Answer: From the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah, a person is not responsible for anything because the Creator can substitute his deeds, thoughts, and intentions. So we don’t evaluate a person according to his state, but only according to his efforts and intentions. Moreover, these efforts are measured individually.
For example, you can lift 50 kilograms, while I can only lift 5 kilograms. Everything is measured relative to the person’s ability. It is also the same thing in the wisdom of Kabbalah. But we cannot evaluate our spiritual movement and passage through different states correctly, nor can we do this regarding those around us.
But in fact, everything is measured precisely within a spiritual network of forces. So, a person cannot know either his state or his precise level, even more so, he cannot know that of others.
Question: Is it possible to say that bad thoughts cause harm to a person, while good thoughts help him?
Answer: It could also be the opposite. Bad thoughts can rapidly bring a person to the recognition of evil, personal insignificance, humility, and uncertainty and compel him to turn toward the Upper Light. The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t evaluate a person as we would generally evaluate him in our world: where one is a good person because he is diligent, speaks the truth, and so on. The wisdom of Kabbalah evaluates a person only according to his intention, according to his longing!
Comment: But his intention is hidden to those around him….
Answer: That is why Kabbalah is called the wisdom of the hidden.
Question: So how is it possible to assess whether a person is good or bad?
Answer: There is no way! Suppose one student sleeps during a lesson, while another arrives alert after resting, understands everything, and asks questions. We cannot evaluate a person according to these criteria especially since we don’t know the inner potential that exists within each of us. We only evaluate a person within a group to the extent that he actually invests more or less effort.
Question: In the wisdom of Kabbalah, is it necessary to justify a person from the start?
Answer: Yes. We do not know the path of a person in this world. Sometimes a student may stagnate for years, be confused, mumble something, and then suddenly make a breakthrough all at once. It is impossible to say anything from the start, because it could be that he was waiting all these years for the moment that a giant personal system of gears to arrange themselves and connect such that he became integrated in a collective common contact with them and begin to ascend.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/21/16