Skipping Levels [#1972]

Question:

1) Can a person need to go in a certain order of steps [in Avodas Hashem] or is it possible for a person to skip and go straight to the desired level?
2) Did the tzaddikim throughout the generations reach the levels which the Rav describes?

Answer:

1) By way of mesirus nefesh (self-sacrifice) a person can skip levels. This is only for individuals.

2) Each one reached it, according to his level and according to his soul root.