Kabbalists On Perception Of Reality, Part 7
Dear Friends, please ask questions about these passages from the great Kabbalists. The commentaries in brackets are mine.
Attainment Results from the Interaction between the External Essence and Our Senses
We have no attainment or perception whatsoever in any substance as all of our five senses are completely unfit for it. The sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch offer the scrutinizing mind mere abstract forms of “incidents” of the essence, formulating through collaboration with our senses.
– Baal HaSulam, The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Part One, “Inner Reflection,” Chapter 10
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Everyone who has seen optical illusions, or had blisters appear on their skin where ice water (which they were fooled into thinking was scalding hot water) was spilled, knows that our five senses can not be trusted to give us a True picture of anything. What guarantee do we have that the mind is any more or less fit to judge exactly what the external essence really is, even after having developed the kabbalistic “sixth sense”?