What is the Neshama?
Now when we speak about connecting to our Neshama, what does it mean really? What is our Neshama?
So for some people, they think that the Neshama is inside of the body. That’s what keeps the body moving.
But in reality, we say no that’s the Nefesh. The Nefesh is the lowest part of your spiritual being.
The Neshama is really in a much higher realm. The Nefesh and the Neshama are two different worlds. The Neshama itself is not inside of our body.
I don’t have a source for what I am about to say, but I think that it’s. Science says that we are using only three percent of our mind. So it would be great to connect in the same ratio as to the Neshama, because it says that the Neshama sits in the brain. So my summation is that we are using only three percent of our brain so too only three percent of our Neshamah is active within us.
Connecting to the Higher Parts of your soul
What will happen if you really connect to your Neshama? How would you feel? What person would you be if all your being
would be elevated and all of your Consciousness will be in that level of your Neshama?
So there is a process that some tzaddikim have described it as waking up of the Neshama. Alternatively, we can say the Neshama is awake and we are sleeping. We need to wake up. We need to wake up to the Neshama. We need to wake up to the reality of the Neshama.
Our consciousness is asleep because of the physical dimension. When we wake up from the dream of the physical dimension, we are waking up to the reality of the existence of our Neshama which is a much higher level of existence.
So this process is something that is like for example you are sleeping in a dormitory and you have many beds for different
people. Even though there’s a certain time to wake up, yet every person is waking up at a different time. For some people, it takes longer. There are different people with different abilities different levels of strength.
So it is as in the physical the same thing will be with the spiritual. The different people according to the preparation the
had from a past life and within this life. All kinds of people that he met different sources of inspiration that they have in their life.
So the reaction of them of waking up to the reality of the Neshama will be different for different people. Some more or less energetic, some more time, less time some before the alarm clock some after the alarm clock, there are many many
But the point is that at a certain time you must wake up when the time comes. You have to do your work. We have a wake-up call.
In our generation, there’s a big wake-up call that Hashem wants everybody to be involved. But we have to push yourself to get elevated to be able to be who we are meant to be.
We need to remember that it is our responsibility and there’s no way out of it.
The Neshama in the World to Come and our plane of existence
There are many stories about people in our generation also that had some kind of near-death experience. They call it
clinical death. They died in a technical way and they had experienced that they went to Heaven and they were able
to say over when they came back what they saw. There are many stories.
And there are some of the stories that I heard, more than once, that the person that had this experience the people that
were judging him in the Heavenly Court were really Rabbis that were functioning as Rabbis in this world at that same time. Even though the Rabbi lives in a physical body and is functioning as a person, but he is also functioning as a Neshama. His Neshama is functioning as a judge or so-called defense or accuser in the spiritual Realms in the Heavenly Court. Even though a person has a physical manifestation, his Neshama can have a function for itself. You wouldn’t think that from the way the person seems here.
When a group of people is learning together, our Neshama’s will be also in some kind of a chamber together doing something that is similar to what we do here. It will be some kind of reflection [many times].
When a person is really in touch with his Neshama, he can gain a lot from knowing all that the Neshama is doing in the upper
For example, the spiritual world is not limited to time and space like the physical. All the limitation of time in space is here in this dimension. For example, if you are learning and you have a difficulty to understand what it means, imagine yourself that you can go and ask the Rambam himself. “What do you mean here? Why did you write it?” Sounds like it would be useful. Why not?
No, it doesn’t have to be the deeper answer but you can ask him just as if you’re going to a physical Rabbi in this world. You ask him a question. Usually, he is answering. There might be a case that he is busy, but normally if he is not in the middle of something he will give you an answer. Maybe it won’t be a long answer. Maybe it won’t be a full answer, but you will know you will get an answer.
There are people who get to such a level of connection with their Neshama that they can have their Neshama communicate
with other Neshamot. For example, there are many Rabbis that we know that they were on this high level. They were able to communicate with all of the Neshamot and Tzaddikim and to learn Torah with them.
If you are learning Zohar and who will give you the best interpretation of the Zohar? If you can reach that level of connecting to Rashbi that will be great. So even though it looks very far and very abstract. But there is a possibility of it.
It’s real you see that we know about people that they got to those levels.
The right place makes a difference
What does it meaning to be by the tomb of a righteous person?
What is the extra gain that you get from being here or any other grave of the Tzaddikim?
[By the way, there are many Rabbis, that’s what they do most of their days. They going around different graves of Tzaddikim and praying for Am Yisroel. There are people that they are very very focused on that kind of work.]
I just mentioned that righteous people have their existence in the Upper World, in the world of the Neshamot. And it’s brought down in many books that each one has a chamber a Bet Midrash.
Every tzaddik has his own chamber is own Beit Midrash in Heaven and students remain connected with their Rabbi.
For example, the chamber of Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai will have the same students that he was teaching in this world. They have permission to be with him also in the next World. Whoever connected himself to one of the big righteous people in this world have also the right to go into the Chamber of the same righteous person in the world to come.
When we are here in the physical chamber of King David here on Mount Zion for example, what does it signify?
It means our Neshama is going into the Chamber of King David in Heaven. Because our physical body is within the physical chamber it goes easier. You have more permission more right to go into the spiritual chamber in Heaven. What you do when you get there, that’s another question, but just to have this idea to have this thought within you can have a lot of meaning
There are levels of levels. But what I’m talking about is a very basic level.
