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Returning From The Other World

627.2Question: “I came back from dead in the full sense of the word: I  experienced clinical death after falling from the eighth floor of a building. I survived. What I saw and felt cannot be expressed in words—it was a sense of peace and love. The kind of love that does not exist. I now understand that it is not terrible to die. It is much worse to live in this world.

Can you explain what I saw and why I was brought back to this world? And why do we suffer so much here if it is so good there?”

Answer: I also experienced clinical death. I also felt this inspiration and this peace. So what? We must still fulfill all the conditions that are given to us from above, from the highest level of nature. You should not dwell on it too much.

You will not understand it now anyway, I am not going to explain it to you either. You must live by the law, that is, to try and stick to the good in spite of everything that nature awakens in you.

Comment: What about the fact that a person lives with this memory of how good it was and is no longer afraid to die? This man is no longer afraid.

My Response This too is given to him now. It is his destiny to undergo such states.

Question: Well, you know, there are a lot of TV programs and incredible books that people cannot put down, they become bestsellers. They describe how a person comes back from the other world and how good it was there: a tunnel of light, love, and on and on. Is this all to calm us down?

Answer: It has nothing to do with the truth. No connection.

Comment: You are breaking people’s hearts now. They are holding on to this notion.

My Response The main thing is to sweeten this life of yours. They say that life here is not that important as long as there is something waiting for us later.

There will be no Egyptian pyramids, no dancing concubines or whatnot—nothing is awaiting for us there at all.

Question: But you constantly tell us that if we reach the spiritual world, that it is a state of love, a state of bestowal, a state of peace. When you say that, what do you mean?

Answer: The upper world is a state of correct self-assessment. Meaning, it is more like a trial, a very deep psychological evaluation of your feelings, your thoughts, and your actions from the standpoint of truth, which becomes revealed when you break away from the body.

After all, what is it about living or dying? It is about giving up your ego. Only then can one see not through his ego, but the true picture of what is happening in the universe. Then a person can see what is called the future world, the upper world. Not through the ego. Through the ego, one only sees this world.

Question: So you can actually say that gradually, if you let a person break away from egoism, from this body even a little, that he can already experience the states that make such an impression on him?

Answer: Yes, you can say so.

Question: And the truth, is it a billion, many billion times greater than all of this here?

Answer: Yes.

Question: And you are telling us that man can come to the truth in this life, in this body, in this world? Even to a much greater state than he has felt and is dreamed of?

Answer: Of course! A billion times greater.

This requires a special inner state of man, of his desires, intentions, his strength. Otherwise, it will crush him. Therefore, man is not allowed to experience it until he acquires in this world the screen—the force of resistance to egoism—in order not to trade these special states for something sweet. Then it is given to him.

Comment: You are saying that there is such great, incredible love and happiness in store for us that we have to …

My Response: … be prepared for it. And a person gets prepared for it in this world If he wants to.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 2/2/20

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What Is Death From The Point Of View Of Kabbalah?

712.03Question: What is death from the point of view Kabbalah? Is it the end of life or the beginning of something new?

Answer: The death of the beastly body has no relevance to your true life, which, of course, does not begin or end with this. You simply begin to feel yourself in another state. So, you should not think about death and worry. It is better if we think about how we will continue our existence.

Question: But is desire itself somehow connected to the fear of death?

Answer: No. In fact, the desire to live is an eternal and absolute desire. It is the desire to connect with the source of life, with the Creator, and to exist in connection with Him.

And our beastly state, which we call “life,” is all in all a small condition for our existence in order to begin to feel something higher, the next level.

Question: Is there a record of eternity in man?

Answer: Certainly, there is a record of the eternal state. Without it we would not yearn for it.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/15/19

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202.0Comment from a Viewer: “You say: ‘The Creator is good.’ My son was killed in a car accident, he was 17 years old. This is called ‘The good Creator’?! I will never forgive Him!”

