The Torah, “Numbers,” 13:30 – 13:31: Caleb silenced the people to [hear about] Moses, and he said, “We can surely go up and take possession of it, for we can indeed overcome it.” But the men who went up with him said, “We are unable to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”
Caleb is among the spies like Moses. It is the same point in the heart that receives a different name in every state in which it exists. It remains in every state and this is how a person advances, since without it he could not advance. Imagine if all the spies had declared that the spiritual work wasn’t for them and left. The Creator would have had a terrible account with the people.
The Torah, “Numbers,” 13:32 – 13:33: They spread an [evil] report about the land which they had scouted, telling the children of Israel, “The land we passed through to explore is a land that consumes its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it are men of stature. There we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, descended from the giants. In our eyes, we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we were in their eyes.
It is the ego into which the spies sink, not having the powers to ascend above it. The giants (Nephilim) are those who have already overcome the ego and so they can exist above it. “In our eyes, we seemed like grasshoppers,” means that the spies have attained the slight spiritual attainment of GE when they ascend above the ego and see that they are nothing when considering their spiritual forces, their abilities, and their options compared to the giants. They seem to be looking at their future states.
If you belong to the generation of the desert, you see yourself as big before entering the land of Israel. What do I have to do in order to attain that?! But, if you ask a child these questions, for example:
– Do you want to be the best?
– Then you have to graduate from a university, get several degrees, and work 18-20 hours a day.
– What about my life?! I cannot do that! It is too difficult! I work all the time and try to make efforts to succeed!
– But this is your future. So will you go for it or not?
– I would rather go back to the desert.
This means that there is a comparison here between the present me and me in the land of Israel. They enter their future and realize how difficult and complex the anti-egoistic actions are.
The point is that when you look at it from a distance, you see that it is impossible because you look at everything through the eyes of the desert! You don’t see the component that the Creator has given you, so you don’t take it into account. The Creator has given you the power to become great, yet you don’t feel it. So you think, “If I need to do it by myself, I cannot.” The feeling that the Creator is by your side is taken away from you so that you will understand that you have to do it, but that you can’t do it without Him. Then a potential is built up in you. You escape, and don’t want anything, then you come back and escape again. Then there is a blow from above and you advance towards conquering the land of Israel. How? It doesn’t matter; your eyes are closed and you don’t care about the how, you simply need to sacrifice your life for it.
This is a turning point, the crossing of the Jordan River, which is similar to the crossing of the Red Sea. But there the sea split and that’s it, while here it is a more conscious process, which means that it is more complex. Before the escape from Egypt, fear of Pharaoh, who was chasing you, pushed you. Here it is the opposite, since you now have to awaken the need to move in this direction. There you escaped out of fear, but here you enter it. That’s the way it should be since this is the spiritual growth.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/8/15