Are The Exact Sciences Really So Exact?

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe wisdom of Kabbalah tells us about its research from its discoveries, from what actually happens. Kabbalists discover reality as they change their vessels, their desires, and their perceptions, and therefore, there are no different voices or different opinions.

It is about facts. It is the same in physics and in chemistry—every scientist can repeat a certain experiment or another and find out that under certain conditions a certain natural law works in a certain way. It is the same in Kabbalah; different people observe the same natural phenomena.

In philosophy, however, everyone establishes concepts based on his own assumptions, in fact, claims whatever he feels like. So today it is clear that you cannot count on philosophy.

On the other hand, Kabbalah in the modern integral world reveals itself as a true science. The newest approaches such as quantum physics and nanotechnology are nearing what Kabbalah discovered ages ago.

But ordinary science is facing a great problem. If on one end of the scale philosophers can openly publish their fantasies, we discover scientific data in vessels that are our desires as an unquestionable fact.

We are sure the world is as we see it. But at the same time we don’t take into account our five senses—it is as if they don’t exist, as if they don’t distort the picture of our reality. Science in this world is limited since it is based on the “animal” perception and studies data that come through its five channels.

The wisdom of Kabbalah, however, uses a much more rigid approach. It isn’t based on man with his five corporeal “animal” senses, but rather allows him to open a new sense, that is external to our body, to come out and to rise above one’s self.

This sensory organ is indeed “outside our body”—which means outside our egoistic desires. It is made of a Masach (screen) and Returning Light. In it, a person perceives the external reality and discovers that it is the Light or the Creator.

On the whole, as Kabbalists have discovered, all of reality is made of “Light” and “vessel”—or in other words, of a desire that responds to the filling of the Light. Kabbalists are very accurate in their definitions. They say that we don’t know about what is happening outside our desire. So it is only about the desire itself and its reactions and its impressions. What is it that evokes them? We don’t know—we only study the reactions in the desire and call it “Light.” Thus “Light” is a reaction in the desire and more accurately, a reaction in the “vessel.”

After all, the desire itself is not a vessel yet. A “vessel” is a desire that is corrected by the altruistic intention that is meant to respond to the Light.

This desire has already undergone a “restriction,” acquired a Masach and the Returning Light and is already tuned correctly. Then it discovers an additional response inside it—an impression from the act of bestowal, from the filling. We call the details of this perception “Light.”

One way or the other, everything takes place in the desire to receive that develops the ability to work as if outside the Masach and the Returning Light. All the impressions and the outlines, or whatever we may call them, remain in the desire. In the desire we conduct our research; we change it, and according to these changes, discover reality.

I don’t know about anything that is on the outside. I am closed within my vessel until the end of correction. And as to what comes afterward, we don’t speak about it at the moment.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/13/12, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy”

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