Entries in the 'Body and Soul' Category

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.
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.
From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/11/18

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The Soul Is The Knowledge Of The Upper World

Laitman_036The soul is the knowledge of the upper world; if the soul could grow without knowledge, it would bring harm to it. That is why the soul is given an opportunity to act only to the extent of the acquired knowledge.

In our world, I can press buttons on some device, use various engines, and at the same time, pose a threat to myself and other people, that is, pressing the activation button of an atomic bomb.

This is impossible in the spiritual world. There, I can press any “buttons” and launch the spiritual systems of interaction between people only to the extent that I understand what I am doing. I am totally connected to this action; I am in it and above it. Only to the extent that I comprehend all this, can I decide anything. But nothing else.

The spiritual world differs from our world in that in our world a person can perform ugly, unconscious actions, without understanding what he is doing. In practice, this is how we all act because the spiritual world is hidden and the consequences of what we do are hidden from us.

I do something and what comes out, comes out. Therefore, we are marking time and are very limited in our actions, which do not have any proper development because we do not see it, do not feel it.

But after crossing into the spiritual world, we feel completely different. We see the results of our actions, and if we fully agree with them, then we start implementing them.

A person starts to act according to the knowledge acquired and his soul grows. The soul is the knowledge of the upper world. Growing up, the soul gets the opportunity to act to the extent of the ever more acquired knowledge. The result is the development of the soul.

So the child’s strength increases gradually, according to the extent of the accumulated knowledge. After all, if he had received strength before knowledge, he would have harmed himself.

There is no such thing in the spiritual world. There, we get the opportunity to act only to the extent of the knowledge we acquire.

Therefore, today, no matter how hard we try, we will not get the opportunity to act in the spiritual world because we still do not have any knowledge about it. As soon as one receives some knowledge about the spiritual world, to the extent of this knowledge, he will be able to act. This knowledge will guarantee that we will not act badly.
From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian 6/16/19

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Where Do Desires And Thoughts Come From?

Laitman_024Question: Are desires and thoughts given from above?

Answer: Of course. Suppose now you suddenly want something. Where did this desire come from?

If it is physiological: eat, drink, sleep, etc., this is understandable, the body has its own special, internal laws and requirements.

If the thoughts have nothing to do with your animal body, then where do they come from?

Desires and thoughts are not yours. You are the recipient of thoughts and desires that hover around you. You are only given the opportunity to assort them properly, to perceive, and begin to work with them.

Therefore, we all work with the desires and thoughts that arise in us and we must begin to control them. This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah, the science of receiving, discusses. You receive desires and thoughts, and Kabbalah teaches you how to handle them correctly in order to achieve the most comfortable, correct states.

Question: What is our job?

Answer: Our job is in sorting desires.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 4/14/19

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How To Become Immortal?

laitman_744Question from Facebook: You say that a person can be immortal and he does not have to die to see the Creator. But man is material, and as long as he lives, this cannot be. For this to happen, we need to leave our body and join the Creator with our soul.

How can this happen if you say that dying is not necessary?

Answer: The fact is that the human body has nothing to do with the sensations of our world. It is purely an external appearance and nothing else. Therefore, it seems to us that we feel the material world through the five bodily sense organs.

In order to experience the upper world, we need to develop five spiritual senses. The wisdom of Kabbalah deals with their development and explaining how a person can begin to sense the spiritual world. So dying is unnecessary.

Question: Do you promise people immortality if we unite and develop our spirit?

Answer: Undoubtedly! This is not a promise, but a spiritual technique, and it is in fact realizable. Today, even in our world, you can meet people who have come to the attainment of the upper world and perceive the world as eternal, immortal through this method.
From KabTV’s “Answers to questions from Facebook,” 3/10/19

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Whom To Leave Billions?

laitman_600.01Remark: The ten richest people in the world are not going to leave their fortune to their children.

My Comment: The custom of leaving possessions to the next generation has become outdated. People understand that it does not give children any happiness.

That is, a child has to be given a good education, and a minimal, normal right to exist, slightly above average. But no more than that. That way the child will make efforts to achieve more. He will also learn to save himself and his family in order to protect himself from all problems. Without this, one will be all over the place and will not know what to do and where to hurry.

It corrupts people. By the way, the Torah says that a father should not tell his son about his wealth and that it will go to his son.

Question: What about the fact that rich people leave their millions to charities?

Answer:  Where else could it be left? People will donate to research and for the ecology, and little by little it will all be gone. There will be all kinds of organizations that will advise about how to divide one’s money, dissolve it in parts, and that is all.

Question: Is giving everything to charities a selfish act? Some people have earned a lot of money.

Answer: Yes, they earned the money, but now, at the end of their lives, they understand that this money cannot be taken with them, that nothing can be done, and no one is eternal. They hope that in this way they will nevertheless leave their name and themselves with humanity. This is some kind of redemption.

Remark: There is a word: “to perpetuate.”

