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Cleave To The Teacher

165Question: Can we cling to our friends when we work in the tens so much that we become infected with a reverent attitude toward the teacher from them? Or is it impossible?

Answer: It is possible. We can help each other on our spiritual path and move forward calmly. If a person who is in a descent bows before the group, then the group will show him how to start listening to the teacher. And then this student can receive the same thing as the rest.

Question: That is, it does not matter what you are as wise as you can be or if with a sensitive heart. If you are in the right mood, can you receive absolutely all conditions and stick to the teacher?

Answer: Yes. Mental development does not matter here.

Question: Suppose a person knows that he does not yet have any inner development, that he is lazy. But he really wants to achieve! Can he cling to the teacher with this desire and get everything?

Answer: Only through the group! The group is the connector to the teacher and through the teacher with the Creator. There are no other ways.

Question: This means that a person places himself in a group, and the group helps him  hear the teacher, cleave to him, and go to the Creator. It doesn’t matter who, what, and where you are now, even if you are a hermit. If you want to, you can?

Answer: We all came from one system, the ten, from a soul that was broken into many parts. Therefore, gathering in such tens, we again reveal the Creator and unite with Him.
From KabTV’s “Teacher – Student” 2/7/19

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Sacrifice Yourself To Achieve The Goal

294.2Question: What is the most valuable thing in a student?

Answer: To sacrifice himself to achieve the goal. That is all.

Comment: It is interesting that the word “sacrifice” in Russian is always shocking, but in Hebrew it is so natural because “Arava” comes from the word “approach,” “proximity.” Sacrificing yourself is actually the law of love.

My Response: Of course. Love is built on the sacrifice of one’s selfishness.

Question: And what does the teacher sacrifice for such a connection?

Answer: The teacher is initially at a level where he does not have to sacrifice anything. Everything that happens between him and the students is beyond sacrifice.

That is, a teacher who has risen to a certain level is primary. And then there are students who can get help from him.
From KabTV’s “Teacher – Student” 2/7/19

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How Do You Know Someone Is Your Student?

231.01Question: How do you recognize a student? How do you feel that this is your student?

Answer: First, anyone who wants to come to me, they can. Everyone is also connected to us through the Internet. And then there is natural selection.

Those who endure daily serious studies, with dozens of exercises, with  friends’ meetings, with attending congresses, then they are counted as my students.

Question: Does a certain internal charge take shape in a person if he is to go through this path?

Answer: The root of the soul.

Question: And you are absolutely calm about the people who could not fulfill all these conditions?

Answer: It is all a matter of time. If not in this life, then in the next.
From KabTV’s “Teacher-Student” 7/2/19

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Two Types Of Connection Between Teacher And Student

528.04Question: Hundreds of thousands of people have discovered the wisdom of Kabbalah. This became a revelation and great joy for them. But it turns out that it is not that simple. We need to find a teacher, not just find him, but establish a connection with him.

What does connection mean on the path with a guide, a teacher?

Answer: Today the teacher is not necessarily the one who is next to you. Once upon a time, there were places where students lived with their teachers. Now, this is not necessary since we can communicate very well through virtual connections.

Therefore, it is no longer necessary for the teacher and the student to be in direct contact with each other. But a connection with a teacher is needed in order to learn from him.

Question: How is this connection built? What is required from a student and possibly from a teacher?

Answer: The point is that there are different types of communication with the teacher. One of them is common, like at the university where you enter the classroom, sit down, attend lectures, then pass exams, and leave, practically without any contact with the teacher. You learn from your lecture notes, from what he gives you, but nothing more.

There is a clearer connection when the teacher directly influences the student, and he changes in accordance with this. Moreover, the teacher watches him, educates him individually, presenting him with rather serious requirements. But not everyone is ready to accept them.

Question: Does the willingness to accept these requirements depend on the person or on some preliminary factors?

Answer: Yes, there are preliminary factors, but they are not sufficient. In order to bring them to the state of being sufficient, the efforts of the student himself are needed.
From KabTV’s”Teacher—Student” 7/2/19

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It Is Impossible To Get To Spirituality Without A Guide

749.04Without faith in the sages, it is impossible to reach faith above reason and connect with the Creator. After all, there is no direct connection between our egoistic desire and the desire to bestow.

Since we are inside egoism, we are not able to jump into the desire to bestow, and we do not even understand what it is or how to approach it. Therefore, we need a guide who can take us from the sensation of this world to sensing the upper world.

We are in this world, that is, in the desire to receive, and we feel the world only through it. Egoism determines all our qualities, controls our heart and mind. At the same time, we want to feel reality in the desire to bestow.

However, we do not know what the desire to bestow is and how to develop it in order to feel another reality, as it is said: “I shall see an opposite world.” We need to undergo a special transition, which can take a long time and include many intermediate states between this world and the next one, the dominion of the desire to receive and the desire to bestow.

Such a transition cannot happen at once but according to what has been said: “Only goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”

Therefore, we need a sage who lives in both worlds at once and can teach us how to make such a transition. Not everyone who is in attainment of the spiritual world is able to be such a guide. This requires consistency in feelings and understanding, in understanding both worlds, and knowledge of how to make the transition from one world to the other step by step.

The property of this conductor is called Moses. On one hand, he is in the qualities of the Creator, and on the other hand, as a “loyal shepherd,” he can take on this mission to guide people, disciples, from this world to the spiritual world and fulfill the Creator’s instructions.

