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I Will Be Happy To Learn

Laitman_112Question: If a person disagrees with you, can he or she be your student?

Answer: Why not? I really like people who disagree with me.

I mean ideological disagreements, not simply waving me off as a fool. Give me serious reasons why you disagree with me and I will be very happy about that.

Maybe I will find out that I do not know, do not understand, something, that I need to study more. I still need to learn a lot, this is true. Inside, I’m still a child. Do nоt look at me as a fully accomplished person. So I will be very happy to learn.
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From Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/5/20

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Is Love Without Hatred Possible?

laitman_528.04Question: I am sure that hundreds of thousands of your students around the world feel love for you, disassociated from hatred.

Is this an exception to the rule when students love their teacher? Such a format exists in Sufism where students love teachers without hatred.

Answer: Love without hatred is impossible. If you feel only love, it means you have not yet realized that within this love there is unrevealed hatred. Both feelings must be together.

Just as, let’s say, there is no positive particle without a negative one in nature; there is always an opposite particle to it, and they are connected accordingly. It is the same with us. Hatred must be revealed alongside love. We build love above the hatred.

Moreover, we will be unafraid of this hatred because it will become an indicator of our recurring remoteness and closeness. Thus, we will be in dynamic closeness with each other.

Comment: But it is sacrilegious to even think that there might be hatred for the teacher.

My Response: I assure you that it exists. Do you know when it will appear? As you advance, you will soon feel that you have demands from the teacher, that you disagree with him, that you are ready to literally shake him to get what you think you need and he does not give. It will come.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/29/19

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Sleep Or Lesson Preparation?

laitman_962.4Question: Should I deprive myself of the pleasure of having a hearty dinner if I know that I would sleep longer afterward and consequently would have less time for the study of Kabbalah, communication with the group, and so on?

Answer: I would not recommend it.

I, for example, plan in advance what I can do to wake up for the lesson without fail. Moreover, I have to prepare for the lesson for at least an hour and a half: to read, delve into the material, prepare myself for certain sensations. Otherwise, how can I be accountable before my friends?

As I go to the students, I regard them not as pupils, but as my friends through whom I want to receive certain sensations. After all, I am not in the absolute state yet.

That is why I prepare for the lesson constantly: I familiarize myself with the topic of the lesson in advance and read excerpts on that topic. I tune myself similarly to the way a musical instrument is tuned before being played.

Moreover, you not only discuss tuning, but on the contrary, that you might not come to the lesson. Such a thing is completely unacceptable.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/12/20

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There Is No Fatigue In Bestowal

laitman_282.02Question: Where do you get so much strength to have patience with us?

Answer: Kabbalah is the science of reception, not bestowal. Do you think I bestow to you? On the contrary, I receive from you. It is because when you give, you receive. That is why I always have strength.

Of course, purely physically, it happens sometimes that the body can no longer function the way it should. But essentially, there is no fatigue in bestowal. On the contrary, you are fulfilled all the time, you are bursting. This is pleasure! I advise you to reach that as soon as possible.

Try to teach. Teaching is very beneficial. Expand your circles. Be fruitful and multiply into more and more groups. You will see how it will advance you.

Someone who has a group, who teaches at least a few people, advances a great deal by doing so. You cannot even imagine how the Creator will take care of such a person just because a few more people come through him. It is very important that others stand behind you. Try doing this and you will see how wonderful it is.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/12/20

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Spiritual Holidays, Part 5

Laitman_112Holiday of Sukkot and Its Symbols

Five days after the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) comes the holiday of Sukkot, which means that a person receives five upper lights of NRNHY and comes to the state when one is under the influence of the surrounding light. In order to receive the surrounding light, a person must perform an action on oneself called building a hut, Sukkah. This is a restriction that as if blocks the upper light from a person because he or she does not want to receive it for one’s own fulfillment, but wants to receive it only for self-correction. A person continues the same line: from the New Year through Yom Kippur to Sukkot.

Thus a person builds a screen (Masach) called “Schach,” “roof,” which symbolizes that only a small light can penetrate through this roof. One sits in the shade of the hut for seven days which represents a correction of all seven egoistic parts of the shattered soul: Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut.

Only then, once one is already corrected, one leaves the Sukkah and on the eighth day, Shemini Atzeret, celebrates the Giving of the Torah, i.e., one begins to receive the upper light already in the style of bestowal.

Question: Is the roof,  Schach or screen, made from waste?

Answer: Yes, out of branches of various trees and stalks of various grains.

Question: Waste symbolizes things that are unimportant to us, and we raise them to make them important. What exactly is important to us?

Answer: Things that we previously considered not important for us, we neglected bestowal, love, coming closer to other people, “loving your neighbor as yourself”—the qualities that we need to develop—now, on the contrary, we raise above our heads. That is, we want to implement them at any cost.

Question: During the holiday of Sukkot, we use the attributes of four types of plants: willow, myrtle, palm, and citron. What do they symbolize?

Answer: They represent four phases of our egoism, which we correct, connect together, and then we can attract the upper light upon ourselves.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/29/19

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The Teacher Student Link

945Question: Suppose I chose a teacher and after two or three years I see that I have nothing to learn from him, and even know more than him. Such things happen in our world in music, sports, etc. Does it happen in Kabbalah?

