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How To Attain A Soul?

laitman_222A person undergoes sufferings and many years of searching for the meaning of life. All this gradually accumulates in him into one system, one desire, a yearning, an internal tension, that creates a feeling that he must discover his spiritual existence.

When he reaches such a moment in life, he is brought to the wisdom of Kabbalah, to the wisdom of revealing the Creator to man in our world, and this is the soul.

A person understands that he has suddenly found a wonderful method, an ancient wisdom that is 6,000 years old. By studying this method, he sees that everything it says is true. It clothes the desires by which he wants to reveal his soul, the Creator.

Then he learns how it is done. He gradually clarifies things and he finds out that a soul refers to building a desire to bestow and to love others, strangers, including the Creator, in a totally non-egoistic manner without any external reward for himself, taking and giving everything away, not knowing to whom, what for, or how, but without receiving any pleasure from it at all.

Question: Is this what you tell students who are beginners?!

Answer: I tell them the truth. Beginners have nowhere to run. The Creator will still bring them. His plan is predetermined.

Although it is said: “Don’t place an obstacle before a blind man,” I don’t consider what I say an obstacle because all the fears that they will encounter along the way will eventually be forgotten. They will yearn to advance so much that they will leap over them.

If a person approaches things seriously, he is filled with thoughts such as: “I don’t have anything in this life anyway; I don’t want to live like an animal; it doesn’t really matter if my life ends now or in another 20 to 30 years; I want to give everything in order to find everything.”

Question: Is it considered a revelation for a person when he understands that his soul is in the attribute of bestowal, which he attains by not thinking about himself but about others?

Answer: At first a person doesn’t understand that. It is only when he begins to delve into the method and get closer to this state that he sees to what degree it is totally imaginary and impossible to fulfill. For him, the desire to bestow and to love someone simply does not exist. When he examines himself, he sees that he is ready for everything but that. This is actually what convinces him that love and bestowal are actually the right way.

But how do you attain that? Here he discovers that this is attained through the help of the group and special actions in the group, when he gradually exits himself. It is according to the degree of his efforts that he begins to receive help from above, and gradually realizes how important and necessary it is, and how much this is the only thing that can be in our lives since everything else is programmed.

Thus, a person gradually advances by experiencing different restrictions and pressures. But it is already clear to him that this is the only way, and it is his business whether he wishes to follow it or not.

Basically, all our actions to attain the soul come down to evoking and summoning the force that will tear me from myself into the environment, into the circle, into the ten, in which I will melt. Then the encounter with the Creator will take place in the center of the ten.

The ten are ten men who have decided to totally exit their ego, to throw it over the borders of their circle, and to aspire to be in the center of the circle, in the place where they bring only the aspiration and the yearning for the Creator.

Question: And what do ten women do?

Answer: The same thing, but women have to find ten men inside them. The yearning for the Creator is called masculine. We will understand that later on. With regard to the Creator, however, we are all women.
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From KabTV’s “A Talk About Soul” 3/30/17

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One Soul

laitman_944Question: What is one soul?

Answer: One soul refers to the fact that we are all parts of one desire, which according to its volume and its power resembles the Creator. Initially we are in an egoistic state, which means that we want everything only for ourselves.

We all have to correct ourselves so that we will want everything with the intention of in order to bestow. To whom? If the desire is one and we are all part of one desire, we have to bestow unto the Creator.

When we give and bestow unto the Creator, the Creator gives and bestows unto us, and we become partners and connect in mutual bestowal to each other which is called Dvekut (adhesion).

This is actually the state that we have to attain. This is the reason that all of mankind, being parts of one soul, need to help each other to reveal it, attain it, and reach the state of eternity, wholeness, and infinity, just like our Creator.
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From KabTV’s “A Talk About Soul” 3/30/17

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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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What Is The Soul?

laitman_249-02Question: What is the soul?

Answer: A person has many desires through which he feels the entire world and himself. However, among them, there is such a part of the common desire that feels the Creator. It is called the soul.

Question: Where is this desire, this soul? After all, if we ask an ordinary person about this, he would say, “The desire is within me; I desire.”

