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Empirical Verification

219.01Question: Why is Kabbalah considered a part of philosophy in our world? It is even studied in universities as part of philosophy.

Answer: In our world, it is believed that all spiritual sciences belong to philosophy.

It must be said that all science in general arose from philosophy. Since I am a PhD, my degree is a PhD [a doctorate in philosophy]. But if I were a doctor of physical sciences, I would still have a PhD written after my name since at one time all sciences belonged to philosophy. Philosophy is translated as “love of knowledge.” But today it is something completely opposite to knowledge.

Question: But why do so many people not consider Kabbalah a science? They say that what Kabbalah asserts cannot be verified empirically.

Answer: And they are right. After all, first you need to develop an additional sense organ in yourself, feel what Kabbalah is talking about, and then make sure that what it says exists in nature and is subject to verification and research. This confirms that Kabbalah is a science.

We explore nature through our five senses. Kabbalah says that there is still an opportunity to explore nature through the sixth sense organ, which works not for receiving, but for bestowing. It explains how to develop it.

There is a rudiment of this sense organ in man called the soul. Kabbalah develops it, and then, when a person begins to feel the upper world, it explains to him what he feels.
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The Philosophy Of Happy Life

284“I have been to the end of the earth. I have been to the end of the water. I have been to the end of the sky. I have been to the end of the mountains. I have found none that are not my friends.” (Native American Navajo Proverb)

We are all parts of one common soul.

Question: How pure Native American souls are! How is it possible to come to such a thought? Half of them are enemies but they say: “I have found none that are not my friends.”

Answer: No one knows. They also stripped scalps from each other and so on. But in general, they have accepted this attitude. This is their prominent philosophy.

Question: But if you do not talk about them, but refer to us, relate these quotes to us, how would you comment on: “I have found none that are not my friends“?

Answer: “As one man with one heart.” “Man is man’s friend.” “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All this is written in the Torah in direct language. It is all there.

This philosophy, in fact, exists in every nation but in a different form, at different levels, and in different depths.

But in principle, you can always find something similar in any nation when they talk about community, collective wisdom, the need to get closer, the need for peace, and so on.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 7/15/21

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It Feels Like This Is The Truth

629.3Question: Ariel writes: “I do not understand anything you say, but there is a feeling that this is the truth. How do I deal with this?”

Answer: Let it be. It is simply that this is really the truth; this is actually how it is. It is about what is happening in the world, it is what Kabbalists have predicted for the world throughout history. So let’s not try to rewrite history to suit ourselves, but understand that it is unchangeable. What is written must happen.

All we need to do is use our mind to try and make this history happen a little above us, a bit over us. In other words, we hear how the Creator scolding us, how He is directing us and showing us where and how to change. And this should be enough, His pointing His finger should be sufficient for our advancement.

Question: Ariel writes that he does not understand what you are telling us, but he feels that it is true. Is it good or bad that a person does not understand?

Answer: It is good. This indicates that he has a correct, normal perception.

Comment: Actually, a person is usually guided by knowledge. He understands that he cannot grasp what you are saying within reason. He only has a feeling that it is true. So he stays and listens.

My Response: Yes. That is enough because a soul is a feeling and not knowledge.

Question: When you met your teacher, how did you feel? Did you understand what he was talking about?

Answer: Virtually not. Practically, I did not understand it. I felt that it was the truth. That is all. But what the truth is, I did not know.

Question: How can this be? This goes completely contrary to this whole world.

Answer: It is how it is from above. There is nothing you can do here.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 7/22/21

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Baal HaSulam—The Teacher We Follow

216.02Today is a special day—the anniversary of the passing of Baal HaSulam, our teacher, from this world. This is the soul that connects us with the Creator, the person who opened the gates of the wisdom of Kabbalah for the last generation in which we live.

Without his teachings, we would not be able to receive what we have already received and are yet to receive in the future. The knowledge, the whole approach and methodology, the degrees of attainment—all this is prepared for us by Baal HaSulam. Of course, everything comes to us from the Creator and through this great soul.

One of the reasons that the science of Kabbalah (reception) has such a name is that it is passed down from generation to generation. Every student must have a teacher.

Only exceptional individuals can, with special help from above, directly reach the revelation of the Creator themselves. Therefore, we should always be connected with the sages who have attained spirituality, the great Kabbalists, and thus move forward generation after generation.

Everything depends on how much a person is able to follow the teacher. Everyone has their own difficulties in this, and it is natural because this is how the degrees are arranged from above down. It is difficult for the lower ones to overcome their egoism and connect with the upper.

