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The Daily Page - 24-11-10

The Daily Page is a collection of excerpts taken from the daily Kabbalah lesson with Dr. Michael Laitman and Bnei Baruch

Searching For An Eternal Soul

 

Question: Is there anything eternal inside us?

Dr. Laitman's Answer: In every aspect relating to the material body, we are mere animals, although more developed,  endowed with feelings and a mind. Nevertheless, every animate body is mortal.

There is a second nature, the desire to bestow, which is called the spiritual world, the soul, or the "part of divinity from Above." Besides it, everything else belongs to egoism, the animate level, or the material world. Therefore, for now there is nothing connecting us to eternity besides one point that belongs to infinity. This point has to organize an environment for itself as a means to develop.

I am not talking about the animate soul that enlivens the body, which is the "vital force" present in all creatures: still, vegetative, and animate. Besides it, man has one real point of the root which he has to develop. It is because of this point that he is called "human"-"Adam," "similar" (Dommeh) to the Creator, whose level he can attain.

A regular person contains nothing besides this point that is spiritual and eternal. Just as his animate body lives, so it dies-and nothing remains! And what about that point, do we get to keep it at least? Well, was it ever present inside the body? No, it does not belong to the body. We will never be able to transplant it to another person together with some other organ.

 

From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/24/10, "Body and Soul"

 

Preparing For The Lesson Once Again

 

The Light builds our connection and we will reveal the Creator only inside it. We have to aspire to this not for our own good, but only in order to give Him pleasure. Once we attain love for the Creator, we will reveal His love for us. All of our study is intended to reveal or awaken our love for the Creator.

Obviously, right now we do not feel the slightest need for this. We remember about the Upper Force's existence only when we feel bad. It is our nature to act only when we lack something, desiring to complete and fill ourselves.

We don't feel any need for the Creator and moreover for loving Him. But if we try to artificially aspire to the Creator by means of working in the group, we gradually elicit the influence of the Light upon us that brings us special qualities, ones of love and bestowal.

This quality can be directed only toward the Creator because He is the only one in existence besides us. However, in order to reach Him we have been placed in a special state called "this world." Here, with the help of our family and friends, we can make efforts and practice to acquire love for the appropriate environment. Then we will go from love for the creatures to the degree of love for the Creator.

That is how we come out of egoism, shifting from self love to love for the neighbor, and through our family and friends, we acquire love for the Creator.

Then we reveal the true nature of the "means" we have used. It turns out that the Creator Himself divided our reality in this way so we would have the opportunity to come to Him by means of these "exercises." In reality there is nothing besides myself, incorporating all of reality and the Creator who is above it.

So let us build the intention to receive the Light that Reforms from our mutual study in order to reveal love between us and our love to the Creator.

 

From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/24/10, The Zohar

 
 
 
 
 

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