My Response: I understand you. So many people who have experienced such suffering like you think the same way as you do. But nothing can be done. When you will see the whole perspective, then in the entire history of mankind you will not find a single person who, after everything is revealed, could blame the Creator.

In the meantime, nothing can be done.

Question: What is it? Why is a person given a correction?

Answer: By such accidents, which the Creator Himself naturally exposes to people, He corrects them.

Question: Can a person in this state suddenly change slowly in relation to the Creator? Or will he be in this hatred all the time?

Answer: No, he can do it, but of course, if he is helped from above.

Question: What are we correcting? When we say: “Given for correction,”—what?

Answer: We correct our attitude to life, to death, to chance, to the Creator. We correct our attitude to ourselves. The most important thing we correct is our attitude to the universe, to everything. This includes everything.

If a person relates all this to the upper force and understands what it does against his reason and desire, but it is all done anyway in justice and for the best, then he is corrected by this.

Question: And he can get out of such states?

Answer: Yes, he can.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/26/20

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How Can I Check If I Have A Soul?

622.01Question: What is a soul and how can one check for its existence if a person has worked on developing it for many years? Did he get it? After all, it is possible that while working in this direction, he was not getting there at all but went in the opposite way?

Answer: In order to develop the soul in you, you need to practice Kabbalah in a certain environment, in a group, and then in a few years, instead of feeling yourself, you will begin to feel the surrounding space, your friends.

And later, through your friends, you will begin to feel the upper force, which fills the space around us, but you did not feel it before. Through connection with your friends, you will develop a sensor that can feel the Creator. This feeling will be called “your soul.”

It is impossible to do this without practicing Kabbalah in a group. If you want to save time, then do not even try to approach this in other ways.
From KabTV’s “Ask a Kabbalist” 3/20/19

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294.4Everything will pass—and the grain of hope will not grow,
Everything you have saved up will be lost for nothing
If you don’t share it with a friend in time –
All your possessions will go to your enemy.
Omar Khayyam

This is how it will be. If we leave this world without giving away everything we have, internal gains as well as external, will all go to the Klipot.

Question: What does it mean to give it away, to give to a friend? Not just to give it away, but give it to a friend.

Answer: To someone who can use it correctly. This means that he will continue with you, follow you, move closer to the Creator so that he would constantly find the image of the Creator in connection with others.

There is no Creator. When we get closer to each other, we begin to feel that such a force exists.

Question: Your statement “There is no Creator” kills everyone. It’s all over the Internet. You’ve completely confused people. What do you mean?

Answer: In the image in which people imagine the Creator, He does not exist in this. This is an absolutely false idea about life and death, about the Creator, about the issue of punishment. It is all so invented and distorted. And people live by these false impressions, build their lives around it.

Question: When can one say that there is a Creator?

Answer: When one discovers, in spite of one’s own egoism and the egoism of others, the existence of a force that is above it—a kind, loving force. Then a person understands that this is the Creator.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 9/21/20

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Know The Secret Of The Soul

250The New Zohar, “Song of Songs,” Item 483: To know and to observe the secret of the soul. What is the soul within him? Where does it come from and why does it come into this body, which is a foul drop that is here today and in the grave tomorrow? To know the world one is in, and for what the world will be corrected, to gaze upon the sublime secrets of the Upper World, and to know one’s Master. And one observes all that from within the secrets of the Torah.

A person must know absolutely the entire universe from beginning to end in all its metamorphoses, consequences, causes, and currents of all actions. I must understand how this system works, and most importantly, what I can do.

If I can do nothing, what difference does it make to me whether I understand The Book of Zohar more or less, whether I am at the mercy of fate and destiny. Yet, if I can change something, then how can I do that? This is very important.

Question: It is written “To know and to observe the secret of the soul. What is the soul within him? Where does it come from?” What does it mean “Where does it come from?”

Answer: If I understand how the system of the universe was created, then I will know why and for what reason, what the means is for my correction, my influence on it, and the correct inclusion into this system. In fact, I need to know everything.

