And they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to the whole nation, “Thus said the Lord God of Israel, ‘Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the river from earliest time, Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nahor; and they served other gods. Joshua, 24:1;24:2
There are only two possibilities of existence: either in our own egoism, in which we were born and developed, or by crossing the river and entering the land of Israel, i.e., on a completely different level, in a different desire, in a different land.
Therefore it is said that Abraham’s father and Nahor’s father served other gods, that is, not the property of bestowal and love, but ordinary egoism.
The earth is Ratzon (desire). Israel is from the word “Yasher El – straight to the Creator.”
When you intend to reach the level, the property, the desire, of the Creator, you become a completely different person. And here you have to work on yourself.
Question: The Torah is about one person. What does it mean that I once lived and prayed to other gods? What is it in me?
Answer: This means that you were selfish and thought only of yourself. And then you began to get acquainted with the fact that there is another goal in the world, a great big one, accepted it and began adjusting to it and slowly approaching it.
Question: What other gods are we talking about here?
Answer: About all egoistic gods, and there are a great many of them. Everyone worships something of their own, what they want. Desires for money, power, fame and everything else, these are the gods. And for those who want to reach the level of bestowal and love for their neighbor, the Creator is one.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/6/21