Answer: And if we replace his heart, will he have the same desires?

When a heart transplant was first performed, everyone thought that it would result in a completely different person, but nothing like this happened; nothing changed. This means that desires are not in the heart. The heart just reacts to them, and therefore we associate our desires with it.

I think that if we transplant a head, we’ll discover that in it there are no desires, not even thoughts. Desires are outside of a person. They can be divided into two parts: egoistic and altruistic.

In the egoistic desires, I feel myself and our entire world. However, there is a possibility to partially transform egoistic desires into altruistic ones. In them, I will love others, but I will love truly, not just in words. Then, in this desire in which I will love others, I will feel the Creator.

It is like an exit out of myself, from a life for myself to a life for others. This isn’t in the human body. The body exists like an animal. Our heart is a motor that supplies blood to the entire body. Our brain controls the animal body and nothing more.

Question: What enlivens the body? We walk, sense, breathe, feel ourselves, and feel others. Isn’t this called the soul?

Answer: Don’t animals do the same? This has nothing to do with the soul. It is in none of the creatures on earth. There is a vital force that allows the body to exist.

The soul is part of the Creator from above. In other words, this is a desire that has reached a state of similarity to the Creator—an absolutely selfless, devoted quality of bestowal and love. It exists outside the body of man, outside of his egoistic desire. It is an acquired, but eternal component of our spiritual self. This is the spiritual “I” of a person if he has attained it, and if he hasn’t, then he is an animal.

Some aspire to it, some don’t. But in anyone who climbed down from a tree and turned from an ape into a human being, at least in some way, no matter at what level, there is already an embryo of the soul—that is, an ability and opportunity to develop the soul. But it is buried under a huge layer of egoism.

Question: How can we get to it in order to let the “sprout” come out?

Answer: A person has no motivation for this. He considers all kinds of noble, cultural, and social impulses to be his soul: art, music, and so on.

However, animals also sing. There is nothing special in this. Everything that a person develops based on the essence with which he was born doesn’t belong to spirituality, to the upper force, but just represents the further development of his animal desires, inclinations, and thought.

Question: Does this point, the embryo of the soul, emit any special pleasure to which a person aspires?

Answer: When a person really aspires to reveal his soul, he has terrible nostalgia, depression, suffering from desire, and at the same time, the inability to find the meaning of life: what I am living for, why do I live, who controls me, how can I exit the framework of this world and start to exist outside of its limitations?

This is called the aspiration to attain the soul. Now, it already is manifested in many people because from generation to generation we develop and reach such states in our egoistic development that push us out of our egoistic nature. Egoism itself pushes a person out of himself, giving him negative feelings throughout his existence.

Question: Today, the world is being pushed somewhere by greater suffering, unemployment, robots that will come and squeeze us out of our jobs, and so on. Isn’t this a kind of advancement of humanity to understand of what a soul is?

Answer: Of course, everything that happens in our personal and social life, in the world, in nature, and in the cosmos, happens only in order for us to get closer to the Creator, to reveal Him, to become completely similar to Him, to the point of adhesion with Him.

When we replace all our egoistic desires with a desire to become like the Creator in bestowal and love for others, and through others, to Him, this will be the attaining of our soul, its complete correction.

Let’s leave our bodies, everything that we see and feel in our world through our five animalistic, bodily senses. There is a desire apart from this. It is initially egoistic.

It must be changed to an altruistic one, to complete bestowal and love for one’s neighbor, meaning, for any person, for everyone together, and for everything that is outside of you. Then, you will begin to feel the Creator in this desire to the extent of its correction. It is precisely this corrected desire from reception to bestowal, that will be called the soul.

Attain your soul!
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From KabTV’s “A Talk About Soul” 3/30/17

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New Life #849 – The Ascent Of The Soul

New Life #849 – The Ascent Of The Soul
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

We are all parts of the general soul called Adam HaRishon (First Man), and each of us corrects his part in it.

