Torah, Deuteronomy 20:19: When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should besiege them?
A tree is one’s property that grows and bears fruit. The attitude toward wild trees that do not bear fruit is totally different from that toward the trees that do bear fruit because this is your future, your next states. Such properties within you should get special treatment.
Question: What does it mean, “do not destroy trees by putting an ax to them”?
Answer: Perhaps the rudiments of a future spiritual state are starting to manifest within you, and that’s why they shouldn’t be cut down. Trees, especially those that bear fruit, require very special treatment.
The fruit tree “within me” is composed of my states that will yield results in the future, bringing me closer to the proper degree. After all, I plowed my egoism and I planted the seeds that will grow into a tree from which I will eat. A person has to realize that his future states develop only in this way.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/21/16