Prophets, the Book of Joshua, 8:1: And the Lord said to Joshua, Fear not, and be not dismayed; take all the people of war with you and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land.
Question: In fact, the city was taken by deception. Why is it necessary to work with egoism by deception? Why can’t you take it directly?
Answer: Because egoism is right: it wants to enjoy, to receive. It does not deceive anyone. It leads a person to pleasure, fulfills him. That is why it is so difficult for us to give it up.
We must act by deception, by thievish actions: to lure out the warriors of the city of Ai who are inside us. And it turns out that we are always acting in a bad, indirect way. Otherwise, egoism cannot be defeated.
Question: How can we figure out what is true and what is false?
Answer: Truth is something that comes from the Creator and should prevail in the end. And a lie is anything that works against it. However, everything is relative. Who said that receiving is bad and giving is good? There are completely different philosophies and methods where the opposite is true. And they speak absolutely from the heart.
Question: That is, the truth is understood only if there is a connection with the Creator?
Answer: If the Creator stands above this and says that it is true, then we must accept it, we will discover that this is really the truth and at the end of our actions.
Question: How can I hear what the Creator says? How can I get closer to this truth?
Answer: You must begin to act as He says, that is, to act anti-egoistically, and gradually you will see a deep inner, higher meaning in this.
Question: Is this a correct postulate: If my egoism feels bad, it is good?
Answer: In general, yes. But we are not talking about self-torture or any kind of torment.
It is necessary to work with egoism very nicely, pleasantly, directly. And the deception should be based on the fact that I deceive it the same way I deceive a child when I give him sweet medicine. Only in this way. And that is why I do not feel that I am deceiving, that I am transgressing something.
Question: When we say that we should hate our egoism, what do we mean?
Answer: Egoism should be hated only because it is directed against the Creator and stands in the way between me and Him.
And at the same time, we must respect it. Egoism is considered an angel, the force of the Creator, so there is no way to go anywhere. As a result, respect and hatred are combined. You just need to learn how to work with the ego correctly.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/19/21