Kabbalists On Kabbalists, Part 15

Dr. Michael LaitmanDear Friends, please ask questions about these passages from the great Kabbalists. The commentaries in brackets are mine.

Following the Paths of Kabbalists

Thus you see that in spiritual matters, the authority of the collective [to organize themselves according to their understanding at the earthly level] is overturned [in order to obey the spiritual leader in their mandatory spiritual ascent because they do not and will never have their own understanding of the path to the goal] and [in the mandatory spiritual development of masses] the law of “Taking after the Individual” is applied, that is, the developed individual. For it is plain to see that the developed and the educated in every society are always a small minority. It follows that the success and spiritual well-being of society is bottled and sealed in the hands of the minority [is determined by following the developed individual].

Therefore, the collective is obliged to meticulously guard all the views of the few, so they will not perish from the world. This is because they must know for certain, in complete confidence, that the truer and more developed views are never in the hands of the collective in authority [wealthy and powerful ones, politicians, or external scientists], but rather in the hands of the weakest, that is, in the hands of the indistinguishable minority [the Kabbalists]. This is because every wisdom and everything precious comes into the world in small quantities. Therefore, we are cautioned to preserve the views of all the [spiritually developed] individuals, due to the collective’s inability to tell wrong from right among them.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom

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