Only complete knowledge of both the general and the particular, both the analysis and the synthesis of this within me, will lead me to correct, rational actions because I am included in the eternal system.

In our world, we will somehow survive for as many years as we are supposed to, and then we will depart. And this is the entrance to the eternal system. Moreover, you become included in enormous forces, in the influence on yourself and on others.

Only to the extent that you understand the spiritual system, only to the extent the inclination toward the right actions exist in you and you do not make mistakes, you gain access to this system and can do something in it.
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Hell, Purgatory, And Paradise Await Us

294.1Question: Psychologists believe that a person always looks back, agonizes over his past, and cannot break free of this. People dwell on their mistakes and what they should have done differently. They feel the pain of it over and over again and are unable to break free from this vicious cycle.

We have a letter from a lonely, elderly woman who writes about how frightening and lonely it is to live particularly in this pandemic. She is home alone unable to escape the thoughts of her past: her divorce and two abortions, one because of her career and the other when she decided she was too old to give birth. She writes, “And here I am alone; it is cold outside my window, cold inside, and I feel terribly cold in my heart, and the thoughts of my sins and mistakes, there’s no escaping them.”

What can we say to her, after all she is constantly looking back to the past and lives in this past? Why are we given all this suffering?

Answer: The fact that a person agonizes over the past, this too is a correction. Don’t worry, there was nothing personal about it.

Question: How can a person understand this?

Answer: It is impossible. Here you need to work on yourself. It is practically impossible for an ordinary person to agree with the Creator.

Comment: But it will make my life easier if I understand that this was not done by me, that I was led this way.

My Response: You cannot just do it, turn on some kind of switch.

Comment: True, you cannot.

My Response: This is given to her on purpose. These are not her thoughts, not her feelings. All these sensations must pass through her system, through her body. And in this is her redemption, in a way.

Question: Is this given to a person for correction? One must go through it, relive one’s life again, come back, and realize that he’s made many mistakes. Although it wasn’t him who made them.

Answer: It was not him who made them, and neither is it him who is now trying to condemn or justify all this with his consciousness. None of it is him! Never mind. But it all goes through him, so let it happen.

Question: Why is it considered prohibited to look back to the past?

Answer: Because there is no sense in it.

Question: Can people convince themselves that there is no sense in looking back to their past and stop doing it?

Answer: You will still look back until you correct yourself. Until when? Until one fully agrees with the Creator! And this is complete adhesion with the Creator, for everything: for the past, for the good and bad, for absolutely everything. When one justifies the Creator absolutely in everything, this is the final correction of a person.

Question: You mean a person must come to this truth? To fully justify?

Answer: Yes. To completely agree.

Question: With what has happened and what is happening now?

Answer: Yes. This is called the “complete correction of one’s egoism.”

A person should not look back. He should not agonize or reproach himself for something he did, and at the same time, not praise himself for anything. In other words, one should not keep account of when he did something well or of times when he did not do so well.

Question: So my life was either of a hero or of a sinner?

Answer: My life is not mine. And now, finally, I can say that what I have lived was not lived by me. It went through me. But it wasn’t me. That’s how I was led. My life, this is how I saw it in my dreams. It wasn’t me, it all passed like a dream. Therefore, we have to agree with it; nothing else is required. Only to agree.

And this too doesn’t matter either. Whatever is done to a person is done. And what he feels during it is what he feels. It is not him who feels it, but what is felt for him, in a way.

Question: Then tell me, please, in conclusion: what is our life?

Answer: Our life is a form of existence of protein matter. 🙂

Question: Really?

Answer: We still take from this life its Reshimot — memories, impressions. And we keep going. A great number of small grains of egoism, that is, corrupted desire that the Creator created, gradually go through purification, correction, and unification.

Question: So these little egoisms, the 7 to 8 billion that are out there, they live their lives precisely in order to come to this?

