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Acceleration Of Spiritual Development

laitman_938.04Question: American neuroendocrinologist Robert Sapolsky said: “Alter one gene among tens of thousands, and approximately half way through one’s life there occurs a dramatic transformation of personality.” Taking the ten as an example, how does the development of an individual soul influence the system as a whole?

Answer: We can influence the development of all souls in the entire system that represents one soul and bring it to the state of Adam from the word “Domeh,” which means “similar to the Creator.”

If we accomplish this through our own efforts, we will accelerate our development, but not under nature’s compelling blows, as they say, “with a stick,” but we move ourselves toward the goal.

In essence, our only opportunity to progress is in an acceleration of our development. In this case, we will naturally get rid of this stick that hits us from behind and progress independently like a child who wants to be learning on his own and not by coercion.

We already exist in our ultimate, perfect state, we just don’t sense it. We need to walk all the way through and accumulate certain conditions, then we will feel that final state.

Question: Does the acceleration depend on us?

Answer: It depends on how we get together. Such gatherings as congresses and even being together like we are now, significantly speed up our spiritual development. So it is worth doing it more often.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/9/20

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Signs Of Soul Growth

laitman_939.02Question: What are the external and internal signs of your soul growing?

Answer: When we start connecting, we give the light an opportunity to spread inside of us. We are beginning to sense and perceive it as fulfilling. In that we see the system of connection between us, in other words, we attain the structure of the soul. This is the most important part because as we gain insight into the structure of the soul relative to how it comes to life influenced by the light flowing through it, we begin to sense the Creator talking to us: how in a wavelike pattern He changes the relationships between us and how by altering the connections between us we can respond to Him. This is our contact, our communication, with the Creator.

Question: Does a person whose soul is growing feel that he is changing?

Answer: Very much so. It all happens absolutely realistically through mutual contact between a person and the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/9/20

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Can Knowledge Of Previous Reincarnations Be Restored?

laitman_202.0Question: We learned something during previous reincarnations and now we come here again in order to learn something new. But everything we knew and understood was taken away. Do we have the right to restore this knowledge?

Answer: If you study Kabbalah, your previous knowledge will quickly return to you. You will start sensing them and perceiving them as truths you understand.

It is like in our generation how quickly modern kids internalize and grasp all kinds of technologies and knowledge in comparison to the children discovering the world ten to twenty centuries ago.

Do not worry, everything will return. This is done on purpose so that each time you perceive your soul anew.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/26/20

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Question: How does Kabbalah interpret death? What is the correct attitude toward the death of a dear and beloved person who is close to you? What is this philosophy?

Answer: There is no philosophy here because our body is an animate organism that dies like a body of any animal. It has a certain lifespan, dies, decomposes, and returns to its primary elements.

And our inner part, inner properties, remain. They do not go anywhere and are called the “soul.” These properties continue to exist, just not at the level of our world because they have nothing to dress in, but outside the vestments of the physical world.

Then follows the next reincarnation and the return to new bodies. The soul does not disappear as the body does, it reincarnates into new bodies all the time. This theory and practice has been tested over the course of centuries and has existed for almost 6,000 years. In addition, there is serious evidence of it, a lot of literature devoted to it. The wisdom of Kabbalah examines this question at the physical and mathematical level. There are no problems here.

The problem is different. We can, without dying while existing in our body, start feeling the world of souls. If the body does not interfere (in Kabbalah the body refers to our egoism, not human flesh), if we neutralize it, then we start feeling the upper world, the world of souls. It is as if we died and exist beyond our physical body.

Therefore, the problem is how to neutralize egoism. And the wisdom of Kabbalah enables us to do it.

Question: Does the pain about the deceased and sorrow about loved ones remain?

Answer: There is no pain or sorrow. Those who study the wisdom of Kabbalah clearly feel and understand that this is the reincarnation of souls and there is no room for concern.

By entering the inner state and starting to feel the souls, we relate to our animate body completely differently. There is nothing special about it. It is given to us for a short time only so that we could move on to the sensation of souls.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/26/20

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Death And I

Laitman_013.07Question: Our mind refuses to accept the inevitability of death. When one receives information that associates him with death, something tells him that this data is unreliable. We can sometimes predict the death of others, but will almost always be wrong about predicting our own.

