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How To Not Harm Your Soul

laitman_571.01Question: Shamati Article 94 refers to the beastly and spiritual soul of man. What is the difference between them and how can a person harm his spiritual or beastly soul?

Answer: We cannot harm either the beastly or the spiritual soul until we acquire this soul.

The beastly soul is what we have now, like any animal. On the corporeal level, we must properly communicate with each other, be in the right human community. This is called the beastly soul.

The spiritual soul must first be revealed. It needs to be built, i.e., you need to feel the need for it and attract the upper light, which will restore it and create a good connection between us. Then we can already interact with each other.

In the meantime, no one has a real soul. The soul is either a common bond between us, or, as it is said: “We are all like beasts.”
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/13/9

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In the News (MedicalXpress): “Mystical near-death experiences where people report a range of spiritual and physical symptoms, including out-of-body sensations, seeing or hearing hallucinations, racing thoughts and time distortion, affect around 10 per cent of people, according to a new study that analysed participants from 35 countries. …

“The new findings were presented at the 5th European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Congress by researchers from the Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, the Center for Stroke Research, Berlin, and the Norwegian University of Technology, Trondheim, Norway. …

“The study group who reported NDEs variously described feeling at total peace, having their ‘soul sucked out’, hearing angels singing, being aware they were outside their body, seeing their life flashing before them, and being in a dark tunnel before reaching a bright light. Others spoke of being aware of another’s presence before they went to sleep, or of a demon sitting on their chest while they lay paralysed unable to move.”

Question: What do you think about this?

Answer: When I was in a near-death state after an accident, I also sensed all sorts of images. I did not hear anything; I had a noise in my ears. But I saw all sorts of unrealistic images. I understood that what I saw was not real because I was in such a state.

Question: But is it true or not that a person feels this way?

Answer: The fact that they see this? Is what a person sees the truth?

I, as a Kabbalist, see this completely differently. What we see now is also not the truth. It is an imaginary and illusory world. Where is the truth? Everything is reflected in me, there is nothing outside of me. It is what I imagine. Thus, it is the same there.

The exit into the next dimension is completely different. It must be above egoism. If a person does not reject their egoism, then in the end, one has none of this.

One has all sorts of far-fetched ideas about the future world. Maybe he thinks that this is the future world. I do not think that anything is presented to him; he is just taking his brain, his intracranial fluctuations, for some kind of another world.

He has no other world in such a form. He must understand that in our world he must exit his egoism in order to feel the next degree—the upper world. Yet, for this, he must rise above himself. The ascent, however, in a real form, can only be in this world.

Question: If you would rise above your egoism, what would you see?

Answer: A person would see positive and negative forces interacting with each other and as a result would depict for him or her  a completely different picture—forces.

Question: It is not very clear. What does it mean to see the forces?

Answer: I cannot tell you this. It is impossible to convey.

Question: Can it only be conveyed to a person who has already attained and felt this?

Answer: Yes. This is serious information. It is transmitted and can be felt only by those who are ready for it and able to perceive it. There is no prohibition here. A person just has to be able to perceive this information; then one will see. Just as a small child does not notice what adults notice.

Question: So, when they say “The hidden wisdom of Kabbalah,” this is not about the hidden wisdom but about the fact that I, so far, do not see this?

Answer: Yes. This is why it is called hidden. Everything is revealed only to the extent of your ability to attain. Unfortunately, we are in a state when nothing can be explained. Only if you want, if you are consumed by the desire to attain, then you will be able to overcome this.

Question: Then what are you always trying to explain? You are making TV programs, writing. Why?!

Answer: I am trying as much as possible to reveal to people, at least a little, the opportunity to see the way to this. Nothing more. All the rest depends on a person himself.

Question: Does a person need to reveal this or only to make an effort?

Answer: A person needs to make an effort in order to reveal, and to make an effort all the time, an effort to advance in order to constantly rise above oneself.

Question: How will this desire occur in a person?

Answer: It is either through corporeal suffering or through spiritual aspiration from the right environment. There is no other way.

This is not an easy task, but humanity cannot escape from it. I am sure that we are in a state that is very close to that.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/23/19

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What Is The Spirit Of The Body?

