Torah “Leviticus” Kedoshim 19:12: You shall not swear falsely by My Name, thereby profaning the Name of your God. I am the Lord. “You shall not swear falsely by My Name” means avoiding self-deceit, a condition when one thinks that one is able to completely bestow and implement the qualities of love, but does not act this way internally.
There are various levels of violating the property of bestowal and love: by ignorance, by misunderstanding, by confusion, or by sickness. In other words, there are several minor problems and malfunctions in our egoism to which we don’t pay attention. One must scrutinize and gradually correct them so that one fully clarifies one’s ego to the extent that it becomes transparent, corrected, and bestowing.
This explains why one has to test oneself and work hard on these problems. The most widespread tendency among us is stealing. For example, when we advance in self-correction, we think that we can work with these kinds of desires. Our egoism helps us by persuading us that “Everything is all right; you are working for the sake of bestowal.”
In fact, we might even really serve others and try acting for the sake of humanity. However, suddenly it becomes obvious to us that everything we ever did in this direction was still for our own sake. It turns out that we receive something in return at all times and the pleasure we feel is the reason for our actions. It is said: “The path to hell is paved with good intentions.” Intentions looked good, but our actions were wicked.
To control ourselves, we have to study the Talmud because it explains these things in their tiny details.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/26/14