection to the Creator, the student gets closer to the teacher.

Question: Did Rabash come and take you from your first teacher Hillel?

Answer: Yes, because I could not leave Hillel by myself. I could not tear myself away from him because my egoism received pleasure, answers, and fulfillments that were indescribable.

And with Rabash, it was the opposite. He sat down and opened Talmud Eser Sefirot. I barely understood a word. Rabash, I, and several other people sat and read throughout the lesson. Here we were dealing with the attraction of the upper Light according to our intention. And with Hillel, I was simply engaged in obtaining knowledge.

Question: What are the connections between a student and a teacher?

Answer: There is a connection between them only through the Creator, nothing else. Everything moves through them for the sake of attaining the higher goal.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/1/17

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Don’t Disconnect From The Creator

laitman_276.01Question: How does a Kabbalist analyze what has been swept through him?

Answer: The Kabbalist should justify everything that happened to him during the years of life. All of this has been done by the Creator, there is none else besides Him, and He is only good who does good.

From this moment onward, he must try to be connected with the Creator in all of his actions, and in whatever happens to him—the best, the worst, no matter what—he still does not part from the Creator.

Disconnecting from the Creator is the greatest punishment of man in the world!
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/3/17

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 209

laitman_565.02Question: In the book Shamati, article 84, it is written: “…lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life. So He drove out the man.” What correction did the Creator “fear” that Adam might carry out and be integrated with the Tree of Life?

Answer: That the sin of eating from the Tree of Knowledge would remain uncorrected!

Question: How can we conduct a group of ten in Germany that will be exactly like it was conducted by Rabash with gatherings of friends on Fridays? Which questions can we solve in it and what must we study?

Answer: You must refer this question to your friends in Bnei Baruch in Petach Tikva.

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A Kabbalist’s Inner States

laitman_588.03Question: How does a Kabbalist analyze his inner states with the Creator? How does the environment of our world affect this?

Answer: It does not affect it in any way. When I come to the lesson in the morning, can you tell in what condition I am with the Creator? What I had with him before, any talk or relationship? This is a different level, a different world.

Therefore, what I feel and what I give to my students are two different steps, and one does not affect the other.

It happens sometimes that it is very difficult to teach a lesson because everything has been “taken” from you. But it is taken on your own level, and when you switch to the students and use their desires while you are at their level, then you are practically being realized in accordance to them, and they do not feel it.

In this respect, I win and it’s easier for me. I hide myself, and students cannot tell what spiritual state I am in. It is impossible.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/29/17

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A Real Teacher Is Felt With The Heart

laitman_766.7Question: When you came to your teacher Rabash, did you envy him?

Answer: From the point of view of knowledge and comprehension, then yes. But from the point of view of an ordinary person, what was there for me to envy? I was 30 and he was 70. In front of me was a person who knows everything, but says nothing!

Question: When you asked Rabash, “How do I know that I am in the right place?” He replied, “A real teacher is identified by the heart.” How do you identify that this is your teacher through the heart?

Answer: This cannot be put into words. You simply feel that this person holds the truth and that you need to receive it from him. He has it in his hands and he is ready to extend his arms to you if you extend yours to him and take it. All the same, the student still does not understand the teacher.

Question: How does this click happen, when you know with certainty that this is your teacher, your place, your life?

Answer: I understood this from his lectures. I saw that practically all of my questions had answers. I felt that this methodology was for me.

Actually, I went through many great Kabbalists, but their method of teaching was absolutely not right for me. And only here did I immediately feel that this is absolute knowledge that I wanted to receive from him.
From the Lesson in Russian, 6/25/17

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The Day Of Remembrance Of Rabash

Laitman_917.01Baruch Shalom Levi Ashlag was the closest link to us of the chain of great Kabbalists through which the upper force is revealed to the world, and the Torah is passed down to us. He is the highest level and the only spiritual Partzuf that we depend on, and therefore, our study is mostly based on his articles. Rabash did everything to prepare the foundation for the next generation to come.

Although it was not easy, he found the strength to completely annul himself before his great father and teacher, Baal HaSulam, having absolutely no regard for himself. And because of that, he ascended through all the levels of spiritual attainment. We are yet to see from his writings just how high he reached. His essays are written in a very warm way, with great care for the reader, the student.

