Advice For Beginners

aboveTwo questions I received about studying Kabbalah:

Question: After four months of intense study and reading The Book of Zohar for eighteen hours a day, I felt a sensation of pleasure that’s beyond this world. I was overcome by the revelation of something new. This lasted for thirty seconds and then disappeared, since I was unable to stand this feeling. Then I stopped studying because it was unbearably difficult. My body became heavy and I couldn’t function. Later I got back to studying, but I started having horrible fears. So I stopped again. Please tell me, what am I doing wrong?

My Answer: Everything. You should eat well, rest, exercise, and work. And only once you have done all of these, when you have free time, you may then study Kabbalah. And you should only study in our beginners’ course.

Question: The Creator brings a person to Kabbalah, but this person is still resisting it. He doesn’t connect to the group and is still trying to find egoistic pleasure. Does this person cause more suffering in the world than a regular person, who doesn’t know anything about Kabbalah?

My Answer: No! It’s because he advances down the path leading to the goal, and the system (the Creator) perceives this person’s temporary stops and changes in direction as discoveries of his uncorrected qualities (egoism), in order to then eliminate them.

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  1. I was told by someone who has been studying Kabbalah for many years that we are constantly tested, so whenever anything bad happens to us, it is a test. We have to give til it hurts, not sure what that means, and basically striving for the things in life that make us happy whether it be a nice house, car, clothes is the wrong path to follow. Can’t we have those things and still find the truth in Kabbalah? I am very mixed up. As you can see, I am new to this, but very interested in learning.
    Thank you for taking the time to read my question.

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