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Only The Desire Is Important

laitman_527Question: Is the advancement of a student accelerated by constantly asking for clarification of questions that interest him but he doesn’t understand?

Answer: No! This doesn’t indicate anything. There are idiots that constantly ask questions because from their point of view it is necessary to know exactly how, what, and from where, and there are those who are the opposite, who are quiet all the time. You literally shake them up so that they will say something, but they are silent.

There is no significance to the style in which a student learns. Some write down every word, others look at the ceiling as if they don’t hear anything. It doesn’t matter! What is important is only that a student wants to learn something from me and then according to the degree of his desire, I take his point in the heart, his small Kli (vessel), and begin to fill it.

So, I have patience, and I don’t get tired. I am ready every day to do this and am afraid to miss a day. If I fly abroad, I try to have  a lesson to save the day. I count my days according to those hours in which I teach.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 8/7/16

laitman_281_02Question: Why do you sometimes mock your students? It seems that your humor unifies us and sharpens our attention.

Answer: That’s the reason I do it.

Question: What does your attitude to your students depend on? Why do some students get special attention?

Answer: There is no such thing! There really isn’t. There are students who draw attention by wanting to ask questions every day and sometimes several times during the lesson. I limit them because I want questions from as wide a range as possible.

Question: How can we understand that the teacher is actually the one you need? After all, there are different teachers and each of them conveys the material differently.

Answer: Search!

Question: As a student, I follow the teacher and I sometimes am short of time. Can the group or the teacher plan the day correctly or should I ask the Creator?

Answer: In this sense it is much simpler for a woman. You can record or download the lesson and listen to it everywhere, and at the same time advance.

Question: Are boredom and invasiveness characteristics that depend on the perception of the listener?

Answer: If boredom and invasiveness do not take on sick forms, we can call them persistence and perseverance, and so these are perfectly normal attributes.

Question: Who was Adam HaRishon’s (First Man) teacher? Who guided him?

Answer: No one, he was the first to whom the upper leadership was revealed. There were other Kabbalists who came after him who also discovered the upper world without a teacher. But they had a special inclination. They made great efforts and received their attainment through books, not through a certain person.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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How Can We Check The Teacher?

laitman_533_02Question: How can we check whether the one who teaches Kabbalah actually knows what he is talking about and that he is indeed a spiritual guide?

Answer: A true teacher of the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches only according to the Kabbalistic sources of Baal HaSulam and Rabash and he only shows how to implement their recommendations in a group. He will not try to stand out and will not require any special treatment.

It says that a person learns only where his heart desires. It isn’t about intuition, but a feeling in the heart. Intuition is in internal call that we don’t understand, whereas a feeling in the heart is when you clearly feel that the teacher speaks directly into your heart. He doesn’t try to convince you, attract you, or lure you; you feel that he addresses you without trying to influence you.

It is not prohibited to check out teachers in other places. You only need to be very careful not to fall into mysticism or other spiritual practical spiritual studies.

We can say that there are two ways to check things, or two external signs of a true Kabbalah teacher. The first is that the teacher teaches according to Kabbalistic sources and the second is that he himself received his knowledge from a recognized Kabbalist.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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Receiving Light Through The Teacher

laitman_582_01Question: A student receives all the Light of his soul through the teacher. Is the teacher the source of it, instead of the world of infinity?

Answer: If my soul, the teacher’s soul, developed before your soul and you happen to be my student, you receive from me according to the spiritual hierarchy. As my student, you are my spiritual child. The system of the souls is mutually connected. The souls that have undergone their correction partially or fully and have ascended to a certain level conduct the Light to the other souls.

Everything is arranged this way in a sequence. On one hand, you add your ego to me, and, on the other hand, thanks to your ego, I conduct the Upper Light to you. Then you also conduct the Upper Light to someone.

In fact you are already doing it but not consciously.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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Surpassing The Teacher

laitman_597_02Question: Can a student surpass the level of his teacher?