He had a huge burning heart full of love. However, if we are capable of grasping the depth of his writings, we would see that he was in the states of GAR of Atzilut or even higher, which is impossible to imagine.

Rabash paved the way for us by writing his articles and establishing customs that we try to adhere to. He gave us the framework in which a Kabbalistic group should exist, and we continue in this manner.

Baal HaSulam was like the ARI, creating the method of spiritual ascension, and Rabash brought it to a practical realization, and in that he resembled the Baal Shem Tov. In no other Kabbalistic writings have I ever seen such detailed descriptions of the spiritual work: how a person should organize himself in his immediate surrounding, in a wider environment, in the system of the worlds, and in his relationship with the Creator.

All these systems, that a person has to go through in order to achieve adhesion with the upper force, are not explained anywhere else in such systematic form as in Rabash’s articles. A person can take these articles and advance with them, for they will form the right attitude and the right concepts inside him.

There are no other books like these. In Rabash’s articles, not only do we get the commentary, but also detailed instructions of what to do, what reaction to expect, and how to move forward. He explains the whole process that we have to complete, the response that we get in return, and the internal states our soul goes through.

I have read these articles many times and will certainly continue reading them, and I can attest to them being concealed, and not revealed. After many years of studying, you will begin to uncover great depth in them.

You will suddenly see, that Rabash is writing about something you did not notice before, did not understand, and did not feel. These articles are not straightforward, but are quite multi-layered that become revealed in accordance with the reader’s level of comprehension. They offer such support and help to the beginners of the spiritual path, which cannot be found even in the writings of Baal HaSulam.

Baal HaSulam is a Kabbalist of the highest caliber, a scientist, a researcher, and Rabash is a spiritual coach: gentle and loving, who takes you by the hand and walks you through all the states. Only when we ascend in spirituality can we judge his true greatness.

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Write On The Tablet Of Your Heart

laitman_281.02Question: In the past, it was unacceptable and even forbidden to write down the explanations of teachers who taught Torah; why don’t we behave that way today?

Answer: They didn’t record the words of the teacher in the past but learned orally, not because it was difficult to record on wooden tablets, for example, but because the students heard and attained the upper world while processing the profundity of the words of the teacher.

Now the situation is different; we hear and record to know mechanically, not through living attainment. When a student follows his teacher like a lower Partzuf following an upper Partzuf through adhesion with it, a living picture of the upper world is revealed to the student. Therefore, the student receives his attainment “mouth to mouth” from the higher level, meaning through sharing a Masach (Screen) with the teacher.

This is called “writing on the tablet of your heart” on the corrected desires. And today people learn dead letters and words because there is no Light in them; there is no characteristic of bestowal, only external knowledge. This is called exile from the upper world.

So, after the fall from the level of spiritual attainment happened two thousand years ago, they began to record the words of the sages of the Torah so that when we would leave the exile in the future, we would ascend to love and bestowal and could revitalize their texts through the upper Light.

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The Pain And Yearning Of A Teacher

laitman_584.02Question: What do you wish for your students? What is it worthwhile paying attention to?

Answer: My heart aches for my students. I already want to see them great, found in a common, good and strong connection between them, gradually drawn from among all of humanity, choosing those people from it who can yearn for the Creator, work together with us, and expand the world group in a similar manner.

This is what I would like to see, like every parent wants to see his children become more successful people than he has been.
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Helping A Teacher

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can a student help a teacher?

Answer: This can happen only according to the degree of his devotion to an idea, to the study, to unity, and to helping the teacher in his work with the general group.

When I found my teacher in 1980, after a few lessonsI had no doubt that I needed to move closer to him and do everything possible to help him. In his time, conditions were different, there was no Internet, books about Kabbalah were scarce, a real rarity. Since then, 37 years have passed; today there are many books translated into many languages.

Helping the teacher is a very serious incentive for advancement; for this, the student needs to try to resemble the teacher. This is because the “lower face” must aspire to resemble the “upper face,” in the same way that we educate children.

Always try to take an example from the higher and from his attitude toward the world, to the lessons, to dissemination. In this manner, you will advance. This is basically the best incentive for advancement.
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