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What Remains After A Person Dies?

Question: What remains after a person has departed from this world?

Answer: To the degree that a person has not attained the next world during his life in this world, nothing remains after his death except a spiritual seed, recorded information called a Reshimo (remembrance).

The body dies and nothing remains of the person at all. He lived like any animal lives and that is all. In this sense, a person has no superiority over animals. There is no significance to who he was and what he represents.

If a person works on himself internally throughout his life and develops the positive force within him, this force does remain with him.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/3/16

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Can I Use 100% Of My Brain?

laitman_256Question: According to scientific data, we use only 3-5% of the potential of our brains. Do Kabbalists use 100% of their brains?

Answer: No, a greater percent of our brains will be utilized only when we become integrally mutually connected.

Each of us needs to enter into a system in which, besides oneself, billions of particles will be found that also have desire and intelligence. All of us must connect with the help of the Upper Light. Only then will a person need a larger portion of the brain.

When we connect to each other through our desires and minds, our brain works like a modem. Today we basically only have beastly characteristics and their realization.

Question: To serve the desires of billions of people, will a person need to activate the brain an additional 97%?

Answer: It is not a matter of the billions of people; it is the determination of a very simple integral: I can give to one only in some particular way and to another in another particular way, to this one, this way and to another, that way, and so forth. What this means is that a person begins to connect and integrate in an infinite chain that must be connected to him, and he to it. In this way he constantly calculates all the possibilities. It is impossible to realize this linearly, but only spiritually!

But this calculation is not realized through our intelligence. The intelligence clothes the desire and from it emerges an elementary, integral, mutually connected and infinite chain.

We specifically learn about this in the wisdom of Kabbalah, about the connection between Partzufim, between worlds, where each particle in which a change happens stimulates a change in the entire system.

Every change really stimulates a shock to the entire system. Therefore, great mind and feelings are needed for all the calculations and sensations to understand how they flow in eternal and infinite harmony.

A Kabbalist sees how all the particles of the general desire are arranged and constantly redistributed gradually like an ocean in which billions of drops stream from place to place and everything is felt together. This is called the radiance of the Shechina (Divinity).
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/21/16

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How Does Faith Change A Person?

Laitman_712_03Question: What kind of qualitative change occurs in a person when he acquires the faith that Kabbalah speaks about?

Answer: To the degree that a person acquires faith, meaning that he acquires the characteristic of bestowal, he begins to feel a world that is hidden from him, the upper force that is concealed from him called the Creator. When a person acquires the characteristic of bestowal, he begins to feel that he exists in the space of the upper force and he departs from the frameworks of time, movement and location because in the upper world these limitations don’t exist.

Our worldly life can be called beastly because it exists on the levels of still, vegetative, and animate nature. The level of Adam—Man—is above this. So a person who wants to attain the upper world begins to feel his worldly life only as a support, as a condition for attaining the upper world. His worldly life could end at any moment, and what he attains in the upper world always remains with him, he exists within this and continues to ascend further in the levels of spiritual development.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/25/16

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The Predictions Of Futurologists

laitman_627_1Comment: There are many predictions that are not made by people with special properties but by people called futurologists, or people who have a fertile imagination, like science fiction writers.

Answer: Futurologists are people who, based on science, technology, and the progression of various strata of humanity, predict a general trend for the next 50 or 100 years.

Comment: Futurologists predict that by the year 2030 robots will have been invented that will connect our brains directly to a data cloud, and it will be possible to print both food and houses on 3-D printers.

Answer: In the future we will print everything on printers, there is no problem. It is possible to load a printer with palm oil and it will issue sausages, cold cuts, dairy products, porridge, and everything else.

Question: They say that in another 20 years, toward the year 2045, a unique revolution will begin, meaning that an artificial brain will transcend the biological brain. Will an artificial person have a soul?

Answer: There is no connection between the soul and the brain.

Question: If a robot were to sit next to a person and manage a program, what would a person do?

Answer: I see how people talk with a computer today, so why would he not talk with a smart robot and exchange information with it?

Question: Do you mean just rational information?

Answer: This would not only be intellectual information but even emotions. A regular person is a mechanism whose actions and responses can be completely calculated and predicted because all of these are not found in a spiritual space; there is nothing here that cannot be predicted.

We can create machines that could communicate with us splendidly, instead of people. Likewise, as we would want, according to how we would direct them and the data that we insert, they could be lyrical, rigid, or romantic, directed toward musical or psychological communication, etc. They could be integrated and composed of different kinds of characters.

Comment: This would be more attractive if they would be faithful friends, good friends….

Answer: It depends on how we program them; after all, they could also be the opposite, very cruel.

You would go to the store, choose a robot for yourself shaped like a little dog or a tough friend. Why not? They don’t have to be shaped like a person. There are no limits.

