Entries in the 'Body and Soul' Category

Understanding The True Value Of Life

laitman_294.2Question: On one hand, the coronavirus showed how high the value of human life is, and on the other hand, how easy it is to inflict a blow on it. How do these two opposites fit together?

Answer: This is what always happens in life. On one hand, it is priceless; on the other hand, it is worthless. We cannot solve this paradox because we do not understand the true value of life.

It exists not on the animate level, but rather on the spiritual level, which is higher than the corporeal one because it is eternal, perfect. Only there can we compare, correlate, and weigh our lives and yearnings.

We do not really know anything about our earthly life. We do not know the meaning of our actions or the meaning of our behavior. We do not know what is really happening to us. It seems like we live, get up, go to work, go home, have hobbies, and raise children. What do we do in this life? Nothing.

Only if we seriously want to know the meaning of life and start to build our lives based on it and in accordance with it, then we can really say that we exist.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/17/20

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A Black Hole Allows One To Live Several Lives

laitman_424.02Comment: Scientists have discovered a black hole that allows a person to live several lives.

My Response: Several black lives.

Comment: Such a black hole will not crush a person with gravity and the living creature will only be beyond time. All the past will be forgotten and ahead of him are multiple options of the events that develop in the future.

If a person could visit such hole and successfully leave it, he could live countless lives, each time starting all over again.

My Response: We are already starting all over again.

Comment: The only restriction is that the person cannot leave the black hole.

My Response: It is impossible to get out from a black hole because everything in general is one black hole. And we are in the black hole now also.

Question: What is a black hole from the point of view of Kabbalah?

Answer: It is our egoism. We are inside of it, inside of the black hole. There is no way out of it. Only if we correct this black hole to a white one, to the light one.

Comment: This is what scientists say: It is possible to get out of a black hole, only if there is a white hole that will let him pass though.

My Response: A black one will turn into white by itself. And for this, we need to attract forces that will change it to white.

The black hole devours all the time, you can’t get out of it. And the white will emanate all the time.

Question: What does it mean to live several lives? A person will enter a black hole, will exit?

Answer: Not to enter and not to exit! We don’t have to do anything! We just need to change ourselves and the environment we are in from black to white, change everything to the quality of bestowal instead of the quality of reception.

Question: And then he will forget the past and will see only the present?

Answer: He will have everything past, present and future in one whole. Time will disappear. He will not have such a concept of “past, present and future.” No! There is just one “is” and that is it. Nothing else.

And there is even no today, tomorrow, and after tomorrow. Because nothing changes. Time is in us, it is the changes we undergo.

Question: Meaning that the changes will be so fast that it will seem like everything is one moment?

Answer: They will seem an eternity to us.

Question: Why?

Answer: Because he will not have either “today” or “tomorrow.” This is not going to be!

Question: What does it mean “not going to?”

Answer: A person is a sensation. The sensation of myself yesterday, today, tomorrow. There will be no such sensations. Instead of that, one will sense eternity, perfection in which nothing changes.

We cannot talk about whether there is life, that there is something before, during, or after life. There is none of this. That’s it! We are in a white hole.

Question: A person now lives his normal life. He has many experiences, problems, joys, and sorrows. This creates a certain palette, a taste of life. What will be the taste of life when one will reveal this absolute state?

Answer: It is the Garden of Eden, paradise. What does the Garden of Eden mean if I don’t feel anything good or bad? I feel good in comparison with bad, bad in comparison with good.

And if nothing will change and everything would be only good? Maybe I will stop feeling? That is why we can’t talk about these states. It is a hole! Only the white one.

Question: So, is it worth it for humanity to get there?

Answer: Whether it is worth it or not is not up to us. We are already in it.

Question: And where should we get out of it?

Answer: You won’t go anywhere. We are just in it. The whole universe, the entire creation is in it. We have to stop and grasp where we are. It will come, do not worry.

Question: For whom is this desirable state?

Answer: For those who want to know the truth.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman,” 12/24/19

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The Coronavirus: Thoughts On Life And Death

laitman_961.2Comment: In the times of the coronavirus, we are bombarded with reports of new cases and the number of the deceased. A person reads it all, absorbs it. Naturally, he develops a growing fear of death.