My Comment: Perpetuate, yes. But I do not envy them. If they still hope that this will proved them with some service after they have already parted with this life, then, of course….

Question: It does not serve them? What would serve then?

Answer: I do not want to talk about this. Let them leave their money to charities.🙂

A man has nothing left! Absolutely nothing but good deeds. Good deeds are only in being able to push this world to unite. That is all, just this!

Only this can somehow really be recorded in a person’s soul. When man engages in uniting the world, he engages with his soul, with his inner property. Therefore it remains in him, and death has no power over it.

Question: What kind of action is for the unification of the world?

Answer: It is a mutual desire of people to help each other, even at the earthly level. The most important thing is uniting to reveal the higher mind, the highest property, the highest power, the Creator, the property of love and bestowal.

If they will direct people to this, then it will in fact remain with them and it will be their eternal great contribution to the development of their own souls.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman,” 3/19/19

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Intrauterine Human Development And The Development Of The Soul

Laitman_632.4Question: How are the nine months of intrauterine human development connected to the development of the soul?

Answer: Absolutely clearly. If you take The Study of the Ten Sefirot, it’s 10th part is called “Embryo” and the 11th part, “Suckling.” It speaks not about the human being, but about the soul that originates in the spiritual system called “Father and Mather.” And what occurs in our world is a copy of the spiritual birth.

It is very interesting to read about this because it is described clearly there, in more powerful details than what we know from our life. The science of Kabbalah talks about things that we are not able to discover in our world.

We know how a person is conceived, how he is born, how a fetus develops, but we do not understand the internal processes. We do not understand the essence, the source of why it is arranged this way and not otherwise. What is in a woman is a very interesting system, similar to the Creator.

Remark: It is interesting that Kabbalists wrote about it 3,500 years ago.

My Comment: They wrote it from the attainment of the upper system. Therefore, they explained how a fetus develops, for how long: seven, nine, or 12 months. There were instances when women gave birth even at 12 months.

Kabbalists wrote how to give birth, how and under what conditions, how a person should develop when he is born, that a period of suckling is possible up to two years of age, how a woman should behave after giving birth to recover faster, etc. These books contain an enormous amount of information. It is worth studying this science.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 12/30/18

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A Device Called The Soul

laitman_544Question: What is the difference between attainment and in-depth learning?

Answer: Any study is carried out with the help of the mind. One can study anything one wants but not attain it because knowledge in Kabbalah is based on the conjugation of properties.

We cannot perceive the spiritual world because we do not have adequate properties like it. For example, there are radio waves around us that we do not see and feel, but we create instruments that let us sense them.

Likewise, we need to build a device that will sense the spiritual world. It is called the soul and it must have the properties of the upper world, bestowal and mutual connection, which are absolutely opposite to our world.

We can find them in a group, in strict adherence to what the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches. As you accumulate sensory and rational material, you will begin to feel how it gradually forms in you. You will learn more about all sorts of patterns of spiritual elements, their various compounds, classes, levels, and so on.

In other words, when studying the science of Kabbalah—the physics of the upper world—certain feelings, properties, and sensations gradually form in you. You will build models inside yourself: “This is Bina, this is Malchut, this is Zeir Anpin, it is above the Parsa, this is below the Parsa,” and so on. This is the gradual design of your soul.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/23/18

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Everything Depends On The Root Of The Soul

laitman_958Question: Everywhere and always I separate my “I.” The feeling of isolation from other people disallows me from connecting with them. I push them away. What should I do?

Answer: I understand you perfectly. But you are not the only one. It is practically in everyone.

There are people who establish contact with other people easily. For others it is difficult, and there are those who do not feel other people at all. They live by themselves as if there are plants, not people, around them. This is how the Creator created us.

Therefore, you should not compare yourself with others and be offended. It depends on the root of your soul. Developing Kabbalistically, you will discover that everything emerges from this root. The soul has its Reshimo (spiritual gene) that determines absolutely everything in you.

Each of us has his own specific spiritual gene, which is nothing like the others. That is our place in the general system Adam in the common soul. It is only mine, only yours, his, and so on.

This place defines all our properties: physical, biological, genetic, spiritual, whichever. The same place defines our destiny.

If we knew our spiritual gene, its place, and its coordinates in the common soul, we could calculate everything that relates to us. There would then be nothing incomprehensible either in us or in our lives, not in what has happened, is happening, or will happen.

But it is closed for us for the time being. You will attain everything when this revelation will not hinder you in your spiritual development, but will only help.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/9/18

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What Is Reborn In The Next Life?

laitman_627.1Question: If a person has not developed his point in the heart and therefore has no soul, then what is reborn in the next life?

Answer: Every person has a desire. Desire is a spiritual structure. But it could be ready for correction, change, and connection with others now, or it could not be ready yet.

However, in principle, every person is in their desire as an eternal particle of a single soul.
From the Daily Kabbalah lesson in Russian 11/25/18

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