He took [them] from their hand[s], fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made it into a molten calf, upon which they said: “These are your gods, O Israel, who have brought you up from the land of Egypt!” (The Torah, “Exodus,” Ki Tisa,” 32:4)
Everything is forgotten! It seems that it was not the Creator who led the people of Israel out of Egypt, but rather an idol, the golden calf. It looks like people carried all of Egypt within a symbolic calf.
If one doesn’t advance in the property of bestowal and love of one’s neighbor and then ascends to a state of love to the Creator, if one doesn’t feel a constant appeal to advance accordingly, one will never “exit Egypt.” And yet, people are confident that they are already in the state of the final correction.
5. When Aaron saw [this], he built an altar in front of it, and Aaron proclaimed and said: “Tomorrow shall be a festival to the Lord.”
6. On the next day they arose early, offered up burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings, and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and they got up to make merry. (The Torah, “Exodus”, Ki Tisa,” 32:5 – 32:6)
A firm basis that lets us enjoy this material life and also rejoice in the future life finally appears in all human egoistic desires. We become totally confident that we have everything we need.
However, we have not found the most important thing: the Creator! Moses and the Creator disappear from our sensations, but we don’t sense the deficiency, nor do we feel a need for them. We are so fulfilled that we don’t have the slightest thought of the Creator. We feel great, are getting fatter, acquiring confidence, gaining seriousness, and concerned only with ourselves.
Aspiration to power, knowledge, and wealth create a stable and firm basis for us. All these things are the signs of the golden calf.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/9/13