My Response: We are being frightened like little children. We are being provoked!

Question: What’s good about that?

Answer: It is for us to grow up! Not to stay as little children.

Question: What does our growing up entail? Thinking more about life and death? Or something else?

Answer: About its purpose! Nature gives us a hint about what we have to do. This is such help! You are being taught. We have to be grateful to this virus!

Nature doesn’t do anything without a reason. It is better that it teaches us this way than through a third world war, which we were speculating was nearing and thinking we couldn’t avoid it.

Question: What attitude should one have toward death? One way or another this question arises, especially now when one might end up on a ventilator. I am asking about my attitude toward death. What should it be now when we hear about it constantly?

Answer: You should have a serious attitude about it. Death is not an accident, it is a necessary state inherent in nature that we must go through. Death separates us from our animal body, my “I” is detached from the body, and we can be transitioned into the following states.

We can read an article about it. Here I have my teacher’s book, his articles. He writes what a person must do in order to rise above this life. Everything is written in Kabbalah.

Comment: This is written by a Kabbalist, while I am asking you about a simple person today.

My Response: What do you want with a simple person? He is like a small child, he is playing around, and he is not interested in these questions.

Comment: Can you lift me above death, help me cope with fear somehow? Tell me something about that, if you can.

My Response: I must not. Or you will begin to strive for it. You will stop being afraid of it.

Question: Should I be afraid?

Answer: Yes. Because the fear, the unknown is there specifically to encourage you to correct yourself in this world.

Question: So that I would want to rise above death, above fear?

Answer: That’s what the coronavirus reminds you of. Meaning, it is on your side; it is your friend; it cares about you. It says: “Look, you’re on the edge. So, come on, we still have time to do something that will allow us to pass this line beautifully, easily. It doesn’t even matter how. The most important thing is that you will find your world, that is, the future world, while in this life.”

Question: If I treat the virus this way, will my attitude toward life and death change?

Answer: Everything will change. We do everything in this world based on the fact that we die. And if we knew that we were not dying, but transforming, then we would act differently, in accordance with this transformation. Just as you are now working toward a pension, or a vacation, or something else, you still think not like a small child, but further ahead. So, we really need this motivation.

Comment: Please clarify the term “reincarnation.” For many, this is an “Indian” concept.

My Response: Oh no, we don’t transform into birds or trees, or anything like that.

Comment: “If you lived like a tree, you’ll become a baobab.”

My Response: No, not at all. As a matter of fact, this is very interesting. When I was in India, I saw how much this helps people accept things in life, live with them, and remain calm, philosophically inclined. But this is not the level we’re talking about. Although, when a billion people around you think this way, whether you like it or not, involuntarily you somehow fall into it.

Question: What kind of reincarnation are you referring to?

Answer: We are speaking only about the internal transformation, about the spiritual state ,of a person.

Question: Which changes how?

Answer: It becomes free of egoism. This is the transformation from this world to the upper world.

Question: When I start treating others with love?

Answer: If you start practicing this today, you would already start perceiving the upper world in your relation to another.

Question: So this is love and bestowal toward others? This is the upper world? If I start feeling this, I will begin to rise above death?

Answer: Yes.

Question: And death, does it only exist when I live for myself?

Answer: That is pure death.

Question: Living for oneself. So, actually, we are all living in the world of death?

Answer: Yes, this is what it is called.

Question: And it seemingly does not exist?

Answer: Indeed.

Comment: A person still feels sorry to leave his relatives, friends, habits, vacations, the sea.

My Response: Like a child holding on to his toys.

Question: Yes. Sometimes he comes across these toys, and he sighs a little: “I have lived.” He still feels sorry to leave any of it. How do you feel about these toys?

Answer: Only for the purpose of ascending to the upper world, only in order to master an even greater setting for giving, for love, for coming out of oneself, above oneself—only this is worth living for. Otherwise, it only serves to fill oneself with such a minute pleasure that immediately fades, disappears, or changes; it is certainly not worth it. I think the virus will help us.

Question: What is your personal attitude toward death?

Answer: I am completely at peace with it. Absolutely. I agree with the upper governance, whatever it does.

Question: Does agreeing with the upper force calm one down? That is, one immediately annuls before it?

