Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is the difference between Kabbalah and Eastern teachings?“
There are over 4,000 religions and beliefs in the world. The main religions stem from Abraham, who lived in ancient Babylon close to 3,500 years ago.
Abraham taught his method, the wisdom of Kabbalah, to a small group that he called “the people of Israel.” He also gave gifts, or other forms of faith, to the rest of the people. The Torah states that Abraham gave gifts to the children of his concubines and sent them eastward, where these methods reach back to us.
The difference is that Abraham’s method possesses the ability to correct a person, something that exists in no other method.
Kabbalah gives us the ability to attract the positive force toward us, which is concealed in nature, and which will correct our hatred toward each other by covering it with love.
The positive force becomes added to our egoistic nature and we then possess two forces. Their incorporation makes it possible for us to work with them, develop by redirecting our self-aimed desires in a direction of positively connecting to others, and discover an additional form of reality that is outside of us.
Modern physics discusses the existence of such a reality. Other than the universe, i.e. the world that we now perceive, there are other forms of reality.
The wisdom of Kabbalah makes it possible for us to break through our world’s limits and enter into the perception of higher worlds.
We have no such possibilities in other methods because they provide no access to the force that we can attract through the study that gives us the ability to make such a breakthrough. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, such a force is named the “reforming light.” That is, the uniqueness of the wisdom of Kabbalah is that it lets us attract this force that corrects our egoistic nature, elevating us above it to an opposite nature of love and bestowal, while we alive in our world. It is as is described in kabbalistic texts, that “You will see your world in your lifetime” (Berachot 17a).
Based on a talk “Short Stories” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on October 22, 2014. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.