The Torah, “Numbers,” 16:15 – 16:17: Moses was exceedingly distressed, and he said to the Lord, “Do not accept their offering. I have not taken a donkey from a single one of them, and I have not harmed a single one of them.” Moses said to Korah, “You and your entire congregation should be before the Lord you, they, and Aaron tomorrow.
Let each man take his censer and place incense upon it, and let each man present his censer before the Lord; [there will thus be] two hundred and fifty censers, and let you and Aaron each [take] his censer.
On the one hand, Moses says to the Creator, no matter what they bring, “do not accept their offering” because he realizes that one needs the attribute of pure Bina, of bestowal, in order to reach the border of the land of Israel.
When Malchut (the egoistic desires) are incorporated in Bina, even if there is a covenant between them, there is still the state where these desire rebel and demand what is theirs.
Therefore, now, he wants to check his personal attributes and to what extent they really work with the intention of in order to bestow, to what extent their incense rises upward full of the special scent of love and bestowal, or whether there are burning coals left in it that want to swallow and burn everything.
Offering incense is an attribute of MAN (prayer), a test before the Creator as to whether the MAN rises to the upper level and merges with it since the upper level is always called the Creator.
If it does, the people advance, which means that they offer their method of ascent and accordingly can enter the land of Israel directly, despite that the Creator said that they would wander in the desert for forty years and die in the desert.
However, when the offering of the incense is fulfilled, it becomes clear that the egoistic desires still exist in the people and that they sink and are lost in them. Therefore, in order to check what we are really guided by, whether it is by the ego or by bestowal, we must offer our incense to the Creator.
Question: Is this how Moses examines himself?
Answer: Of course! Moses is our most sublime attribute, but Korach and all of those who rebel against Moses are egoistic desires that tell him, you are following the wrong way! We should advance only by our altruistic desire.
This is the reason that we examine these desires inside us. If I believe that they are right (the left line), Moses in me falls, and if on the other hand, they appear as absolute egoistic desires, Moses in me rises again.
This happens because I fully raise all my attributes to the next level, which is called offering incense. The next level shows me either the attribute of Moses or the attribute of Korach, and which of them is more valuable than the other in helping me ascend.
This is where the egoistic and the altruistic components of the next level appear, what is the covenant between them and who will rule, Moses or Korach.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/20/15