When a person corrects his attitude to others into love, he discovers that everyone else is already corrected.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #849 – The Ascent Of The Soul,” 4/13/17

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Cling To Eternity

Laitman_025_01The Torah, Deuteronomy 23:14: When you sit down outside [to relieve yourself], you shall dig with it (with a stake), and you shall return and cover your excrement.

Question: Why one must cover his excrement?  

Answer: All human waste, including the deceased body must be buried in order to undergo a complete circuit.

As a result of the person’s life everything should rise, and the body waste and the body itself, from which all spiritual energy disappears after death, remain only on inanimate level and therefore should be liken to earth.

In contrast to the traditions of other nations that embalm mummies, the Jews immediately buried the dead body so that it would rot. It was considered correct since animalistic body symbolizes egoism that remains from the former person. It has to dissolve and turn to ashes by completely disintegrating into constituent parts.

The living matter gradually descends to the level that is truly inanimate. Some Jewish communities even had a custom to put lime into graves so that body would decompose quickly.

Question: Does it mean that attitude to the body should be purely biological?

Answer: The body is worth nothing, it must die. In our world, we should use it only to the extent that it is required for the spiritual ascent. It has no other value.

If you have an opportunity to correct some level of your body, you should correct it. If it works for the general correction, then do it, go to the doctor, take medicine, and so on. The attitude to the body must be purely mercantilist so that it would give us an opportunity to cling to eternity while we still alive.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/19/16

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What Is The Collective Mind?

laitman_281_01Question: What is the collective mind from the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: It cannot be that the mind is not collective because we are in a system of mutual connection called “Adam.” This system includes all of our states within it that are called “worlds.”

Therefore, the mind is a sum of wandering signals that fill the system of connection between separate elements, people, or souls.

Of course, there is something that is revealed to the souls and that which is not yet revealed. Therefore, we can talk about the subconscious since there are four levels of revelation in each one of us and only the last level gives us the full and conscious existence, meaning that all the previous levels are found in the subconscious level.

If they come from us, then we can manage them; if they come from above, then we practically don’t feel them. But there is a possibility to foresee them. This is not fortune telling, but some prescience, some actions that cause the appearance of reason, that give us an idea of the inner mind (subconscious).

Question: In our world, most of a person’s states pass unconsciously. The reality that we perceive consciously constitutes a tiny part, a few percent. How is it in spirituality?

Answer: In the spiritual world, everything happens relative to a person who consciously summons his states: previous ones, those that are happening now, and those that will follow. In each of them is a part of the person himself, meaning a part of the creature and a part of the Creator. He determines our states in cooperation with us. By definition, He could be first, and maybe the second. But if we seriously comprehend all of our states, we will then begin to determine and define the Creator as the root cause.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/15/17

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Are We Guarded From Above? Part 7

Dr. Michael LaitmanThere are two levels of connection with the upper governance system. On the ordinary level, a person cannot independently affect the upper system in any way; he functions in it instinctively. The system exerts an influence on him from above and he instinctively reacts to this influence, being connected to the system in countless ways.

However, a higher level of connection with the upper governance system is possible, and Kabbalists have it. And no external objects or actions are necessary for this because this is an internal process, experienced by the individual.

Question: But still, traditions of Judaism are not just external actions; do they not have deeper roots?

Answer: The commandments have roots, but the actual physical actions do not possess spiritual power. We should not believe that the upper force is contained in the mezuzah. The mezuzah only symbolizes this force and helps us to learn about it. It demonstrates to us that a certain force called “mezuzah,” which guards the “home,” exists in nature. And what we call “home” is the soul. And this is how we come to understand that there is a “soul” and within it, there is a “mezuzah.” In this way we are introduced to spiritual concepts.

There is no divinity in the actual physical mezuzah nailed in the doorway. It merely points to a force in the spiritual world, to a particular role of the Creator with respect to the souls. All its divinity is contained within this understanding. In our world there is no divinity. Mezuzah is a symbol pointing to the fact that if I build my soul, then within it there will be a particular protective power called “mezuzah.”

Question: What does it mean to build the soul?

