Unattainability In the Mind of a Kabbalist

Unattainability in the Mind of a KabbalistA question I received: You said that Kabbalah is a science without axioms. Yet in Shamati Baal HaSulam says that there is only Atzmuto (the Unattainable), Ein Sof and the Souls. Aren’t these the axioms upon which Kabbalah is based? Everything else can be derived from these notions.

My Answer: No, these aren’t axioms, but revelations made by Kabbalists. You simply don’t understand how one can say that Atzmuto exists if it is unattainable. But the fact is – one clearly attains its unattainability! The rest you’ll have to reveal for yourself.

There is a rule in Kabbalah: We only talk about what we attain. So when a Kabbalist says that something is “unattainable,” this denotes a particular attainment. The same applies to all Kabbalistic notions – they all come from clear attainment and scientific research. They were perceived in feelings that one can control, and are based on a Kabbalist’s comprehension of the connections by way of analysis and mental synthesis. However, this wasn’t done with the regular mind. Kabbalists develop an “unearthly” mind or brain, because one’s mind develops alongside one’s desires, in order to ensure their actualization.

If one’s desires are at the level of this world, then one’s mind can never step out of its boundaries, because it is produced by one’s desires. Hence, you must first correct yourself, and then, as a result of the change in your properties, you will become smarter and acquire a mind that isn’t corporeal, but is different, higher – a mind that can understand opposites as one whole, can comprehend that time doesn’t exist, and that motion means changing one’s properties in similarity to the Creator.

One then reveals an entirely different worldview (see the material on the perception of spiritual reality). One reveals the souls and the governing forces, as well as the cause and purpose of this world. In addition, one sees all of this together, as a single picture that is stationary yet moving toward revealing this state of rest.

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  1. Lately I’ve noticed an increased avoidance to socialise with peers and friends that are completely oblivious to the present reality and opportunities for change. Their common discussions seem so superficial and unimportant to me. And this concerns me. I am having difficulty with maintaining these associations and having some input into these daily situations. I find myself only able to interject meaningful and spiritual aspects of the subject in discussion which in turn makes everyone stop talking altogether. I avoid trying to keep the issue going because it then seems that I’m preaching. So after a few moments of complete silence from the group they eventually carry on the discourse, change the subject, and totally disregard any attempt to resolve the point I brought up. i guess my question; is what am I doing that keeps me from enjoying these social settings? Am I being spiritually egotistical in perceiving talks about mundane things like vulgarities, sexual humor, bragging and boasting about hurtful or humiliating pranks, and such things as superficial ?

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