Answer: Hell, purgatory, and paradise, like Dante’s.

Hell is a feeling, a recognition of one’s egoism, its insignificance. And everything else that we can add here.

Purgatory is when a person tries to correct it, to purify it. And paradise is when one turns one’s egoism to work in the service of others.

These are the three stages we have to go through.

Question: So with all our lifetimes we are approaching this last, third stage?

Answer: Yes. Therefore, if people understand what these three stages are: hell, purgatory and paradise, that is, the comprehension of egoism, its correction, and its proper usage, then everything is fine. We will keep trying.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/14/20

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Physiology Is Not Spirituality

600.04Question: If what has come down to us from written and oral sources is perceived literally and not in the language of branches, then we perceive the masculine and feminine incorrectly, not as a component in a person, but as gender?

But we were born men and women. Does male and female egoism exist in each of us?

Answer: No, it does not exist. Any person spiritually consists of a male and a female part. There is no privilege of one over the other. It is their right combination that gives us perfection.

There are masculine and feminine qualities in every person and they must be balanced regardless of gender. Our physiology has nothing to do with spirituality.
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See A Beautiful Eternal World

712.03The Book of Zohar, “Song of Songs,” Item 483: To know and to observe the secret of the soul. What is the soul within him? Where does it come from and why does it come into this body, which is a foul drop that is here today and in the grave tomorrow? 

Question: Why does the soul need to descend into such a fetid body whose place is ultimately in the grave?

Answer: The soul has nothing to do with our body. We simply exist in this little egoistic desire, like little animals. And the soul has nothing to do with it.

The soul descends into the putrid body means that it reaches the lowest egoistic state and is in it in order to correct it.

When I correct my egoism, not the flesh, not our animal body that remains the same, but my inner body, and gradually, with the help of the power received from The Book of Zohar, I turn it into bestowal and love for my neighbor, then absolutely amazing metamorphoses happen to me.

I begin to feel the whole universe because I do not limit myself, I do not separate myself from everything and I feel everything that is happening in the world.

I feel how capable I am to be outside my body, outside the limits of my “I.” I begin to feel my “I” as spread over the entire universe. This is a new feeling. It is unfamiliar to us. And when we begin to acquire it, a person feels free. He suddenly leaves his little cage in which he existed.

Kabbalists give a very interesting example of this. They compare a person to a worm who sits in a rotten radish and feels that his whole world is as bitter as this radish. And when he finally pokes his head out of it and sees the sun, the air, everything singing, everything in bloom, he says: “I thought the whole world was like the radish I was born in, and now I see a grand, beautiful, and wondrous world before me!”

So are we. When we poke our head out of our egoism, we see a huge, beautiful, eternal world.
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Try To Live In The Soul, Not In The Body

626 A Letter to You:

My close friend, a Jew, died, and for the first time I found myself in a Jewish cemetery. His family decided to bury him according to Jewish law. The first shock for me was that he was buried the next morning. Why were they in such a hurry? No one really had time to say goodbye to him.

Also, this tearing of clothes in the cemetery, what for? And the fact that they throw the body into the ground without a coffin, just wrap it in some rag and bury it. These customs seem to me somehow inhuman, they do not have the warmth of a farewell, everything happens quickly, without love. Why? After all, the Jews are so family-orientated, and we see just coldness here.

My Reply: First, the fact that a person is buried not in a coffin but in the ground is natural. As it is written: “From dust you are and unto dust you shall return.” And there is nothing closer to our animalistic body that is already dead than the earth. It is necessary to allow a body to decompose normally in this environment. To disappear. And everything to completely decompose.

You have to turn to dust so that there is absolutely nothing left of you. This is first.

Second, the dead must be buried as quickly as possible. The fact that he said it was done the next day is already not a Jewish custom. It is necessarily to bury the body on the same day, on the same evening. If, for example, a person died unexpectedly, no matter how, at 8, at 10 pm, he should be buried by midnight. As quickly as possible.

