Ego's fantasies and illusions as idols and wrong beliefs, ideologies, customs, habits and behavior patterns as false gods are the main obstructions for allow our consciousness to approach God and His Love as the Source of our existence. Our knowledge of the Creator is the awareness of who we really are because we all come from Him.
“My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew; as the small rain upon the tender grass, and as the showers upon the herb.” (Deuteronomy 32:2)
“The Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are righteousness; a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is He.” (32:4)
These qualities are part of our consciousness as long as we recognize Him in us, instead of thinking we are the result of ego's foolishness.
“Do you thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? is not He your father that has begotten you? has He not made you, and established you?” (32:6)
If we live by our fantasies and illusions, we will die by them. This is the equation of “cause and effect”, and “what goes around comes around”. The good news is that God's faithfulness to us is unshakable and unbreakable, unlike our unfaithfulness to His ways and attributes.
“Is corruption His? No; His children's is the blemish; a generation crooked and perverse.” (32:5)
We are talking here about human consciousness, not physical appearance or traits. Our crooked ways are the negative approach to ourselves and to life when we can't fulfill ego's materialistic desires out of a belief or feeling of lack. Lack makes us take what is not rightfully ours, and to say and do what trespasses individual and collective boundaries of respect for other people's property and rights.
Perversion is our denial of any ways aimed to correct and redirect our discernment, beliefs, ideas, thoughts, emotions, feelings, passions and instincts towards Love's ways and attributes instead of ego's negative fantasies and illusions (see in this blog our commentary on Parshat Haazinu: “Listening to God's Love” of September 5, 2010 and “The Sheltering Love of God” of October 2, 2011).
This is the practical approach when we discern what is God to us. We know Him through His ways and attributes, which are manifest in the material world as Love's ways and attributes which inherently possess righteousness, justice, fairness and goodness as part of the ethics of Love. In this context we grasp the question “Is corruption His?”, because Love does not cohabit with anything different from its ways and attributes, and does not deal with iniquity, evil, and their crooked and perverse ways.
These are the blemish that separates us from Love as the Essence and true identity that establishes our connection with God's Love, because Love is our common bond with Him. We must reclaim and embrace our true identity.
“For the portion of the Lord is His people, Jacob the lot of His inheritance.” (32:9)
This is one of the greatest statements in the entire Torah: We are God's portion! Do we have any idea at all of what this means?! Let's wake up and shake up the fibers of every dimension of our consciousness, and arouse our hearts and souls to the One who calls us His portion!
Once we start believing in them and feeding them with the Essence that sustains our life, we fall in the fatness of the illusions we created.
“But Jeshurun [Israel] waxed fat and kicked, you did wax fat, you did grow thick, you did become gross; and he forsook God who made him, and despised the Rock of his Redemption.” (32:15)
“For You are my lamp, O Lord; and the Lord does lighten my darkness. For by You I run upon a troop; by my God do I scale a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried; He is a shield unto all them that take refuge in Him.” (2 Samuel 22:29-31)
We are God's lot and inheritance, and the awareness of His Presence in our lives is our Redemption. Let's wake up to Love as our Essence and true identity, and through its ways and attributes let's return to God's Love as our Redemption. Amen.