Answer: He can. There are many such cases in history. One such example is Baal HaSulam who surpassed his teacher from Pursov, a small town near Warsaw. When Baal HaSulam realized that there was nothing more he could receive from his teacher and that his teacher was in attainment of the Creator, he left and went to Israel.

I wish everyone to surpass their teacher and to keep advancing and that you will have students who will surpass you.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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A Student Or A Free Listener

laitman_530Question: According to what criterion do you decide if you are a student or just a listener?

Answer: A student is someone who wants to study with a certain teacher, to do what he says, to follow his instructions and receive from him.

A listener, on the other hand, is independent and can choose what he wants to do: whether he wants to listen or not. He is not obliged to anything in any way, and he doesn’t implement the method.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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Hearing The Teacher

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can a person not only listen to the teacher, but also eventually hear what the teacher says?

Answer: Hearing what the teacher says is a problem. To do this, you must be in a certain connection with the teacher or with the Creator.

Hearing is the level of Bina, when a person can be absolutely neutral no matter what he hears about the teacher or the Creator. It is a level on which one only wants to hear and then fulfill as much as possible, but not necessarily since it depends on what the level of Bina is.

The level of Hochma, on the other hand, is the level of implementation.
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What Does The Teacher’s Greatness Depend On?

laitman_588_03Question: Why is the teacher’s true greatness always concealed from us?

Answer: Because you cannot see anything.

Take me, for example, your teacher, you can look at me as much as like, but you will not see any greatness in me.

You will only see an old man who very much wants people to begin studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, not from his books but according to the original sources of Baal HaSulam and Rabash. You can take The Book of Zohar and the writings of the ARI, go ahead, but they are much more difficult and distant from us.

I am simply an expert, up to a certain level, of the method of getting closer to the Creator! A methodologist! And this is what I teach you.

The teacher’s greatness, just like the Creator’s greatness, depends on the student. The Creator is revealed to us only according to our feeling of His greatness. Why is He concealed? Because you don’t think highly of Him.

It is the same with the teacher, to the same degree. How do you know your teacher? You don’t know him. Therefore, everything depends on his greatness in your eyes. Only on that!
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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Everyone Is Unique In Spirituality

laitman_527Question: Everyone has a mission in this world. How is it possible to become like the teacher, with respect and love for him, but remaining on your own path?

Answer: You don’t become like the teacher, you specifically develop in your own way and form. Externally, as a result of a shared connection, forms of speech and grammar or something similar like the teacher’s may appear in you, but this has no connection to spirituality. Everyone is unique in spirituality.

Question: Do you suppose that not being like your teacher is the right message?

Answer: It makes no difference. Even if a student thinks one way or another, the curve always leads a person to the “straight line.” Sooner or later the students will understand and everything will work out. I don’t give guidance about this. A student must gradually understand everything for himself.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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Just Ask More Of The Creator

laitman_528_02Question: What does it mean to practically treat the friend or the teacher as the Creator? Do I have to implicitly justify them like the Creator who cannot be perceived or understood?

Answer: The student should absorb what the teacher says and teaches him and accordingly behave with the friends to establish a connection in which the Creator is revealed. Everything depends on the type of the connection between them. You have to melt among the friends and become an embryo, a drop of semen in the womb, in order to attain the first spiritual attribute between us, the level of Nefesh, which is the smallest Light.

This is what everyone has to do with regard to others in the group of ten, which will create the precondition for the revelation of the Creator.

But it is impossible to do that on our own and so there is no need to yearn for that, since it is like wanting to fly without wings.

This is not the work we should do, and it is a problem if people wish to attain it physically. There is no need to put pressure on each other and to insist on physical actions such as hugging more, reading together, etc.

All you need to do is to ask more and more that the Creator do it for us since all our other requests and expectations are merely egoistic. When you turn to the Creator, the altruistic element is inevitably activated.
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