Question: For thousands of years of the development of human civilization, there have been a vast number of all kinds of beliefs. It is surprising but true that almost all beliefs talked about life after death. Everyone believes in it. What does Kabbalah say about this?
Answer: Kabbalah says that life is not the existence of our protein body and its death; it is being filled with the upper force regardless of what state our body is in.
In other words, we have an opportunity to acquire the will to bestow, outside of ourselves, exiting ourselves, our egoism. When a person exits himself and wants to fulfill others, then in this state he receives the fulfillment from above in order to pass it to others. That fulfillment that passes through him to others is life.
My desire to fulfill someone outside of me is called life. I want to fulfill almost everybody. If I relate to the others and through them to the Creator in such a way, then a great light passes through me, and this light, which fills me, is called life.
Question: Then what is death?
Answer: In the spiritual world, death is a fall from the quality of bestowal into the quality of reception. That is, the desire to receive for one’s own sake, to lock on oneself all the pleasures, is spiritual death.
Question: Does it mean that if we are now in the desire to receive, we are dead from the point of view of the spiritual world?
Answer: From the point of view of the spiritual world we are not dead, we do not exist at all.
Question: Does a person determine by himself whether he is alive or dead in the spiritual world?
Answer: Yes. If he has reached the state of life and then this quality falls from him and the light disappears he says, “Now I am in the state of death.”
In the meantime, we are not in either state. With regard to spiritual states, we are considered animals, not people.
Question: Is it possible to say that we exist in potential?
Answer: Yes. We can reach a spiritual degree and become people, but so far we do not have this within us.
Question: What is the spiritual root of death?
Answer: It is a transition to a different state. However, it is not death. In fact, there is no death. We consider death to be the absence of the will to bestow, which is the nature of the Creator. When it is manifested in us, we call it life.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/14/19