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“Do Not Show A Fool A Job Half Done”

laitman_243.03Question: What does the Kabbalistic principle “Do not show a fool a job half done” mean?

Answer: The Creator does not show us half of our work until the step is completed.

The measure of the full step is called “seah” (an ancient measure of granular substances). Until we fill up our “cup” with a full measure of effort, we will not feel that we have done anything. We are shown neither half of the work, nor a quarter—only the completely finished work.

In every Partzuf (spiritual system) there cannot be less than ten Sefirot, otherwise their presence in Malchut (the tenth part of the Partzuf) is not felt. Only after all the processes in the nine upper Sefirot reach Malchut does she begin to feel that something is happening. Therefore, it is written that the spirituality is not divided into parts—there is only an integral structure.
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From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 11/26/17

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My Way

Laitman_912Question: Is it difficult being Michael Laitman?

Answer: I do not know. I never asked nor answered this question. I have a duty, and I must realize it.

Remark: But people know you, criticize you, love you—whatever…

My Comment: As for whether they love me more or hate me more, I find it difficult to say. And to work for posterity only for the sake of being appreciated afterward is also not in my nature.

I will say only one thing. At the age of thirty-five, I was a fairly wealthy man who could afford not to work and to live peacefully somewhere on an island or in Canada. One could prefer this kind of life, but I could not afford it.

I chose the path with a lot of mistakes, doubts, and torments. But this is my way.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/31/17

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Communication Between Kabbalists

laitman_528.04Question: How do you communicate with your teacher and how do you learn from your students?

Answer: I communicate with my teacher on the spiritual level. It is not a problem that he is not in his body and I am still in it because our communication is on the level of equivalence of spiritual, not corporeal form. This is exactly how I am in contact with my students as well. Whether or not they are aware of it, there is an internal contact between us.

Comment: It is said that a teacher can learn from his students.

My Comment: Of course. It is practically a daily occurrence. My students all over the world constantly communicate among each other, forming various virtual groups, and the individual souls merge into one common soul. Each student displays a particular quality, a nuance in the spiritual Kli (vessel). By feeling them, I reveal new opportunities through them. They are like my eyes and arms.

Question: So, we are not talking here about some actions when you can observe a behavior and learn something from it?

Answer: No, this is solely an internal feeling.

Question: How often does this happen?

Answer: At every lesson, every conversation, all the time. And particularly when they form a certain union between them. Then that union plays in perfect harmony, like a well-tuned piano.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/31/17

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The Creator – The Teacher

laitman_282.01Question: Can the Creator be a person’s direct teacher?

Answer: No. Our egoism would want this because it wants to receive, to capture, to seize, to enslave. The Creator can serve as a teacher only through the group, within it. To the same degree that I merge with the group, enter into it, dissolve within it, I begin to discover the presence of the Creator within it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/31/17

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Responsibile For Every Word

laitman_209Question: Is there a difference between a teacher, and a teacher in Kabbalah?

Answer: There is a teacher in Kabbalah, and there are also his assistants who teach certain aspects of Kabbalah. But in any case, everything comes from a teacher who sets the general direction and spirit of development. His assistants report to him, but each teaches separately.

Question: Does the teacher feel responsible for every word that he says to the students?

Answer: Absolutely. One can pass on this knowledge only to the extent that one believes that it is true, and that one has experienced it, and suffered for it. It belongs to him, meaning that he has paid for it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/1/17

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Is There Proof Of Spiritual Attainment?

laitman_571.03Question: Do you have some kind of proof of your spiritual attainment or your students’ attainment?

Answer: Who can guarantee that a Kabbalist understands what he learns? Only a person who is present in the classes can determine if the teacher understands and is familiar with what he teaches.

Question: Are there any external signs you can use to determine if a person understands the wisdom of Kabbalah or not?

Answer: None! Baal HaSulam observes only indirect signs: a recognized teacher who is teaching according to the true sources and doesn’t tie the students to himself. It cannot be otherwise.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/24/17

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Annulment Of The Student Before The Teacher

laitman_253Question: What is the annulment of the student before the teacher?

Answer: In order to receive from the teacher, you have to annul yourself before him. This is a necessary condition. What does it mean to annul, not like in ordinary life that has nothing to do with spirituality, but in what relates to your spiritual qualities?

You must annul them, become zero, “enter” into the teacher, and then you will be fully at his disposal and he will create your next spiritual state out of you.

When a mother breastfeeds her baby, he sucks milk, receiving his sustenance, thanks to which he lives. It is the same here—a disciple must receive his sustenance from the teacher and therefore he is obliged to annul himself, to open his mouth and receive.

Question: Do you remember the first time you had to annul yourself before Rabash? How was this expressed?

Answer: Perhaps it was much easier for me because I wanted very much to have a teacher who would tell me everything possible. Besides, Rabash spoke very little and I had to somehow understand, guess, and extract details.

But in principle, you search for how you can become inconspicuous next to him so that everything that is in him would be automatically transferred into you.

Question: Was it hard or desirable for you?

Answer: At first it was very desirable. I wanted nothing else, only to enter his “cave” and sit next to him.

Then it became more difficult because egoism was constantly growing in order to rise above it, to reach such a coarseness of egoistic desire to annul and in it receive everything the teacher wants to give. Therefore, egoism should grow constantly, and rejection becomes stronger and stronger.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/1/17

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Past And Present

721.03Question: Why can’t we communicate directly with the Creator? Why do we need an intermediary, like a teacher?

Answer: It is not an intermediary. It is your previous state. The fact is, creation is a shattered system, which starts to correct itself like links in a continuous chain from the least, almost undamaged elements, to the more complex.

An element that went before always passes all of its knowledge, all it has accumulated, all of its connections, to the next element. And because we are links in this chain, we are always connected to our teachers and then become teachers for the next generation.

Question: If the teacher is my previous state, then who is my future state?

Answer: The future state is you until you advance spiritually. And then it is your students, those who must continue the correction after you, moving through the levels of this broken system. They either find you during your lifetime or in some way connect with you spiritually after death.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 10/1/17

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Overcome The Inner Barrier

Laitman_002Question: You were with your teacher Rabash for 12 years. After eight or ten years you already knew a lot, you wrote books. Did you have the feeling that you no longer had anything to learn from him?

Answer: Yes, there were states like that. They were accompanied by internal tension and resentment.

For example, the teacher explains, but you already know that listening to an explanation is not enough. We must somehow overcome the potential internal barrier, but you cannot overcome it. And, of course, there are problems. It is here that you have to cancel yourself, and this is contrary to the desire.

Question: Did Rabash tell you how he had to nullify himself to Baal HaSulam?

Answer: He didn’t say that, but he casually mentioned a few times that it was very difficult for him because it is even more difficult to nullify yourself to your father.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/1/17

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Student and Teacher: Connection Through The Worlds

laitman_919Question: Does a student remain connected with his teacher after the teacher’s death?

Answer: The connection remains. If the student is on the level of attainment, he understands and maintains this connection. Depending on the level that he is on, there is virtually no difference whether the teacher is physically next to him or not.

But if it is a regular teacher, like a physicist or a mathematician, there is no connection whatsoever. And here, however, the connection continues and is not diminished by the teacher’s death. On the contrary, it grows even stronger and more purposeful, pure, clear, and bright.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/1/17

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