Question: The Pharaoh forces all those who strive to reveal the quality of bestowal or the Creator (called Israel) to build the cities of Pithom and Raamses. What are these two cities? What are they in reference to the inner work of a person?
Answer: Building means filling the great desire called Pharaoh with egoism in both the right and left lines, in everything. But when we fill it, we see that this pleasure does not lead to any result except sheer disappointment.
Question: Your teacher gives this explanation: Raamses is Ra’am Sus, horse power, which symbolizes the work of man in order to fill his egoism. But then he suddenly feels himself at the edge of an abyss.
Pithom is Pi Tehom, mouth of the abyss. It turns out that you are left, as in Pushkin’s fairy tale, in a broken gutter?
Question: There is also an explanation that these two cities are called Arei Miskenot, dangerous cities in Hebrew. Why are they dangerous?
Answer: Because of the fact that a person might never get out of his egoistic nature, rise above it, but will remain in these “cities,” getting deeper and deeper into them and dying.
Question: But won’t the evolutionary process oblige us to develop? Is there still a threat to stay in Egypt forever?
Answer: In general, there is essentially no such possibility because the Creator’s program is perfect and ultimately leads us to understand the need to leave Egypt. But, on the other hand, it is still a dangerous condition where a person can stay in it for a very long time, almost all his life.
However, he still feels a state of hopelessness. All the sensations described in the Torah are bound to appear in everyone. After all, in principle, many of us are already beginning to see that they just must escape from these states.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 3/26/21