Question: Why such a hurry? Not even to say goodbye to the dead?

Answer: There is no need to say goodbye to him and see him! No! The body should not be touched. Life has gone out of the body, the body is already considered untouchable. It is impure.

Question: What about tearing the clothes?

Answer: It is a sign of mourning to tear the clothes.

Question: Can you explain why, from the point of view of Kabbalah?

Answer: Clothes are called “Levush“—it is the external form of the soul. Since our loved one has left us, a part of our soul has gone with him.

Question: Why does he write that there is coldness here, there is no warmth, there is no respect for the body?

Answer: Why? On the contrary, this is respect for the body but in a way that he does not understand.

It is not about treating a dead body like someone living, but what is required to be done to a dead body; you must fulfill everything. This is our attitude toward the dead. Besides, this is done in such a way that any person who has lost his life would be equal to all others. He is not buried in rich clothes, not in a golden coffin. Nothing like that!

Even more, they do everything as much as possible so that the body rots as quickly as possible, breaks away from its shells.

Comment: Here I remember the Pharaoh…

My Response: To the contrary. Quite the opposite.

Comment: Yes. You also were in the basements of the Hermitage [The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg]. There are mummies there and you can even distinguish facial  features. They were able to preserve them so well. That is, humanity has a completely different attitude.

My Response: The opposite one.

Question: Why?

Answer: It is, I would say, a hymn to egoism.

Question: A hymn to egoism, yes. That is what I wanted to talk about. Is this a hymn to egoism to bury in such a way, with honors?

Answer: Of course! That is, he is eternal, he is perfect, he continues to exist. We will bury his servants and horses and everything else with him. We will cook him some dishes, and so on.

And the Jews, on the contrary, even have custom to put lime in the ground with the body, so that the body decomposes faster.

Question: Does it mean that it should turn to dust as quickly as possible?

Answer: Yes. To break away from our lowest, worst world. That is, wrap it in a rag, in a simple white cloth, nothing more, put it in the ground, and bury it.

Comment: The world has not accepted this centuries-old tradition.

My Response: Of course. Because it is far from egoism. Egoism does not allow the body to be so disrespected.

Comment: That is, we live in a world that respects the body. It is even evident from the letter where he writes that there is no warmth, everything is very cold. We need to say goodbye to the body.

My Response: And there is nothing of it here. Here is a dead shell that is worthless and should rot as quickly as possible. It is not necessary to regard it in any way. Everything that remains went to the spiritual root, and it exists there.

Question: Can you call it reincarnation? That is, the faster the body decomposes, the faster the soul will return for future correction.

Answer: Of course. This is also considered, but the body has nothing to do with this. The soul broke away from the body and that’s all.

Comment: If only people would hear when the Kaddish is read and what it says. In effect, it does not say “What a grief that he is gone! How could he leave us!” But thank You, Creator, that You took this body. A person cannot understand that, of course!

My Response: Of course. How great You are, the Lord, for doing this to our loved one. May Your great name be exalted, the Creator.

Comment: Could you please explain this?

My Response: There is no cessation of life and there is no death. It is simply a transition in our understanding from one state to another. So why should we suffer?

When water turns to steam and then steam condenses and falls as rain, and again, the cycle of water in nature, should we regret the past, the present, and so on? No. We just say: “Thank you for these transformations.”

Question: I wonder, will this come to the world? When we start treating the body this way, will it be called advancement?

Answer: Of course.

Question: What are the seven days called “Shiva“?

Answer: Seven days of mourning are absolutely Kabbalistic concepts.

Question: Do they sit at home for seven days?

Answer: Yes. Until the soul is completely separated with the body, does not completely leave the body, and does not break the connection with it.

Question: Does it take seven days?

Answer: Seven days. Then 30 days. Then a year.

Question: Can we conclude this with one sentence? Something about the body and the soul.

Answer: I think the best thing to say is: try to live in the soul, not in the body.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/30/20

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