Laitman_168Question: What is the spirit of the body that brings us into interaction with each other?

Answer: This is a common force that binds everyone together and provides us with eternal existence. We must leave individual existence from the sensation of our personal life, which ends with the death of the body, to the existence of our common life, which we will begin to feel as circulating between us.

For example, in the human body, millions of cells die during a day, and others are born instead. The same way as one cell dies in the body, when we die, we become like this cell in the common body of humanity, which dies and disappears from the body.

In order not to disappear without a trace along with the death of our animal body, we need to connect with the life of a common body, which means to strive through our connection between us to the Creator. This is what the science of Kabbalah does.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 7/21/19

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Why Are Some Souls Lucky And Others Are Not?

laitman_600.04Question from Facebook: What have the souls done in order to be born as your children and grandchildren? Why are some lucky and others are not?

Answer: I assure you that it is not a great gift to be my children and grandchildren. They carry a certain weight of my life. In fact, their life is different, but it is in no way easier or better.

They are in no way luckier with their souls than others. They have more opportunities to correct themselves, but at the same time, they receive a massive extra addition of egoism.

My son lives in Canada. He is a publisher. My eldest daughter is a doctor of biological sciences, a famous person in the world, dreams of defeating cancer of the female glands. My second daughter is a philosopher who graduated from the faculty of philosophy (Kabbalah) and works in our organization. Whether they are happy or not, lucky or not, I do not know.

The fact is that in all cases of life, a person has everything he or she needs to achieve an absolutely complete spiritual state. Therefore, no one can complain. Even the smallest, lowest, poorest, most narrow-minded person sees what conditions he or she was given from above will come to understand that these conditions, no matter how incredible it may seem to us, are the most suitable for achieving perfection.
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From KabTV’s “Answers to Questions from Facebook”, 3/10/19

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laitman_281.02Question: How can you understand that the soul was born and is developing?

Answer: The fact is that you get a very vivid sensation, a filling, awareness of its existence, which leaves no doubt that it has happened and is happening.

Question: Is it possible to develop too fast? Is there a recommended time limit?

Answer: There is no limit, develop as quickly as possible.

Question: Can I study Kabbalah on my own?

Answer: No, I do not recommend that. You will get confused and will not understand anything.

Question: How many people are aware of these things in life?

Answer: There are very few. But in terms of quality, they are much higher and more accomplished than others; they overshadow everyone else.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/16/19

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Spiritual Practice

laitman_530Question: What is required for the development of the soul? How does the process occur? How can you understand and feel that you are on the right path?

Answer: Only one thing is required for the development of the soul: to begin to develop it by drawing closer to others. For this, we usually build small groups that we call “tens” because it is desirable that the group is comprised of ten people, but it can be fewer than ten. By drawing closer to each other in the ten, people begin to feel certain spiritual laws that operate within it.

This is a very interesting state. We can make of ourselves a laboratory in which we will feel ourselves under the influence of a special force, or the Creator.

In other words, as we start drawing closer to each other, we begin to feel how the Creator manifests between us, and as we move away from each other we feel how He distances from us. The Creator is in the center of this small group, and this is how we can define, clarify, and reveal Him. This state does not come immediately, we need to approach it. Give it a try.

By building the connection between us in spite of the egoistic forces that push us away, we will begin to feel it. It is the rapprochement above rejection that will cause a certain sense of the revelation of something in us. This “something” will be the harbinger of the attainment of the Creator. It is quite complicated and doesn’t come immediately, but it is precisely what our workshop is in practice.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/7/19

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Enter The Sensation Of The Common Soul

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This means that every person from Israel is guaranteed to finally attain all the wonderful attainments that the Creator had contemplated in the Thought of Creation to delight every creature. And one who has not been awarded in this life will be granted in the next life, etc., until one is awarded completing His Thought, which He had planned for him.

And while one has not attained perfection, the Lights that are destined to reach him are considered Surrounding Lights. That means that they stand ready for him, but are waiting for him to purify his vessels of reception, at which time these Lights will clothe the able vessels. (Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot”).

A person should try to develop the quality of bestowal, the quality of connection between the shattered parts of the common creation, of the common soul, to connect them together, and to participate in this as much as possible. This is the implementation of the condition of “love your neighbor as yourself.”

