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Infallible Kabbalists?

laitman_961.2Question: Is there a personality cult in Kabbalah? Do you believe in the infallibility of some authors or should everything be treated with a certain degree of skepticism?

Answer: Frankly speaking, I, with my little spiritual attainment, cannot afford to rate Kabbalists. Indeed, despite the fact that I feel, comprehend, attain, and dwell in some spiritual space, I am in it at the level of a fifteen-year-old boy in our world.

What can I say about it? In the spiritual world when you comprehend even at such a level, it gives you the feeling that you are just a young person, you still don’t know much, and therefore, you cannot open your mouth, criticize, or give any assessment.

Can I criticize such great Kabbalists like my teacher Rabash and his father Baal HaSulam or those who preceded them: Baal Shem Tov and the Ari? They are all in absolute attainment of the Creator. Therefore, I have nothing to say in this matter.

I accept their books as absolute knowledge. Those are people who made no mistakes in rising to their level, and their level is practically in the Final Correction (Gmar Tikkun).

The only difference between them is that each attained it from the root of his soul, so there is a difference in the presentation. But for me, it is actually good. I read from one angle about the attainment of the upper world, then from another, from a third, and it develops me.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/10/19

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laitman_528.04Question: The role of the teacher is very important in studying the wisdom of Kabbalah.
What is a Kabbalah teacher?

Answer: First of all, it is the one who has received knowledge from a recognized Kabbalist. Second, he teaches from original sources. Third, he does not attract attention to his personality. And fourth, he directs everyone to the revelation of the Creator.

Question: What is the interaction between the student and the teacher?

Answer: The interaction depends on the student, not on the teacher. The teacher can help the student in everything that can benefit him. However, he completely detaches himself from interfering with the inner world of the student, thus teaching him to become self-attaining.

On one hand, there is a constant concern for the development and care of the student. But the teacher always keeps a certain distance from the student in order to give him a feeling of freewill, freedom of action, freedom of decisions, and so on, because no one can be a substitute for student’s independent progress.

Question: What is the difference between a Kabbalah teacher and a teacher of other disciplines?

Answer: A Kabbalah teacher does not teach as much as he gives the student advice how, by changing himself, he can reveal what he needs to attain. What student comprehends is his, not the teacher’s attainment.

He goes along a certain path, constantly developing his inner properties, his soul, and achieves even greater revelation of the Creator. This is purely his personal achievement. Therefore, the teacher here is just an external, helping source.
From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah”, 11/20/18

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How Can I Get Closer To Rabash?

721.03Question: I believe Baal HaSulam and you, but I cannot get close to Rabash. How can I do this?

Answer: Baal HaSulam is a great Kabbalist who attained, generalized, and systematized the science of Kabbalah. We are engaged in Kabbalah in order to master it not in the form of science, but in the form of a method of spiritual attainment. These are two different things, although interrelated.

When a person wants to enter the spiritual world himself, then Baal HaSulam is a theoretician for him. He cannot lead a person forward. Rabash leads us forward, explaining at every step where we are, what to do, how to act, what interaction to have in a group, with ourselves, and with the Creator.

I remember well how he wrote his first article, sitting next to me on a park bench. I gave him an aluminum cigarette wrapper, and on the back of it, he wrote a small article—the first of the future three-volume book.

At first, I asked him questions and he gave written answers to them. His first articles appeared this way. Later he wrote by himself.

Without these articles, we could not advance. At each morning lesson we devote an hour and a half to two hours to the articles of Rabash, only half an hour to The Study of the Ten Sefirot (Talmud Eser Sefirot,) and half an hour to the articles of Baal HaSulam.

It is even incomprehensible how people could master the spiritual space before Rabash, how they could feel it in themselves and advance to different levels. That is what he teaches us, because in our time, souls that descend into this world need it.

Rabash is a practicum of Kabbalah and Baal HaSulam is more a theoretical Kabbalist.

In order to get closer to Rabash, one must read his articles and listen to our lessons on them. All of them are in the archive, you can use them free of charge, access is free. Go ahead, dare!
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/23/18

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I Will Come And I Will Teach

laitman_961.2Question: How can “blind” students work without a sighted teacher if they do not have time to attain spiritual vision during their lifetime?

Answer: It does not matter. The Ari writes about it in a very interesting way. As he was dying, one of his students asked him: “What will happen to us?” The Ari replied: “You must continue to learn, and then I will come and teach you.”

“How will you teach us if you die now?”

“It is none of your business, you don’t understand anything about it.” And he died.

So, I can say that it is none of your business. Do not worry. I will come and teach.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/2/18

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Compassion For Students

laitman_294.4Question: Does a Kabbalah teacher feel a feeling of compassion for people or for his students?

