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The Snake and the Lion


   by Reb Gutman Locks   

 

Alain wants to know;

     Why is the snake the symbol of the yetser HaRa? (evil inclination) We all get why the lion represents royalty amongst the animals but how is the snake related to the evil inside? The question is: is the snake chosen as a symbol for the yetser hara for us to understand that we need to learn how to control our inner temperature and stay calm at all times, like Hillel or Aharon HaCohen?

 

Gutman's reply;

     The Lion is the King of the beasts. The male lion sleeps 20 hours a day and the rest of the time he hunts or mates. He does what he wants and doesn't have to hide his intentions from anyone.

     The snake symbolizes the evil inclination because it moves left and right to go forward. It is not "straight forward". It has a forked tongue which is the symbol for lying. In Indian Idolatry the "serpent power" elevates the "kundalini" energy up your spine and gives visions and powers... Not the kind of thing we want guiding us.

     We are to learn how to control our animal inclination, and the best way to do this is not to try to kill it, but to elevate it by using it for holy purposes.

 

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