Entries in the 'Health' Category

Kabbalah On Hygiene

laitman_739Question: Could a person’s physical, bodily ailments improve as a person advances spiritually?

Answer: Naturally, as soon as a person begins to ascend spiritually, his body is preserved to the same extent because the soul is developing and the body must help its development.

Question: How does Kabbalah regard personal (bodily) hygiene?

Answer: Hygiene was described in many treatises of the Torah and Talmud 3,000 years ago. They say, “There is no other purity than water.” It was not advised to use soap as often as we do today.

We live in completely different times when pollution of the environment on inanimate, vegetative and animate levels happens unnaturally, unlike in the past. Therefore, previously only soap was recommended, and only in some special cases sand, clay, fats or oils were used.

But ablution in water was always welcome. In the Torah there are clear instructions about this. Once a week before Shabbat people usually dipped into the pool (Mikveh). The entire population went through a very serious physiological purification, not only externally, but also internally.

Our body is tied to the upper level and is a consequence of spiritual roots; therefore, whatever is said about the upper roots relates to the lower ones. There can be no contradiction.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/20/17

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Why Was There No Depression Before?

laitman_592_04Question: Why wasn’t there any depression before?

Answer: It is because people used to be engaged in spiritual work and they attributed any kind of spiritual state to their spiritual advancement. Now people should be working on their spirituality, but they aren’t. Therefore, it is natural that 70% of humanity is depressed. We can invent all kinds of reasons, but this is the only cause of depression, nothing else.

Question: Do antidepressants help?

Answer: No, antidepressants are a chemical compensation that do not solve the problem.

Question: Why do placebos work in curing a wide range of illnesses? Is it a method of persuasion?

Answer: Of course. A person lives through his spirit, not through various chemical materials. So placebos may be effective. Any amount of convincing, uplifting, or comforting affects a person. Provide assurance and the person will get rid of most of his illnesses.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/20/17

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The Spiritual Root Of Skin Diseases

laitman_275Question: What is the spiritual root of skin diseases and why is it so difficult to heal them?

Answer: It is difficult to heal skin diseases because the skin is the most external and egoistic layer of all the parts of the body. Therefore, it has contact with the external world.

The human body includes the brain, bones, tendons, flesh, and skin. Skin is the external sheath of the body and therefore it is difficult to heal it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/20/17

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How Does Kabbalah Relate To Health?

laitman_751.1Question: How does Kabbalah relate to a healthy lifestyle?

Answer: Kabbalah refers to health very simply, practically and mundanely. It says: “If you have a healthy spirit, then you will also have a healthy body.” After all, the body is a continuation of the spirit. However, this is the ideal.

This is not easy because the single spirit, the single soul, connects us to each other. As long as humanity is in a broken state, even the greatest Kabbalist connected with the entire world by bestowal and love, nevertheless, will also be sick and suffer since the “common body” of humanity is struck with egoism.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/20/17

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Can The Soul Hurt?

Laitman_507.05Question: Do Kabbalists have such a thing as spiritual pain? Can the soul of a person who lives in the awareness that there is none else besides Him hurt?

Answer: If a person has a soul, then it can be in pain. And the soul is a quality of bestowal and love for one’s neighbor. Therefore, from the point of view of Kabbalah, pain in the soul is that I cannot realize my sincere and kind feelings toward others.

This can be likened to how parents want to do something good for their child, but they cannot because the child resists.

Question: What does a person mean when he says that his soul hurts?

Answer: An ordinary person does not have a soul! It is simply that when a person’s nervous system is stressed, the heart contracts as it pumps blood throughout the body. And people are used to saying their soul is in pain.

But this is not a soul. The soul is the quality of bestowal, and its pain is its inability to realize oneself in bestowal to others.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/20/17

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Detriments And Benefits Of Fasting

laitman_559Question: Rambam spoke about the dangers of fasting. But we know many modern doctors and other specialists speak of its benefits. Who is right?

Answer: Fasting is an abnormal state for the body. For example, if not eating is necessary to correct their health, animals will stop eating, their bodies dictate them to fast. In all other cases, fasting is not recommended.

Things that are recommended are:

  • Do not overeat because that turns food into poison
  • Eat only when really hungry
  • You should walk at least ten minutes before eating
  • Never eat without any liquids
  • Do not overuse salt and spicy seasonings

Question: Isn’t fasting for spiritual reasons healthy for the body?

