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Reshimo And Time Travel

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is a Reshimo (spiritual gene)?

Answer: A Reshimo is a record of the complete spiritual state.

Suppose, now I want to be ten years younger. So I arouse the Reshimo (informational record) of the state I want to be in, I realize it, and jump there.

That is, a Reshimo is a complete informational record of a specific state. It contains absolutely everything except for Light.

In this way, I can find myself in any state that is necessary for me to maximally reveal the Light of the Creator in the entire system.

Question: Does this mean that I can travel in time?

Answer: There is no time in spirituality. There is spiral movement in a precise direction. You move not along a timeline, but in spiritual states.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/15/17

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Who Am I After All?

laitman_610_2Question: If the Creator awakens desires, and thoughts grow from them, it turns out that desires and thoughts are not mine. Then who am I?

Answer: Nobody. You are the one who realizes that thoughts and desires, mind and heart flow through you. Nothing more.

How can a person have something of his own? The organism is born, it grows and develops. How can anything of his own emerge in a person? From what? From the influence of the outside world? He is an element of the outside world, and what he feels, what flows through him, depends on how the world affects him. Does it really belong to him? No, this is what passes through him.

This is our beastly life.

In fact, every human is really great, but he remains in a dormant, inactive state until he is awakened and opens his eyes. Until then, we live our lives; we come back again and again until our conscious participation is required.

All our listeners have a point in the heart, which at some moment appeared in them. They are no longer enacted just like robots. They were brought to hear, to begin to understand, to see the method, to become aware of the great system of the universe in which they exist, and how they can start to consciously and efficiently work in it by themselves.

From my perspective, these people are completely different from all the others; because in those that simply exist around us, the point in the heart is still asleep. In The Book of Zohar they are called “sleeping.” Their eyes are turned inward because they value only their egoism and nothing else. They cannot yet look outside to see everything through the quality of bestowal and love.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/15/17

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Body And Soul From The Point Of View Of Ancient Philosophers and Kabbalah

laitman_612Comment: As is known, many philosophers and Kabbalists mentioned that long ago the ancient Greeks visited Judea to learn from the Kabbalists. For example, the great ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras wrote: “Souls never die, but always on quitting one abode pass to another. All things change, nothing perishes. The soul passes hither and thither, occupying now this body, now that… As a wax is stamped with certain figures, then melted, then stamped anew with others, yet it is always the same wax. So, the Soul being always the same, yet wears at different times different forms.”

My Response: This is about reincarnation. I can not say whether he understood correctly what a soul is, but what he said is correct.

My teacher used to tell me that the human body is like a shirt, which one changes, but the soul remains the same.

Comment: Socrates wrote: “Just as you ought not to attempt to cure eyes without head or head without body, so you should not treat body without soul.”

My Response: In Kabbalah, by body, we mean desire. Our physical body is not taken into account; it is nothing more than an animal.

Comment: Aristotle said: “Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.”

My Response: It’s beautifully said. My friend and I are one whole, we are separated only by animal bodies.

In Kabbalah, a friend means a person who is my partner in spiritual work. And everything that I wish to liken to the Creator, I give to him, and he gives it to me, and we exercise together how through each other we can become similar to the Creator. Then a field of mutual bestowal and love is formed between us, in which the Creator is revealed.
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From KabTV’s “A Talk About Soul” 3/30/17

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Is It Possible To Pray For Others?

laitman_239Question from Facebook: Human nature is to always take care of only one’s beloved. Is it really possible that we will pray for others? This is absolutely unnatural and false.

Answer: Absolutely. You’re right. This is already a true starting point. Is it possible to correct and change our nature to the opposite, to the correct balance between us? If all of nature—still, vegetative, and animate—exists in an integral mutual connection, how can we make people co-exist among themselves in the same way?

We see that this is possible in a limited field: in engineering, trade, science, art, but not in communication between people.

How can this be achieved? Only by changing human nature from egoistic to altruistic. And this is beyond our control. We can only wish that it happens.