MAXIMIZING OUR FULL SPIRITUAL POTENTIAL
The true importance of the Torah Each person is learning isn’t mainly the technical learning aspect. It’s really because a person had a certain vision or goal to come close to Hashem. Sometimes people in the process of their learning forget their goal and they get sidetracked and it can take a while until they get back into the highway of really serving Hashem.
There are Five parts to our being and each one of them has a different way that it operates.
We have Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Chaya, and Yechidah.
Those the five parts of our being and even though a person might say “I’m only tiny I don’t have Neshama. I don’t have Chayah and I don’t even know what the Yechida is!” and this might even be true.
Even though we are all tiny but every soul has each one of these parts included in it and all the 4 others are included each
one of them. So even though you are only activating Nefesh or Ruach or wherever you are holding. This part contains within it all of the other parts.
How exactly can we interact with all the different parts of our being?
The Sefer Nefesh Hachaim says that we have physical action corresponds to the Nefesh. We have the faculty of speech for the Ruach. We have thought for the Neshama. These are the three basic Soul parts corresponding to Action, Speech, and Thought.
Now there are the upper parts that are the Chaya and Yechida. The Chaya is related to the intention he has in mind in his direction to the general goal.
The deepest of all is the Yechida and corresponds to the will of the person.
Let’s say you have a poor man in front of you. And you give him charity. So what is the level of the mitzvot that you just did? Did you really give this poor man charity?
So it depends on how you do it. If for example, the person really doesn’t want to give this person charity. He despises the person and he thinks that this person is no good. Thinking “You should go out to work you lazy man.”
While he is giving the charity he is also giving him a bad word.
So we find he only did the physical act of Charity and this is something that is very very minimalistic. It’s a Tikun only for his
Nefesh and to a low extent.
GIVING WITH A FULL HEART
If for example the person is a little bit more mature and while he’s giving the charity he also says a good word. Even though in his heart he despised him but is still managing to focus on his speech to say nice words instead of a bad word.
Instead of saying “Go out and work!”, he says “Hopefully you won’t need it” giving him a good word.
So here he did two things. He did the physical act and added speech. So there’s already another level of Ruach there.
If in the same act he also adds a good thought for the person even though he thinks lowly of this person. He should think ‘What a shame for this person that he got to such a state that he needs to ask for people for charity…’ and so you have good compassionate thoughts about the person.
So that is another level of Tikkun of the thought.
What will be the two other parts, intention and will?
Now, what if you really think to yourself how can I really help this guy? Not only give him the little dollar that’s in your pocket.
So the intention, for example, is when you look at the person and you have the intention to help the person. If with a person you have the intention to help him as a friend, it might be that what this person really needs is not your money yet maybe the good conversation and maybe he really needs a smile. More than anything he needs someone that will buy him a meal.
If you have the intention of helping the guy then all of the other things elements of your deed will change. So you’ll speak differently and possibly do something extra.
The highest point is the will. This is the highest point. When you look on the situation and you correct your desire and will that in the deed that you do you, think it will be a connection to Hashem. This is really the highest level.
A WELL ROUNDED GOOD DEED INCLUDES DESIRE INTENTION THOUGHT AND DEED
So when a person is doing any act any Mitzvah take charity as an example, but can be anything and is adding into the act Also
the right speech, thought, intention and desire then the Mitzvah is completed.
Then he is doing the full Tikkun and accessing the full potential of the mitzvah.
We can speak more and more about those things and to add also emotions and what the person should feel while he is doing his deed.
So now I want to take these 5 levels and apply that to the Torah.
So what are we really doing when we are learning Torah?
- You are now coming to a shiur you did the physical act of walking here and sitting here and participating.
- There is another level of speaking and saying over what you learn with your friends. You are adding the dimension of speech as well as the dimension of thinking about it after the class.
- The intention is why are you here? What is your intention? What do you want to gain for yourself?
- And the will is the deepest point of what is really your desire?
So when a person is doing all of the things we do every day in this manner and connecting all of those points together, then
he can really get an elevation.
It is said whatever is the direction of your life that will be the path Hashem will lead you on. So if you want to have good inspiration to come close to Hashem, then while you are you doing these deeds think about as much as you can. Try more and more to bring it into your life that each thing will connect you to Hashem.
Intention while learning Torah
Specifically the most important is while learning Torah.
Why is it so important? Because within the Torah we have everything.
And while you are learning whatever it is that you are learning it can be Chumash, Mishnah, Gemara or Kaballah, put all of those different parts in your learning and it will give it the quality that you can use the opportunity potential of the Torah. You really get in touch with Hashem getting in touch with the root of your Neshama that is connected with Hashem.
This is really one of the simple Meditations that the Arizal explains about the Mitzvah of learning Torah. While you are learning Torah one of the general intentions that you have is to connect to Hashem to connect to the root of your Neshama. So that by itself this is a good meditation that you can use before learning and after learning. Remember this, think about it, have this in your heart and I’m sure that you will experience a different kind of learning if you do it.
Before you start to learn, sit in front of the book for 60 seconds. And just contemplate about Hashem. Intend that you want with this learning to really connect to the root of your Neshama and with that to connect to you. Meditate on the phrase “God, Please help me” Just contemplate on this for 60 seconds before you learn and whenever you find yourself losing your line of thinking while you learn.
Before you go back to learning you can meditate on this as a first thought. And then second thought to go back to wherever it is
that you’re holding in your learning. Then, when you finish learning before you closing the book, do it again.
It will take another three minutes of your life, but believe me it’s worth it.
This is the rule. According to how much as you put in will be results.
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