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Why The Soul Requires Correction

Laitman_117Question: Why does the soul require correction?

Answer: From the start, one single creature existed called a soul. So that the creature can feel independent and attain the greatest blossoming, meaning the level of the Creator, it must pass through shattering and correction.

Therefore, in our world each one receives a small part of his soul. In each one of us there is a small part of the general soul called Adam HaRishon (the First Man) or simply, Adam (a desire). The fulfillment of the soul is Light.

In fact, the creature doesn’t feel itself in the beginning of its creation because in it there was very little desire and a very small Light. To bring it to a state resembling the Creator, the soul was broken into 600,000 main parts, and as a result of continued division, it became a multitude of many more fragments.

In each fragment, meaning in a small individual soul, there is a desire and its fulfillment also. During the shattering, these fragments began to feel independent; partitions appeared between them, as there are between people, and they began to feel cut off, torn off, and detached from each other. This rejection is called egoism. And at present it is necessary to gather all the fragments and bring them to their original state, to connect them into one general desire and fill them with one general Light.

But where then will the egoism disappear, which separates us as such, that each one is imprisoned in his Klipa (shell)? Nowhere. It is up to us to connect with each other against the egoism, and then we receive a Light that is 613 times greater than it was before.

In this way, instead of feeling a tiny bit of life: cold here, hot there, a bit of light, a bit of shade, we begin to feel piercing states. We feel, “with whom we have business,” who is giving us power and life, how it is possible to relate to the Creator and enter into a connection with Him: “I am to the Highest, and He is to me.” In other words, we begin to attain the Creator and rise to His level.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/23/17

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 4/23/17, Part 1

laitman_560Question: If the soul is a desire, then what is a broken desire? Is it a desire that you do not want?

Answer: An egoistic desire to receive pleasure only for one’s own sake without considering anything else in the world is called a broken desire.

Question: How can a soul have a name? Who gives a name to a soul? Is it the Creator?

Answer: A soul itself earns its name according to the degree to which it ascends. The level of similarity to the Creator determines the name of the soul.

Question: Is the soul one for all?

Answer: In general, we attain a state where we see that this is exactly so.

Question: Is there a meaning of life for one single person as an individual or is there a common meaning for all the people on the planet?

Answer: A person alone will not be able to find the meaning of life because we all come from one single soul of Adam. Therefore, only the attainment of the common soul gives us a feeling of the meaning of life.

Question: Is the antagonism between the parts of a single soul a trick of the Creator?

Answer: Yes. This is necessary for us in order to unite between ourselves despite our egoism and to reach the force of desire that is 613 times greater than the one we had in our initial state.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/23/17

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Two Incarnations Of A Great Soul

Baal HaSulam is the greatest Kabbalist of our time. It is very difficult to speak of such a tremendous force because we do not really understand what it means to be a Kabbalist. He lives alongside us and at the same time in a different world. A Kabbalist actually lives in two worlds.

For a Kabbalist there is no confusion. He sees the upper world and the lower world. But what interests him most is their interdependence: how it is possible to make corrections in the upper world from the lower world such that it again influences the lower world and our world rises to the level of the upper. This is the task of every Kabbalist.

A Kabbalist is coming from that desire which characterizes him in the general system of the soul called “Adam.” Each of us has a different root. It is called “point of reference” or “point in the heart.” And that’s why each reveals the upper world in their own unique way.

However, all points in the heart reveal this system in a relatively similar fashion. Nonetheless, all those who wrote prior to Baal HaSulam, for example, had a very difficult time writing a commentary to The Book of Zohar.

And prior to the appearance of The Book of Zohar, no one was able to write anything even resembling it, despite the fact that many Kabbalists knew more than Rabbi Shimon. They just couldn’t describe it the way he could.

That is, in Kabbalah there are many such conditions: you can be great, a spiritual genius, but cannot describe anything, you simply don’t have the ability.

But Baal HaSulam had both of these qualities. It’s amazing! In the entire history of Kabbalah there was practically no Kabbalist with such ability.

Moses was the greatest Kabbalist, and still the Five Books written by him are written in such a way and in such language that everyone can interpret them in any way they want.

And what was written by the Ari in his work The Tree of Life cannot be understood at all; here, a clear attainment of the spiritual world is necessary for one to even begin to understand what he is talking about. In this book, purely physical data are laid out, just as in any physics textbook.

That’s why when the Ari started to teach, the only one who was able to appreciate him was a great Kabbalist of his own time, the Ramak. He sent all the other students to the Ari as well, emphasizing that this material is something new. But neither they, nor he, were able to understand the system of the Ari, not even to the day he died. And that’s because the Ramak belonged to the previous generation of souls, those who came into this world prior to the Ari.