Answer: First of all, a fast is not an individual but a group action. In this case, it turns into a spiritual ascent—refraining from using your egoistic desires, which all together are elevated.

Question: But for the body, is it healthy or harmful?

Answer: If you do it together with others, then it is healthy.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 08/20/17

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Blessing A Meal

Laitman_509Question: What is behind the blessing before and after a meal? Does it somehow help with digestion?

Answer: It does help. Since we exist within the same system and are tied through it to the source of our life, to the upper world, then the correct attitude toward food, toward the upper Light, toward all of humanity, toward our common Kli (vessel of the soul) brings us into sync with all the levels of this vast system.

Therefore, blessing means that I understand where I am, what I am doing, what action I am performing, what result I am hoping to achieve. A blessing before and after a meal, regardless of the words that I use or whom I address, allows me to correctly integrate myself into the general system, and thus to be able to get aligned with the right flow of the forces of nature. Later on you begin to feel it strongly.

Integration happens on different levels. In the end, we have to unite into one whole, into one desire, and reveal the upper Light inside it.

It turns out that one of the ways of uniting us with the inanimate, vegetative, and animal worlds is its use as food or for other purposes. Among other things, a blessing helps us integrate all the qualities of nature into ourselves, as if to raise it along with our spiritual work.

Question: Is consuming food an exchange of energy with nature?

Answer: Yes, it is an exchange of energy and information. Information plays a major role here. If you keep ingesting artificial products, it will not provide you with the same things as the regular food that comes from the ground: water, salt, vegetable, animal, or products of the earth.

Question: Why do we enjoy eating some protein and carbohydrates?

Answer: Such is our desire; it receives pleasure coming into contact with certain external objects. It can be food, family, sex, wealth, it doesn’t matter, just various kinds of pleasure. This is what happens when we include certain outside forces into ourselves.

Question: Can we say that this is the Light?

Answer: The Light is in everything. There is nothing else besides desire and Light. If we ask physicists, they would tell you that the meat you are eating consists of nothing. It is not meat but waves, energy.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/20/17

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Kabbalah Is For Traditional Medicine

laitman_622.01Question: What will the development of medicine be like with the constant integration of Kabbalistic principles?

Answer: I think that with the constant implementation of Kabbalistic principles, medicine will start to take the back seat, as there will be less and less need for it. However, modern conventional medicine will not be replaced by acupuncture, massage, or other kinds of alternative medicine.

Despite our aggressive use of pharmaceuticals, we still live to our 80’s. That was not the case before. And it is all due to our “terrible” artificial diet and our “terrible” medicine. In any case, it does support us.

On one hand, we can criticise it, but on the other, how do we explain being able to live to such an old age? Where did diseases and terrible plagues go that used to afflict all of humanity?

Kabbalah is for traditional medicine, in addition, as needed, with something else. But generally speaking, eat normal food, use traditional medicine, live peacefully, and work on developing your soul.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/20/17

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Separate Diet and Vegetarianism

Laitman_506.4Question: How do you feel about the separate and vegetarian diets?

Answer: Separate diet – yes, vegetarian – no. A person is created such that he should eat meat. That is how we are made. We are animals that are adapted to eat various types of food. A human being is omnivorous!

In terms of the separate diet, it is advisable to eat meat and dairy products separately. If we take the laws described in the Torah about eating, then by checking it on ourselves, we will understand how much it corresponds with the spiritual root of health.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/20/17

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Sports And Health

laitman_751.1Question: Do sports help health or are they a waste of time?

Answer: My teacher Rabash exercised, Baal HaSulam loved sports but in a limited form, in order to keep the body in working condition. This is not sports, but physical exercise.

Rabash learned to swim at the age of 65 and swam 400 strokes in the sea or pedaled 400 revolutions of motion on a bicycle.

Remark: The cult of healthy lifestyle is flourishing now. An entire industry is developing around it.

My Comment: First, people need something to do. Second, sports do help, so it is better that people do sports than something else.

However, the fact is that in our egoism sports take exaggerated forms and Kabbalah does not welcome this. It welcomes exercises only to the extent that a person maintains himself in a normal physical form.

Any gram of excess is harmful to physical and mental health. Everything must be very organic.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/20/17

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