In our world, at the animate level, there is no such problem because nature obliges a child to be dependent on adults. But at the human degree at which it is necessary to study the science of Kabbalah, it is no longer easy to do so. We need to bend down and raise the greatness of the teacher to the maximum in order to learn from him.

Of course, this is not to honor the teacher but only for the benefit of the student. If the student feels less than the teacher, he will be able to lower himself more and receive from the teacher. In the sciences of this world, this requirement is not so strict because the student must be critical of the teacher and check him out.

But in the science of Kabbalah, a person cannot attain anything if he does not bow down before the Creator. And therefore, to the extent that he bows to what he receives from the teacher who teaches him according to the sources that came from teachers of all generations, he receives attainment. Only in this form is the little one able to receive from the big one.

Therefore, we need to understand what an exceptional and great person Baal HaSulam was. We are obliged to accept all his works, all his heritage without any criticism, and then we can hope that we will begin to connect with his soul and receive the upper force from the Creator through him.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/10/19, “Baal HaSulam Memorial Day”

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Unity Coming From The Depth Of The Ages

275Comment: One common spiritual method is the so-called “Osho teaching.” Like Kabbalah, it speaks about unity and about the perception of the universe as a single whole.

My Response: A great number of people talk about unity. Nowadays physicists and even economists say that everything is interconnected. Russian geologist Vladimir Vernadsky (1863-1945) developed the theory of the noosphere. In principle unity is an ancient concept that existed before Kabbalah.

Kabbalah is only four and a half thousand years old. It originated in ancient Babylon. However, even before that, people believed that everything in nature is interconnected. On the one hand they worshipped the sun, the moon, the stars and various forces of nature, and on the other hand they still believed that there was something that unites them.

The medieval scientist and scholar Rambam wrote that at first all people believed in the existence of one single force. Then they saw that all sorts of phenomena occur in nature, as if under the influence of different forces: the moon, the sun, wind, water, and so on. They realized that the one single force hidden from them manifested itself through various private forces, and they began to worship them because they saw an obvious image. Thus, polytheism appeared.

Initially monotheism prevailed, a single upper force. Even when people began to worship its various manifestations, they realized they were worshipping angels, that is, representatives of one upper force.

Therefore, the unity that Osho or other methods speak about is a very ancient postulate.
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Why Do Some People Become Kabbalists While Others Become Philosophers?

88Question: The fact that the ancient philosophers Aristotle, Plato, and later Spencer took a lot from Kabbalah is evidenced by the mention in their theories that the human community is a living organism in which everything is interconnected.

Why did it happen that some became Kabbalists and attained the upper world, while others remained philosophers?

Answer: If a person initially has a point in his heart, then it pulls him to enter the upper world in one’s senses. And if this point has not yet awakened in him, it means that he does not yet have an embryo that manifests itself from within, this spiritual instrument, this organ of sensation of the upper world. And therefore, he develops an attitude toward the upper world through understanding.

This is how philosophy arose, which is built only on abstract constructions of some forms, all kinds of reasoning, but, in no case, on an explicit, sensory, cognitive penetration into this matter, because they have no connection with it.

People who have a point in their heart and strive for sensation of the upper world go through very serious stages of their own correction because they need to become like the upper world in their properties: to move from the property of receiving to the property of bestowal, from the property of hatred to the property of love.

This is a very difficult inner tragedy that a person experiences in order to achieve such a state after many years of serious, persistent work on oneself. And not the same work as in philosophy or in other methods where self-restraint prevails. Here, the attraction of a special upper force, called the upper light, is carried out, which corrects us.

The one who does this becomes a Kabbalist. He senses, sees, and clearly cognizes the upper world, the upper system that controls us. And the one who cannot develop these properties in himself, since their rudiments have not yet appeared in him, which, perhaps, will appear in the next cycle or after several cycles, becomes a philosopher. This is how humanity develops.
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The Source Of Philosophy

202.0Question: Baal HaSulam writes in the book A Sage’s Fruit that at one time philosophy took the place of Kabbalah. However, only Kabbalah can talk about the issues that philosophy took as its basis. What is the reason for this statement?

Answer: If we take the basis of philosophy—and now I am not speaking from the point of view of a Kabbalist, but from the point of view of a philosopher—then the medieval German Kabbalists, in particular, the philosopher and humanist Johann Reuichlin writes in his work De Arte Cabbalistica that Pythagoras, the founder of philosophy, translated the word ”kabbalah” into Greek with the term “philosophy,” and took all the basics of philosophy from Kabbalah.