Faith in the sages, meaning the teacher on the spiritual path, is the same as believing in the path itself, believing in the Creator and in all the actions we perform. Success depends on how much I adhere to the teacher and follow him. As if on a serious hike when you go through an unknown area fraught with danger, on untrodden paths, you need to have suitable clothes and shoes, a proper staff in your hand, follow the one who is going in front of you, and follow the trail of the one in front of you. Then you can move forward with confidence.

This is the first rule that a beginner must learn when entering the spiritual path, an untrodden road, unknown and perplexing to him. Therefore, the first to walk is a person who has a lot of experience and has already walked this path himself. But those who follow him do not know the way.

It is customary to do so in a corporeal hike and even more so in a spiritual one because there we do not know at all what we should do in order to make a single right step forward. Moreover, egoism always confuses us and leads us astray. Therefore, we need to have as many clear indicators as possible to help us move forward without stumbling and falling.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/14/21, “Faith In The Sages as The Means for Faith Above Reason”

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The Connection With The Teacher

961.2Question: How can we know that we have a connection with the teacher?

Answer: If you participate in the lessons and follow my advice all the time, then you already have a double connection with me. After all, you receive the method from me and you try to implement it between you and return to me with questions.

This is your connection with the teacher. It is conveyed through an external connection to an internal connection, and you begin to feel it.

Question: Can people who have no connection to the wisdom of Kabbalah at all open up new horizons for me in understanding the wisdom of Kabbalah and in understanding myself?

Answer: Absolutely not. They will begin to delve into psychology or philosophy, into the philosophies of the East etc., but not into the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Baal HaSulam says that the only way to attain the wisdom of Kabbalah is through a Kabbalist teacher. I met a Sufi sage in England once.

In my meeting with that sage he also told me: “If you wish to study with me, you need to love me.” This means that everything is based on the connection between the teacher and the student.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/2/18

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The Kabbalah Teacher And The Public

254.01Question: What is the significance of the recognition of a Kabbalah teacher by the general public? What does society understand about that?

Answer: Today this is really rather meaningless, but 2,000 years ago when there were quite a few Kabbalists and groups of people who could acknowledge a certain Kabbalist or not, it was meaningful.

As Baal HaSulam says, for King Solomon to be acknowledged as wise, he had to stand before the Kabbalists of the great Knesset (assembly) because other people could not verify it since they were not on such a high level.

Today, however, when people don’t know about the wisdom of Kabbalah, and moreover, they deride it, people may say that someone is a Kabbalist only according to their judgment, according to who they choose to celebrate, and so it is quite meaningless.

Everything is determined by what the teacher teaches you. If he teaches you not to be connected to him, but to the primary sources and through the group to the Creator so that you will see the meaning only in that, then his teachings are correct.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/2/18

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The Multifaceted Work Of A Kabbalist Teacher

165Question: What does a teacher of Kabbalah do so that his students will learn to feel spirituality correctly and respond to it correctly?

Answer: It is not important for a student to know this. He sees that his teacher gives lessons every day, that he awakens the students with his questions, and tries to guide them toward the goal of creation, to build mutual connection between them so that they can carry out what Kabbalistic sources say.

The teacher teaches the students to work with the sources and to extract questions and answers from them. He shapes the students so that they will be able to work independently. So the teacher’s work on the students is multifaceted, but this is education.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/2/18

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Following The Teacher Who Sees The Way

750.03Maimonides has already given a true allegory about that: “If a line of a thousand blind walk along the way, and there is at least one leader amongst them who can see, they are certain to take the right path and not fall in the pits and obstacles, since they are following the sighted one who leads them.

But if that person is missing, they are certain to stumble over every hurdle on the way, and will all fall into the pit.” (Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 57)

Question: Is it possible for a person who has already found a teacher and has begun to follow the right path, to later fall off track?

Answer: This indicates a lack of connection with the teacher. A student must constantly keep this connection alive. If he doesn’t renew it, the teacher continues to move forward, while the student gradually moves to the side on a tangent until the connection between them is totally lost.

It is very interesting to observe this process, how a student hears less and less, comes to the lessons less and less, and then disappears.

The main thing is that the teacher cannot say anything about this to the student. The student must scrutinize this himself and understand how to operate in mutual cooperation with the teacher.

But it must be clear to him, that the moment he does not hold on to the teacher, like a child who holds onto a grownup, he doesn’t know where he is. After all, there are many situations when he is like a small child who is lost in a crowd, and doesn’t know who to hold on to and where to go. He must acquire this feeling of closeness or detachment from the teacher.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 2/12/18

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Devotion To The Teacher

582.01Question: How can there be a connection between a teacher and a student without devotion? Weren’t you connected to your teacher?

Answer: Devotion doesn’t necessarily have to be physical. Being in the same group doesn’t mean that you have to sit in front of me.

Besides, a lot depends on you. Personally, I don’t get close to any individual student; I am close to everyone. However, a student may try to be connected to me by getting closer to me and this is how the contact is created.

This contact has nothing to do with visual images, neither mine nor his. The person can be a man or a woman, an elderly person or a young one. It makes no difference how and what. Everything depends only on the desire, on the extent to which our desires match in their yearning for the common goal.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/2/18

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