Question: The commandment of “honor thy father and thy mother”‘ is accepted literally by humanity, how can we explain it?
Answer: The point is that the “father” and “mother” that are mentioned in the Ten Commandments have nothing to do with our corporeal father and mother but rather belong to two special systems.
“Father” is the attribute of Hochma from which the Light of Hochma stems, the Light of life. “Mother” is the attribute of Bina from which all the worries stem. These Lights are opposite to each other and mutually complement one another. The Light of “Father” is white and it gives a person brains, courage, and power. The light of “Mother” gives him softness, connections, and a right attitude towards others. Revealed in this Light is love and the ability to feel others, etc.
“Honor” means to look at how “Father” and “Mother” integrate these forces correctly. The force of “Father” and the tenderness of “Mother” enter one another and you should do the exact same thing inside you, integrating these attributes.
“… so that thy days may be long upon the land,” means that such an integration has to be done with “the land”‘ which means with your ego, with your desire. You will not be able to easily exist with it.
On the whole it is all very simple. We must understand that it all refers to our nature and tells us about how we should correct it. What else can we speak about? About life in this world? It ends in any case. Here we speak about how we should rise to the next level and start to live in a totally different dimension while still here in this world.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/25/13