Indeed, even in the time of the prophets, in the eighth and ninth century BC, the ancient Greeks studied with Kabbalists. Kabbalists taught everyone who wanted to study, because Kabbalah is intended for everyone without exception.

If a person had a desire to engage in their own improvement and attain spiritual likeness with the upper force, he could come and study this method. There were no restrictions on this.

Subsequently the ancient Greeks, who studied with the prophets, organized their own school. They disconnected matter from its form and began to deal with the abstract form. And philosophy appeared from this.
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To Know Everything About Yourself

198Question: What does a person have to change to be happy?

Answer: To see the world one is in.

Question: Does one need to change some external conditions for that?

Answer: No, absolutely not! Open a book or connect to our website on the Internet. He will get everything from there.

Comment: But it sounds somewhat unrealistic that my happiness depends on reading a book or listening to some channel.

My Response: This is how Kabbalah works. This is a special science that is revealed in this way.

On the other hand, I would say that there is nothing special here. Isn’t the same thing happening to me when I study other sciences—let’s say psychology?

Comment: But I don’t change. By studying any some science, I just accumulate knowledge.

My Response: It depends on what kind of science. If you study the science about yourself, then you change. I said psychology, not veterinary science or geology.

It is not easy. I am changing because the science is about me and about how I can discover the higher world. It is said that Kabbalah is the science of the revelation of the Creator to a person in this world, in this life. By the Creator, we mean the whole of nature, true, global nature, of which we currently feel only one percent, and therefore we do not know how to behave in this world, and not only in it. What happens to us after we die?

Comment: Nobody knows this.

My Response: So I can find it out. Why should I live in this world without knowing what will happen to me next? Then this life has no meaning either. And thus the whole picture is opened for us and it unfolds in front of us—everything right here where we exist.
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Confidence In The Right Path

629.4Question: Does a person need to believe in himself? When he begins to study the science of Kabbalah, should he be sure that he will be able to attain the upper world and take the next steps?

Answer: If a person has questions about his fate, about the upper force, why all nature is created in this way, what it wants from him, and what is intended for him, then he must find that out no matter what.

And it doesn’t matter what else arises in front of him, just put the rest aside, dismiss it: right now I’m doing this. You must clarify the issues that concern you and then you will decide whether to go further into the study of Kabbalah or not. But in principle you should not miss this opportunity.

Question: What is confidence in the path?

Answer: It is a feeling that without figuring out my path I see that I am simply lost in this life and I have nothing to live for. I look at others and how they live, I don’t want to live like that. I have to live with a purpose, with “lightning” in my heart, and see my life path in this.

Having found this out, I will already decide what to do next. I need it. Otherwise, why do I exist? If a person has such an approach to life, one must implement it.

Question: The word “confidence” has a correlation with the word “faith,” but at the same time, as far as I understand, a person should not believe in anything just like that. He should be sure to clarify exactly what is most important.

Answer: You do not have to believe in anything or succumb to any arguments of others. You need to go only in unison with your opinion, read books that talk directly to your heart, and thus move forward.
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From KabTV’s “Kabbalah Express” 7/19/21

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Feel The Inner Pulse Of Nature

707The Nature of Man: Studies in Optimistic Philosophy, Elie Metchnikoff:

To modify the human constitution, it will be necessary first, to frame the ideal, and thereafter to set to work with all the resources of science.

If there can be formed an ideal able to unite men in a kind of religion of the future, this ideal must be founded on scientific principles. And if it be true, as has been asserted so often, that man can live by faith alone, the faith must be in the power of science.” “To change human nature, first of all, one must be aware of the ideal to strive for, and then use all the means provided by science for its implementation.

If we think of an ideal capable of uniting people in some kind of religion of the future, then it cannot be grounded otherwise than on scientific data. And if it is true, as is often said, that one cannot live without faith, then the latter cannot be other than faith in the omnipotence of knowledge.

My Response: Of course, we must strive for real faith, which is absolute knowledge, when a person changes himself so that he becomes closer to nature. Then a transformation takes place in him, and he begins to feel the inner pulse of nature, its movement and himself in it, as one harmonious general whole.

Question: If what he does brings him even a drop closer to nature, then is this the right direction, and if it moves him away, then the wrong one?

Answer: Yes. And also according to the motto “a sound spirit in a sound body” The healthier you become, the closer to nature you will be, because you are a part of it.
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