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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.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/28/17

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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.
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From KabTV’s, “News with Michael Laitman” 4/24/18

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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.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 1/14/18

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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.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/31/17

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Spiritual Attainment Of Women

Laitman_120Question: Men go through the reincarnation of souls. But what about women? Does a woman have an eternal soul or does it just extinguish and that’s it?

Answer: There is no difference between men and women. Moreover, if a woman is able to overcome her egoism and begin to connect with other women in mutual support, they can surpass men in their spiritual attainment.

I would say that the Creator loves women more than men.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 1/14/18

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What Determines The Level Of A Soul?

laitman_267.02Question: Regarding the development of a soul, is it a development of the desire to receive the Light of the Creator?

Answer: Yes. The Creator only gives. We can only receive. Receiving for the sake of bestowal, we turn reception into giving. This is why a quality of reception with the intention to bestow is called a “soul.”

Question: What determines the level of the soul?

Answer: There are five spiritual worlds—Assiya, Yetzira, Beria, Atzilut, and Adam Kadmon—after which comes a world of Infinity. Each one has 25 levels of attainment in it, so there are 125 levels in total.

They come from the integration of Light and desire; therefore, we simply state this fact.

The level of the soul is determined by the number, that is, the strength of my desire from 0 to 125.

The strength of the desire is determined by where I am. If I am able to bring the right intention to my desire, then the Light of the Creator enters it, and all three components—the Light that fills me, my intention, and my desire—will be called a “soul.”

Question: What kinds of souls are there, for it says that there are still, vegetative, and animate levels?

Answer: They are simply gradations that have no relevance for us. You should not think that there is an animal soul in an animal, a human soul in a person, and an inanimate soul in a rock. It means that each desire contains five components: still, vegetative, animate, speaking, and universal.

Based on that, we say, “His soul has settled into an animal or a plant.” They are nothing other than levels of desire. Just as I have a desire to consume, let’s say, 100 grams of one thing and a kilogram of another, such is the difference between the animate desire and the speaking one. These are simply token names having no connection with our world.

Indeed, everything is accurately regulated, spelled out, and quantitatively divided according to levels of energies, strengths.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/14/18

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What Does One’s Lifespan Depend On?

laitman_600.04Question: What determines the life expectancy of different people?

Answer: Does it really matter? Is it really a gift to live long?

It’s worth living, while you can solve the serious problems for which life is given. And as soon as this possibility runs out and you exist only to serve your animal body, then it is no longer worth living. But we do not dispose of it; therefore, it is forbidden to reduce life expectancy in any possible way.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/31/17

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Does The Soul Remember Its Past Lives?

laitman_561Question: Why doesn’t the soul remember the experiences of its past earthly lives?

Answer: The soul remembers everything perfectly well because its current state is determined by its previous states that it has already passed through.

Everything is absolutely deterministic. There is nothing that happens by chance.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/31/17

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Starting A New Page

laitman_600.04Question: Is the quality of mercy, the demonstration of kindness and caring, states associated with the presence or absence of a soul?

Answer: Neither mercy nor cruelty have any association with the soul. It is simply ordinary earthly egoism.

Comment: This is not easily understood by a person…

Answer: If we want to figure something out, we must reject all of our pre-existing conceptions and start with a new page.

This is how it happens in all the sciences, in everything. If I have some kind of a preconceived notion, even more so when it relates to an area in which I have no competency and I could be drawn into a confusion that could last my entire life, then I must first annul myself and only then start to study and understand.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/14/18

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Degrees Of Independence

Dr. Michael LaitmanAchieving independence is in essence the entire work of a person on this earth. The whole process—from the moment of our birth in this world and before entering the spiritual world and the subsequent development of the soul until the end of its correction—is advancement toward independence.

Independence is realized in achieving similarity with the upper force, the Creator, nothing more or less than that. Until a person reaches the Creator’s degree, power, and similarity with Him in all qualities, he won’t complete his development and won’t gain independence.

Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Book Panim Meirot uMasbirot,” “It is written in The Zohar: “With this composition, the Children of Israel will be redeemed from exile.” Also, in many other places, only through the expansion of the wisdom of Kabbalah in the masses will we obtain complete redemption. They also said, “The Light in it reforms him.” They were intentionally meticulous about it, to show us that only the Light enclosed within it is the cure that reforms a person.

Hence, it is clear that only in this way is it possible to reach the independence that we want so badly and to become free, even in the material sense. Only in this way will we be able to free ourselves from the external threat that doesn’t leave us even for a moment, each time forcing us to fight for our survival.

After all, the opportunity to return to their land was given to the people of Israel as an opportunity for a limited period of time, precisely in order to achieve independence that depends on the revelation of the wisdom of Kabbalah among the masses.

We exist inside the system of nature, in a special network that acts according to its laws. It is possible to study particular forms of the manifestation of these laws on inanimate, vegetative, and animate degrees, as does physics (the inanimate level), botany (the vegetative), biology, zoology, and genetics (the animate, that is, everything relating to living organisms).

There is also a part that relates to a person’s inner world. Psychology and psychiatry dabble in it, but their abilities are very limited, and, in fact, this area remains practically unknown.

The only science that really deals with the person’s inner world is the wisdom of Kabbalah. It studies a person as an internal system acting according to certain prescribed laws, and it lets you understand these laws and use them in order to change human nature and bring the person to the good form of existence.

We can improve our environment and make it comfortable by knowing the laws of physics, chemistry, and other sciences. We can also improve a person’s inner qualities by knowing the laws that the wisdom of Kabbalah explains to us.

These laws remain unchanged and absolute from generation to generation. They are ready for our use, unlike the laws of psychology that constantly change, with declarations that something considered harmful yesterday is today considered useful.

The person’s inner nature is subject to absolute and immutable laws. These laws come from the Creator, nature’s highest force we comprehend to creation’s very depths, the nature of which is opposite to the Creator.

Therefore, Baal HaSulam writes that only through the disclosure of the wisdom of Kabbalah can the entire world shift from exile to redemption. The people of Israel must do it first and show an example to all other nations. This is called “to be a Light unto nations.”

In this way we exit all of this world’s limitations. We are compelled to exist in this world in order to support our body, trying every moment to provide to it the most comfortable conditions. We spend our entire life servicing the body, which eventually dies, turning all our efforts to ashes.

However, we can start working on ourselves in order to achieve true, eternal degrees of existence that are above the care for our animalistic body. When we do so, our main concern becomes attaining the upper force and similarity of qualities with it.

To the extent we become similar to the Creator, we receive an opportunity to be as eternal as He is. Then we begin to climb the degrees, reaching an ever-greater force of eternity and perfection.

Of utmost importance is rising above our body that is given to us only in order to accompany us for some time, until we exit it. If I dedicate myself to the care for it, meaning place myself inside it, then I am engaged in a losing business from the beginning.

It turns out that I invest all my strength and my entire life in developing and filling something that will inevitably die. It means that all my efforts are completely useless. Therefore, we simply are obligated to realize opportunities that the wisdom of Kabbalah gives us.
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