Birth Of A “Holy” Nation
In the Torah story of the Exodus there is an incredibly tense, unimaginable and intolerable breaking point, when the escaping Hebrews find themselves wedged in between the towering waves of the stormy sea and the approaching chariots of the Pharaoh wanting revenge. Only the final desperate plea of the Hebrews with Moses’s guidance and relentless leadership – yearning for liberation from the clutches of the Pharaoh in order to continue their journey towards their promised Land – opens up the sea. Thus they can escape in a truly miraculous way towards something new, previously unknown.
This story symbolizes a new birth. As a result of this escape the previous slaves received a chance to become a true sovereign Nation and start a completely new stage of their lives. They elevated Abraham’s principle teaching of “love your friend as yourself” to a “national constitution” in the form of mutual guarantee at Sinai.
Thus they started living in constant attainment of reality’s single governing force by the merit of reaching similar qualities with it. The selfless, altruistic, unconditional love and service of others that is a person’s state, quality in the state of mutual guarantee matches the qualities of nature’s creating and governing force.
The Human “Tragedy” Of Birth
This birth resembles birth in our corporeal life. In truth the mature infant needs to be forcefully pushed out to a drastically different life outside of the womb against its will, natural instincts. Life in the mother’s womb is the most perfect, safe, beautiful existence possible. The embryo is surrounded by the mother’s body providing absolute safety, each and every necessity is immediately and most optimally taken care of, and the baby perceives reality “from one end to the other” through the mother.
It is only the plan of development, a tiny inner spark hidden in one’s DNA, like a hidden compass directing one’s evolution towards a predetermined final state that “pulls” the baby towards the “external life”. This developmental plan initiates the birth process through the mother. Two opposing forces start to operate, intensifying contractions on one hand and the resisting closure of the “womb’s gate” until the last, most optimal moment when the actual birth starts. This is the moment when the inner desire, necessity of being born becomes stronger than the instinctive desire to stay inside.
The baby’s body feels perfect in the womb, would never want to leave it, it is only the “higher being” that is supposed to start a new life that wants, needs to be born.
Here there is a huge difference in between the newborns of animals and humans. Animal offsprings even after birth continue to sense themselves inside a protective, nurturing “womb”, within a vast natural system which is providing them with the same perfect conditions as their mother’s womb.
Nature is organized in a way that for life-forms that are instinctively integrated within; elements, parts that are inherently part of nature’s mutual guarantee the sense of being perfectly nurtured, cared for doesn’t change after birth. Even in the most extreme case of a prey being hunted and consumed there is an inherent sense that the prey is playing its perfect role in the “circle of life” within nature’s fully integrated and interconnected system.
It is only for human beings, creatures that are born outside of nature’s mutual guarantee, outside of mutual interconnections, integration that birth is a truly tragic event. We are born into a lifeless, desolate desert, the same desert the freshly escaped Hebrews find themselves after the Exodus.
A Path Above Reason
In truth the Hebrews don’t want to escape. They have everything in Egypt, free lodging, free food in return for their labor. It is only a small spark in them, their “Jewish spark”, the one pulling them towards the “God of Israel” and their promised Land that doesn’t let them rest in Egypt.
It is only when their individual aspirations towards such a purposeful liberation bonds and strengthens through Moses that they become capable of reaching that intolerable, dramatic breaking point at the edge of the sea.
And even after their miraculous crossing, when they find themselves in the desolate, seemingly lifeless desert they are perplexed, and mostly angry, blaming Moses for taking them out of their previously comfortable, predictable “good life”, leading them towards uncertainty. Only when they still pledge – grumbling, doubtful, camping at the foot of the “Mount of Hatred” – to follow their “God’s” instructions through Moses, acting then out even without understanding them do they merit to receive the “Book of Instructions”, a unique “User’s Guide To Reality”. Then they can start a long, arduous, “rollercoaster ride”, fundamental self-change, purification in order to merit their Land.
Finding Ourselves In Egypt
As many Jewish sages explain this story doesn’t only resemble corporeal birth, but it also symbolizes our own, inner development, transformation towards reaching the purpose of our existence.
We are all born as proud, unique individuals, immersed in our inherent “self-love”, “self-service”. We are all serving our individual or collective “Pharaohs”, the selfish, egoistic operating program human beings are born with. At the same time – as part of our unique human developmental plan – we each have a small “alien”, “Jewish” spark in us.
Sooner or later this spark awakens with the questions of “What is the meaning of life?”, “What is our human purpose in life?” Then when those questions cannot be ignored, pushed aside any longer one starts searching for answers. And when the searching person finds the right environment, where one joins other similar “Hebrews” – that are also driven by an insatiable desire to find their purpose – the “Egyptian slavery” starts.
Only when we collectively, purposefully, in a mutual committed manner start making efforts to build “mutual guarantee” – selfless, altruistic, mutually complementing interconnections – in order to integrate with the perfect natural system around us, do we start to feel the resistance, constantly intensifying obstruction of our inherent nature.
Then a unique and tumultuous inner war starts in between one’s “Egyptian” inner nature and one’s “Jewish spark” that wants to escape. Individually we can never reach the necessary intensity of that inner desire in order to be successful escaping our inherently selfish, egoistic nature. Only when the members of that unique environment start to combine their efforts can they get closer to liberation.
Following Moses Beyond
It takes a long time in that unique mutual circle, ups and downs, extraordinary inner efforts and mutual support until the members of this “Human incubator” fully grasp their interdependence, the absolute need of their mutual covenant, self-nullifying devotion towards one another.
It is at this point that their individual sparks, aspirations combine, fuse into a “drop of unity”, forming their collective “Moses point” which can start “negotiating” with their Pharaohs, pulling them away. Then through intensifying arguments, stubborn, relentless yearning towards their common purpose, their “Moses” pulls them to the edge of the sea.
It is there, in that impossible, terrifying state where there is neither way back, nor forward that they have to put their whole faith in their “collective Moses”, choosing to follow their mutual aspiration towards the purpose of their lives, towards their “promised Land” above their reason, above logic and inherent instincts.
They can’t turn back as they know that the comfort zone of “Egypt” would kill their collective goal. But within their instinctive reason, logic they can’t see any way out, any passage through that threatening “sea” separating them from freedom.
And then when in such a way, closing their eyes, only trusting one another and their mutual covenant they jump into the sea, the sea opens providing them with a safe passage.