Question: Kabbalah says that the purpose of our life is to discover a higher force. Once I reveal it, I will receive the ability to control my life and get rid of all anxieties. This sounds very appealing, so why do people shun Kabbalah?
Why do they prefer religion, which promises a reward only after death in a future world from which someone is yet to return?
Nevertheless, people are ready to devote their entire lives to religion. Kabbalah offers them to achieve the same thing, but during their lifetime in this world. And yet they reject Kabbalah; I do not understand why?
Answer: In religion, a person deceives himself; in truth, he will receive nothing. There is nothing after death! A person dies; like any animal, the body decomposes and nothing remains.
Why, then, is the religious approach thriving? Because religion not only promise a reward and paradise after death for performing not very complex actions in this world, but even now, in the process of carrying out the ritual actions, a person receives pleasure. Even when he suffers, religion provides an egoistic compensation for that suffering. In religion it is not necessary to annul your egoism like in the wisdom of Kabbalah.
This is why people are prepared to carry out religious orders, to martyr themselves, fast, and subject themselves to all kinds of restrictions. They receive even more pleasure from it. The more suffering religious commandments bring, the more a person values the future world and is even more devoted to religion.
The wisdom of Kabbalah does not call on a person to exhaust himself and perform some sort of actions. He or she only needs to do one thing: to rise above his egoism, his nature. This, however, is a challenge!
It turns out that when a person fulfills religious orders in this world, he earns a reward for himself and his family in this world and in the future world. He feels as if he received an insurance policy and a higher force will take care of him and protect him from all ills, and after death he is guaranteed a life in heaven.
Kabbalah, however, says that none of it exists! It turns out that it is against religion, because it debunks it, and this is why religious people are against Kabbalah and don’t want to hear about it. They see it as a threat because it can lead them away from religion. This is the reason why Kabbalists concealed Kabbalah and did not talk about the truth, according to what is written: “Do not put obstacles before a blind man.”
In Kabbalah, the rule always applies: “One thousand walk into a class, and only one comes out to the Light.” In other words, 999 of those who come will leave, and after leaving, they will grow to hate Kabbalah because it is opposite to our nature.
Many of them become religious. They do not yet have a sufficiently big, burning, and strong point in the heart that is capable of holding them despite all the difficulties, problems, and disappointments that one has to go through during the practical study of Kabbalah.
From KabTV’s “The reasons for the negative attitude towards Kabbalah” 7/19/17