That’s why Baal HaSulam openly says: “All that I attained, I attained following the Ari’s soul incarnating in me,” in other words, he was the Ari’s next incarnation. What is meant here is not the physical body, since it doesn’t exist and neither does our world. The only thing that exists is the shattered, scattered desire in a tremendous egoistic space.

In this space there are drops, like raisins in a cake that have inclinations toward unity, toward adhesion with the Creator. But we don’t feel these inclinations because we exist in an ocean of egoism, we sit in this dough, that’s why we don’t even sense our ego. Each “raisin,” each point in the heart, constantly undergoes all types of corrections.

Baal HaSulam happens to have been the outcome of that same “raisin,” which was the Ari, that same soul who was the Ari, who continued his work. This is called an “incarnation.” In other words, this is not a separate soul, but that same soul continuing its work, only under different conditions, in a different generation.

And what does a “generation” mean? It is not what happens to us in our world. When many points in the heart, embryos of a soul, even though they are changing constantly, while they still exist in a wrong kind of connection between them, they imagine themselves ostensibly experiencing our world.

That’s why it is most important that we think not of this world, presenting itself to us through our five animal sensory systems, but instead about that which is happening through the point in the heart.

Question: When a soul reincarnates, is the individuality preserved?

Answer: The soul engages through various external conditions. The Ari brought into our world The Tree of Life. The next time that same Ari came, he was called Baal HaSulam and brought into our lives Talmud Eser Sefirot.

Question: In other words, he held the same spiritual level of attainment as the Ari?

Answer: Even greater.
From the Lesson in Russian, 10/16/16

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Each Soul Is Individual

laitman_939.02Question: Will I lose my individuality after uniting with other souls?

Answer: Each soul is absolutely individual. When we talk about uniting with other souls, we mean in a general movement, a common effort.

But by this, each individual soul does not dissolve into other souls; even if we speak in these terms, the emphasis is on the united effort toward a single goal.
From the Lesson in Russian 5/14/17

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What Is The Soul And How Does It Develop?

Laitman_001.02Question: What is the soul and how does it develop?

Answer: The soul is the quality of bestowal and the body is the desire to receive. There are many nuances between these two qualities and that is why a person who is not aware of them usually gets confused.

The fact is that the Creator created the desire to receive pleasure, which is the substance of all nature. The nature of the Creator is the desire to bestow and only the Creator possesses this quality.

Therefore, when we say that a person can change his desire from the desire to receive to the desire to bestow, we do not mean that we can change the desire itself but only how we can use this desire with the intention to bestow. Nevertheless, we still always only want to receive.

Usually, we just say that one person gives to another, but in fact, no one gives anything to anyone; such a state does not exist in our nature.

Even if I give you something, I get something in return. The state when a person gives of himself does not exist because a person is not a source. Therefore, any bestowal on the material level has a hidden reward.

But how can a person achieve similarity to the Creator, after all? In other words, how can a person find his or her soul? How can the desire become similar to Him if it is, in fact, the desire to receive? Receiving becomes identical to bestowal only when it has the intention to receive for the purpose of bestowal.

How do we do that? If someone loves me and wants to give me something, then I really can receive it with the intention of pleasing him. By doing him a favor in receiving from him, I perform an action that is equivalent to bestowal.

There are many such instances in our lives. We are talking about the relationship between an important person who is revered by all and an ordinary one. For instance, when an ordinary person gives a gift to an important one and the important one accepts it, he gives pleasure to the ordinary person.

At the same time, there must be absolute understanding of what happens: the important person receives in order to please the ordinary one and the ordinary person gives because for him the action itself is a pleasure since he is giving to the important person.

Here, we can see that the actions are opposite to the intentions, but this does not matter because the most important thing is the intention; it determines the value of the action or its essence.

The Creator’s desire to give and to delight is constant. The desire of the creature, on all levels, inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human, is only to receive.

The inanimate, vegetative, and animate desires are called “nature” and they exist in all people.

The desire to enjoy at the expense of others is called egoism. Moreover, we enjoy, not because it is necessary for our survival on the animate level, but because the “evil man” in each of us enjoys humiliating others.

Thus, egoism is not something that we have to have because nature forces us to use it but only to suppress and rise above others. This is the evil nature, which is characteristic only in humans.

If I rise above the desires to rule and use others, transform them into bestowal, and do not exploit others for my vanity, but, on the contrary, I lower myself toward them in order to really give back, delight, and fulfill them, then these desires have been corrected from evil to good and are called the soul.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/21/17

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Soul, Desire, Intention

laitman_243.03Question: Is soul a desire or a desire with intention?

Answer: The soul is desire. The light of the soul is that which fills the desire. And intention is the correction, screen, reflected light.
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How Can Souls Help Each Other?

75.01Question: How can higher souls help us in the development of spirituality?

Answer: The Creator created only one soul. It split into many parts, the so-called individual souls, each of which corrects itself only to facilitate common correction. But generally, the soul is one for all. Baal HaSulam writes about this in the article “600,000 Souls.”