Answer: To build the soul means to carry out correction: the restriction of one’s desire, the screen, and the Reflected Light. For this I need the connection with others, for us to be at least ten, “Minyan” (the quorum of ten), and in the right kind of connection between us, we build the soul, “home.”

All the commandments of this world are only symbolic. The proof of this is Abraham, who destroyed all the symbols because people started to attribute spiritual powers to them and worship them as idols.

But in reality, these objects only symbolize spiritual actions that the person is obligated to perform: to build a connection with others above the personal egoism of each in order to create within this connection a place for the revelation of the upper force of bestowal and love that dwells between them. This is the point of spiritual action: to connect with the others above personal egoism. This is called love.

Question: If I perform such action, connecting with others, will I attract to myself some force that will protect me?

Answer: Of course! But you will no longer be thinking about that because you will acquire the power of love and all your goals will be directed toward helping others, in order to “live” within them and provide them with all they need. This is what is called “love your neighbor as yourself,” when you are ready to give him your only pillow. Only this force protects us in life, there is no other protection.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life,” #819, 01/26/17

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Living Within Your Limits

laitman_623Question from Facebook: You always say that a Kabbalist must limit himself to the necessary minimum. But the minimum is different for each one. How is it possible to determine the limit?

Answer: A person determines this limit himself by directing all his thoughts and characteristics to uniting with others and through them to unity with the Creator. At the same time, it is natural that the rest of the small desires, drives, and interests will be nullified.

Even though I consider myself to be a Kabbalist and am specifically involved with this most of the time, I must write and explain the wisdom of Kabbalah to people.

So, I listen to the news and watch popular scientific programs in order to conduct my lectures and talks on the basis of this.

Besides that, I love good jokes and stories because this shows how much the human intellect can turn everything around and discover the union of opposites. In principle, this is exactly what is found in a good joke.

Question: Are the minimum necessities a forced equality so everyone will be on the same level?

Answer: No. Not in any way. The main thing is for a person to find an important purpose in life and everything else he does will be subordinate to it. Everything else will be secondary. So everything will get along, becoming natural.

I learned this from my teacher. He loved walking in the park, eating well, going to the sauna, and swimming in the sea. But all this was so minor compared to his spiritual pursuits, with the height at which he was, this was perceived as concomitant.

A person must determine and define the goal precisely. Then the necessities will take care of themselves.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/30/17

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Where Do The Delusions Of Humanity Come From?

laitman_628_2Question: If initially we don’t have a soul, then what in this world is considered to be a soul?

Answer: I don’t even want to talk about what is considered, because there are so many opinions and delusions in our world that it is impossible to list them. I am talking about what the science of Kabbalah tells us.

All the preconceptions of humanity are based on the fact that it decided to explain in its own way the great foundations of general nature, both material and spiritual, while it is comprehended purely by experiments, scientifically and provable by people.

You just need to conduct such experiments that will help you attain a soul and you will see all the mutual dependencies, connections, and divisions between its parts. In accordance with this, you would be able to describe everything that happens in the single desire that, on the one hand, is broken and, on the other hand, is interconnected in all its states. This is the subject that the wisdom of Kabbalah studies.

Question: So there is no greater myth than the myth about a person’s soul, because it is interesting to humanity and it’s difficult to attain?

Answer: That is why a lot of different speculations were created around it and charlatanism flourishes. So many different things are said about its location, in the heart or head, or it is even called the third eye. But our animalistic body is completely unrelated to the soul.

Comment: Some say that when body dies it becomes lighter by 25 grams and this is the soul.

My Response: Firstly, the body becomes much lighter than 25 grams. Secondly, if the soul leaves it, does it mean it has weight? How difficult it is for people to get rid of the prejudices of the material world!

The body is a desire, not a receptacle of a soul.

Moreover, we don’t even have the desire to acquire a soul, because the soul is a desire to give and we only have a desire to receive. The difference between them is in the intention, for whom do I use this desire: for myself or for others.

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Comment: We don’t feel electromagnetic waves either, yet they exist.

My Response: You can detect the waves, but there is no way to detect the soul, because you yourself must create the device for its discovery. It is called the quality of bestowal or the intention to bestow.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/6/16

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