Experts tell us that subconsciously we ignore facts and perceive ourselves as someone who will have a lengthy existence, if not eternity. Why do we feel this way?

Answer: It is because no living being can or should understand that he is mortal at all. Everything in this world should propel us forward. We must create, execute things, and leave something after us.

Question: To acknowledge one’s mortality, to have the fear of death, does it have an effect on us?

Answer: The fear of death is the fear of nonexistence. How can I imagine a world where I no longer exist? This is a terrible rejection of egoism.

What is a world? It is I who exist, I know the world, understand it, and feel it. I am in it, in the center of it. But here, I suddenly disappear.

What remains in the world? I can only perceive it through my senses. If there is no “I,” then this is the end of it all. Our ego cannot conceive of the notion that the world can exist without it.

The only solution is to explain to people that the world is eternal, endless, and perfect. It is completely different from the way that we perceive it. In order to see it differently, we have to rise up to the level of the quality of love and bestowal.

Question: Does it mean that we will break free and rise above our egoism?

Answer: Yes. We will see it in the quality opposite egoism.

The fact that we are created in a particular quality should not limit us. We have to see the world differently, multilaterally. We will then be able to see the world and ourselves in some sort of connection.

Question: Are you saying that if I rise above my egoism, I will reach the quality of love and bestowal and see the world as eternal? Thus, I become eternal too?

Answer: Yes.

Question: So, it follows that death does not exist?

Answer: Death does not exist in the quality of bestowal.

Question: Will people come to perceive themselves as eternal?

Answer: Yes, the science of Kabbalah explains this to us. We can only do it if we have the desire for it.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman,” 10/24/19

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Life And Death, Part 10

laitman_600.01Prefer Life in Bestowal

Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot”: 3) “See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil…therefore, choose life…”

This means choose the quality of bestowal and love for others. It is not easy because the choice happens above our egoism. This is why we live.

We need to go through a lot of things in order to really understand this: to prefer to live in bestowal, meaning, to serve other people in order to bring them to connection and by so doing, letting the Creator reveal Himself between them. This is the person’s sole goal in life. All the rest simply disappears, nothing else exists.

We cannot imagine how the universe is arranged outside of our present inherently false state. It is absolutely wrong, distorted by our egoism. If we had the opportunity, like in a camera, to focus on what is happening, we would see how with a qualitative decrease or increase in egoism, that is, by getting closer to others or by moving away from others, the world becomes different.

Let’s hope that this will become revealed more and more between us. However, to do so, one needs to be in a group, in the ten. Only there, in the group of those who yearn to attain the purpose of life, can we assemble a model that will be called “life after death” or the “upper world.” This can be simulated while still in our world, in our life.

Therefore, if someone has such a desire, they should come to our group and participate in practical “laboratory” classes. Then he will see that all this is very effective and attainable. We await you.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/14/19

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laitman_214Do Kabbalist fear death?

Question: What is the correct attitude to death?

Answer: I think that the best attitude is to not think about death but, rather, believe that we exist infinitely, eternally. We must make sure that we attain this eternity and infinity, at least partially, in this life, in our corporeal state.

After all, during our life we exist in order to reveal bestowal and love as a means for attaining eternity, perfection, and the Creator, the upper force that controls all of it. Our advancement should consist of this.

In thinking about animalistic life and death, check yourself, do you really care about this? If you do, then you are not yet seriously aspiring for spiritual qualities. When you are engaged in spirituality you absolutely do not care about anything that happens to your body, whether it is alive or not. You exist and want to exist in the quality of bestowal and love.

Question: Does a Kabbalist care about his protein body? Through it, one contacts other people who are not yet in spirituality. If he did not have this body, he would not be able to communicate with his students.

Answer: Yes, he takes care of the body but in a minimal sense, which is called “the necessary and sufficient” condition.

Question: Does a Kabbalist think about what will happen to his students and to his family after his death?