Answer: Yes, the same can happen here. It is quite possible that it is worth changing teachers. But here you need to understand to whom you are changing. Either you change your teacher because you don’t want to apply more effort or because you have an urgent need for it because you cannot advance with the old teacher.

Question: Is there any particular connection between teacher and student?

Answer: The teacher is a conductor of the higher energy, higher light, and higher knowledge to the student. Therefore, it is important for us that the student is connected to his teacher because this connection does not vanish.

Remark: Earlier the groups were very small, and therefore a close relationship between the teacher and the student really existed. Today, you have millions of students and naturally, you know only a small amount of them.

My Comment: It does not matter who I know, it is important which of them considers oneself to be my student, one’s attitude toward me. To this extent, the student rushes with his or her inner movement toward me, and through me one receives contact with a higher power.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/4/19

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Personal Secret Of The Kabbalist

laitman_961.2Question: Have you personally reached the understanding of the laws of the spiritual world? Has it helped you reach a personal relationship with the Creator?

Answer: I cannot talk about this; none of the Kabbalists will answer these questions for you. This is the personal secret of the Kabbalist.

What good would it do to you if I said “yes” or “no”? It will give you nothing. So it is better to try to achieve everything yourself and see how it happens.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 10/27/19

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laitman_600.04Question: When I attain the upper root, will I still have a desire to change something in the branches?

Answer: Certainly! Because we must achieve full similarity to the upper world precisely while we are in our world in order to connect the two worlds together. That is why we exist.

Question: If a woman is loyal to her Kabbalistic teacher, can he convey his knowledge to her? Or does this affect only men?

Answer: It makes no difference if it is a woman or a man at all. Loyalty doesn’t have to be to the Kabbalistic teacher, but to the method of correction.

Question: Why does a teacher convey information specifically through allegories?

Answer: How else is it possible to talk about the spiritual world if not through some kind of example or story? You see it is necessary to make some kind of impression in our world, to present something similar, so that the student will understand that as far as it seems, the matter happens like this in the upper world. Otherwise he cannot convey this knowledge. Therefore, there is a place for allegories and all kinds of symbols in the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Question: Where does a person’s desire to find a teacher or a guide come from?

Answer: This is not up to the person; that is how they attract him to a teacher and through the teacher to a higher goal, to the root of his soul.

Question: How does one work with the external sources that prove the truth of the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: I am not familiar with any other sources! The answer is final and definite. If a person is in external sources, this means that he is simply confusing himself, he has no hope of finding out anything correctly.

Question: In the future, will there be a head of the Bnei Baruch organization, a new teacher, or will there be a ten?

Answer: What do you mean by in the future? Even today we have lecturers besides myself. These are dozens of my students. Anyone who has been designated as a lecturer by our organization, is a teacher that I can recommend to you. And just as in any other science, each one teaches in his or her own style, and you will choose for yourself already.

Question: What is worthwhile to copy from a teacher?

Answer: There is no need to copy anything except for how the teacher shows a student how much he wants to attain this wisdom, to discover it. You should be envious of a teacher who has such a great desire, even though he has already been involved with the wisdom of Kabbalah for many years. For example, I have been involved with this for 40 years already, and yet my desire has not waned.

Question: Does a teacher need to divert a student intentionally from the way for his development? Or does the teacher guide him only smoothly?

Answer: The teacher does not divert the student from the way. It is the natural egoism of the student that doesn’t make it possible for him to agree with the teacher fully and diverts him from the way. But at the same time, changes like these are also helpful.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 10/27/19

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Pointless Argument

Laitman_511.01Question: Can a student argue with the teacher?

Answer: I do not think that this is possible unless the student has risen close to the teacher. However, then they do not have an argument either. Perhaps, there are scrutinies of some not yet clear phenomena. What kind of argument can they have?

We are studying the upper system of governance of our world and the one who attains it has no doubts about its reliability. The one who does not attain it is floating in the air. For him, everything can seem either reliable or not—as he wants to see it. Therefore, this is a pointless argument. Nobody does it.
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From KabTv’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 10/27/19

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Live In One Idea

Laitman_165Question: In what way does the teacher depend on the student in the transmission of spiritual knowledge?

Answer: In many ways. The teacher needs to try and open up the student, to help him attune to a common wave with the teacher. They should try not just to understand each other, but to live together through one idea gradually being imbued with common sensations.

Question: What does it mean to become a student of a Kabbalist?

Answer: To become a student of a Kabbalist means to want the same feeling, understanding, and thought as the teacher.

Question: What rules should a student observe in relation to a Kabbalist teacher?

Answer: The student should try to attach himself to the thoughts of his teacher and try to enter into him as deeply as possible. Nothing else is needed. In order to do so, there are such auxiliary methods as helping the teacher in his activities.

Even in ordinary science a lot depends on how close a student is to his teacher. In Kabbalah, it is even more so because a Kabbalist passes to his students not simply knowledge, like professor to a student, but sensations that cannot be felt by the ordinary senses and qualities. Therefore, a much greater proximity is needed here—a common connection between them. However, this is achieved gradually.
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