The Torah, “Exodus” (Ki Tissa), 32:20: Then he took the calf they had made, burned it in fire, ground it to fine powder, scattered [it] upon the surface of the water, and gave [it to] the children of Israel to drink.
This can be compared to the way an antidote for a certain poison is made by a small portion of the same poison. Every medicine is poison, but not every poison is a medicine. What Moses did was the remedy for the Israeli nation. Moses did not think about destroying the nation but about curing it and about preparing a vaccination for it from the golden calf.
The calf (the ego) must actually be ground to powder, so that it will lose its shape, its figure, and will be found in each one in soft power and intensity. Therefore, it’s impossible to manage without the calf. There must be poison so that everyone will know from what he could die and how to be cured.
There is no punishment, but a cure. So no one should fear golden calves. The time will come when the power will be revealed, the ability and the readiness to grind the ego to powder and to start the cure on the right track. The cure for any illness is gradual and especially in this case.
We should understand where we are, where we are headed, what the healing process comes down to, and most of all what it means to be healthy. This is the whole process of internal education.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/9/13