Kabbalists On Perception Of Reality, Part 5

Dr. Michael LaitmanDear Friends, please ask questions about these passages from the great Kabbalists. The commentaries in brackets are mine.

The Entire Reality Is Contained within Man

It is written in The Zohar, (Vayikra, Parashat Tazria, p 40) that all the worlds, upper and lower, are included in man. And also, the whole of reality within those worlds is only for man.
– Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 1

When we see a wide world before us, we don’t see it in reality, but only within ourselves. In other words, there is a sort of a photographic machine in our hindbrain, which portrays everything that appears to us and nothing outside of us.
– Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Book of Zohar,” Item 34

Related Material:
Kabbalists On Perception Of Reality, Part 4
Kabbalists On Perception Of Reality, Part 3
Kabbalists On Perception Of Reality, Part 2


  1. what are the things then that ‘appear’ to be outside of us?

  2. Is this why, when I see everything as interconnected in bestowal, that that is the upper world inside of me. And when I see people or ideas or forces outside of me appearing to be acting against me, it is because I don’t see them as an extension of myself and this is really me seeing the lower world inside of me?

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