Answer: Yes. It doesn’t matter what state a person is in. The main thing is that he accepts everything from above and in this way tries to be adhered to it.

Question: Please offer advice to a regular person, how should he treat his fears now?

Answer: I would study our materials if I were him. Now people are sitting at home, and this is the most useful thing they can do for themselves. This would bring them tangible benefits. And a way out of the virus, as well as a general way out of the crisis and an overall good attitude with a thorough understanding of life and death.

Question: And of each other?

Answer: Naturally, of each other! Good luck to us with this!
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman,” 3/30/20

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What Does A Person’s Name Indicate?

laitman_600.02Question: Are there certain levels of attaining names? For example, my friend’s name is Emanuel. What can be said about this name?

Answer: The name Emanuel means “God is with us” in Hebrew. It is a very ancient name from the Torah.

Question: Does a name characterize a person?

Answer: No. If we knew the source of a newborn’s soul we could give him a name according to the source of one’s soul, as described in the Torah. But we don’t know it, and so we give arbitrary names. We will scrutinize this in the future.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/8/19

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How To Find One’s Soul

laitman_204Question: The Netherlands has a museum of the human body. It is created so realistically that it takes the visitors’ breath away. Inside the museum, there is actually a whole city comprised of different parts of the body that you can wander through.

The visitors feel like they are tiny and moving through the corridors of an artificial human giant while watching how the blood circulates, how the digestive tract works, and the giant heart beats, how the auditory and muscular systems, vocal cords, bones, and teeth work. All this can be studied in detail and seen in action.

While traveling through the body, visitors can clearly see how harmful habits negatively affect the work of organs and systems.

What transformations occur inside a person when he becomes acquainted with the world around him and the system of connections in it? Does it somehow change his inner attitude to the world, to himself?

Answer: It can change, of course,

Question: Why does this impression, this inspiration, not act in a person for the long term, so that at every moment of time he would remember the system of connections?

Answer: Does he enjoy it or not? If he does not enjoy it, he forgets immediately. If he enjoys it, it remains to the extent that it is pleasant to him.

Question: Is it possible to make the same simulation, the same museum of “relationships between people”? Can we create such a model?

Answer: It can be an imaginary one, but it will not teach a person anything because it is against human nature. All this will be unpleasant for him.

He will be happy to see such a beautiful picture, but not to participate in it against his egoistic nature!

Question: But if everyone treats him well, does everything for his benefit, does he not get involved in this game?

Answer: It will occupy him for some short period of time, like going to a movie.

Question: And what does it take for a person to want not only to get involved in this game, but also to change himself so that this becomes his?

Answer: To do this, he must, of course, already acquire significant life sufferings. How else will he want this? After all, this all is against our nature.

Question: When a person suffers, he always wants to run away, that’s the easiest thing. And here he has a choice to acquire something else. How does the tipping point of choice happen, when he no longer wants to run away, but wants to choose a new path?

Answer: When there is no other way. When he has to find the meaning of life, otherwise life is worth nothing. I just do not want anything other than the meaning of life! Why do I need all this? Why do I exist? Why was I born? If it bothers him very much, only to the extent of this concern, to the extent of this suffering, will he be able to change.

Question: Walking through the corridors of such a museum, which are also being created in Toronto, and New York, will a person have no thoughts about the meaning of life if he is suffering?

Answer: Absolutely not! This is about physiology, not about the inner world of a person. About his innards, but not about his inner world.

Question: Where does the question about the meaning of life arise?

Answer: It is not inside a person. Not in the heart, not in the mind. It is in the soul. And the soul is not inside a person. It is next to him.

Question: How does the awakening of this question happen within a person?

Answer: The soul makes such a suggestion to the brain of a person that he begins to think about it.

Question: What is the soul?

Answer: The soul is the question about the meaning of life. For now. Later it will develop from this question.

Question: And what will it become?

Answer: It will become a capacity, in which one will begin attaining the meaning of life. The desire to attain the meaning of life is called the soul, the initial state of the soul.

Then this desire begins to fill with all kinds of spiritual attainments, spiritual—about the meaning of life. And thus, it develops.

A person begins to ask more intelligent questions, more eternal, more elevated, and receives answers to them. This is the development of the soul.