Since all individual souls are in one aggregation of souls, the correction of one soul helps the other and so on.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/21/17

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The Birth Of The Soul And Its Spiritual Parents

Laitman_632.4Question: How does the birth of the soul happen? What are spiritual parents?

Answer: Spiritual parents are Aba ve Ima (Father and Mother), qualities, Sefirot Hochma and Bina.

The upper Light descends from the world of Infinity and builds five worlds: Adam Kadmon, Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya, which can be represented in the form of circles. Another additional Partzuf called Adam is being built inside of them.

Adam HaRishon was born in the world of Atzilut, which consists of the following Partzufim: Atik, Arich Anpin, Aba ve Ima, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut and they are called ZON (Zeir Anpin and Nukva).

Partzuf Aba ve Ima is Father and Mother from which Adam HaRishon is born. After his birth, he descended to his place, to Malchut. All this happens due to the influence of the upper Light.

Then the desire called Adam wants to rise to its final state, the complete correction, which is complete similarity to the Creator (green arrow), which is also called Infinity. However, when Adam makes an attempt to rise to this state, the lurking serpent in him is immediately revealed.

Usually the serpent sits deep inside the desire and nothing interests it. However, as soon as it is influenced by the upper Light directed against it, it wakes up immediately. We have a very interesting picture: on one hand, there is the upper Light, and on the other hand, there is the serpent. That is, we have two opposites.

As a consequence, the entire construction of Adam falls downward (the blue arrow) into the states that are called below the Parsa, where pure the worlds Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya exist and against them also impure worlds Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya (egoism, Klipa).

The soul that is born from its lowest state called the “fall of the soul” comes to the space between pure and impure worlds.
Thus, a soul is a desire—there is nothing else in it. It was born from its parents Aba ve Ima and is called Adam from the word “similarity” (Dome) with the Creator, which it must attain in the future. The moment it wished to ascend and become like the Creator, a serpent was revealed in it in relation to the upper Light, and therefore it fell into the created pure and impure worlds and began developing in them.

From here we have three lines: the left (blue line on the drawing), the right (green line), and the most important middle (red line).

When all three lines work with each other, they are called a soul (yellow color on the drawing). One cannot exist without the other.

Question: Must the dark worlds necessarily exist against the pure worlds?

Answer: Yes, and moreover, everything exists precisely because of the impure worlds. We underestimate egoism. It would be impossible to do anything without the serpent. Thanks to the method that is called the Torah (from the word “instruction,” or “light” (Horaa, Ohr), we can isolate the separate correct parts from the serpent, correct them, and move on.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/14/17

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Why Did Dinosaurs Become Extinct?

laitman_600.04Question: Why were the dinosaurs in existence for hundreds of millions of years? Does a Kabbalist know what made them extinct?

Answer: All the inanimate, vegetative, animal, and human life are gradually transformed into higher forms.

That is why the ancient fern and other plants became extinct, as did various kinds of animals. Even minerals have changed. According to researchers, you can tell how many million years old a particular rock is. Everything happens naturally.

The same holds true for the people. Just look at how different people living today are from those who lived a hundred or a thousand years ago. Even in their appearance, not to mention their level of consciousness.

If I were to teach Kabbalah today the way Aristotle and Plato wrote about it, claiming that the soul depends on how deeply a person breathes, I would be laughed at. Can you imagine what the great thinkers of the past wrote about?! With a deep inhalation and exhalation we fill our soul. And they really believed that is what the soul is.

Today, those great minds of their generation would look like silly boys if they remained on the same level because the constantly developing desire develops us. That is why we can not compare ourselves to other generations.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/19/17

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Why Were The Worlds Created Before The Soul?

laitman_275Question: Why were the worlds created before the soul?

Answer: Because the worlds are brighter (a smaller ego) and are weaker than the general desire that was created by the Creator. Each of these desires on the levels of 0,1, 2, 3, or 4 builds its system, which is made of five Partzufim on the background of the upper Light. Each Partzuf is made of five Sefirot, etc., and they make up concentric circles in which the soul exists.

Question: Is it possible to see the parallel worlds to our world in which the level of the still nature, the vegetative, and the animate were first created and only then man was created into this environment?

Answer: Yes. It is exactly the same thing. This is how man was created in the worlds and he also begins to develop according to a system of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, the still, the vegetative, the animate, and the human levels of nature. When he completes his development the human nature is also divided into the same levels: 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 and so on. This means that every part is divided in subparts and its own sub-levels.

Question: Does this means that these worlds are also desires, but simply are coarser?

Answer: They are desires of the still level. A pencil, for example, has a desire that comes down to preserving the shape and the attribute of its creator.

Question: Is there a pencil in the spiritual world?

Answer: Of course. It is a spiritual force by which man can write down his thoughts about his desire. A desire is the heart.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/14/17

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