Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Prepare yourself


"A person can elevate himself to a trait of purity if he prepares himself for service of Gd and performance of mitzvot. This means that he doesn't enter into fulfillment of a mitzvah suddenly, without a settled mind and without first contemplating what he is about to do.

"Rather, one should dedicate himself to the purpose, and patiently prepare his heart until he enters the deed through contemplation, thinking about what he is going to do.

"When one enters a deed with this level of examination, it is easy to remove from himself the external motivations and establish in one's heart the true and desirable focus."

(R' Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, Mesilat Yesharim Chapter 17)

Have a great day,

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