Question: What is the difference between a scientist in our world and a Kabbalist?
Answer: A Kabbalist is a researcher as is the scientist of our world; the Kabbalist simply has more universal instruments of knowledge in his hands. He ascends above his animal nature and explores what is called “the spiritual nature.”
The scientists of our world study what is in them from birth, and therefore, they perceive everything within the framework of our world. The difference between a Kabbalist and a scientist of our world is only in the field of their comprehension. Therefore, a Kabbalist is the same kind of scientist, only engage in the next, upper world.
If in our world a scientist has to develop his regular feelings and mind qualitatively and quantitatively, a Kabbalist must develop completely new desires, thoughts, and intellect, which have nothing to do with the physical world. The upper world is perceived and explored in these new desires and thoughts, and this is the wisdom of Kabbalah.
Question: Various tools such as microscopes and telescopes were created to study this world. What tools does a Kabbalist have?
Answer: It is the Kabbalist himself! The expansion of one’s inner perception is his or her only tool.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/11/18