(On the 113th Psalm of David)

And they (the Gentiles) idols - silver and gold, the work of human hands.

They have mouths, but they speak not; They have eyes but do not see; They have ears, but they hear not; they have noses, but they do not smell; They have hands, but they handle not; They have feet, but do not walk; and they do not publish their throat.


1. Idols - material, selfish desires.

2. The case of human hands. Objectively all about the Creator's hands. Subjectively there is a "work of his hands" - the divine, spiritual. Put simply - altruistic. And "the work of human hands" - the material, egoistic due to the desire to receive for its own sake, which is the root created.

3. There mouths, but they do not say. Have the opportunity to ask for a correction, but do not do it.

4. Are your eyes but do not see - do not "see" (do not understand) the greatness of the spiritual world, although it is possible (eye) to achieve this. But the charm of the material world, are able to appreciate (it is like the blind eyes that do not perceive the real picture).

5. There are ears, but they hear not - can, but do not want to believe the words of the true sages.

6. There noses, but they do not smell - just as do not see (and do not want to see) the real picture, as well, and do not want to believe in its existence. Smelling visually impaired transmits images. And similarly, if you do not know ( "see"), it remains to believe ( "smell"). But do not even want.

7. Are your hands, but they handle not - have a "hand", ie the opportunity to "touch" (try, evaluate the importance of) spirit, but do not do it. And how do we know that the "hands" do they have? So in fact it can evaluate the material.

8. There are legs, but do not go - do not go to a rapprochement with the Creator, though, and have a "two legs" - altruism and egoism, which can be put at the service of the first (as is explained in the article "Two Hearts").

9. Do not publish voice throat - do not pronounce the words of the Teaching, which they are not interesting.