The Difference Between The Wisdom Of Kabbalah And Psychology

Laitman_088Question: It is very difficult for people to perceive the difference between the wisdom of Kabbalah and psychology and philosophy. Can you explain the difference?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah talks about the structure of the system of creation that is based upon opposites and the connection between two forces: the properties of bestowal and reception, the positive force and the negative force, and the material that exists between them that is managed by the two forces.

This method explains the four phases of the extension of the Ohr Yashar (Direct Light – the characteristic of bestowal) on the property of reception and how both properties interact with each other, producing different variations of integration of all the forces, elements. Kabbalah proceeds from the most simple, true, elementary beginning and explains how everything is extended and developed into our world.

Psychology and philosophy have nothing to do with this. Kabbalah is not a speculative science, it is immensely logical. A person who is involved with it, even if he or she doesn’t feel these forces or doesn’t reveal the upper world, the knowledge is still very interesting.

Therefore, many come and just study Kabbalah as a theoretical science even though they don’t understand what is spoken about. And there are people who want to develop themselves and master the wisdom in a practical way. Everything depends on the goals a person pursues.

We teach both these and those. It doesn’t matter to us why a person studies Kabbalah, we teach him or her everything. The first course “The Structure of the Upper World” includes the study of the system of creation. The second course “Practical Attainment of the Upper World” includes a person’s work in a group.

In principle, the wisdom of Kabbalah is designed to elevate a person above the egoism that prevents us from uniting, and psychology teaches a person how to get along within egoism. Psychology and philosophy cannot go beyond egoism.
From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian 9/24/17

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