Entries in the 'Body and Soul' Category

Passing The Line Between Life And Death

Laitman_137Question: Suicide is one of humanity’s problems. Every 40 seconds, someone in the world commits suicide (800,000 per year). In the US, the suicide rate has increased by 30% since 1999. Some celebrities who have recently committed suicide include Anthony Bourdain, the famous chef and TV presenter on CNN, and the younger sister of the Queen of the Netherlands. Can you explain this?

Answer: I can explain this as emptiness. It is an emptiness that crushes, tears, and does not let one sleep. Even drugs are ineffective at relieving it. A person simply feels as if he has no other options. We need to look at life correctly and start educating ourselves.

Question: What should a person come to?

Answer: To the meaning of life. One can understand the meaning of life when he crosses the boundary between life and death. Only when life is worth less for you than life itself can you correctly weigh up what to live for and rise above your egoism and egoistic life.

Question: Is it when I do not cling to it? When I do not hold on to every desire?

Answer: Not only do you not hold on, but you live by the fact that every minute you give up your egoism and rise above it. Every minute, you are above death, as if you are experiencing it. This is the separation from our world and the entrance into the upper world.

Remark: This is very hard.

Answer: It is not hard, it is a happy opportunity for us all.

Question: So, I should not value my egoistic life?

Answer: A person who wants to comprehend true existence has to despise this life and appreciate it only because it is a basis for building a higher life on it. And the higher life is than death, and when you die in an animal form every minute, you grow spiritually.

Growth in the spiritual form is life not for oneself, but for something outside oneself: for the sake of the Creator, for the sake of the system, for the sake of humanity, it does not matter what—the main thing is to get out of your “I.”
[230621]
From KabTV’s “News in Russian with Michael Laitman” 6/12/18

Related Material:
Rise In The Number Of Suicides In The United States
Do Not Condemn, Rather Understand
Changing Our Way Of Life

Reincarnation In Spiritual Space

laitman_622.01Question: Is there reincarnation from Kabbalah’s point of view? And if so, what for?

Answer: From the point of view of Kabbalah, there is reincarnation, which is called Gilgulim, that is, circuits. These circuits, however, are not our lives, not the return to our world, that is, death and rebirth. They are the circuits in the spiritual space if we achieve it.

Our world has absolutely no circuits. The person who lives in his ordinary life just dies, that is, his animal life ends here. From this point of view, there is nothing in a person. There is a potential embryo of the soul that he did not realize, but it has nothing to do with the material body.

Question: But didn’t you say that reincarnation is a cycle of souls?

Answer: For this, you must attain the soul, and then you will participate in its circuits. But this does not depend on the life of the material body.

Question: Does that mean it can happen instantly, and then again after a few moments?

Answer: Not even instantly; it happens on a different time axis.

Question: What is reincarnation then? Is it an appearance of another desire?

Answer: Yes. Desires are constantly changing. My teacher wrote a few excellent articles on this subject. You can read them. The intention of the desire changes. The higher the intention, the more it is for bestowal, the higher the person. Changing one’s intention from small to large leads to such circuits.
[230998]
From TV program “News with Michael Laitman” 6/20/18

Related Material:
What is Reincarnation?
What Is Reincarnation?
Reincarnations Of Souls In Our Desire

Why Should I Comprehend Other Souls?

laitman_276.04Question: Why should I comprehend other souls?

Answer: They are parts of your soul. There is nothing unnecessary in creation. You must attain the whole of your soul, which is the unity of all private souls at all times and in all states. By combining them in yourself, you will become like Adam in relation to the Creator.

But do not think that you have to wait for other souls to correct themselves. It is you who must correct them in yourself.
[230127]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/4/18

Related Material:
See What It Feels Like To Be Like The Creator
How Can Souls Help Each Other?
A Soul And Its Substance

Where Does The Soul Go After Death?

laitman_604.03Question from Facebook When a person dies, where does his soul go?

Answer: The soul does not go anywhere since it did not exist in the first place.

A soul is considered as similarity to the Creator. That is, the desires I can form in a way that would be similar to the Creator to a certain extent are called “a soul.” It is a property of bestowal and love for everything that is not attached to me.

In other words, when you exit the boundaries of your ego toward bestowal and love, toward caring for those who are not inscribed in your ego whatsoever, then all your properties organized together at that particular moment (since they constantly change) are called a soul.

Remark: People who think they have a soul and such an attitude toward others surrounding them, certainly become sad when they hear this.

My Comment: An ordinary person does not have a soul. A person is simply an animal. He has a vital component that naturally dies with the cells of the animal body.

The soul must be obtained during our lifetime. We are given this life and its various states, that is, future lives, so that we would obtain our soul.

Question: Is this the purpose of a person’s life?

Answer: The purpose of life is only to create altruistic desires from one’s egoistic desires, which will be called “a soul.”
[228903]
From the TV Program “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 4/17/18

Related Material:
What Happens When The Body Dies?
Where Does The Soul Go After Death?
What Happens To The Soul After Death?

What Determines The Strength Of The Soul?

laitman_232.05Question: What determines the strength of my soul? Can I increase it?

Answer: The strength of the soul depends on one’s egoism, on what thickness of the ego you can rise above; this is what determines the strength of the soul.

The soul is the property of bestowal and love, which we receive through the upper Light. Therefore, it can be achieved only through annihilation of egoism.
[227965]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/4/18

Related Material:
What Determines The Level Of A Soul?
A Life Matrix
What Is The Soul?

Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 12/31/17, Part 1

laitman_547.04Question: Does the soul have volume?

Answer: The volume of the soul is measured by the degree of its bestowal above egoism. If a person’s egoism is great and he has the ability to transcend it and bestow through its help, it is valued as a great soul.

Question: How much time is required to ascend the spiritual levels if we are regularly studying the wisdom of Kabbalah? Is there an average or is it all individual?

Answer: There is no such measure. It is an individual ascent that depends solely on your efforts.

Question: Why is it that on one hand I know that the Creator exists and is hiding Himself from me even though I do not feel that, and on the other hand, I feel what happens to me directly and do not connect it with the Creator?

Answer: The Creator does not hide from you, rather it is you who are hiding Him. Everything that happens to you is done by the Creator.

Question: Where does the “self” come from? What is the reason for its creation?

Answer: The “self” is simply an egoistic desire, a feeling of self that is revealed through the four phases of the Ohr Yashar (Direct Light).

Question: Is it possible to develop and improve on one’s own?

Answer: No. If you are alone, you have no connection with the Creator.

Question: If the world exists only within me, do all of the sciences. including the wisdom of Kabbalah. also exist only within me?

Answer: Correct.

Question: I read that the Creator suffers much more than we do because He is forced to move us through suffering. How should I understand this?

Answer: Indeed, our sufferings are felt more in the Creator than in us because He is the totality of nature, while we are only a small part of Him.
[226209]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/31/17

Related Material:
Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 12/17/17
Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 12/3/17, Part 1
Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 11/26/17

Find The Meaning Of Life

Laitman_161Question: Is the meaning of life is to learn to live eternally, in the physical body created by the Creator?

Answer: No. The eternal body in Kabbalah means a desire that works for bestowal. Therefore, the meaning of life is not in the framework of our world, but in the attainment of this eternal body, that is, the desire to bestow, when a person becomes like the Creator, creates contact with Him, and then there is mutual adhesion.
[227724]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/28/17

Related Material:
Where Should One Seek The Meaning Of Life?
Understanding The Goal Of Life
What Do We Live For?

How Can Emotions Be Reconciled With Reason?

laitman_543.01Question from Facebook: How can we reconcile emotions with reason because our emotions arise as responses to life events that are far from the rational way the world is run?

Answer: Our emotions have nothing to do with mind. They manifest because they “jump out” of desire. And desire is our innate nature.

Reason is an acquired additional system designed to collect emotions, sort them out, compare, curb, etc. But generally, reason is weak before emotions; before desires, it is secondary.

Question: Is it possible to curb emotions?

Answer: There is no point. You have to reach a state where your emotions are balanced. After all, negative emotions can be balanced with positive ones and then you can feel comfortable with them, because both negative and positive emotions will work together toward a lofty goal.

And you know that you need all of it. You are not fighting your nature or the people around you. On the contrary, you enter a state when you are in harmony with each other. One person’s plus is compensated by the another’s minus. We are created in such a way that if all of us would correctly connect with each other, we would form an ideal system, and all our pluses and minuses would fit together perfectly.

Question: So the pluses and minuses are scattered around the world in order to connect?

Answer: That’s the problem. We have no other choice. We try to do something among each other, we get discouraged seeing that nothing helps, and eventually we die.

But in fact, we need to see that we cannot do anything by ourselves and must ask the Creator to help us. Then He will shine upon us with the upper Light, under the influence of which we will quickly assemble into the correct mosaic and complete each other.

Then we will have the perfect combination of everyone with each other. All negative and positive emotions will be supplemented, every person will be necessary for another. That is how we will reach perfection.
[227800]
From KabTV’s, “News with Michael Laitman” 4/24/18

Related Material:
Should We Believe The Mind Or The Heart?
Controlling Our Feelings And Emotions
Mind And Feelings In Spiritual Development

What Happens When The Body Dies?

laitman_592.02Question: They say that when the body dies, the spirit leaves it. What is it that actually leaves the body?

Answer: In Kabbalah, the term “body” means desire. When the Light leaves this desire, it dies. In other words, it becomes a desire that is only seeking to receive. This is called a dead desire or dead body. In principle, the kind of death that you are talking about does not exist.

Question: Where are the uncorrected souls of people after death?

Answer: They always exist within the desire which acquired a similar quality to them.

After the death of the body, we begin to sense our larger spiritual, soulful state. Not because the body dies, but because a certain egoistic desire disappears.

Question: A person can die a natural death or be killed, drowned, or burned. Does the method of death impact his soul at the moment of death?

Answer: No, because he had no soul! Before a person has the desire for the upper world, he is only involved with advancement on the level of this world. That’s why it’s worthwhile to begin your spiritual advancement as quickly as possible.
[226331]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 1/14/18

Related Material:
What Dies And What Remains?
Where Does The Soul Go After Death?
What Happens To A Person’s Soul When He Dies?

Kabbalah And Mentality

laitman_627.1Question: Suppose a person settles down in some geographical place and acquires its character and mentality. Is this all determined from above?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Is there a concept of mentality in Kabbalah?

Answer: No. Earthly human properties have a very small influence on the characteristics of the soul since in the upper world a person begins to acquire completely new properties, new states.

Alongside with this, he sees the limits of his inclusion in the general system of Adam and at the same time his animal states, especially his material weaknesses and inclinations. But it does not really matter for spiritual correction.
[226058]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/31/17

Related Material:
A Person’s Characteristics And His Future Soul
The Life Of The Soul
How Do You Discover Your Mission?