Question: Why can a Kabbalist see the spiritual future and potential of the student’s soul, but doesn’t know the earthly speed with which the student will realize it?
Answer: A teacher sees the potential of the student, the size of his soul, but he doesn’t know how he will realize it because this is where the student has freedom of choice.
Question: Do the connections between actions through cause and effect explain the consequences of events in the life of a person?
Answer: No. I can do very good deeds and yet suffer. This is in no way connected to that.
Question: How is it possible to learn to observe oneself?
Answer: Observe your friends and feel your reaction regarding them. This is called “observing oneself.”
Question: It is said, “He who holds back his rod hates his son” (Proverbs 13:24). How do you punish your students? In what way is this expressed?
Answer: I don’t punish them; they punish me. In a case like this, a person punishes himself. I try to give all that I can, and accordingly they take what they are capable of taking.
Question: How can a student know that he is advancing correctly? Is there some kind of indicator?
Answer: It is only in relation to the assessment of the teacher and the friends, how much more he understands what they need.
Question: What is good and bad in spiritual relationships? Or are there no concepts like these?
Answer: When you work for others, this is good. When you work for yourself because of compulsion, this is bad.
Question: Can the wisdom of Kabbalah harm creativity?
Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah is creativity itself. If a person is captivated by it, then corporeal pursuits can certainly be harmed as a result of this.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/1/18