Staff Or Snake: The Right Intention

Aiming Above

Our basic matter is a desire, an insatiable, constantly growing desire for pleasure. And by default, according to our basic “software” – the self-centered pleasure/pain principle – we want all that pleasure only for ourselves.

On the other hand – as great, empirical scientists fully attaining the plan, and all cause and effect processes of reality tell us – our purpose in this life is to reveal and attain the single, creating, natural force of reality by the virtue of becoming like it. And that creating source is characterized by the qualities of selfless, altruistic, unconditionally love and bestowal, which qualities are directly opposite to our default qualities.

The Intention

The same sages also tell is that while it is impossible to change our inherent matter, the desire for pleasure, we can change the intention over it, instead of using our receptive desire, our insatiable black hole for ourselves, using it for the sake of others, for the sake of that creating source we would like to emulate.

But what is an intention? It is simply an “incomprehensible”, airy idea describing the direction, vector of use for the inherent nature, the desire we are born with. But at the end of the day nothing else exist in reality but the created, selfish desire wanting everything for itself, and the selfless, providing source fulfilling the desire’s needs. If this singular, created desire stood directly against this force that created it, as opposite in qualities as darkness from light, the created desire would never have the opportunity to resemble its source.

Thus according to the plan of evolution that wants to lead the creature to equivalence of form with its creating source, the initially single desire was broken into myriads of pieces. At the same time a unique spark, a tiny yearning, a software or DNA fragment enticing the created desire towards resembling, emulating its source was embedded in those selfish pieces.

Thus each individual received the opportunity to use that spark, software, DNA fragment pulling one towards the purpose of human life and try exiting one’s own desires and entering the desires of all the others in order to use those other desires for fulfilment. In such a way, “outside of the self” – although one still acts according to one’s original software of receiving pleasures, fulfilment – since one seemingly uses other desires, outside of the self by that one becomes a bestower.

Accordingly as long as one remains within one’s inherent yearning, constantly, selfishly fulfilling one’s own necessities, one is by default works with a self-serving intention, while the moment one can exist outside of one’s own, inherent desires selflessly serving others, fulfilling their desires unconditionally, one works with a “godly”, bestowing intention.

The Scene In Egypt

But most people are completely unaware of this as they simply exist in an automatic, instinctive way without any scrutiny regarding “intentions”. Only when one purposefully tries to exit one’s own desires for the sake of selflessly serving others, can the person start examining whose desires, needs one actually serves.

The story of Egypt in the Torah describes the state when one accepts the temptation of that tiny inner spark, leading one with an irrepressible question about one’s meaning of life. After an initial search the seeker finds a practical method helping one who wants to become a selfless, altruistic bestower, leaving one’s own selfish desires in order to serve as fulfill the desires of others. Only when a person directly, purposefully, in a fully committed way tries to do so, start one feeling the unconditional uncompromising governance, backward pull of one’s inherently selfish, egoistic intention.

This general self-serving intention is the “Pharaoh”, proudly, indignantly asking the person why one should agree to work towards becoming a selfless bestower when one should be serving oneself only. While one’s usual, inherent desires, the ones the person tries to give up in order to serve others, keep asking about their own fulfilment, demanding an answer to what profit they would receive from such altruistic work.

And the tiny spark, the software, DNA fragment that keeps pulling the person towards the “godly qualities” of selfless, altruistic bestowal and love is the pulling point of “Moses”. As long as this point of “Moses”, our actual aspiration keeps pointing with his “staff” toward that superior aim, it remains the right compass leading one towards the human purpose in life. The moment the “Moses point” drops the “staff”, the person letting the “questions of the Egyptians”, one’s inherent egoistic inclination overcome the positive direction of working outside of one’s own desires in order to serve others, Moses’s “staff becomes a serpent”.

There is no in between state, the aspiring person trying to reach the purpose in life is either in the state of the “staff”, trying to exit one’s own selfish desires for the sake of serving others, or one is the state of the “primordial serpent”, stubbornly remaining within the inherent self-service, self-love.

Receiving The Remedy For Hatred

Thus the story of the Exodus, running away from Egypt symbolizes one’s escape from serving one’s own selfish, egoistic desires, running away from the “Egyptian questions, demands” of “why should I follow the intention to bestow to others?”, and “what do I profit from such a work?”. This liberation happens only to those people who set the aim of reaching the godly qualities of selfless, altruistic love and bestowal in order to become like their life giving source above all other goals, purposes. 

When they manage to reach such an insatiable yearning towards that goal, burning all other bridges behind them, while “mindlessly hating” their ruthless slave driver holding them back, that it becomes very sharply clear even to their “ruthless Pharaoh” that nothing can change their minds, turn them back. Then “Pharaoh”, their inherent “self” – in order to survive by following them – agrees for them to “leave”, to rise above the inherent desires. They leave those inherent self-centered desires only morsels fulfilling natural necessities in order to survive. Then following “Moses’s” leadership, their aspiration towards the purpose of their life, they start their adventure towards becoming true, selfless, altruistic bestowers towards others.

Thus the first step is running away from their own self-serving desires, entering an unprecedented, dark vacuum, selfless state. They don’t know where they are, where they are heading, they only care about the fact that they have run away from “Pharaoh”. But as they start wandering in the “desert”, in a desolate, selfless place – since their inherently self-serving desires remain without the usual joys, fulfilment – they start to realize that even outside of their self-serving desires they are not ready yet to serve one another.

Even without the governance of the Pharaoh, even with the leadership of Moses, their inherent being is incapable of entering and serving another. They are in a common, mutual, selfless place, still kept apart by an insurmountable mutual hatred towards one another. They reveal Mount Sinai, the “Mountain of Hatred”, they are incapable of conquering, as they have no idea, precedent, experience in serving another despite, above one’s instinctive rejection, hatred towards others.

Thus they are in great need for the Torah, the unique “Book of Instructions” camping around the Mount of Hatred, in order to help them. Since they have no similarity with the creating source’s qualities only their “point of Moses”, that spark that comes from the sources quality can caking the Mountain, “bringing down” the “Book of Instructions”. This book describes the whole plan of evolution, together with humanity’s unique role in it, and the method of reaching that role.

Entering The Blessed Land

The process of learning how to unconditionally serve and love others starts with acquiring the state of “not doing to others what they hate for themselves”.  Thus they together start wandering deeper and deeper in the “desert”, exploring further, harsher layers of their mutual hatred and rejection which they then neutralize, correct, get on top of with the help of the “Instructions” they received. 

Only when they managed to sort out, process all their mutual hatred can they finally leave the desert and mutually enter “The Land the Creator has blessed”, the desires of each other, truly using those other desires for fulfilment. Then through the second level of the method, putting into practice “loving others as themselves” they start revealing the “godly qualities” of selfless, altruistic love and bestowal. 

And as a result, gradually becoming like their source, they start “giving this source contentment” by completing, facilitating the plan of creation, evolution. Through their selfless, altruistic, mutual love and bestowal they created from the desolate desert a blessed land, teeming with life, fully, openly permeated by time godly qualities of unconditional, selfless, altruistic love and bestowal.

This whole process unfolds in between unique, selected people, in a special closed environment. When these pioneers fully commit, devote themselves to reach their Human purpose in life, by exciting their egoistic self-love, in order to reveal the creating source of reality through acquiring unconditional love of others, they start going through the above detailed inner scrutinies, discernments together. They are as if rewriting the Torah in the process among themselves.

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