Conquering The Land Of Bashan
The Torah, “Numbers,” 21:31 – 21:35: “Israel settled in the land of the Amorites. Moses sent [men] to spy out Jaazer and they captured its villages, driving out the Amorites who lived there. Then they turned and headed north toward the Bashan. Og, the king of Bashan, came out toward them with all his people, to wage war at Edrei.
The Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have delivered him, his people, and his land into your hand. You shall do to him as you did to Sihon the king of the Amorites who dwells in Heshbon. They smote him, his sons and all his people, until there was no survivor, and they took possession of his land.”
This is about the correction of a person’s internal egoistic desires called Og King of Bashan into desires of love and bestowal. Bashan is a region in the general spiritual map called the land of Israel. The Israeli nation goes through this land as they destroy all the egoistic intentions, and then refill and rebuild it as they plow it with the intention of in order to receive and turn them into intentions for the sake of the Creator.
Comment: Here the people already advance with the Creator because He tells Moses: “Fear him not.”
Answer: Yes but it doesn’t mean anything because the instructions descend from Above. Of course there is a difference if it is given in advance or not, but in any case, a person has to do the work.
The books that were written by our teachers also include instructions that descend to us from the Creator, and we have to make great efforts in order to reveal them.
The point is that clear instructions oblige you to advance directly and without making mistakes, and then to go through them straight forward toward the attribute of love and bestowal.
The instructions make this path tougher. When we read the Torah it seems that everything is the other way around, when the Creator seems to say, ” you will go through it, there is no problem.” But when I advance with my thoughts and reflections, it is my way: I am allowed to trip, to do something, and to ask for help. Here on the other hand, it says: “go,” and that’s it, you have to obey. There is no room for doubt here. I cannot run anywhere else or ask for anything because I am commanded.
These are incredible states, but a person can overcome them only if he is ready.
Question: Is a person fully confident that it is indeed an instruction?
Answer: Undoubtedly. These aren’t some internal inventions. There is no such thing in the spiritual motion! A person feels a state of clear inner connection with the Creator, a dialog, and what is more, it is totally founded. But this connection still leaves you doubtful; you are still in the middle in the choice you have, in the desire to hide, to escape, to somehow do it your way.
Question: It turns out that Israel conquers cities only because the nations living there come out against them?
Answer: Of course, because this is how the egoistic desires are built; the moment they see you, they awaken. There is no other way. In order to attack the ego you have to spur it. Sometimes the Creator does it by calming the people down: “Don’t worry, I will speak to Pharaoh.” There is no other way, because if a person advances with the attribute of bestowal, his ego grows and erupts but only to a certain extent.
Question: Why does the egoism of Og and Sihon spur Israel?
Answer: Israel have to go through the lands of Og and Sihon to conquer them and the nations living there, which means all the egoistic desires. Moreover, it isn’t only on the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature, but also on the human level. A person has to ascend above the egoistic desires and transform them into the attribute of bestowal.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/1/15
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