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What Should We Hope For?

laitman_938_04Question: You said that you are only an expert in teaching the wisdom of Kabbalah and that you have not attained the complete end of correction. So, what should we, who are merely beginners, hope for?

Answer: No one has actually reached the complete end of correction. It is a very high level, but everyone must attain it.

Rabi Shimon’s group and Baal HaSulam reached a relative complete end of correction. It is impossible to reach the complete end of correction unless all of the people, or more accurately, all of the souls, are corrected. It is because we are living in a system that is mutually connected.

I tell you frankly that I am on an intermediate level, but it is certainly enough in order to teach you. If I were on a higher level, I wouldn’t be able to do so.

Baal HaSulam says in his article “Baal HaSulam’s Prophecy” that he especially asked to be lowered from the high level he was on so that he would be able to express and convey the method of Kabbalah.

Sometimes, the levels of the teacher and the student in the wisdom of Kabbalah are disconnected, and it is not always possible to overcome that. Would a professor in an art academy teach a five-year-old to play the violin? No, since this is what teachers in music schools do. When the child grows, he will learn from more professional teachers until he reaches a master, an expert.

We will continue our motion forward together, and our common teacher will be the Creator.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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Whom Does A Teacher Of Kabbalah Follow?

Laitman_917_02Question: Whom does a teacher of Kabbalah follow?

Answer: I hope that I am following my teacher. I am already connected with him, but, speaking in an earthly language, I can report to him with a calm and open heart, as I realized everything that I received from him. And I am not ashamed of what I have been trying to do after his death.

Question: Can Rabash see what you are doing now?

Answer: What does “seeing” mean? This is a single system that penetrates all information flow from beginning to end along the whole desire called “creation.”

Rabash is at a level in which he includes us within him. We are within him. Every Kabbalist who is on a higher level includes those lower than him within himself.

We are within Rabash and receive the Upper Light only through him, and he is within Baal HaSulam, and so forth. This is a system of concentric Sefirot.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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Whoever Wants To Hear Me Will

laitman_284_03Question: Are you the only person who was given permission from Above to teach the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: I teach and whoever wants to hear me will. I don’t have an authorization that was sent from the “spiritual office,” which certifies that I am the only one authorized to teach the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Comment: It would be nice if there were such a certificate.

My Response: That’s not true. This would oblige people, so where would their free choice be?
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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The Spiritual Circulatory System

Laitman_524_01Question: Just like a mother and her developing fetus, is it possible to say that a student and teacher have a shared spiritual circulatory system?

Answer: Certainly, it is to the degree that the student is included with the teacher. But the best way to be integrated with a teacher is through a group of ten.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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The Transfer Of Information From Kabbalist To Student

laitman_589_01Question: Does the attainment of the Upper Light come through the egoistic characteristics of the teacher?

Answer: The egoistic characteristics of the teacher are his beastly characteristics; they have no connection to the spiritual world.

Suppose that a teacher loves to eat a particular food, to sleep in a particular way, loves certain things in the world, doesn’t love, or even hates something else, none of this has any connection to the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Kabbalists who lived 100, 200, or 2,000 years ago also had particular habits and feelings; none of that matters at all.

But if a person is near a Kabbalist and wants to approach him, he must be on a level in which he can relate to his habits and customs correctly.

Question: Your students also teach. Do they have to direct their students to you and recommend that they listen to your lessons?

Answer: They don’t have to direct them to me at all. Everything depends on the level the students are at. If they are ready to listen to my lessons, it is worthwhile for them to bring them here. They will be able to study along with the main group and see how things are done. But my intention is not to direct them to me. I transfer everything to my students and my students to their students, and so on.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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Listen Or Read?

laitman_919Question: Did you feel that you were above your teacher? Was your teacher always happy with you?

Answer: I never had a feeling like this, but there were times when I was not happy with him. There was a time when he expressed his dissatisfaction with me, and I have felt this as a blow to this very day.

Question: Do you continue to listen to the recordings of the lessons of Rabash?

Answer: No, I methodically read his articles.

Question: Would you recommend that your students listen to recordings of Rabash’s lessons?

Answer: You will not get anything more by listening to the recordings. If a person is attracted to this and it arouses special feelings in him, then by all means he should do so.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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I Fill Your Souls

laitman_938_04Question: Can a teacher identify which of his students will stay or leave?

Answer: No, it is impossible to know this from the start, and it doesn’t matter because the soul is eternal and immortal.

While you are studying, I fill your souls, prepare them for independent spiritual work, and I have enough energy because as far as it seems, I am the only person in the world who is working on the immortality of the soul.

I am saying this completely seriously! My material is you, meaning your desires, which I bring closer to the state of “soul,” the characteristic of bestowal.

My labor doesn’t disappear. It gives me energy because otherwise I would be disappointed. Thousands of students have passed my way, but I am not sorry and I don’t place an obstacle in front of a student who wants to leave. As long as he is here, I influence him; after he leaves, this influence temporarily stops, but it will come back in the future to one of my students.

Question: Do you enjoy teaching? Do you expect results from the lesson?

Answer: The lesson is the result. This is the most rewarding work and the payoff is immediate.

Question: If so, could you teach 24 hours per day?

Answer: Were it not for physical limitations, I could.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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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.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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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.
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.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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