Can A Person Alone Expect Success?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why is it so important to study Kabbalah specifically in a group and not at home alone?

Answer: This option is possible. You can get on the Internet and receive all of the information; the entire archive is open to you filled with video, audio, and text files. Certainly you can sit at home and study Kabbalah by yourself, but how will you realize it in practice?

If a person wants to become an expert, he must go through practical experience. Imagine a chef who learns how to prepare dishes by the books, but never sees a cucumber or tomato and so forth. What kind of chef would he be?

How can you implement the wisdom of Kabbalah on your own? Nothing will result. You must realize it in a group with friends because only through the right connection between you will you begin to feel what is written in the books. Certainly you can study at home, but you won’t get anywhere from this at all because you will not know what you are studying.

There are friends who study at home and don’t even want to come to conventions to meet with other people. They think that it is enough for them just to study. What can one say to them? They don’t realize their lessons at all. They don’t feel the material; they don’t discover the same world about which they are reading.

I could say much about this, but a person must understand that the wisdom of Kabbalah is grasped only in a group. All of the Kabbalists write about it.

If a person comes to us for lessons and opens Kabbalistic source books, in all of them they talk about it. But he doesn’t read them because he is too lazy. He doesn’t want this because then he would have to work against his ego: come to a group, take part together in events, be involved with dissemination, and so forth. So people like these leave us, and with this their Kabbalistic development ends.
From the International Summer Camp In Bulgaria “Day Two” 7/12/14, Lesson 4

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