But there is a power in the world called the upper force because it is above our egoism. It can correct us. We will feel each other closer than our brothers, sisters, parents, and children. We will acquire such a feeling, and it will oblige us to be together as one family.

Question: Do I have to think that in this process, I am attracting the upper force?

Answer: It’s not important. It’s a matter of methodology. There are different human levels. The main thing is that there is such a positive force in nature that can change us if we draw it upon ourselves.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/27/17

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Opening The Higher Faucet

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can I shape the right thoughts within me and cleanse my mind from all kinds of nonsense? Is this possible and is it necessary?

Answer: It is possible and it is also necessary, but it is possible to do this only through a group that is directed toward the discovery of the Creator so that He will carry out this action.

The Creator makes all the corrections and changes, and everything that happens in creation. What remains for us is only to turn to Him with a specific request so that He will do what is needed for correction. He will do this anyway, but He is “waiting” for our desire.

For example, when we open a water faucet, water flows from it. So it is in spirituality as well. We can open the faucet within us and then the Light of the Creator will work through us and correct us.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/15/17

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How Do A Kabbalist’s Thoughts Affect The World?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do thoughts of a Kabbalist affect all the worlds?

Answer: A Kabbalist’s thoughts influence the worlds to the extent he can rise above his animalistic state and act independently. What does independently mean? To the degree that he can, through his thoughts, overtake the Creator in His plans, he acts independently.

If I, while studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, understand the thought of creation and everything that happens to me, then I can move half a step ahead of the Creator, like a child who drags an adult by the hand. The fact is, that in this case a person rises to a different level. All Kabbalistic books speak only about this.

It turns out that with my desires, I cause actions of the Creator. As it is written, “The righteous decides and the Creator performs.”
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/15/17

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“If There Is A Girl Betrothed To A Man”

Laitman_049_01Torah, Deuteronomy 22:23 – 22:24: If there is a virgin girl betrothed to a man, and [another] man finds her in the city, and lies with her, you shall take them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall pelt them with stones, and they shall die: the girl, because she did not cry out [even though she was] in the city, and the man, because he violated his neighbor’s wife. So shall you clear away the evil from among you.

This is an example of how a person’s actions do not correspond to his intention and desire. They do not match each other, and therefore correction can only be through renunciation. Such dead actions have no continuation in spirituality, and therefore these desires must “die.” Death usually occurs through stoning because desires fall in the Lev HaEven (stony heart).

Question: What does it mean that the intention decides to connect with such a desire?

Answer: It seems to a person that by working with this desire he will be able to get a little closer to the Creator. He thinks that he can perform this action, but, in fact, he cannot.

For example, he gets an opportunity to perform some action, and he wants to do it for the sake of bestowal, for the sake of further advancement in the love for the Creator, in expanding his spiritual vessel, but it turns out that this is wrong.

In our world, this is expressed in such carnal pictures, but in the spiritual world, everything happens in a completely different way.

It is written, pelt the girl and the man with stones. Since they both are under external influence, it is not only his, but also her, responsibility for the event occurring. That is, the desire that is among other desires must also control itself.

This is about ZON of the world of Atzilut, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut that connect together, and therefore, both resistance and agreement are possible here. The city in which they connect means the world of Atzilut.

There are many subtleties here. First, everything happens above the Parsa that is represented by the city wall surrounding the city. It symbolizes the influence of the surrounding society, to which the girl herself, her parents, and this man belong. Thus, it takes into account not a personal, but a public correction. Therefore, they deserve a harsher punishment.

There are many such conditions in the Torah, and this is natural, because it is about correcting our intentions. The desires remain the same.

Our single desire is divided into 613 parts. Each of the 613 private desires has its own egoistic intention that must be corrected to an altruistic one, for the sake of others, and through others for the Creator. This, in principle, is our spiritual work. The Torah is talking only about this and nothing else.

A man symbolizes intention and a woman—desire. The right combination of male and female parts with the right action for bestowal leads to the birth of the next spiritual degree.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/5/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 05.18.17

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “Awakening the Need for the Help of the Creator” 

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 8, Item 11

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” “Conveyance From a Wise Kabbalist to an Understanding Receiver”

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