Comment: The attainment of the meaning of life is different for everyone.

My Response: And we cannot compare. How can I pull out my soul and place it in you so that you could compare two souls there?

Question: A person has a growing desire for the meaning of life. This is what we call the soul. Everyone has their own desire, which is not like the others. Then what happens to these desires? Do they connect with each other?

Answer: They do not connect. Why would they connect?

Comment: They say that there is one big soul for everyone.

My Response: This connection is different when we have one common goal. When we need to achieve one common goal, the souls connect in order to reach the common goal. But they connect with each other through opposition.

Question: Why do they oppose each other?

Answer: In order not to annul themselves. And once they connect, we have one common whole consisting of many parts.

Question: How do they connect?

Answer: Through the qualities of bestowal and love.

Question: And what do these connected desires discover about the meaning of life?

Answer: They discover the interaction with each other above common egoism.

Question: Is there some kind of single definition of this interaction between them above the qualities?

Answer: It is the common soul, Adam. The common network of connections is called “Adam” from the words “similar to the Creator.”

Question: Do people, by building all these systems of connections, subconsciously want to reach the upper network of connections?

Answer: Yes. The soul is yearning for this.
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From KabTV’s “News With Michael Laitman,” 3/3/20

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“Spectacles” From Kabbalists

laitman_962.4Question: Usually, to calm the masses, they are given bread and circuses. The government will give bread. What spectacles can Bnei Baruch give to the world?

Answer: We are trying to organize a round-the-clock broadcast of useful programs necessary for humanity in all possible languages. For this, we have certain capacities, people, and all kinds of templates. I hope we can do this.

Every day we prepare all kinds of programs, video clips, songs, and lessons to convey to a person what, in principle, he should know about his life, his purpose, why he lives, what he meets after the death of his animal body, and what to do with his soul, with the spiritual point in it that is eternal, perfect, and does not die with the body. We must tell a person all of this.

We need to help him find contact between himself, his “I,” and his soul so that he does not divide himself into two parts: the body and the soul, but rather, combines them into one “I.” We want every person to have such an opportunity. I hope we can do this. At least we will try.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/22/20

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How Can One Feel The Development of the Soul?

Laitman_043Question: Can a person feel one’s soul develop?

Answer: At a certain point, a person begins to feel that a soul is developing within him and that it is demanding certain actions from him. Sometimes a person performs instructions blindly, not knowing whether they arrive from within him or from nature that dictates them to him. Perhaps the Creator wants him to behave in a certain way and to perform actions that may turn out to be as if he were forced to perform them.]

On the whole, there are versatile, mutual relations between a person and the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/16/20

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Why Do Events Repeat?

laitman_571.03Question: Why are the same things happening in our lives? Why is there a recurrence, a repetition of events?

Answer: It is so that we can gradually correct ourselves. You cannot do it all at once. Therefore, we go through many life cycles.

Moreover, each time the soul goes through what is called genesis or reincarnation, there is a partial reunion of souls, followed by another separation, and again some subsequent combination. As a result, all of the souls are completely corrected.

I advise you to read materials about the cycle of the souls. Souls means desires that are gradually transformed from the desire for oneself to the desire for the sake of the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/8/20

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Kabbalistic Terms: “Reshimo”

laitman_527.12Reshimo is an informational record that exists in creation so that it can somehow orient itself in the past, present, and future, and direct itself toward the goal.

Usually people simply have an understanding of where they exist. And the elderly with dementia (memory loss) do not have this, so they just do things without any basis. In the same way, the Reshimo decisively commands a man and determines his forward movement.

A Reshimo is in the soul, at each level and sublevel. Where there is a desire, where there is light, there is always a Reshimo, which connects this light and this desire and controls them inside the soul.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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Kabbalistic Terms: “Soul”

laitman_626Question: Where did the term “soul” come from?

Answer: The term “soul” comes from the word “Neshama.” There are five states of the desire in Kabbalah similar to the Creator: Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Haya, and Yechida.

Nefesh, Ruach, and Neshama are states that we can reach and constantly stay in. The highest of them is Neshama. Therefore, this is the name of our spiritual part.

In addition, there are also states called Haya and Yechida. But these are supplemental, temporary additions to the state of the soul.
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From KabYV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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