A person reacts to everything that happens in the world just like every beast. The nature of the still, vegetative, and animate is absolutely capable of being programmed. So there is nothing secret in a person, nothing that is sublime. But on the next level he begins to attain the soul, meaning “a portion of the divine from above” (Job 31:2). Then he is no longer a person but what is called an “ambulatory soul.”
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/1/17

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Should We Live Forever?

laitman_751_2Question: Do you believe the predictions that people will live to the age of 300 to 400 in the future?

Answer: It’s not a problem. This is possible.

Question: And immortality? Many people predict that we will attain the point of eternal life.

Answer: I cannot determine or confirm that this is possible because it is about biological matter, but I believe that until then, people will not want to live an empty life and will want to exit the limitations of our physical body.

Can you imagine what it means to live forever? It means that you have no right to die, that you have no right to end your perishable existence. It is as if you are on hold at the age of 35 or 40 while everyone around you is getting old and dying, and you don’t. That is scary.

Question: Still, it seems that, if we offer this to a person, he would gladly agree.

Answer: I am not sure. I am 70, for example, and I don’t want to be younger, I want to properly finish what I need to in this lifetime in a normal way, and that’s it. It is good that we have a time limit.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/1/17

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What Is So Good About Our Life?

Laitman_632_2Question: Why does a person try to extend his life in this world? After all, this is not what we were born for, we were born to develop our soul.

Answer: This is absolutely true, I believe that there is nothing good about this life and the Torah also refers to this: the sages sat and discussed who is happier, one who was born or one who had not been born, and arrived at the conclusion that it is the one who had not been born. But if you were born, you will fulfill your destiny, namely to develop your soul.

This was said 3,000 years ago.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/1/17

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When Will Our Reincarnations End?

Laitman_712_03Question: If we die without crossing the Machsom, are we born again and again develop (or don’t develop) the point in the heart.

When such special souls like Baal HaSulam and ARI were born again, were they living in both the spiritual and material worlds from the moment of birth, or did they have to cross the Machsom again? And what about people like us?

Will the whole chain of reincarnations end when my friends and I begin to feel the Creator?

Answer: It will happen when you are higher than them and your main desire is to bring the Creator contentment.

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How Many People Will Remain On Earth?

laitman_944Question: If the soul of Adam HaRishon (the First Man) was shattered into 600,000 parts, does this mean that eventually 600,000 people must remain on the face of the Earth at the time of correction?

Why must we develop the wisdom of Kabbalah if, according to the Torah, everything has already been determined regarding the total number in the population?

Answer: I have already written about this more than once, as it is said in all the original books on the wisdom of Kabbalah, in spirituality, quantity doesn’t matter. It is only the intensity of the correction of egoism into the characteristic of bestowal.

The full completion is called 600,000. There is no meaning to the number of people in the world because people’s bodies don’t exist in the spiritual world. What exists there are only desires that are united into a common desire for the Creator.

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The Soul During Sleep

laitman_564Question from Facebook: What is a dream, and what happens to the soul during sleep?

Answer: A dream is a purely physiological state of the beastly body, which has no relation to spirituality.

Rest is typical not only for humans but also for animals and plants. This suggest the need to alternate between two states, on and off, like the alternation of day and night.

Question: What happens to the soul during sleep?

Answer: A person has no soul! He is simply an animal that has only a bud (point) that can be developed with the help of studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, and then within him he will begin “to cultivate,” to grow, a spiritual organ called a soul. But this is only to the degree that a person carries out serious work on himself.

Moreover, he cannot carry this out alone but only in a society in which all the points are connected together, and that is how they create one single point that is composed of ten, which is called a spiritual Minyan (group of ten).

So, within the group of ten, by nullifying themselves and connecting together, they will begin to feel a spiritual force, a spiritual state. A connection like this is called a “soul,” within which the state of the next level is already felt, called the upper world.

But when a person just goes to sleep, this is a natural, beastly state that arises as a result of an internal overload of all the thoughts, emotions, memories, and so forth.

So during sleep, as a rule, we connect with what happened during the daytime because our thoughts are reloaded and sink internally to a deeper level of memory, and we feel this as dreams, which can take on different forms because they are cut off from egoistic desires. They are no longer found within the desires, but in thoughts above the desires.

There are states when dreaming that we can sense the future, but this has no connection to the wisdom of Kabbalah. There are some people who feel this more, others feel it less, and there are people like Wolf Messing, who feel the future in general, not necessarily during sleep. But this is absolutely irrelevant to the spiritual world, to the soul. Everyone has a bud for the beginning of the soul, but it is necessary to develop it. The wisdom of Kabbalah is waiting for you.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/21/16

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Why Should We Live To Be 200?

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What does the wisdom of Kabbalah say about prolonging life till the age of 200 or more?

Answer: This option exists, but why do we need it if we can attain eternal life even sooner?

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