Question: Man has been endowed with a mind in order to think abstractly. When he starts studying the spiritual worlds, he can either materialize all of this or hover in the clouds. How can you take students who are unprepared and explain the secrets of the universe to them?
Answer: First, your statement is not entirely accurate. What do you mean by “students who are unprepared”? Newcomers are always unprepared and need to be educated.
Secondly, what secrets of the universe can I reveal to them if they don’t understand anything about that? If, for example, I were to take a tenth grader and sketch the structure of a nuclear bomb for him, would he be able to build one? Millions of people have worked on this for many years. We see how difficult it is for any nation to produce such a bomb, although the principle is well known.
Question: Suppose we study the “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” which has sketches and the structure of the spiritual worlds?
Answer: But this needs to be explained gradually. There is nothing mysterious in Kabbalah. The “Preface” talks about the interaction of forces—the force of bestowal and the force of reception—and the connection between them. Generally speaking, the method is very simple to study and understand. It is difficult for a person to perceive and implement. That takes years.
Question: So if a newcomer comes and listens to the “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” including sketches of the worlds and Partzufim, is this normal?
Answer: It does not matter. It is intended for everyone, with no exception. Nothing is concealed. It’s just that for now, the person does not understand Kabbalah because he still hasn’t reached these truths. There is a specific internal threshold within which it interests him, and outside which it doesn’t. And to the extent it interests the person, he understands everything.
There are people who study with us, say, for ten years, and only after ten years do things fall into place all of a sudden and he starts thinking and perceiving differently. Then a few years later they fall into place again. He seems to be hearing the same things, but the channel of perception opens up.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/24/17