Answer: Family is a usual corporeal concern. Students, however, are a completely different thing. He has to prepare them so that they will remain with a good reserve of knowledge and methodology. It is necessary to organize a lab-like environment so they can test themselves and advance.

Question: Does it mean that a Kabbalist has a fear of death but not in an egoistic sense?

Answer: It is not the fear of death but a desire to leave behind a world that is maximally directed at the goal of creation, and in no other way.

What else can you leave? There is nothing else. We are approaching the state where a person begins to understand that the only way to leave something behind is in the form of good deeds. These good deeds are recorded on his or her account and are one’s major gain in life.

Question: As far as I understand the good deeds are to bring other people to the revelation of the Creator. Are there any other good deeds you can do with respect to another person?

Answer: There is nothing else: only to bring others closer to the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/14/19

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“Does Kabbalah Support The Idea Of Reincarnation?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Does Kabbalah support the idea of reincarnation?

A person is born with a particular spiritual potential and can choose whether to realize it in our world or not.

When the body of a person dies, this spiritual potential passes to another body that is born, and that is how it continues until it is fully realized. This is what Kabbalah considered as reincarnation, i.e., it is relevant only in relation to our spiritual potential.

Therefore, according to a person’s interests, it is possible to understand the level of his or her spiritual potential: if one still finds satisfaction in corporeal desires for food, sex, family, money, honor, control and knowledge, or if one finds less and less satisfaction in those desires, and finds oneself contemplating the meaning and purpose to life more and more.

If it’s the latter, then it’s a sign of a person’s spiritual desire awakening, which Kabbalah calls “the point in the heart.” The wisdom of Kabbalah is a method for developing this desire until we can perceive the eternal reality of the soul through it. When we reach the full realization of this spiritual potential, we no longer need to reincarnate in our world.

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627.2Life After Death

Remark: In all kinds of mystical teachings, life after death is explained in great detail. In religions it is quite simple. They describe the same life as here, with the same problems. That is, everything that is familiar to a person here, they transfer there.

With reading Kabbalistic sources, it is very difficult to understand what is happening. Practically nothing is explained about reincarnations.

My Comment: It is not because Kabbalists do not want to but because it is impossible to do so.

Gradually a person comes to this by oneself and begins to feel some kind of movements within because sensations, knowledge, and all kinds of definitions are gathering within the person bit by bit. Yet again, when this truly occurs within one will be unable to convey it correctly to anyone. Therefore it is written, “What will be revealed to you, you shall see and no one else.”

Question: So, it means that it is impossible to explain, show, or tell to a person about life after death?

Answer: No, but it does exist.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/14/19

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709Becoming a Human

Question: Kabbalists say that “The task of a person is such an existence when there is no sense of life and death. If this feeling exists, it means that one has not yet risen above his animalistic level, has not yet become a human. A person is someone who exists forever and feels like that.” What does it mean?

Answer: If a person does not feel this world around him, it means that he or she is one degree above it. However, one uses the whole world for the sake of moving toward spirituality.

The spiritual world is our connection with each other when in our unity we reveal a common, mutual force of bestowal and love called “the Creator.”

Question: What is this human degree?

Answer: The human is Adam, from the word “Domeh” (in Hebrew), meaning “similar to the Creator.” He is like the Creator in the quality of bestowal and love. In this measure, we can already talk about who among us and to what extent someone is a human.

Question: Do I understand correctly that a person who has reached a certain spiritual level dies and then has to be born again in a certain body?

Answer: This refers to the desires and intentions, but not the body.

Question: Let’s say a Kabbalist dies, then he is born again and goes through a few stages. The first stage, like any other person, is unconscious development. After a few decades, he quickly becomes a Kabbalist, and then he already helps others. Is that right?

Answer: This is very primitive. After all, there is Ibur Neshamot, separation, mutual adhesion of souls, their movement, and combination, and therefore, we cannot say that everything happens in this way. Everything is much more complicated because it is a single system.

As soon as we leave our world, we immediately become included in the upper world, where there are very different states. There is no separation between souls as in our world where they are as if separated by bodies. When our bodies, that is, our earthly egoism, do not exist, then the relationship between the qualities of bestowal and love is completely different.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/14/19

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