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Questions of the Disciple

Q: Are there bad questions, or redundant ones?

A: No. Any desire is a sign of a need that craves a satisfaction. However, we do encounter certain difficulties with the answers. Teachers cannot give an answer whenever there is a discrepancy between the sensations of the asking disciple and the answering rabbi. Generally speaking, there is no such thing as a response – we must answer our own questions.

Q: If the answer does not exist, is a question the expression of an egoistic desire?

A: A response in Kabbalah is the Light that satisfies the desire. It creates in the vessel a sensation that coincides with the desire, which is called an “answer.” That is why an answer can only dress in the sensation that is in the desire. Thus, there can be an answer only if there is a question, a desire, that precedes it.

That is why each person feels the question within as a vessel and the answer as a Light. It is impossible to transmit the answer to another person, but only to help one go through the degrees of creation of the need within, the question, and the answer within. That is why Kabbalah is called “the wisdom of the hidden” – only one who is ready to feel knows what it’s about. For that person who is not yet ready, it remains hidden.

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