The Torah “Exodus,” “Jethro,” 20:19-20:20: And the Lord said unto Moses, “Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.” Gold is the left line, the attribute of receiving. Silver is the right line, the attribute of bestowal. This means that gold is what draws.
The Torah “Exodus,” “Jethro,” 20:21: “An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me…” Earth (Eretz in Hebrew) is a desire, which means, make an altar of your desires.
The Torah “Exodus,” “Jethro,” 20:21: “…And shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record My name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.” First there is an altar made of earth, of the desires on the level of the still nature, and then one sacrifices desires on the level of the vegetative, which is symbolized by different branches, plants, etc. Then the highest level is the level of the animate. A person does all this on the level of the “speaking.” Here all the levels of desire in a person are included, all the levels of nature.
Question: There were tribes that had human sacrifices.
Answer: It is because they believed that their idols needed such sacrifices. It is a whole system of different human aspects, of a person’s natural form, and of his inner attitude towards himself and the world.
We are all egoists and if I have a chance to take everything for myself, I do so. If I cannot do so because some people are against me and object to this, I contact them and have to pay them. This is not a desirable payment on my part, but I have no choice, I have to give in order to get something in return.
A person has the same attitude towards nature. If I want to receive something from nature and to feel comfortable, but then suddenly I am bombarded by storms, tsunamis, earthquakes, locust, wild animals, plagues, and death, what can I give as ransom so that it won’t happen? Who should I pay and for what? This is what all the religions are based on. So in some of them, people sacrificed what was dearest to them, other human beings.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/4/13