Entries in the 'Spiritual Teacher' Category

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.
From the talk at a videoconference with the Learning Center students, 5/21/17

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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.
From the talk at a videoconference with the Learning Center students, 5/21/17

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Rest For A Kabbalist

Laitman_521Question: What does rest mean for a Kabbalist? After all, studying Kabbalah is a beautiful state of mind when you already are in a state of rest from external problems.

Answer: No, a Kabbalist needs to rest; after all, he gets very tired because the strain that I, for example, withstand now during an hour-long conversation with you is enormous. These words, these thoughts that I express to you, I experience within me on different levels, and therefore, I spend an enormous amount of energy on this. An hour of talking with you is the hardest thing.

When I talk to my students and explain the material to them during the daily lessons, then, on the contrary, I find strength in me because I interact with people who want to receive and give back this energy and this knowledge to me. We work together, and that is why I don’t get tired during lessons.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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Advance As The Soul Suggests

laitman_919Question: How can a person understand that he has begun the path of his spiritual development?

Answer: Instinctively. At the time, I went through many hands and found various teachers. But none of them satisfied me. I encountered Kabbalists, but either they were small or very specific.

Even though there were also great Kabbalists among them, they didn’t teach in a style I was ready to grasp. It continued this way until I found my teacher.

Therefore, it is up to a person to search. If you don’t like me, then it could be that there are others. I would advise checking to see if someone is wrong. And then you will understand whether you should return to studying with me or continue with someone else. This is because the most important thing is to advance in a manner that your soul tells you to.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/29/17

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A Man Of Impromptu

laitman_599_01Comment: I have known you for more than twenty years. You always answer questions spontaneously without knowing them in advance.

My Response: I am a man of impromptu, not because I know everything, but because I cannot do things differently.

When someone asks me a question by surprise, a different level of consciousness is turned on in me. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, it cannot be otherwise. It isn’t only me, but it is the same for any other Kabbalist. Each time a different image is born inside a Kabbalist from which he develops his thought.

I never say anything that I have read somewhere. I can bring such facts to support my ideas, but I always have to speak from what is being born inside me at that specific moment out of a new Partzuf, 10 Sefirotwith all its internal attributes and connections. If this doesn’t exist, you are dead.

Sometimes when I have to lecture before a very demanding audience, like for example before an audience of professors, lecturers, and students, an audience of 1,500 people, I prepare in advance. But I still don’t read from notes I have prepared. The notes are only the general guidelines of my lecture.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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The Articles Of Rabash

laitman_527_07Rabash is a special soul. In his articles, he revealed the entire methodology of entering the upper world to humanity.

I remember what I said to him about this. This was in the beginning of my studies. He asked me what I thought about his articles, and because I felt them deeply, my reply was: “You are doing something entirely new, something the world has not seen before.”

Rabash understood the essence of this huge undertaking—the relationships in the group, which is also evident from his side notes that were published in the third volume of his works. They were written before I found Rabash, and briefly introduced the articles that he later wrote after I brought students to him and he began to present everything in a systematic way.

When reading his notes, which essentially he wrote for himself, I feel him more.

Baal HaSulam is different. He is too high above. Even when he writes for himself, or pours his heart out to his students, his words come from such heights, as if you are standing under the sky. His love is ironclad. And Rabash is much more accessible, his heart is very tender.
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