To the extent that he approaches or even implements the condition of “love your neighbor,” the inner energy shines upon him, the so-called love, the connection between the broken parts.

It attracts these parts to each other and helps them form one single whole, one soul, already on a new level because egoism has entered between them with its minus and the plus became higher than the minus; that is, it grew due to minus.

Therefore, a person receives a huge new soul, the quality of bestowal, the quality of attainment called the upper world.

Question: While in the biological body, a person, as if, enters the sensation of this common soul. Will one continue to live in it once the body dies?

Answer: One has nothing to do with the other. Our animal body is necessary in order to begin to enter this soul, to feel it and to begin building it.

Question: Does it mean that through our bodies, we, as if, establish the first contact with other people, and then this all happens on the sensory level?

Answer: Yes, and completely outside of the bodies.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/11/18

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Life And Death—Alternating Sensations

laitman_760.1Question: What happens after the death of the physical body? Does consciousness disappear?

Answer: Consciousness through the animal body disappears, and consciousness through the soul remains.

Question: What if a person has not yet developed a soul?

Answer: Then he must again dress into an animal body.

Question: So, he will simply not feel anything, as if he had fallen asleep and that is all?

Answer: Not really. Certain sensations remain, but they are very illusory since a person has not yet left his egoism. Therefore, he only feels certain fluctuations, and again feels himself in this world.

Question: But when he dresses in a new body, does he not feel who he was in past lives? Or is there an opportunity to feel?

Answer: No. He does not feel any of that. We need to understand: there is no such thing as death and life. This is all the alteration of sensations, nothing more.

Question: What does remain of the past life, what passes into the new life?

Answer: Nothing.

Question: What happens with the past experiences, with the sufferings and pleasures that a person experienced during his life?

Answer: It all accumulates and passes from one state to another. Nothing is lost. However, in principle, the experience that a person undergoes gradually becomes transformed in the person in the following generations. Therefore, we see that each new generation is different. It is not just somewhat more developed; it has a different type of thinking.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah” 12/11/18

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Does Faith In The Future World Make Life Easier?

laitman_604.02Question: If everyone said that the soul is the most important thing and the body is nothing, people would probably have a different attitude toward death?

Answer: There is no doubt.

Question: Why don’t they?

Answer: First, because no one in the general population feels this, and second, it is anti-egoistic. After all, if this is directed against egoism, then who wants to work against it?

Here it is necessary to think, to make efforts, to act somehow, to organize something. What will I get from this? Nothing in this world: no food, no sex, no family, no fame, no knowledge.

Question: It is probably easier for a person to live with what is thought up in religions about the existence of a future world. But how much does the hope that there is something somewhere psychologically improve a person’s life?

Answer: Today, to improve a person’s life psychologically, it is unnecessary to be religious.

We see religions gradually fading. Recently, a lot of non-religious people have appeared who despise different beliefs of people because religions do not specifically answer our questions.

If a person needs to transform this life a little, he has Hollywood, the Internet, or something else. That’s enough for him. He will create any illusory world for himself.

What is there after death? No one knows. Therefore, a person no longer believes in this. His ego outgrew these tales and can no longer believe, much less sacrifice his time and intellect.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah”, 12/11/18

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Does The Soul Relate To The Body?

Laitman_707Question: Can a person who lives in this world, in his biological body, influence his soul in some way?

Answer: In essence, you are asking what is the purpose of our corporeal body?

The fact is, a corporeal body is given to us so we could start to identify with the soul, reveal it, develop it, and from a certain state, as if, exit outside of the body and start working there.

Question: As a Kabbalist, do you still take care of your body? Is it important to you?

Answer: Of course. Due to the fact that I exist in my body, I attain, develop, and correct my soul. However, the body itself participates in this only indirectly.

Question: Does it mean developing one’s soul is possible only from a state when a person exists in his corporeal body?

Answer: Yes, but the soul does not relate to the body, meaning that when I live in a body, I develop my soul.

Question: And how is it done?

Answer: Our soul is called our desires. The desires can be either negative, egoistic ones or positive, altruistic ones. We work on them so the altruistic desires would always prevail over the egoistic ones; we build our soul.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/11/18

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