Hence, our immortal souls want only to please their Creator — which is actually their nature, as we indicated — thanks to the garbs of “reverting light” that they received from the upper worlds which they’d come from.
That is, since “we can deduce things about the makeup of spiritual phenomena … from the makeup of physical phenomena” as we learned at the end of the last chapter; and since people only want to please themselves and so all we do as a consequence is generate needs, thoughts about, and plans to satisfy their various desires — it stands to reason that our immortal souls, which are comprised of a desire to please God rather than themselves would set out to actually please Him.
(So,) once it’s clad in a human body, our immortal soul then starts to manifest needs, thoughts, and plans to satisfy its willingness to bestow to its fullest, and to please its Creator in proportion to its will to do that.
… much the way our egos manifest needs, thoughts, and plans to satisfy itself.
But rather than channel that desire through a combination of animalistic and more-ideal venues the way our egos do, the immortal soul only sets out to satisfy God in an ideal fashion. Since it’s utterly spiritual and doesn’t do anything by degree or in combination the way physical things do.
(c) 2011 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman
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