Entries in the 'Spiritual Teacher' Category

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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/31/16

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A Kabbalist’s Empathy

Laitman_001_02Question: You said that it is much easier for you to give lessons to veteran students who have been with you for several decades than to newcomers. What is the reason for this?

Answer: We have a common vocabulary, general knowledge, and some sensations. There is a commonality of certain characteristics and expressions, and therefore it is easier for them.

I can say one phrase, even without finishing it, and they understand what I wanted to convey to them. With random listeners or beginners who are very different from each other, of course, it is more difficult.

Question: During a lesson, does a Kabbalist speak exactly about things he is experiencing?

Answer: He cannot do otherwise. For example, I can talk about things that I need to buy in the supermarket—milk, meat, and bread—and do not empathize with anyone about that. But if I say something about Kabbalah at any level, then I must empathize within myself and pass it on to whom I am transmitting this.

Question: When speaking about events in our world or various trends of our development, are you also experiencing them?

Answer: Yes. If, let’s say, I am talking about exiting the crisis, then I experience it inside, not in the form in which it appears to people, but in all its internal problems and qualities. I feel why we need all these corrections exactly as they are presented to us.

Question: How is it possible for you to be in all states at the same time? For example, we are now opening the book and start reading “The Freedom.” How can you experience the states that are described there?

Answer: Are you not experiencing the states described in a book when you read it?

Let’s suppose we spoke about the correction of the world in the lesson, how it moves from neoliberalism and democracy to the completely new state of responsible governance that Trump represents. I experience this very strongly within myself.

Although, in principle, it doesn’t concern me physically, geographically, and socially, I see what forces cause such change in the world, where this trend came from, and how it penetrated the world, in other words, the root of all the problems.

It affects me much more that an ordinary person because I see movement toward the correction of the world.

Question: Where is the place in which you feel empathy?

Answer: It is in desire. Desire isn’t in the human body. We feel the consequences of our desires in the pulse, in blood pressure, and other parameters, but these are just external symptoms.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/29/17

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How Do You Become Devoted To The Wisdom Of Kabbalah?

Laitman_912Question from Facebook: You said in one of your lessons that you all your time with your teacher Rabash. I was very impressed by this, but, at the same time, I also felt afraid. I feel that I will not be able to devote myself to the wisdom of Kabbalah like that.

Answer: Everyone acts according to his inclination. I knew that if I found information about the meaning of life, I would totally devote myself to studying it. It was when I heard Rabash’s first words that I felt that this was what I had wanted to hear for 30 years until I found him.

If you accurately explain to a person the reason for the creation of the world, what we should do, what we should reach, and you bring examples and present everything in a very logical manner, there is no reason to refute it.

Question: Does every individual look for a teacher according to the nature of his soul? How does that happen?

Answer: I looked for everything in a purely logical manner. I was never interested in assumptions and religious tales, nor in mysticism or different philosophies. I was only interested in pure accurate logic.

There was a shocking contradiction between a person’s externality and his internal world until I finally understood what a wise Kabbalist and a real Jewish sage means compared to the external impression that he made on people who didn’t know about his internal filling; it was amazing.

Every person has a destiny, a measure, a place, a day, and a time in this history. Perhaps I had to do that in our generation and you will do it in the next generation or in another time or another dimension.

In any case, everyone will fulfill his destiny and will totally resemble everyone else. We will all reach the same upper level!
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/1/17

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For The Benefit Of Others

Laitman_510_01Torah, Deuteronomy 21:10: If you go out to war against your enemies.

This is about the war of a person against his nature that is egoism.

On one hand, this is a very difficult work, and the Torah describes it very precisely as a war. After all, you must fight with your internal properties, views, thoughts, and with the constant discovery that everything is directed to the benefit of your body, for your own convenience.

You always have to rise above this, to prefer the convenience of others, and through them, the convenience of the Creator to your own comfort, because the Creator is the personification of everything that is outside of you. This is a huge war with yourself.

Of course, there are forces that help fight and determine how to choose certain methods, opportunities, time, and circumstances in order to somehow rise above yourself and return your thoughts to the actions for the benefit of others and the Creator, and not for your own benefit. But in general, this is a very difficult job.

And the most important thing is, that although this work is so difficult in the inner pressure of a person, all people in the world must take it upon themselves. This is the most incredible fact.

Such thoughts are typical for those few people in the world who have a point in the heart. They understand the need for attaining the purpose of creation and for fulfilling of its plan. They have a rudiment of a new desire that burns them from within.

Ahead, a great fight awaits them. “Go out to war,” as the Torah says. However, they have at least an initial desire for this. For the rest of the people, all of it is in a dormant internal state. Yet, they are the entire humanity less the dozen people who really have a strong need to rise above their nature and are ready for anything.

In the end, it will still affect everyone because humanity must rise to a completely new nature, new laws, and new forces.
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