On Spiritual Advices
The following is an amateur translation from Hebrew of three paragraphs from the book "Truth is Bliss" (p. 135-136) by Shlomo Kalo. No translation can convey accurately the special meaning and energy of the original words by this great humble master:
Do not rush to give advices. Advice should be given only to someone who pleads it from you. And then you give him the advice with all humility.
Do not rush to use concepts you haven't experienced. There are books in which realization is described in all its specifications and details and yet the one describing it has never truly experienced it. And suddenly a void is opened wide in that book, some kind of a fathomless descent. Why? - the author of that book has read the scriptures, has understood more or less what it is about, and since all his being is far away from humility and truth - he conveys to the naive reader something he has never personally experienced. It is like a blind from birth that heard a lot about light from various sources and learned it by heart. He almost has an exact description of light without ever seeing light. And if he is irresponsible and reckless - he will take a stroll as if his eyes can see. Somewhere very soon he will stumble and break his neck.
There are spiritual concepts that shouldn't be used as long as you haven't experienced them like experiencing the drinking of tea. As long as you haven't experienced - leave them aside because the usage will drag you forcefully to the "I". In general, when someone gives advice to someone else without being asked specifically - all that he will convey to him is part of his "I". Perhaps with some decorations or without but this will not go beyond the narrow scope of the "I". Perhaps he sees his "I" as less corrupted than of the one who receives the advise against his will. In such a case, he will also not benefit.