Answer: A teacher of Kabbalah experiences all feelings inherent in a person, only enlarged 620 times. To endure these tremendous sensations, he has appropriate tools. Even on a small degree, he experiences any sensation 620 times stronger than an ordinary person.

Question: What is compassion for students?

Answer: When the teacher sees how a student seeks to do something in spirituality, but fails and falls, and then tries again to rise and falls again, this causes compassion in the teacher because he cannot help the student. He must patiently wait. Of course, he helps the student in his own ways, but not at the level that the student feels this help.

I understood this very well from my own experience. I have been in very bad states. My teacher sympathized with me, but in no way did he help.

Only many years later did I realize that he helped me in a completely different way, regardless of whether I was suffering in front of him or not.

The fact is that suffering is felt in the general system and are not purely yours; it is the suffering of the whole system of the revelation of the Creator. This general suffering is what the teacher feels. The individual is not included there.

Understand that only your inclusion in the ten is felt in the spirituality. Therefore, just sitting alone and suffering does not help. The time lost is a pity. Quickly unite and connect your desires.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/2/2018

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Complaints Against A Teacher

laitman_600.04Question: Why does it happen that at a certain stage your beloved teacher does not seem so beloved anymore? Moreover, it seems that he manipulates you and says things that you want to criticize over and over.

Answer: That is natural. A student does not advance without having complaints and criticisms in regard to the teacher. Advancement occurs on two sides: the left and the right, where on one hand you have criticism, and on the other hand, forceful justification.

Therefore, if a critical attitude to the teacher arises in you, it means that you now need to add from the other side, in spite of your opinion, the opinion of others, and in spite of the rejection and even hatred toward the teacher that suddenly might emerge in you. You need to rise above it in faith above reason, to the state where you continue to hold onto him.

It requires tremendous effort from the student. And if you already are in it, congratulations. This work does not end even when you enter the spiritual world at the first spiritual attainment—it continues even on higher degrees.

To the extent that you suddenly feel rejection from your friends in the group, realizing that a completely irrational hatred toward them arises in you, the same irrational hatred and not just a critical attitude will emerge in you toward the teacher. You will need to overcome it through faith above reason.
From a Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/2/18

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What Should A Student Give The Teacher?

laitman_528.04Question: What should a student give to the teacher?

Answer: A student should give the teacher his aspirations, which he will be able to raise upward and bring the student the strength to realize them.

Question: Does the teacher need this?

Answer: Why does he exist? It is only in order to help students. This is his purpose.

Question: Should the teacher evoke these aspirations in the students?

Answer: The teacher can only offer, but he cannot coerce or force. This is the work of the student himself. But the teacher is ready for it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/2/18

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How Does The Teacher Fulfill A Student’s Desires?

laitman_528.04Question: How does the teacher fulfill desires of a student and vice versa?

Answer: The teacher absorbs the desires of a student as his constituent part, and thus by becoming included in him, performs all the necessary work in him, leaving to the student what he must complete with his freewill.

This is a very serious contact. The teacher is, as if, inside the student and “adjusts” all sorts of attitudes in him—this is what the upper must do based on his Galgalta and Eynaim. The student must complete his part of the work.

If you are connected with me and with each other, you will feel that we work together.

Question: Are there exams for a student of a Kabbalist?

Answer: There are no special exams because his entire path is a continuous, constant exam. There is no such thing that you pass a test and find yourself in the spiritual system. The exam takes place every second.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/2/18

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The Aspiration Of A Kabbalist Teacher

laitman_938.05Question: Does a Kabbalist with attainment have a desire for his students to also reveal his spiritual degree? Does he pull them up to his level? Or does he do that in order to ascend himself?

Answer: By teaching my students, I rise accordingly because I am disseminating this wisdom. And every potential small soul joining the common development connects to the general course of correction and affects everyone.

In other words, I affect the common soul of Adam by including you in it through me. Thus, I impact the whole universe.

Question: So, you are clearly interested in advancing?

Answer: I am obviously interested in all of you advancing. However, this interest is not selfish or egoistic because I personally want the whole system to reach adhesion with the Creator. There, the ego completely vanishes. Your question makes no sense because in Kabbalah the particular and the collective are completely equal.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/11/18

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What Should You Ask For When You Are Suffering?

laitman_245.08Question: What should one ask for when one experiences strong physical suffering and pain?

Answer: When you experience strong suffering and pain turn to the Creator with the question: “What is the reason for this suffering?”

The reason is egoism, the oppositeness to the Light. There is nothing else.

You can ask for your own correction in order to change pain to joy, health, and so on because the states of suffering push us away and distance us from the Creator.
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